Batman The Animated Newsletter #77

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of October 23 – November 5, 2000
Volume 3,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “IMAGINE THIS: ADAM WEST IN A MAJOR SUPPORTING ROLE IN THE LIVE ACTION ‘BATMAN BEYOND’ MOVIE. SERIOUSLY, THAT WOULD BE PERFECT!”
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SPECIAL NEWS

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

SPEAK NO EVIL
Batman Beyond #45
Air date: November 4, 2000
Synopsis: This episode features a rather large simian, who might be friend, foe, (or both) of Batman.

BIG TIME
Batman Beyond #??
Air date: November 4, 2000 (on GLOBAL in Canada…TBA on the WB)
Synopsis: A friend from Terry’s Juvie days who gets in over his head.

BETRAYAL
Batman Beyond #??
Air date: November 4, 2000 (on GLOBAL in Canada…TBA on the WB)
Synopsis: This episode is a sequel to “Big Time.” Big Time comes back and Terry has to deal with the guilt he has for having helped turn his friend into a monster.

UNMASKED
Batman Beyond #??
Air date: ???
Synopsis: A little kid gets a glimpse of the face under the Batman mask.

COUNTDOWN
Batman Beyond #??
Air date: ???
Synopsis: Zeta and Mad Stan return.
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KIDS WB ANIMATION SCHEDULES:
(courtesy of Brian Cruz and/or the official BTAS/STAS site)

Kids’WB! currently airs BATMAN BEYOND five or six times a week. Batman airs on weekday afternoons Monday-Friday, as well occasionally Friday morning before Pokemon. Remember, Kids’WB! is notorious for switching schedules around at the very last minutes. Batman Beyond currently airs at 11am (ET) on Saturdays and 4:30pm (ET) on weekdays. Check out these links if our schedule is not 100% updated:

//www.ktla.com/backstage/programming/KIDSWB.htm
//www.geocities.com/worldsfinestpage/airdate.htm
//www.toonzone.net/shows

NOTE:
If our schedule is not updated, then go to the following URL. It will ALWAYS contain the most up-to-date schedule possible.
//www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/airdate.htm

THIS WEEK:
Mon 10-23-00: NONE

Tue 10-24-00: B-BEYOND #12 Disappearing Inque

Wed 10-25-00: B-BEYOND #07 Meltdown

Thu 10-26-00: B-BEYOND #05 The Winning Edge

Fri 10-27-00: B-BEYOND #08 Heroes

Sat 10-28-00: B-BEYOND #16 Splicers

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 10-30-00: NONE

Tue 10-31-00: B-BEYOND #24 Revenant

Wed 11-01-00: B-BEYOND #23 Mind Games

Thu 11-02-00: B-BEYOND #34 The Eggbaby

Fri 11-03-00: B-BEYOND #13 Ascension

Sat 11-04-00: B-BEYOND #45 Speak No Evil

All episodes #86 and onward of BATMAN are considered THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES while the original 85 are considered BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS) episodes.
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CANADIAN EPISODE SCHEDULE
(BATMAN and BEYOND on YTV)
(courtesy of our friends at YTV)

YTV currently has the rights to air all 109 episodes of Batman, as well as the current 52 episodes of Batman Beyond. YTV usually airs these episodes in either chronological order, or in the original order they aired on Kids’WB! and FOX. Batman now airs at 3:30am Monday – Friday. If our schedules are not updated or are inaccurate, please use these links:

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//www.ytv.com/ytvguide

NOTE: It would seem that BATMAN BEYOND has been taken off of YTV’s list of shows to air. We’ll keep you posted on when it will return.

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 10-23-00: BTAS #79 Riddler’s Reform

Tue 10-24-00: BTAS #80 Second Chance

Wed 10-25-00: BTAS #81 Harley’s Holiday

Thu 10-26-00: BTAS #82 Lock-Up

Fri 10-27-00: BTAS #83 Make ‘Em Laugh

THIS WEEK:
Mon 10-30-00: BTAS #84 Deep Freeze

Tue 10-31-00: BTAS #85 Batgirl Returns

Wed 10-01-00: BTAS #86 Holiday Knights

Thu 10-02-00: BTAS #87 Sins of the Father

Fri 10-03-00: BTAS #88 Cold Comfort
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THE CARTOON NETWORK

Cartoon Network has the right to air all 109 Batman episodes, as well as all 54 Superman episiodes. Come September, Cartoon Network will begin airing these. Shows. Batman currently airs during the weekday Toonami block at 6:30pm (ET). Superman will soon have a set airdate as well. Since Cartoon Network is unpredictable with their schedules, we are unable to keep up with them. Please, use these links to find out the schedule information you need:

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//www.cartoonnetwork.com/TOONAMI/lineup/batman.html
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EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILERS!)
(by Justin Chen and/or Zanna)

All of Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton’s reviews of the new-style BTAS episodes and BATMAN BEYOND can be found via these links, which link to “Two-Face’s Tower of Tranquility and Terror”:

MAIN PAGE: //www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BTAS PAGE: //www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFaceText/bats.html

The creative “team” for this column alternates between Zanna and Justin Chen, two loyal subscribers and great friends of ours here. Any other reviews printed here are written by editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton. Enjoy!

INQUELING
Written by Hilary J. Bader
Directed by Butch Lukic
Animation by Koko Enterprise Co., Ltd. and Dong Yang
Animation Co., Ltd.
Original airdate: September 30, 2000
My rating: *** (Out of five stars)

Inque has recovered from her last run-in with Batman and is now sabotaging a satellite at the Shimano Space Center. Terry is on his patrol as Batman and is talking to Max on the phone. Bruce is out of town and Terry says that Bruce always thinks that something bad will happen the minute he leaves town. Terry sees an explosion at the space center and says that somehow Bruce is always right. Batman and Inque fight. She succeeds in destroying the satellite and much of the space center before making her getaway. Terry is determined to capture Inque without Bruce’s help.

GOOD POINTS:

Inque is in the story. She is a strong villain. Inque and Batman’s various fight scenes were exciting – though it’s hard to top Inque’s previous attempt to suffocate Batman by pouring herself down his throat in BLACK OUT.

This episode had several different subplots complicating it. Inque suffers genetic injury. Inque’s daughter is introduced and the audience gets some background information on Inque. Max still wants to be more active in Batman’s crime fighting. Dana announces that she has figured out the special nature of Terry’s job. Terry agrees with Dana’s opinion of Terry’s job.

The art was quite good. The fiery explosions at the beginning of the story were very well rendered. Inque’s viscose nature was cleverly drawn, as was her less coalesced state.

BAD POINTS:

While I enjoyed the interactions with Max and Terry, I enjoy interactions with Bruce and Terry even more, and Bruce never appears in this episode.

Viewers have already seen a rich villain, Blight, and his relationship with his son, Paxton Powers. Inque and her daughter, Diana’s relationship seems rather similar. I suppose it’s part of the moral of the story, to illustrate that providing your children with all their physical needs is not enough, but it’s already been done.

Reviewed by Zanna
(Zanna_Z@NOSPAMyahoo.com remove NOSPAM to email)

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KING’S RANSOM
Written by Rich Fogel
Directed by Butch Lukic
Animation by Dong Yang, Koko
Original Airdate: September 17, 2000
Rating: ****1/2 of 5

Description: The Royal Flush gang comes up with a new plan to put them back on the top…but will it work?
Highs: Tells quite a bit about the gang itself, gives Paxton Powers a role, interesting feud story.
Lows: None to speak of, really…the voices for Paxton and Barb were different. That’s it.

Season 3 kicks off with “King’s Ransom”, and…wow! There are plenty of reasons to like this episode, which is a good thing because at the end of season 2 some of the eps simply weren’t up to the standard set before.

First the story is excellent. Much has happened since the last time Batman fought the Royal Flush Gang. Now that Ten has abandoned them, the gang is operating one member short. During a museum heist Bats intervenes and in the ensuing battle Ace is badly damaged (finally, we know he’s a robot), Jack is beaten and arrested, and the King is reduced to selling off the goods to Paxton Powers. The R.F.G. is falling apart, but the King introduces a “trump that cannot fail”…hold Paxton Powers hostage and demand a massive payment.

We find out a lot more as well…Melanie, alias Ten, is now working a low paying restaurant job. She sees the news of Powers’s abduction and freaks out. Terry questions her, and we learn she hasn’t spoken to her family in months. And when she asks about the note she wrote to Terry at the end of “Once Burned”, Terry as Batman simply dismisses the whole issue. That’s pretty cold, but it’s perfect Bat attitude.

Paxton Powers shows off more of himself as well, he has his own secrets to hide. Although not as impressive as his father’s condition, Pax has an illegal collection of artifacts. He’s just as scheming as Derek, and he convinces the King to cooperate with him in a plot to kill Bruce Wayne. There’s still more to this twisting storyline, but I’d rather not spoil it all here…just watch it.

A few more character notes: Bruce is calm and collected when King demands a ransom. He obviously doesn’t care for Paxton, but he knows just how far to deal. Even when Terry gets nervous, it doesn’t shake the elder Bats. We also learn of the former King, who was the father of the current queen. It doesn’t seem as if the present King is quite up the old man’s level, a factor which comes into play later.

The fight scenes are also quite nice. They’re not quite as intense as season 1, but they’re action-packed all the same. There’s no shortage of hard blows and people smashing into other objects. Bruce also gets a fight with the King, where he pulls a neat disappearing act to come out again on top. The R.F.G. Ace almost ends it all, but fortunately Batman has his own “Ace in the Hole”-the dog.

Is there anything wrong with this ep? Well, the voices for Barbara Gordon and Paxton Powers were different. I can’t say that’s a good thing…BG sounds too young for her supposed age, and Paxton’s just whiny now. I guess it can’t all be perfect though.

Amazing. This chronicles the fall of the Royal Flush Gang perfectly, and would be a fitting end to Batman’s conflict with them. Jack and Melanie go straight and old Paxton’s in a bit of a jam…

PP: “Bruce Wayne’s my mentor! He’s like a father to me!”
Barb: “Except he doesn’t glow in the dark.”
PP: “Hey, I resent that! Where’s my lawyer? I’ll sue!”

Do yourself a favor and catch this showing…it sets a standard I would like all season three episodes to meet.

-J.Chen, aka The Overseer
overseer@pacificwest.com
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EDITORIAL
(by anyone that has something to say. Anyone?)

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NO MAN’S ISLAND
(the SURVIVOR rip-off…erm…homage)
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

Brought to you by WGBS correspondent, Summer Gleason.

…A WALTZ DOWN MEMORY LANE…

A WORD FROM THE CAST-AWAYS:
Well, we would’ve gotten some quotes from Roxy Rockett and Roland Dagget, but, unfortunately, they were not only eliminated from the game last issue, they were KILLED. All we can tell you is that Dagget died without dignity and Rockett’s last words were “yes…YES…YEESSSSSS!” No, Roxy, we’re far from the climax of our game. Very far from it.

AND WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE:

A large neon green sinkhole has opened up a few blocks in from the waterfront on the Upper East Side of Gotham near the corner of Adams and O’Neil. Several buildings have imploded. Everyone has quickly evacuated this area, and no one we’ve seen thus far dares to venture in – though one large hulking mass has been seen silhouetted against the ghastly green glow, watching the activity. More as we hear it.

The Ventriloquist and Scarface still hang onto their position of power over the Riddler and Mad Hatter – barely. The newest addition to their group, Firefly, seems to have mellowed the group down some. Maybe they were merely paranoid of being wiped out this early and now feel more secure having someone in their ranks with – excuse the pun – severe firepower. That’ll keep those two brainiacs in check for the time being.

The Scarecrow has mentioned that his group of castaways, now simply known as “Supa-Freakz”, seems to be lessening in numbers over the past week. “Yeah, it’s starting to get lonely around here. I figured hanging out with this clique would’ve been a gas – and, damn it, as much as I love watching Joker and Two-Face continually trying to one-up each other, something’s…missing.” He then remerged into the shadows continued to speak. “You should’ve seen it, yesterday. Y’see, the Clown had to do some calculations for this ‘chemical warfare’ project he’s been working on, but Harv reset his calculator so it only worked in BINARY format. That was sweet – J just FREAKED! God, I love his mood swings. So this morning, to get him back, he face-painted Harv’s face with clown make-up before he woke up. I don’t quite understand what that means, but Harv wasn’t pleased. Oooohhh, this is going to be interesting…”

Harley Quinn was also watching the action, but seemed distraught. “Every night when I roll over in bed, Red’s nowhere to be found. Where is she? She’s here through the day – so where does she keep running off to?” Good point, Harley. Poison Ivy hasn’t been seen after curfew for the past three days.

Still no word on where the dead body of Roland Dagget has been taken to. After seeing what happened to him, no one dares visit Rupert Thorne’s office building – and who can blame them?

Leslie Thompkins has a strong will and a heart of gold. Who else but her could put up with the endless, mindless rantings of the Penguin? He must be the weakest man alive; you’d think that someone who proclaims himself as “dashing” and “daring” and “debonaire” would have more class than to complain about the pain of his gunshot wound over a month after it happened!

Batman has finally made an appearance. I overheard he and Commissioner Gordon having a private conversation through my bedroom window last night; I couldn’t hear any details, but I saw the silhouette. I heard the tone in Gordon’s voice. I knew whom he was talking to. I questioned him this morning about what was going on, but Gordon only said that Batman has acquired a new member to his costumed “Batsquad”, and as long as he doesn’t enter GCPD territory, to let him do as he pleases. Interesting…

Later this morning, I also met Alfred Pennyworth, butler to Wayne Enterprises CEO Bruce Wayne, out in front of Police Headquarters, where I am currently living. We had a lovely chat, but it was obvious that he was in a rush; I wonder where he was going. Why was he heading straight into downtown? That’s where the “Supa-Freakz” are stationed. Gordon insisted that he go alone; won’t he get killed?

And why is Pennyworth here in the first place? Who is going to dress Bruce up every morning back on the mainland? Lucious refused to do so, at least last time Bruce asked…

And as a summary, let’s just go over those we haven’t seen in action yet, aside from the omnipresent Batsquad: Mr. Freeze, Bane, Lock-Up, Clayface, Ra’s Al Ghul, his daughter, the Demon, Zatanna, the Phantasm, and…well, I suppose Catwoman would be in this group now, too.

This is GWBS reporter Summer Gleason, signing off.

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AND AFTER A THIRD ROUND OF VOTING…

THE GCPD HEADQUARTERS IS UNDER ATTACK!!!! Overnight, Killer Croc and Man-Bat have snuck up on our camp and have been throwing large boulders, mailboxes, and even crunched cars at each and every one of our windows! Man-Bat’s continuously circling the building, with no sign of leaving. Why are they targetting US? Perhaps Croc figured out that I’m stationed here during NO MAN’S ISLAND, and is still a little…miffed about our failed relationship two years back. Where’s Baby-Doll when you need her?

Gordon, Bullock, and Montoya haven’t had time to comment; they’ve had their hands full trying to keep the building standing. Gordon’s ordered Montoya to escort me to a safer district of town – though I don’t know where. I’ve heard Bullock rumbling and mumbling about evicting the building and moving to the Fashion District; that’s a good point. We’d be able to keep a closer eye on the Penguin AND avoid Croc’s barbaric styles of war for the time being.

Speaking of which, word has it that the Penguin is back in action again. His six weeks of bed rest are over, and he’s back in business. How exactly, I’m not sure. He also complained some more about the wacky man with yellow skin harassing him once again. As much as I hate to think it, I’m starting to believe him. Penguin may be sinister, but he’s not crazy. But could he be hallucinating?? “My dear, please. If I were hallucinating, it would definately be about something much more elitist and refined than THAT.” That’s what he said. I don’t know…if it is true, I wouldn’t feel very safe about bunking with Cobblepot until Gordon and his crew get over here.

I mean, honestly, who comes up with these ideas, anyway?

Last night there was an explosion. I ran to the top of the Iceburg Lounge to see if I could see anything and…whoa. Remember the green sinkhole? It was growing, and growing, and GROWING; a large hulking figure was jumping and flipping and fighting hand-to-hand with another figure that had just risen out of the pit…I couldn’t make it out any clearer from here. I saw lots of flashes of multicoloured light, though – coming from his eyes, it looked like. In the morning I cautiously walked the ten blocks to the edge of the pit, and found the body of a yellowish figure in a red and black costume and cape, lying flat on his back with smoke rising from his body. What the hell was THAT? It didn’t even look human…almost demonic. Could this be the Demon that was on the list of SURVIVOR applicants? Dead leaves and vines covered the area, too – funny, considering there wasn’t a park OR tree around for blocks.

So yellow skinned, huh? Was this the guy that was bothering the Penguin?

…evidently, no. On my way back to the Iceburg Lounge, someone grabbed me. “Aha!!!!” he hollered as he burst out from nowhere. I cried out for help, but no one heard me! I just kept screaming, screaming, screaming, but he just clamped his hand over my mouth and said, “the Creeper doesn’t like this, Summer.” He just kept running back downtown, giggling gleefully, telling me about how perfect I was for his plan. Plan? What plan?

About an hour later we arrived out in front of city hall where the Supa-Freakz reside. I didn’t like this one bit. The Joker? Two-Face? The Scarecrow? Poison Ivy? I’ve never run into any of them before, and I don’t intend to now.

“A-HEH-HEH-HEH-HEH-HEM!!!!” the man calling himself the Creeeep-urrrr said gaily. Nothing. “HARRRRRR-LEEEYYYYY!!!!” he yelled out; he was dangling me off the side of the building. “GET OUT HERE! I HAVE A SURPRISE POUR VOUS!!!!” She actually came out in tears – and his presence only enraged her further; oh well, at least if I had to meet one of these freaks, it was the least threatening of the bunch. I kind of dazed in and out of the ensuing conversation, but it was evident that this Creeper guy was trying to woo her with me as the gift. Yeah. That’s great. Like it even makes sense.

BLAM!!!

The Creeper quickly turned around, still clutching me under his arm. Two-Face stood there, a gun in his hand, the Scarecrow at his side for back-up. A bullet-hole was in the roof of the building, smoke rising through the morning air. He spoke quickly and precisely. “Ryder. Gleeson. You’re both equally unwanted here.” Ryder? JACK RYDER? This yellow-skinned wacky-man was my old co-anchor and college buddy JACK RYDER??? “You’ve violated the sanctity of our lair. Drop the girl and don’t move.” He wouldn’t move the gun off of the Creeper; I guess he supposed I’d cooperate. Duh, I will.

“HARLEY!!! Get up here. Bring the canon,” Two-Face said. CANON? Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy climbed up the stairs carrying a large circus-like bazooka and quickly erected it on the roof.

“I told you once, I told you a million times already, freak,” Harley said, still sniffling. What WAS bothering her? And why wasn’t Ivy consoling her? I always thought these two had a “special” bond. “I don’t want you around me ever again. You’ll just get in the way of me and…Mistah…J….” and with that, she just broke down and cried.

“We’ve all heard that the Demon was dead. Ivy reported this to us this morning. So that means we have one more to eliminate.” Two-Face held up his coin and showed it to us. “Heads, Gleeson goes. Tails, Creeper.” And so he flipped; you know, I’ve heard about this being done a million times before, but you never realize just how frightening it really is until it happens to you. The coin landed in his hand and he flipped it over onto his opposite wrist. “Tails. Get that yellow jack-ass out of here.” I watched in horror as the Scarecrow and Poison Ivy grabbed the Creeper, loaded him into the bazooka, and promptly shot him into the sky; he made a loud Goofy- esque “Yahhhh-hoooo-hweeeeee!!!!!” scream as he soared through the noon day air before crashing down on the mainland with a loud thud.

Two-Face then approached me as his band of freaks disbanded. “Let this be a lesson to you, Gleeson. Never enter our territory again. We have enough on our minds as it is at the moment; you’re just canon fodder. Understand? Now you have ten minutes to get ten blocks from here or we’ll hunt you down, too. Ciao.” He escorted Harley back down into city hall and closed the door behind them. “Nothing can cheer me up, Haw-vey,” I heard her say before the door slammed shut, “nuthin’, especially her, especially now. She’s a sucky present.”

Phew, that was close. I didn’t tarry; I quickly scampered down the fire escape and ran as quickly as I could back to the Iceburg Lounge. Sucky present, huh? I’m still confused…supervillain love really confuses me sometimes.

I’ve never come that close to death before. Worse yet, I didn’t even meet the Joker while I was with the Supa-Freakz, so I have no idea where he is. All I want is to be near Gordon again; bunking with the Penguin makes me feel very uneasy.

Other rumblings I’ve caught this week are as follows:

-Killer Croc and Man-Bat are still camped outside of the GCPD headquarters. Apparently they’re not doing anything. They’re just biding their time.
-Apparently Mr. Freeze, in hopes of winning the game, has frozen over the Gotham resevoir so no one can safely drink the water (or lack thereof) from herein. Apparently he doesn’t need water to survive. That’s an interesting idea…but my faucet still works, so I doubt this is true.
-Catwoman killed the Joker, but no body has been found, as always.
-Rupert Thorne has been quite quiet since last week, too. No sign on the dead body of Roland Dagget, too.
-The “lightweights” gang of Ventriloquist, Riddler, Mad Hatter, and Firefly seems to be very silent at the moment.
-Batman and his crew have been appearing more often. I’ve seen Robin and Nightwing have a chat with the Penguin on a few occasions with my bare eyes. No word on what it’s about, though. The Penguin just looks pretty pissed off after they leave each time. That’s gotta be good for me, then.

Anyhow, this is WGBS reporter Summer Gleason, signing off. I’m going to sleep…though I’m still shaking.

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ROUND THREE

Kicked Off:
THE DEMON (13%)
THE CREEPER (10.8%)

NOTE: Both the Creeper and Summer Gleason got the exact same amount of votes, so I did exactly as my namesake did in the story above: I flipped a coin to see who would stay and who would leave. Thus, the Creeper got the boot but Gleason remains.

Those whom you DID vote for, but they’re still hanging around:
SUMMER GLEASON (10.8%)
RUPERT THORNE (8.7%)
FIREFLY (8.7%)
LESLIE THOMPKINS (6.5%)
THE PENGUIN (6.5%)
THE HUNTRESS (4.3%)
MAN-BAT (4.3%)
THE PHANTASM (4.3%)
CLAYFACE (2.2%)
LOCK-UP (2.2%)
RENE MONTOYA (2.2%)
BATGIRL (2.2%)
ZATANNA (2.2%)
CATWOMAN (2.2%)
THE SCARECROW (2.2%)
BATMAN (2.2%)
KILLER CROC (2.2%)
THE RIDDLER (2.2%)

And now, here’s our up-to-date list of contenders.

BATMAN
ROBIN
BATGIRL
NIGHTWING
ALFRED
COMMISSIONER GORDON
DET. HARVEY BULLOCK
RENE MONTOYA
DR. LESLIE THOMPKINS
THE HUNTRESS
ZATANNA
SUMMER GLEASON
THE JOKER
THE PENGUIN
CATWOMAN
THE RIDDLER
TWO-FACE
POISON IVY
THE SCARECROW
MR. FREEZE
THE MAD HATTER
BANE
KILLER CROC
THE VENTRILOQUIST/SCARFACE
HARLEY QUINN
CLAYFACE
FIREFLY
RA’S AL GHUL
TALIA
THE PHANTASM
LOCK-UP
MAN-BAT
RUPERT THORNE

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E-mail juno@dccnet.com with your votes of the TWO you’d like to see cast off. Remember, we need TWO choices! (I stress that again. TWO!)

PS – Voting for this issue closes at midnight on November 3, 2000.
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BATMAN: THE ANIMATED TRIVIA
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

This is one of my favourite sections, where I get to boggle the minds of all our readers!
*EVIL LAUGH* This trivia is all animated-related in some form, and can deal with ANY aspect of the show or comics based on the show. Remember, answer the questions WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE ANIMATED CONTINUITY. Now have fun – let’s see how well you do! Answers are provided below.

POTPURRI, BABY!!!

411. “Anthony” is a part of the gang that follows what villain?

Answer: _____________

412. “Dee Dee” is a part of the gang that follows what villain?

Answer: _____________

413. What was the name of the man that desired a romantic encounter with Inque?

Answer: _____________

414. Complete this recurring chant in a BATMAN BEYOND episode: “Paxton Powers _______”

Answer: _____________

415. Name the three people Lock-Up kidnapped in his only BTAS appearance:

Answer: _____________

416. “Befowled by a couple of fledgelings!” In what episode does the Penguin say this quote?

Answer: _____________

417. Who provides the voice of Robert Vance (the guy in the computer) in the BEYOND episode LOST SOUL?

Answer: _____________

418. What other Bat-villain has he provided a voice for?

Answer: _____________

419. What is the only BTAS episode that features subtitles?

Answer: _____________

420. In what month of 2001 will BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES officially become the longest-running animated Bat-book in history thus far?

Answer: _____________
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AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia)

Answer to #411: The Scarecrow
Answer to #412: The Joker
Answer to #413: Aaron
Answer to #414: Polluters
Answer to #415: Commissioner Gordon, Mayor Hill, Summer Gleason
Answer to #416: I’VE GOT BATMAN IN MY BASEMENT
Answer to #417: Stacy Keach, Jr.
Answer to #418: The Phantasm
Answer to #419: DAY OF THE SAMURAI
Answer to #420: April ()
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LITTLE FACTS AND BLOOPERS
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

Here is a section that just points out various little facts and bloopers that we have noticed while watching BTAS and STAS countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy!

CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF:
1) In the BEYOND episode MELTDOWN, watch the scene where Batman, Blight, and Freeze are having their three-way fight. Right after Blight snaps the Bat-rope Batman wraps around him, Batman is shocked back onto a catwalk spanning across the room completely suspended, no walls on either side of it to give it support. However, in the next seen, the catwalk Batman is laying upon runs right alongside a wall. Blooper!

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(by “The Phantom Nuisance”, “Koby the Interactive Bear”)
1) LAST WEEK, WE STATED THE FOLLOWING:
There’s an estbalished chemistry between Batgirl/Barbara and Robin/Nightwing/Dick throughout the series. But in “Batgirl Returns”, Barbara’s fantasy shows us that she also has a mighty crush on Batman, but the issue is never brought up again. Hmmm…

THE PHANTOM NUISANCE SAYS: Correct me if i’m wrong but didn’t Barbara and Bruce go on together as ‘lovers’ inbetween TNBA and BB (as stated in A TOUCH OF CURARE).
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MERCHANDISING: WHERE THE REAL BAT-CASH IS MADE
(by Bill Curtis)

Well, well, well.

The most talked-about, and sought after current Batman-related item is definately the unreleased, uncut tape of “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker”.

After originally changing the release date from November 7th to Hallowe’en (October 31st), and then to October 24th, Warner Brothers then did the unthinkable; by announcing it would now not be released until December 12th. The first “official” spin they tried to put on the delay was that they decided to hold it for the more lucrative “holiday” season sales. Cyber sleuths, however, soon deduced WB’s real reason for this delay: caving in to U.S. election year politics, the film was being re-edited to a more “child-friendly” edition. Gone is the darker, harder edge that Paul Dini and Bruce Timm were so proud of. What we’ll be left with is anyone’s guess, but the original vision will be lost, unless WB decides on 2 formats: “kid-friendly” VHS, and maybe a “director’s cut” on DVD. This seems to be the overwhelming choice currently on most sites I’ve seen.

I’m not going to use this column to get into a rant about first amendment rights, freedom of speech, censorship, etc. If there are those of you (and I know there are) who can’t wait for this film, or are afraid of it being butchered beyond recognition, there are plenty of black market copies floating around out there. Be prepared to pay big bucks, however! Word about this has gotten out, and the video pirates are charging $100 and up for copies (we’ve seen over $150 at eBay), and God only knows the condition of the video you’re getting!

My advice is to wait and see what WB releases. If you do seek out these “other” sources: Buyer Beware! NEVER buy a tape without seeing the quality first, and don’t cry if you’re ripped off! ANY tape (or product for that matter) that you buy that is not sold or sanctioned by WB is illegal, and a bootleg.

Okay, disclaimers aside let’s talk merchandise: The big talk around this whole ball of wax was from a boxed set WB sent out to distributors as a “Promotional Item Only”. It consists of a black box with green writing which reads: “Just when you thought Gotham was safe”. When you open the box, a light sensor triggers a sound chip of the Joker laughing. There are three sound bursts of laughter per trigger. Inside the box are a Thunderwhip Batman Beyond figure, a maxi- single CD with music from the soundtrack, and the most important item: a screening copy of the uncut, unedited version of “Return of the Joker.” I’ve seen and heard of this item, but have not been able to get my hands on one yet. Again, a warning: I bid on one of these recently at an on-line auction site, only to be outbid at the last minute. The winner was gracious enough to contact me after the auction, and advised me he’d let me know the quality of the screening video. However, the seller tried to pull a fast one and enclosed a video of the making of the movie, not the movie itself!

Again, the best advice is: if you can’t see what you’re buying, don’t buy! That’s it for now. Keep your fingers crossed, let’s all give WB the benefit of the doubt, that they’ll do the right thing. Until next time: same bat-time, same bat-channel!
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COMIC REVIEWS
(BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(BATMAN BEYOND by Bill Curtis)
(SUPERMAN ADVENTURES by Dick Grayson)

BATMAN BEYOND
ISSUE: “Commissioner of Fear” (#13)
WRITTEN BY: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILS: Min S. Ku
INKS: Ande Parks
ISSUED: September 27, 2000 (Cover date Nov 2000)
RATING: 9/10

Synopsis: Commissioner Barbara Gordon holds the key to finding a young kidnap victim, but will she be able to overcome the recurring effects of the fear toxin the Scarecrow exposed her to years ago?

Great story, and a great premise! Barbara Gordon still suffers fear trauma every 4-5 years as a result of the Scarecrow’s fear toxin she was exposed to in the now classic BTAS episode “Over the Edge”. All this ties in very nicely and very neatly into a story about a young kidnapping victim the Commissioner and Batman are tracking down.

After nearly dropping an informant (and herself) off a rooftop, Barbara admits to her husband that she is having a problem, but says she must push through it to save the young hostage. Using her police clout, she picks up Terry, and tells him the tale of that fateful night on the rooftop, when she was exposed to Scarecrow’s fear serum, and the “Over the Edge” dream that followed. She then admits to Terry that the terrors happen every 4-5 years, despite Bruce Wayne’s help. Bruce could only offer a treatment, not a cure. After the predictable chase and battle with goons, Barbara is talked through the worst of the terrors by Terry (as Batman). Barbara had it out with the brains behind the kidnapping, and just as he’s about to drop her to her death (he thinks), he taunts her with the location of the missing little girl. Barbara does fall, but is caught by Batman. She tells him where to find the girl before passing out. When she awakens, she is in the Batcave, and is informed that she has been out for about a day and a half. Barbara is impressed that Terry stayed with her the whole time, and makes a startling proclamation. Although Terry will never be the Batman Bruce Wayne was; now he IS Batman.

I loved the fact that they tied this Batman Beyond story in Bruce/Barbara’s past. I think this is an area that is just begging to be covered, both in these stories, and in the animated “Batman Beyond” episodes as well. I’m glad the new “Return of the Joker” movie will show parts of Bruce’s past, in an effort to bridge the gap between Batman, and Batman Beyond.

The artwork was passable; not what we’re used to, but good, nonetheless. At least it seems we’ve done away with those God-awful bugeyes Terry suffers when he’s in the mask! The best artwork, in fact, was the cover: neatly tying “Over the Edge” into this issue’s story.

A solid 9 out of 10, and I can’t wait for more tie-ins!
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COMIC SCHEDULES & COVERING THE BASICS

This section gives a little bit more in-depth look into each monthly issue of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES, BATMAN BEYOND, and SUPERMAN ADVENTURES. Below each comic listing is a link to the cover of that comic. TALK ABOUT SERVICE!
The price for any of these issues, unless otherwise posted, is $1.99 in the US and…grrrrr…a whopping $3.25 in Canada. (Both our editors and many subscribers are Canadian, hence the “grrr”.)
If we are unsure of the exact date of when an issue is being released, just check out “DIRECT CURRENTS” at //www.dccomics.com for details.

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #32
November 1st
Synopsis: The Scarecrow is up to his usual sinister tricks as he unleashes a deadly gas that has the entire city of Gotham going completely crazy! Mass mayhem and destruction ensue as millions of Gothamites literally lose their minds. Can Batman and the gang save the masses from themselves?
Cover: Unavailable

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: Batman begins to doubt whether his actions really make a difference in the world, and the guest-starring Phantom Stranger appears to show him what a world without a Dark Knight would look like – and believe us, it isn`t pretty! Batman sees first-hand that his quest has made the lives of his comrades much greater, as one by one they seem to follow the wrong path in the Stranger`s vision!
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/19/BGothAd33.jpg

BATMAN BEYOND #14
October 25th
Synopsis: Etrigan the Demon guest-stars! Halloween time has come around, bringing mischief, mayhem and downright evil to the future Gotham City. Batman can’t handle it all alone – but will the unstoppable and unpredictable Etrigan be of any help, or will he just have his fun on All Hallows’ Eve?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/October18/covers/down/DBMB14.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: Just who is the mysterious new being called Erica Electra who`s been crossing paths with future Batman Terry McGinnis? Is she friend or foe? And will Terry`s girlfriend now have reasons to be jealous?
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Miscellaneous/BatmanMiscellaneous226298.jpg
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NEWS AND RUMORS

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-The following artists are selling artwork on eBay. The following are their names and Seller ID’s:
Terry Beatty: beatty@machlink.com
Craig Rousseau: cerousseau
Tim Levins: tlevins
Min S. Ku: min3000gt

ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS, STAS, BEYOND)
-On Saturday, November 4th, Canadian TV station GLOBAL will have a 3 hour/6 episode BATMAN BEYOND marathon. The episodes that will appear are: BETRAYAL, UNTOUCHABLE, INQUELING, ACE IN THE HOLE, BIG TIME, SPEAK NO EVIL.
-For pics and information for THE ZETA PROJECT, go to:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/26/index.htm
-A JLA series is confirmed to be in development at WB…but Paul Dini isn’t saying anything about it.

ANIMATED COMICS
-Distribution of the comic adapation of BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER has been pushed back to December 13, to coincide with the video release the day before.
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #33:
On sale December 13. Batman begins to doubt whether his actions really make a difference in the world, and the guest-starring Phantom Stranger appears to show him what a world without a Dark Knight would look like – and believe us, it isn`t pretty! Batman sees first-hand that his quest has made the lives of his comrades much greater, as one by one they seem to follow the wrong path in the Stranger`s vision!
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/19/BGothAd33.jpg
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #34
Written by Scott Peterson, art by Tim Levins and Terry Beatty, cover by Bob Smith and Beatty. After several citizens of Gotham City mysteriously disappear, Batman’s search leads to the maniacal Maxie Zeus! But what would Maxie want with carpenters and stonecutters? Why, to rebuild Rome, of course. Ships on January 3, 2001.
-BATMAN BEYOND #15:
(Written by Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt; art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh; cover by Brian Stelfreeze)
On sale November 29. Just who is the mysterious new being called Erica Electra who`s been crossing paths with future Batman Terry McGinnis? Is she friend or foe? And will Terry`s girlfriend now have reasons to be jealous?
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Miscellaneous/BatmanMiscellaneous226298.jpg
-BATMAN BEYOND #16
Homeless men have been mysteriously disappearing from Gotham’s streets, thanks to the international terrorist group known as Kobra. But as Batman investigates, he quickly goes from hunter to hunted – and Bruce must somehow infiltrate Kobra to free the captured hero.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/19/BB16.jpg
-BATMAN BEYOND #17
Written by Hilary Bader, art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh, cover by Brian Stelfreeze.
A former classmate comes back looking for revenge after being brushed off by Dana. But Batman Terry McGinnis won’t let one hair of Dana’s head be harmed, even if it means being swamped by rats. Ships January 31, 2001.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0010/17/BB17.jpg

OTHER COMICS
-BATMAN: OFFICER DOWN
Remember 1999? Remember the huge ramifications that NML had on the entire Bat-universe? In January 2001, all of the comic creative teams are making Batman’s battle against crime all the more gut-wrenching and all the more personal: Commissioner Gordon gets shot three times in the back. Brought to you by Greg Rucka, Matt Idelson, Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Nunzio DeFilippis.
Feature Article: //www.fandom.com/comics/Editorial.asp?action=page&obj_id=234722
Cover: //www.fandon.com/multimedia/Comics/News/ComicsNews234690.jpg
Cover (to BIRDS OF PREY #27): //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Comics/News/ComicsNews234691.JPG
-BATMAN CHRONICLES has been cancelled. November 2000’s issue (#23) will be the last; DC says this is only due to poor sales.
-The third issue of HARLEY QUINN features an all-girl slumber party. Oh, Ivy’s gonna be very happy about this.
The cover can be found here:
//www.fandom.com/multimedia/Comics/News/ComicNews232646.JPG
-HARLEY QUINN #4:
Introducing…the Quinntettes! They’re the baddest, meanest, most dysfunctional henchmen Harley could find, and they’re ready for action. But the first mission’s not what anyone’s expecting, and one of the Quinntettes has something strange going on…in his head.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0010/17/HQ4.jpg
-A Harley/Ivy team-up and a road-trip to Metropolis in the pages of HARLEY QUINN is in the planning stages for future issues.
*The following 7 issues are all a part of DC’s ” This Issue: BATMAN DIES!” promotion for December. (That’s right! Batman dies in every one of the following issues in some way.)
-Bane appears in BIRDS OF PREY #26
-Two-Face and Montoya are again the focus of DETECTIVE COMICS #753.
-The Joker appears in ROBIN #85.
-Mr. Zsasz appears in GOTHAM KNIGHTS #12.
-Catwoman appears in NIGHTWING #52.
-Batman’s war against the Penguin continues in BATMAN #586.
-Cain re-appears in BATGIRL #11.
-ROBIN: YEAR ONE #2
On sale November 29. Robin squares off against the Mothman, the original Blockbuster, and Two-Face – all while trying to live the life of a normal teenager. When duty gets in the way of blooming romance, Dick at last learns the impossible cost he must pay to be a champion of good.
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Miscellaneous/BatmanMiscellaneous226294.jpg
-ROBIN: YEAR ONE #3
Robin’s first battle with Mr. Freeze.
-ROBIN: YEAR ONE #4
The final chapter in the saga of young Dick Grayson. Robin’s healed, but Two-Face remains at large, and a city-wide manhunt is falling woefully short. While Harvey Dent is on the loose, Robin must prepare himself to face the man who nearly killed him during their first encounter. But when Robin takes things too far, a life hangs in the balance and Robin must question the sanctity of his actions.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0010/17/RobinYO4.jpg
-Ra’s Al Ghul appears in ACTION COMICS #772 and 773.

MOVIES
*RETURN OF THE JOKER NEWS:
-Read Paul Dini’s words on the delaying/cutting of ROTJ by following this link:
//www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=7166
-The release date for RETURN OF THE JOKER has been PUSHED BACK to December 12th, 2000. Why? Undoubtedly, this was done with the idea that they’d sell more during the holiday season. Perhaps, but come on…this just isn’t fair, especially after all the work everyone did to bring it out WAY AHEAD of the original planned date (from November 7 to October 24). This allcomes from Stan Berkowitz himself, and the folks at Amazon.com.
-For NEW pics from RETURN OF THE JOKER, check here:
*Video cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/25/bbtape.htm
*Batman fights that zombie-like guy: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/25/bb1.htm
*Batman in cloud of smoke: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0009/25/bb2.htm
-The Batman Beyond website (www.batmanbeyond.com) will be adding interactive features that include a 10-minute “Return of the Joker” preview Webcast, a soundtrack sampler, a clip from the music video, interactive arcade games, character biographies, weekly contests and sweepstakes for chances to win great prizes, questions for the creators, chat events and much more. (All the previous movie info was taken from Alan J. Porter’s “Gotham Weekly News” newsletter)

*BATMAN BEYOND: LIVE ACTION NEWS:
-Word is leaking out from the UK major record label Distinct’ive that Warners and Paul Dini are apparently very interested in one of their clients to score the upcoming BB live-action film. Who? Mike Truman, Chris Healings, and Lee Mullin – the trio that make up the eletronica group HYBRID who are responsible for the recent critically acclaimed album “Wide Again”. No way to confirm this yet, but will keep an eye on it. Thanks to DARK HORIZONS.
-Director BOAZ YAKIN says this about his take on the BATMAN BEYOND feature: When asked if he can avoid the cliches of previous comic book films, Yakin answered, “Just because the characters are familiar and mainstream doesn’t mean we need to follow a traditional, generic arc with them. Everything I do I hope is really sophisticated, so this will not stop here.”
-YAKIN will also be co-writing the script and making it far more intense and more adult-oriented than ANY of the previous Bat-movies. At least that’s his intention.

*BATMAN: YEAR ONE (BATMAN 5) NEWS:
-Darren Aronofsky talks BATMAN 5:
//www.salon.com/ent/movies/int/2000/10/13/aronofsky/index2.html
-Frank Miller talks BATMAN 5 over at CINESCAPE:
Frank Miller is talking about his collaboration with Darren Aronofsky on the script for Batman 5, based on Miller’s Batman: Year One comic series. Miller revealed the following: “Darren and I had a lot of fun working together on the Ronin movie project. We make a good team, I think…Darren in particular wanted to make Year One.”
He adds, “I expect to have a lot of fun with Year One. From the get go, I see many things that need changing — but ultimately even if the movie gets made, mine will only be one of many voices calling the shots. I’ll bring my very best efforts to the script. I won’t write a single line I don’t believe in.”
-The Comics2Film newsletter reports that the “Pure Batman5 Rumors website, (//homes.acmecity.com/batman/arkham/23/) says director Darren Aronofsky may have long-term plans for Batman. While it was recently announced that Aronofsky would direct and co-write Batman: Year One, an unnamed source tells Frosteey that the director is hoping to do a trilogy of movies. The source claims that the cycle will start with Year One and end with The Dark Knight Returns. The source did not know what the second part of the series would be” This is the first we’ve heard of this rumor, however stories have circulated in the past the Aronofsky is keen on doing The Dark Knight Returns.
-Recent reports have stated that Aronofsky might not be as close to doing BATMAN 5 as we originally thought – for he and Miller are working on an adaption of RONIN as well. However now, either don’t know which will go into production first – whichever gets a script completed first is the winner, apparently.

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-The WB Network has just ordered 13 episodes of a pre-Superman ‘CLARK KENT’ series; they sure jumped on that one quick!
-To view anything regarding the Batman ONSTAR commercials, go here:
//www.onstar.com
-Four online, interactive comic books (featuring Batman, the Joker, Catwoman, Two-Face, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon) can also be found at the OnStar site.
-It looks like a fifth webisode featuring the Riddler will be coming soon.
-Check out //www.fandom.com/batman for downloadable versions of the ONSTAR commercials if the official ONSTAR site is not being cooperative with your PC. Two of the commercials can also be found at //www.adcritic.com – just search for “Batman”.

EXCLUSIVE INTERNET ENDEAVOURS:
-The seventh GOTHAM GIRLS webisode (featuring Poison Ivy) can be found at
//www.gothamgirls.com

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-The following is a listing of the 14 tracks you’ll find on the RETURN OF THE JOKER soundtrack.
Despite the delay of the debut of the video, the soundtrack is still due out on Oct 17, 2000.
1. Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker (Main Title)
2. Industrial Heist
3. Meet The Joker
4. Joker Crashes Bruce’s Party
5. Terry Relieved Of Duty
6. Nightclub Fight
7. Trap For Tim, A
8. Joker Family Portrait
9. Arkham Mayhem
10. Batman Defeats The Jokerz
11. Joker Meets His End (Again)
12. Healing Old Wounds
13. Crash – Mephisto Odyssey/Static-X (The Humble Brothers remix)
14. Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker (End Title) – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
-Ubi Soft Entertainment and Kemco are teaming to publish Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker on the PlayStation game console, Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64 in North America. The games will also be published in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia under the name Batman of the Future: Return of The Joker. (They are all due out on November 16.)
-TOYS R US may be producing an “Arkham Asylum four-pack”, featuring repaints of Batman, Two-Face, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. Will the two femmes have new figures to correspond with their new designs? Thanks to the JokerInc newsletter for that newsbyte.
-BATMAN: TOTAL CHAOS will be available for Game Boy by Christmas 2000. It is based on the NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES style (BTAS), and allows you to play as either Batman or Batgirl vs. Two-Face, Bane, Poison Ivy, and the Joker (among others) over 18 levels. (Judging by the pics provided, you’ll also encounter Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and maybe even Killer Croc.)
//pocket.ign.com/previews/14474.html
-BATMAN: OVERDRIVE, the new BTAS-based game for PSX and N64, puts you in the driver’s seat of the Batmobile, Batcycle, and many other Bat-vehicles. You even get to play as any of the villains, should you desire to do so! It features (in no particular order), the Joker, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, Clayface, Poison Ivy, the Scarecrow, Killer Croc, the Penguin, the Mad Hatter, the Ventriloquist/Scarface, Calendar Girl, Roxie Rockett, Firefly, Catwoman, and Bane. Go to the following link to see some shots of the villains-lineup, some shots of Batmanpersuing the Joker, and the exit to the Batcave.
//www.gamespot.co.uk/pc.gamespot/driving/batov_uk/preview.html

-Looking for a Batman-related costume this Hallowe’en? E-mail CowardlyLot@aol.com and put in a request! Go to //www.fandom.com/batman/editorial.asp?action=page&obj_id=225572 for details and great sample pics!

SPECIAL NOTE
For more BATMAN, SUPERMAN, AND BEYOND news throughout the week, check out the WORLD’S FINEST NEWS PAGE at:
//www.geocities.com/bbeyond/news.html
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ANIMATED BATMAN/SUPERMAN SITES:

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OFFICIAL SITES
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THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
//www.batman-superman.com
BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES
//www.batmantas.com
BATMAN BEYOND
//www.batmanbeyond.com
BATMAN BEYOND VIDEO SITE
//www.batmanbeyondvideo.com
YTV’S BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES PAGE
//www.ytv.com/shows/batman_animated/
YTV’s BATMAN BEYOND Page
//www.ytv.com/shows/batman_beyond/
GOTHAM GIRLS
//www.gothamgirls.com
SUB-ZERO: THE DEFINTIVE GUIDE
//www.batman-subzero.com
KID’S WB
//www.kidswb.com
DC COMICS
//www.dccomics.com
KTLA KIDS WB SCHEDULES
//www.ktla.com/backstage/programming/KIDSWB.htm
TOON ZONE
//www.toonzone.net
PSYCOMICS
//www.psycomics.com
RAVING TOY MANIAC
//www.toymania.com
VOICE CHASERS
//www.voicechasers.org

UNOFFICIAL SITES
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*TWO-FACE’S TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR
//www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BATMAN, SUPERMAN, & BEYOND: THE WORLD’S FINEST DISCUSSION CENTER
//welcome.to/worldsfinest
THE DISCUSSION CENTER (same as above)
//www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/boards.htm
BRIAN CRUZ’ WB CARTOON PAGE
//www.toonzone.net/brian/index.html
BATMAN UK (BRIAN’S BATMAN PAGE)
//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk
RA’S AL GHUL’S THE LAZARUS PIT
//zap.to/lazaruspit
THE DARK KNIGHT
//www.darkknight.ca
BATMAN BEYOND: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
//www.batmanbeyond.net
TIM WAN’S BATMAN BEYOND
//come.to/batmanbeyond
DCU ANIMATED
//www.DCUAnimated.zzn.com
BRUCE TIMM ARCHIVE SITE
//www.eurocompton.net/brucetimm
BATMAN ANIMATED: THE UNOFFICIAL FAN CLUB & FANZINE
//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk/club/
HARLEY’S HAVEN OF HEDONISM
//www.harley-quinn.com
GOTHAM CITY LIMITS
//www.batman.gexner.net
BATMAN: DEFENDER OF GOTHAM
//www.fandom.com/batman
THE RIDDLER – EDWARD NYGMA’S PUZZLE WEBSITE
//perso.wanadoo.fr/prospero.milan/nygma
THE BATMAN ACTION FIGURE PAGE
//www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/7659/
CHARACTERS ON THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN & ROBIN
//www.xse.com/leres/batman.html
ARKHAM ASYLUM
//animation.acmecity.com/saturday/352
JOKERZ TERRITORY
//members.xoom.com/Jokerz84/index.htm
THE BATZONE
//www.batzone.cjb.net/
JLA: THE ANIMATED SERIES
//animation.acmecity.com/character/375
ANIMATED TALES
//www.geocities.com/Area51/Dunes/2294/at
A TRIBUTE TO BATMAN
//www.angelfire.com/ny2/russkafin/batman.html
ANIMATED STYLE ARTWORK ARCHIVE
//hjem.get2net.dk/twt/asaa/home.html
BATMAN CEL SITE
//animation.acmecity.com/carbon/111
DARK JUSTICE
//www.mania.com.au/~grahark/darkjustice/
ROGUE AVENUE, GOTHAM
//www.ultros.com/rogue_avenue
THE BATMAN BEYOND INFO PAGE
//www.rogue-spear.com/BB
THE VAULT
//dmoz.org/Arts/Animation/Voice_Actors

NEWSGROUPS
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news:alt.comics.batman
news:alt.animation.batman
news:alt.comics.superman
news:rec.arts.sf.superman
news:alt.tv.cartoon-network
news:rec.arts.animation
news:alt.animation.warner-bros
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If you have any questions, problems, links do not work, or anything else, then please e-mail this address with your problems and we’ll try to fix them as soon as possible. Also if you’d like to send any fan-mail then please send it to this address:

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As for submissions, feel free to submit an article or opinion on anything pertaining to BTAS. Keep in mind that as the editors, we have the right to edit your submissions if we deem it necessary. Such instances would include problems with length, grammar, and language. If we do feel we must edit something, however, we will do our utmost to ensure that the opinion and the basic message of the submission does not change, as that is the most important part of any article, and everyone is entitled to it. And if you do submit something, please don’t just submit a basic review of an episode or a comic or something (because we have people writing for those purposes already) – write about an issue you’d like to discuss.
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BATMAN: THE ANIMATED ARCHIVES

The very kind people at TOONZONE were nice enough to give us our own little section of their huge and diverse website. The archive contains past newsletters and is semi-regularly updated with the latest one. To check it out go here:

TOONZONE’s BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
//www.toonzone.net/wbc/newsletters/btan
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LIKE WHAT YA SEE? WANNA SUBSCRIBE? HERE’S HOW!!!

For those of you who are seeing this at the WBC HOMEPAGE BTAN ARCHIVES section and want to subscribe, just follow these simple instructions:

To subscribe email juno@dccnet.com, put SUBSCRIBE in the subject line, and put the e-mail address you’d like the newsletter to be sent to in the body of the message.

For more information about the newsletter just email juno@dccnet.com Thank you for your time, and thanks for reading! Tell your friends!

-Tim TWO-FACE Leighton and Dick Grayson, editors
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TO ALL GOOD THINGS…
…there must be an end. We would like to thank the endless amount of contributors for contributing their editorials, columns, news, jokes, reviews and other articles. We hope you’veall enjoyed it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it! Thank you for reading! See ya next time!

CREDITS FOR BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER

EDITOR AT COLLEGE, NOT IN A DORM: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITOR AT COLLEGE, BUT IN A DORM: “Dick Grayson”
AIR DATE SCHEDULES: Brian Cruz, RiddlerWB (at the official BTAS/STAS site), and YTV.com
EPISODE REVIEWS: Zanna/Justin Chen, and occasionally Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITORIAL: Help Wanted
COMIC REVIEWS: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton, Dick Grayson
NO MAN’S ISLAND: SURVIVAL IN GOTHAM: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Various
“BTAN ARCHIVES” MODERATOR: Eileen Delgadillo
TRIVIA: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
PROMOTIONS AND JUST GETTIN’ THE WORD AROUND: Dick Grayson, Eileen Delgadillo, Brian Cruz, Brian Davis
THOSE WHO FILL IN FOR OTHERS WHEN THEY FOUL UP:-Y Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
DELIVERY: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
E-MAIL RECEPTION HANDLING: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
THE CREATION OF THIS NEWSLETTER INSPIRED BY: Alan J. Porter
BATMAN CREATED BY: Bob Kane & Bill Finger (who else?)

Batman and all related indicia are trademarks of DC Comics, Copyright c 2000.
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