Batman The Animated Newsletter #79

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of November 27 – December 3, 2000
Volume 3,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “COM’N!!! VOTE FOR OUR SURVIVOR SECTION! THE MORE VOTES, THE MERRIER! AND WE PROMISE, NO LENGTHLY, POINTLESS, MIND-NUMBING, ANTI-CLIMATIC RECOUNT!”

-editor Tim “Two-Face” Leighton, so sick of both the Canadian and American election stuff going on right now
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SPECIAL NEWS

*’RETRUN OF THE JOKER’ COMES EARLY TO CANADA

Hey, all you Canadian fans (like the co-editor and myself), good news! RETURN OF THE JOKER might be coming to Canada a whole two weeks earlier than its release date in the United States.An employee at the Canadian department store chain ZELLERS had this to say (on top of other reports and flyers I myself have seen in papers recently):

“I’m pretty sure ROTJ is coming out on Nov. 28. Why do I know this, well my buddy works at Zellers and he says that it’s gonna be a big release. They have it marked on the calendar and are getting all sorts of adds, cardboard cut outs and various things for the display. Zellers still might be mistaken about the release date, but from what I hear on the inside it sounds like it’s on the way.”

So yeah, don’t take this as Bible truth or anything, but keep your eyes and ears peeled. (If I recall correctly, some BATMAN RETURNS related merchandise was released in Canada prior to its release in the States back in ’92, also at Zellers. Perhaps this is true ever all…)

I’ve also seen this release date printed in magazines and flyers distrubuted at FAMOUS PLAYERS theatres across the country.

OH, FORGET WE SAID ANYTHING…these rumours have been proven…TRUE!!! As for what this holds for the American market…well, the official ROTJ site still states the release date as Dec. 12th, but I suggest you check with your local video or department store just to make sure.

And hey, since Canadian censorship laws on movies and TV are virtually non-existant, perhaps we’ll see the unedited version head north. We’ve already heard from certain sellers on eBay that they are unedited. I’ll personally keep you posted.

*THE EVER-LASTING QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER BATMAN BEYOND WILL BE CANCELLED AFTER THIS SEASON…

Yeah, it’s back again. We’re now hearing rumblings that BATMAN BEYOND will be canned after this current season (totalling 52 episodes). This has come time and time again, and lo and behold, no final answer. Either way, we can’t be too careful, so a petition has been created to give this series support and prove to those bigwigs at the WB that we want more episodes to tie up the loose ends in the previous seasons.

Wanna do your part to keep this series going? Sign here:

//www.123petitions.com/cgi-bin/system/sign1.cgi?id=bbeyond@yahoo.com$5

And hey, why don’t we ask to bring back the original BTAS series while we’re at it, too?
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

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.

THE CURSE OF KOBRA (Pt. 1, 2)
Batman Beyond #??, ??
Air date: ???
Synopsis: This two-part episode features a villain named Kobra.
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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 11-27-00: NONE

Tue 11-28-00: B-BEYOND #01 Rebirth (Pt. 1)

Wed 11-29-00: B-BEYOND #02 Rebirth (Pt. 2)

Thu 11-30-00: B-BEYOND #?? Out of the Past

Fri 12-01-00: B-BEYOND #40 Where’s Terry?

Sat 12-02-00: B-BEYOND #28 Zeta

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. (Actually, more correctly, they seem to be airing them at 3:40 am – go figure.) If our schedules are not updated or are inaccurate, please use these links:

//www.geocities.com/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm
//www.ytv.com/ytvguide

THE FATE OF BATMAN BEYOND ON CANADIAN TELEVISION:

My co-editor Dick Grayson e-mailed YTV last week regarding the absense of Batman Beyond from the YTV schedule. We got a response, and here’s what they had to say:

“‘Batman Beyond’ is not part of our current schedule. We are sorry if this is disappointing for you to hear. We hope you can understand that it is not uncommon for television stations to move some programs to another day or time, introduce new shows, temporarily remove programs, or cancel shows with expired contracts. It is important to remember that all schedules are subject to change without notice.

“With this said, your comments have been forwarded to our Programming Department for future consideration. Please keep in mind that although we do try to make all of our viewers happy, as a national network, it can be quite a challenging task.”

Maybe it is just gone temporarily – they are under contract to air all 52 episodes at least twice. However, if you don’t want to take any chances and encourage them to bring it back, e- mail them, Canadian viewers!

Anyhow, the original BTAS series is still airing, and it will be shown as follows:

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 11-27-00: BTAS #104 Legends of the Dark Knight

Tue 11-28-00: BTAS #105 Girls Night Out

Wed 11-29-00: BTAS #106 Mad Love

Thu 11-30-00: BTAS #107 Chemistry

Fri 12-01-00: BTAS #108 Beware the Creeper
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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:

//www.geocities.com/worldsfinestpage/airdate.htm
//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!

This issue, however, with the release of RETURN OF THE JOKER coming tomorrow, I’ve decided to put in a review of the most recent Bat-movie, BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUB-ZERO into this issue. Enjoy!

March 17, 1998. The coldest day of the year. Unlike its June 20 counterpart of the previous year, Batman & Robin, Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero is an excellent adventure. This movie was well worth waiting for. (It was originally due out on July 15, 1997, but was stalled for about 8 months…)

The reason why this movie is always being compared to Batman & Robin is because both of the basic plots are the same: Mr. Freeze is on a quest, doing whatever it takes to revive his love, Nora.

The story begins in the frozen Arctic, taking place some time after the events of the BTAS episode Deep Freeze, on the fifteenth anniversary of the day Victor and Nora first met. Fries now lives in a glacial cave with his wife, two polar bear guardians, and an eskimo boy named Koonak. A submarine (done VERY WELL with intricate CGI work) emerges through the ice, unknowingly destroying the cave; everyone scatters, and the tube that Nora is held in falls ever and breaks.

So, the story is set with that scene. A victim of circumstance, Victor must set off on a quest to find a cure for his wife who has now been knocked out of suspended animation. This scene and the preceding “anniversary” scene are very touching, and show that Freeze is not an evil person at all – his immense love and admiration for Nora controls his life, so, in his eyes, nothing else matters. Despite his soft side, Freeze is still a very powerful and menacing adversary. Freeze kills the entire sub crew in revenge.

The other major relationship (besides Freeze and Nora) in this movie is the relationship between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. They are very involved with each other now… It’s this strong tie that motivates Robin to save Barbara from Freeze after she’s kidnapped in a night club. Why does Freeze kidnap Barbara in the first place? With Nora having less than two weeks to live, Freeze is growing desperate; an organ transplant is needed (the organ is not specified, but obviously it’s a vital organ), and there are no deceased donors…so a living one must be found. Barbara has the same rare blood type Nora has, and has approximately the same body weight, so Freeze pinpoints her as his target.

But how does Freeze know this? He’s not a medical doctor…he’s a cryogenics expert. Not the same thing. This is where the new major character to the cast is introduced. To help him out, Freeze also kidnaps his in-debt former colleague, Dr. Gregory Belson. Freeze forces him to assist him, and, in return, promises him access to a huge depository of gold (which he found in the Arctic). Belson agrees.

Batman himself is actually in this film very little – the central characters are Freeze and Barbara, who, in fact, spends about two minutes of the film in her Batgirl outfit. Even Commissioner Gordon isn’t around that much…you’d think he would be, since it’s his daughter that was kidnapped. The detective work Batman and Robin and Alfred go through to find Barbara (on an off-shore oil rig outside of Gotham) is good. That’s about all that Batman does in the film though…he aids Robin look for his girlfriend. Nothing spectacular with Batman’s role.

Other characters, such as Detective Bullock, Rene Montoya, and Summer Gleeson (in her last role to date on BTAS) make appearances, but don’t give the movie anything special. That’s not to say that the movie is bad though – far from it. The movie really has a lot of heart in it (I’m referring to Freeze for the most part), and is well written – no corny one-liners or anything.

The best part about this movie is the animation. To date, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was the best Batman animated to date. Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero’s “normal” animation is equal to that of Phantasm, and the CGI animation is just as good as the opening sequnce to Phantasm. The difference is that Sub-Zero uses the CGI technology very frequently, and, very well too, which easily makes it the best animated Batman cartoon of any sort to date. The submarine at the beginning, some of the icing effects, a car chase scene (involving Freeze Vs. Dick Grayson), and the computer-generated Batcave are all breath-taking. (Well, the car chase looks a little odd at parts, but on the whole, it’s very good.) The best CGI effects appear in any scene the Batwing does…it looks incredibly real and mixes in perfectly with the classical, normal animation in the movie…unlike the CGI effects on the animated Spiderman cartoon show. Even if the movie’s story was terrible, this movie is a must have for all Bat-fans simply because it’s pure eye candy from the beginning to end. The final fight on the exploding oil rig is the best part of the film – never before have flames looked so beautiful while deadly.

Overall, I think that Sub-Zero is a good Batman film. Not as good as Mask of the Phantasm, simply because it’s not as deep (or as long, sadly), or even as good as Batman or Batman Forever in my opinion, simply because Batman’s hardly in it. I think that you could easily see this movie to be on par with Batman Returns. The story is touching, the bittersweet ending is a real tear-jerker, the animation is incredible (they could actually challenge Disney studios with this film), the music is on par with Danny Elfman’s work, and the rest is just pure fun. The only downside is that the story isn’t very deep, Batman isn’t in the film for long, Koonak doesn’t even need to exist, and that this otherwise incredible film had to end so quickly – another 10 minutes would have been fine. Either way, for any Bat-fan, this is a must have. For just a normal movie fan, I’d still suggest renting it – for the previously listed reasons. Out of five stars, I give it ****.
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EDITORIAL
(by Mike Combs)

THE REAL BATCOMPUTER (PART 2)

The Batcomputer has access to vast amounts of information. Every crime, every criminal, every clue is cataloged. Public and private information about people and places is also available. The Batcomputer has a rich encyclopedia of information, “just in case”. In the first episode of Batman: The Animated Series, “On Leather Wings”, Batman plays an audio recording into the Batcomputer. It effortlessly compares the sounds to every known bird to prove to Batman that he’s being lied to, and that he’s up against something new.

My project is to create a Real Batcomputer, and put all of that power on your desktop. Actually, most of the work has already been done. That’s the web.

So the challenge in building a Real Batcomputer is actually to narrow the information available to just the Batman stories. There’s no point in cataloging what a starling sounds like in the DC Universe. Instead, each Batman episode, movie and comic must be captured and organized so that they can be quickly used to compare to clues.

With historical case information, search functions within the Real Batcomputer will be able answer questions like “Which cases involved cats?” and “Which people were involved in those cases”?

By limiting the Batcomputer to animated Batman, it only needs to have detailed information on about 100 cases (episodes). Add in the comics (Batman Aventures, Batman and Robin Adventures, and Gotham Adventures) and you’ve got another 100 cases. Within those 200 or so cases, I’m going to estimate that we’ve been introduced to about 50 villains and 50 other citizens. Thus, the size of the Real Batcomputer’s database is about 300 records, for starters. As the information becomes more detailed, for example by tracking equipment used in each case, the database will grow. And every month, with luck, there will be another comic and another four new episodes.

300 records is a small number, and a large number. Small as databases go, large if you’ve got to write and key it all in yourself. Here’s where the web comes to the rescue, again.

Want to know everything about Harley Quinn? Type her name into the search engine at www.google.com and you’ll find over 7500 web matches with information about her. There are an army of experts on almost every aspect of Batman’s universe. And the amazing thing is that they’ve all voluntarily contributed their information to the web, where you can access it for free.

When I launched the Batcomputer, the profile on Harley Quinn had a few mistakes in it. No problem – within days, Phil, the webmaster at Harley Quinn’s Heaven (//www.angelfire.com/tv/harleyquinn) happened by, spotted the mistakes and sent me an email with the corrections. I didn’t even tell him I’d posted the info in the first place!
(For the record, HQ’s Heaven is one of my favorite sites.)

The first trick to building the Batcomputer is providing a way for all of the experts to be able to easily contribute information. For this, I created a web interface to allow people to create and edit the Batcomputer’s database directly. Over time, I expect the Real Batcomputer to become an in-depth store of information because of this feature.

I’ve begun building the Real Batcomputer on my web site. It has a partial list of case files and villains (no equipment or locations at all yet). It’s crude, but maybe you can see its potential. The next article will be about building the Real Batcomputer so information can be quickly located.

[This is part two of a semi-regular series about Mike Combs’ project to build a real, working Batcomputer. You can check out the prototype at //GothamCityUSA.com/batcomputer or discus the project at //www.gothamcityusa.com/discus/messages/28/28.html]
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NO MAN’S ISLAND
ROUND FIVE
(the SURVIVOR rip-off…erm…homage)
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

With the dismissal of Summer Gleason last issue – though her body has yet to be found – we here at “No Man’s Island” are stumbling to find a suitable correspondant still trapped on the island of Gotham City. Gordon, Pennyworth, and Cobblepot all appear to be worthy candidates, but thus far we’ve been unable to contact them. Hopefully we’ll have something for you by next issue.

…A WALTZ DOWN MEMORY LANE…

A WORD FROM THE CAST-AWAYS:
LESLIE THOMPKINS: Nothing. She’s dead. A bottle washed up on the west side of Gotham River last night; a note was inside. Apparently Quinn, feeling guilty for Thompkins’ death, brought her back to the Batsquad where they would later deal with her.
SUMMER GLEASON: “AAAAAIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!!”

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AND WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE:

We’ve been analyzing little drips of information that have been trickling through to us on the outside. Harley Quinn’s note about the death of Thompkins further explained what happened:

“Dear B-man,

I didn’t mean to do it! I didn’t! Mistah J did it. I didn’t wanna killer her, really! I’ve never killed anyone before, why would I start with her? She healed my puddin’! Please don’t hurt me – just go kick his chalky white ass for me and the old lady.

*SNIFFLE* :*-(

I’m leavin him for good now. Red’s tons nicer than he is, and is heaps more cuddly. Sorry B-man…I didn’t mean to.

XXXOOO
Squiggles and snores,
HQ” Yeah. Apparently this note didn’t sit well with Batman – he gave it back to Quinn and just left with Thompkins’ body in his arms. It’s presumed that Thompkins’ long time friend, Alfred Pennyworth, is now running her makeshift clinic.

So, what does this note mean? This analyst can deduce many outcomes. Let’s look at this Supa-Freakz gang: Two-Face is leader, Scarecrow is the deputy, Harley Quinn has cut ties with her man, Poison Ivy is all but disbanded, and they all agree on wanting to kick the Joker out, because he just causes one problem after the next. Knowing the Joker, he’s likely to break out on his own, with no one to keep him in check or rat him out or whatnot.

Still no clues on what Poison Ivy is up to, and whether Harley is going to be an active participant or not. (I guess it all depends on whether Isely has a headache, hehe.)

A small little top hat washed ashore a few hours after the bottle. We immediately assumed it was one of the Mad Hatter’s hats, and grew somewhat concerned after looking at its tattered, torn, burnt, bullet-ridden shape. On the back of a “10/6” card, hidden deep inside a secret compartment in the hat, Tetch scrabbled down the following in what looked like really goopy red ink:

“To anyone that may care,

I am not pleased with this recent turn of events. Ever since Wesker and that dummy impaled on his digits permitted these freaks to join our group, things have grown pathetically AWFUL. Ed and I are feeling more and more outmuscled and TREMENDOUSLY underappreciated. We are the brains of this operation, and we’ve been reduced to the peanut gallery.

Quite frankly, Croc, Firefly, and Man-Bat frighten me. Wesker isn’t that compatible, either. Firefly can’t speak of anything without mentioning wanting to, ahem, “fry someone’s ass” (I’m making his language much cleaner here), and the fact that they find more use in the alligator bag than myself is quite hurtful.

They would NOT appreciate my attempts at using the rats in our camp to act as our servants. My bedtime stories – straight from the works of Carroll – were only booed and hissed. And they made light of – nay, downright INSULTED – my apparent “rodent-like appearance.” Who are they to talk? One’s a reptile, one’s a FLYING rat!

I swear by the Queen of Hearts, if I had more mind-control at my disposal…

Ed and I really should break out on our own. Or join the “Supa-Freakz”; apparently Two-Face is a competent leader, and hell, I’ve already worked with Scarecrow a number of times, so Ed and I would fit right in.

Speaking of which…I have a scoop. Scarface is sending Firefly out to assault the Supa-Freakz tomorrow night. Pass the word along to Gordon, Batman, whoever…there’s nothing I’d like to see more than that man’s devastating destruction.

Signed,
the truly intelligent but underappreciated
Jervis Tetch.”

Clearly, we can only hypothesize what this can result in…it looks like whatever happens, one of the groups will either disband or be annihilated.

Oh, let’s just hope that we’ll get some radio transmissions from the island…it’s getting only over here.

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AND AFTER A FIFTH ROUND OF VOTING…

We across the river here saw the city aglow at about 2 am this morning – I mean, everywhere. Commissioner James Gordon was able to radio us with the details: “A woman I’ve never seen before came to our doorstep this evening – woke me up, scared the crap out of Bullock – fearing for her life. She claimed that some man in a metal mask was chasing her about town, but she was able to hide by blending in with her surroundings. She asked to seek refuge with us, so we let her.”

“Montoya decided to stay back to mend this woman’s frail soul – she said her name was Anne…Annie…Anita…I don’t recall. She could hardly speak. Bullock and I headed into town towards City Hall, and saw what she was talking about. City Hall was untouched, but the surrounding area was sparadically in flames. Firefly was sailing about through the morning sky and Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Two-Face were each trying to stop him. Ivy was particularly upset that Firefly had incinerated their fresh fruit rashions.”

So that’s why the city was ablaze overnight. It looks like our hunches were correct: the Lightweights sent Firefly to annihilate their arch-rivals. Gordon then told us the following: “I knew there was nothing we could do to calm these four down, so Bullock and I waited in the shadows on the sidelines – we wouldn’t have enough bullets. Two-Face had shot Firefly a number of times anyway, but nothing seemed to get through that metal suit of his. And then, all of a sudden, just as Firefly noticed us and was heading in our direction full steam, I was knocked flat on my face onto the concrete as someone ran up behind me – and he started blasting at Lynns, too. Little did I know that I just had my first face-to-face encounter with Mr. Freeze.”

“The Supa-Freakz all retreated when Freeze arrived, and then just the two of them remained, left to destroy each other. Bullock and I retreated – I think my trenchcoat got singed – and watched as Mr. Freeze cornered Firefly in an alleyway across the square and encased him entirely in a jagged chunk of ice.”

The communication cut there; fortunately we were blessed with another gift floating in the river this morning. We recieved Firefly himself, on ice (of course), with a note attached (go figure how the ink didn’t run): “Don’t worry, Freeze is with us. Signed, Batsquad” So Mr. Freeze is part of the Batsquad, eh? Very intriguing. I wonder what kind of strings Batman had to pull to do that.

Batman came down extra hard on Thorne last night while Freeze was across town. Word had relayed to the Dark Knight via the Penguin that Summer Gleason had been captured; even though she’s out of the game, Batman took it upon himself to save her. He burst into Thorne Enterprises last night, demanding Thorne to hand her over. Before he even had a chance to respond, Thorne’s shadowy muscle-man crept up behind Batman and clobbered him over the head; Batman spun around, dizzy, but through his haze he could make out that Thorne’s hired muscle was none other than Lock-Up.

A huge fight ensued – slowly making their way down to the basement of Thorne’s tower, where, after one well-placed fist on Lock-Up’s solar plexis, he busted through a padlocked door and exposed his personal dungeon where the tattered body of Summer Gleason and decaying body of slain Roland Dagget lay. Lock-Up apparently just kept going on about “his brand of order”; Batman took this opportunity of vulnerability and landed one final blow to Bolton, knocking him unconscious. Summer rose out of the shadows, promptly spat on her captor and threw a brick on his head, and allowed Batman to escort her back outside while dragging Bolton behind.

No words were exchanged between Thorne and Batman, but apparently Batman gave him such a look that Rupert should seriously consider dropping out of the game before he gets himself killed.

No official word on the Joker, Catwoman, or Ra’s Al Ghul – no one knows of their whereabouts or anything. Ditto for the Batsquad – honestly, there’s like, seven of them, and they can’t keep the city in peace? This columnist thinks that if they’re the last seven left on the island, they’re going to end up destroying each other – and that’s not going to be pretty.

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ROUND FIVE

Kicked Off:
FIREFLY (19.4%)
LOCK-UP (16.7%)

Those whom you DID vote for, but they’re still hanging around:
RUPERT THORNE (13.9%)
MAN-BAT (8.3%)
THE PHANTASM (8.3%)
ZATANNA (5.6%)
TALIA (5.6%)
THE PENGUIN (5.6%)
HARVEY BULLOCK (5.6%)
HUNTRESS (2.8%)
RA’S AL GHUL (2.8%)
BATMAN (2.8%)
POISON IVY (2.8%)

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

BATMAN
ROBIN
BATGIRL
NIGHTWING
ALFRED
COMMISSIONER GORDON
DET. HARVEY BULLOCK
RENE MONTOYA
THE HUNTRESS
ZATANNA
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
RA’S AL GHUL
TALIA
THE PHANTASM
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 December 4, 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.

ALL ABOUT THE COMICS
(BATMAN ADVENTURES, BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES, BATMAN: LOST YEARS, BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES, BATMAN BEYOND, and all specials)

426. How many times has Batman graced the cover of an “animated” comic book while in the grip of the Scarecrow?

A: Never
B: Once
C: Twice
D: Thrice
E: Four times

427. What villain(s) were originally going to be featured in issue #3 of the ongoing BATMAN BEYOND series, before the story was pulled due to copyright purposes?

A: Blight
B: The Terrific Trio
C: The Stalker
D: The Splicers
E: Spellbinder

428. For a time when you bought a copy of BATMAN & SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST at your local video store, what comic adaption came with the video, free of charge?

A: BATMAN & SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST
B: BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUB-ZERO
C: BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM
D: BATMAN ADVENTURES ANNUAL #1
E: BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES ANNUAL #1

429. Of Ty Templeton’s run in Gotham Adventures (Issues #1-14), there was one issue amongst that group that he didn’t write. What issue was it, and who wrote it?

A: , Paul Dini
B: , Bruce Timm
C: , Scott Peterson
D: , Kelly Puckett
E: , Paul Dini

430. What two villains appeared in the final 3-part story of the original BATMAN ADVENTURES series?

A: Catwoman
B: Ra’s Al Ghul
C: Two-Face
D: The Joker
E: Dr. Hugo Strange

431. In an issue of GOTHAM ADVENTURES, Catwoman captured a number of Gotham’s citizens as a way to lure Batman to her. Whom did she not succeed in capturing?

A: Nightwing
B: Harvey Bullock
C: Robin
D: Roland Dagget
E: Killer Croc

432. On the original cover for MAD LOVE, what is the Joker holding in his hand?

A: A gun
B: One of Harley’s “ears”
C: The flower on his lapel
D: Fish
E: Gotham, in his clutches (ooooo…)

433. Which of the following heroes has not appeared in the “animated” comic books?

A: Azrael
B: The Demon
C: Anarky
D: The Huntress
E: The Creeper

434. In which issue of BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES does a rift form between the Joker and the
Riddler?

A: Issue #5
B: Issue #1
C:
D: Issue #2
E: It doesn’t happen, what are you talking about?

435. In 1992, BATMAN ADVENTURES was originally concieved as a:

A: Six issue miniseries
B: Potential ongoing series
C: A way to tell more exciting stories about the animated Bat
D: A good way to make some extra cash on the side
E: All of the above
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AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia)

Answer to #426: C (BA #19, BGA #32)
Answer to #427: B
Answer to #428: C
Answer to #429: D
Answer to #430: A, E
Answer to #431: B, D
Answer to #432: D
Answer to #433: A, E (the Creeper was on the show, not in the comics!)
Answer to #434: A
Answer to #435: E
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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:
Na da.

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(by “CKent15”)
1) This one is from the BEYOND episode “The Call (Pt. 1)”. They’ve done this in many episodes, but it was painfully obvious in this one. Watch the scene where Bruce is on the batcomputer, analyzing the footage of Warhawk’s death. There is a shot of Bruce’s hands on the keyboard. Although his fingers appear to be “typing,” the keys are so big and his hands are so small that he’s really hitting the same key over and over again. It’s kind of funny.

(by “Guy Hebert”)
2) In the BEYOND episode “Betrayal”, Charlie “Big Time” Bigelow works for The Major, voiced by Jon Polito. In the movie “The Rocketeer”, Jon Polito played Bigelow, owner of Bigelow’s Air Circus. Quelle coincidence!
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MERCHANDISING: WHERE THE REAL BAT-CASH IS MADE
(by anyone willing to contribute)

???
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COMIC REVIEWS
(BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(BATMAN BEYOND by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(SUPERMAN ADVENTURES by Dick Grayson)

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES
ISSUE: “Madness and Chaos and All ‘Cause of Me!!!” (#31) (I’m not sure if that’s the title)
WRITTEN BY: Ty Templeton
PENCILS: Terry Beatty
INKS: Terry Beatty
ISSUED: October 4, 2000 (Cover date Dec 2000)
RATING: ***** (out of 5 stars)

You really know how to tease an audience, don’t you?

Honestly, it’s just not fair.

You bring Ty Templeton back for one issue, and then he’s gone again?

NOOOOOO!!!!!

Though I have come to adore Scott Peterson’s work on GOTHAM ADVENTURES, especially as of late, I think it’s a common feeling among fans that Ty Templeton was the best. This was HIS title; it’s nice to get a great “leftover” treat like this. It just makes me wonder why it was held over for so long in the first place…

Anyway, the art was superb as always, as was the story. I really enjoy it when writers don’t just play the Joker for laughs and use him to demonstrate the complete and utter evil that exists in the world. His plan to simply “black out” the city didn’t sound tremendously creative, but as the story went on, I realized that this was far more than just a black-out; the chaos that ensued was incredible. And what does the Joker do? He doesn’t immediately commit robberies or anything like that – he just runs out into the street and beats people unconscious.

Ty and Terry convey the utter chaos beautifully. Everywhere Batman and Robin go, muggers and looters are running amuck, people are huddled on street corners together in fear, and so forth – it was almost like a mini-No-Man’s-Land.

It’s the little things that really make this a good issue – it’s a study of the human character. Things like when the Joker says that when something of this magnitude happens, people always leave their homes and “huddle outside…to reassure each other they’re safe and secure in the dark”. Batman’s method of calming the masses was an interesting idea, too. I don’t know – the little things like that really deepen what is already a great story.

Great issue, all around! Ty Templeton continues to impress – I just hope he can come back occasionally in the future!

;-Y

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BATMAN BEYOND
ISSUE: “May Flights of Demons Sing Thee to Thy Rest” (#14)
WRITTEN BY: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILLED BY: Min S. Ku
INKED BY: Jordi Ensign
ISSUED: October 25, 2000 (cover date Dec 2000)
RATING: * (out of 5 stars)

I was apprehensive when buying this comic. I was apprehensive when I saw the cover.

I was apprehensive when I first heard of the story’s premise months before it came out.

I’ll state right off the bat that I’m not a big fan of the Demon. There has never been a story featuring that particular character that has impressed me, be it in the animated continuity or otherwise. This story was no exception. As is a requisite in all comics featuring Etrigan, a crazily magical creature from the netherworld is introduced, weird magical spells with which no one is familiar are performed, and a whole lot of rhyming. In other words, to me, it’s complete balderdash.

The art was alright, and the scene with the Demon running amok in Gotham was kinda cute, but on the whole, the issue was a miss. I don’t blame Bader for her writing – the Demon is a
difficult character to write for, because he’s just…not tremendously likable. At least that’s my opinion…

;-Y
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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 and BATMAN BEYOND. 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 #33
December 6th
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

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: Maxie Zeus returns! Let’s just hope Scott Peterson has a damn good reason to resurrect him…
Cover: Unavailable

BATMAN BEYOND #15
November 29th
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

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: 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
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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)
-A JLA series is confirmed to be in development at WB, apparently for the Cartoon Network (though no one is confirming anything). Paul Dini is NOT connected to the project, though Bruce Timm is.

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 #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: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #35
Bruce Wayne finds himself on the jury of a man he helped capture, and worse yet, the perpetrator is about to go free! What can Bruce possibly do that Batman can’t?
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/BGothAd35.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
-BATMAN BEYOND #18
Written by Hilary Bader, art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh, cover by Brian Stelfreeze.
With the Stalker’s help, Blight returns to terrorize Future Gotham.
Ships February 28, 2001.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/BB18.jpg

OTHER COMICS
*-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.
-Greg Rucka and Jeph Loeb are writing a DETECTIVE COMICS/SUPERMAN crossover due out in March 2001.
-The Ventriloquist/Scarface and Matches Malone return in BATMAN #588.
-LOTDK #140: Part four of five of “Terror”, featuring Batman, Hugo Strange, and the Scarecrow.
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/BLDK140.htm
-DETECTIVE COMICS #755: All the GCPD says farewell to one of Gotham’s Finest – including Two-Face – but it can’t be long before he causes problems again. Oh, Bruce and his bodyguard are there, too!
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/Det755.jpg
-Double Dare, the Penguin, and Nightwing all appear in GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14. Oh, and look – Paul Dini is writing the back-up story!
-Be on the lookout for ROBIN #87 – Batman and Robin have a tiff!
-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
-HARLEY QUINN #5:
Harley is on the run from a pair of bounty hunters.
-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
-The Batman Beyond website, now up and running, (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)
-A flyer from the Canadian department store ZELLERS states that they will be selling RETURN OF THE JOKER on November 28th. Perhaps Canada is evading the censorship laws that are plaguing this video in the States…who knows?
-Another report from one of us Canucks:
“I’m pretty sure ROTJ is coming out on Nov. 28. Why do I know this, well my buddy works at Zellers and he says that it’s gonna be a big release. They have it marked on the calendar and are getting all sorts of adds, cardboard cut outs and various things for the display. Zellers still might be mistaken about the release date, but from what I hear on the inside it sounds like it’s on the way.”
-Free magazines circulating at FAMOUS PLAYERS movie theatres across Canada feature advertisements of ROTJ and proclaim the release date to be November 28 as well.
-LAST MINUTE NOTICE!!! ROTJ WILL be coming out on Nov. 28th in Canada, and that’s officially official!

*BATMAN BEYOND: LIVE ACTION NEWS:
-The Batman Beyond movie is in the earliest stages of development, writer Paul Dini told The Continuum.
“Boaz, Alan and I are still working on story concepts,” Dini said, referring to writer/director Boaz Yakin and writer Alan Burnett. Dini and Burnett are producers of the Batman Beyond animated series.

*BATMAN: YEAR ONE (BATMAN 5) NEWS:
-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
-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
-Two prints by ALEX ROSS will be out for sale by DC Direct on March 7, 2001. One will be the picture seen on the cover of BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN (from Aug 99), and the other will be the one used by WIZARD magazine, featuring Batman being surrounded by 10 of Arkham’s worst inmates. Both are 10″ x 13″.
-A statue of The Demon is due out on June 20, 2001. Here’s a picture:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/DemonFig.htm
-“Guy Hebert” gave us this scoop: “I noticed in a recent Toys ‘R Us flyer that there is a new reprint of the original Batmobile from the animated series. It also comes with Batman in his original costume. The car looks a little weird, though. Those chrome pipes on the hood are red and so are the rims, as far as I can remember.”
-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.)
-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 villain lineup, some shots of Batman persuing the Joker, and the exit to the Batcave.
//www.gamespot.co.uk/pc.gamespot/driving/batov_uk/preview.html

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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FEATURED BAT-SITE FOR THIS ISSUE
(feel free to submit your own for our consideration)

THE KEVIN CONROY WEBSITE

Sorry, we didn’t have time to write a good review of this site, but believe me, with all the pics and info there, it’s well worth it to anyone that admires this man (or just his voice)!

//www.angelfire.com/ca4/kevinconroy/
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ANIMATED BATMAN/SUPERMAN SITES:

* – indicates a shameless plug for a site a certain double-faced editor created with his bare hands – in other words, a cheap advertising technique.

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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QUESTIONS, SUBMISSIONS, AND FAN-MAIL

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!!!

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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’ve all 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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