Batman The Animated Newsletter #84

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of January 15 – January 28, 2001
Volume 4,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “WE WANT MORE BTAS EPISODES! WE WANT THEM ALL RELEASED ON DVD!
WE WANT LOTS OF EXTRAS! WE WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BE MORE SUBTLE WITH OUR DEMANDS!”
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR ‘RETURN OF THE JOKER’ GIVEAWAY! SCROLL DOWN TO JUST BELOW OUR EPISODE REVIEW FOR DETAILS!

-WE HAVE ALSO INCLUDED OUR FORM FOR THE “GOLDEN OVAL AWARDS”, OUR VERSION OF THE “BEST/WORST OF
2000” POLLS THAT ARE RUNNING RAMPANT ACROSS THE NET RIGHT ABOUT NOW. BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN AND
VOTE – THERE JUST MIGHT BE A CERTAIN UNEDITED VIDEO IN IT FOR YA!

Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
-still hung over
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

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 villainous gang 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 01-15-01: B-BEYOND #??

Tue 01-16-01: B-BEYOND #??

Wed 01-17-01: B-BEYOND #??

Thu 01-18-01: B-BEYOND #?? April Moon

Fri 01-19-01: NONE

Sat 01-20-01: B-BEYOND #28 Zeta

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 01-22-01: B-BEYOND #46 Inqueling

Tue 01-23-01: B-BEYOND #?? Speak No Evil

Wed 01-24-01: B-BEYOND #16 Splicers

Thu 01-25-01: B-BEYOND #23 Mind Games

Fri 01-26-01: NONE

Sat 01-27-01: B-BEYOND #?? Untouchable

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

WANNA GET BTAS ON AT A BETTER TIMESLOT ON CANADIAN TELEVISION?
(courtesy of subscriber “Carlos O”)

“The current BTAS timeslot is too late for me and I’m sure it is for many others. I tried e-maling them asking if that timeslot was going to change and they said they can’t change it for now. However, if they recieved enough demand to move the show to an earlier timeslot, they would definitely consider it – that’s what they said. It’s kind of hard for me to let this oportunity go by since this is the only way many of us can catch this show (as most Canadians don’t receive the CARTOON NETWORK).”

That’s a very good point, Carlos. If there are any Canadian Bat-fans reading this that want BTAS to be back on at a more reasonable timeslot (it used to be on at 7:30 am and then it was moved to Noon), go to //www.ytv.com, then to the HELP section, and then to the CONTACT US section. E-mail them (politely but in a demanding manner) and hopefully something will be done!

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

THIS WEEK:
Mon 01-15-01: BTAS #36 The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne

Tue 01-16-01: BTAS #41 Tyger, Tyger

Wed 01-17-01: BTAS #28 Dreams in Darkness

Thu 01-18-01: BTAS #18 Beware the Grey Ghost

Fri 01-19-01: BTAS #35 Cat Scratch Fever

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 01-22-01: BTAS #45 Terror in the Sky

Tue 01-23-01: BTAS #49 I Am the Night

Wed 01-24-01: BTAS #46 Almost Got ‘Im

Thu 01-25-01: BTAS #42 Moon of the Wolf

Fri 01-26-01: BTAS #02 Christmas with the Joker
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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:

Here is where you can find an air date schedule:

//alt.cartoonnetwork.com/Schedule/1,2989,CTN|0|306587|Eastern,00.html

Or, if that doesn’t work, go here:
//www.geocities.com/worldsfinestpage/airdate.htm
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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!

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EDITORIAL
(by Kelly Tindall)

JOKER, JOKER, JOKER

Hey there, ho there, bat-dolts. Didja miss me?

With a profound sense of, “Well, it’s about TIME,” I sat down to watch Batman Beyond: ROTJ and see what I could see. I knew that the version I was watching was the edited version (more on that in the coming weeks), but I knew also that the cuts were probably not that big a deal and I knew the thing would still be a classic. Oh yeah, if you haven’t seen the movie (and you call yourself a Bat-fan, pfah!), I’ll be issuing a SPOILER WARNING right about here. You’ve been warned, kiddo.

I really, really liked it. My favorite bits, obviously, were those set in the ‘past’ with old Bats and Harley and the whole nine yards. The Joker is easily the most iconic and identifiable villain in comic history, and I’m happy to see that Bruce Timm listened to endless moaning and complaining and changed Mr. J back to a reasonable facsimile of what he used to resemble. It’s not that I didn’t like the new Joker look…far from it, the entire body was much, much better and the face wasn’t too bad. It’s just that the EYES threw so many people. It was good to get ’em back, and the red pupils certainly didn’t hurt. The Joker was immeasurably SCARIER in this incarnation than he was in the other versions, and it didn’t hurt that we got to see him do his classic ‘whacking the lippy henchman’ routine.

The whole ‘family’ angle, which Paul Dini mined to genius effect for years, came to a horrifying head with the Joker’s insistence on choosing an ‘heir’ in Robin. His line about Batman ‘always having a few extra kids around’ was chilling to the bone, but nothing matched the horror of what he’d done to Robin. Excellent interplay between Batgirl and Harley as Harley realizes what the Joker has done but blindly ignores it to suit her own happiness. Savage, savage dialog from the Joker himself as he brutally mocks Batman and Batman’s tragic past, and a nasty death for the big man himself. Less nasty than the one originally animated, but nasty all the same.

The way Dini resurrected the Joker was extremely intelligent and even fit in with the Joker’s doings as far back as “The Batman and Robin Adventures” in 1994. The Joker’s modern look was interesting and certainly mold-breaking as far as the look was concerned (although my roommate, a notorious moron, said the Joker looked like ‘Eurotrash’). I liked the brazen gloveless hands and the slicked-back hair, although the moment you first see Jordan Price you simply have to say, “Red herring, for God’s sake!” Having Mark Hamill play the weaselly CEO certainly didn’t help.

My favorite line from the piece was one of Future Joker’s last; “You’re not Batman!” It certainly echoes criticisms from a lot of dedicated Bat-nerds who prefer the old stuff. I’m simply pleased that they put in a final adventure set in the past, and let us have one last taste of what we had before. The ruin of Arkham was a perfect metaphor for the realization, from Batman and his greatest foe, that things can’t last forever. You have to grow up sometime.

My rating for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: A-.

Good to see you, one last time.
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‘RETURN OF THE JOKER’ GIVEAWAY

We have a contest, just in time for Christmas! We’re trying to get people both more involved with the newsletter AND want to help them out at the same time. That said, we’re offering anyone that participates in our NO MAN’S ISLAND column a chance to win unedited copies of RETURN OF THE JOKER.

The way it works is as follows: vote for the two characters you’d like to vote off the island. Of the characters that are being cast off or even nominated in that particular issue, we will randomly select one of these characters for our contest. Anyone who voted for this character will be entered into a draw, according to the e-mail address from which their ballot was recieved. Every issue, we will randomly select one e-mail address (from a hat, to make it fair) and that participant, if willing, wins a copy of the unedited movie!

It is only possible to win once; you may vote for NO MAN’S ISLAND as often as you like, but you will only be entered into our RETURN OF THE JOKER giveaway if you are a subscriber and have not already won a copy in a previous voting session.

If the selected winner for whatever reason declines, the will be another draw for that same week. Each e-mail address can only win once! The catch? The winner, if agreeing, must provide a tape and enough money to cover postage ($5 American) of the tape to and from their place of residence. There will be no extra profit for us at BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER (as that would be illegal) or anything. We just want to get this movie out to more people as it’s not going to be definately released on tape just yet.

NOTE: I am not promoting the act of bootlegging videos and making a profit from it, I am merely looking for the cost of the tape and postage, so fans will be able to view the movie as it was supposed to be.

That said, let’s get voting! (And make sure to read the NO MAN’S ISLAND section below.)
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NO MAN’S ISLAND
ROUND TEN
(the SURVIVOR rip-off…erm…homage)
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

Round Ten – out of nineteen rounds. This is the official halfway point, everybody. It looks
like most of the riffraff have been exiled from Gotham Island, but the most heroic and horrific
remain. Who knows what is yet to come???

…A WALTZ DOWN MEMORY LANE…

A WORD FROM THE CAST-AWAYS:
THE PHANTASM: …”MY angel of death awaits…”
THE MAD HATTER: …”You idiot, Harvey…it was not Scarface that attacked us, it was……you’ll lose your head for this, I swear.”

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We don’t know how, but the Riddler sent out this radio transmission in the hiatus since the last round:

“Riddle me this: when do you know you’ve lost your nerve?
Answer: That I don’t know. Seriously. I’ve been under so much stress lately that I can’t even think of my riddles properly anymore.

“I’ve been on edge since Harvey offed the Mad Hatter last week – that could’ve been ME. Like, I’m trying to stay on the straight and narrow – at least in a criminal, illegal sense – but I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it. Harvey keeps jumping back and forth between liking and loathing me, and the Scarecrow is REALLY giving me the creeps. That, and I don’t think Harvey’s being perfectly straight with us, either. You know who I saw him speaking with the other day? Bruce Wayne’s butler – whatever his name is. Wilfred, or something. Now what’s up with THAT?”

That’s very intriguing indeed, Mr. Nygma. He then continued.

“That and I can feel some underlying sexual tension between he and Quinn – puh-lease, this is getting nauseating. Just like this game is. Why can’t I just win and the game be over and done with?? Ah well, back to planning out war strategies…later, outsiders.”

We wonder if the Riddler has even notified the Supa-Freakz that they’re actually waging war against the Joker and not the Ventriloquist, who was the one that destroyed their lair a few rounds ago. Ah well, should be interesting.

Meanwhile, back at the sinkhole, Ra’s Al Ghul’s plans were finally coming to fruition. “YES!” he exclaimed, happily out of character, holding a vial in his hand. “I commend you on your fabulous work, Isley. Now we can finally set out and accomplish our mission.” Poison Ivy and Bane rejoiced in their own, low key fashion. Ra’s noticed that Talia was less than jubilant. “Daughter, why are you acting this way? Do you not understand that we are within moments of succeeding in saving this hell hole?”

Talia sighed, arms crossed. “Father, this isn’t right. I care not to return this city to its natural beauty; too many lives will be lost. Besides, it was mostly HER doing, anyway. You’ve hardly played a role here.” In the corner of her eye, she could see Isley growing angry – she liked that.

“My dear daughter,” Ra’s said in a soothing tone, “think logically for a moment. I’m being tremendously generous by choosing to act on my wishes now. Rather than level a city of ten million, I destroy and rebuild a city and only lose twenty-one lives maximum.” Damn, Ra’s – so that’s why you agreed to enter this game so badly. Argh. “Do you not see the great act of courtesy I am performing?”

Talia sat in a funk, grumbling something about some “beloved” person. Hmmm. Poison Ivy spoke up. “Forget about her, Ra’s, let’s get going. We’re on a strict schedule here.”

“Bane? Where do you suggest we make ground zero?” the Demon’s Head queried.

“Many locations are suitable, but there is one in particular which I think perfectly suits our needs as it’s centrally located on the island – the Iceburg Lounge.”

After a quick revitalizing dip in the Lazarus Pit, Ra’s Al Ghul, Poison Ivy, Bane, and Talia got their gear and headed out.

At the same time, Catwoman raced across the rooftops, away from City Hall; she had overheard Alfred Pennyworth and Harvey Dent discussing SOMETHING, and the death of the Huntress had come up; Two-Face apparently has all his stooges on the lookout for her hide, ready to kill for a reward Bruce Wayne is apparently offering. But why would Wayne care? Unless……the Iceburg Lounge in sight, Catwoman doubled her speed, burning questions emblazed in her mind to ask her avian “employer”…

Harvey Bullock and Rene Montoya sat huddled together in their dark tomb of clay as Commissioner Gordon repeatedly tried to beat a hole through Clayface’s encompassing body to get some fresh air. “Commish, give it up – you’ve been doing that for an hour.”

Gordon wiped beads of sweat off of his brow. “You have any better ideas, Bullock?”

“He won’t let us die, he needs us as a bargaining chip,” Bullock continued. Montoya gave him a quick jab in the ribs.

“Ohhhh, you’re not as dumb as you look, tubby,” Clayface’s voice echoed within the caverns of caked clay. His sarcastic tone infuriated Gordon even further; he resumed attempting to beat a whole through his body, anything – but Clayface just retorted by laughing in his throat.

Ohhhh, will Gordon, Montoya, and Bullock survive? Will Batman get to them on time? Or will Clayface have the last laugh after all??? Keep reading to find out!

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AND AFTER A TENTH ROUND OF VOTING…

Batman stood hunched over atop a rooftop five blocks away from the Gotham City Police Department, peering through a pair of binoculars. He was disgusted by what he saw. Save for a few chunks of jagged brick and masonry, Clayface’s gargantuan body encased the entire three storey building. As his eyes focused, he could hear Nightwing grunt “Whoa!” and Batgirl sob “Oh my God” in the background. Mr. Freeze, the uneasy ally, stood silently; he already knew what part he was going to play in this charade.

“OK, group. Let’s go.” And they were off.

Clayface immediately picked up on Batman’s approach and lashed out a arm-like strip of clay to set him back; Nightwing and Batgirl ran top speed at the monster from either direction and he did the same thing. For a few minutes the three attacked Hagen but to no avail; it wasn’t until Batman commanded Mr. Freeze to fire that they made any headway. Freeze slowly walked over to Clayface in giant strides, embedded his gun within his dirty flesh, and pulled the trigger. “BLARGH!” Clayface bellowed out as his writhing, slithery body slowly froze up in a block of ice, inside out. Batman took a lead pipe laying in the gutter and burst a way through his body of ice and mud, breaking back into the building; quickly retrieving the huddled trio of cops inside, he ran back outside to watch Mr. Freeze freeze Hagen up to his head. Batman, Nightwing, and Batgirl catapulted themselves up onto the roof for a bit of Q&A.

“Why, Hagen?” Batman grunted, fists clenched.

“Go to hell,” Clayface moaned in painful response.

Batman smiled wryly. “Freeze!” Freeze started sealing up more of Clayface’s body in ice until he spoke.

“OK! OK!” he gasped, “it wasn’t my idea. But damn, it was the best bit of method acting I’ve ever done…” the shards of ice slowly crept up around Clayface’s face. “Idiot…didn’t tell me you had Freeze on your side…that avian bastar…” And his body froze up entirely.

Batman stood back and jumped down to street level where Gordon, Bullock, and Montoya stood together. He spoke to Freeze: “Get Hagen out of here.” Then he spoke to Gordon: “You OK?”

“Yes, I suppose. Now don’t you pull your disappearing act on me,” Gordon stated flatly, “what was THAT all about?”

Batman was already running down the street with his surrogate offspring when he called back, “it was the Penguin, Jim.”

Soonafter Mr. Freeze had managed to peel Clayface’s preserved icy body off of the sides of the police department’s exterior and set them afloat in Gotham River, he and Gordon’s crew took off eastward towards the Iceburg Lounge.

A whip lashed out of the blue and quickly tightened itself around Oswald Cobblepot’s throat; his tiny, tubby body was hoisted up off the ground, levered over his golden ceiling fan. Before he could even choke, Catwoman moved in to speak. “I knew that when I hooked up with you you’d try to pull something behind my back, Penguin – but what’s this about me being responsible for the Huntress’ death?” The Penguin squawked. “Oh, what was that?” She let go of the whip let him drop flat on his rear end on the ground; she gasped for a breath of stale air. “Care to repeat that, Oswald?”

“It – it was Bane, that did it. I thought we were doing you a FAVOUR getting her out of your hair.” He was telling the truth – sort of.

Catwoman walked over to Penguin’s armoir and noticed the golden crucifix laying on the ground in the room’s shadows. “I’d be more thorough with cleaning up this place – it would be very interesting to see what Batman would have done if he saw this…”

“What do you want?” the Penguin coughed.

“I’ll dispose of this item IF you give me half of the baubles you have held up in your ice fortress, here.”

“You’re insane.” A door slammed below; both the Penguin and Catwoman heard it – but she ignored it.

“Not really – just a savvy, brutal businesswoman. And from the looks of it, you don’t have a choice.”

And that’s when the door exploded off of it’s hinges. “Oh, COME ON! That’s like the THIRD TIME that’s happened to me in as many weeks!” the Penguin whined.

Once the smoke and dust of ceiling plaster and drywall cleared, Ra’s Al Ghul somberly entered the room, followed by Poison Ivy, Talia, and Bane, the anchor. “Hmm, the desktop would be an ideal location, Pamela. Set it down there.”

The Penguin and Catwoman exchanged glances with each other, shocked – they never expected THIS to happen, of all things.

“Pleased to meet you again, Mr. Employer,” Bane said in a smarmy voice, addressing the Penguin; Penguin’s skin went beet red, right to the tip of his fine Roman nose.

“What is the meaning of this?” the Penguin stammered.

“Urban renewal,” Ra’s responded as Poison Ivy cleared a place on Penguin’s desk by the open window. Setting down a large device filled with vials, wires, and tubes, she glared at Catwoman and winked. Ra’s continued. “Nothing personal. This is just something which must be done. I only wish the Detective could be here to see it.”

“Like hell it is…” Catwoman said, pushing the Penguin out of the way to go head to head with Ra’s. In the corner of her eye she saw Talia smile from the corner of the room – she didn’t seem to be too into her boss’ plan. “I don’t know who you are, but…”

“And so it shall remain that way. Thank you for being of service to us, Mr. Cobblepot. Pamela, Bane, let’s go.”

“No, father, I won’t do this,” Talia said, advancing towards Ivy to retrieve her insidious creation.

Ra’s sighed. “As much as I hate to see my daughter unhappy, I cannot let you interfere. Bane, remove her. Alive.” Bane promptly grabbed her, threw her under his right arm, and left.

Poison Ivy grinned as she caressed her biological weapon delicately. “And don’t play with this either – any adjustments and it’ll go off immediately.” She set what everyone thought was a bomb for ten minutes and started the countdown. “Toodles, baby.” She blew a kiss and quickly moved out the door, followed by Ra’s Al Ghul, whose attitude didn’t seem changed any since he first arrived.

TEN…

“Now, that was interesting,” the Penguin groaned, watching the weapon tick down.

NINE…

“I’m gonna stop it,” Catwoman said sternly; the Penguin quickly grabbed her.

EIGHT…

“No way! I’m getting out of here NOW. Leave it for Batman to handle.” The Penguin ran over to his armoir and grabbed his ‘propellor umbrella’ and made his way towards the window. He climbed up on the window sil and jumped out.

SEVEN…

“No, Cobblepot, you’re not getting off the hook THAT easily…” She grabbed his foot.

SIX…

“Let go of me! I can’t carry the weight of two people!” the Penguin stammered.

FIVE…

“No need to. You’re staying here.”

FOUR…

“You really ARE insane, you know that???” the Penguin said, slashing Catwoman with his umbrella; suddenly his perfect, eloquent speech reduced itself to inane insulting banter.

THREE…

The Penguin’s swing of the umbrella accidentally hit the bomb and knocked it onto the ground; one of the wires came loose and the timer started counting down ten times as fast. “Oh God…”

TWO…

“You IDIOT!” Catwoman spat. She grabbed the Penguin, put his rotund body under her arm, and dove out the window.

ONE

“You…saved me?” the Penguin groaned…

“For the moment…you’re not out of the woods yet, Cobblepot,” Catwoman retorted. And she was on the run. Again.

ZERO.

BOOM.

The Iceburg Lounge immediately imploded as bright rays of light shot in all directions; chunks of rock and concrete were tossed carelessly in all directions through the streams and clouds of smoke, leveling half of the buildings in the immediate area. After the initial explosion died down, a neon green light glared through the scorched earth and liquid of the same colour bubbled forth. Plant life ruptured through the cracked and craggly concrete canyons of Gotham City, slowly constricting and squeezing the life out of its urban landscape.

The Scarecrow was charging at the vacant GCPD when he found out. His fear gas in free-flow, searching for the insidious (but innocent) Ventriloquist, the shaking of the ground knocked him flat on his back; Two-Face and the Riddler dropped their guns and scrambled for their gas masks; Harley Quinn wasn’t so lucky. “Whoa…” the three men said as they stared in the distance, watching the buildings crumble to the power of the explosions of light, “…what the hell just happened there?” Harley’s screams of induced fear filled the air.

“Holy…” Robin bit his tongue, “what was THAT?” He and Alfred raced out of the Batcave to see what they could – only a bright light in the centre of town. “Alfred…isn’t that where the Iceburg Lounge is located?” He quickly ran out of the cave to aid his fellow heroes.

Batman, Nightwing, and Batgirl were making a beautiful arc through the air between skyscrapers when the earth shook and the buildings fell. They were virtually silent; after a second to take it all in, they ran towards the Iceburg Lounge double-speed.

The Joker was dreamily staring out of his 13th floor window when it happened. Surveying the city. His city. And then it happened! “WHOO!” the Joker screamed as the force of the repetitive explosions knocked him back into a wall. “I swear,” he groaned, clutching his side, “whoever did this is going to pay for BEATING ME TO IT! I was gonna do that. ME! ME! ME!” And his whining filled the night.

“Are you sure we should let this guy go around so freely?” Bullock queried as he, Gordon, and Montoya followed behind the Batsquad by a couple of blocks.

“No, Harvey,” Montoya replied, “but he and Batman have cut some sort of deal with Freeze, so until he does something wrong, I’m not interfering.” She sniffed herself. “Ewww, I STILL smell like mud…”

When the earth shook they were all knocked to the ground, with the exception of Freeze; Gordon fell right into his arms, soonafter frantically pushing himself away. “Th…thanks…”

“You’re welcome,” Freeze responded coldly, bluntly.

And they were off again.

“I’m so pleased this has finally come to fruition,” Ra’s Al Ghul said, ecstatic. Just give me until the end of this god-forsaken contest and Gotham will be completely at one with Mother Nature again.” Poison Ivy and Bane nodded. “And it came off without any interruptions whatsoever.”

Talia’s body surfaced on our side of Gotham River the following morning, unconscious but alive.

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ROUND TEN

Kicked Off:
TALIA (23.0%)
CLAYFACE (14.9%)

Those whom you DID vote for, but they’re still hanging around:
RA’S AL GHUL (12.2%)
THE PENGUIN (12.2%)
BANE (8.1%)
THE RIDDLER (5.4%)
HARVEY BULLOCK (5.4%)
THE JOKER (4.1%)
RENE MONTOYA (2.7%)
THE SCARECROW (2.7%)
CATWOMAN (2.7%)
BATMAN (2.7%)
HARLEY QUINN (1.4%)
MR. FREEZE (1.4%)
NIGHTWING (1.4%)

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

BATMAN
ROBIN
BATGIRL
NIGHTWING
ALFRED
COMMISSIONER GORDON
DET. HARVEY BULLOCK
RENE MONTOYA
THE JOKER
THE PENGUIN
CATWOMAN
THE RIDDLER
TWO-FACE
POISON IVY
THE SCARECROW
MR. FREEZE
BANE
HARLEY QUINN
RA’S AL GHUL

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Congratulations to our subscriber Bill Chambers for winning an unedited copy of RETURN OF THE
JOKER! Now don’t forget to vote, the rest of you!

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 (PST) on January 26, 2001.

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! (Mwuhahaha!) 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.

This is just more potpurri for ya’ll. Enjoy!

476. Which of the following villains has yet to have his/her animated origin shown in an episode?

A: Ra’s Al Ghul
B: The Joker
C: Harley Quinn
D: The Penguin
E: Catwoman

477. Which of the following characters has not had a “LOST YEARS” tale written about him or her (by “LOST YEARS”, I mean a story explaining any changes in their character between the “old style” and “new style” designs).

A: Nightwing
B: The Scarecrow
C: Catwoman
D: Batgirl
E: The Penguin

478. Tim Drake…

A: …has a father nicknamed “shifty”
B: …knew Jason Todd in high school
C: …once had a run-in with Ra’s Al Ghul
D: …has never had a rematch with Two-Face
E: …is under 12 years old

479. Barbara Gordon…

A: …shares the same blood-relation with Commissioner Gordon that she does in the comics
B: …was once voiced by Melissa Joan Hart
C: …is still haunted by the Scarecrow in her old age
D: …had a fling with both Bruce and Dick
E: …donated blood to the bloodbank to save Nora Fries

480. Paige Monroe…

A: …has appeared in more than one story
B: …has appeared in an episode which also featured the voice of Barry Bostwick
C: …is over the age of 30
D: …dyes her hair according to each season
E: …once worked on a movie with Matt Hagen

481. Garfield Lynns…

A: …once blew up the Janus Movie Theatre
B: …did pyrotechnics on a movie featuring Matt Hagen
C: …has an ex-girlfriend named Cassandra
D: …lost an Arkham Asylum duel to Mr. Freeze
E: …is well known for his barbequeing talents

482. Edward Nygma…

A: …should really be spelled “Edward Nigma”
B: …has been referred to as “Eddie Questionmarks” before
C: …currently wears a toupe
D: …is voiced by Mark Hamill
E: …is a raging lunatic

483. Jervis Tetch…

A: …met Superman twice
B: …has yet to appear in the pages of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES
C: …has bled onscreen
D: …has appeared in more BTAS/STAS/BEYOND episodes than Talia
E: …all of the above

484. Harvey Bullock…

A: …weighs less than Bane
B: …is a private detective
C: …has appeared in more than one BTAS episode set around the Christmas season
D: …dislikes Two-Face extra much because he is damaging the “goodness” of their shared first
name
E: …was forced to play football by his dad in his youth (though this scene was delted from the episode “P.O.V.”)

485. Ace the Bathound…

A: …once took on Ace of the Royal Flush Gang
B: …has been referred to as both “Scooby” and “Snoopy”
C: …is a great dane
D: …all of the above
E: …none of the above
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AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia)

Answer to #476: D
Answer to #477: B, E
Answer to #478: A, D
Answer to #479: C, D
Answer to #480: B, C
Answer to #481: A
Answer to #482: B
Answer to #483: E
Answer to #484: A, C, E
Answer to #485: D
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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, STAS and BEYOND countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy!

CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF:
1) You know how Robin is kidnapped by the Joker in the flashback sequence of “RETURN OF THE JOKER”? Apparently he was missing for “three agonizing weeks”. OK, but as Alfred mentioned in the BTAS episode GROWING PAINS, Batman kept a tracking device in his belt. Now, it IS possible Batman got rid of the tracking device to being with or the Joker found it and discarded it, but I dunno…(in the scenes where Robin’s on the electrocution table you can’t see his belt, so maybe…)

2) Also, did you notice the big Joker playing card hang from the ceiling of the Joker’s “house” at Arkham in the flashback? That’s probably the same one that can later be seen in the Batcave all throughout the BATMAN BEYOND TV series.

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(by “Jonathan Weisberg”)
1) In “Animal Act” when Batman and Nightwing are attacked by the mind-controlled circus performers, the sword swallower pulls a big sword out of his throat. Cute, but illogical. What does he do, just keep sharp metallic objects in his throat for good luck? Anyway, as the sword is coming out, there is a loud metal-against-metal “sheathing” sound effect. He’s pulling the sword out of his throat! Shouldn’t that sound indicate that he just cut himself open? Maybe he’s got more swords inside.
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MERCHANDISING: WHERE THE REAL BAT-CASH IS MADE
(by anyone???)

Anyone? Hellooooo? Olly olly ox ‘n’ free?
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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: “When in Rome” (#34)
WRITTEN BY: Scott Peterson
PENCILS: Tim Levins
INKS: Terry Beatty
ISSUED: January 3, 2001 (Cover date Apr 2001)
RATING: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)

Though I’ve never been a huge fan of Maxie Zeus, I’ve always found that his stories in the animated continuity have provided a fun, light-heaerted counterpoint to the darker stories on the series. But, just because they’re fun, that doesn’t mean they are STUPID stories, either. Hardly. This was a perfectly written tale with cute puns and an original criminal plot that kept me going from cover to cover.

Maxie Zeus is definately the modern-day reincarnation of good ol’ King Tut from the 1960’s series. He’s absolutely insane, believing himself to be an ancient diety and, therefore, being invincible to anything us lowly mortals can throw at him. The idea of his gimmicky identity being threatened by a Roman-themed amusement park being built in Gotham was a great touch; only something this silly, this trivial would upset a god like Zeus.

Speaking of the god motif, I loved the panels and the pacing where one of Zeus’ kidnapped lackeys confronts him about his reasons for recreating a ROMAN civilization since he’s a GREEK god. I was thinking the same thing; I was very happy that Peterson didn’t overlook this potential blooper but, instead, addressed it head on. (Then again, the Roman gods were direct rip-offs of the Greek originals, so I guess that this would work either way…)

The art was terrific as always; Levins and Beatty repeatedly outdo themselves. I also loved the little things Peterson throws into the issue, like Dick and Tim fighting in the Batcave, Zeus being his cheesy self, playing the violin as his civilization crumbles (sadly, this fits into his character!), and Dick playing solitaire on the Batcomputer while Zeus remains at large – obviously, this case isn’t of that high priority. That was great humour between the lines –
erm, panels.

Another terrific issue! I can’t wait for more!

;-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 (or higher) 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 #35
February 7th
Synopsis: 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

FOLLOWING MONTH:
March 7th
Synopsis: Superman is tracking down a Metropolis mobster who’s hiding out in Gotham, but he needs the help of Gotham’s hometown hero on his search!
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249711.jpg

BATMAN BEYOND #17
January 31st
Snyopsis: 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.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0010/17/BB17.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH:
February 28th
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.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/BB18.jpg
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NEWS AND RUMORS

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-An interview with Mark Hamill regarding RETURN OF THE JOKER can be found here:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0012/14/hamill.htm
-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)
-THE ZETA PROJECT will debut on the WB at 10:30 am EST (9:30 PST) on January 27, 2001.

ANIMATED COMICS
-Craig Rousseau has put this inked comic page on his website: it was cut from the RETURN OF THE JOKER comic adaption due to space restraints (or possible “censoring”, again – you be the judge). Go have a look!
//www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanArticle251339.jpg
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #36
Written by Scott Peterson; art by Tim Levins and Terry Beatty; cover by Bob Smith and Beatty Guest-starring Superman! The Man of Steel is tracking down a Metropolis mobster who`s hiding out in Gotham, but he needs the help of Gotham`s hometown hero on his search! Besides, only Batman knows where to get the best Italian food in Gotham at 4 a.m.!
Ships March 7, 2001.
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249711.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
-BATMAN BEYOND #19
Written by Hilary Bader; art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh; cover by Brian Stelfreeze Ma Mayhem`s boys, Carl and Slim, have just busted their dear old Ma out of jail so they can spend some time with her – oh, and perhaps plan a kidnapping or two! This dysfunctional family is up to no good, and it`s up to Batman to put an end to their family reunion!
Ships March 28, 2001.

OTHER COMICS
-Artists Terry Dodson (HARLEY QUINN) and Damion Scott (BATGIRL) have both signed exclusive contracts with DC to stay on their respective titles for another 12 months.
-The Rucka/Loeb Detective Comics/Superman crossover is described as this:
Batman returns to terrorize President Lex Luthor, demanding he hand over the Kryptonite Ring in SUPERMAN #168 (due out March 7). In DETECTIVE COMICS #756 (due out March 21), Lois Lane enlists in Batman’s help to continue with his quest, but Superman stands in his way.
Cover for SUPERMAN #168: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249720.jpg
Cover for ‘TEC #765: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249707.jpg
-BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #15: Poison Ivy escapes Arkham and heads for a “Save the Rainforest” benefit where she decides to take a few hostages — including Robin`s father, Jack Drake! When Batman and Robin arrive, they find the hostages now under Ivy`s control — and ordered by Ivy to attack!
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249708.jpg
-The fifth and final tradepaperback reprinting the NO MAN’S LAND saga (featuring the entrance of Lex Luthor and rampage of the Joker in SHELLGAME and ENDGAME) will be available in March 2001.
Cover: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249715.jpg
-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!
-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

MOVIES
-For videos of the cut scenes from the edited ROTJ video, go here:
//4colorreview.simplenet.com/reviews/return_of_the_joker/return_of_the_joker.shtml
-Contrary to earlier reports, Paul Dini is NOT currently writing a draft for another BATMAN BEYOND movie.

*BATMAN BEYOND: LIVE ACTION NEWS:
-Paul Dini is currently writing his first draft for the live-action Batman Beyond film.

*BATMAN: YEAR ONE (BATMAN 5) NEWS:
-Two names are being thrown about as being offered the role of the young Bruce Wayne/Batman for Aronofsky’s YEAR ONE movie: Jared Leto and Aaron Eckhart.
-Chris O’Donnell has stated he will not appear in another Bat-film as Robin.
-Jack Nicholson IS still interested in doing another Bat-film if he were ever asked by the WB, who can’t seem to get around the fact that his character died in the first movie.
-Read a new interview with Darren Aronofsky here:
//www.fandom.com/batman/editorial.asp?action=page&obj_id=248753
-The WB is starting to warm up to the idea of a Bat-flick again. Read the article, found here:
//www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6595,93617,00.html
-Bill Ramey of the Batman On Film site reiterates on the latest casting rumor to the BATMAN: YEAR ONE movie:
“A possible clarification of that Aaron Eckhart news that surfaced a week or so ago. I put the rumor up to one of my sources last week, and he just got around to firing an email back to me over night. Anyway, while he wouldn`t, or couldn`t, confirm or deny the rumor, he says that it is very possible that Aronofsky would go with someone in that mode. He continued that even though it is “year one” of The Batman, it doesn`t mean that we are going to get a super young Bruce Wayne. The actor chosen could well be in his late 20`s or early 30`s. He reminded me that Aronofsky has been quoted as saying “this will not be teen Batman,” and that he had not decided just how old Wayne would be in the film. He further mentioned that he had heard that with the live-action BATMAN BEYOND having a young Batman, the people behind YEAR ONE may avoid any similarites.”

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-Remember the WB show based on Clark Kent’s teen life that was going to be made? It still is – and they’ve officially titled it “Smallville”.

EXCLUSIVE INTERNET ENDEAVOURS:
-The eighth GOTHAM GIRLS webisode entitled “Three Babes” (it’s a Goldilocks parody) can be found at //www.gothamgirls.com
-The ninth GOTHAM GIRLS webisode entitled “Lady X” can also be seen. It features…get this…all the gals in the sauna. Yeah. Might as well go take a look, huh?

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-WARNER BROS. HOME VIDEO had this to say about episodes of BTAS being released on DVD:
“Don’t be surprised to see some DVDs and VHSs containing episodes and new (!) material when the next BATMAN film is released.”
-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 Batman poster by Alex Ross will be available on April 25, 2001, for only $7.95.
Here’s a picture: //www.fandom.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages249721.jpg
-A statue of The Demon is due out on June 20, 2001. Here’s a picture:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0011/14/DemonFig.htm
-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
-BATMAN: TOTAL CHAOS will be available for Game Boy Colour on January 18, 2001. 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 I’ve seen, you’ll also encounter Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and maybe even Killer Croc.)

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)

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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
BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER EDITS PAGE
//www.geocities.com/bbeyond/rotjcuts.html
CRAIG ROUSSEAU’S OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE

BATMAN: DEFENDER OF GOTHAM
//www.fandom.com/batman
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
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED ARCHIVES
//www.toonzone.net/news/btan
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
GOTHAM CITY USA
//www.GothamCityUSA.com
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
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:

juno@dccnet.com

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/news/btan
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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
‘RETURN OF THE JOKER’ GIVEAWAY: 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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2000 “GOLDEN OVAL AWARDS” POLL FORM

Alright! Fill this out and e-mail it right back to juno@dccnet.com if you’d like to be included in our poll for the best and worst of 2000! We must recieve entries by February 3, 2001, as results will be posted in our issue delivered on January 5, 2001. And, why not, just as in the NO MAN’S ISLAND section, we’ll select one of our voters to win a copy of RETURN OF THE JOKER here, too.

BUUUUT you can only vote once!

NOTE: No episodes of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES are eligible, and only BATMAN BEYOND episodes that came out in 2000 (BABEL was the first (Episode #25), and they continued on from there) will be considered. Do NOT include RETURN OF THE JOKER in this section; ROTJ has its own section of the form later on.

As for the comic series’, all issues of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES from #22-33 are eligible, and all issues of BATMAN BEYOND from #4-15 are eligible. For the BTAN section, Issues #51-82 are eligible. (Long live the archives!)

THE REALMS OF THE ANIMATED UNIVERSE
#1. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” EPISODE
#2. WORST “BATMAN BEYOND” EPISODE
#3. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” DESIGN
#4. WORST “BATMAN BEYOND” DESIGN
#5. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” VOICE
#6. WORST “BATMAN BEYOND” VOICE
#7. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” MUSIC SEQUENCE
#8. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” VISUAL EFFECTS
#9. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” ‘GOOD GUY’
#10. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” VILLAIN
#11. WORST “BATMAN BEYOND” ‘GOOD GUY’
#12. WORST “BATMAN BEYOND” VILLAIN
#13. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” WRITER
#14. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” DIRECTER
#15. BEST “GOTHAM ADVENTURES” COMIC
#16. WORST “GOTHAM ADVENTURES” COMIC
#17. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” COMIC
#18. WORST “BATMAN BEYOND” COMIC
#19. BEST “GOTHAM AVENTURES” COMIC COVER
#20. BEST “BATMAN BEYOND” COMIC COVER
#21. BEST “BTAS/BEYOND” ACTION FIGURE OR OTHER PIECE OF MERCHANDISE

RETURN OF THE JOKER
#22. BEST ACTION SEQUENCE
#23. BEST SCENE
#24. BEST CHARACTER DESIGN
#25. BEST PLOT TWIST/REVELATION
#26. BEST VOICE ACTOR
#27. BEST MUSICAL SEQUENCE
#28. THE CUT MADE TO THE FILM THAT YOU CAN LIVE WITH
#29. THE CUT MADE TO THE FILM THAT DROVE YOU CRAZY
#30. SHOULD THE FILM HAVE BEEN CUT TO BEGIN WITH?
#31. WAS ROTJ A GOOD MOVIE, IN YOUR OPINION?
#32. NOW THAT TERRY HAS DEFEATED THE JOKER, DO YOU SEE HIM AS A WORTHY SUCCESSOR TO BRUCE WAYNE AS BATMAN?

THE MAINSTREAM COMIC BOOKS
#33. BEST OVERALL CHARACTER
#34. BEST HERO
#35. BEST VILLAIN
#36. WORST HERO
#37. WORST VILLAIN
#38. BEST STORY-ARC
#39. WORST STORY-ARC
#40. BEST SINGLE-ISSUE STORY
#41. WORST SINGLE-ISSUE STORY
#42. BEST MINI/MAXI-SERIES
#43. BEST WRITER
#44. WORST WRITER
#45. BEST ARTIST
#46. WORST ARTIST
#47. FAVOURITE MOMENT OF 2000

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER
#48. BEST ONGOING ARTICLE/SECTION
#49. WORST ONGOING ARTICLE/SECTION
#50. WHAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THE MOST IN EACH ISSUE
#51. WHAT YOU LOATHE THE MOST IN EACH ISSUE
#52. WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST HELPFUL?
#53. WHAT STILL NEEDS SOME TWEAKING?
#54. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ISSUES?
#55. SHOULD WE HAVE MORE CONTESTS?
#56. BEST “BTAN” ISSUE

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