Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New Batman? This has potential

Cartoon Network is launching a new Batman animated series, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold." Read the link for more details.


So, what's a die-hard "Batman: The Animated Series" fan thinking?
This has potential.
Yeah, Batman's a deathly serious character, but a little humor rarely hurts. Some of the best moments from "Justice League" involved the Flash and his comic relief. If Wally West enhanced that show, I'm confident Blue Beetle won't ruin this one. Besides, we have more than 100 solo Batman stories ... let's see him in new situations with new characters. I like the decision to take things a different direction, though I'd love animated series on characters other than Batman and Superman, who've pretty much been done, and done brilliantly. How about Wonder Woman? The Martian Manhunter? Or, my absolute favorite, The Question?

The one thing that does bother me is the art. That alone will probably kill my interest the same way it did for "The Batman." I've been spoiled by the Bruce Timm stuff, so can we please make our super hero cartoon characters look human, and not comic-bookish? Look at that Batman logo on his chest ... those wings are far too large. The Blue Beetle looks like some kind of demon, and Green Arrow looks like his sidekick, Speedy. You don't need Bruce Timm, but lets drop the angular drawings and get some curves in there, please.

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