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Old 02-09-2004, 11:11 AM   #1
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(02-09-2004) WB spruces Batman for Cartoon Net take -- Variety *

WB spruces Batman for Cartoon Net take


NEW YORK (Variety) --- Warner Bros. Animation will produce a new small-screen animated version of the Batman story for Kids' WB and Cartoon Network.

"The Batman" will bow on the Kids' WB Saturday ayem sked this fall before moving over to sibling Cartoon Network in early spring 2005.

Story will catch up with Batman in year three, as he's in his mid-20s and adjusting to his dual life as the Caped Crusader and billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Classic rogue's gallery of foes (Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, et al.) will be featured as young Batman meets them for the first time.

Theme song for skein will be performed by U2's the Edge. Former Batman Adam West will lend his voice as the Mayor, and Gina Gershon will voice Catwoman.

Batman made his comicbook debut in 1939. Graphic novels featuring the Dark Knight are perennial bestsellers for publisher DC Comics.

Warner Bros. Animation has produced earlier toon incarnations of the character in "Batman: the Animated Series" and "Batman Beyond," and the superhero continues to appear on the "Justice League" series seen on the Cartoon Network.

"The new series will continue this timeless tradition, while adding an exciting new interpretation that will appeal to current fans as well as attract a whole new generation to the celebrated Batman franchise," said Sander Schwartz, prexy of Warner Bros. Animation.

Latest bigscreen version of "Batman" is forthcoming from Warner Bros. in 2005, helmed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale.

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From U2.com:

"To The Batmobile, Edge!

Edge in Gotham City to perform theme song for new series of 'The Batman'.

'The Batman will feature the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history in action-packed super-heroic adventures, melding the renowned character's extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills with a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and amped-up Batmobiles.' (It says here.)

The theme song for the new show, which hits screens this autumn, will be performed by the Edge. This is not the first U2 brush with the Dark Knight. Click here for the lowdown on an earlier collaboration:

According to Warner Bros, 'The new series picks up Batman's story in year three: in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Living in Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, beneath elevated train tracks and within a 150-year-old drainage system, this younger Batman will confront updated takes of familiar foes -- meeting each member of his classic Rogue's Gallery for the first time. From the likes of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the war on crime jumps to the next level with a new arsenal at the Dark Knight's disposal, all operated and linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the "Bat-Wave."


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