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New ‘Batman’ Taking Flight

Feb 9, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Warner Bros. Animation is set to place its highest-profile action hero in a new environment.
The company is producing “The Batman” for Kids’ WB and the Cartoon Network. The new animated project will chronicle the early days of the Caped Crusader’s life.
Taking a cue from the comic book’s original premise, “The Batman” will follow alter-ego billionaire Bruce Wayne when he is in his mid-20s and his third year as the superhero. Musician The Edge, from multi-Grammy Award-winning band U2, will perform the series’ theme song.
“The Batman” will debut in the fall on Kids’ WB and then later in the TV season on Cartoon Network.
“Batman is one of animation’s most recognizable and most popular characters,” said Sander Schwartz, president of Warner Bros. Animation. “For decades, legions of fans throughout the world have enjoyed Batman comics, feature films, television series and made-for-video releases. 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.”
Warner Bros. Animation has produced several highly successful Batman interpretations, starting in the early 1990s, when the Emmy Award-winning “Batman: The Animated Series” premiered. In early 1999 Warner Bros. Animation spun the story forward with “Batman Beyond,” and in fall 2001 Batman appeared with his super-hero peers as part of “Justice League,” which debuted on Cartoon Network.
“To me, this is a dream project. Batman is the ultimate action-adventure property, and I’ve been a fan all of my life,” said Sam Register, senior VP of original animation, Cartoon Network. “The characters will remain true to their heritage, but we’re going to deliver an action-adventure show that will feel so fresh and stylish that today’s kids will love it as much as we all did growing up. I think this new Batman animated series will be a show that kids and their parents will watch together.”