I haven’t really been following all the animated DC cartoon news, but Beware the Batman, the dark (!) CGI cartoon telling Batman’s early days and team-up with Katana, has been pulled by the Cartoon Network, although tweets indicate it may return in January, when the heat will be on. It’s scarily reminiscent, in fact nearly identical to how they pulled Young Justice about a year ago. If you can get by the horrifying Bad Grandpa wrapper on the site, IGN has salient details and analysis. In a statement, CN said
“Currently, Beware the Batman is no longer on our air. DC Nation will continue on Saturday mornings at 10/9c with new exclusive shorts and a full hour of encore episodes of Teen Titans Go!”
IGN’s Scott Collura worries that CN doesn’t seem to be pushing the DC Nation block much, and certainly, more humorous takes on the characters, such as Teen Titans Go! have been doing better in the ratings. Like I say, I haven’t been following the ins and outs of the cartoon world as well as I should (time being finite) but at NYCC I was chatting with some people who do and it was observed that comics fans clamor for dark serious stuff and detest Teen Titans Go! but general audiences seem to like it better. Right now, anyway.
As an aside, it cannot be stressed enough that it was the 90s superhero cartoons, X-men and the Timm/Dini Batman: TAS that kept these characters alive for youngsters when the comics publishers abandoned that audience completely. The cartoons reached both boys AND girls and really paved the way for the more diverse audience for the characters you see today. In other words: CARTOONS GOOD.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.