Fans at Comic-Con were treated today to footage of the new 'Batman' animated TV series 'The Brave and the Bold', which airs later this year on Cartoon Network. On hand to present the footage were Sam register, executive VP of Warner animation, James Tucker, supervising producer, Michael Jelenic, story editor, Brandon Vietti, director, Ben Jones, director, Michael Chang, director, Diedrich Bader, the voice of Batman and Andrea Romano, voice director on the show.
Tucker and Register revealed that the genisis of the show lay in the opening titles of the 1960s 'Batman' TV series, which utilized artwork by classic Batman artist Dick Sprang. The idea was to do a show in the same style of Sprang's comics, which had a lighter tone than the character currently enjoys.
Although the show is designed to be friendly for young audiences, the crew assured fans that it does not make fun of the caped crusader or see the Dark Knight doing standup. Instead the show's lighter side will come from the other inspiration for the show: The Brave and the Bold comics.
The new show will see Batman teamed with other DCU heroes, with each adventure taking place in different places in the universe.
The footage we saw played against a breezy Jazz tune, which we were told was the rough cut of the actualy theme song from the show. In the demo reel, guest characters Green Arrow (classic model), Plastic Man, Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes model) and Fire were seen doing battle with the likes of the Gentelman Ghost, Gorilla Grodd, Kanjar Ro and other.
Batman was in full-on gadget mode, flying in the bat-plane in some scenes, and soaring on a bat-jet-pack in others.
The crew were reluctant to name all the characters that would appear during the show's 26 episode run, but the strategy is to use characters that fans haven't often seen Batman interacting with. The implication is that Superman, Wonder Woman and the core Justice League characters would not appear, at least not early on. Aquaman and Red Tornado have been revealed to be on the team-up roster.
One fan asked why they were using the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle when so many fans love the Ted Kord version. Tucker replied cryptically that fans whould know he thinks Ted Kord is great too, which suggests that version of the character may also appear.
Tucker also said that the new batmobile, which did not appear in the clips, is really cool. He wanted it to be the swiss-army knife of super cars, able to transform into the bat-plane or bat-boat with the flip of a bat-switch.
Look for more about the show when we present the complete transcript of the panel later this week.
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