“Beware the Batman” is an animated series that followed a younger Batman and also featured a more physical and aggressive Alfred and Katana as Batman’s sidekick, instead of the usual Batman-Robin duo. The show has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Children’s Animated Program category. Other shows on the list include Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Monsters vs. Aliens, and Netflix’s Turbo Fast. The show was more specifically nominated for its second episode, “Secrets,” which introduced the villain Magpie. However, the show is no longer airing during the daytime but that didn’t stop it from being nominated for the Daytime Emmy.
The show first aired mid-July of last year and ran its first 11 episodes up through the beginning of October. It was then pulled from the air without any comment or statements from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Comics, or Cartoon Network. However, it was recently announced that “Beware the Batman” will be put into the Toonami time spot of 3AM on Sundays starting in July, one year after the show had originally first aired.
Toy sales have often been a common reason why many of DC’s animated shows have undergone premature cancellations. What’s ironic is that their main competitors might actually be DC themselves. Toys based off DC shows would have to compete against Batman Black and White, DC Classics, and other DC collectibles that include a many Batman action figures every month. Only one figure has been released in retail from Beware the Batman.
Other DC shows that have been pretty well-received have also met similar cancellation fates. “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” was the first Green Lantern television series and the first CGI DC/Warner Bros. series. The series focuses on adventures of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814, and his partner Kilowog. It had three Annie nominations and received an 8.2/10 average rating from IMDB. Another one, and one of my personal favorites, was “Young Justice,” in which teenage superheroes famous for being sidekicks to popular DC heroes (Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad) try to prove themselves to be members of the Justice League. “Young Justice” actually won a Primetime Emmy, and later got nominated for a Daytime Emmy when it moved into a morning time slot. It received an 8.6/10 from IMDB. “Beware the Batman” has been nominated for the Annie Awards’ Best Animated TV category this year as well. Currently, “Teen Titans GO!” is the only show from DC Entertainment on Cartoon Network with no new DC shows scheduled to air for 2014-2015.
So while “Beware the Batman” joins this list of unfortunate DC animated shows hurt by toy sales and pulled from the air, we can at least finish off its first and likely only season. At least those of us who aren’t sleeping at 3 AM Sunday mornings.