A new Batman series, Beware The Batman, has been airing Saturdays on Cartoon Network. Rather than go episode-by-episode, especially since it can take cartoons a few episodes to really get going, we've given it a few. Here's what we think, so far.
On the other hand, individual episodes can be a bit rough or generic so far; the opening episode in particular was pretty much just a string of action scenes with a thin, unexplained set of villains. Further episodes get a bit better on this, and it's unfair to compare this show to Batman: The Animated Series, but you can't help but do it. And there's dialogue cliches and plot cliches aplenty in a few episodes.
Easily the consistent problem is that Batman is the least interesting guy in his own show. True, it's not like the other Batman shows have been masterful at exploring Batman's inner turmoil, but it would be nice if he at least got a little more to do than punch things.
Unfortunately, there is one pretty glaring problem: Anthony Ruivivar, the voice of Batman, just doesn't work. His delivery is so flat and unemotional that Batman's primary emotion seems to be "bored." Granted, Batman is a tricky character to play, and the scripts aren't really helping, but Ruivivar is primarily a screen actor and, right now, it really shows.
Overall, the show has promise, but it needs some work and perhaps a bit more of a budget. But it's a bit better than the press materials made it look, and we'll be curious to see more of the show.