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Beware the Batman is a 26 episode American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on July 13, 2013,[1] as part of their DC Nation block. The series premiered on October 11, 2013 on Teletoon in Canada.[2]

Beware the Batman was pulled from the Cartoon Network schedule, after only 11 episodes, and put on hiatus on October 23, 2013 without explanation. The series returned to Cartoon Network during the Adult Swim Toonami block starting Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3:00 AM. Unfortunately, the series was written off by Cartoon Network causing the series to leave the Toonami lineup forever. However, before the series left the block, the final 7 unaired episodes made their US premiere on September 27, 2014 in a special Toonami marathon.[3]

Volume one of the series, titled "Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham," was released in the United States on DVD and Blu Ray on February 18, 2014. Volume two, titled "Beware the Batman: Dark Justice," will be released on September 30, 2014.

Series OverviewEdit

Color Season Episodes U.S. Season Premiere U.S. Season Finale
1 26 July 13, 2013 September 27, 2014

Season 1 (2013-2014)Edit

#

Episode Title

Director

Writer(s)

Original Airdate

01 "Hunted" Sam Liu Mitch Watson July 13, 2013
Eco-terrorists Professor Pyg and Mister Toad are hunting Gotham City's resident billionaires Simon Stagg and Michael Holt to make them pay for their crimes against nature, revolving around a shady development deal at the local swamp. When Bruce's butler Alfred is kidnapped in Bruce Wayne's place (it was revealed that Bruce was unknowingly involved), Batman must work to save him, Stagg, and Holt from Pyg and Toad. In a sub-plot, Alfred hires a new bodyguard for Wayne: a young woman named Tatsu Yamashiro.
02 "Secrets" Rick Morales Mitch Watson July 20, 2013
Batman is hot on the trail of an extremely dangerous thief named Magpie, who not only sports razor sharp fingernails laced with poison but is also invulnerable to pain. But Batman is not the only one after her. Lt. James Gordon is after her as well and the two will ultimately go head-to-head to catch her.
03 "Tests" Curt Geda Jim Krieg July 27, 2013
A new villain has arrived in Gotham to challenge Batman: Anarky. Resembling a ghost image of Batman, Anarky prides himself on his brilliance and intends to prove it to Batman by manipulating a pair of street thugs named Junkyard Dog and Daedalus to do his bidding. But Anarky's real plan is far more devastating: seeking to create a disaster seen by all of Gotham and proving once and for all that even the great Batman is powerless to protect his fair city from the clutches of Anarky.
04 "Safe" Sam Liu Mark Banker August 3, 2013
Introducing the prototype of his newest product to the entire world called the Ion Cortex (a powerful device capable of solving the world's energy crisis), Bruce Wayne hires brilliant scientist Dr. Jason Burr to work on the project. The announcement also draws the attention of the League of Assassins. While Batman is in Gotham investigating the League of Assassins, The League's agent Silver Monkey is sent by Lady Shiva to kidnap Dr. Burr. When Silver Monkey attacks Wayne Manor to kidnap Dr. Burr while posing as a security official, it is up to Alfred and Katana to keep the assassin at bay until Batman arrives. But Katana is armed and ready for the task with the legendary Soultaker Sword.
05 "Broken" Rick Morales Michael Ryan August 10, 2013
Strange life-sized toy soldiers have started appearing all over Gotham....armed with real weapons! When Batman investigates however, he discovers that they are not toys, but people trapped inside explosive shells. People ranging from one of Tobias Whale's hit squad operative Joe "Ice Pick Joe" Crimple to Whale's financial adviser Donovan Baker, and the city's District Attorney Marion Grange. The clues all lead to a former mob accountant named Humphrey Dumpler (AKA Humpty Dumpty) who went insane when Whale tried to silence him before he could testify. Now, Dumpty wants payback and his next target is Lt. James Gordon.
06 "Toxic" Curt Geda Erin Maher
Kathryn Reindl
August 17, 2013
After responding to a break-in at the chemical labs at Stagg Industries, Batman rescues security guard Rex Mason who had been exposed to a weaponized toxic gas known as "Project Metamorpho." Soon, Rex begins to mutate and gains the ability to manipulate the elements of his own body. Terrified and unable to control his new abilities, Rex becomes a fugitive. Realizing that this metamorphosis is slowly killing Rex, Batman sets out to find a cure. But Rex is only concerned about one thing: Sapphire Stagg (the woman he loves) and he would risk all of Gotham to be with her. But her father Simon Stagg holds secrets of his own and will do anything to keep them apart.
07 "Family" Sam Liu Mark Banker September 7, 2013
With the League of Assassins knowing where the Soultaker Sword is but unable to get Katana to return it, Silver Monkey (with the help of Bethanie Ravencroft) decides that the only course of action is to kidnap Bruce Wayne and hold him for ransom at the A.R.G.U.S. Club. When Katana shows up to turn over the Soultaker Sword and rescue Wayne, Alfred causes a diversion buying Wayne enough time to suit up and join the battle. Teaming up with Katana to fight Silver Monkey and his ninjas, Batman finds himself in an all-out ninja fight.
08 "Allies" Rick Morales Erin Maher
Kathryn Reindl
September 14, 2013
Tobias Whale is the most powerful gangster in Gotham City. After years of trying, Lt. Gordon finally has the evidence to put him away for good after Batman stops Whale and his gang from robbing a Stagg Enterprise warehouse. But Whale is not going to be "harpooned" easily. After his lawyer Milo Match demands that Gordon release Whale, Gordon's daughter Barbara is kidnapped. With no other options and time running out, Gordon is forced to ask Batman for help. While monitoring Whale's men, Batman learns that Barbara has been taken to "The Cauldron" (a former industrial park that became the most dangerous part of the city following the financial crisis years ago) which is populated by a gang of criminals known as "the Ghosts." With Katana's help, Batman stages a raid on the Cauldron. But the real threat is not the Ghosts, but the man guarding Barbara: Whale's chief enforcer Phosphorus Rex!
09 "Control" Curt Geda Michael Stern September 21, 2013
In the League of Assassins' next attempt to gain access to the Ion Cortex, Lady Shiva sends another one of their agents to steal the information directly from Burr's mind: the wall-crawling, half-computer assassin Cypher. Batman and Katana try to stop Cypher, but Katana inadvertently gets herself captured. Now, Batman must find a way to take down Cypher while he is in control of both Burr and Katana.
10 "Sacrifice" Sam Liu Mark Banker September 28, 2013
After stealing a valuable package from the League of Assassins, Anarky pins the blame on Batman. At the same time, he informs Batman where he can find Lady Shiva: the Gotham Contagion Research Center (a building that handles rare and deadly viruses). Although they know it's a trap, Batman and Katana go anyway. Unfortunately, the assassins accidentally release an airborne mutative toxin into the building called Calibosix. Now Batman, Katana, and Lady Shiva have to escape the building before its breach protocol is initiated, while staying ahead of two mutated assassins.
11 "Instinct" Rick Morales John Matta
Matt Weinhold
October 5, 2013
Professor Pyg and Mister Toad are back. This time, they've set their sights set on Gotham's elite couture culture. Leaving clues that only Batman can decipher, they attack both a fashion model named Azzura and a clothing designer named Liam Taylor. After Batman and Katana are able to save them, they end up uncovering Professor Pyg and Mister Toad's master plan: to destroy the yacht where the after-party for Gotham's Fashion Week is being held.
12 "Attraction" Curt Geda Len Wein July 26, 2014
After Batman shows pity to Magpie in prison, she breaks out and is willing to kill Katana in a jealous rage.
13 "Fall" Sam Liu Mark Banker August 2, 2014
Jason Burr (who still has Cypher's control in him) steals the Ion Cortex for the League of Assassins as Lady Shiva brings Ra's al Ghul out of suspended animation. Batman, Katana, and Alfred then find themselves in a difficult situation as they battle the League of Assassins in a fight to save Gotham City from darkness. Batman is captured by Ra's al Ghul, while Katana and Alfred are left scared and alone.
14 "Darkness" Rick Morales Mitch Watson August 9, 2014
Batman makes an unlikely alliance with Silver Monkey to escape from the League of Assassins. Meanwhile, Katana, Alfred, Lieutenant Gordon, and Barbara take action as Ra's al Ghul's attempts to cleanse the city during the black out has left it terrorized by "the Ghosts" and other criminals.
15 "Reckoning" Curt Geda Mitch Watson August 16, 2014
Ra's al Ghul recruits all of the super villains Batman has brought down (Professor Pyg, Mister Toad, Magpie, Tobias Whale, Phosphorus Rex, and Cypher) to eliminate Batman in exchange for control of a piece of the city. Batman races to find Ra's location and save both his partners and the entire city while Lt. Gordon and Barbara attempt to hack and disable the Ion Cortex once and for all.
16 "Nexus" Sam Liu Mark Banker August 23, 2014
Six months after the black out caused by the League of Assassins, new District Attorney Harvey Dent is trying to put a stop to the mask and cape crisis. Batman finds himself being framed for an attempted attack on the life of Mayor Marion Grange and takes drastic action to find out who is responsible.
17 "Monsters" Rick Morales Greg Weisman September 6, 2014
Batman and Katana team up with Rex Mason (who has been classified as the "Golem of Old Gotham") as they combat an increasing army of armored thugs that have been terrorizing several parts of Old Gotham after they were supplied the high-tech armors that came from Stagg Enterprises. In addition, they also dodge Harvey Dent's newly-created Special Crimes Unit which is ordered to take down both the armored criminals and the vigilantes fighting them.
18 "Games" Curt Geda Adam Beechen September 13, 2014
Humpty Dumpty captures Batman, Katana, Gordon, Mayor Grange and Tobias Whale and makes all of them play his Murder Mystery Game.
19 "Animal" Sam Liu Mark Banker September 20, 2014
In order to track The Key, a thief who has stolen a dangerous piece of code-breaking software, Batman has himself arrested and thrown into Blackgate Prison. However, the prison's "king", Killer Croc, is also interested in obtaining the Key, and organizes a prison riot to obtain him and get rid of Batman.
20 "Doppelgänger" Rick Morales John Matta
Matt Weinhold
September 27, 2014
Batman and Katana encounter a strange Man-Bat creature, an experimental result of Pyg and Toad's animal army of mutant humans. Meanwhile, in order to keep his enemies closer, Bruce Wayne befriends Harvey Dent and the captain of the SCU, Dane Lisslow, with whom he makes a strong connection.
21 "Unique" Curt Geda Ivan Cohen September 27, 2014
Ava Kirk, an old friend of Bruce Wayne's comes to him for help, when her father, Paul, has been cloned by The Council, a mysterious organization, to create an army of super soldier Manhunters.
22 "Hero" Sam Liu Mark Banker September 27, 2014
Desperate to rid the city of Batman, Harvey Dent allies with Anarky, who recruits a new "hero" to take Batman's place: the newest member of the Special Crimes Unit...Deathstroke.
23 "Choices" Rick Morales Mark Hoffmeier September 27, 2014
When Batman and Katana are ambushed by Killer Croc in the subway, it's up to Barbara Gordon to save them. Only one problem: Barbara is on a date.
24 "Epitaph" Curt Geda Mitch Watson September 27, 2014
When Bruce Wayne is "assassinated" by Batman, he lets the world think he's dead and goes in search of the imposter.
25 "Twist" Sam Liu Mark Banker September 27, 2014
Batman continues to work in secret while Harvey Dent recovers in Gotham Hospital. Blaming Batman for everything that has transpired, he enacts martial law in Gotham.
26 "Alone" Rick Morales Mitch Watson September 27, 2014
When Alfred is taken hostage by Deathstroke in the Batcave, Batman must face him alone. Meanwhile, Harvey Dent reveals his true nature as Two-Face.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Harvey, James. ""Beware The Batman" CGI Animated Series Coming For 2013, "DC Nation" Updates ". . http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/news.php/news.php?action=fullnews&id=1139. Retrieved on April 4, 2012. 
  2. "Beware the Batman ". Teletoon Canada. http://www.teletoonmedia.com/en/index.php/teletoon/show_page/category/beware_the_batman. Retrieved on September 19, 2013. 
  3. "Good News/Bad News Batman Fans ". Toonami.tumblr.com. September 22, 2014. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/98164760488/good-news-bad-news-batman-fans. Retrieved on September 22, 2014. 

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