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Old July 8 2013, 06:41 PM   #286
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Re: "Beware the Batman" in 2013! New Animated Series

I remember the Batwave, and thinking it was really goofy. Maybe it makes more sense if you want more realism, but I've never been a fan of people trying to make superheroes more "realistic". The bat-signal is just awesome, and the batwave just seemed like a weird gimmick that was just kind of there. It wasn't really a factor in what I thought of the early parts of the show that I've seen, but hearing they got rid of it is nice.
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Old July 8 2013, 08:03 PM   #287
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The Bat-Signal never made much sense. It only works on a cloudy night! Although sometimes the comics have had it shine on the side of a skyscraper, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a searchlight; why not just put some kind of signal light on top of the skyscraper itself, like the colored lights they use on the Empire State Building to commemorate various things?

And Batman's always been on the cutting edge of technology. Maybe a searchlight signal was cutting-edge in the 1940s, but not in the 21st century. It makes sense that he'd have something like the Batwave, an AI agent that monitors police bands, news, and such for signs of criminal activity and alerts him electronically. I liked it because it added something new and believable to the mythos rather than just wallowing in nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia. Although the actual design of his Batwave pager was kind of silly, with a big Batman logo right there on the front of it. Not a good idea for a device that Bruce carries with him and pulls out of his pocket in the middle of crowds, as he was often shown doing.
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Old July 8 2013, 10:39 PM   #288
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Why not just the "Bat App?"
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Old July 8 2013, 11:02 PM   #289
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The Bat-Signal never made much sense. It only works on a cloudy night! Although sometimes the comics have had it shine on the side of a skyscraper, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a searchlight; why not just put some kind of signal light on top of the skyscraper itself, like the colored lights they use on the Empire State Building to commemorate various things?

And Batman's always been on the cutting edge of technology. Maybe a searchlight signal was cutting-edge in the 1940s, but not in the 21st century. It makes sense that he'd have something like the Batwave, an AI agent that monitors police bands, news, and such for signs of criminal activity and alerts him electronically. I liked it because it added something new and believable to the mythos rather than just wallowing in nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia. Although the actual design of his Batwave pager was kind of silly, with a big Batman logo right there on the front of it. Not a good idea for a device that Bruce carries with him and pulls out of his pocket in the middle of crowds, as he was often shown doing.
Well, I don't know. I just thought it was goofy for something that looked like batman's cell phone to vibrate, show a flashing Bat signal, and then he'd go to work. It was not a big deal (especially with all the other problems the episodes i've seen from the early seasons had) and it wouldn't have changed whatever my opinion of season 4 turns out to be. I'm just not a fan of the batwave.
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Old July 8 2013, 11:34 PM   #290
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^As I said, I agree the design was goofy, but I don't see why it should be goofy for Batman to use modern technology to get called to action the same way a doctor would get summoned to the hospital if there were an emergency.

Besides, the Bat-Signal can only exist if the police cooperate with Batman. In the first two seasons of this series, the Batman hadn't yet won public acceptance and the police chief was hunting him as a fugitive. So there had to be some other way of alerting him to crises.
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Old July 8 2013, 11:35 PM   #291
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Wasn't the Batwave connected with the toy line? I thought they'd respond to the Batwave when it was on TV.
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Old July 12 2013, 09:23 PM   #292
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I believe this is the first in depth interview conducted with the series producers so far.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?p...ticle&id=46586
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Old July 12 2013, 11:09 PM   #293
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Actually, ComicsAlliance did an interview on Tuesday -- I kept forgetting to post the link.

http://comicsalliance.com/beware-the...iew-producers/

These both have me considerably more intrigued about the show. The '70s-detective/procedural focus, the choice of villains based on what they can reveal about Batman's personality, the plan to have the characters evolve and change over the series... most of all, as discussed in the CA piece, their willingness to take risks and not play it safe. It sounds like this has a lot of potential.
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I like the idea of a more minimalistic, Trent Reznor-style score for this show. I just hope it doesn't veer too much into the industrial rock style of Batman Beyond, whose music got to be really grating after awhile.

And the CG animation is starting to really grow on me as well.
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Old July 13 2013, 12:00 AM   #295
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I'll be checking this out tomorrow.
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Old July 13 2013, 01:05 AM   #296
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I like the idea of a more minimalistic, Trent Reznor-style score for this show.
I don't know who Trent Reznor is, but minimalist musical "soundscapes" do not appeal to me at all. I like melody, darn it!


I just hope it doesn't veer too much into the industrial rock style of Batman Beyond, whose music got to be really grating after awhile.
I hated that music from the get-go. It's one of the reasons I was never really that fond of BB.


And the CG animation is starting to really grow on me as well.
The jury's still out for me. I'll have to see more of it.
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Trent Reznor is the lead vocalist from Nine Inch Nails. In recent years he has co-collaborated with Atticus Ross for the scores to both David Fincher's "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".
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Old July 13 2013, 01:36 AM   #298
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That still doesn't help me, since I don't listen to that band and I haven't seen those movies. (Though I probably should see The Social Network at some point, since it's Aaron Sorkin. I'm just not that interested in the subject matter.)
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Old July 13 2013, 01:38 AM   #299
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We've got our first clip online now. It's hard hard to judge from such a short bit, but the voices and music seem good, and I actually kind of like the animation style now that I've seen it in one continuous scene.
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Old July 13 2013, 01:46 AM   #300
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^So far Batman's voice doesn't impress me much -- kind of one-note. Although it's hard to judge from such a brief clip, and maybe the actor will get better as he adjusts to the role.

It sounds like they're following Michael Caine's precedent, giving Alfred more of a working-class accent than usual. (And I bet it turns out to be Katana that he's calling.)
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