^Whoa, those opening titles are gorgeous. They looked more like really good 2D animation than 3D, and they reassured me that Murakami's gift for striking design and visuals is still very much in effect. I hope the show proper manages to do such interesting things with lighting and composition. Of course he is. It's Murakami's show, and he's chiefly an artist, so of course he's the main person responsible for every aspect of the show's design. He probably did do the core character designs himself, and is responsible for designing or at least approving the entire visual style of the series, in the same way that Bruce Timm was primarily responsible for the design style of B:TAS. He was one of its producers in its first couple of seasons, but the head creators behind that show were Duane Capizzi on the writing side and Jeff Matsuda on the artistic side (the character designs were Matsuda's). Also executive producer Alan Burnett, who was one of the core creators behind B:TAS and several of its sequel series. At the time, Murakami was the showrunner on Teen Titans, so I'm not sure how big a role he could've had in producing TB. A lot of the people who worked on The Batman have done great work elsewhere, including executive producer Burnett, supervising producer Michael Goguen (who went on to direct a number of Brave and the Bold episodes), producer Linda Steiner (who also produced TB&TB), and writers including Steven Melching (TB&TB, The Clone Wars), Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice), Stan Berkowitz (the '90s Spider-Man and most of the DCAU shows), and Joss Whedon veterans Jane Espenson and Douglas Petrie. I think you're being too harsh on The Batman. It was the weakest of the modern Batman shows, but it improved over time, and there were some really impressive episodes in its run. In particular, it had a Berkowitz-scripted Riddler origin episode that was much better -- and more B:TAS-like -- than B:TAS's own Riddler debut. Glen Murakami was the head creator behind the original Teen Titans series, and is an associate producer of the new version as well, though it seems to be mainly Aaron Horvath & Michael Jelenic's show. (Horvath is a veteran of the MAD animated sketch-comedy show. Jelenic was a story editor on Jackie Chan Adventures and The Batman and a producer on TB&TB and the recent Thundercats.) Okay, you clearly don't know what you're talking about here. Basically Mystery Incorporated was Scooby-Doo a la The X-Files, with shades of Twin Peaks and H.P. Lovecraft, filtered through the comic sensibilities of Freakazoid! It was a smart, witty, satirical, visually bold, often surprisingly intense reinvention of the Scooby universe with strong characters and a rich mythology. It even had Harlan Ellison playing himself in a couple of episodes. It was Scooby-Doo for people who don't like Scooby-Doo, yet it was also a loving tribute to the tropes and conventions of the original. Regardless of the subject matter, it was a wildly creative and daring reinvention of its source material, and if Mitch Watson brings even half of that creativity and daring to Beware the Batman, then we are in for one hell of a roller-coaster ride. How do you know what it's trying to be? And how do you know the villains won't be compelling just because you aren't familiar with them? You're making a lot of very reckless and ill-informed assumptions. I've already explained to you why that's a nonsensical attitude. Mr. Freeze was obscure, deservedly so, but then Paul Dini made him one of the best villains ever. You're wrong to assume that characters are trapped by what they've been in the past. Characters get reinvented all the time, and many great, beloved characters are reinventions of characters that were originally lame or uninteresting. Obviously this is a definition of "cheap" I'm unfamiliar with. "Cheap" means inexpensive, having little money put into it. Naturally Disney shows are not going to be money-starved. So you're not making a coherent point here.