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The reason Beware the Batman is focusing on lesser known villains.Is because Batman's more popular villains are appearing in Young Justice. It would be an ironic reversal of the bat-embargo that prevented Batman villains from appearing in Justice League Unlimited because they were appearing The Batman, but this time it is the Batman series that can't use Batman's rogues gallery.
Professor Pyg will be a criminal genius instead of a disgusting psychopath.Based on his appearance on the promotional image, he seems to be wearing a casual business suit instead of the scrubs and apron he wore in the comics, and the official website states that he leads the criminal underworld. This was likely done because Professor Pyg in the comics was a very dark and disturbing character who did some really sick things that would not be able to be aired on a show on Cartoon Network.
Joker will be The Man Behind the Man to Anarky.Word of God already stated that they won't be doing a Joker story. If Anarky will have a Bigger Bad, it will most likely be Prometheus, which I'm hoping desperately to make an appearance in a cartoon.
The show will eventually become a Batman and the Outsiders seriesKatana and Metamorpho are confirmed to appear. So is Tobias Whale, who was the original archenemy of Black Lightning, making it less of a stretch that they plan to bring him in at some point as well.
This Anarky will be of a different brand than the comic book Anarky.In the comics, Anarky is more of an Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain, whose goal is to bring about a society without hierarchy, exploitation or coercion. He is similar to Batman himself, in that he breaks laws and does not work within acceptable social norms to bring about his goals. He is the archetype of the noble anarchist, seeking to free the oppressed and downtrodden from their captors. How does leading the criminal underworld and working with villains and mobsters such as Tobias Whale and Professor Pyg square with that? It doesn't. This Anarky isn't the social libertarian, egalitarian kind. He's a nihilistic, amoral rational egoist who believes that one's possessions is what one can take and keep, through violence if necessary. He believes in a lawless and anarchistic society in which only the strong survive by stamping on all who oppose them. In other words, this Anarky isn't Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, he's Max Stirner.
The show will feature no "classic" villains... for a little bit.The production team's aim is to showcase the villains of lesser renown and expose general audiences to villains they have never seen before rather than retreading the same old stories. That's the plan, and they'll probably stick to it for a couple seasons. But given enough time, there's no telling how the direction could change. Who ever would had thought that The Batman would culminate in a Justice League season? Probably not even the show's producers or writing team. Beware the Batman probably will eventually decide to take on some classic villains, and their arrival will be all the sweeter because of that. Because we will have built up to that Joker story rather than just jumping into it. But until then, Anarky, Professor Pyg, Magpie and the rest should be interesting enough on their own that we won't have to wish for a Two-Face episode.
Beware The Batman and Green Lantern: The Animated Series are set in the same universe.Both are CGI DC cartoons being produced around the same time. There may be an eventual crossover ("Beware their Power"?). Of course, they might not be, because while they are both CGI, they seem to have different animation styles (Green Lantern is pretty much Timm Style in 3D. Beware the Batman has a more exaggerated, cartoonier style and characters are more elongated and thin rather than barrel-chested and square-jawed. In fact, it's almost comparable to what The Batman would look like in 3D, but less Anime-esque. But despite being cartoonier, it appears that Beware will have more realistic textures and surfaces).
Gotham City will have a consistent geography and map rather than sets being made and thrown away for single episodes.They are literally building the city with 3D modelling. It would be a great opportunity for them to have defined locations and realistic geography rather than Simpsons Geography, where the city just magically changes to suit the episode. Obviously, they can't foresee every single set they will ever need and will have to add and change things, but otherwise, Gotham will be fairly consistent.
The in-universe reason Anarky is replacing JokerBatman has already beat Joker. Anarky is out for revenge. The fact that they might possibly be father and son in the comics supports this.
Lady Shiva will turn out to be a Composite Character.Of herself and Talia Al Ghul.
Victor Zsasz and The Flamingo will appear in the show and will be toned down like Professor PygThis show is focusing on lesser known villains and Zsasz and The Flamingo are more obscure than the likes of The Joker, Poison Ivy or Two-Face, so the creators will probably include them in the show. So how are they going to include these two characters, who are very brutal in the comics, into family-friendly show on Cartoon Network? The creators have already toned down Professor Pyg, a very disgusting villain, so they will probably do the same to Zsasz and The Flamingo. The writers might turn them into simple Psycho for Hire henchmen and they will be as kid-friendly as possible (think about toning down Carnage in 90's Spider-Man animated series).
The first Red Hood will appear in the seriesHis episode will end with him getting accidentally knocked into a vat of chemicals and a cliffhanger where his suit will have been colored purple and his hand is white. It'll be left ambiguous after that (unless Executive Meddling sets in). The Joker may be well-known, but the Red Hood is more obscure (unless you count Jason Todd).
"Classic" villains will appear in the series, but rarely and they will also be revamped.Even though this show is focusing on lesser known villains like Professor Pyg, Mister Toad or Magpie, it it confirmed that Ra's Al Ghul will appear on the show. Batman's more well known foes will appear on the show, but they will rarely appear, only appearing in few episodes or so (with possible exception of Ra's and Talia, if she is introduced) since the writers don't want to overuse them. If the "classic" villains appear in the series they will be revamped in order to make them different from their previous animated counterparts. Possible revamps for classic foes:
This is all part of a plot to destroy the DC Nation blockFrom a business standpoint why would any station jerk around not one, but two decently rated shows the way they did Green Lantern and Young Justice, only to drop them and give almost no advertising for their upcoming replacements? This wouldn�t be the first time a popular show has been crushed just because one guy in management doesn�t like it as much as the fans do. Beware The Batman is only confirmed to air in DC Nation and, like Young Justice and Green Lantern, is a dark, tightly-plotted action show, while TTG! is a series of interchangeable comedy shorts. If the entire DC Nation block is pulled, as Cartoon Network has shown it can be, THIS show is the one that will be unable to build an audience and push merchandise.
Two-Face will not appear, but Harvey Dent will.He'll just be the thoroughly non-evil District Attorney and will not become a supervillain.
Anarky will be revealed as Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong instead do Lonnie Machin.The General has always been a villain, while the traditional Anarky has walked the line between Chaotic Good and Chaotic Evil. And his role as The Chessmaster in this series would fit the General's Anarky better.
Anarky has one long, overarching plan that will span the series.Greg Weisman's apparently attached to the series. This is an inevitability.
Cartoon Network isn't interested in Beware the BatmanBecause Cartoon Network isn't interested in action cartoons with plots, they're going to try and hiatus Beware The Batman to death, just like Green Lantern and Young Justice. They replaced Young Justice with Teen Titans Go, a low-budget chibi comedy instead of a new season like everyone wanted. Not only that, they advertise it constantly, Young Justice, Green Lantern, and now even this show barely get advertised, they don't even get to air at any time other than Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings (rerun). TTG airs every day of the week. CN loves low budget comedies because they make millions because they don't have to put much effort in them, and shove all their action shows (including Beyblade and Pokemon) to early mornings. Beware the Batman will also get replace by another low-budget comedy that airs every day and is advertised constantly. It will probably even be a Young Justice spin-off instead of season 3.
Hush will appear.
Ra's Al Ghul is more of Katana's enemy then Batman's.Word of God is that Katana is a former member of the League of Assassins. As such, things will be very personal between her and Ra's. Ra's will be reinvented as Katana's Arch-Enemy and as someone who doesn't much care for Batman. He understands that Batman is a threat and will fight him when necessary, but he regards him as "that strange fellow who dresses like a bat and works with Tatsu."
The Outsiders will be formed.Katana's here, Metamorpho is confirmed to show up and Black Lightning's nemesis Tobias Whale is part of the Rogues Gallery.
Film Freak will appearHe's a minor villain, and he has a cool gimmick (imitating movies). Plus, he has those cinema earrings. How could anyone not want him in a Batman show?
The fact that Batman has based himself on an animal will not go unnoticed by Pyg and Toad.
The Argus Club is involved with...
The Terrible Trio will appearLike Mad Monk and Hugo Strange, they're lesser-known villains with potential.
Haley's CircusFor a season finale Katana decides to leave gotham and batman for some reason and alfred trying to cheer bruce up takes him to haley's circus to see the flying graysons
Batman's most well-known rogues are in this series...But they are not the focus, but will sometimes be mentioned in an out of context fashion, possibly in a ridiculous manner.
Michael Holt will become Mr. Terrific at some point in the series.Why bother specifically pointing out his name otherwise? He could become a potential ally to Batman and Katana later on.
Barbara Gordon won't become Batgirl in this series.Instead she'll go straight to being Oracle. This series is trying to avoid giving Batman teen sidekicks, with the role of his partner being given to the adult Katana. She probably won't be in a wheelchair, but using Barbara as a teen computer genius instead of a vigilante seems in line with the writers desire to create new dynamics in the Batfamily.
Bronze Tiger will appear
Mr. Toad is a genetically engineered toad.When Pyg and Toad first appeared, it was quite obvious that Pyg was a big guy wearing a pig mask. However, Mr. Toad looked more like a Funny Animal and was the first character to have explicit superpowers (sonic croak}. Considering all the various medical advice and puns Pyg used, it would not be a stretch to say that the Professor did genetic experimentation on Toad when he was a normal toad in the hopes of creating a plucky sidekick. The sonic croak must've been a cool side effect.
Professor Pyg will team up with another ecoterroristSpecifically either Poison Ivy if the creators were going for the traditional route with her or another plant based villain altogether. They'll initially team up due to their shared belief of sticking it against humanity for their crimes against nature, but they'll eventually turn on each other due to their fanatical beliefs clashing against one another, with Pyg wanting to protect only the animals with the plant obsessed villain wishes to destroy everything with flesh and bone and wants the Earth to be ruled by plants.
Anarky is still Child Prodigy Lonnie Machin and will have a tragic backstory mirroring Bruce Wayne's.He most likely had overbearing parents who adhered to control, and even that did not save their lives, so their son lashes out at the world. Or more specifically, the order of the world. Considering his bratty attitude in "Tests", this is likely to be the case.
Jason Blood and Etrigan will show up later in the seriesBatman, running up against a supernatural villain (most likely Gentleman Ghost), will need the assistance of Jason Blood to defeat him.
The Dating Catwoman trope will end tragically.Specifically, Magpie is gonna continue having the hots for Batman, but the Caped Crusader will not be reciprocating the feeling. AT ALL. This sort of romantic stonewalling on Batman's part would fracture Magpie's already fragile psyche to the point where she'll be going full-blown murderous Yandere mode upon anything that would hold Batman's attention that is not her, leading her to target our heroes, other villains, and even civilians. It's probably gonna particularly brutal if the creators decide to introduce the actual Catwoman and play the namesake trope straight with her and Bats.....
Kobra will be a villain in season 2In the 4th episode Jason Burr appears so it wouldn't be a stretch if his twin Kobra appears in season 2
Robin will appear in a later seasonBruce adopts Dick Grayson and he later becomes robin to help batman but he will see Katana as a Cool Big Sis
The JSA will appear
Superman referencesWhen Batman gets a jetpack, Alfred will make a snarky remark like "You can fly like that fellow in Metropolis."
Lucius Fox doesn't work for Wayne Enterprises yet
Nocturna will appearShe will benefit from Adaptational Heroism and be an ally to Batman and possibly a love interest.
Black Lightning will show up.His Arch-Enemy, Tobias Whale, has debuted in "Broken", so it'd make sense for Black Lightning to appear as well. And since Metamorpho's in the show as well, we'll also have a new member of the Outsiders.
Season 2 Batman will meet the Martian Manhunter
Jason Burr will be Katana's love interest
Anarky isn't actually going to be Batman's Arch-Nemesis.That was an attempt at disinformation. The real "main villain" will be Ra's al-Ghul and the League of Assassins, with Anarky being more of a Big Bad Wannabe.
Connections to Batman: The Animated Series
Katana will learn who Batman is at the end of the first half of the Season
Cassandra Cain will finally make an animated appearance
Anarky and Humpty Dumpty will make an alliance
Q will appear and make a teamup with the Batman himself
All guns are Gauss guns
The stylized firearms in this show will at some point be explained in a casual fashion.Mainly in that these laser firearms are much more efficient than normal firearms.
We only saw the real Humphrey Dumpler in the flashback.Like his namesake, he became permanently crippled when the RPG round hit him. But he managed to build a perfect telepresence robot and a remote control system in his own likeness to exact his revenge. That's why he was so tough in spite of being a morbidly obese man who once took an explosive to the face. Big Bad Wannabe and Hugo Strange was actually a bigger villain than Joker himself in the early years. He's either working with Anarky (probably a Hidden Agenda Villain) or is manipulating Anarky without him even knowing it and will be Eviler than Thou.
The Outsiders will appear in this show
Superman will appear in the show.To keep with the general theme of obscure or under-used villains, though, they will use one of Superman's obscure villains.
Gotham gang warThe Gotham underworld will get embroiled in one where all the crime families try to take over but they are being manipulated by Anarky just to sow chaos
Anarky and the Argus Club
Anarky is a robot
Bruce and Tatsu...
A young woman with a baby will show up chased by The League of Assassins and a group of cultists..her name will be Arella RothBatman will spend the episode protecting her from them. We will get a Batman vs The Avatar of Trigon fight, Azar showing up, and finally a future vision of a team put together by Batman...The Teen Titans (with Raven and Robin specifically) thus cementing a "sequel" or off shoot series later on.
Anarky is a Fallen Hero.He started out as a Well-Intentioned Extremist early on in his career, but succumbed to He Who Fights Monsters somewhere down the road, which made him into the villain that he presently is.
The League wants the Ion Cortex
Ra's is dead dead, and his soul is in the Soultaker Sword.Ra's aged beyond the point where his body could be revived by the Lazarus Pit, something which was a concern just beyond the horizon in the comics. Here? It's happened. But to cheat death one more time, Ra's had his soul absorbed into the Soultaker Sword. That's why the League of Assassins wants it so badly. Somehow, using the Ion Cortex which they also want, the League will super-charge the Soultaker Sword and use it to not only reinsert the soul of Ra's back into his body, but reinvigorate his body in a way that the Lazarus Pit no longer can.
Deathstroke will guest star in an episode called "Terminator".Why? Rule of Cool, that's why!
The chemicals in "Sacrifice" will eventually be used again.It will be refined, however, and turned into Venom. It might not be used by Bane, though.
The reason Bruce dislikes the police
Mr. Toad was once humanOf course, even before his transformation, he and Professor Pyg were still bent on bringing justice to those who harm the ecosystem. In an scheme to help them along with their goal, they worked on an experiment that would give normal toads supersonic croaks. Despite careful calculations, the experiment went horribly wrong and Mr. Toad ended up mutating into what he is today. Rather than being repulsed though, Mr. Toad took pride in his new appearance and abilities, believing himself to be closer to nature than ever before.
Beware the Batman will air on Saturday nights on Toonami when it returns in JanuaryIt's pretty much clear that Cartoon Network doesn't want to air this show anymore, most likely due to it being an action show, and also because they want to focus all their attention on another DC Nation show (hence why this show rarely if ever gets any advertising). They've put both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series on hiatus, and both shows ended up getting cancelled. That being said, Beware the Batman hasn't even finished a single season yet. It's a slim chance, but it might end up being moved to Toonami on [adult swim] to air the rest of its season. If it does, it might even do better there than it did on Saturday mornings and end up getting a second season (it helps that the crew behind Toonami actually appreciates action shows and is willing to give them a chance, like they did with ThunderCats and Sym-Bionic Titan).
The Electrocutioner will appear.Presumably as a henchman for another villain. If not, than as a freelancer who ends up working for said other villain.
Cartoon Network wants us to forget this seriesThats why it keeps repeatedly postponing this series without reason.
Cartoon Network will cancel this series
Killer Moth will appearAnd I don't mean the Joke Character he's been reduced to now (the sole reason being he's moth-based). I'm talking about the original Evil Counterpart Silver Age actually-a-credible-threat version.
The blackout in Gotham City will lead to a situation similar to No Man's LandThe producers originally wanted to do a No Man's Land-inspired show, and said that they would incorporate elements from their pitches into the final show. Perhaps this is one of them.
Knightfall will be adapted into a multi-part episodeBecause it's high time somebody did that.
Ten-Eyed Man will appear.Either as an ex-U.S. soldier freelancer or a member of the League of Assassins.
Batman Jones will appear.With a different first name. He'll be Batman's biggest fan.
Anarky's true identity is Creed, Barbara's date from "Choices"Combined with the "Anarky is a robot" WMG above. In the comics, Anarky is FAR younger than he appears, and his behavior in his first appearance resembles a temper tantrum when Batman refuses to be his archenemy. Creed reads Barbara's Batman blog and is relatively calm about all of the crazy stuff that happens on their date, saying only that it was "Cool to meet Batman." It would seem that his family is rich enough that he can afford a fancy car and order lobster without eating it, so he might have the resources to buy a lot of Anarky's tech.
Harvey Dent doesn't suffer from Adaptational Villainy, he suffers from being voiced by Christopher McDonaldGiven that everyone he plays in an @$$hole. Ever notice that?
Two-Face would have developed a GOOD sideHe never technically becomes Two-Face in the finale and he doesn't even remove the bandages in his face until the final scene. His already-deranged personality could have further split down from there.
Sapphire Stagg will become an energy being like in Birds of Prey #51-52She'll blame Metamorpho for it and the two will become enemies.
Max Shreck will appear in at least one episodeThe idea behind this series is using obscure characters and Shreck only appeared in one film.