R2's Day- Burning the Bat (UPDATED)

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Beware the Batman

Because this is a face of someone you want upset with you.....

Cartoon Network in a move that makes very little sense  (to me...) is burning off the remainder of their excellent series "Beware the Batman" in the final hour of Sunday's "Toonami" block.  That's right, starting at 3am on this coming Sunday (11 May 14), you can watch one of the more interesting interpretations of Batman in quite some time.

At an hour very familiar to old-school Babylon 5 fans.   "All Alone in the Night", indeed.

And thus begins the rant:  

Doesn't Warner Brothers OWN Cartoon Network?  Aren't Superhero properties currently the hottest thing going?  And who is the most popular superhero in history?

(The answers are Yes, Yes and the G-D Batman.)

Cartoon Network's idiotic (and outgoing) head, Stewart Snider (who's responsible for bringing live action and reality shows to a CARTOON network) managed to mismanage every opportunity to make Warners competitive with the current Marvel/Disney TV initiatives.  The DC Universe block could have been great.  Young Justice was brilliant-it could've been the DCAU for a new generation... 

But no... we just get more funny Teen Titans.

Oh, to add insult to injury- Beware the Batman was just nominated for a daytime Emmy.  Too bad you can't actually watch it during the daytime.


While Cartoon Network struggles to find a new head (maybe this time they won't be searching in their ass....), I suggest that Warner's take all the DC properties that they can and see if there's enough there to start a DC Network.

Let's see- Just as a mental exercise, how many DC based series are there?

  • Adventures of Superman (1952-1958, 104 episodes)
  • Batman (1966-1968, 120 Episodes)
  • Wonder Woman (1975-1979, 60 Episodes)
  • Superboy (1988-1992, 100 Episodes)
  • Swamp Thing (1990-1993, 72 Episodes)
  • Human Target (1992, 7 Episodes)
  • Lois & Clark, the New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997, 87 Episodes)
  • The Flash (1990-1991, 22 Episodes)
  • Birds of Prey (2002-2003, 13 Episodes)
  • Human Target (2010-2011, 25 Episodes)
  • Smallville (2001-2011, 218 Episodes)
  • Arrow-(2012 to Present, 44 episodes)
  • The Flash (2014- 22 episode order (apparently, at this time))
  • Gotham (2014- 22 episode order) 
  • Constantine (2014-waiting for NBC greenlight)

Someone else can go through all the animated series...