WB Almost Went With Batman/Superman Cartoon
When Warner Bros. was putting ideas together for a new Batman animated series, one of the ideas tossed around included pairing the Caped Crusader with Superman.
We came up with the lighter version of the show, which was Batman – specifically Bruce Wayne – and Clark Kent at the beginning of their careers. The show revolved around Clark as a cub reporter coming to Gotham City, where he meets Bruce. They’re also just becoming Batman and Superman. Clark and Bruce become friends, but Batman and Superman hate each other. Then they realise who each other is, and get on the right side and end up living in the same building.
It explored two guys in their early 20s as they were becoming heroes. That was the gist of the story. But there was just a feeling that although they really liked it, the timing for a Batman/Superman team-up show just didn’t feel right. Not yet. I can tell you that variations of that idea are always on the boards or something to possibly do, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Watson also said another idea floated around was a Batman animated series similar to Escape From New York, but was decided against as being too dark.
While the animated division of Warner Bros. ended up going with Beware The Batman, we see on the movie side of things that Batman/Superman movie was green lit as announced at Comic-Con.
Beware The Batman airs Saturdays on Cartoon Network.
Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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