WB Animation recalls Caped Crusader for TV toon

NEW YORK — Warner Bros. Animation will produce a new small-screen animated version of the Batman story for Kids’ WB and Cartoon Network.

“The Batman” will bow on the Kids’ WB Saturday ayem sked this fall before moving over to sibling Cartoon Network in early spring 2005.

Story will catch up with Batman in year three, as he’s in his mid-20s and adjusting to his dual life as the Caped Crusader and billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Classic rogue’s gallery of foes (Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, et al.) will be featured as young Batman meets them for the first time.

Theme song for skein will be performed by U2’s the Edge. Former Batman Adam West will lend his voice as the Mayor, and Gina Gershon will voice Catwoman.

Batman made his comicbook debut in 1939. Graphic novels featuring the Dark Knight are perennial bestsellers for publisher DC Comics.

Warner Bros. Animation has produced earlier toon incarnations of the character in “Batman: the Animated Series” and “Batman Beyond,” and the superhero continues to appear on the “Justice League” series seen on the Cartoon Network.

“The new series will continue this timeless tradition, while adding an exciting new interpretation that will appeal to current fans as well as attract a whole new generation to the celebrated Batman franchise,” said Sander Schwartz, prexy of Warner Bros. Animation.

Latest bigscreen version of “Batman” is forthcoming from Warner Bros. in 2005, helmed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale.

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