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Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham Season 1 Part 1 (2014)

Anthony Ruivivar , Jb Blanc  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Ruivivar, Jb Blanc, Sumalee Montano
  • Producers: Sam Register
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GJ6HQDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman_es core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City_es criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a _\Batman show..

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Get It Through Your Belfrys...Everyone Pays!" November 17, 2013
By Bowman
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't get confused by Amazon listing this Warner Home Video DVD release as containing "Number of Disks: 1". The original WHV press release promised 2 discs with 13 episodes. If you zoom in on the upper right corner of the artwork for the DVD you will see it also advertises "13 Episodes" & "2 Disks". Amazon does list in the Product Details that the "Run Time: 286 minutes". Now we know that each episode runs 22 minutes in duration and if multiplied by thirteen this gives a product of 286 minutes. Badda, Bing!

Season One: Episodes

1. "Hunted"
2. "Secrets"
3. "Tests"
4. "Safe"
5. "Broken"
6. "Toxic"
7. "Family"
8. "Allies"
9. "Control"
10."Sacrifice"
11."Instinct"
12."Attraction"**
13."Fall"**

Now if you are asking yourself "I don't remember seeing episodes 12 & 13?" That is due to the Cartoon Network sending the show on hiatus after showing "Instinct" with the promise that "Beware the Batman" will resume in January with "Attraction" & "Fall". Tell me it cannot end with the unveiling of...."Spoilers"...????

What happens from there forward has not been foretold yet. Let's just cross our fingers that they are not going to kill the show off this quickly. I am still a bit displeased that "Green Lantern" only lasted the one year. Just when we get invested in the story we get rewarded with a cancellation. Cable television would not be the same without a weekly Batman fix. If they remove this show this soon, what will they replace it with?

As to the show itself I am impressed so far. I am not saying it is great. But there is much potential in the characters and stories arcs.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series, Typical Cartoon Network Foolishness February 17, 2014
Format:DVD
"Beware the Batman" is a computer animated, 30 minute series which is inspired by the decades old "Batman: Year One" comic book series written by Frank Miller.

Here, we see Batman as he was in the early days of his career: brilliant but arrogant, inspired but raw, practiced but inexperienced. He is assisted by a more experienced and very patriarchal Alfred the Butler and, ultimately, by a young and equally enthusiastic young woman with a wealth of martial arts training: Katana.

"Beware the Batman" the series stays away from the more generic and "done to death" villains such as The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, etc., and instead utilizes villains from a later pantheon of rogues such as Anarky (created by Alan Grant) and Mister Pyg (created by G. Morrison) among others.

Here's the big problem with this brilliant series: it airs on Cartoon Network. Yes, the same network that has funded years of useless shows such as "Squidbillies," "Aquateen Hunger Force" and other horrid animated titles that languished for years in their "Adult Swim" cult block of stoner-fugue. This same network has a nasty reputation for unexpectedly killing titles that do not focus only on fart jokes and that is the the case with "Beware the Batman": as of November, 2013, word went out that Cartoon Network decided to pull the plug on this promising series less than six months after it premiered. Why? Only the block of "geniuses" at Williams Street know for sure and I doubt you would be willing to hear the reasons, buried as they would be among a slew of "um," "you know" and "like."

I would highly recommend this series to all fans of Batman.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very refreshing take on Batman December 24, 2013
Format:DVD
With this animated series, the creators took a lot of risks. They introduced new villains, who are just as menacing as the old ones, did away with Robin and introduced a new side-kick, which fell more in line with the plot and story than ever before, and re-imagined Alfred, the butler, into an ex-MI6 agent. Which gives a lot more credibility to Bruce Wayne's path to becoming a crime-fighting super-hero. The series got a lot of flak for its reimagining of the DC characters, but I think that is exactly where they excelled. I think it's a shame they stopped the series. They should bring it back. This is definitely worth the money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Wow, it seems like I waited YEARS for this to be released. Since my wife and I made the decision over two years ago to end the madness that is DirecTV, Dish, cable or anything else that was sucking us dry because of the maybe 10-15 shows we watched collectively, I am not sure how I learned about BtB. Sure, you can ALWAYS find something to watch, but we determined the costs outweighed the benefits, and that my insomnia did not need any more help. However, when I did find out about it, I searched for it on the Amazon app on our Vizio, and decided to purchase the first episode. I enjoyed it immensely, but I felt each episode cost more than I wanted to pay without having the physical version of it. That was months ago and as I started watching it yesterday on its release, my wife came in on it and started enjoying it herself. I always get tickled when I am able to get her to watch something that she otherwise would say, "I don't wanna watch that!" Ha! As a child, I had Batman everything, even cried while in the hospital when my grandmother brought me a Superman puzzle--I pitched a fit! I severely wanted Superman to get, UP! UP! AND AWAAAY! She returned it and I, of course, got what I wanted. As you read the other reviews, I think so much has been said that I am only giving you this: YOU NEED TO GET THIS! MAN! This was so worth the wait! Granted, Alfred is as big as Bruce/Batman, and Katana is refreshing yet surprisingly a tasteful change from the mythos, but it all works so well together and makes such sense. The animation is appropriate for this, and I can see where Robin could get introduced if wanted, if you were wondering about that. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent a new level for batman
Published 10 hours ago by gmann64
4.0 out of 5 stars ... I was pleasantly surprised with this series and really enjoyed it
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with this series and really enjoyed it
Published 3 days ago by WINSTON ANTHON POTTINGER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Luv it
Published 5 days ago by E. DALE
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good take on the Caped Crusader.
When Beware the Batman was first unveiled to the public, it was met with a lot of prejudice. We would have yet another show centered around Batman. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Adam Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent!
Alfred is no longer an old man, new villains and a CGI format. Please hurry with with part two. ...
Published 21 days ago by Mr. Wilfredleslie Ifill
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool.
This was a cool series to add to my collection and just though Batman looked cool, Thanks again for your time and item.
Published 1 month ago by Shane Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars really??
Just one season and they end it when it was getting good??? All because it wasn't selling merchandise?? Shame on you!!!
Published 1 month ago by Eros21
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST BUSINESS...
This series is a great example how marketing and business ruin good art. I really enjoyed this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Great show with great animation. This is a great addition to the Batman animated franchise and should be purchased right away. Can't wait for the next part
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Bradley Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well done
My kids absolutely love this show! I actually like it as well. It is too bad they are not going to continue this series beyond season one.
Published 2 months ago by Eric Ahern
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It's only for Warner Archives. If it sells well it will be released regularly. That's what WB did with Brave and the Bold Season 1.
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