The Batman

2004, TV Show

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Mega Buzz on CSI, Lost, Big Bang, CSI: NY, Gossip & More!

William Petersen (CSI), Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)

Starting with this week's column, Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor welcome fellow senior editor Tim Molloy to the Mega mix. Every Wednesday, our troika of scoop-hunters will answer your questions! (To that end, send all queries to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.)

I will be sad when William Petersen leaves CSI, because I don't think he will be able to be replaced. I will watch the first week he is gone, but I don't think I will watch it after that. — Fox
MATT: Normally I turn a blind eye to Mega Buzz questions not phrased as such, but this topic begs addressing. Having sneak-peeked this Thursday's (super-creepy!) episode, in which Gil first shares his decision to leave CSI, I concur that yes, it is going to be very hard to say goodbye come Jan. 15. But I must put this out there: Give change a chance. After getting a feel for Laurence Fishburne's criminology prof, I'm curious ... read more

Lipstick Jungle and Other Announced Releases

Lipstick Jungle Season 1 courtesy NBC/Universal

New releases announced today, March 26:The Batman - The Complete 5th Season will be coming out July 22The Closer - The Complete 3rd Season will be coming out July 1Lipstick Jungle - Season 1 will be coming out May 27Teen Titans - The Complete 5th Season will be coming out July 22Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Inside Spider-man's Return and The Batman's Finale

The Batman courtesy Warner Bros. Animation

This week marks a changing of the superhero guard on Kids' WB, the CW's Saturday-morning cartoon block. Swinging into the picture is The Spectacular Spider-Man, which makes its debut with back-to-back episodes (airing March 8 at 10 and 10:30 am/ET). That's followed at 11 am/ET by the hour-long series finale of The Batman. In his final adventure, Batman and Robin team up with Green Arrow to battle the Joining, an alien menace introduced in last year's season finale. This time around, the Joining steals the abilities of the superpowered Justice League members — Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and Martian Manhunter — and transfers them into robotic androids. Though The Batman is ending its five-season run, Batfans still have plenty to look forward to: In addition to this summer's live-action theatrical The Dark Knight, rumor has it that a new Batman TV 'toon modeled after the comic book The Brave and the Bold is in the pipeline. — Rich SandsFor an exclusive loo... read more

First Look: Hawkman Helps Out The Batman

The Batman courtesy Warner Bros. Animation

Here's your first look at an upcoming episode of the CW's The Batman, featuring a guest spot by Hawkman. In "What Goes Up... " (airing Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 am/ET), the two Justice Leaguers team up to take on an alliance of their foes, Black Mask and Shadow Thief. The Unit's Robert Patrick provides the voice for Hawkman.Click here for a closer look at Hawkman. — Rich Sands read more

Exclusive: Batman Nabs Mulroney for Green Lantern

Dermot Mulroney by Gary Miereanu/Warner Bros. Animation, Green Lantern courtesy Warner Bros. Animation

Following visits by Superman, Green Arrow and the Flash earlier this fall, Green Lantern is the next super-friend to guest-star on the CW's Saturday-morning serial The Batman. Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding) will voice the hero who shows up in the Dec. 8 episode to enlist the Caped Crusader's help in battling arch-nemesis Sinestro.Mulroney has deep ties to these superheroes. His brother and sister-in-law, Kieran and Michelle Mulroney, penned the upcoming live-action film Justice League of America, which includes Batman and Green Lantern. "Kieran and I grew up reading DC Comics," Mulroney says. "We had a whole system where, once a week, we'd take a trip to the little store that sold the comics. I have a couple of brothers, and we'd fight over who got which issue. There's a long history of comics in the family."There are many different Green Lanterns in comic lore, but the version Mulroney plays is perhaps the most iconic: test pilot Hal Jordan, who has a somewhat uneasy re... read more

Let Us Give Thanks For Bones, Family Guy and Veronica Mars

I know last week I said this column would be all about The O.C., but seeing how so many of us are off for the rest of the week, I figured, let’s hold that ‘til next week when we’re all back at work and trolling the web. Instead, I offer you one last pre-Thanksgiving batch of shows on DVD you can’t help but be grateful for.Veronica Mars All three seasons, all wondrous in their own way and all the Kristen Bell you need to know that the woman is a star. The only downside is the lack of gratitude one might experience at the CW’s cancellation of this prime property.Bones Let me put it this way: this show is a scream. And if you’re not hip to season 3 running on FOX right now, get there and grab the first two seasons available on your way. David Boreanaz may actually be the funniest handsome man on TV right now. And Emily Deschanel? She’s grown on me. Give her a shot, people. House isn’t Tuesday night’s only great show. (Oh and check out my q&... read more

I Dream of Jeannie, Dirt and More DVD Debuts

The DVD release date for I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Fourth Season has been pushed back a week to Sept. 11. (The delay? Some nonsense about genies not being able to be photographed.) Meanwhile, DVD releases have been set for Face/Off: Special Collector's Edition (the only movie my wife has literally walked out on, Sept. 11), TNT's The Company miniseries (also available in Blu-ray, Oct. 23), The Batman: The Complete Fourth Season, Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season (Nov. 20), and Dirt: The Complete First Season (Dec. 11). read more

Exclusive First Look: Superman Meets The Batman

The Batman courtesy Warner Bros Entertainment

As the fourth season of The Batman (Saturdays at 10:30 am/ET, on the CW) winds down, the Caped Crusader is starting to make some superfriends. In the two-part season finale, which begins this Saturday and concludes on May 5, Batman joins forces with Martian Manhunter to stop an alien invasion in Gotham City. And that's just the beginning: When the show returns this fall for Season 5, a parade of superheroes will guest-star. "Martian Manhunter is starting the Justice League," executive producer Alan Burnett says, "and he would like nothing better than to have Batman on the team." Also on the guest list: the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Superman. And though the Dark Knight Detective and the Man of Steel are the ultimate good guys, don't expect them to be instant friends. "Their first meeting is a little contentious," Burnett teases. "These are two guys sizing each other up." We can hear it now: "My cape is bigger than your cape." — Reporting by Rich Sands read more

Brandon Routh Takes Us Inside the Superman Returns DVD

Brandon Routh, Superman Returns

Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet, but Superman Returns took an arduous 117 days to hit the $200 million mark at the box office. While this was a bit of a disappointment (considering the movie’s price tag which, including development, totaled around $250 million), the film was generally well reviewed, as was its strikingly handsome star, Brandon Routh. Warner Bros. has greenlit another movie, signing on Routh and director Bryan Singer for another stab at the Man of Steel’s quest for truth, justice and all that stuff. The film is tentatively set to open in 2009, but in the meantime, Superman Returns arrives on DVD today. Among the bonus f read more

Meet TV's Spunky New Batgirl!

Here's your exclusive first look at Batman's newest sidekick. Nope, it's not Robin — he's so five minutes ago. Instead, the Caped Crusader will be joined by Batgirl when Season 2 of The Batman begins in the fall. (The first year is still airing on WB Saturdays at 10:30 am/ET, with repeats on Cartoon Network on Saturdays at 8:30 pm/ET beginning April 2.) As in previous TV and comic-book incarnations, this Dark Knight Damsel is Police Commissioner Gordon's daughter, Barbara. But in a new twist, she's just a teenager who turns to fighting crime with cape and cowl after her father puts the kibosh on her plans to become a police detective. Batgirl's fighting style will be heavily influenced by her background as an Olympic gymnastics hopeful. "She has this nice, explosive little-kid dynamic," says producer and art director Jeff Matsuda. At first, Batman doesn't approve of a youngster getting in the middle of Gotham City's deprave read more

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Premiered: September 11, 2004, on WB
Rating: TV-Y7
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Premise: The youthful Dark Knight battles the underworld in this animated adventure, which features several of his most notorious foes, including the Joker, the Penguin and Mr. Freeze.

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