While many of us remain in an eternal lament over the end of Bruce Timm' and Paul Dini's masterful take on the DC Universe, a number of superhero efforts over the past few years have bridged the gulf better than we expect.  And while gone is the campy flavor of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold,' we're ready for a bold new vision of The Dark Knight

That's right, it's time to 'Beware the Batman!'  Though we'd seen a little bit of art from the forthcoming series before, at its upfront presentation yesterday Cartoon Network has given us the first official title, synopsis and art from 'Beware the Batman,' a new CGI cartoon vision of the caped crusader that largely eschews the more-familiar supporting characters and rogues gallery of Batman history, instead giving the spotlight to less familiar comic book characters and original creations.

From the official description:

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues 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’s 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.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and 'Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and 'Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Well, at the very least the presence of 'Batman Beyond' producer Gen Murakami, we can rest assured that such a different interpretation of the Bat falls to hands familiar with taking the character through uncharted territory.

The original artwork is above, but check out the impressively bad-ass new poster for the series, and tell us what you think of 'Beware the Batman' in the comments below!

Beware the Batman
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