I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of The Batman. Mind, I mean THE Batman, not Batman in general.

But, it’s grown on me a bit. It’s kind of neat in an Ultimate Marvel sort of way, though not pulled off quite as nicely.

My biggest gripe is what’s come to be known as the “Bat-Embargo.” Basically, it’s something handed down to the studios that says that most of the Batman cast we’ve come to know from Batman: The Animated Series cannot be used in newer “Timmiverse”(fan name for the animated DC universe as created by Bruce Timm) cartoons like Justice League Unlimited. This extends to characters like the Joker and the Penguin, among others, most unfortunately. And I’ve even heard rumor that stuff in the new movie franchise that began with Batman Begins applies as well.

As I hear it, WB is basically worried that kids would get confused by having two different Jokers.

Idiocy at its finest.

Anyway, watching Saturday’s The Batman just now, had a neat treat. Dan Castellaneta, voice of Homer Simpson, or more relevantly, Krusty the Klown, is evidently the voice of The Ventriloquist and his psychotic puppet pal Scarface. Considering he does other characters as well(at least as part of the background), it works really well, and hearing Krusty as the voice of Scarface was pretty cool.

So that’s some points for The Batman.

LBD “Nytetrayn”