More Images from "The Batman" Season Premiere

Fri, September 14th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Standing tall after claiming its fourth Daytime Emmy Award, "The Batman"

will set the bar even higher as it steps up the action in its new fifth

season with the much-anticipated introduction of the Justice League, an

array of new and/or improved villains, a sparkling arsenal of breakthrough

technological support, and a voice cast packed with actors from feature

films and primetime television, not to mention some of the finest voice

performers on the planet.

"The Batman" premieres September 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT as part of the Kids'

WB! Lineup on The CW Network. Entitled "The Batman/Superman Story," the

two-part season premiere (the finale airing on Sept. 29) finds Lex Luthor

joining forces with Gotham City's rogues gallery to finally defeat the Man

of Steel -- but he doesn't count on Batman and Robin coming to the rescue.

When we last left Batman, the Martian Manhunter had just proposed the Dark

Knight join the ranks of the Justice League. It doesn't take long to learn

Batman's answer as Superman sparks a "World's Finest" tale in the thrilling,

two-part season opener.

Over the course of the new season, several of the Justice League's key

players Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Martain

Manhunter will stand cape-to-cape with Batman in defense of Gotham City Š

and beyond.

Last season's character arc gave Batman greater insight into the virtues of

teamwork, and he'll continue to embrace the contributions of Robin and

Batgirl, as well as occasional help from Lucius Fox and Nightwing. This is

truly a season of team-ups, whether it be Batman and his trusted family, or

the Dark Knight uniting with fellow members of the Justice League.

Of course, the JL heroes and their new recruit won't be alone in their

pursuit of villainy they'll be well-armed by the Batman's never-ending

array of technological wonders. "Shadow-Tek" takes center-stage throughout

the 2007-08 campaign, bringing a new level of "Oh, I want that" wishes in

living rooms across the land. It's like Christmas came to the Batcave during

the offseason as the "toys" roll out of Batman's significant arsenal,

ranging from an all-new Batarang, to jet packs, to an incredible criminal

assault suit.

Every hero is only as good as his opposition is evil and Gotham never runs

out of baddies. The usual suspects return with nefarious new schemes and

more sophisticated gadgetry as the Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn and Mr.

Freeze are joined in their quest to rid Gotham of any nocturnal winged

creatures by the likes of Sinestro, Black Mask, Scarface, Count Vertigo,

Toyman, Mirror Master, Metallo,Clayface, Mercy and a new, improved

Firefly-turned-Phosphorus. Lex Luthor even makes an appearance in NYC's

alter-ego, enlisting Poison Ivy and her enchanting spores to turn Superman

against Batman.

Speaking of alter-egos, every great animated character is backed by an

outstanding voice and this season's Batman cast rivals all others. Veteran

voice actor Rino Romano returns as the pipes of the Caped Crusader, and his

supporting cast includes stars from every corner of the entertainment

spectrum. Feature film actors Louis Gossett Jr. ("An Officer and a

Gentleman"), George Newbern ("Father of the Bride"), Dorian Harewood ("Full

Metal Jacket") and Daryl Sabara ("Spy Kids") fill several key roles.

Primetime television provides a host of voices including Dana Delaney

("China Beach"), Clancy Brown ("Carnivale"), James Remar ("Dexter"), Miguel

Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan"), Gwendoline Yeo ("Desperate Housewives"), Jerry

O'Connell ("Crossing Jordan"), Peter MacNichol ("24"), John Laroquette

("Night Court"), Patton Oswalt ("The King of Queens"), Mitch Pileggi ("The

X-Files"), Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show") and Chris Hardwick

("Singled Out"). And Hollywood's esteemed voice acting community is well

represented by some of the finest in the business, ranging from Dan

Castellaneta, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Delisle and Tom Kenny to Hynden

Walch, Jason Marsden and Charlie Schlatter.

It's a season of non-stop action with new heroes, villains,

technologically-advanced "toys" and all-star talent. Somebody had better

start polishing another Emmy.

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