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Bruce Timm’s New Short ‘Batman: Strange Days’ Will Premiere Next Week [Gallery]

Bruce Timm has completed a new short entitled Batman: Strange Days which will premiere on Cartoon Network next Wednesday, April 9th, following an episode of Teen Titans Go! (6:30pm ET/5:30pm CT). The monochromatic piece, which was created as part of this year’s 75th anniversary Batman celebration, pits Batman against Dr. Hugo Strange, a classic Detective Comics villain who predates the Joker and Catwoman.

This is the second of Timm’s “personal” projects since stepping down last year as supervising producer at Warner Bros. Animation. The first project was this 75th anniversary Superman short that he made with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder.

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  • James Madison

    Good to see Bruce Timm in action. I can hardly wait to see this. I wish he was a “creative for hire”. I don’t know if that is his status now, or if he is still specifically under contract to Warner Bros., but it would be great to see him handle some Marvel properties as well as other properties by others and his own.

    • Badgerthyme

      there was nearly a marvel animated universe done by Timm, but marvel passed on the deal. he went to DC and thusly the DCAU was born

      • James Madison

        I did not know that. Thanks for the information Badgerthyme
        I wish we could have seen a Timm/Marvel Universe, but I’m glad we got the DCAU

        • Badgerthyme

          my thoughts exactly

      • Mesterius

        Source for this information? Are you talking about before Timm produced Batman: TAS for Warner Bros.?

  • Rufus

    Evokes memories of the old Fleischer “Superman”s.

  • Jack Daniels Old Number 7

    I love his batman work. Even if it’s just a short, I’m really pleased to see him back in action.

  • Justin Agai

    Will Kevin Conroy be the voice?

  • Paul M

    More, please.

  • Marbles471

    Always good to see “this” Batman again.

  • Mr-Famicom

    Who is the over seas studio on this?

  • Doug

    Okay, I know I’m supposed to fall all over this and be sooo impressed with the look and the compostition, etc. … but I dunno, I’m just really sick to death of seeing characters getting darker and darker for darkness sake. There is a sick fascination with gun violence that has crept into all aspects of American society and it makes me shudder when our entertainment mirrors that, or should I say “shadows” that. That first pic is really pretty ghastly when you think of it in terms of recent events.

    And before a bunch of you pile on me for being pollyanish, I’m well aware that cartoon characters, and superhero characters in particular, have always been violent types, solving their problems with fists, etc. But, I would posit that perhaps this is not healthy and that perhaps, just perhaps we should move on.

    • MaskedManAICN

      Well if you blew-up the picture you would see the gun says ‘Tear Gas’. Also this appears to be based on the original story from Detective Comic #36 (1940). In which Batman did use a machine gun, mounted on a plane to mow down Hugo’s Man-Monsters.

      Now feel free not to like it- I just wanted to make sure you understood the context of it :)

      • Chris

        Batman comics sort of started out dark, but in the 50s and 60s -due to controversy-sort of reverted into the camp version of the character familiar to the TV show. Since the 70s they’ve tried to restore the ‘roots’ of the character in comic and film, although they’re still some callbacks to the camp era (The Schumacher films, and the recent revival of the TV show via action figures and comics)

  • Roberto Severino

    I love the look already. It’s really tough, appealing and badass at the same time. Bruce Timm is amazing.

  • MaskedManAICN

    I love that they are bringing the old comic to life. I hope it’s period piece too. But I thought Bruce was suppose to be working on more personal pieces, I’d like to see him do something out of the DCU (even though I do love his DCU work).

  • Doz Hewson

    “Superman is who we aspire to become. BATMAN, otoh, is who we ARE.”

  • Joseph Patrick

    Definitely looking forward to it! Good to see Bruce return to the style of the first season of Batman TAS and Mask of the Phantasm. After Superman TAS, it seemed like it was designed to be more angular and flatter. The ears are gloves are also a good throwback to the original Batman from Detective Comics #27!

  • Great to see Bruce Timm back in the game to create another Batman story! After this project, it would be interesting to find out what he will do next, whether for DC/Warner Bros. or something indie.