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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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