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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 fifthseason with the much-anticipated introduction of the Justice League, anarray of new and/or improved villains, a sparkling arsenal of breakthroughtechnological support, and a voice cast packed with actors from featurefilms and primetime television, not to mention some of the finest voiceperformers 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," thetwo-part season premiere (the finale airing on Sept. 29) finds Lex Luthorjoining forces with Gotham City's rogues gallery to finally defeat the Manof 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 DarkKnight join the ranks of the Justice League. It doesn't take long to learnBatman'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 keyplayers ­ Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Hawkman and MartainManhunter ­ will stand cape-to-cape with Batman in defense of Gotham City Šand beyond.

Last season's character arc gave Batman greater insight into the virtues ofteamwork, and he'll continue to embrace the contributions of Robin andBatgirl, as well as occasional help from Lucius Fox and Nightwing. This istruly a season of team-ups, whether it be Batman and his trusted family, orthe Dark Knight uniting with fellow members of the Justice League.

Of course, the JL heroes and their new recruit won't be alone in theirpursuit of villainy ­ they'll be well-armed by the Batman's never-endingarray of technological wonders. "Shadow-Tek" takes center-stage throughoutthe 2007-08 campaign, bringing a new level of "Oh, I want that" wishes inliving rooms across the land. It's like Christmas came to the Batcave duringthe offseason as the "toys" roll out of Batman's significant arsenal,ranging from an all-new Batarang, to jet packs, to an incredible criminalassault suit.

Every hero is only as good as his opposition is evil ­ and Gotham never runsout of baddies. The usual suspects return with nefarious new schemes andmore sophisticated gadgetry as the Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn and Mr.Freeze are joined in their quest to rid Gotham of any nocturnal wingedcreatures by the likes of Sinestro, Black Mask, Scarface, Count Vertigo,Toyman, Mirror Master, Metallo,Clayface, Mercy and a new, improvedFirefly-turned-Phosphorus. Lex Luthor even makes an appearance in NYC'salter-ego, enlisting Poison Ivy and her enchanting spores to turn Supermanagainst Batman.

Speaking of alter-egos, every great animated character is backed by anoutstanding voice ­ and this season's Batman cast rivals all others. Veteranvoice actor Rino Romano returns as the pipes of the Caped Crusader, and hissupporting cast includes stars from every corner of the entertainmentspectrum. Feature film actors Louis Gossett Jr. ("An Officer and aGentleman"), George Newbern ("Father of the Bride"), Dorian Harewood ("FullMetal 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"), MiguelFerrer ("Crossing Jordan"), Gwendoline Yeo ("Desperate Housewives"), JerryO'Connell ("Crossing Jordan"), Peter MacNichol ("24"), John Laroquette("Night Court"), Patton Oswalt ("The King of Queens"), Mitch Pileggi ("TheX-Files"), Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show") and Chris Hardwick("Singled Out"). And Hollywood's esteemed voice acting community is wellrepresented by some of the finest in the business, ranging from DanCastellaneta, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Delisle and Tom Kenny to HyndenWalch, 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 betterstart polishing another Emmy.

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