Last night I attended Warner Animation’s public unveiling of the studio’s new cartoon billboard. The evnt, open to the public, featured: door prizes, a raffle, face painting, the Mystery Machine, and the Batmobile. Celebrity guests included current Batman Animated Deidrich Bader, 60’s TV catwoman Julie Newmar, and Animation icons Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami – the minds behind “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” (Tucker), “Batman: The Animated Series” (Timm), and “Teen Titans” (Murakami), and Warner Animated voice casting guru Andrea Romano. I had the chance to ask a couple of questions, and get a couple answers about upcoming Warner projects including Batman/Superman, Green lantern, and future episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Diedrich, when I first talked to you at Comic Con, Brave and the Bold had yet to premier. There seemed to be some trepidation amongst the fans. Now that it’s premiered, what sort of reaction have you noticed?
DEIDRICH BADER: The response has been universally positive. Which is … shocking really. At first the fans seemed upset that we were veering from the Batman formula.
You are scary.
BADER: I am a scary fella. But it’s been great. Really great.
James, same question to you.
BADER: But it has turned into a fascinating process. I’m proud to be a part.
Andrea, what can you tell us about any upcoming voices?
BADER: Tom Everett Scott?
BADER: We’ve got Paul Ruebens as Bat Mite. It’s great. It’s stylistically all over the place.
BADER: Bruce has a line.
[At this point, Bruce Timm, who unassumingly let Tucker take the spotlight, shrugs.]
And you play you?
The fan response to the show does seem to be really positive.
I like the show.
As the unveiling begins, I sidle over to Glen Murakami to continue asking questions. I know the mural doesn’t really come alive until dark after all.
Anything Warner coming up for you?
Did the three of you (Timm, Tucker, Murakami) contribute sketches for the mural?
I just wanted to say that I loved the show (Teen Titans).
It was fun!
At this point, Julie Newmar slinks over and introduces herself to Glen.
[Seeing Newmar, James Tucker walks over]
As the geekfest continues, I slink off to talk to Bruce Timm.
What’s coming up?
Stylistically will these continue to look different than Justice League?
Will it follow one of the books story arcs?
Will it look like Ed’s style?
What do you have coming up for Warner Brothers?
At this point, the Warner brass ushers my interviewees up to the stage. As I walk off, James Tucker and Glenn Murakami are still talking to Julie Newmar. I smile as I think that the Warner Animated heroes are where they belong, in the hands of true fanboys.