It’s time for a little good news/bad news for Beware the Batman fans.
First the good news: You will get to see the final 15 (yes, there are fifteen unaired episodes) episodes of the one season of Beware the Batman that haven’t been shown on Cartoon Network, and you’ll be able to watch them for free on the channel.
The bad news, however, is that the episodes will air at 3am on Sunday mornings, starting on July 27, 2014. That’s right, fifteen of the twenty-six episodes of the series, which features a butt-kicking Alfred, Katana as Batman’s first sidekick, and a younger, more brutal Batman himself are being - there’s no other way to describe it - burned off at essentially the worst possible timeslot. The new timeslot for the series, the final hour of the “Toonami” block, will begin May 11 at 3am Eastern/Pacific, and run through the first, already aired episodes of the series before beginning the new ones at the end of July. The new schedule has been confirmed by Cartoon Network.
Beware the Batman was the latest DC Comics based animated series to see erratic (to put it mildly) programming from Cartoon Network, which is also part of the extended Time Warner family that owns the comic book publisher. Beware the Batman was pulled from the schedule in October 2013 with no official statement and repeated “no comments” from representatives of either division. The previous two series, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, saw a confusing and repeatedly broken release schedule. Young Justice had no less than five hiatuses for a mere two seasons, with as little as two episodes at a time and as many as nine with breaks of six months, four months, three months, and four months again in between spurts of episodes. GL:TAS aired two episode, took a four month break before episode three, went through to 13, took a few months off, aired two, took four months off, then aired the rest.
The bad news for Beware the Batman was punctuated in March when Cartoon Network revealed their 2014-2015 schedule, which did not have the series on the list. There are also no newly-debuting DC series for 2014-2015, though the comedic Teen Titans Go! did receive a new season.