Word is coming in from San Diego Comic-Con that a few of the cast members for Warner Bros. Animation new series BEWARE THE BATMAN have been announced. The main cast of heroes have been announced, but no word on villains just yet.
Anthony Ruivivar – Ruivivar’s breakthrough role came in 1999 as Carlos Nieto, a paramedic in the action/drama series Third Watch (1999–2005), which centers around the life of Police Officers, Paramedics, and Firemen of a fictional Precinct and Fire Station in New York City. In the show, Carlos was a Hawaiian-Filipino who was abandoned by his family and spent his youth in various foster homes. Carlos started as a cocky rookie, often clashing with his superior. Sometimes, he would display a presumptuous and uncaring attitude towards his patients, and other times he would act as a comic relief. He was the only paramedic to stay as a major character for the 6 seasons of the show.
After Third Watch, Ruivivar remained in the drama genre, usually playing a police officer, detective or FBI agent, in various TV series such as Traveler, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (all 2007), and Lie to Me (2009).
In 2010, he had a main role in ABC’s The Whole Truth as Alejo Salazar.
Sumalee Montano – An investment bank analyst working in New York City and Hong Kong before acting, and is also a writer. She has had roles in ER, Minority Report, The West Wing, Boston Legal, Bones, Nip/Tuck, Hancock, and Commander in Chief. As a voice actor she voiced Mystique in X-Men: Destiny, Yerema in Dead Island, Cali in Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, and Arcee in Transformers: Prime.
JB Blanc – In 2001, after 12 years almost exclusively working in theatre he landed the role of “Luigi Vampa” in the 2002 film version of The Count of Monte Cristo to great critical acclaim and moved to Los Angeles, California where he currently resides with his daughter, Malia. Since moving to the US, he has accepted roles in Cold Case, CSI: NY, Raising the Bar, The Unit, Crash, NYPD Blue, Prison Break, Dr. Vegas and the Ridley Scott production The Company on television, as well as in feature films such as The Incredible Hulk, Tristan & Isolde, Pirates of the Caribbean, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Moonlight Serenade with Oscar-nominee Amy Adams. He also has an extensive voice-over career both commercially and in animation and video games such as “Dante’s Inferno”, “Darksiders”, and 2005′s’ James Bond: From Russia With Love in which he played Turkish agent Kerim Bey. He is represented in Los Angeles by SDB Partners Inc and managed by Lisa DiSante of DiSante-Frank Associates.
Kurtwood Smith – In his film career, he notably portrayed Clarence Boddicker, the villain in Paul Verhoeven’s science fiction action movie RoboCop and the father role as Red Forman on the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. After That ’70s Show, Smith played Senator Blaine Mayer in the seventh season of the action thriller 24, and portrayed Dick Clayton in the CBS series Worst Week. He enjoyed a recurring role as a rogue FBI agent in Seasons 3-5 of the NBC (later CBS) series Medium, appearing in later episodes as a ghost after his character’s death.
Before That ’70s Show his other roles included playing Mr. Sue on Fox’s “espionage comedy” The New Adventures of Beans Baxter from 1987-89. He also co-starred as the strict father of Robert Sean Leonard’s Neil in 1989′s Dead Poets Society. He made a number of appearances in the Star Trek franchise, playing the President of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Cardassian named Thrax in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Things Past”, and a Krenim scientist named Annorax in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Year of Hell”.
He also has an extensive voice acting résumé, appearing in computer games such as Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, and FreeSpace 2, and on a number of animated series. He played a recurring role on the claymation series Gary & Mike as the vengeful Officer Dick and voiced the dinosaurian military commander character General Galapagos in the Savage Steve Holland produced Fox animated series Terrible Thunderlizards. He played the voice of Bob Johnson on Squirrel Boy and provided the voice of Kanjar Ro in Green Lantern: First Flight and starred as the sheriff in Last of the Dogmen.
BEWARE THE BATMAN will take a more traditional look at the character (minus the sidekick Kitana). It goes back to his roots as a detective and really gives new fans a look at where the character really comes from. It also seems that CGI is the new flavor of animation as this is the second straight DC-based cartoon from Warner Bros. featuring the animation type.
Stay tuned for more information after the DC Nation panel tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con!