Batman Incorporated was created by Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart and Frazer Irving for Batman and Robin #16 in 2010, but soon span off into its own series, by Morrison and Yanick Paquette, that saw the concept of Batman around the world franchised to lots of cities that needed it, each getting their own local Batman, with a support network from Wayne Enterprises. It created a number of new characters for membership as well as using some international characters from throughout Batman's historical past, whether part of current DC canon or not. Caught between the DC Universe rebooting with the New 52, certain characters had to be removed from the series, and was relaunched in 2012 with a new #1 by Morrison and Chris Burnham.
Morrison's work has drawn critical acclaim. They have won numerous awards, including Eisner, Harvey, and Inkpot awards. In 2012, Morrison was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to film and literature.
Batman No. 700 (Aug. 2010) saw the return of Morrison to the title and a collaboration with an art team that consisted of Tony Daniel, Frank Quitely, Andy Kubert, and David Finch. The separate stories tied together to illustrate that the legacy of Batman is unending, and will survive into the future. At San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 it was announced that Grant Morrison would be leaving Batman and Robin with No. 16 and launching a new series entitled Batman Incorporated with revolving artists starting with Yanick Paquette. A more team-oriented Batman book inspired by the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series, Batman Incorporated builds on Morrison's work dating back to "Batman and Son" and Final Crisis, with Bruce Wayne creating an international Batman franchise all over the world. The series suffered from slow scheduling and was ended after eight issues while the DC Universe was rebooted in 2011; to bridge the gap a prestige book was released that featured two issues together along with a synopsis that recapped the story so far. In mid-2012, a second volume of the comic was launched with Chris Burnham on artwork, scheduled for 12 issues. Morrison left the Batman titles in 2013. They killed the Damian Wayne character in Batman Incorporated No. 8 (April 2013) and their final issue was No. 13 (Sept. 2013).
In September 2012, Morrison published their first ever Image Comics creator-owned work: Happy! with Darick Robertson. In the same month, MorrisonCon was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas). This small-scale convention, curated by Morrison, featured a number of comics industry guests, including Robert Kirkman, Darick Robertson, Jason Aaron, Jim Lee, Gerard Way, Jonathan Hickman, Frank Quitely, J. H. Williams III, and Chris Burnham.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series 2012-2017), also commonly referred to as TMNT 2012 and called Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for its fifth and final season, is an American 3D-rendered computer-animated martial arts action-adventure comedy-drama television animated series developed by LowBar Productions and the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in the franchise of the same name. A one-hour sneak peek was released on September 28, 2012, while the official premiere aired and debuted on Nickelodeon and YTV (both in Canada and the USA) on September 29, 2012 with a two-part special episode ("Rise of the Turtles"). The series premiered in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 1, 2012 and in Australia along with New Zealand on October 8, 2012. It is the third animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Composer Sebastian Evans provided the show's score. Nickelodeon acquired the global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and announced a new CGI-animated TMNT television series.
The 2012 series is 3D rendered and characterized by anime-like iconography and emphasis on Mutagen continuing to wreak havoc on the everyday lives of the Ninja Turtles and their enemies. The most animesque take yet, as it's full of manga effects and other Japanese visual humor. It's somewhat younger and hipper (the Turtles act more like adolescents and several human characters have been aged down), but it still has its dark moments.
While the 2003 series serves the role as a reboot of the TMNT franchise, the 2012 series serves the role as a reboot of the 1987 series since it uses and/or modernizes a significant amount of characters and elements from both the aforementioned series. However, it also tends to use characters, elements, and long-running story arcs from the Mirage's comics and other previous incarnations (such as the original live-action movies). The series ran for five years with five seasons from late September of 2012 until mid-November of 2017 on Nickelodeon USA.
Like its predecessor series, the show proved to be popular with both audiences and critics, garnering 3.9 million viewers on its premiere night and hit a ratings high for Nickelodeon with boys 2-11, making it the network's top-rated premiere for an animated series since 2009. During its premiere weekend the series reached nearly 12 million total viewers. The premiere's success prompted Nickelodeon to order a second season on October 2, 2012 and in February 2013, the network renewed the show for a third season. On June 17, 2014, Nickelodeon ordered a fourth season of the show. On July 10, 2015, at San Diego Comic Con International, Nickelodeon announced a 20-episode pick-up for season five, as well as confirming that season four would also consist of 20 episodes.
Before even finishing its first season, the series was renewed for a second and third season on October 2, 2012 and February 26, 2013 respectively. The first season concluded on August 8, 2013 with 26 episodes. Season 2 debuted on October 12, 2013 and concluded on September 26, 2014 with another 26 episodes. Season 3 was released on October 3, 2014 (one week after the Season 2 finale) and concluded on September 27, 2015. Season 4 aired on October 25, 2015 and concluded on February 26, 2017, both seasons contained 26 episodes per season. The fourth season is the only season that has aired over a year, whereas the other seasons aired in less that. The fifth and final season, titled "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", began airing on March 19, 2017, distributing a shorter, sparser, 20 episodes in a collection of story arcs.
After Tiger Claw, who later returns to the 2012 reality, enlists her in a devious scheme to find the Turtles' lair, Karai succeeds in deceiving April, Donnie and Leo by pretending to trust them about Splinter. She is taken to the lair, much to Raphael's ire. As the brothers argue, Karai sneakily schemes an ambush by slyly activating her tracking device, leading Tiger Claw to the lair. However, after she finally (and genuinely) does realize the truth herself (thanks to Splinter showing her photographs of himself as a man with Tang Shen and Karai as an infant), her feelings towards Splinter and the Turtles (especially Leonardo) change. Realizing the enormity of her treacherous schemes and cruelty towards the Turtles and Splinter, she joins forces with them and disowns Shredder and Tiger Claw (for real this time) by leading Tiger Claw to an old, underground meat processing factory. After the battle that ensues, she is captured by Tiger Claw, taken back to Shredder's lair where Shredder confesses the truth, and imprisoned. Repeated attempts to free Karai by Leonardo ultimately succeed, but the Shredder captures Karai again and uses her as bait to kill the Hamato Clan. However, despite the best efforts from the Turtles and Splinter to rescue her once more, Karai ends up mutated into a feral and predatory purple-and-white serpent after her cage falls into a pool of mutagen containing snake DNA (a trap that was meant for the Turtles), to everyone's horror.
After Viacom purchased the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in October 2009, a press release was issued unveiling that Nickelodeon would be developing a new CGI-animated television series slated to air in 2012. Though the franchise was brought out from Mirage Studios, the company is still able to publish up to 18, 48 paged black and white TMNT comics a year. Additionally, toy products would continue to be made through Playmates and the rumors of a new live-action TMNT movie were put to rest as the company also revealed that they'd be making a film for 2012 with Template:LinkWikipedia:Paramount Pictures, though the date has seen been pushed back.
An official trailer was released on June 23, 2011 and aired on Nickelodeon the following Saturday. The trailer revealed the Turtle's new voices, the animation, and that the theme song of the series would be a remixed/remade version of the original theme song from the 1987 series. A new trailer was revealed on June 21, 2012, on Nickelodeon USA.
Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the 1987 series, voices Donatello. In June 2011, it was confirmed that Sean Astin would be voicing Raphael and Greg Cipes would be voicing Michelangelo. In August 2011, it was revealed that Mae Whitman would be the voice for April O'Neil. In April 2012, it was announced that Phil LaMarr would be playing the role of Baxter Stockman and Nolan North would be playing the race of aliens known as The Kraang. Actress Kelly Hu confirmed her role as Karai in May 2012.
Nickelodeon has ordered five seasons, all of which will have 26 episodes (except Season 5 which has only 20 episodes). Season 1 premiered on September 29, 2012. The premiere of season 2 was on October 12, 2013. Season 3 has been announced on February 26, 2013, premiered on October 3, 2014 and concluded on September 27, 2015. Season 4, which was announced on June 17, 2014, had premiered on October 25, 2015 and concluded on February 26, 2017. Season 4 is the only season to air over a year, whereas the other seasons have aired for less than a year. 2b1af7f3a8