Batman Creator Bob Kane's 'Courageous Cat' Heading to Big Screen
While the creator of Batman, Bob Kane, is seeing his creation get en epic conclusion in the trilogy crafted by filmmaker Christopher Nolan, another property from the comic creator is just beginning its journey to the big screen. Deadline has word that the 1960's cartoon series Courageous Cat will get a live-action and computer animated hybrid feature film with an all-new mythology for the creator. It's one of only two properties by Bob Kane that isn't own by DC Comics and Warner Bros. and Telefeatures and Evergreen Media Group have taken advantage of that fact to strike a deal to bring the crime fighting cat to theaters.
Kane created the series as a parody of his own Batman creation, and with this Wikipedia summary, you can see all the familiar elements of the Caped Crusader, including a sidekick called Minute Mouse:
In the animated series, the pair are anthropomorphic animal superheroes without secret identities who live in the Cat Cave and, when summoned via the Cat Signal over their television set, race to the scene of the crime in their sleekly feline red Cat Mobile which can convert into both the extendable-winged Cat Plane and submersible Cat Boat and thwart the criminal plots of various villains who threaten Empire City.
Yeah, that sounds familiar. And usually the duo ended up facing off against their arch nemesis Chauncey "Flat-Face" Frog. Honestly, I would love to see this turn into something akin to Dick Tracy meets Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but with no director or writer attached yet, it's hard to say how this property might turn out. There's even the chance that Courageous Cat might not even make it to the big screen. It could be part of a hype deal that was made around Comic-Con the same way deals at Cannes and such surface but never go anywhere. Either way, we'll do our best to keep you updated. Anyone interested?