Batman the Brave and the Bold is a newer animated series that is designed primarily to appeal to the preteen crowd. The storylines are more simple and the animation a little more cartoony than you will find in an average DC or Marvel animated series. It's not that adults can't watch it, just that you won't find the more adult themes mirrored here. It's designed to go up against other preteen series like The Secret Saturdays or Generator Rex. And against those it holds up quite well.
Every episode basically starts the same way. Batman and some other Superhero du jour beat up some villain and then spend most of the next 22 minutes in lots of action. It reminds me of virtually every american cartoon series of the 80's or early 90's. Okay, but nothing special. If you're expecting a modern style Avatar or Justice League or The Avengers, then you're not going to find it here. This is more of a Superfriends than a Superman series, more an Adam West than a Dark Knight Rising! Overall, this is a much simpler series designed for the younger crowd.
For the preteens, I'd rate this at four stars. It holds up quite well against it's contemporaries. For adults, I'd rate this at two stars. Frankly I'd rather watch an older episode of Batman or Superman than this. So I'll mix the two and call it a three. Your rating may vary.
Recommended for 12 and younger. Or for adults who are very nostalgic for the good ol' days.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Bad release, great show!June 21 2010
Jason M. Schlierman
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My review will cover two parts. First let's talk about the show. When I first heard about it, I had my doubts. I grew up on the great "Batman: The Animated Series" and loved "The Batman," especially at the end. But when this came out I first thought they had ran out of ideas for Batman. I was wrong, it mixes action like from the last two shows and adds in humor in such a perfect amount for Batman that it comes off as enjoyable instead of cheesy.
Now as for the release. I agree with everyone else here, this should be the FULL season one. I hate when the studio release half a season of a show. Disney did it with "Gargoyles: Season Two," and Warner has done it with "The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest: Season One, both of which may never see the rest of their season on DVD. Warner has also done it with other shows like "Tiny Toons"and "Smurfs." Is it a cheep underhand move to try and force the consumer to fork over more money then they would for releasing these seasons whole? Sure is. Is it right? Nope, in fact it turns consumers off. But that fact is the way these studios think, if this set does not sell, good luck seeing much more of this show on DVD, even if it is Batman. "Gargoyles" and "Real Adventures of Johnny Quest" have shown that already.
Bottom line, despite how wrong it may be, if you love this show and want to see more of it on DVD, buy this release.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
He's not my Batman, but that's OKOct. 17 2010
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When I first heard of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I was excited. Then I saw some pictures and got worried. Then I saw a video clip. My fears were confirmed. This wasn't my Batman.
So I never watched it. I did hear good things about it though, and considering my favorite C-list DC comic characters appear in it, when the opportunity came up for me to review Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season One , Part One , I decided to give it a chance. And now I regret not watching this show earlier. It's fantastically entertaining.
More than that, it's fun. Batman: The Brave and the Bold exists in the present the way 80's action cartoons exist in the memory. That is: You remember them being good, but they don't hold up when you actually watch them. But Batman: The Brave and the Bold does hold up, right now and today, and it feels just like you remember the 80's action cartoons feeling like.
I was worried a light-hearted take on Batman would make him into a joke like Adam West did and I'm sure I wasn't the only one. Thankfully, Batman is played straight and given only a dry sense of humor, pretty much the way the modern fans remember him. He just throws around a few on-liners, and that is all. Even if that turns you off, this show gets so much right. Aquaman is played for laughs here, just like he always should be, and it also introduces tons of awesome C-list characters like Blue Beetle, Deadman, Red Tornado, Wildcat and many others to a public who probably never heard of them. In fact, if you're a DC comic fan, one of the best part of this show will be the insane number of obscure characters from the comics that show up, which will be sure to make any geek happy.
Puncheminnaface!The show deals with some pretty serious subject matter as well, such as death. Examples include the episode "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", which shows the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, and my personal favorite episode of the collection, "Fall of the Blue Beetle!", where it's shown that not every hero always makes it, and sometimes one has to die. Pretty heavy stuff for a supposedly light, colorful looking kids show.
The finale uses Owlman as the main villain. I don't know if Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths came out before this episode or not, but thankfully even though both utilize the same villain and both involve multiple earths, both feel like separate stories. Owlman's plot in Batman: The Brave and the Bold does feel oddly similar to the plan of the Justice Lords in the Justice League episode "A Better World". Still, it does make for an entertaining episode and a satisfying finale.
The voice work is fantastic, and while nobody will beat Kevin Conroy, Diedrich Bader does a brilliant job as Batman. John William DiMaggio plays a hilarious Aquaman and Batman Beyond's Will Friedle plays Blue Beetle III wonderfully. In fact, all of the voices seem spot on. It would seem Andrea Romano did a fantastic job, as always.
Someday, my son, this will all be yours!The designs are well animated and the style seems to fit the mood of the show. Not to mention it looks absolutely stunning in widescreen. The discs have English and French subtitles, but unfortunately this set has no special features aside from a LEGO Harry Potter trailer (on the main menu for some reason), which is a real bummer. It really could've used a commentary or two, or perhaps a featurette on the wide array of heroes who guest starred in the episode included here. At least we got a stunning transfer.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold isn't my Batman, but that doesn't mean I can't watch it and enjoy it for what it is. It's like the Adam West version of Batman. That's my dad's Batman, and even though I don't consider it mine, that doesn't mean I don't watch it and enjoy the heck out of it. Give Batman: The Brave and the Bold a chance. It may not be your Batman, but it will be someone's. See if you can enjoy it for what it is.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Split Seasons Does Not Matter This TimeAug. 15 2010
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The five stars is for the show. If you're a comic geek, you'll actually love this show because it grows on you.
Here's why the split seasons thing is NOT a big deal. You are getting 13 episodes. Yes, Season 1 was 26 episodes. The thing is, that is DOUBLE the normal amount of episodes newer cartoons have been coming out as, and quite frankly if you look at DVDs of other new Warner Bros cartoons like "What's New Scooby-Doo" and "The Batman" each season is approximately only 13 episodes. So you are getting your money's worth. They most likely will not release a full 26 episode season set, and if they do it'd cost like $40 like the old Batman The Animated Series boxsets used to.
The pattern is, they release 13 episode seasons or collections. They start off costing about $15. Eventually they go down to $9 to $10 (seasons of both "What's New Scooby-Doo" and "The Batman" have hit those marks both online and in stores).
Sure, it's not the complete season. Yet the complete season is really like two seasons already. I'd rather buy 13 episodes than buy those discs with only 4 episodes each on them.
The reason Season 2 of Gargoyles didn't get a Volume 2 release? Too many customers like me realized we paid $20 for Season 1 and then half of Season 2 was over $30. I won't pay over $30 for only half a season, and it took way too long to come down in price.
This half season set is still a good deal when you realize you're getting the same number of episodes that are full seasons of "The Batman". 13 episodes isn't too shabby. If you don't buy this set though, who knows if they'll release Vol. 2 with the other 13 episodes, and then the first 13 episodes of Season 2? If the third season is only going to be 13 episodes as reported, then Season 3 would be a full season set, whereas it'll be two-parters for the first two seasons...equaling five sets of 13 episodes just like "The Batman".
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Silver Age Batman plonked in the 21st Century, and Aquaman gets a personality makeoverDec 6 2010
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- Plastic Man: "Are you seeing what I'm seeing? 'Cause I'm seeing gorillas riding pterodactyls with harpoon guns, stealing a boat." - Batman: "It's Gorilla Grodd." - Plastic Man: "It's messed up is what it is!"
For a brooding crimefighting loner, Batman sure teams up a lot. And I guess this incarnation finds him brooding not as often as you'd think. What we get in this animated series seems to be the Silver Age incarnation of Batman (guy's even drawn like the '50s & '60s version), and this is a different, more gregarious, sunnier kind of cat. Frank Miller would probably have a hissy fit. The featured stories are set in contemporary times, and yet it's clearly a mash-up of the old and the new. Batman hangs out with the likes of the new Blue Beetle, but when the Green Arrow drops in, the beardless archer is sporting his old classic Golden Age duds.
There's a breezier tone. Check out that gonzo, jazzy theme music! - and the outlandish plots and the lots of exuberant punching and kicking, comic book style. For those who've imprinted on the more angsty, angrier, darker Dark Knight, this type of cheery takes a bit of getting used to. Kids will enjoy what's on the surface. But this show also has something for the grown-ups and the hardcore DC Comics fans.
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Season One, Part One comes in two discs and contains the first thirteen episodes. And because Season One comprises 26 episodes, this means that the set is officially only half as good. Still, the nifty rotating cast of heroes and the cool character designs and that delightful whiff of camp are things to savor. These are mostly stand-alone episodes, and I love that each episode starts out with a mini-adventure that teams Batman up with a fellow DC character, and that it ends before the opening credits and mostly doesn't have anything to do with the central story. You never do know which cape & cowl is going to step up in any given episode. The writers are careful to guest star not only the more well-known superheroes but the obscure ones, as well. The new Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, is featured prominently. Aquaman, braggadocious and bold, is given the best treatment since possibly ever. This Batman is voiced by Diedrich Bader (also known as that creepy guy in OUTSOURCED). Bader has got Kevin Conroy's timber and cadences down pat to the extent that I initially assumed it was Conroy just picking up where he left off.
The only bonus feature is "Lego Harry Potter." It's pretty much what you think it is.
Brief plot breakdowns now for the 13 episodes. If you're a stickler about not knowing even the most basic reveals, then consider yourself ***SPOILERS*** alerted:
- Episode 101 - "The Rise of the Blue Beetle!" - In the pre-opening credits segment, Batman and Green Arrow go up against the Clock King. Then Batman and the new Blue Beetle fly thru a wormhole in space and end up on a distant planet where Blue Beetle is deified by that world's cute amoeba cell-like inhabitants.
- Episode 102 - "Terror on Dinosaur Island!" - Batman and Fire frustrate the Gentleman Ghost while Plastic Man was elsewhere, stuffing his pants with loot. Then Batman and Plastic Man are stranded on a mysterious island that stands outside of time... and has dinosaurs.
- Episode 103 - "Evil Under the Sea!" - Bats foils Felix Faust's scheme to open Pandora's Box, with the help of a surprise guest (you don't find out who until the end). Then Batman journeys under the sea to visit Aquaman in Atlantis, just in time to save Aquaman from an assassin. Surely, Aquaman's sinister brother Orm had nothing to do with this?
- Episode 104 - "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" - Batman and Blue Beetle take on Sportsmaster in a bowling alley. Then the robot hero Red Tornado tries to get with the Christmas spirit except that, well, you know, dude's a robot. Batman is no help; he's got his own holiday issues. Meanwhile, flying saucers from Neptune invade Earth, and these aliens demand Santa Claus. Or is this a trick being played by Fun Haus?
- Episode 105 - "Day of the Dark Knight!" - The Green Lantern Corps requests Batman's assistance in keeping Guy Gardner's nose clean, but then Guy gets into it with a tiny alien prisoner. Then Merlin Ambrosius, seeking aid against Morgan Le Fay and Jason Blood, plucks Batman and Green Arrow from the modern age and into 5th century Britain. It's all very Camelot-y.
- Episode 106 - "Enter the Outsiders!" - Batman and B'wana Beast stymie the Black Manta's crime caper. Then Golden Age old-timer, Wildcat, fresh off a heart attack, horns in on Batman's attempt to take down the unruly Outsiders (who are teenagers in this incarnation, and also are kind of all villainy).
- Episode 107 - "Dawn of the Dead Man!" - In the far-flung blasted future, Kamandi the Last Boy on Earth helps Batman make off with some antibiotics. Then, in London, Boston Brand (a.k.a. "Deadman") teams up with Batman's astral projected self when Batman's body is buried alive by the Gentleman Ghost and the coffin rendered booby-trapped. Hope no one's run out of nth metal.
- Episode 108 - "Fall of the Blue Beetle!" - First, the flashback adventure featuring Bats and the Silver Age Blue Beetle (that'd be Ted Kord). Then teenager Jaime Reyes, the new Blue Beetle, digs into his predecessor's history and arrives at a sinister plot to take over the world.
- Episode 109 - "Journey to the Center of the Bat!" - Bats, Plastic Man and Elongated Man provide the long arm of the law against Babyface. Then, to remedy a Chemo-infected Caped Crusader, Atom shrinks himself and Aquaman down to microscopic size and they infiltrate Batman's body.
- Episode 110 - "The Eyes of Despero!" - Batman and Dr. Fate thwart Wotan's plan to control the Library of Infinity. Then, with the Green Lantern Corps having fallen under Despero's sway, it falls to Batman and the last three free Lanterns to save the day. But what if these Lanterns were Guy Gardner, Sinestro... and G'Nort?
- Episode 111 - "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!" - Inexplicably in the Old West, in a Sergio Leone backdrop, that squirrely-eyed bounty hunter Jonah Hex and Batman corral the Royal Flush Gang. Then, in China, Batman and the prideful Bronze Tiger seek vengeance against Fox and the Shadow Clan for killing their old martial arts master. "You kill my teachaaa!"
- Episode 112 - "Deep Cover for Batman! (Part 1)" - The Injustice Syndicate, sinister doppelgangers of Batman and his superhero pals, aim to make use of a bridge to parallel Earths to cross over to Gotham. But not if Batman beats them to the punch. To quote Bats: "The resemblance to my friends is uncanny. Like looking into a funhouse mirror... of evil."
- Episode 113 - "Game Over for Owlman! (Part 2)" - Batman returns to his own reality and finds himself a wanted felon, thanks to Owlman, a parallel version of the Dark Knight. With every meta-human do-gooder out to nab him, it's maybe time to team up with a certain Clown Prince of Crime.
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How to Judge a DVD releaseAug. 30 2010
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Nothing irritates me more than ignorant fanboys ruining the reputation of an excellent program because they can't comprehend how prices work. All they see is "Season 1, Part 1" and they foam at the mouth and begin to rant about "greedy corporations" trying to steal their money.
Let me break it down for you. Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1, Part 1 is 13 episodes, on 2 DVDs, and is currently prices at $15.49. Keep in mind that the Amazon price fluctuates, I've seen it as cheap as $14.99.
Now comprate that to Justice League Unlimited - Season Two (DC Comics Classic Collection). Justice League Unlimited Season 2 is 13 episodes, on 2 DVDs, for 14.99.
Again: - 13 episodes of BBatB are worth 15.49 - 13 episodes of JLU are worth 14.99
They're just complaining because one is a complete season, and the other is a half season. But, they're BOTH 13 EPISODES!!!
By now, you should know what Batman: The Brave and the Bold is like. It's a lighter take on the caped crusader. If you're the type of fan that loved Nolan's The Dark Knight, or grew up watching Batman the Animated Series, and you like a serious Batman, then you'll want to skip this series and buy Batman: Under the Red Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition).
The rest of us, we love us some campy, almost-Adam-West-like, adventures with the Dark Knight. I never would have imagined Diedrich Bader as Batman. He's no Kevin Conroy, but Bader's voice fits the show's premise. What really makes BBatB stand out is the creator's devotion to feature superheroes and villains that have had very little appearances outside of the comics: Calender Man, Kite Man, the Top, Plastic Man, the Blue Beetle, Kamandi, and Bronze Tiger.
Further, let me answer some questions you might be asking:
1. No, Kevin Conroy is not Batman in this.
2. No, this does not contain the "Bat-Mite Episode" AKA "Legends of the Dark-Mite." That won't be until Part 2.
3. No, this does not contain the musical episode with Neil Patrick Harris. That's in Part 2, "Mayhem of the Music Meister"
4. No, this doesn't have "the one with Kevin Conroy in it." That's episode 37, "Chill of the Night." It also has Adam West, Mark Hamill and Julie Newmar. That's part of Season 2.
That's a lot of 'No's. But it's still worth $15 if you can pick it up at a local retailer. My favorite episodes are "Evil Under the Sea," "Fall of the Blue Beetle" "Deep Cover for Batman" and "Game Over for Owlman." So pick it up if you like superhero action, and I hope I've helped you make an informed decision.