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I love this show! Another fantastic season! Took me a bit to get used to the playful take on the Dark knight, but once I did I was hooked! & unlike other superhero comic based cartoons, this didn't use the standard villains over & over! Instead your treated to "cartoony" versions of many batmans classic stories, filled with tons of characters from DC's history! From the flash & joker to little known characters from indie comic labels bought by DC , story lines & characters from different comic ages like the golden age of comics. All these characters from different "earths" in the pre crises dc continuity are woven into 1 coherent, yet wacky, universe.
Everyone, from kids to comic book snobs, will find something to love in this show!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Batman does NOT eat nachos!!"Dec 19 2011
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You claim the Dark Knight has to be broody and sinister all the time to further his intimidating urban legend. You protest that he works best as a solo act. BATMAN:THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, a ridiculously fun animated series, dissuades such assertions. It showcases the lighter side of Batman, plonks him in silly scenarios, even has him cracking a smile now and then. BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD - SEASON 2, PART 1 collects Season 2's first twelve episodes, offers more team-up fun with the truculent Gotham Detective. And while the episodes are for the most part isolated stories, attempts are made to introduce an overarching plot point, concerning the Faceless Hunter's paving the way for Starro the Conqueror's impending global invasion. Batman's familiar heroic foils are here: his friendly rival Green Arrow, his protege Blue Beetle, his adoring fan Plastic Man, and the delightfully grandiose Aquaman. But this series also spotlights DC's more neglected characters like the Metal Men, the Challengers of the Unknown, and Firestorm (who makes his debut in "A Bat Divided").
Of this batch, the best episodes - in my eyes, anyway - are the hilarious "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", "The Golden Age of Justice" (featuring the JSA), and "A Bat Divided" (for the Slacker Batman moments). This DVD set comes in two discs and, disappointingly, with no bonus material. Still, twelve episodes aren't too shabby. If you harbor fond memories of Batman as he was in the Golden & Silver Ages and if you don't mind an infusion of Adam West-type wackiness and a cast of quite a lot, then what are you waiting for?
Plot synopsis for the twelve eps (and, of course, you already know that each episode begins with a teaser segment which mostly doesn't have anything to do with that episode's main narrative, right?):
- "Death Race to Oblivion!" - Prequel: Batman and Captain Marvel give a time out to an evil genius kid. Then, Mongol holds Earth hostage as he gathers a group of heroes and villains to compete in a death race. Heck, there's even a nod to the classic JLI Batman clocks Guy Gardner "One punch!" routine.
- "Long Arm of the Law!" - Prequel: Batman and Plastic Man on a rescue mission at a woodsy scout camp jamboree. Then, Plastic Man, his wife and son Baby Plas, and his sidekick Woozy Winks are targeted by Kite Man. As one might expect, this is one slapsticky episode.
- "Revenge of the Reach!" - Prequel: Batman and the Challengers of the Unknown versus a mutated giant spider on Dinosaur Island. Then, Batman, Blue Beetle, and the Green Lantern Corps face off against the Reach, an ancient marauding alien race from which the Beetle's hi-tech scarab had originated.
- "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" - Prequel: Somehow set in World War I, Batman and Enemy Ace call off aerial hostilities to take out extraterrestrial weaponry. Then, Aquaman's family vacation keeps getting interrupted when the King of the Seven Seas insists on making stops to help out his superhero buddies. Check out Arthur Jr.'s threads, reminiscent of Aquaman's costume from Neal Pozner and Craig Hamilton's 1986 mini-series. How awesome is this episode? Four words: Aquaman driving an RV.
- "The Golden Age of Justice!" - Prequel: Batman and Detective Chimp solve the case of the stolen Golden Skull. Then, Batman, a feeling underappreciated Black Canary, and the old-as-dust Justice Society of America join forces to stymie Per Degaton's latest stab at world domination.
- "Sidekicks Assemble!" - Prequel: Squabbling kid sidekicks Robin, Aqualad, and Speedy are scolded by their mentors. Then, cut to the present, as the now teenaged (but still squabbling) sidekicks combat Ra's al Ghul and his plot to transform Earth into a primordial (and lethal to man) paradise.
- "Clash of the Metal Men!" - Prequel: After Batman and Aquaman net a crew of pirates, Aquaman returns to Atlantis only to find his people subjugated by Starro's clones. Then, when the Metal Men's creator, Dr. Milton Magnus, goes missing, the enthusiastic shape-shifting androids and Batman go looking.
- "A Bat Divided!" - Prequel: Trapped in the Riddler's game show, Booster Gold must correctly answer a series of riddles, with Batman's life hanging in the balance (except that Booster doesn't even get one answer right). Then, Doctor Double X intrudes on a science field trip held at a nuclear test lab. He accidentally ignites a nuclear reaction that splits Batman into three messed-up personalities. The meltdown also fuses a brainy student and an oafish athletic coach into one entity, giving birth to Flame Dude... er, Firestorm. This ep is worth it just to see Batman, in his slacker persona, channel Keanu Reeves and consume massive amounts of nachos and cheese.
- "The Super-Batman of Planet X!" - Prequel: Batman, in his "Matches Malone" disguise, and the Metal Men work together to thwart the predations of Kanjar Ro and his space bandits. Then, while Batman and Green Arrow are pursuing even more space pirates, Batman is sent hurtling thru a wormhole, on the other side of which is his doppelganger, the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. Oh, and on this world, our Batman has somehow gained super powers.
- "The Power of Shazam!" - Prequel: Starro's emissary, the Faceless Hunter, gives us a voiceover recap, detailing his capturing of or taking out a series of heroes in preparation for Starro the Conqueror's invasion. Then, evil genius Dr. Sivana and Black Adam hatch a plot to siphon the wizard Shazam's magic, that which empowers the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel.
- "Chill of the Night!" - Prequel: Batman and Zatanna close the curtain on Abra Kadabra's attempt to ransack a museum showcasing the creations of history's greatest stage magicians. Then, the Phantom Stranger and the Spectre lay a wager on Bats' plan of action when he at last meets his parents' murderer. Will he choose justice... or vengeance? You must dig this episode's special voice actors: Adam West as Thomas Wayne, Julie Newmar as Martha Wayne, Kevin Conroy as the Phantom Stranger, and Mark Hamill as the Spectre.
- "Gorillas in Our Midst!" - Prequel: When Professor Milo engineers rats to steal diamonds, Batman and the Spectre form a vermin-stopping duo. Then, "The great powers of the ape world have finally put aside their differences to found G.A.S.P. - Gorillas & Apes Seizing Power!" It's Batman, Detective Chimp, Vixen, and B'wana Beast against the hairy forces of Gorilla Grodd, Monsieur Mallah, and Gorilla Boss in a crazy bananas episode.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Retro 50's style Batman style team ups!Aug. 18 2011
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If you are a fan of the old school 50's style Batman (drawn by Dick Sprang)and If you love any of the Silver Age characters,this is a trip down memory lane! I can't understand how this show could be cancelled after only three seasons. I hope there is a last minute reprive by the the Cartoon Network. No where could you find such classic characters. The best episode of the bunch is "Chill of the Night". Adam West voices Batman's father in this episode. Bruce wayne goes back in time to see that his father inadvertantly inspired his costume. I wish Adam West had more roles in this show because there are so many Silver Age characters that were never seen. The other team ups include The Justice Society of America, Plastic Man, Firestorm, Captiain Marvel and even The Bwana Beast.
It's a fun show that your family can watch without any uncompfortable moments. I was hoping the public would embrace this new version that's less dark and more like the Adam West style of Batman. These cartoons are so well produced they are good for multiple viewings. The overall look of the show is much better than the original Batman:The Animated Series. It utilizes more in the way of computer graphics. All in all it's great fun and if you are a comics fan like myself, you'll buy this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Holy Silver Age, Batman!!! I love your wacky adventures?Sept. 11 2011
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This 3rd volume of the delightfully kitsch Brave and the Bold series delivers more of that "Bam" "Pow" "Whiz" action that typefied superhero comics of the 50s and 60s. It's hard to imagine that in the age of gritty, urban interpretations of Batman being the most prominent in the media (Dark Knight and Arkham Asylum video game), that there would even be room for a show as zany as this one. But this show comes as a great and welcomed counter point to those more heavyily weighted efforts because it reminds viewers that the Caped Crusader can and is able to have a little more fun now and again. Plus if your a Batman fan and a parent then this is the perfect show to share with your young children. It's safe yet exciting enough to keep both adults and kids entertained. Understanding Batman fans will see that Batman is still depicted as the serious and competant detective/adventurer that he always essentially was, but his antics and methods are enhanced in the only way a cartoon could showcase them. His tools and gagdets are incredibly cool and advanced and his skills seem endless. This guy knows everything! A few key episodes are Death Race to Oblivion which is a favorite and Chill of the Night which actually sees this Batman at his "darkest" as he trys to investigate the whereabouts of his parents' murderer. Other greats are Sidekicks Assemble where the sidekicks of the main heroes investigate a case involving Ra's Al Ghul and his daughter Talia. A recommended buy for anyone one who enjoys the zanies of old comics from time to time and of course all things Batman.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Coming of StarroAug. 30 2011
R. J Rey
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Batman continues to protect Gotham City and beyond in Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season Two, Part One. Batman (Diedrich Bader) is the World's Greatest Detective, but even he's not above a little superhero help battling such villains likes Gorilla Grodd, Ra's Al Ghul and Black Adam. In this collection of 12 action-packed episodes, Blue Beetle, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Firestorm, Captain Marvel, Detective Chimp, Vixen, Bwana Beast, the Metal Men and the Justice Society of America come to Batman's aid against the forces of evil, but do Earth's greatest heroes have what it takes to stop the intergalactic menace known as Starro and its herald, the Faceless Hunter? Batman will also finally face the criminal responsible for the deaths of his parents. Based on the comic book series published by DC Comics, this light adaptation offers an amusing mix of old-school comic book action and refreshing humor. The 2-disc DVD set includes such standout episodes like Death Race to Oblivion!, Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!, The Golden Age of Justice!, Sidekicks Assemble!, The Super-Batman of Planet X!, The Power of Shazam! and Chill of the Night!.
Though I wasn't pleased that the two-part finale of the Great Starro Invasion story arc wasn't included, the latest 2-disc DVD release of Batman: The Brave and the Bold is still a worthy addition to your superhero collection at a decent bargain price. As with the previous discs, the first 12 episodes of the second season of animated series are presented 1.78:1 widescreen format. The video transfer is bright and colorful, and its 2.0 Dolby Digital audio is pretty solid. Besides the trailers of the new animated series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Thundercats, there are no special features. Overall, Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season Two, Part One scores a "B-".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Best Episodes So FarAug. 24 2011
D. A. Reed
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While season 1 had the Owlman episodes, "Legends of the Dark Mite" and "Mayhem of the Music Meister", this set has the best episodes out of the whole series available on DVD. The weakest episodes are "Death Race to Oblivion", which is ok (Batman's a bit of a jerk until the very end when his plan is revealed) and "Gorilla's in Our Midst", which is just a rehash of every Grodd episode (except featuring Gorilla Boss, Mesiuer Mallah, Det. Chimp, B'wanna Beast and Vixen). Episodes that establish more character and backstory are "Long Arm of the Law" featuring Plastic Man and his family. It also continues a plot point established last season in "Terror On Dinosaur Island". "Revenge of the Reach" has Blue Beetle battling his armor as it attempts to take over his mind and body to destroy the Green Lantern Corp. "Sidekicks Assemble" features Robin, Aqualad and Speedy, who wish to grow from the shadows of their mentors (though only Robin really develops). "Clash of the Metal Men", "A Bat Divided" and "The Power of Shazam" are fun episodes and introduce the Metal Men and Firestorm to the series (Captain Marvel first appeared in the teaser to "Death Race to Oblivion") and they'll prove useful in the first two episodes of the next set.
However the best episodes I saved for the last; "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure" is the character's best appearance so far. It's hilarious seeing him want to escape his vacation and fight crime with his friends (his first phone conversation with Batman and him seeing the Sportsmaster in a similar situation are great). "The Golden Age of Justice" features the first appearance of the Justice Soceity of America (at least the group since Wildcat and Flash made appearances last season) and it's fun seeing the precursor to the Justice League along with how they trained Batman and Black Canary. "The Super-Batman of Planet X" is an adaptation of a comic from the fifties (you can read it in the compilation "Batman in the '50s") and while it's fun seeing Batman act like Superman, it's also noteworthy since it features Kevin Conroy (as the other Batman), Dana Delany as Vilsi Vaylar (a Lois Lane/Vicky Vale combo) and Clancy Brown as Rohtul (he was also the voice of Per Degaton in "The Golden Age of Justice").
And last but certainly not least is "Chill of the Night", possibly the finest and darkest episode this series has put out but let me explain something; while I love Batman: The Animated Series (and believe me, it will never be topped as the definitive interpretation of Batman and his supporting characters) along with the rest of the DCAU and the Burton/Schumacher/Nolan/DCU films, this series' approach to Batman works because its so different. It's fun, has a sense of humor and most importantly, it's a treasure trove of DC Comics' history! There's only so many times you can do the "dark, serious" approach and make it different, at least to me anyways. And the producers prove with this episode that this show can do dark, emotional episodes. Even my sister was surprised by how dark this episode was compared to the rest of the series! Deidrich Bader does a great job as does the guest cast and next to "The Super-Batman of Planet X", it's one of the best. Kevin Conroy returns as the Phantom Stranger, Mark Hamill as the Spectre, Richard Moll as Moxon (and also reprises his Two-Face role for a bit), Jennifer Hale reprising Zatanna but also Adam West and Julie Newmar as Thomas and Martha Wayne (I hope the producers are able to get them again, it fits having them voice his parents).
Again the show is just fantastic and while B:TAS may be the best version of Batman, this interpretation has now tied with it as my favorite (but I wouldn't be surprised if it nudges its way to be my all-time favorite). Sadly it will be ending this year only for a new, more serious Batman cartoon to begin. A part of me knows that I'll watch and more than likely enjoy it, but I can't help but feel it'll just be an inferior carbon copy to B:TAS. Can't wait for Season 2, Part 2!