I might have to dust off my wii and play this at some point.
|Morrison: I agree. That has been one of my favorite Batman versions for years. I think it was great to step away from what Christopher Nolan was doing with The Dark Knight, and give Batman back to the realm of fantasy. Beyond that, I think there's some great psychedelic work in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The dialog is good; the stories are really put together well. It's a great show that should be on at 9 .p.m. in the evening somewhere. I'd much rather watch Batman: The Brave and the Bold than Glee.|
There will be a 13 episode season 3.
And there are actually three Season 2 episodes left to air in US:
-"Batmite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!"
-"The Malicious Mr. Mind!"
-"The Mask of Matches Malone!"
The Matches Malone episode aired in other countries months ago, but has been delayed in the US due to "suggestive gestures" during a Birds of Prey musical number.
Once again, Cartoon Network is taking their sweet time airing new episodes in the US. They've been airing episodes in other countries, though.
The Marvel Family episode MALICIOUS MR. MIND and the latest BAT-MITE episode are floating around out there. Since I read and enjoyed the extremely weird 60s Bat-Manga comics in Chip Kidd's Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan" http://www.amazon.com/Bat-Manga-Secret-History-Batman-Japan/dp/0375714847/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1296439989&sr=8-2 , I had to check out the BAT-MITE episode.
It's a masterpiece theater type of deal where Bat-Mite introduces us to different versions of Batman. It's split into three sections: Batboy & Rubin, Bat-Manga!, and Batman & Scooby Doo. The Bat-Manga segment is almost exactly like the comic "Lord Death Man Part 2" in the Chip Kidd book. The added bonus is bad anime dubbing. My only complaint is that they didn't animate "Lord Death Man Part 1". In that comic, Bruce and Dick decide to take a JAMAICAN VACATION after defeating Lord Death Man. The Scooby Doo segment features Batman, Robin, Scooby & Mystery Inc, Joker, Penguin and Weird Al. My favorite part was when Bat-Mite uses his imp powers to allow Batman and Robin to fight (he tells the audience that Batman wasn't allowed to throw a punch back then). He also uses his powers to get the normally "too-freaked out to fight" Shaggy and Scoob in on the action. This is the end result:
A director/writer/artist on BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD shows you all the work he put into 3 seconds of the "Batman's Strangest Cases" BAT-MANGA segment:
I wasn't really looking forward to the SUPERMAN episode (I'd rather watch Batman team up with heroes that we haven't seen animated before), but BATTLE OF THE SUPERHEROES was great. I can always count on the B&B crew. They expose Superman to Red Kryptonite almost immediately and turn him into a dick!
I loved the "super-asshole" montage.
*Superman grabs a girl's kitty, puts it in a tree and stares at the girl smugly while she cries*
Okay, to showcase another reason this show is awesome? I was babysitting my 8-year old nephew today and like so many other times I've pulled this duty, I put some recordings of The Brave and the Bold on and he just gets transfixed. He also pretty much begs me to draw characters from the show while he's watching. So today I turn it on, and the episode is 'Gorillas in our Midst" and by the end of the show? I've done some rough sketches of Batman, B'Wanna Beast, and Detective Chimp.
Let me state this loud and clear. Never in my life did I ever expect somebody would REQUEST that I draw B'Wanna Beast or Detective Chimp, until today. And that's pretty awesome.
Holy nuts. I just caught the cold open the the Joker: Vile and Villainous episode and it had too much awesomeness for one sitting. Not only was there a major BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES reference, but then it goes and has the balls to riff on the same ending. New opening credits weren't so bad either. I'll have to finish the ep at a later time.
These DC cartoons usually just end, so it was nice to have a farewell episode.
Brave and the Bold actually did have a good run. It lasted just as long as The Batman and Teen Titans and longer than stuff like Superman the Animated Series and Batman Beyond.
I got a little exasperated with how surreal, meta, and masturbatory this show got at times with its excessive pandering to comic book fans. Particularly in episodes like "Emperor Joker" and the finale. I'm not a big fan of episodes like those with their 'no rules, anything goes' approach to storytelling. I prefer more straightforward, old school storytelling, but the series had a good amount of episodes with that too. That was one of its strengths. Even though it went a little overboard with the comic-referencing wankery sometimes, it also offered a little something for everyone.
Personally I preferred the episodes with fairly simple stories that got their novelty by doing unexpected things with character dynamics. For example, the change to the Red Hood character in the Owlman 2 parter, the unique villain and hero pairings in "Triumverate of Terror", the anti-hero treatment of Batwoman in "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy", The Joker's chance to have an episode told from his perspective in "The Vile and the Villainous", and the old Justice League vs. new Justice League feud in "22300 Miles Above the Earth". The first Batmite episode was really fun too...I just found its sequels tiresomely whacked out.
I have mixed feelings about this show, but overall I think it's the first Batman series after "Batman: The Animated Series" that was truly special and a worthy successor. I think in a lot of ways, it was what "The Batman" should have been. "The Batman" came off as too much of an inferior "Batman: The Animated Series" rip-off. This one found its own path and while it overdid things a bit at times, when it worked, it was brilliant in its own unique way. It was finally the show that demonstrated Batman can be fun without being completely ridiculous (like the '60s series, which I like, but have no desire to see in animated form). The show's ability to be wacky all the time, yet still present a Batman who can actually be taken seriously was an impressive feat.