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Batman: Brave & The Bold, 2 Part Arc With The Joker
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Review for the two episodes airing on Cartoon Network on 2/27 & 3/6.
The show has stepped things up with its ambitious two part arc. "Deep Cover For Batman" is the first episode (airs on Feburary 27 at 8 ET/PT on Cartoon Network). We see the Injustice Syndicate where the heroes are the villains. We know the premise from the comics. It is executed brilliantly here. For those complaining of the light nature of the show, things are a little darker here. We get to see the dark version of the heroes and we also get the Red Hood. In this alternate reality, the Red Hood is a good guy that was thrown into a vat of chemicals by the evil Owlman. (Meet the Red Hood HERE). Batman finds himself drawn into this reality and has to help the Red Hood against the dark versions of his friends.
Despite the dark tone of the episodes, the vibrant colors and smooth animation still manage to emerge. You can almost hear the voice actors having fun in these episodes. Everyone enjoys playing the hero but there is that part inside that relishes the opportunity to play the evil bad guys. The first episode gives the typical cliffhanger sequence but it's a good one.
The second episode, "Game Over For Owlman" (airs on March 6) Batman returns home and finds himself a fugitive. What's great about this is we see Batman going up against his fellow superheroes again, since they believe he has turned evil. And for those that are wondering, yes, the Joker appears. No, it's not Mark Hamill. Yes, we all love Hamill as the Joker, but again, why not something different? Jeff Bennett does a good job and deserves a chance. I'm willing to bet that some people won't like his look either. Throughout all of this, you have to keep in mind that it's main influence comes from the Batman comics from the 40s, 50s and 60s. In that, the show succeeds. My favorite part was when Joker is riding shotgun in the Batmobile and asks what all the buttons do. Best (and funniest) team-up ever. We also get to see other versions of Bats.
"Deep Cover For Batman" gets a 4.5 out of 5. Cool, dark, lots of action. This should convince you that it's not just a cartoon for five year olds (although my five year old loves it, but that's another story). "Game Over For Owlman" gets a well deserved 5 out of 5.