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Batman: Brave & The Bold, 2 Part Arc With The Joker

Review for the two episodes airing on Cartoon Network on 2/27 & 3/6.

"Batman: The Brave And The Bold" doesn't get the credit it deserves.  Most likely the reason is due to the success and popularity of "Batman: The Animated Series" and the dark nature of that series.  "Brave and the Bold" was always intended to be different.  It may have a lighter, more retro feel to it but it still manages to deliver in terms of entertainment.

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.
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Posted by Hulk destroyer

joker sounds weird.

Posted by Decept-O

I liked the sound effects for the alternate version of Sinestro's power ring.  I like the looks of the characters and Joker DOES resemble his Golden Age/Silver Age comic appearance. 

However, and this doesn't have to do with Mark Hamill, but Joker's voice just ain't a happenin' for me.  It is still a great all ages cartoon, def worth watching.

Posted by Dr. ? man

I think Jeff Bennett sounds good as the Joker. Even though I consider Mark Hamill as the overall best voice of the Joker, if you're going to feature a different and new show that features the Joker then you need a different and new way to go about it. It's not like Mark is going to be around to do the Joker voice forever anyway. Aside from that, I like the Joker's look here because it fits as the perfect polar opposite to the way Batman is stylized. I look forward to this episode.

Posted by SUNMAN

interesting take on Joker. Seems like a cartoony Adam West Batman Joker, but not quite that corny.

Posted by Detective

episode looks good, im really enjoying this series so far

Posted by The_Martian
Hulk destroyer said:
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joker sounds weird.

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Posted by Psychotime

It's always good that each Batman property tries their own original take on the Joker. This one is ok. His design clearly resembles how he looked in the old days. And that scene with him removing the handcuffs is great.

Posted by Deo Wade

Batman socked the sh*t out of The Joker LMAO.

Posted by Dr. Maxwell

The voice used for Joker reminds me of the one used in the Animated Series episode "Legends of the Dark Knight" I originall wasnt going to check out Brave and the Bold as it looked really campy, but it does seem to do some things decent

Edited by Jean_Luc_LeBeau

Just watched pt.1 and it was really good. Red Hood is badass as was the Injustice League. Owlman vs Batman in the Batcave is a must see, and the re-telling of Red Hood's origin was really cool.

Posted by Mutant X

That's some horrible voice casting.

Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau

Really? I don't know I think they fit. In case no one noticed, Batman's voice is the comedian, "Diedrich Bader." He was in Meet the Spartans as Traitorous. Some people might remember him as the idiot on the Drew Carey show or Hawk on Reno 911.

Posted by Mutant X
Gambler said:
"Really? I don't know I think they fit. In case no one noticed, Batman's voice is the comedian, "Diedrich Bader." He was in Meet the Spartans as Traitorous. Some people might remember him as the idiot on the Drew Carey show or Hawk on Reno 911.
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Lol are you serious? That's awesome.
Posted by likalaruku

His voice is so ill-fitting the the homage from the 70s cartoon style of the Joker's face also looks out of place.

Posted by Detective

i dont mind the look, but his voice is terrible for The Joker

Posted by Colt

eh i didnt like the joker voice at first.... but by this episode, when he was being joker instead of red hood, i began to come around. but yea the show's pretty great.


btw, for anyone who's curious, you can watch last weeks full episode at cartoonnetwork.com. this week's will be up on monday.
Posted by G-Man
likalaruku said:
"His voice is so ill-fitting the the homage from the 70s cartoon style of the Joker's face also looks out of place.
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It's more the Joker from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
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