Sunday, November 23, 2008

Holy childhood memories, Batman!

After the, well, dark "The Dark Knight" film comes a Batman version that harks closer to Dick Sprang and the "Superfriends" cartoon. "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" features the DC Universe's lesser-known heroes and teams them up with the Caped Crusader (this is no dark knight detective). The writing is tight and the action is so over the top that anyone who remembers "Saturday Fun Machine" on channel 9 Saturday mornings will have a grin plastered on his face for half an hour. 

In the first episode Batman pulls a sword out of his utility belt! A few scenes later he talks the Blue Beetle (the new, hispanic Guyver-ish one, not Ted Kord) into accompanying him on a mission. Beetle flies off and Bats presses a button on his belt to turn his cape into a jetpack(!), reaching escape velocity while still in his blue and gray underoos.

Diedrich Bader (Oswald from "The Drew Carey Show") is an unlikely choice but his voice works as a well-adjusted Batman. Will Friedle (Terry McGinnis, "Batman Beyond") does Beetle while Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) is Plastic Man. Future guest heroes include Firestorm, Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan, Katana, Metamorpho, and other guys we rarely see animated. 

I'm not sure when they'll show this locally but try to get your hands on episodes soon. This is kids animation done right.  

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