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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Night of the Batmen!” Review

BATMAN:  THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD  "Night of the Batmen!" Season 3 Episode 6 – Holy clones, Batman! What happens when Gotham City  loses its Caped Crusader … to  injury? "Night of the Batmen!" gave us the answer : bad things happen. Really bad things. Bad things compounded by other bad things made worse by the bad jokes being told whilst these bad things occurred. But I’m getting away from myself. As usual,  Batman: The Brave and the Bold  began crazily. I have personally gotten used to the completely inane starts, but not everyone sharing a roof with me has; put it this way, it says something when my wife makes a beeline up the stairs and as far away from thetelevision  as humanly possible as soon as a particular show comes on ( The Bachelor ,  Desperate Housewives  … and this). And this is a woman who loved  Justice League . Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/04/30/batman-the-brave-and-the-bold-night-of-the-batmen-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Shadow of the Bat” Review

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD  "Shadow of the Bat" Season 3 Episode 5 – So there I was, notes in hand, all ready to come hard at the show for its most egregious DC continuity conundrum yet: the fact that  Batman: The Brave and the Bold  played loose with their own vampire creation canon, allowing that a single bite from a vampire (Dala DuBois in this case) will turns a victim— Well I had three things stopping this rant. 1. There is no real DC "canon" as to how vampires turn their victims. Earth-1, Earth-2, they all have had conflicting tales in the past, even within their own mythos. There’ve been single-bite turns, triple-bite turns, triple-bite-drink-my-blood turns (I’m still waiting for a triple-bite turn ending with a triple-flip, double Salchow) …

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Joker: The Vile and the Villainous” Review

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD  "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous" Season 3 Episode 4 – What puzzles me more than anything is the fact that this show has gone three seasons. And really, it’s probably the most niche of niche shows. It’s A. an animated series about B. Batman but told C. in an alternate "What If" sort of storytelling fashion that holds no real continuity with the rest of the DC universe, save for the premise of rehashing some of the lamer characters in DC’s universe. Like who exactly is the target audience? I know I posed this question before, but… Well it’s in its third season, so I can’t talk much junk. It must be finding someone. But to me it feels like a one-trick pony. It feels like they’re SO BORED of Batman stories … really, this is all they have left. A nudge-nudge / wink-wink show. Sure the jokes are sometimes clever, sometimes skewering the comic book genre so deftly you hardly know it was stabbed until it falls over dead. Sometimes it’s just completely over-the-top. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/04/16/batman-the-brave-and-the-bold-joker-the-vile-and-the-villainous-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “The Malicious Mr. Mind” Review

BATMAN : THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD  "The Malicious Mr. Mind" Season 3 Episode 3 – The one thing I can say about "The Malicious Mr. Mind" was that it wasn’t a psychedelic head trip like the last episode ("Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases"). Not that it wasn’t still slightly crazy—it was more than  slightly crazy—but at least I was relatively certain the story took place in whatever the current alternate dimension (Earth 15? Earth X? I’m not sure) they’re using for the show. I think. Okay, I’m not sure. (I have a current thing going  with my Young Justice reviews in which I jot down Things I Learned While Watching  Young Justice . I may have to start a similar thread in which I point out Things I Have No Clue About Even After Watching  Batman: The Brave And The Bold .) One thing I do have a clue about is the fact that you can be a 49-year old uber-nerd with every Detective Comics issue ever printed tucked away in your mom’s basement, or a 23 year-old stoner watching from a raggedy couch in Huntington Beach, or an 8-year old future juvenile delinquent in between attempts at burning down the neighbor’s back yard—and still equally enjoy  this show. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/04/09/batman-the-brave-and-the-bold-the-malicious-mr-mind-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” Review

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD  "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!" Season 3 Episode 2 – So me being a total n00b to the  Batman: The Brave And The Bold  phenomenon, it probably wasn’t a great idea to de-cherry my eyes with "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases." Because since the first 10 minutes of this goof was some sort  of— I don’ even know how to describe it. Some stoner’s view of a  Pinky and the Brain  nightmare? —I was pretty worried. Seriously. "Bat Boy and Rubin" …? And then figuring out that this episode was being narrated (and essentially controlled) by Bat-Mite, using his funtacular alternate dimension abilities to showcase Batman stories from alternate dimensions…

DVD Review - Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Season One Part Two

Christopher Nolan ruined my experience of the Batman franchise. He made two amazing movies (with a third on the way) based around the character of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego Batman, and I absolutely loved them, along with the rest of the world. They were such a stunning mix of gritty realism and startlingly good character development that was impossible not to have your entire perception changed about what can -- and should -- be done with superhero films. Maybe that's why I can't bring myself to enjoy Batman: The Brave and the Bold . Let's face it: it's a children's show, and shouldn't have to face the same standards with which we view most other things. But, when you consider what shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender did for the cartoon set, some of that leeway slips. And that loss of footing causes Batman: TBatB to become almost laughable in how two-dimensional it is. Case in point: in the first episode of the season, Batman attempts to convince Aquaman to join him in a mission. Aquaman is reluctant, because he's just depressed. He sits on a beach and plays a sad song on his horn, and he makes mopey, Eeyore-like comments about life and the futility of being a hero. That'd be cool if he wasn't so darn one-note, with his every word for the majority of the episode being something too trite to have any emotional resonance. (Of course, the show does seem to balance the bad with the good. Aquaman's reasons for being so forlorn actually involve a whaling expedition he failed to stop, a surprisingly sad flashback.) Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/ZSLzgqmQiNk/51591

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Darkseid Descending” Review

Had it not been built up based on the prior week as a big episode (and also done with a different title/threat) "Darkseid Descending" would have been a pretty good outing for BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. But we’re talking Darkseid here, from Apokolips, part of the "Fourth World" created some 40 years ago by the great Jack Kirby and one of the biggest bads in the DC Universe, maybe THE biggest of all. The opener was the usual stand-alone thing: Batman teaming with Firestorm to take down Killer Frost. It was okay, but sorta throwaway. Then, a good part of the main event was taken up establishing the new Justice League, featuring many members of the late ’80s Bwah-hah-hah Justice League International incarnation by writer J. M. DeMatteis with Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire — Booster Gold, Blue Beetle (though here the young, newer one, not the late Ted Kord), slinky Fire and earnest Ice, plus a not stoic but rather cranky (and chocolate chip cookie eating) Martian Manhunter and then Batman with this show’s bearded, boisterous version of Aquaman. To Read More Click Here.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Knights of Tomorrow” Review

‘Best….Batman….Ever!" said my eight-year-old son loudly after "Knights of Tomorrow," the most recent episode of "BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD." And if not the best, it was certainly one of the show’s best installments. The opening, with just Batman seen on a video screen and starring The Question, infiltrating the fire-pitted planet Apokolips, with mention of Darkseid (never seen) was enough to make any DC Comics fan of Jack Kirby’s fantastic Fourth World go bonkers. Plus Kalibank and Para-Demons and then, mention of evil plans for earth, foreshadowing an episode that’s coming up? What an open. The main story started out as a wonderful homage to Batman history. This show soooo gets it: The images of the Batman outfit of his debut in 1939, then the arrival of Robin, with a scene mirroring the cover of that comic book in1940 (Detective No.38); the Batman/Catwoman – Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle relationship (that sure looked like Clark Kent and Lois Lane at the wedding) also well done. A son named Damian was definite nod to the current comics, where Bruce Wayne has had a son Damian with Talia, daughter of nemesis Ra’s al Ghul and he’s now the current Robin, with Dick Grayson, ex-Robin, ex-Nightwing as a new Batman because Bruce was thought dead, but was really lost in time, though now he’s just come back (Confused? Don’t worry about. So are many comic book readers right now). To Read More Click Here.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Cry Freedom Fighters” Review

Every week, BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD is a smile fest for fans of DC Comics that span decades. This week gave us little-known outside of comics Freedom Fighters and some wonderful touches of hokum to boot. First off, it was another great opening segment with no Bats in sight, just the teaming of youngsters the "new" Blue Beetle and Stargirl – Courtney Whitmore – from the JSA with her Cosmic Rod. I just loved it when she used the rod to blast a batsignal into the sky, too. Plus the opening villain? Mantis of Apokolips! Yes! Bring on more Jack Kirby Fourth World characters. Let’s see Orion and Lightray, the Forever People and most of all, Darkseid. And we will see the Lord of Apokolips in episode 50, "Darkseid Descending" come December. Anyway, on to the main event. So Uncle Sam wants….Plastic Man? And Batman, too of course. The use of the Freedom Fighters, second, even third-tier heroes from Quality Comics in the ’40s acquired by DC in the 70s is more comics obscura that kids watching and even most adults have never heard of. So much the better. To Read More Click Here.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Plague of the Prototypes” Review

This week’s episode of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, "Plague of the Prototypes," was touching and ultimately sentimental, bringing a smile at the end. Again, this animated program proves to have more layers than many live-action series out there. The typical stand-alone opening found Batman teamed with DC Comics World War II hero, Sgt. Rock, go figure and we also got G.I. Robot. In the main story, villain Black Mask finds a way to take over Batman’s Batbots, then later defeats Batman, leaving him in a tank-like Batsuit on fire. But wait, it’s "Proto" to the rescue, the child-like, hulkier protoype of the sleeker, later model Batbots. He’s a bit like Lenny in "of Mice and Men," trying to impress father figure Batman. But he also wants to do the right thing, period, and that’s central to the tale. To Read More Click here.