Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an animated anthology series inspired by The Brave and the Bold comic book series. It aired three seasons on Cartoon Network from November 2008 until November 2011 with a final tally of 65 episodes. Much like it’s inspiration, the television series builds each episode around a “team up” of Batman and a (usually) lesser known hero to take down a bad guy. To a guy like me that is absolutely devoted to being exposed to as many incarnations of as many different comic book characters as possible, a show such as this is Nirvana. Further adding to the robust roster of characters is the convention of starting each episode with an unrelated teaser adventure before the story proper begins, always featuring characters that are not part of the primary story. Simply put, if a character has any degree of significance in the DCU he or she is bound to show up in this series eventually. I’m particularly found of episodes including forgotten characters from the early silver age (Catman) or prematurely abandoned recent creations (Geo-Force). Another characteristic of the series is that it often provides a straight forward superhero adventure while also demonstrating a meta awareness of the perceived ridiculousness of many of the characters involved. With art that is simultaneously classic and distinctive in appearance as well as writing that is both aware of cannon yet unafraid to alter it when needed, this show rarely disappoints. It is an understatement to say that I am excited to be reviewing each episode of this series, and I invite you to join me in this journey if you fancy yourself as brave and/ or bold.
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I’m a fan of Deidrich Bader but always overlooked this show because it looked too cartoony for me. I have seen one episode, I think it had the Red Tornado in it, but will have to check out some more in the future.