Tonight American audiences were finally graced with the final episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Beginning in 2009 on Cartoon Network, TBATB was a dramatically different take on animated Batman than what has been seen since The Animated Series began in 1993. It was a tongue-in-cheek show designed to be a love letter to the often silly and outlandish comics of the Silver Age, particularly the covers which, produced before the actual book, very rarely matched the content and featured one-panel bizarre scenarios. Much like the comic the series took its name from, each episode featured Batman teamed-up with heroes from across the DC Universe, some never prominently featured in animation before, including the Metal Men (Lex Lang, Bill Fagerbakke, Hynden Walch, Corey Burton, Brian Bloom and Dee Bradley Baker respectively), the new Blue Beetle (voiced by Batman Beyond veteran Will Friedele), the Weeper (Tim Conway) and Doctor Double X (Ron Perlman).
|"Like, hey, groovy tights, man."|
|"Never mind that I'm naked, stop your diminutive evil!|
|"Let's go, Neon Talking Bat-Luge!"|
Although the show stumbled a bit during the second season, it had often delivered classic characters in humorously enjoyable settings and stories. It managed to blend the sensibilities of the previous DC Animated Universe cartoons with that of the Adam West years, without often taking it too far into the camp and corn. Although not widely received by Batman purists, the show managed to find a strong enough following to last as long as it did. With 65 episodes, a video game, an ongoing comic series, and an outstanding voice cast to its credit, there's no doubt that TBATB will be fondly remembered in the annuls of the greater Batman mythos.
|Only the end of the world can bring evil and justice together in peace and harmony.|