Do you like your Batman served sunny side up? - VIDEO
by Mike Moody, posted Nov 24th 2008 10:10AM
Talking apes! Alien leeches! Laser-shooting blob people! You'll never catch The Dark Knight rubbing elbows with such kooky company on the big screen. To see that, you'll have to tune into Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the new animated series on Cartoon Network.
Two episodes in and I'm loving this lighter, zanier take on ol' Bats' crime fighting adventures. It reminds me a lot of ABC Family's The Middleman, which itself was somewhat inspired by the campy 60s Batman TV Show.
Unlike Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and the darker Batman cartoons we've seen before, which I also love, Brave and The Bold takes place in that colorful comic book world where anything (did I mention the talking apes?) can happen. There's no Commissioner Gordon, no Gotham City and no Robin (not yet, anyway). Instead, Batman is paired up with a new DC hero every week, and he does his thing in bizarre locales like "Dinosaur Island" or outer space.
So far, The Caped Crusader has teamed up with Green Arrow (for a few minutes), Blue Beetle, and my favorite, Plastic Man. Rumor has it that The Flash, Jonah Hex, and even Bat-Mite will join Batman for a few upcoming eps. (I'm thinking about starting an online petition for the inclusion of Color Kid, the most colorful hero of them all). Some might say that this show is just for kids, but older geeks can enjoy it just as much as younger ones. It's fast-paced, funny, and it captures the spirit and creativity of some of the lighter comics I used to read when I was a kid and now appreciate as an adult.
Check out the show's great and goofy intro featuring some swingin' theme music. Can you dig it, or do you think the Dark Knight should stay dark?
Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Friday nights on Cartoon Network.