This weekend the third and final series of Batman the Brave and the Bold started on Cartoon Network. In case you missed it, so did I. Here’s an amazing clip and some additional information on this long awaited animated meeting of these superheroic titans.
For any readers who have not watched this series, it is a more light-hearted take on the comic book characters, closer in mood to the more inventive and madcap Silver Age issues. This may be more than a little jarring to fans of the grim Bruce Timm/noir take on Batman, but it is worth a look and remains on of my all-time favorite animated depictions of the character alongside Batman the Animated series and Batman Beyond.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “Battle of the Superheroes!” Clip
Check out these details on this and forthcoming episodes via Wikipedia:
53 “Battle of the Superheroes!” -March 25, 2011 305
Teaser: Batman and Robin fight Pharaoh while wearing a special mummified uniform.
Main Plot: Following fights with Metallo, Mister Mxyzptlk, and Toyman, Superman and Batman fight each other when Superman is infected with a red kryptonite necklace given to Lois Lane by Lex Luthor. Now, Batman must find a way to undo the effects of the red kryptonite so that he and Superman can stop Lex Luthor’s latest plot.
NOTE: The episode contains many references to Superman comics from the Silver Age of Comic Books and many jokes based on the site Superdickery, including a throw away line where Jimmy Olsen says “Superman has become a real di…” before being silenced. The episode also contains references to The Dark Knight Returns with Batman wearing similar armor as well as freeze frame shots resembling panels from the book.
54 “Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!” -April 15, 2011
The Joker and the Weeper (an obscure Fawcett Comics villain) work together to defeat Batman.
55 “Shadow of the Bat!” -April 22, 2011
Batman becomes a vampire, and now the Justice League International must capture and cure him of his condition.
56 “Night of the Batmen!” -April 29, 2011
When Batman is hurt after an incident, several of his friends (Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Plastic Man) wear his costume and go protect Gotham City as Batman.