Batman: The Brave and the Bold
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold|
|Based on||Batman, by Bill Finger and Bob Kane|
|Theme music composer||Andy Sturmer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||65 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Picture format||SDTV, HDTV|
|Original release||November 14, 2008 – November 11, 2011|
|Preceded by||The Batman|
|Followed by||Beware the Batman|
|Related shows||Ben 10: Omniverse|
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics series The Brave and the Bold which features two or more superheroes coming together to solve a crime or foil a super villain. As the title suggests, the cartoon focuses on Batman's regular "team-ups" with various heroes similar to the most well-known version of the original comic book series. The series premiered on November 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network in the United States, and ended on November 11, 2011.
Each episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold features the main character (Batman) teaming up with other characters from the DC Universe to thwart villains or to solve crimes. Most episodes have a cold open with an escapade not related to the remainder of the episode. In the first season, the villain was Equinox, who later returned in "Time Out for Vengeance!"; and in the second season, the villain was the alien Starro. During production, the show's creator said that if a character's cold open appearance was deemed successful, then it may warrant exploring the character further in a future episode's main adventure.
The show has no overarching story, instead having most episodes stand alone. The show is lighter in tone than previous Batman series, depicting the Dark Knight as more lighthearted and playful with a "dry, ironic wit." The show features various references to various depictions of Batman in media, including the 1960s Batman TV series.
While the tone is lighter, the series has touched on the subject of death with such examples as retelling the murder of Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne at the hands of Joe Chill, the death of the Silver Age Blue Beetle, the assassination of Boston Brand, the death of the first Black Canary, the execution of "Gentleman" Jim Craddock, and the self-sacrifice and death of B'wana Beast and the Doom Patrol. The tone of the series was addressed in the episode "Legends of the Dark Mite!", when Bat-Mite broke the fourth wall to read out this missive from one of the show's creators:
Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but it's certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots than the tortured avenger crying out for mommy and daddy.
Show creators have chosen to go with "lesser known" characters. In many instances, the characters are those that were repeatedly teamed with Batman in the 1970s run of the Brave and the Bold comic book, such as Green Arrow, Wildcat, Plastic Man, and even the Joker; thus, the characters have an appearance and feel very akin to their both of their Golden & Silver Age incarnations. While the show has featured major heroes such as the Green Lantern and the Flash, it consistently focuses on the lesser-known individuals to have carried the names, such as Guy Gardner and Jay Garrick, rather than the more popular, better known Hal Jordan or Barry Allen, until Barry appeared in the second-season episode "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!" (though this episode centers around Kid Flash and Jay Garrick) while Hal appeared in the first-season episode "The Eyes of Despero!" as well as the third-season episode "The Scorn of Star Sapphire". In the episode "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!", Batman even teamed up with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang to defeat the Joker and the Penguin in a retelling of the similar crossovers from The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
Additionally, Batman's alter ego of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne did not appear as an adult during the series in situations where Batman was unmasked. His face was kept hidden until the season 2 episode "Chill of the Night!" when Batman finally confronts Joe Chill. From this episode onwards, whenever Bruce Wayne appears, his face is no longer silhouetted (as in "The Knights of Tomorrow").
It was announced at the San Diego Comic Con 2010 that Batman: The Brave and the Bold would end after season three, which had 13 episodes. Production began on a new Batman animated series, which was set to return the character to a more serious tone.
- Diedrich Bader – Batman (Bruce Wayne/Matches Malone), Green Lantern (Kilowog), Ace, Owlman, Solomon Grundy, Punch, Gorilla Boss, Batman (Damian Wayne), Lord Death Man, Creepy Usher, Caveman Batman, Pirate Batman, Batmanicus, Robot Batman, Musketeer, Teen Batman
- Jeff Bennett – Joker/Red Hood, OMAC, Captain Marvel, Batman's Singing Voice, Rubberneck, Abra Kadabra, Joker-Mite, Joker Jr., Rubin, Penguin (Scooby-Doo version), Prez Richards, El Gaucho, Ultra-Humanite, Starman
- Corey Burton – Red Tornado, Silver Cyclone, Thomas Wayne (in "Invasion of the Secret Santas!"), False-Face, Doctor Mid-Nite, Dr. William Milton Magnus, Mercury, Chancellor Gor-Zonn, General Zahl, Killer Moth, Batman (Bat-Manga version), Joker (Scooby-Doo version), Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
- John DiMaggio – Aquaman, Gorilla Grodd, Tiger Soldier, Typhon, Enemy Ace, Ubu, Faceless Hunter, Black Adam, Black Mask, Tattoo, Pharaoh, Toyman, Vigilante, Hellgrammite, Mr. Freeze, Legionnaire, Captain Boomerang, Owen
- Will Friedle – Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Scarlet Scarab, Lazy Eye
- Tom Kenny – Plastic Man, Baby Face, Ray, Deadshot, Mirror Master, 'Mazing Man
- James Arnold Taylor – Green Arrow, Blue Bowman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Major Disaster, Wotan, Nabu, Mark Desmond, Arges, Leslie "Rocky" Davis, Alpha-Red, G.I. Robot, Jace
Special guest cast
- Morena Baccarin – Cheetah
- Edoardo Ballerini – Vulture, Jack
- Xander Berkeley – Sinestro
- Clancy Brown – Per Degaton, Rohtul
- Gabrielle Carteris – Vicki Vale, Princess Laethwen
- Patrick Cavanaugh – Robin (Damian Wayne)
- Mindy Cohn – Velma Dinkley
- Jeffrey Combs – Kite Man
- Kevin Conroy – Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, Phantom Stranger
- Tim Conway – Weeper
- Olivia d'Abo – Elasti-Girl
- Diane Delano – Big Barda
- Dana Delany – Vilsi Vaylar
- Michael Dorn – Bane, Kru'll the Eternal
- Greg Ellis – Gentleman Ghost, Doctor Fate, Cavalier, Dr. Canus, Hawk, Thomas Wayne (in "Dawn of the Deadman!"), Shrapnel, Mr. Mind, Big Headed Batman
- R. Lee Ermey – Wildcat
- Oded Fehr – Equinox
- Ellen Greene – Mrs. Manface
- Ioan Gruffudd – Blue Beetle Scarab, Matthew "Red" Ryan
- Mark Hamill – Spectre
- Neil Patrick Harris – Music Meister
- Tippi Hedren – Hippolyta
- John Michael Higgins – Riddler
- William Katt – Hawkman
- Wallace Langham – Ocean Master
- Loren Lester – Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
- Vicki Lewis – Wonder Woman, Star Sapphire
- Matthew Lillard – Shaggy Rogers
- Carl Lumbly – Tornado Champion/Tornado Tyrant
- Tim Matheson – Jarvis Kord
- David McCallum – Merlin
- Ted McGinley – "Aquaman 2"
- Andy Milder – Flash (Jay Garrick)
- Richard Moll – Lew Moxon, Two-Face (in "Chill of the Night!")
- Phil Morris – Fox, Jonah Hex
- Laraine Newman – Ms. Minerva
- Julie Newmar – Martha Wayne (in "Chill of the Night!")
- Gary Owens – Space Ghost
- Hunter Parrish – Kid Flash, Geo-Force
- Ron Perlman – Doctor Double X
- Jim Piddock – Calendar Man/Calendar King, Doctor Watson, Doctor Sivana, Shazam, Thaddeus Jr.
- James Remar – Two-Face
- Paul Reubens – Bat-Mite
- Henry Rollins – Robotman
- Michael Rosenbaum – Deadman
- Jeffrey Ross – Himself
- Stephen Root – Penguin, Woozy Winks, Planet Master, Killer Croc
- Peter Scolari – Atom (Ray Palmer)
- Tom Everett Scott – Booster Gold
- Armin Shimerman – Calculator, Psycho-Pirate, Walter Mark "Prof" Haley, Guardians of the Universe
- John Wesley Shipp – Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash
- J.K. Simmons – Guardians of the Universe, Evil Star, Kyle "Ace" Morgan
- Cree Summer – Vixen
- Jeffrey Tambor – Crazy Quilt
- Tony Todd – Astaroth
- Alan Tudyk – Flash (Barry Allen)
- Michael T. Weiss – Adam Strange
- Adam West – Thomas Wayne (in "Chill of the Night!"), Proto-Bot
- Wil Wheaton – Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
- Michael Jai White – Tattooed Man
- Gary Anthony Williams – Fun Haus, Mongul, Mongal
- Tyler James Williams – Jason Rusch/Firestorm
- Wade Williams – Mantis, Supreme Chairman of Qward
- Thomas F. Wilson – Sportsmaster, Catman
- Henry Winkler – Ambush Bug
- Peter Woodward – Caesar, Ra's al Ghul
- Michael-Leon Wooley – Kalibak, Darkseid
- "Weird Al" Yankovic – Himself, Mr. Star
- Sebastian Bader – Robin (Future)
- Dee Bradley Baker – Clock King, Jason Blood/Etrigan the Demon, Felix Faust, Brain, Chemo, Scarecrow, Ace the Bat-Hound, Oberon, Ramjam, Dove, Brother Eye, GPA Operative, Fisherman, Professor Malachi Zee, Tin, Professor Milo, Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, Starro Titan, Haunted Tank, Madniks, Bug-Eyed Bandit, Copperhead, Mister Atom, Misfit, Warren Griffith, Vincent Velcro, Pvt. Elliot "Lucky" Taylor, John Wilkes Booth, Punchichi, Krypto The Super-Dog and Baby Batman
- Gregg Berger – Hammer Toes, Brain Scientist, Police Captain, Crime Boss, Creature King
- Brian Bloom – Iron, Oxygen, Creeper, Rip Hunter, Captain Atom
- Steven Blum – Heat Wave, Captain Cold
- Andrea Bowen – Talia al Ghul
- Ian Buchanan – Sherlock Holmes
- Cathy Cavadini – Alanna Strange, Jan, Ruby Ryder, Fiona, Dr. Myrra Rhodes
- Grey DeLisle – Fire, Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance), Black Canary (Dinah Drake), Daphne Blake, Robin (Dick Grayson) (Bat-Manga version), Dala
- John DeVito – Captain Marvel Jr.
- Sean Donnellan – Elongated Man, Steve Trevor
- Robin Atkin Downes – Weather Wizard, Kobra, Firefly, Ten-Eyed Man
- Bill Fagerbakke – Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, Lead, Helium, Riddler Henchman
- Nika Futterman – Lashina, Selina Kyle/Catwoman
- James Garrett – Alfred Pennyworth
- Zachary Gordon – Young Bruce Wayne, Young Aqualad
- Richard Green – General Kreegaar
- Kim Mai Guest – Katana (in "Inside the Outsiders!")
- Nicholas Guest – Question, Martian Manhunter
- Jennifer Hale – Ramona, Poison Ivy (in "Chill of the Night!"), Zatanna, Killer Frost, Ice
- David K. Hill – Negative Man
- Sirena Irwin – Mera, Lois Lane
- Lauri Johnson – Ma Murder
- Mikey Kelley – Kamandi
- Lex Lang – Doctor Polaris, Hourman, Gold, Hydrogen, Alloy, Wildcat (Young in "The Golden Age of Justice!"), Batman (Dick Grayson)
- Hope Levy – Stargirl, Phantom Lady
- Yuri Lowenthal – Mister Miracle, Prince Tuftan, Bulletman, Ben Tennyson
- Tress MacNeille – Ms. Gatsby
- Jason Marsden – Paco, Speedy, Robin (Dick Grayson) (Scooby-Doo version)
- Vanessa Marshall – Poison Ivy (in "The Mask of Matches Malone!"), Katrina Moldoff/Batwoman
- Richard McGonagle – Sardath, Professor Carter Nichols, Chief, Perry White, Brainiac
- Scott Menville – Metamorpho
- Jason C. Miller – Doll Man, Black Condor
- Pat Musick – Martha Wayne (in "Dawn of the Deadman!")
- Ryan Ochoa – Speedy (Young in "Sidekicks Assemble!")
- Peter Onorati – Joe Chill
- Vyvan Pham – Katana (in "Enter the Outsiders!")
- Alexander Polinsky – Slug, G'nort, Jimmy Olsen
- Rachel Quaintance – Carol Ferris
- Enn Reitel – Chancellor Deraegis
- Peter Renaday – Uncle Sam, Abraham Lincoln
- Kevin Michael Richardson – Black Manta, B'wana Beast, Despero, General Steppenwolf, Blockbuster, Detective Chimp, Monsieur Mallah, Starro, Telle-Teg, Barack Obama, Lex Luthor, Mister Mxyzptlk, Heroes Voiceover
- Bumper Robinson – Black Lightning
- Roger Rose – WHIZ Reporter Tom Tyler, Superman, Amazo
- Eliza Schneider – Baroness Paula Von Gunther, Georgette Taylor
- Jeremy Shada – Robin (Dick Grayson) (Young)
- Zack Shada – Aqualad
- James Sie – Atom (Ryan Choi), Dyna-Mite
- Jane Singer – Jewelee
- Meghan Strange – Harley Quinn
- Preston Strother – Arthur Curry Jr., Kyle
- Tara Strong – Huntress, Billy Batson, Mary Marvel, Georgia Sivana, Kid Batman, Toddler Batman
- Gary Anthony Sturgis – Bronze Tiger
- Fred Tatasciore – Mutant Master, Arsenal, Sgt. Rock, Major Force
- Hynden Walch – Platinum, Carbon Dioxide
- Frank Welker – Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones, Batboy, Batman (Bruce Wayne) (Scooby-Doo version)
- Billy West – Skeets
- Mae Whitman – Batgirl
- Tyrel Jackson Williams – Chris
- Crawford Wilson – Robin/Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
- Marc Worden – Kanjar Ro, Lt. Matthew Shrieve
- Tatyana Yassukovich – Morgaine le Fay
- Keone Young – GPA Operative
- Michael Jelenic – Producer, Story Editor
- Amy McKenna – Line Producer
- Sam Register – Executive Producer
- Andrea Romano – Casting and Voice Director
- James Tucker – Producer
In January 2009, the first issue of Batman: the Brave and the Bold was released. The comic book follows the same format as the show, starting off with a brief teaser segment at the start of the book which features Batman teaming up with an additional hero for a short adventure unrelated to the rest of the issue. Several authors have contributed to the comic book series, including Matt Wayne, J. Torres and Landry Walker.
Some of the DC characters appearing in the comic have yet to appear in the show, or cannot appear at all due to legal reasons.
Certain characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel made appearances in the comic prior to actually appearing in the show, while other characters, such as Power Girl, Kid Eternity, Brother Power and Angel and the Ape, appeared in the comic without ever actually appearing on the show. In addition, the depictions of several characters in the comic book (notably Katana and Talia al Ghul and The Doom Patrol and Damian Wayne) do not match up with their television counterparts, something that Brave and the Bold director Ben Jones stated stems from the comic artists not being given character reference sheets from the show's producers.
The Batman: The Brave and the Bold comic series began selling in the UK on March 11, 2010, published by Titan Magazines.
In late 2010, the series was relaunched as The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold, with the new creative team of Sholly Fisch and Rick Burchett. In order to devote more pages to the actual story, the teaser segments from the first series were dropped. This incarnation of the title lasted 16 issues. The final issue is a Valentine's-themed story featuring Batman, Batgirl, and Bat-Mite.
The series had yet to be released on DVD in full season formats, like previous Batman series. However, a series of DVD volumes, with each containing 4–5 episodes, has been released. A two-disc collection of the first 13 episodes Season 1 Part 1 was released on August 17, 2010. Warner Bros. listed on its website that Season 1, Part 2 was released on March 15, 2011, making the first series available both as separate volumes and two-part sets. Season Two, Part One was released on August 16, 2011. It contained 12 episodes and did not contain "The Siege of Starro!". Warner Home Video confirmed that Season 2, Part 2 would be released on March 20, 2012. It contains 14 episodes, including the two-part "The Siege of Starro" and the Season 3 episode "Battle of the Superheroes". The final release, Season 3, Complete, was June 19, 2012. The DVD also contains the unaired on TV Season 2 episode "The Mask of Matches Malone" as a bonus episode. A Blu-ray set for the first season was released manufacture on demand on November 5, 2013 via Warner Archive.
- A video game inspired by the show was released on September 7, 2010, for the Wii and Nintendo DS by WayForward Technologies. The game is a 2D side-scroller for two players. Gentleman Ghost, Mongul, Catman, Gorilla Grodd, and Catwoman are major villains in the game. It also features the Rogues, Two-Face, Clock King, Copperhead, Sinestro, Astaroth, and Starro.
- On May 6, 2010, DCBeyond.com launched a Unity 3D Batman: The Brave and the Bold game for fans to play for free online.
featuring the musical scores for 12 episodes from the first and second seasons (including those of "Legends of the Dark Mite!", "The Mask of Matches Malone!" and "Chill of the Night!"). It is a limited edition release of 2000 units and can be purchased at the La La Land Records website.
A soundtrack exclusively covering songs from the musical episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" was released on October 24, 2009.
|1.||"Batman: The Brave and the Bold Theme"||Andy Sturmer||0:32|
|2.||"I'm the Music Meister"||Michael McCuistion||Neil Patrick Harris, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker and Grey DeLisle||5:54|
|3.||"Drives Us Bats"||Lolita Ritmanis||Neil Patrick Harris and Various Artists||1:46|
|4.||"If Only"||Lolita Ritmanis||Neil Patrick Harris and Grey DeLisle||2:35|
|5.||"Death Trap"||Kristopher Carter||Neil Patrick Harris and Grey DeLisle||1:49|
|6.||"The World Is Mine"||Kristopher Carter||Neil Patrick Harris, Grey DeLisle, Jeff Bennett and Various Artists||3:34|
|7.||"If Only (Reprise)"||Lolita Ritmanis||Grey DeLisle and James Arnold Taylor||2:03|
|8.||"Drives Us Bats (Mayhem of the Music Meister End Credits)"||Lolita Ritmanis||0:31|
The main theme has also been included on the The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection soundtrack.
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