Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 2 Episode 11

Chill of the Night!

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Apr 09, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

While the Phantom Stranger and the Spectre observe his efforts, Batman attempts to solve the ultimate mystery: who murdered his father.

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  • Batman finally face the man who killed his parents

    After all the years, Batman has finally face the man who killed his parents (and the one responsible for the existence of the caped crusader): Joe Chill. This reminds me of that Avatar: The Last Airbender' episode called "The Southern Raiders" where Katara finds the man who murdered her mother. When Joe Chill warns the villains about Batman, all of Gotham's most wanted are pissed off at him for bringing Batman to life. Then in the end, Joe Chill is now dead.moreless
  • Punishment

    "This isn't vengence, revenge is not a valid motive it's an emotional response, no not vengence PUNISHMENT!

    Frank Castle/The Punisher

    "The Punisher movie" (2004 version)

    This is the darkest and most emotional episode of this show and any Batman show, it's no doubt my favorate episode of this series. This episode just grips you emotionally, from the opening scene with young Bruce and his last moments with his parients (played by Adam West and Julie Nemar whom of course were Batman and Catwoman in the 60's Batman show so that's cool) I'm not going to lie to you no matter how many times I see it it always emotionally cuts me, I know that's part of the mythos but it's one of those moments I didn't want to happen but it did or I wish I could of been there to do something about it but I can't and that's why it's always emotionally crushing.

    Batman is at his emotional best in this episode, you can really see breaks in emotion and how he is really struggling to keep it together as he is finding the murderer of his parients; all this just makes us feel heavy pathos for him. I want him to suceed but at the same time I also can't help but wonder may'be even worry a little what will the end result be. One of my favorate moments in this episode was when Bruce/Batman was able to journey back in time and he then see his parients once again but he sees his dad in a Batman like costume and I thought that really gave Batman's costume a touching sensability not just as a symbol but a way to honor and remember his father, it's kind like in "The Punisher movie (2004 version)" where Frank's son buy him the skull T-Shirt as a gift to him which of course became both the symbol for the hero but as a way to honor and remember his son. And also we see Bruce/Batman hug his mother which put a tear in my eye. And finally we of course see both Batman and his dad fight side by side which was also touching and awesome but what made it even more awesome was you were seeing both the current Batman and the Batman from the 60's show fight side by side.

    But of course it came down to the final conflict which I thought was emotionally intense. Where we see Bruce/Batman confront the murderer Joe Chill, and Bruce/Batman really doesn't hold back. We see Bruce take of his mask, I felt it just goes to show Joe has created his own enemy as well as the enemy of crime/evil in general. And we just see Bruce's blood boiling you know he is about to explode and he sure enough does we just see Bruce just going balistic beating the living crap out of Joe, it was the most intense moment I've ever seen. I really emphasized with his anger, just the sight of Joe Chill made my sick.

    The Spectre and Phantom Stranger are also great because here are two versions of Justice both balanced together and in conflict. And I actually was agreeing with both of them depite differences both idologies are right. This episode in a way philosophically questions who is the true keeper of justice as well as what really is justice.

    What also makes this episode stand out is the voice cast, this episode has three Batman's it was a dream come true for me. Or at least three cast members that played Batman from the current actor for "Brave and the Bold" down to Kevin Conroy "Batman the Animated Series" who now voices Phantom Stranger and Adam West from the "60's Batman" he plays Thomas Wayne here. And of course there is Mark Hamell whom plays The Spectre and he does it with perfection because that was how I imagined what he would sound like.

    In the end, this episode reminded me why Bruce Wayne/Batman is my favorate superhero, why he's good's greatest defender, but most importantly a great human being.

  • A return to the Golden Age of Comics in Silver Age style show

    This episode was terrific. Ignoring the teaser, I'll just jump straight to the main ploy. It is an adaptation of a Batman Comic from 1948 where Batman confronted the killer of his parents. Now let me give you a description for our villain if this is your first time hearing about him in ths continuity, Joe Chill, which is short for Joseph Chilton. Chill is the man who killed Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne nee Kane. Now looking back to the season one episode, Invasion of the Secret Sanat's, from the flashbacks in that episode we believe that the murderer is just a random gunman, probably just a man in need of money. But in this episode it is reaveled who the gunman is, Joseph 'Joe Chill' Chilton, a hitman for mob boss, Lew Moxon. Now this is something that makes you think. A hitman? In a kid firendly cartoon? You must be joking. Don't beleive me? Look at the writer for this episode, Paul Dini straight from the DCAU. Back on topic here, Chill becomes an auctioneer on the black market later on and is confrotned by Batman, who reveals his identity of Bruce Wayne to Chill. Chill runs away in shock seeking help from some of the supervillains that he is selling a weapon too. Upon revealing that he is the man who created the Batman without revealing the identity of the caped crusader, the villains turn on Chill. Batman comes to the rescue but in the chaos Chill is killed by falling debris. Despite some differences, Chill is still the tragic villain from the comic all those years ago. So keep an eye out for other reviews from me and you will learn about some characters, the voice actors or anything else.moreless
  • Best episode yet

    Overall, I'm not a fan of the show. I've found the animation horrible and the dialog worse. But I've been a Batman fan for about 30 years, enjoying team-up episodes (regardless of the series and characters). So the fact that this series is built around Batman team-ups, I set my DVR to record all new programs, and I watch each one with expectations that I'm going to dislike something. Once I got to that point, I've been happy with the series, nothing surprising, nothing disappointing since I expect nothing other than a fair Batman team-up. If I would rate the series as a whole, I'd give it a 5 or 6. Watchable, but not great.

    But this episode is truely worth the 10 points that I gave it. Even throwing in Adam West as a cameo voice of Thomas Wayne (which isn't exactly a plus if you ask me, his show 50 years ago was horrible too), this episode almost had me thinking that I was watching an episode from The Animated Series from the early 90s. It was dark, had Batman being more physical than verbose, and we finally got to see Bruce's mug sans cowl.

    I didn't even notice until I checked other reviews and someone said "See who voices Specter and Phantom Stranger. I'm surprised that I missed that. Another hats off to the Animated Series. I won't spoil that one, I'll let you look it up like I had to.

    I only wish they didn't make West say "Chum". I literally shuddered when I heard him say that.

    If you only see ONE episode of this piece of garbabe series, this is the one must-see episode.moreless
  • Words fail me, absolutely amazing.

    Look, I'll just jump right into it and say it, this is the best episode of the series thus far. I loved it. Apart from the opening, this was pretty much a Batman: The Animated Series episode. It was very dark, very violent and so well written it could easily be a part of that series. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is my favorite Batman series, it simply can do everything, shifting flawlessly from silly, goofy adventures to hilarious comedy and now, dark, itense drama. The opening with Zatanna was not that great, but it was cool to see her make her debut in the show. Then the episode really begins, with the shooting of Thomas and Martha Wayne, frankly I was surprised, the scene is very brutal, we see the gun fire and the shadow of Thomas falling, then the gun firing again and Bruce crying. This set the tone for the rest of the episode, which has zero goofiness and deadpan comedy one-liners.

    Paul Dini, who previously wrote "Legends of the Dark Mite", another fantastic episode, really outdoes himself here. He constantly seems to be pushing the envelope in his darker themed episodes, and not only do we get to see the death of Bruce's parents and two other characters, Batman is really unforgiving and brutal here. I loved the moment where Batman holds a thug over this huge "hellish" hole of fire. But what really made the episode a lot better and really interesting, was the addition of Phantom Stranger, and one of my DC favorites The Spectre. I grinned like crazy when he said "I would know nothing about that". You'll get it when you see the episode. And as if that wasn't enough we get to see Poison Ivy for the first time in this series, she looked phenomenal, in fact this is my favorite animated design of her. Mr. Freeze drops his previous suit from when he was known as Mr. Zero, good riddance I say, it was good for a laugh but he couldn't be menacing in that outfit. His new suit is...well, better but not exactly awesome.

    Look, I can't praise and recommend this episode enough, it is simply amazing and regardless if you like the show or not, you should definitely check it out.moreless

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