Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 2 Episode 18

Emperor Joker!

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Oct 22, 2010 on Cartoon Network

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  • "Rock-a-bye Batsy, I'm getting free. Soon you'll be the one trapped inside me. "

    15 years ago, the authors at DC Comics---Jeph Loeb, Joe Kelly, Mark Schultz, etc --- created a nine-part Superman/Batman storyline crossover in which the Man of Steel and his heroes find themselves in a topsy-turvy world ruled by a maniacal Clown Prince of Crime, who has stolen 99% of his superpowers from the fifth-dimensional imp known as Mr. Mxyzptlk; is hell-bent on killing Batman and everyone associated with him in many gruesome ways and resurrecting them so he can kill them again and again; and intends to destroy the entire universe a la "Final Fantasy VI", yet cannot exist without his longtime foe. That Clown Prince of Crime and the storyline itself came to be known as "Emperor Joker".

    10 years later, on October 22, 2010 (which is five years ago today), the storyline became adapted into an episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and aired on television. This adaptation became similar to the storyline, except that Bat-Mite, the #1 fan from the other dimension, replaces Mxy; the reason that Bat-Mite gave all his powers to the Joker is by accident, as he was only trying to help Batman out in the fight; the Joker warps the entire universe into his own reality; he summons Joker-Mite and keeps him, Harley Quinn, his entire gang and Bat-Mite alive; and he starts killing Batman and resurrecting him over and over again, for hours without end. (Oh, and Batman's deaths here are less gruesome and graphic and more comedic. )

    And today, I'm giving a review on how this episodic adaptation holds out. First off, the intro shows Batman's Strangest Cases featuring the Rainbow Batman, a storyline thought ridiculous and criticized by Cracked's website, which claimed this "is what happens when Batman is written by Liberace"; yet when brought into adaptation and coupled with the Rainbow Creature, this is pure sweetness. Next, the Ten-Eyed Man ( aka Philip Reardon), the guy from the episode "A Bat Divided!", returns. And Bat-Mite even has the Joker memorabilia. But the real surprise comes when Bat-Mite accidentally gives his powers to the Joker, and all hell breaks loose, with the cool, funny musical number "Where's the Fun in That?"; and when the Joker kills Batman the first time in his ultimate death trap (and Batman becomes a winged soul who flies off at death), I was like, "OMG, Joker killed Batman!" But then the Joker brings him back to life, turns Bat-Mite into the BTAS Harley-Mite, and forces the Dark Knight into a death montage that makes me LOL so hard! Oh, and Harley Quinn ( aka Dr. Harleen Frances Qunizel) is monochrome in the appearance of a Jazz Age flapper, yet she kicks butt and takes names, whether with a hammer or title cards that appear when she is magically silenced by the Joker. And who could forget a few lines from Batman himself? "The true measure of a hero is in his heart, not his powers". And: "An organized mind is a disciplined mind, Joker. And a disciplined mind is a powerful mind". After all the torturous deaths the Dark Knight went through, he can still kick the Joker's butt! Love it!

    Oh, and who knows if this episode could set a precedent for what may be the meat and potatoes that is the upcoming Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" segment, namely, "Wanted: Dead, Then Alive", when Sideshow Bob will do the same thing to Bart Simpson? But for now, "Emperor Joker!" remains one of the best Batman episodes for years to come. I give this one a perfect ten.
  • Bat-Mite's second appearance is not quite as hilarious as his first, still, this is one awesome episode.

    This is the episode I've been looking forward to the most. Did it disappoint? Heck no, though I would not say that it's as hilarious as "Legends of the Dark Mite", this is still the funniest episode since "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure". Joker recieves Bat-Mite's powers, neat premise to be sure. First of all, the opening with the infamous "Rainbow Batman" is entertaining and humerous and everything, but I kind of wanted it to get over with so we could get into some Bat-Mite craziness. Funniest moment? Easily the "A Death in the Family" reference, "guess what I voted?" Other moments were funny as well, Harley losing her voice and everytime she then tries to speak we would get those old silent-film era signs telling us what she just said. That's right, Harley Quinn appears, sadly not wearing her costume, but I do like her voice. The mini-Joker was kind of creepy, and I would've liked to have seen Bat-Mite and him duke it out more. The scene where Batman is killed over and over again is genuinely gruesome and I was once again surprised by what they were able to get away with on this show, the acid death in particular, complete with Batman's melting skeleton on full display, anyway, this morbid sequence is more horrific than funny, but seeing Batman with angel wings playing a harp got a laugh. We get to see how Joker looked before his transformation, so that's kind of special. The musical number, I loved it, Jeff Bennett has an amazing singing voice, he did the "singing" voice for Batman in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!", the song number up to the level of that episode and is a lot better than the song in "The Mask of Matches Malone". Bat-Mite is set to appear again at least once this season with "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" I hope we get one as well in season 3, because they have so far been great fun.