Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 1 Episode 16

Night of the Huntress!

Aired Friday 7:00 PM May 08, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Blue Beetle develops a crush on an older, yet fatal Huntress, but there's no time for love when Babyface busts his gang out of prison! In the teaser, Batman teams up with Black Canary to take down Solomon Grundy.

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  • Stuck in a Rut?

    This episode seems to introduce just to address the complaints that Batman hasn't had any female partners. So he gets two this time out, but they didn't trust that to be enough, so they brought in fan-favorite Blue Beetle as well, and the focus is primarily on him. We also get Babyface and his creepy moll, and it's not quite clear why BF was so popular he needed a return appearance. He and his weird gang definitely go over the line of creepiness this episode.

    Other then that, Batman has to be rescued at least twice at the prison. Calculator gets reimaged (and renamed? why?) and not in a good way. The best supervillain equipment the Babyface gang could grab was battlesuits? And we get a mecha-transforming Batmobile.

    So this one just didn't go anywhere.moreless
  • "The hammer of justice is unisex". BWAHAHAHAHAA!

    This is a funny episode, and a very goofy one as well. First of all, the opening is excellent, Solomon Grundy wants a brain, and the scene sarts off as quite creepy but then becomes silly and fun when Batman and Black Canary show up. These openings are fantastic and one of the best things about the series.

    Then we have Batman teaming up with Blue Beetle and Huntress to take down Babyface's gang, yeah the huge guy with a baby's head from episode 9's opening. He is a lame villain, but this episode focuses more on gags and comedy than straight-up action. There is action in it, but the comedy takes center stage. So then, is it funny? Mostly yes, there are weird sexual jokes scattered here and there, and that's a bit weird. But the laughs won't stop with Babyface and Ms. Manface, that is one creepy couple alright. Best line in the episode? Easily, "The hammer of justice is unisex" and Batman then punches the hell out of Ms. Manface. But this clashes a bit with a later episode "The Golden Age of Justice" when Batman goes "It's not nice to hit a lady". Apparently it's only okay to hit ugly chicks like Ms. Manface, not hot chicks like Black Canary. Okay, I shouldn't take that so seriously, it's just a gag, and I'm sure it's not what the creators want to convey. I'm a guy BTW.

    I liked this episode, it has enough funny lines and gags, the action is fairly standard and unimpressive though. BTW Huntress is HOT!moreless
  • Childish and stupid...

    I'm a fan of this show and have often found its carefree and goofy style appealing, but "Night of the Huntress" was too much. Too much goofines, too much slapstick, too many campy gags, and a culmination of too much childish stupidity. I can't imagine anyone over the age of five actually enjoying this.

    First of all, Babyface and his gang was a dump truck full of failure. He wasn't funny and he wasn't a serious foe for Batman so that just begs the question of what good was he? None at all.

    The silly infatuation Blue Beetle had for Huntress was just painful, nothing in this story worked, and it was just a mess.

    Goes to show that too much of a successful element is just too much.moreless
  • The Brave and the Bold returns in action-packed form!

    There was this sense of excitement I had when reading the description for this week's episode: Huntress teaming up with Batman against Baby Face while younger Blue Beetle falls head over heels for her. For a concept so over-the-top, you would expect this to be one of the most hilarious Brave and the Bold episode yet. Unfortunately, the writers didn't even attempt to go for broke at an attempt for gags or shtick. Instead, they manage to pull out nearly 20 minutes of action scenes to show off how much time they've spent in juicing up the animation. Well, yeah, I dig that a lot-I always though a silver-age swashbuckler adventure series should go for big blows and tons of knock-out punches-and boy do they do a helluva good job producing that. But, as much as I was glued to seeing some crazy explosions and Batman's coolest gadget yet, I still wanted to laugh until I peed. My bladder is still stationary, however. The one true saving grace of humor is found straight from the start in an excellent intro sequence featuring Black Canary and Solomon Grundy. The whole purpose to the villain choice is obviously to provide a though as to how Grundy maintains a major mob group but has the brains of a tired 5-year-old. It works very well, and Canary's flirting to get Grundy to use his brain in all the wrong places pays off with lots of laughs. It pulls you right back into why this show has become the main party of Cartoon Network's 8:00 primetime hour. After that, most of the humor and smart ideas go down the drain for animation and art direction decisions. The trio team up featuring Beetle and Huntress pays off in the fact that Blue has the hots for the hottie, but doesn't even notice that it gets him sidetracked. Generally, it's pretty funny, and sticks around as the side-story to this very awkward episode. Baby face and Ms. Man-Face are the baddie team up who have once again sprung up Arkham Asylum (I assume, because the episode takes place in Gotham) by releasing their crime-busting assistants and bringing them together once again to steal confidential weaponry from "Warehouse X," a factory filled with weapons from Gotham's most lethal villains. The baddie couple's dialogue between each other resembles a mother trying to cheer up her 21-year-old son who still acts like a child. That works extremely well, which begs the question as to why it's used so sparsely. Huntress' flirting and her occasional bad sides provide extra laughs, but with everything that works for humor, it's only used once or twice. About 20% of this entire escapade is gut-wrenching comedy that works as well as the best of the Brave and the Bold episodes, but the action is the main attraction. With a boost up in character models and lavish backgrounds, the action never really skips a beat or a twittle, and the fight segments and large-scale face-offs are really, really exciting. This is how to depict silver-age stuff, folks! While every aspect works wonders this time around, and it's great to see an awesome return to the series, what works best is upheld by what works half as well. I'll even go as far as to say that the hero choices should've been switched up for a Black Canary-Huntress team up (to relive the glory of Justice League: Unlimited), but I guess they had other plans instead. Still, I love the action, but with such an ingenious and off-the-wall concept, I'm going to have to wait next week to officially laugh my ass off.moreless
Gregg Berger

Gregg Berger

Mob Boss, Scientist

Guest Star

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Black Canary

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny


Guest Star

Will Friedle

Will Friedle

Blue Beetle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title:
      References the 1953 novel The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb, which was made into a movie in 1955. Based on a true life story, it chronicles the tale of an ex-convict who goes after the family of his dead ex-cellmate to recover the man's hidden loot.

    • Huntress: Careful, kid, these boots were made for squashing... bugs.
      Referencing the Lee Hazlewood song These Boots Are Made for Walkin' first performed by Nancy Sinatra in 1966. The song went to number one on U.S. Billboard and elsewhere, and numerous cover versions have been released, including a heavily rewritten version by Jessica Simpson in 2005.

    • Babyface: The stuff that dreams are made of.
      Referencing the famous line from the 1941 film The Maltese Falcon, spoken by private detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) at the film's conclusion, and referring to the fabled Falcon statue itself. The American Film Institute listed it as the 14th most famous movie quote of all times.