Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 1 Episode 11

Return of the Fearsome Fangs!

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Feb 20, 2009 on Cartoon Network

Episode Recap

At Sergio Station in the Old West, the Royal Flush Gang sentence bounty hunter Jonah Hex to death by having him drawn and quartered by four horses. However, Batman arrives and cuts Jonah Hex free. The Royal Flush Gang flees on horseback but Batman and Jonah give chase and take them down. Batman refuses to take the reward, and departs.

At the Wudang Temple in China, an ancient monk looks on as hundred of arrows stream down. He deflects them from hitting him and then sees five ninjas arrive. He knocks them down and then asks the three leaders, the Terrible Trio, when they will abandon their efforts to capture the temple. He warns them it will be a long time before they can defeat him and take the temple's totem. They attack but the monk easily defeats first Shark, and then Vulture. However, Fox downs him with a poisoned dart. The monk gasps in agony and Fox warns them that they have to depart with the rising of the sun, but there's nothing Wong Fei can do to stop them before they return.

In Gotham, Batman brings down the Top as he robs a bank. Suddenly Batman hears the monk chastising his form. Batman finds his astral self summoned to before Wong Fei. The ailing Wong Fei chastises Batman for his costume and tells Batman that his former ates are seeking the animal totem. Batman must reach the temple before sundown and Batman promises to come and bring Bronze Tiger. Wong Fei tells him not to waste his time bringing the prideful Bronze Tiger, then gives Batman a scroll containing an image of a hybrid man/animal form. Wong Fei says his journey has ended. He fades from sight and Batman's consciousness returns to his body.

As he travels to China, Batman remembers how he trained there.

The Past

Bruce dons a Bat helm. He admits to Wong Fei that he sought a way to take back everything he lost. Wong Fei tells him he must fight blind like his animal totem, the Bat. The other students attack and take down Bruce. When Fox pursues the attack, Bronze Tiger knocks him away. Wong Fei tells Bronze Tiger to let Batman fight his own battles, and Bronze Tiger warns Batman he won't help him again.

The Present

Batman finds Bronze Tiger fighting in a tiger cage match in the jungle. Bronze Tiger disposes of his opponent and then calls Batman in to fight him. Batman says he's not there to fight and they're all that are left to defend the animal totem. Bronze Tiger insists it's not his fight so Batman enters the cage and tells if he loses, he goes with batman. Bronze Tiger insists he never loses and they fight. Batman cheats, using marbles to trip him long enough to put him in a hold.

The two men arrive at the temple and Batman explains that Fox works with the Shadow Clan, and if he gains the totem then he'll be invincible.

The Past

Wong Fei invites his students to attack him. The wealthy Fox considers what happens if he wins. Wong Fei easily defeats Shark and Vulture, and then knocks down Fox. Bruce fails in his attack, leaving Bronze Tiger. He shatters Wong Fei's staff but the master takes him down as well and tells him to bow. Bronze Tiger refuses and throws down his tiger helmet, then walks away.

The Present

As the sun goes down, Batman and Bronze Tiger enter the chamber where the animal totem is stored. The Terrible Trio arrive with their ninjas and attack. Bronze Tiger goes after Fox rather than secure the totem, but is soon overwhelmed along with Batman. The Trio touch the totem and are transformed into their animal forms, gaining superhuman strength. They attack Batman and Bronze Tiger, and the Vulture lifts Batman high into the air and then drops him. Fox slams Bronze Tiger into a wall and tells him that they'll leave him alive to live with his failure.

Batman has already managed to use the Batplane to break his fall. He flies with Bronze Tiger to Hong Kong where the Terrible Trio and their men are attacking the city. The Trio use the totem to summon a mystic army on junks out of a bank of fog. Vulture flies up and rips the wing off the Batplane. They eject and land on the dock, only to find themselves surrounded. Bronze Tiger offers his surrender in return for Fox sparing his village. Fox agrees as long as Bronze Tiger bows down before him. Bronze Tiger kneels before him, but then knocks the totem out of Fox's hand. Batman and Bronze Tiger grab it and transform into hybrid bat and tiger forms. The mist envelops the docks, but Batman uses his enhanced senses and his blind-fighting abilities to defeat Vulture. Bronze Tiger dares Fox to come and get the totem. As they fight, Batman destroys the junks while Bronze Tiger incapacitates Fox and delivers one final blow.

Later at the temple, Batman thanks Bronze Tiger for his help. Bronze Tiger informs him that he'll watch over the temple from now on and will bring his people there to start the school again. However, he asks for a rematch and Batman obliges.

Bronze Tiger
Ben Turner first appeared in Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #1 (April-May 1975) and was created by Dennis O'Neil, Jim Berry, and Leo Duranona. After murdering a burglar with a knife, Turner traveled Asia learning martial arts in an attempt to channel his rage. He eventually trained under O-Sensei, but was later brainwashed into becoming a killer. He eventually worked for the League of Assassins until the U.S. government abducted him and reversed the brainwashing. He went on to work for the Suicide Squad, a metapowered black ops employed by the government. He has no superhuman abilities but is reputed to be one of the world's greatest martial artists, capable of at least holding his own against Batman. This is his first animated appearance.

The Terrible Trio
The Terrible Trio first appeared in Detective Comics #253 (March 1958). Originally three inventors, they decided to use their creations and become criminals, and donned cartoon animal masks of a fox, a shark, and a vulture. They were later retconned and became industrialists engaged in a variety of crook and deals and drug smuggling operations. The trio uses the masks to invoke the respective spirits of land, sea, and air to bring good fortune on their endeavors. Different versions have subsequently appeared in Batman: The Animated Series (three bored industrialists) and The Batman (three teenagers exposing themselves to mutagenic substances).

Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex first appeared in All-Star Western vol. 2 #10 (1972), created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga. A bounty hunter with a scarred face wearing a Confederate uniform, it was later revealed that as a boy his father sold him to Indians who scarred his face as punishment for a crime he didn't commit, and he later fought in the Civil War against his adopted brother. A definite "hard-luck hero", throughout his career Jonah has lost his true loves at least twice, and was forced to gun down the boy he adopted and trained as a gunfighter. Jonah has no superhuman abilities but is an expert gunfighter and tracker, with at best a somewhat shaky situational code of ethics. In the comics he has been shown as having died by the modern day era of superheroes (in Jonah Hex Spectacular #1), but at one point Jonah was transported into a futuristic "Mad Max" setting for his own series (presumably he returned back to the past to be killed).

Royal Flush Gang
The original Royal Flush Gang was brought together by Amos Fortune (Justice League of America #11 - May 1962) and has gone through several incarnations. In each they have a vast array of technological powers and a playing card motif. In both the comics and the SuperFriends series, the Joker also formed at least one incarnation of the Royal Flush Gang as well. At least two different versions have appeared in previous animated series. Justice League featured five super-powered teens who the Joker takes in and uses as his henchmen after giving them a card-based motif. In the future, Batman Beyond established a family line of criminals who have existed for generations and use a playing card theme while committing robberies.

The Top
The Top first appeared in The Flash #122 and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. Roscoe Dillon learned how to spin fast enough to deflect bullets and went on a crime spree using top gimmicks. He eventually developed psionic abilities but died in battle with the Flash. His spirit somehow survived and gained the ability to possess others. He eventually took possession of a comatose body and attempted to become President only to be foiled in his efforts. He eventually used his psionic abilities to mind-control other Flash villains to obey him, but they turned against him and destroyed his current body, seemingly destroying him for good.