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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 1 Episode 1

The Rise of the Blue Beetle!

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Aired Friday 7:00 PM Nov 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network
7.7
out of 10
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91 votes
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In the series premiere, Batman and Blue Beetle go on a mission to destroy an asteroid heading for Earth, only to go up against the deadly Kanjar Ro.

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  • Intro: Batman and Arrow escape Clock King and then capture him. Main: Batman and Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) gets sent to another planet via wormhole. They ally with fuel filled amoebas who fight Kanjar Ro and his Gamma Gong.moreless

    8.0
    Being the pilot episode, it was kind of odd to see Batman in a not so "dark" personality that we're all familiar with. However, the animation and action is good, but the cinematography doesn't match that of The Batman. While there really is no detective work or interesting plot twists like TAS, it holds its own. Overall, it is a kids show that has to rival shows like Ben 10 for ratings being that it comes on right before. I've never seen Ben 10, but I think this show has potential as some of us JLU fans enjoy seeing the partner ups.moreless
  • The first episode of this series, this introduces the team-ups between Batman and other heroes. It's a funny retro use of Batman, and gets him out from under his grim cloud. Great for younger kids and their parents to watch together.moreless

    8.0
    When I first heard about the concept for this series, I was skeptical. "Batman teaming up with anyone...but Robin." "Batman operating anywhere in the world...but Gotham City." No Commissioner Gordon, no Alfred the Butler. It didn't sound like it would work. Then I saw some of the character designs, and their retro look got me hooked. Watching this first episode of the series with my six year old son, we both fell in love with it. This episode features two team-ups. The first is with the archer superhero Green Arrow. Batman and Green Arrow have to work together to escape the Clock King's trap. Their banter is funny, and I was surprised at how much I liked it, even though the Clock King was a little over the top. All that happens before the opening credits--after that, it's an outer space story that teams up Batman with the new Blue Beetle--a Latino superhero from El Paso. Blue Beetle has alien technology built into his armor, but is a novice using it. He's a total fanboy, excited to be working side-by-side with Batman. Their mission is to help a race of little globby aliens win their freedom from Kanjar Ro, a classic Justice League Villain. Ro was the weakest part of this episode, with hammy villainy with no real intelligence or direction. There is some cartoony violence here, but nothing as dark or scary as other Batman cartoons of the last twenty years. I'm comfortable watching this with my kids, and I'm pretty picky about what I let them watch.



    The story is good, and the animation, while retro in design, is good enough for the story. The voice acting from Diedrich Bader, Will Friedle and others is good, although I do wish they had gotten a Latino voice actor to play Blue Beetle. We'll be watching more of this series, and I hope it stays up to these standards--or better.moreless
  • Take the silver-aged Batman, add a major variety of B-level DC superheroes and villains, and the humor and comical ingenuity of the old days, and you get Batman: The Brave and the Bold.moreless

    8.0
    What is the definitive form of Batman? The '60s, '70s, and '80s Batman cartoons and live-action gigs showed a light-hearted Batman that we came to love for years...until the '89 Batman movie and the even better Batman: The Animated Series cartoon. This showed a darker time where Batman was a sociopath who faced the death of both his parents everytime he put on the suit and flew into the night as the Caped Crusader. They not only garnered millions of more fans and made a whole new breed of comics and Bat-shows, the movies that piled up (well, at least starting from Batman Begins) transcended the character into new heights. Now, Batman is the dark, gloomy superhero with the world similar to his alter ego that is permanently glued to our hearts and minds. Here's where CartoonNetwork's Batman: The Brave and the Bold takes a giant leap back into the past of silver aged adventures. The opening sequence shows a prime example of that. Batman and the Green Arrow are caught in a diabolical trap against the Clock King, and the comical stretches of imagination, from the idea of a "death trap" to Batman wielding a saber, prove that this Batman cartoon isn't TAS in one bit. The introduction of the Blue Beetle as a teen with a fanboy outlook on Batman is okay. Batman calls him up to stop a meteor from hitting Earth, a sign that old Bats thinks long and hard for good reason why he chooses the Blue Beetle of all people. The transformation of human to creature and the wormhole that brings both Bats and Bluey into a whole new galaxy sounds nothing like the dark and glooming atmosphere found in the Batman cartoons of 16 years ago. In this planet, both our heroes encounter an alien race in need of help due to the rise of Kanjar Ro, and they find the Blue Beetle (who served them and earned their loyalty years ago) as a god and their savior. Since the man behind the blue ora is just a kid, Batman gives him much needed advice along the way that encourages the aliens to stop Kanjar Ro. This is where B:TBatB adds great humor and teamwork lessons into the fold. Batman kneeling under the presence of the Blue Beetle is shocking to me, yet is irresistibly funny. The Blue Bettle's prep rallies are charming and will attract kids more to his character. The many lessons learned throughout the ups and downs of this journey will generally entertain both spectrums of viewers-kids and adults. While I found Batman's liking to having partners sort of strange even for this type of Batman cartoon, and a couple of action scenes and animation designs uninspired and ugly, Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of what I was watching, and for good reason. The action is mostly fast-paced and also very comic-infused, and the many voice talents are perfect. Will Friedle as Blue Beetle? You bet'cha. Diedrich Bader's voice-over for Batman is very refreshing in many ways. Imagine what happens when Adam West and Kevin Conry fused voices. Then have it delivered tailor-made for this cartoon. It's so perfect that even Batman's serious and observant attitude mixed with a slight sense of humor and staggering amounts of narration are blended masterfully. This is the definitive silver-aged Batman. I grew up watching the whole spectrum of Batman cartoons in the '90s and early '00s, and I found it to be the Batman that I will always find the best of the bunch, and I still do. That doesn't mean that I wasn't hungry for more of Batman:The Brave and the Bold. This coat of fresh air is very welcome, from the hilarious dialogue and sparky action scenes to the great voice-over work and excellent tone. Kids-and adults-will absolutely become glued to this show for many reasons, even if they liked it better when the skies were red, the setting was Gotham City, and Batman was the sociopath that won everyone's hearts. Adults be brave to stumble upon this adventure, and kids be bold when it airs.moreless
  • And...yes, we're off to a good start.

    9.0
    This new series is very different from previous Batman animated shows, but that's not a bad thing really. It's a fresh new take, and after seeing the pilot, it works. I do realize that the heavy emphasis on high-energy, light fun WILL turn off several hardcore fans. Others will love the whole retro look of the show. The animation is superb, with excellent action scenes. It is always nice to see punches connect with the villains. Hey, not every superhero show have these moments. Since there aren't many dark elements here, it will probably attract some new young fans. But not all kids will dig this series. The reason being that there's a complete lack of the well-known popular villains like Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. The producers said that Joker won't appear, still his name can be found in the opening intro, which is pretty awful BTW. So who knows, maybe they had a change of heart? We can only hope I guess.



    The episode opens with a funny sequence featuring Batman, Green Arrow and the Clock King. I love the names of his goons, TICK and TOCK, that got a laugh. And overall it's pretty funny, despite a somewhat nasty torture sequence later on in the episode. The comedy ties in well with the action. So...Kanjar-Ro, never been a big fan of him. But he was awesome in the episode. Blue Beetle wasn't as annoying as I thought he would be after seeing the previews. In fact, he was good.



    There's so much to talk about, but I guess that's what the forums are for. So I'll just say that this is a really good start for the new Batman series. It will be loved, it will be hated. And it will be around for a while. But I still doubt it'll have more than 2 seasons. Now, if the rest of the episodes are as good as this one, then I hope I'm wrong.moreless
Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Paco

Guest Star

Marc Worden

Marc Worden

Kanjar Ro

Guest Star

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Clock King, Gibble Leader

Guest Star

Will Friedle

Will Friedle

Blue Beetle

Recurring Role

James Arnold Taylor

James Arnold Taylor

Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Jaime was fully clothed when he changed into the Blue Beetle. But when Kanjar Ro used the Gamma Gong to defeat him, he's stripped down to only his boxer shorts. What happened to the rest of his outfit?

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Kanjar Ro: (to Jaime, about the scarab) I'll find the right frequency to remove that wart from your back, even if it kills me. What am I saying? It's gonna kill you!

    • Jamie: Dude, how long have you been there?
      Batman: Whoa, geek detectors off the charts.

    • Blue Beetle: So, where are we?
      Batman: Judging from the position of the stars, I'd say that wormhole has brought us to somewhere on the backside of the Milky Way.
      Blue Beetle: And you know that just by looking at dots of light in the sky? Ugh. Of course you do.

    • Blue Beetle: So, uh, what am I supposed to say here? "Let's do it"? "Action"? "Move it or lose it"?
      Batman: How about "attack"?
      Blue Beetle: Oh, duh.

    • Batman: Let's clean the King's clock.

    • Jamie: Okay, okay, here's one. Poison Ivy has used her mind-control spores on Superman to pit him against Batman. Oh, oh! And Batman has no kryptonite. Who wins?
      Paco: Easy. Superman.
      Jamie: Wrong. Batman, by using his kryptonite.
      Paco: You just said he has no kryptonite.
      Jamie: Trick question. Batman always has kryptonite.

    • Jamie: Think you could ever se me becoming a hero, Paco? You know, like, on a poster up in some kid's bedroom?
      Paco: Beep, beep beep! Detecting high levels of geek.

    • Blue Beetle: This is like a dream come true. Partners with Batman!
      Batman: We're not partners. Not yet, at least.

    • Blue Beetle: Who are these people and how do they know me?
      Batman: The scarab. Someone had it before you. It must have found a new host after the last guy was killed. (Blue Beetle glares) Or… ummm… retired.

    • Blue Beetle: Uh, look. You guys aren't always going to be able to rely on me. I mean, what if I got soccer practice or something. One of these days you might have to save yourselves, and the only way to do that is to find the power that's within each of you. So, in conclusion, find the power within and um, you know, it's better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
      Batman: They don't have knees. Now wrap it up.
      Blue Beetle: Now wrap it up!

    • Blue Beetle: Oh, this is so cool.
      Batman: When I said this job was about using your head, I didn't mean for it to go to your head.
      Gibble Leader: Ooh, sidekick must not speak in such tones to the Beetle.
      Blue Beetle: Yeah, sidekick.

    • Jamie: Come on, think. So what would Batman do? (spits on the controls, shorting them out) Okay, so, maybe Batman wouldn't do that. But good enough.

    • Blue Beetle: It's like no time's passed since we left.
      Batman: Due to the quantum anomalies of wormholes, none has. (thinking to himself) Of course, that's just a fancy way of saying, "that's weird."

    • Batman: What is this now, the fifth or sixth deathtrap I've been tied up to because of you over the years?
      Green Arrow: Hey, I said I was sorry. Up and to the right. Who knew his wristwatch was equipped with knockout gas? What, like you've never made a mistake, Bats?
      Batman: Apparently I made one when I thought you could help me stop the Clock King.
      Green Arrow: You keep complaining. It gives me more time to show you up.

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: January 11, 2009 on Teletoon
      UK: May 5, 2009 on Cartoon Network

    • Character bios: Green Arrow, Blue Beetle, Kanjar Ro, Clock King

    • In Jamie Reyes' bedroom are posters and clippings of Batman. Among them is the title cover of the graphic novel series The Dark Knight Returns, with Batman posed mid-leap against a lightning flash.

    • Jaime's comment about Poison Ivy taking control of Superman and sending him to fight Batman is an injoke reference to "The Batman-Superman Story", an episode of The Batman, where this very scheme happened, only it was Lex Luthor using Poison Ivy's mind control spores laced with Kryptonite to manipulate Superman. Writer Michael Jelenic worked on that series as well as writing this episode. The original set-up of Poison Ivy herself taking control of Superman first appeared in the 2002-2003 Batman comics storyline "Hush" written by Jeph Loeb.

    • The Brave & The Bold
      The show title is a reference to a DC comic titled The Brave and the Bold which was first published in 1955 and typically featured team-ups between at least two different superheroes, and occasionally featured Green Lantern and the Flash. From issue #50 on, it was primarily a Batman team-up comic. B&B comic was also where the Justice League initially premiered many years ago (issues #28-30). The series was revived in 2007 and features miscellaneous hero team-ups.

    • Heroes featured in the opening credits include: the Demon, B'wana Beast, Deadman, Dr. Fate, Fire, Red Tornado, Plastic Man, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Bronze Tiger, Blue Beetle, Jonah Hex, and Kamandi the Last Boy on Earth. Green Arrow, Metamorpho, and Kilowog are mentioned in text. For the villains, Joker and the Royal Flush Gang are also mentioned in text.

    • Will Friedle (voice of Blue Beetle) has worked with Batman before: he was the voice of the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, in Batman Beyond.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Streaky the Supercat
      Among the commercials at the beginning is one of an orange cat wearing a red cape. This references Streaky the Supercat, a long-time super-powered cat connected with Superman and Supergirl, who first appeared in Action Comics #261 (Feb. 1960). Streaky also appeared in the cartoon Krypto the Superdog

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