Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 1 Episode 1

The Rise of the Blue Beetle!

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Nov 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

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

    • 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

    • 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