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Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 1 by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B001QG05PM
Date: 15 September 2009 List Price $14.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Show Official Info /

Having stopped watching Saturday morning cartoons long ago, I was interested in seeing what Batman and his fellow crime fighters had been up to recently.

Executive Producer:
Sam Register

Cast:
Diedrich Bader ... Batman
James Arnold Taylor ... Green Arrow

Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 1

In the teaser for The Rise of the Blue Beetle!, Batman and Green Arrow have to use their wits to escape the Clock King after Green Arrow's rash actions landed them in great peril, then thwart the Clock King's latest plot.

In the main story, Batman decides to test the mettle of teenaged Jaime Reyes, the third person to be the Blue Beetle. When Batman and Blue Beetle go on a mission to destroy an asteroid heading directly for Earth, they end up having to fight against the deadly Kanjar Ro, who says that he killed the previous incarnation of the Blue Beetle.

The teaser for Terror on Dinosaur Island! begins with Batman and Plastic Man teaming up to fight Gentleman Ghost's crime spree during the Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival and getting some very timely help from the curvaceous Brazilian born superhero Fire.

When Flash's nemisis Gorilla Grodd (the telepathic supergenius) creates an E-Ray machine on Dinosaur Island that devolves humans into primates, it's up to Batman and the whiny Plastic Man to save the day. Once a petty thief, Plastic Man was saved by Batman and became a reluctant superhero, though with Batman's help he is becoming more heroic, even if he does constantly have to fight his baser instincts.

The teaser for Evil Under the Sea! has Batman and Atom combating the nefarious Felix Faust to prevent him from opening Pandora's Box.

In the course of investigating underwater seismic activity, Batman pays a visit to Aquaman in the underwater city of Atlantis. Unfortunately Aquaman is unaware that his treacherous brother Orm is conspiring with Black Manta to conquer Atlantis. Aquaman and Batman team up to battle Black Manta, albeit with some help from a now penitent Orm.

Invasion of the Secret Santas! begins when the Sportsmaster and his gang crash a big prize money Christmas bowling tournament and Batman and Blue Beetle team up to try and stop them.

Batman teams up with the robot superhero Red Tornado to combat Fun Haus, who plans to ruin Christmas for everyone with his army of evil mansize robotic Santa and thieving Presto Playpal action figures. Sheesh, when did Fun Haus get out of Arkham Asylum?

I'm a fan of big DC Comics, but neither the artistic styles nor the plot lines were up to their usual caliber. And why do the most of the Justice Leaguers have square jaws that make NFL Hall of Fame coach Don "Chisel Chin" Shula look positively moonfaced?

Perhaps I would have liked Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 1 more if this was a set with the entire season on it and I had had more episodes to review. For Batman compleatists only.

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