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  • Title: Batman Brave and the Bold
  • Episode Title: Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster
  • Writer: n/a
  • Director: Michael Chang
  • Episode Cast: Diedrich Bader, Steve Blum, Robin Atkin Downes, Scott Menville, Andy Milder, Hunter Parrish, Bumper Robinson, John Wesley Shipp, Alan Tudyk
  • Network: Cartoon Network
  • Series: Batman: The Brave and the Bold

BATMAN: BRAVE & THE BOLD - "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster" Review

Great Homage, Great Reinvention.

By Joe Oesterle     October 05, 2010
Source: Mania


BATMAN: BRAVE & THE BOLD - "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster" Review (slideshow)
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Hey, I know I felt like it’s been ten years since Brave and the Bold was being broadcast on a regular basis, but apparently Black Lightning aged more than me. Normally I love the “cold openings” on this show, but the Outsiders vs. Kobra, but this one felt a little flat. I do love Black Lightning and Metamorpho; maybe there just weren’t enough of those guys in the first 3 minutes. Luckily the rest of the episode did not disappoint.

Give up for these writers again. They really are clever at introducing well-known characters to us in interesting ways. I admit I wasn’t even sure if Barry Allen ever even lived in this universe or not. I simply accepted that Jay Garrick was the Flash in this particular continuity, and left it at that. These scribes are so good I didn’t even miss my favorite speedster because Garrick was written so well.

I know we’ve seen the younger Teen Titans in this world before, but my memory is failing whether or not Kid Flash was on the roster for that episode. Regardless, he was here, and he asked Batman to send his regards to Nightwing. I will confess I’m a little saddened to hear Robin has not only retired the pixie boots, but also the sweet Earth 2 costume, and is now Nightwing. I like Nightwing fine, I was just hoping the Dick Grayson in this version would prefer his brightly colored circus garb when knuckling up evildoers. Then again, I was happy with the way I found out. They don’t spell everything out at B&B, and I appreciate the fact we’re supposed to come in with a little DCU history already under our belts.

Speaking of which, a little liberty was taken from the Crisis books, but it didn’t hurt anything here. Some people complain that this version of the Caped Crusader is exactly what they disliked about Batman, while others contend this variation on the character takes all of the adaptations into account, and delivers us a nice melting pot of the best of the Bat. Personally I’ve always felt there was room for Adam West, Frank Miller, Christian Bale, Bob Kane, Neil Adams, and Michael Keaton. I will reserve the right to refuse that codpiece loving/ franchise menace Joel Schumacher however.

Back to the review… Once again, we were treated to some iconic moments from comic book lore. The Flashes racing across oceans, a Golden Age/Silver age poster lifted directly from a 1960’s comic cover, and of course, the powerful Crisis scenes.

Friday’s episode had everything thing that makes this program so impressive. Real emotions, humor, a respect for the past, (The Rogues Gallery for instance) a visual style that is far and away better than any other superhero offerings out there nowadays and easily the best fight scene (Flash and Professor Zoom) in two seasons of sensationally illustrative battles.

If you’re a Batfan and you haven’t watched this show yet, I implore you, set your TiVo. If you’ve watched it and didn’t love it, I suggest giving it another try. And if you’re like me, and can’t wait to feel like a 6 year old waking up before his parents on a Saturday morning, hoping there were still some Fruit Loops left in the box after your 3rd bowl, get ready for next week. Batgirl and the Doom Patrol.

See you then. Same Bat Time, same Bat Blog.

 


 

Joe Oesterle’s latest book, “Weird Hollywood” hits book stores Oct 5. It’s full of urban legends, Hollywood ghosts, roadside attractions, celebrity interviews and he got to sit in the Adam West Batmobile. Follow the book on Twitter: http://twitter.com/WeirdHollywood

And if you live in the Los Angeles area, write him at Joe@JoeArtistWriter.com for book signing events.

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NotAFan 10/5/2010 3:59:17 PM

I'm glad this show is back! It's too bad that it was already been cancelled! Supposedly,  It was announced at the San Diego Comic Con 2010 that Batman: The Brave and the Bold will end after season three! BTW Robin became Nightwing at the very very end of  "Sidekicks Assemble"! So it more of a callback then an inside joke!

JoeArtistWriter 10/5/2010 9:21:38 PM

NotAFan, you're right, I think I recall the Nightwing nod before. Sucks that it was cancelled. This show is brilliant, but three seasons is a good run for kid's animation.

IamChuck2026 10/6/2010 8:10:04 AM

IT WAS CANCELLED?!?!?   What the eff?!  This show is great!  Shame on Cartoon Network!

thecheckeredman 10/6/2010 10:22:03 AM

 This show is fantastic!  Its a great shame its ending so soon...

JoeArtistWriter 10/6/2010 1:26:24 PM

I hope that's not the case, but I fear it is. I still feel it's one of the top ten shows on the air. Much better writing than Smallville.

 

ArchieOogley 10/6/2010 1:30:34 PM

You know, I don't feel that bad that B&B isn't coming back.  I loooove the show, but it's been known for a while that the original order was for 64 episodes, parcelled out over 3 seasons.  And when those are delivered, some other group of producers will makde *their* pitch to WB.  The circle of life!

cheekymonkey 10/6/2010 5:41:32 PM

A fun show.  My daughter (6) loves it and it has opened up some interesting discussions, like when manbeast "died." 

zozo 10/6/2010 6:17:55 PM

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joe4306 10/9/2010 5:49:20 PM

brave and bold is a great show.;let's see superman and batman---- THE WORLD'S FINEST!!!!! YES!!!!!

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