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The Dark Knight Teams up for BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD

A first look at the hero designs for the new Cartoon Network series

By Rob M. Worley     October 24, 2008


Green Arrow, Blue Beetle, Batman on BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD
© Warner Animation

Cartoon Network has provided Mania with a first look at the upcoming animated series 'Batman: Brave and the Bold'.

The show is the latest animated incarnation of the Dark Knight that finds him teaming up with other DC Universe heroes each week. The new series from Warner Bros. Animation will premiere on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., serving as a lead in to the additional new series that premiered in October, 'The Secret Saturdays' (created by comics great Jay Stephens) and 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'.

We'll have a review of the show on Monday, but here's a first look at the characters from the series.

BATMAN

The quick-thinking straight man in the action-packed and often hilarious world of The Brave and the Bold, Batman is relentless in his pursuit of justice and infinitely patient in his dealings with quirky guest stars and sidekicks. This Batman isn’t the brooding Dark Knight we’ve come to know in recent years yet is equally fast with a dry joke or a flying Batarang.

AQUAMAN

Both valiant and vainglorious, Aquaman is the barrel-chested King of Atlantis and, in his own eyes, is as heroic as they come. Fearless and loyal, Aquaman is the first to answer when duty calls, and he relishes the glory of the fight. He has the disposition of a hearty Greek God and the ego and brawn to match.

GREEN ARROW

The expert marksman is as dedicated to competition as Batman is to the preservation of justice. Green Arrow never misses a chance to one-up his DC Super Hero compatriots (though never at the expense of the mission) and gets great pleasure out of stoking the fires of his perpetual rivalry with Batman. After all, it just makes them better heroes, right?

BLUE BEETLE

El Paso, Texas native Jaime Reyes thought the closest he would ever get to Batman was the posters adorning his walls, but when a mysterious alien technology turned him into the hero Blue Beetle, the fanboy’s wildest dreams became a reality. Jaime can’t help but tackle every mission with wide-eyed wonder and brings a youthful buoyancy to even the toughest fights. 

RED TORNADO

John Ulthoon lives in a suburban neighborhood, wears his slippers and robe when picking up the morning paper, and has a respectable job as the Professor of Archeology at the local community college. He’s also a robot. His suburban veneer, of course, is a cover for his hero alter ego Red Tornado. In Batman, he sees not only a partner, but also someone who can teach him more about humanity, of which he strives to both understand and be a part.

PLASTIC MAN

Reformed petty thief Eel O’Brian got a second lease on life as a ductile detective working at Batman’s side. The rubbery shape-shifter is part one-man comedy show, part malleable merchant of justice, doling out wisecracks and hard knocks with haphazard glee. And while the call of cash still rings in his ears, the little Batman on his shoulder yells much louder…

We'll have more coverage of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' coming soon, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, here are more images from the character gallery

At Comic-Con the producers of the show mentioned they'd be looking to team Batman with characters that we haven't seen him with frequently in recent cartoons. With that in mind, which characters would you like to see Batman team with on upcoming episodes? Post your comments below.

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Dazzler 10/24/2008 5:17:14 AM

No chick heroes?  Surprising in this day and age. 

robbo 10/24/2008 5:35:00 AM

Well, this would just be the first 4-5 episodes. I gotta believe the ladies will arrive shortly. I hope Bats isn't just gonna have a sausage party for the entire season .

Wiseguy 10/24/2008 10:26:23 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">Bring this on already, I'm missing not having any new superhero toons. We need Zatanna and how about Nightwing</P>
ChadDerdowski 10/24/2008 10:54:28 AM

Every single thing about this cartoon has got me excited, from the kid-friendly approach to the guest stars and especially the art style!  And did I hear something about a Batjet that transforms into a Batboat?  droooool...

ultraman 10/24/2008 6:17:35 PM

I hope Ted Kord appears on this show. Though I'd ALSO like to see Phantom Stranger, Ragman, Nemesis and the Spectre!!!!

jedi4sshield 10/24/2008 7:58:49 PM

Well its no Batman the animated series but I'll give it a try!

samson 10/24/2008 8:29:58 PM

Here we go, back to the all white men saving the world days. At least in the Super Friends' cartoons, we got Wonder Woman and later on Black Vulcan.

 

I'm gonna watch it anyway, because it's Batman. But, damn, it was pretty cool seeing people like me saving the day, too.

 

OK, guys. Go ahead and flame me. It's expected.

NotAFan 10/24/2008 8:34:46 PM

"Animation will premiere on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., serving as a lead in to the additional new series that premiered in October, 'The Secret Saturdays' (created by comics great Jay Stephens) and 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'."
 

WTF? 7:30 isn't even primetime! They have a hole in their animation block at 8:30! (Currently is a repeat of the previous weeks SW: CW) Why wouldn't they put on in that hole? Whose gonna know to watch it at 7:30? YOU CARTOON NETWORK CORPORATE EXECUTIVE A$$H*LES! YOU'RE ALREADY TRYING TO KILL IT!

"At Comic-Con the producers of the show mentioned they'd be looking to team Batman with characters that we haven't seen him with frequently in recent cartoons"

Really? Cuz it seems to me that he's been with Green Arrow alot!  Do they really have to put Green Arrow in this? The guy's an A$$h*le!  I say it time for triumphant return of Black Lightning! Won't happen though cuz DC seems to be trying to keep Black Lightning from any animated television! It's a conspiracy I tells ya!

Wiseguy 10/25/2008 6:25:59 AM

samsom, I feel where you're coming from. Black Lightning, Stewart GL, Steel, Jakeem from the JSA,  Amazing Man, Mr. Terrific, Firestorm, Cyborg, Vixen, the new Spectre, Bumble Bee those aren the only ones I can think of off hand. So it isn't like they don't have options.

alphan 10/25/2008 11:50:42 AM

I still can't believe the artwork will be so crappy. I hoped they had learned from the mistakes they made with "The Batman". But to change it for the worst...

Where are the times from Timm and Dini?

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