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DVD Shopping Bag: Batman The Brave and the Bold Season 2

The voices of Batman need one more

By Robert T. Trate     August 16, 2011


Batman Brave and the Bold Season 2 now DVD
© Warner Home Video/ Robert Trate

 

Warner Brother’s is releasing the first part of their second season of Batman The Brave and the Bold. Why this part one and part two split is beyond me. The series is into its third season with new episodes already airing. Again, I would love to bitch about it not being on Blu-ray, but that would be redundant (see previous column).
 
I think the series is a lot of fun and has a broad appeal. Whether you are a younger (as in age) fan or an older fan (people who remember the 60’s TV show and stood in line at midnight for Burton’s 89 classic) Batman The Brave and the Bold has a lot to offer. I, for one, find myself in the later category. I grew up watching the old reruns of Adam West and Burt Ward running around as the Caped Crusaders. They were fun and changed the way I saw Batman. With Tim Burton ushering in a darker version of the character, (yes, I know Frank Miller really did it in the comics first) Batman had gone from pop hero to Dark Knight. Burton would turn out another brilliant film but it was Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett’s ground breaking series, Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), which changed the character forever. It was a combination of storytelling, animation, and acting (kudos to Andrea Romano) that made this version of Batman the definitive one. With that being said, the definitive Batman is, without a doubt, Kevin Conroy.
 
This is not a knock or a criticism against Diedrich Bader’s Batman. In actuality, Bader is starting to grow on me. He is the perfect Batman in a series featuring a tongue cheek version of Green Arrow (James Arnold Taylor) and a perfect portrayal of Aquaman (John Di Maggio). Conroy just supplies that perfect pitch of cold decisiveness and unrelenting valor. If Batman would actually confront you on the street, his is the voice you would hear.
 
Season two part two is packed with great team ups and even a few flashbacks detailing Batman’s origin. “The Golden Age of Justice” features the JSA, the Black Canary and Batman’s early training (Batman is outfitted with long pointy ears and purple gloves). “Chill of the Night” is the origin of Batman and features none other than Adam West himself as Batman’s father Thomas. Not knowing this beforehand, I eagerly awaited Thomas Wayne to speak hoping it would be someone worthy of being Batman’s dad. It was and a long awaited moment as this Bat-fan knew West was originally asked to play Thomas Wayne in the 89 film but turned it down. I instantly reminded of West’s turn in 1992 series as the Grey Ghost. Thankfully Conroy got his chance to do the same.
 
“The Super-Batman of Planet X” is by far the best episode of this collection. Batman goes through a worm role (don’t ask, just go with it) and ends up on Zur-En-Arrh where he is not alone in being Batman. On Zur-En-Arrh writer Adam Beechen blended both the Batman and Superman myths together. Gothtropolis is protected by Batman who is human and has an alter ego of a mild manner reporter. Batman here is voiced by none other than Kevin Conroy. The twist on the story is that the Brave and the Bold Batman receives super powers from Zur-En-Arrh’s atmosphere. There are Lex Luthor and a Lois lane- type characters present, but what makes their appearance so much more appreciated is the actors portraying them. Clancy Brown and Dana Delany return for this episode. Mix that with the obvious homage to Max Fleisher’s Superman series and it just doesn’t get any better than this. Oh, the story was pretty damn good too.
 
Why is it that only two actors who have played Batman have stepped forward and voiced characters in Batman’s animated mythos? I’m not saying that I want George Clooney or Val Kilmer to step in and do the next animated series or DC Universe film. No. What I am saying is that it is time for Michael Keaton to return and add something, again, to the Batman.
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
1. Batman: Brave & The Bold - Season Two Part One
2. Muppets Take Manhattan (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
3. The Gruffalo
4. John Carpenter's the Ward [Blu-ray]
5. The Killing: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
Agent 8 3/4 aka: Hot Enough For June [Blu-ray] Starring Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley and Leo McKern
 
Assassins [Blu-ray] Starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas
 
The Bang Bang Club Starring Ryan Phillipe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch
 
The Bang Bang Club [Blu-ray] Starring Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch
 
Campbell's Kingdom [Blu-ray] Starring Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig
 
Campbell's Kingdom Starring Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig
 
Cobra [Blu-ray] Starring Sylvester Stallone, Andrew Robinson and Brian Thompson
 
The Conspirator (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) Starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright
 
The Conspirator (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright
 
Cut-Throats Nine / Joshua Starring Claudio Undari and Fred Williamson
 
Demolition Man [Blu-ray] Starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Nigel Hawthorne
 
Hush [Blu-ray] Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Hal Holbrook
 
Millions (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Billy Zane and Lauren Hutton
 
The Specialist [Blu-ray] Starring Sylvester Stallone, James Woods, Eric Roberts
 
ANIME
Idiots & Angels Starring Pink Martini
 
Night Raid 1931: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
 
Night Raid 1931 Complete Collection
 
Stoney / Killer Likes Candy Starring Michael Preston, Barbara Bouchet, Kerwin Mathews
 
CARTOONS
 
Batman: Brave & The Bold - Season Two Part One Starring Batman and Booster Gold
 
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Tricks and Treats Starring Martin Short
 
The Gruffalo Starring Helena Bonham Carter
 
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Starring Hayden Panettiere and Glenn Close
 
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil [Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy] Starring Hayden Panettiere and Glenn Close
 
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil [Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo] Starring Hayden Panettiere and Glenn Close
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 9
 
Voltron: The Legend Begins
 
CLASSICS
 
Mod-Athena Starring Jane Powell, Edmund Purdom, Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone
 
Behave Yourself (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Shelley Winters and Farley Granger
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Armed and Dangerous [Blu-ray] Starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan and Robert Loggia
 
Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Terror / Eegah! Starring Elvira
 
Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Brain That Wouldn't Die / The Manster Starring Elvira
 
Meet Monica Velour Starring Kim Cattrall and Dustin Ingram
 
Meet Monica Velour [Blu-ray] Starring Kim Cattrall and Dustin Ingram
 
Muppets Take Manhattan (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire
 
Criterion Collection
 
Cul-de-sac (Criterion Collection) Starring Donald Pleasance, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander
 
Cul-de-sac: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Donald Pleasance, Francoise Dorleac and Lionel Stander
 
The Killing: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards, Elisha Cook Jr.
 
The Killing (Criterion Collection) Starring Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards, Elisha Cook Jr.
 
HORROR
 
Death Stop Holocaust Starring various (2011)
 
Edison Death Machine Starring Billy W. Blackwell
 
John Carpenter's the Ward [Blu-ray] Starring Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca and Danielle Panabacker
 
John Carpenter's the Ward Starring Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca and Danielle Panabaker
 
Lizard Boy Starring Pete Punito, Steven F. Zeigler, Mark Strano
 
Malibu Shark Attack Starring Renee Bowen, Remi Broadway and Joel Burns
 
Medium Raw Starring John Rhys-Davies, William B. Davis, Andrew Cymek
 
Smile Starring Armand Assante
 
Somebody Help Me 2 Starring Marques Houston, Omarion Grandberry and Malika
 
Subspecies [Blu-ray] Starring Angus Scrimm
 
Tenant [Blu-ray] Starring Bill Cobbs and Michael Berryman
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
The Big Lebowski (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray Book + Digital Copy] Starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Muppets From Space (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Lambert Wilson
 
Priest Starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q
 
Priest (Unrated Version) [Blu-ray 3D] Starring Paul Bettany and Lily Collins
 
The Colossus of New York Starring John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger and Robert Hutton
 
The Snow Creature (UK PAL Region 0) Starring Leslie Denison and Paul Langton
 
TV LAND
 
Dexter: The Fifth Season Starring Michael C. Hall
 
BOX SETS
 
Dexter: Seasons One-Five Starring Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Vélez
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms. Robert also thought the line “Batman does not eat nachos” was one of the best from this series, if not ever.

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