The Caped Crusader returns once again to save the day in the second season of TV’s “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”, which finds Gotham City’s (not all that dark) knight teaming up with the D.C. Universe’s myriad of colorful superheroes to fight a variety of dastardly villains. He’s gonna need all the help he can get, too, with bad guys like Ra’s Al Ghul, Black Adam, and Gorilla Grodd rampaging about and up to no good. The Season 2, Part 1 disc set of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” contains 12 stellar episodes on a 2-disc set.
Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in this action-packed series. Through the show?s season two 12 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers.
If you’ve never seen “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” TV show, it should be noted that this is primarily a kid’s show, one that caters to a decidedly young audience, but also to older viewers (their parents, for instance) that still remembers the good ol glory days of D.C.’s Silver age. As such, the episodes may come across as slightly campy if your reading habits is all about “gritty superheroes”, but really, that’s just part of its charms. Just embrace it.
Highlights from Season 2, Part 1 include “Sidekicks Assemble”, where disgruntled teenage sidekicks Robin, Speedy, and Aqualad decide to prove their worth by taking on Batman’s most dangerous foe, the nefarious Ra’s Al Ghul. Meanwhile, the space-faring episode “The Super-Batman of Planet X” answers that age-old question: what if Batman was more like Superman? Well, here’s your answer. Another goodie, “The Golden Age of Justice” features an appearance by an aging Justice Society of America, and features a flashback to a very early modeled, but still awesome looking Batman, long ears and all. Plus, um, a talking chimp guest stars.
I gotta admit, as a former comic book fan who really enjoyed it when my favorite superheroes teamed up with other heroes from the same universe, the “Brave and the Bold” TV show is kinda like reading a new crossover comic book every week. The fact that I’m not the biggest fan of the D.C.-verse, and thus have a limited knowledge of their characters, makes discovering new things about them even that much better. And I have to admit, the way the show treats Aquaman is just simply hilarious.