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Batman: The Brave And The Bold

Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Series Overview

After over fifteen years of a darker Dark Knight, Cartoon Network brought back a decidedly brighter version of the Caped Crusader in 2008 with Batman: The Brave And The Bold.

Here’s how the network described the series: “Batman isn’t going at it alone this time! From Warner Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise. Our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home.”

“The series, consisting of 30-minute episodes, will be produced by James Tucker and Linda M. Steiner — the team behind Legion of Super Heroes — and will be executive produced by Sam Register. Other creators include line producer Amy McKenna, story editor Michael Jelenic and directors Ben Jones, Brandon Vietti and Michael Chang.”

The show reveled in Silver Age and Bronze Age storytelling, with a colorfully fun approach to DC’s vast cast of characters. The show lasted for three seasons, which comprised 65 episodes.

Over the course of the series, several sidekicks made prominent appearances.


Speedy in “Dawn of the Dead Man!”

Speedy appeared first, in the episode “Dawn of the Dead Man!”, which aired in the first season (January 16th, 2009). Here’s how the network described the episode: “Deadman and Batman team up as spirits to stop Gentleman Ghost from raising an army of undead criminals. Green Arrow and Speedy Thief join in the battle to save London. In this week’s teaser, Batman and Kamandi outrace a horde of monsters from the future.”

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Robin in “The Color of Revenge!”

Robin was prominently featured in “The Color of Revenge!” (May 22nd, 2009), an episode which contrasted Robin’s early days with his current role as a solo long-panted crime-fighter in Bludhaven. Here’s how the network described the episode: “Batman and Robin team up again, but it’s not like it always was–there was a reason Robin left to go work on his own. As Crazy Quilt comes after Robin for revenge, all the dirty laundry comes out between the dynamic duo!”

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Robin, Speedy & Aqualad in “Sidekicks Assemble!”

Several sidekicks stole the spotlight in the memorable “Sidekicks Assemble!” (January 22nd, 2010), in which Robin, Aqualad and Speedy grew tired of being sidelined by their mentors. Here’s how the network described the episode: “Aqualad, Robin and Speedy have had it with being bossed around and demand a piece of the action, but they get more than they bargained for when they find themselves facing off against Ra’s Al-Ghul and his flying island!” By episode’s end, Robin expressed his independence in a new identity – as Nightwing.

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Kid Flash in “Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!”

The Flash Family was featured in the excellent “Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!” (October 1st, 2010), including Kid Flash. Here’s how the network describes the episode: “The Silver Age Flash is dead, and his Rogues Gallery has come to take over Central City. Batman teams up with the Flash’s predecessor and successor to defend the city, but a villainous speedster plans to defeat them all.”

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