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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

January 19, 2009 @ 6:22am

I had read some reviews of the new animated Batman team-up show, but I hadn't caught the show myself until last night. We were eating dinner and I turned it on in the middle of one with Green Arrow, Speedy and a hooded guy who was floating with a ghost Batman, Ebenezer Scrooge-style. My first guess was that he was the Phantom Stranger, but it turned out to be Deadman. It was a decent show that I'd definitely watch it again, even with the distraction of Batman sounding like a cross between Christian Bale's raspy Batman and Oswald from the Drew Carey show.

I just looked it up and it actually was Diedrich Bader as the voice of Batman. I've heard him in a bunch of other cartoons — as Buzz Lightyear's foe Warp Darkmatter and in a Scooby Doo Halloween special — so I'll get used to him. Michael Rosenbaum, Lex Luthor from Smallville (and the Flash from the animated Justice League show), was the voice of Deadman.

Next episode's preview was for a Batman and the Blue Beetle team up. I wasn't going to TiVo it until I saw today on ComicMix that Wil Wheaton is the voice of the Blue Beetle. Well that changes everything.

ComicMix has a Brave and the Bold preview video and pictures from the episode. Unlike the one I saw last night, the dialogue in this one is really interesting. In the clip on ComicMix, Batman and the Blue Beetle are breaking into some villain's fortress and sharing tips about the tools of their trade: lasers, stun guns, knockout gas pellets. I'm not going to transcribe it. It's a short clip that you should watch for yourself. Cool show.

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