The Eyes of Despero! Original Airdate - February 6th, 2009
In the middle of thwarting a robbery by the
Cavalier, Batman is whisked away into outer
space. When he arrives on their home world, he
discovers The Green Lantern Corps is MIA after a
battle with Despero - leaving the entire
universe defenseless! To save us all, Batman
joins the surviving Green Lanterns, G'Nort, Guy
Gardner and Sinestro, to defeat the rampaging
tyrant Despero before he turns OA, the living
Green Lantern planet into his personal weapon of
Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Directed by Ben Jones
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Deidrich Bader as Batman James Arnold Taylor
as Wotan/ Guy Gardner Kevin Michael
Richardson as Despero Alexander Polinsky as
G'nort Greg Ellis as Cavalier/ Dr. Fate
Xander Berkeley as Sinestro/ Hal Jordan
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
In a head-trip similar to, but not rivaling the
head-trip in ďEnter the Outsiders!Ē this episode begins
in a strange, yet interesting reality. Not familiar with
the villain standing before us, I was excited to soon
see one of the coolest looking heroes finally be a part
of Brave and the Boldís universe; Dr. Fate.
Unfortunately, I felt he was a bit underplayed as Batman
yet again plays mentor that must inspire all of the
renowned heroes. The opening becomes even more bizarre
as Batman takes off his utility belt and pulls a
lightsaber-esque sword from the length of it. Crazy.
Thatís the only way to truly describe it. It was,
however, nice that they included an unhelmeted scene for
Fate, but unfortunately it still didnít redeem much of
the awkwardly Bat-centered opening.
The rest of
the episode teeters between good and the unfortunate
routine of Batman being the better hero. Opening with an
awesome army of Green Lanterns lead by the (until now)
absent Hal Jordan to respond to the new threat of the
3-eyed, 1-finned, flying purple people enslaver; Despero.
Sadly, the entire army is overtaken by Despero quite
easily and Hal Jordan is thought to blink them out of
existence, leaving his ring to track down the only one
on the show capable of being better than an army of
Green Lanterns; the gosh-darned Batman. After being
transported to Oa he stumbles across an imprisoned Guy
Gardner, GíNort (awesome) and Sinestro. Der-huh-bwa?
Definitely one of the best things of this episode, we
are introduced to Sinestro in his Green Lantern days.
Sinister as one would expect, yes, but still quite cool.
The trio of Lanterns combine their ring power to
give Batman powers of the ring and surprisingly bland
armor - especially compared to the armor seen in ďDay of
the Knight!Ē Together they go after the purple Tyrant,
who has now taken over the only other Green Lantern
left. A living planet named Mogo. What this show lacks
in appreciating the leadership of anyone that isnít
Batman it makes up for exploring the deepest crevices of
random - but incredibly interesting - characters.
Fortunately, in the last few minutes of the episode they
decide to focus on the other characters accompanying
Batman and we are met with some fun moments with GíNort,
as well as some nice redemption by Gardner as he
attempts to stop the extremist Sinestro. The best part,
though, is that none of it feels contrived. Despite
Gardnerís hot-headedness, they havenít made it seem so
extreme that morality is the last thing he would succumb
I admit Iíve harped quite a lot about Batman
being depicted as mightier than all, which truly is a
growing problem with the show. The rest of the episode,
however, is too fun to be brought down by that. The
ending left a bit to be desired, though, as it feels a
bit rushed and too simple.
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