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The Fate of Equinox!
Original Airdate - November 13th, 2009
Batman has his final battle with the balance-obsessed villain Equinox as the maniac tries to remake the universe in his own image.

Written by Joseph Kuhr
Directed by Michael Chang
Animation by MOI Animation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
John DiMaggio as Aquaman
Greg Ellis as Dr. Fate
Oded Fehr as Equinox
Tom Kenny as Plastic Man
James Remar as Two Face
James Arnold Taylor as NABU

Music
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter
Media


 

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Review
Making his debut in the Brave and the Bold world (aside from Bat-Mite’s acid trip), Two-Face is brought into the action with the best use of his split personality I’ve seen in a long time. Batman is cornered by Two-Face and his random goons, but due to the coin’s flip landing in favor of Face’s goons not killing Batman, Two-Face is compelled to help out our nocturnal hero by beating up his own goons. It’s quite easily one of the best teasers of season 2, if not both seasons so far.

Fortunately, in a move to get us out of the trade-off rut where only the teaser is great while the rest of the episode disappoints - or vice versa - the main story is equally as great. Part of that greatness is finally making significant use of Equinox, and even pointing out the flaws with such a character themselves. Batman is teamed up with Dr. Fate for the second time of the show in order to battle this strange villain. An interesting note; Equinox is voiced by Oded Fehr, whom previously voiced Dr. Fate on “Justice League Unlimited.” Batman faces off against Equinox at a Mayan temple where we shockingly see Equinox fall to his doom - or at least his mortal doom. When they realize that the fabric of time and space has begun to rip apart, Batman and Dr. Fate seek the wisdom of Order and Chaos; his masters. Through them, Fate and Batman learn that they were the creators of Equinox, but he has begun far more powerful than they’re able to fight.

Luckily, the writers didn’t feel a need to give Dr. Fate a relapse of self-pity from his previous episode, and instead remains a great part of the episode throughout. Of course, he’s not powerful to take on Equinox by himself, so they call upon various previously-appearing heroes in order to borrow their powers to give to a single hero. Predictably, Batman is chosen. Strangely, some of the heroes chosen don’t really have powers of their own, but are rather technologically driven - although these abilities are still adapted to “Batmonolith” (to quote Plastic Man). Through this, he eventually manages to defeat Equinox - hopefully once and for all. Although an interesting villain - especially after finally being given a coherent purpose - every decent thing of this episode (excluding the teaser) would be cheapened by any further use of Equinox. Mostly because Equinox’s end came from finally realizing that he himself wasn’t a balanced being, and thus his existence - and purpose - was flawed. Highly recommend!

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