Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!
Original Airdate - January 8th, 2010
Aquaman attempts to take a family vacation with Mera and Arthur Jr., but can't resist helping heroes along the way. Just as he finally promises the family 'no more heroics,' Batman is trapped by the Pengiuin.

Written by Steven Melching
Directed by Ben Jones
Animation by MOI Animation
Review by TBD
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Clock King
John DiMaggio as Aquaman
Will Friedle as Blue Beetle
Sirena Irwin as Mera
Stephen Root as Penguin
Preston Strother as Arthur Jr.
James Arnold Taylor as Green Arrow


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


Video Clips

 
Clip 01 (QuickTime)
 
Clip 02 (QuickTime)


Review
Hey, look, itís a season 2 episode that doesnít deal with Plastic Man! Okay, the last one didnít involve him either, but I digress. Iím slightly disappointed that they didnít continue the multi-parter teaser serial that started in ďRevenge of the Reach,Ē but I suppose they want to space it out. Unfortunately, the teaser for this episode really failed to deliver. While it was cool to see Batman in a World War I setting and flying a biplane, I was really pulled out of it when Batman opened fire with his machine gun. He could be aiming away from the pilot, granted, but it was still Batman blatantly using a gun. Plus, the involvement of aliens, and a too easily convinced German fighter pilot teaming up with Batman to take on said aliens, it just didnít mesh well at all. Feel free to skip this teaser!

The main story of the episode manages to immediately make you forget the shortcomings of the teaser, however, as it delves humorously into Aquamanís family life. Simply put, itís very akin to the National Lampoonís Vacation movies, but in a superhero setting with one of the most underrated superheroes of all time. This setting, combined with Dimaggioís brilliant voice work, manages to keep the laughter coming. Aquaman along with his wife and son travel throughout pretty much any Midwest/East coast fictional city that has ever popped up in the DC Universe, but Aquaman misses his heroic moments. Throughout the episode he manages to hilariously handle the two, until finally realizing that he should enjoy the vacation. This, of course, canít last, and he is soon called upon by Batman for help against the Penguin. This is the debut of the Penguin for Brave and the Bold, after only being featured as a figment of Bat-miteís runaway imagination in ďLegend of the Dark-Mite!Ē

Unfortunately, the Penguinís voice acting is a disappointment. The voice doesnít really feel all that fitting to him, and whenever he attempts a maniacal laugh it sounds more like heís eating something in an exaggerated manner. It just doesnít work, but itís really the only thing of the main story that didnít. The rest is a fantastic comedic adventure involving tons of recurring heroes and villains - even if itís only a brief cameo as a miniaturized hero fights a bug-themed villain on a window. I must give the creators behind it extra credit for the brilliant use of Aquamanís 1970ís aquatic camouflage for the costume of his son. Not only was it great to see the cool color scheme used, but it was also a subtle adaptation of teenagers often wearing camouflage as everyday clothing. Donít miss this episode!

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