The Golden Age of Justice!
Original Airdate - January 15th, 2010
An aging JSA is faced with the return of their
worst enemy, Per Degaton, as he returns from
suspended animation to enact a plan for
world-domination, while Black Canary helps
Wildcat face his greatest regrets.
Written by Michael Chang
Directed by Todd
Animation by Lotto Animation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Batman as Deidrich Bader
Black Canary as Grey
Degaton as Clancy Brown
Zee as Dee Bradley Baker
Hourman as Lex Lang
Dr. Midnite as Corey Burton
Wildcat as R. Lee Ermey
Detective Chimp as Dee Bradley Baker
Face (no credit yet)
Flash / Colonel as Andy
Maid / Southern Belle / Ms. Gatsby as
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
To be honest, I only managed to see the latter half of
this episode’s teaser, which involved Detective Chimp.
The half I saw didn’t seem too bad, but it wouldn’t be
fair to truly judge it without seeing it. This portion
of the review will be updated once I have seen the full
The main story, however, I managed to see
fully intact - and it’s truly difficult to begin to
explain how much I enjoyed this episode. Introducing the
Golden Age-spawned Justice Society of America, the main
story begins with something a teaser in it’s own right.
The various members of the JSA are introduced to the
show’s audience using the classic WWII-style newsreel
type of coverage, most of which tend to only result in
me rolling my eyes, but the writing for this was superb.
It managed to capture the campy, overly-cheery tone of
the newsreels, but not sound forced when it came to the
superhero portions of it. This creates a beautiful lead
in for the show’s present day version of the group, who
are shown with significant, but not over the top aging.
To note, this version of Flash previously appeared in
season 1’s tease for “Trials of the Demon,” and he is
sporting the elderly white hair throughout that. It’s a
subtle touch and nice to see that sort of consistency.
The episode, despite focusing mostly on the JSA,
incredibly manages to focus on the JSA members, Black
Canary, Batman, and the main villain of the episode
without coming off as strained, or poorly thought out.
Black Canary’s intertwined past with the JSA is slyly
done if you aren’t familiar with Black Canary’s
mother/daughter storyline in comics history, and was a
very welcome subplot for the episode. This also
involved, shockingly, the second death of a hero on the
show - and without cutting away from it. It wasn’t a
violent death, granted, but you could say that it’s all
the more surprising they were allowed to show it due to
it being a female hero. In fact, the entire Canary
subplot is amazing in that sense. It was incredibly
refreshing to see a female superhero depicted as more
than just a tool to add a flirty atmosphere, or
introduce some eye-candy, or some equally shallow
purpose. Furthermore, her rebellious attitude was well
written and actually captivating; it never felt
contrived or over the top, which was a major problem
with the rebellious Robin in “The Color of Revenge!”
Black Canary isn’t the only one to get her past
shown off throughout the episode, of course. There is
also the clever use of Batman as a trainee (alongside
Black Canary) of the JSA members, and I have to admit
that it was nearly surreal to see Batman in the iconic
Bob Kane look, but as a mere apprentice. Honestly, I
tried to find fault in the episode, but personally, I
believe this is one of the best episodes of the entire
show and Highly Recommend immediate viewing. It should
definitely set the standard for future Batman: Brave and
the Bold episodes.
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