The Super-Batman of Planet
Original Airdate - February 12th, 2010 (Online
); March 26th, 2010 (US Cable)
Batman lands on this distant planet Zurr En Arrh
and finds a doppelganger Batman, but more surprisingly, on this
planet the Caped Crusader has super powers! Together they battle
the mad genius Rhotul, who soon learns Batman's super weakness.
Written by Adam Beechen
Directed by Michael
Animation by Lotto Animation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader as Batman
James Arnold Taylor
as Green Arrow/Alpha-Red
Corey Burton as Doc
Marc Worden as Kanjar
Hynden Walch as Platina
Clancy Brown as
Dana Delany as Vilsi
as Batman 2
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
Not quite hot on the heels of Clash of the Metal Men,
but fairly close, we're treated to a mini-adventure with
the aspiring alloys. If you didn't get enough of them in
their own episode, this feels like a fine dessert to
finish off the introduction to superhero solids - but
this dessert has an extra topping. Aside from the Metal
Men, their creator Dr. Magnus, we're treated to an
unmasking of our beloved titular hero through his
invented criminal persona of Matches Malone. A pleasant
surprise all around, and despite the use of the
lackluster villain Kanjar Ro it's a great teaser,
especially when the Metal Men start popping out of the
most unexpected places.
The teaser certainly set
the bar for the episode, and the main story met it
equally, even though it would have been preferable to
see it push past it. It's mostly brought down in it's
quality by the opening of the episode, which just didn't
feel right at all with Batman and Green Arrow chasing
down space pirates. It was humorous, of course, as any
appearance by Green Arrow tends to be, but when it comes
to space enforcement you simply can't get past expecting
the Green Lantern Corps. The Corps frequently feels
poorly represented throughout the series whether it's
Batman showing them up, the entire Corps hiding when
faced with danger, or simply ignoring them all together.
My other problem with the opening stems from the use of
the multiverse, although not the multiverse itself.
Rather, the lack of any mention about season 1's
involvement with an alternate Batman, whether through
curiosity or caution, given that Owlman was pretty evil.
Yet, our Batman immediately trusts his alternate self.
It was simply a chance for a good nod to continuity, and
it ignored it. Oh well.
From the point that
Batman gets there to the end of the episode fairs better
as it's not only entertaining with plenty of nods to
quirky opposite extremes of the world of… Superman, but
applied to Batman, but with plenty of Superman still in
there. But, it also approaches the question of whether
or not Batman could fight temptation to take full
advantage of a Superman's powers, and unfortunately for
the Dark Knight, we find that he does indeed succumb to
the temptation of losing discipline. The episode is
further helped in it's redemption by the use of the
pinnacle voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. Even though it's
practically surreal - or at least as surreal as Brave as
the Bold can get compared to Conroy's guest spot on "The
Venture Bros." - it's great to have his involvement in
this spin on Batman. Plus it's got one of the show's best jokes ever (see below)! Recommended!
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