The Battle of the Superheroes!
Original Airdate - March 25th, 2011
The Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader do battle after Superman is infected with red kryptonite. Batman must find a way to turn Superman back to his old self because he is going to need all the help he can get when Lex Luthor unleashes his latest scheme on Metropolis.
Written by Steven Melching Directed by Ben Jones
Reviews by Andrew, klammed
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Diedrich Bader - Batman
Vicki Vale - Gabrielle Carteris
King Tut/Toyman - John DiMaggio
Lois Lane - Sirena Irwin
Brainiac/Perry White - Richard McGonagle
Jimmy Olsen - Alex Polinsky
Mr.Mxyzptlk/Luthor - Kevin Michael Richardson
Superman - Roger Rose
Robin - Jeremy Shada
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
Review (by Andrew)
Although Iím fairly certain this is supposed to be the
third episode of season 3 rather than the first one,
this was a very good way to start off the season. Batman
and Robin fighting one of the most obscure villains in
the Bat family? And itís handled perfectly with not
being too serious or too over the top, and introduced
nicely as one of ďBatmanís Strangest Cases.Ē Although
nothing really significant happens, it is simply
entertaining and gets you prepared for the absurdity of
the main story.
Iím going to say this is quite
possibly the weirdest episode of Brave and the Bold, so
far, or at least one of the top weirdest. Everything
starts off fairly normal-ish to introduce Superman into
his first major role in the show, but not his first
appearance. We previously saw him - briefly - from
behind along with Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter.
They, too, are supposed to be having proper appearances
later on, though. The episode doesnít take long to
spiral into utter absurdity as they attempt to shove in
references to Supermanís various silver age antics that
have become rather infamous over the years. Of course,
as with most times that writers attempt to showcase such
things, it creates a bit of confusion as they put far
too much in here and eventually itís difficult to
separate the main plot from a flashback cutaway. Iím
curious as to whether this was made the debut of season
3 in order to highlight Supermanís debut, or if this was
seen as some sort of companion to the recent
direct-to-DVD All Star Superman. The various anecdotal
romps are incredibly similar in their randomness and
lack of context to previous scenes like All Star
Superman, but I have to give them credit that itís
vastly more entertaining All Star Superman mostly
because it highlights that most of Silver Age Superman
is simply too silly to attempt to present in any serious
tone. But, I digress.
The episode, although
chaotic, is certainly one of the best throughout the
show. Certainly its weirdness is near off the charts,
but there was nothing that I find overly flawed. The
only nitpick I really have with this show would have to
be Batmanís highly illogical solution to Supermanís
corruption from the Red Kryptonite. Batman picks a
needless fight with KRYPTO RAGE Supes citing that the
red kryptonite will only corrupt him for 24 hours - and
itís almost out. Well, as King of Metroplis - complete
with silly Pope hat - Superman was simply sitting around
asking for gifts from the people. Granted, he was a jerk
about what they gave him, but he wasnít harming anyone.
This would have been an adequate way to spend the time
until the corruption inevitably wore off, yet Batman for
some reason found it a good idea to pick a fight with
Superman. Iím willingly to chalk this up to them
adapting Silver Age silliness, in which most of our
favorite heroes lack the powers of Captain Hindsight and
dabbled in needless fighting to solve the simplest
problems. Such is comic life.
Of course, despite
attempting to shove a bit to much of Supermanís
strangest mythos into the story, they also manage to
tastefully sneak in a few bits related to Lois and
Jimmyís equally absurd histories. Jimmyís quirky
mischievous when it comes to attempting to learn
Supermanís secret identity didnít get too weird, and the
references to Loisí creepy history with attempting to
lure Superman into family life with her with very
Overall, this was simply a good episode.
There was a lot of disappointment in attempting to
dabble with the oddities from the golden and silver ages
of DC lore throughout season 2, with seemingly very
little of it really turning out very well. This,
however, has certainly shown that they seem to have
figured out exactly how far to go in the goofiness and
made for a very fun episode. Highly Recommended!
Review (by klammed)
Itís a bird, itís a plane, no, itís Superman! Superman, yes, it's Superman in the flesh! What a great way to head off the third season after such a long hiatus between the airing of the last episode and this one. The opening in Metropolis was well executed, a nice blend of the Silver-Age look along with a healthy dose of futurism, perhaps a nod to Superman: The Animated Series from the 90s? The Big Blueís design was incredible as well, that yellow S symbol is finally getting some animation time on the back of his cape.
Roger Rose manages a very classic Superman baritone, and nicely modulates to that of Clark Kent. Again, loving the little details of Clark Kentís bumbling nature, dropping the hat then knocking the stand over and things like that. Didnít think much of the too chubby Luthor design, but thatís only because Iíve been used to our Modern Age cleaned and preened version. Kevin Michael Richardson does a commendable Luthor though, and shows off his range by playing Mr.Mxyzptlk in this episode as well.
To go through a panel for scene comparison through this episode between various shots and the Silver-Age Superman stories would take too long, but letís just say there are a whole chunk of them, with ample tribute to the Jimmy Olsen tales. Olsen himself is done well, and together with Lois gives us one of the best lines of the episode, ďSupermanís turned into a real di-Ē ďdifferent personĒ. Itís interesting how the whole Supermanís pal relationship was presented in this episode, with Jimmy pretty much hoping to get as much as he can out of Superman, while still being a naÔve fanboy. Lois too, was a source of humour in that respect, and rogue Supermanís comeback was hilarious.
Yes folks, Superman goes rogue again. I know itís constantly been done, and it did feel a bit meh when it first happened, but this one makes it, in true Batb style, beyond amusing. A tribute to various Superman covers again, and some truly funny scenes like Superman trapping a cat in a tree, or ďEARTHQUAKE!Ē while shaking the city of Kandor (admit it, you know youíve wanted to yourself). The best part was seeing the showdown between Batman and Superman Dark Knight Returns style. No wait, let me clarify that. Dark Knight Returns with additional tribute to Justice League Unlimitedís epic ĎDestroyerí fight scene, practically board for board. That alone was worth the whole episode for me. With them being able to use previous animation material like that, I hope weíll be getting some sort of Dwayne McDuffie tribute down the line.
In all, decent intro to the world of Superman, and now to wait for that Trinity episode.
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