A Love Letter To Batman: The Brave and the Bold (And Other Stories)

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I’ve been down with a pretty bad flu the last few days, which has knocked me on my ass and kept me from being as productive as I’d like. I’ve even been too exhausted to write and have instead spent the last few days munching on Goldfish, building Lego sets, and watching Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

And I’ve gotta say, I’m loving the show.

The short-lived animated series went on for three seasons, between 2008 and 2011, and focused not on the darker side of the Caped Crusader that we all know and love, but is instead highly dependent on the character’s lighter side. The show is pretty cheesy at times, and some of the dialogue is eye-roll inducing. Though it never takes itself too seriously, it also strays away from being ironic about its presentation; relying instead on earnestness and genuine fun. As an enormous fan of the dark and brooding take on the character (the Dark Knight trilogy stands as my favorite 3 superhero films of all time), I find a ton of enjoyment in The Brave and the Bold, and recommend it to any fan of the character. Each episode is a standalone story, showing Batman teaming up with countless other heroes from DC comics. We see everyone from Green Arrow to Plastic Man, Aquaman (definitely my favorite side-character so far) to Jonah Hex, and everyone in between; both big names and small. They often face off against lesser-known villains, though the show is chock full of Easter Eggs and nods to long-term fans. It’s also beautifully drawn in traditional hand-drawn animation, a medium we severely take for granted in today’s digital age.

The show’s available in its entirety for instant streaming on Netflix, so I highly recommend it. As long as you approach the show knowing exactly what its goals are, you’ll have a blast.

In other news, I did do a lot of writing last week and have unfortunately fallen behind on updating this blog.I’m trying to be better about that. I just got hired on as a writer for Movieboozer.com, and am extremely excited to be a part of the team! I’ve also been keeping up with my Year With Woody project, but just haven’t had the time to write about the films yet. I’ll get on that once this cold subsides. In the meantime, here are the links to the stuff I did this week and last you should check out:

Movieboozer: The site ranks movies by the pint. Giving bad movies more beer, in an effort to make the viewing experience possible. My first review, for Batman Forever, is up now, and I wrote articles about Hannibal, the Batman Vs Superman delay, and X-Men Days of Future Past. More on the way!

Almost Human: 4 Things The Show Needs to Succeed in 2014
I’m a big fan of the new show on FOX, Almost Human, but am having a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. I outlined those concerns on WhatCulture, which you can read here.

DC Movie Universe: 4 Ways Booster Gold Can Be DC’s Iron Man
I have a confession to make. I love Booster Gold. I think he’s a great character, and if you haven’t heard of him I don’t blame you. He’s one of DC’s second (or even third)-tier characters, but is severely underrated. I wrote an article for WhatCulture about how DC could utilize his potential and turn him into the next Iron Man (ie: Ca$h cow), which you can read here.

Hannibal Season 2 Trailer: 4 Things We Learned
Hannibal is coming back! Are you excited? Because I’m excited!! 

10 More Most Satisfying Movie Moments of 2013
We had a guy on WhatCulture write about 2013’s most satisfying movie moments, and I wasn’t quite… satisfied, with his picks. So here are my ten.

10 Biggest Movie and TV News This Week (Jan 25)
Tarantino’s script leaks, Bill Cosby announces a TV return, and Kevin Smith gets high again and talks about making more movies. My oh my, what a week in movie/TV news!

And that’s it for now! If you don’t mind, I’m going to go watch some more Brave and the Bold while I sneeze my brains out. Until next time!

 

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