Laugh along with Batman

Although Warner Bros. will never top the equisite Batman Animated Series, I'm always interested in new shows that attempt to re-invent Batman in a fresh way. The latest Batman series to appear on Cartoon Network is The Brave and the Bold, and I have to say that I'm enjoying the heck out of it! Rather than continuing with the dark, moody side of the Dark Knight, this series goes back to Batman's campier days, with tons of corny banter and ridiculous situations that are far from normal (such as adventures in space or fighting dinosaurs). Each episode is also a different team-up with semi-obscure characters, and I love seeing who they will feature next! I've really enjoyed seeing heroes like Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, and even Plastic Man (and the villians they battle tend to be on the weirdo side also). The overall style is pretty retro, with lots of thick black outlines (and Batman's profile really shows off that chin), funny episode titles (that always end with an exclamation mark!), and an awesome jazz score. While most of the episodes are full-on action and laughs, I was surprised by the excellent emotional flashbacks in the Christmas episode, which gave me even more respect for the series. It also looks fantastic in HD, which I saw at my parents house since they have Cartoon Network in HD (I hope it comes to Austin soon)! The Brave and the Bold is a truly fun and campy take on the Caped Crusader, and I'm definitely hooked!

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