Thursday, November 11, 2010

Time to End: Batman the Brave and the Bold

I love Batman The Animated series for several reasons, including that it was 1) A cornerstone of my childhood 2) a landmark in 1990s animation 3) content that neither spoke down nor belittled my intelligence and is still enjoyable years later. Why am I bringing up my devotion to Batman TAS? Because I'm still waiting for the day Batman the brave and the bold gets cancelled. It is a juvenile and terribly written adaptation of the caped crusader that gets worse each time I try to give the series another chance. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed "The Music Meister" episode, but that was mostly for the well written songs and the appearance of Neil Patrick Harris as the Music Meister. Mostly, the show relies on cheesy dialogue, nonsensical plot lines, and a terrible voice actor to play batman: Kevin Conroy IS the voice of batman, and there are few to challenge that title. I have seen interviews with Diedrich Baeder talking about his experience voicing batman; good to know he had fun, but I sure didn't. It's not that I don't get that the content is supposed to be a throwback to Silver Age comics where Batman always teamed up with Batmite to journey to Planet Zur-en-arh; the problem I have is that this is a really bad series that tarnishes the legend of Batman in media.

Until I hear the show's cancelled, let me leave you with this: In the pilot, Batman does the following without any logical explanation or reason:
- pulls an Energy Sword out of his utility belt
- removes an emergency batarrang off his chest
-His cowl transforms into an air helmet
-His cape transforms into a jet pack