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Episode Review: "Batman's Strangest Cases!"
Author: Jett
April 5, 2011

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"Bat-Mite hosts a series of Batman's most bizarre adventures including the Mad Magazine-inspired Batboy and Rubin, a Japanese-influenced Bat-Manga and a guest starring role from the Scooby Gang and Weird Al Yankovic!"

"Batman's Strangest Cases!" was written by Paul Dini and directed by Ben Jones.
It originally aired on Friday, April 1, 2011.

BOF's "Batman's Strangest Cases!" preview with images and video can be found HERE (1), HERE (2), and HERE (3).

“Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” ... Meh.

While I am a BIG fan of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, I didn’t particularly care for this episode. And it’s not because Bat-Mite was in it, OK? I’ve actually enjoyed the previous episodes featuring the little Imp. No, it was because this one was just a bit too far out there for my liking.

This episode was, well, “out of continuity” -- B:TBATB continuity that is -- and featured 3 separate and *ahem* unique Batman stories. Each are hosted by Bat-Mite -- thus the “Bat-Mite Presents” in the title.

The first of the three -- “Bat Boy and Rubin” -- was the most absurd and least enjoyable for me personally. Yes, I know this was based on a classic MAD MAGAZINE parody, but it was too silly and goofy for my Bat-Tastes regardless of how “clever” it supposedly is.

The second installment -- “Bat-Manga” -- was better than the first, but still not my cup of tea. Based on the Japanese vision of the 1960s Amercian TV series, this segment featured Batman and Robin taking on their arch enemy, Lord Death Man. Imagine what a Adam West Batman and SPEED RACER amalgamation would look and feel like and there you go.

The third of the three Bat-Stories was the best of the lot -- well, at least to me. Why? Because Batman and Robin teamed up with Scooby Doo and the Gang!

Yes, I know that’s absurd, but this one took me back to the early 70s when I was a kid. There was a brief Saturday morning TV show called THE NEW SCOOBY DOO MOVIES where Mystery, Inc. would team-up with a “celebrity” (either real people or animated characters) and solved a typical Scooby mystery in each episode. One of these “guest starred” Batman and Robin, so I thought that was cool as hell of course.

This one was particularly funny -- or nostalgic, from my POV -- as a cap was tipped to both bad animation (The coloring of parts of Batman’s costume and Batman himself was constantly F’ed up!) and inexplicably, the Batman of SUPER FRIENDS!

Look, I get that “Batman’s Strangest Cases!” was satire -- as well as a nod to three obscure incarnations of the character. Plus, it aired on April Fool’s Day and I don’t think that was an accident. Regardless, I prefer it when they mix in these sort of wink-wink, nod-nod moments into a regular episode.

Bottom line: While one of the show’s most creative episodes, it wasn’t one of the of the most entertaining for this Bat-Fan...

Except for the Scooby Doo part. I liked it, I'll admit it. And was I the only one that was hoping that they'd work in Don Knotts, The Harlem Globetrotters, Mama Cass Elliot, The Addams Family, or Sandy Duncan into the mix?

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