After a rather lengthy period of reruns, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
returns with a new episode that will warm many a DC Comics fan’s heart -- yours truly included.
Why? Because it features the team-up of all team-ups as Superman finally makes a full-fledge appearance on the series.
Admittedly, “My Batman” doesn’t pair up with The Man of Steel and fight crime, but the B:TB&TB Batman does and I can dig it -- I LOVE this show!
If there’s another DC character other than Batman that might be a better fit for Silver Age-ish animated series, it’s probably Superman. In fact, Superman fans probably will get a bigger kick out of this episode fans as it’s chock-full of Super-Easter Eggs.
In short, the plot revolves around Batman going to Superman’s hometown to help him kick some crime-butt in Metropolis. However, the world’s finest collaboration is short-lived after Superman is affected by “It Makes You Do BAD Things” Red Kryptonite.
With the most powerful being on Earth crowing himself ruler of Metropolis, I guess there's no one who can put an end to the reign of terror by “King Superman,” right? But we fans of The Bat know better.
Sorry Super-Fans, our mere moral Dark Knight can, has, and will continue to put down the strange visitor from another planet anytime it’s necessary. Like in *ahem* THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS *hint-hint* for example. And let’s not even talk about who is WINNING(!) on the silver screen.
Truth be told, I love Superman and the Silver Age version of the character may be my personal favorite. I like Clark Kent being a “doofus.” Really, does anyone think that the it’s just the glasses faking Lois, Jimmy, Perry and everyone else out? To heck with “Cool Clark” I say! Anyway…
As I said, Superman fans are going to really, really enjoy this episode. How could they not when it’s set in Metropolis and includes Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Krypto, Toyman, Metallo, the Fortress of Solitude (big key and all), plus many, MANY more winks and nods to The Man of Steel’s history in just about every medium?
I personally enjoyed “Battle of the Superheroes!” thoroughly and I’m quite sure any self-respecting DC fan will too.
Oh yeah, want to guess what I named my first dog when I was 4 years old?
Hint: It wasn’t “Ace.”