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Episode Review: "Shadow of the Bat!"
Author: Jett
April 23, 2011

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SYNOPSIS
"While battling vampires, Batman is bitten and undergoes a monstrous transformation!"

INFO
"Shadow of the Bat!" was written by J.M. DeMatteis and directed by Michael Goguen.
It originally aired on Friday, April 22, 2011.

PREVIEW
There is no preview of this episode.

THE REVIEW
On paper, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD’s “Shadow of the Bat!” episode would definately seem to be something that I wouldn’t like. Supernatural shenanigans, the Justice League, and “Batman…IN SPACE!” certainly are not my cup of tea when it comes to my personal Batman tastes.

But of course, this is B:TBATB were talking about here where the most preposterous of storylines can go down as an animated Batman classic. While I can’t currently put the ABC (“Animated Batman Classic”) tag on this episode, it was a good one and I liked it!

Cutting to the chase, the plot of “Shadow of the Bat!” consists of Batman getting bit by a female vampire and, well, you know what happens when you get bit by a vampire, right?

After bizarre encounters with Alfred and Black Mask, Vampire Batman sets his eyes on the Justice League. So where’s the JL? “IN SPACE!” of course!

Now we’re not talking about THE Justice League, OK? The members residing in The Watchtower in this episode consist of Aquaman, The Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and Fire & Ice. I’m sure if Vampire Batman tried to sink his teeth into the neck of The Man of Steel, he’s pull up toothless. Don’t you think? Anyway…

Despite the fact we’re dealing with “Batman…IN SPACE!” here, this is one of the darker installments of this series to date. With an obvious nod to the graphic novel RED RAIN

As always with these reviews, I won‘t spoil the ending. But let’s just say that Vampire Batman and his blood-sucking “offspring” are ultimately put out of their misery without a stake in the heart.

And without the addition of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing to the DCU…I think.


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