"Batman, are you seeing what I'm seeing?
Because I'm seeing Gorillas…riding pterodactyls…
with harpoon guns…stealing a boat!" - Plastic Man
The second episode of BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD -- “Terror on Dinosaur Island!” -- was the first example of how really, really goofy this show would be at times.
In this early installment of the series, Batman teams up with Plastic Man -- one of the goofiest of all DC superheroes -- to take on Gorilla Grodd -- one of the goofiest of all DC super villains -- on a place known as “Dinosaur Island.”
Yeah that’s right, “Dinosaur Island.”
Ha! I can only imagine what many a non-comic book reading individuals must have thought about this show and Batman himself when first stumbling upon this series! I’m sure many of the folks who had discovered Batman via THE DARK KNIGHT the previous Summer (B:TBATB premiered Fall 2008) had to be thinking “WTF?! This is Batman?!”
Plastic Man and Batman in "Terror on Gorilla Island!"
However, the goofiness was what ultimately so charming about this series. It’s quite hard to pull such off -- yet still be very respectful to Batman -- and not come off as making fun of the character.
Quite frankly, two episodes in, I was still thinking “WTF?!” myself. It took me a little while to get it and embrace it’s genius. Anyway…
“Terror on Dinosaur Island!” also provides us with the origin of Plastic Man as well as why he and The Dark Knight are at odds: It seems that ‘ol Plastic Man just can’t completely keep his past endeavors in thievery, well, in the past. He’s still got a ways to go before he earns The Caped Crusader’s trust. Naturally, he gets another chance on Gorilla Island.
When it comes to this episode’s pre-credits opening segment, we get a team-up between Batman and Fire taking on The Gentlemen Ghost.
Clearly, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD was still finding it’s way only two installments in with “Terror on Dinosaur Island!” However, this was an enjoyable episode and definitely provides viewers a clear look at what this series is all about.