I recently started to catch up on some of my DVR viewing (hours and hours of programming, someday when I’m more free….). I watched one of the tens of episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold that harkened back to the 60s series. The pre-credits teaser found the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder up against a villain known as Crazy Quilt. The villain was using a weapon that fired deadly multi-colored beams of light at the dynamic duo. Robin uses a piece of reflective glass to throw the beams back at the baddie rendering him blind.
Years later, Crazy Quilt escapes from Arkham Asylum and vows revenge on Robin. Now, we are presented with an older, but not a lot wiser version of the crimefighter. He no longer patrols Gotham City but is the guardian of a community known as Bludhaven. The last thing he wants is his old mentor coming to town to swoop in and save the day. He grew weary of the “Old chum” bit, felt he had nothing more to learn from the World’s Greatest Detective, and wanted to escape the Shadow of the Bat. However, as Bats reminded him, Speedy (The Flash’s protege), Aqualad, and Red Arrow all served with older heroes before setting out on their own. Once again, the team regrouped to battle an old foe.
Since there have been a total of three characters to assume the role, I was curious as to which Robin we were getting.
- Dick Grayson is the original and probably the most known. Bruce Wayne’s youthful ward reached adulthood and became Nightwing.
- Jason Todd inherited the role and was murdered by the Joker (ironically, this came after a nationwide 900 number poll in which the public decided the fate of the hero).
- The most recent Robin is Tim Drake. I know little about him apart from his name.
- In this episode, we have a pre-Nightwing Dick Grayson.
The look and feel of the cartoon very closely resembled the classic series. Several of the BEST devices of the show were there. Notice I said BEST! No bat shark repellent spray here and no exploding rubber shark for that matter. But we had the classic bat traps and the obligatory “Holy delusions of grandeur, Batman!”
A very fun episode!