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Batman: The Brave And The Bold: The Complete Second Season (2009 - 2010/DC Comics/Warner Archives Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: D Episodes: B

Batman: The Brave and the Bold ran for a total of 3 Seasons between 2008 and 2011 with mixed emotions on the series' animation and storytelling style. As mentioned in previous reviews, Brave and the Bold does not showcase the dark, gritty Batman we have all been accustomed to in recent years. Instead Brave and the Bold delivers a lighter, campier Batman who focuses more on detective work than the emotional toll the death of his parents left on him. More Adam West, less Christian Bale.

Season Two continues along this same path, as we are treated to weekly adventures of the cape crusader getting back to his roots as a masked detective; fighting crime without getting so emo on us.

Each episode stands independently with no true overarching storyline; though there are a host of reoccurring heroes and villains. The 26 episodes utilize the 'villain of the week' premise as Batman and other heroes (often times venturing outside of Gotham) seek justice, chasing down a criminal. Creators seemingly took most of their inspiration from the Silver Age of Comics and the original Brave and the Bold comic series; purposefully focusing on lesser known team ups with Batman. Green Arrow, Plastic Man, and Wild Cat again being heroes of choice for the creators to put front and center.

One of the strangest episodes is Batmite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases, which features a series of mini adventures including a Mad Magazine inspired Batboy, Weird Al, and even the Scooby Doo gang teaming up with the caped crusader to thwart the Penguin and Joker.

The show may not be perfect, but was certainly BRAVE and BOLD for making the stylistic and storyline choices it did; in the end producing an admirable series like none that had come before.

For a more in depth look at The Complete First Season on Blu-ray, please refer to the link below:


The technical features are similar to (if not right on par with) that of Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season One on Blu-ray. The picture again is presented in a 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital high definition image that highlights the thick line work, bold color palette, and inky blacks. Overall, the picture quality is very good with the slight banding issues of Season One gone. The sound once again does not live up to the picture in its DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 2.0 Stereo track, but gets the job done. The track remains nicely prioritized, without distortion. Dialogue comes through nicely, but surrounding action to give the series better atmosphere could still use some work.

There are no extras to comment on.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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