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Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Batman The Brave and the Bold logo.svg
Genre
Based on
The Brave and the Bold
Developed by James Tucker
Michael Jelenic
Voices of
Theme music composer Andy Sturmer
Composer(s)
  • Kristopher Carter
  • Michael McCuistion
  • Lolita Ritmanis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Sam Register
  • For Cartoon Network: Tramm Wigzell and Brian E.S. Jones
Producer(s)
  • James Tucker
  • Michael Jelenic
  • Linda Steiner
Editor(s) Joe Gall
Running time 26 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i HDTV
1080p HDTV (Blu-ray)
Original release November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14) – November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18)
Chronology
Preceded by The Batman
Followed by Beware the Batman

Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics series The Brave and the Bold which features two or more superheroes coming together to solve a crime or foil a super villain. As the title suggests, the series focuses on Batman's regular "team-ups" with various heroes similar to the most well-known version of the original comic book series. The series premiered on November 14, 2008, on Cartoon Network in the United States, and ended on November 18, 2011.

Overview

Each episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold features the main character (Batman) teaming up with other, minor characters from the DC Universe to thwart minor villains or to solve crimes. Most episodes have a cold open with an escapade not related to the remainder of the episode. In the first season, the villain was Equinox, who later returned in "Time Out for Vengeance!"; and in the second season, the villain was the alien Starro. During production, the show's creator said that if a character's cold open appearance was deemed successful, then it may warrant exploring the character further in a future episode's main adventure.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold ended after season three, which consisted of 13 episodes. After it was cancelled, a new show, Beware the Batman, returned the character to a more serious tone. However, a new direct-to-video crossover with Scooby-Doo, entitled Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, was released in 2018.

Characters

Episodes

List of Batman: The Brave and the Bold episodes

Cast

Principal cast

  • Diedrich BaderBatman/Bruce Wayne/Matches Malone, Kilowog, Ace, Owlman, Solomon Grundy, Punch, Gorilla Boss, Batman (Damian Wayne), Lord Death Man, Creepy Usher, Caveman Batman, Pirate Batman, Batmanicus, Robot Batman, Musketeer, Teen Batman
  • Jeff Bennett – Joker/Red Hood, OMAC, Captain Marvel, Batman's Singing Voice, Rubberneck, Abra Kadabra, Joker-Mite, Joker Jr., Rubin, Penguin (Scooby-Doo version), Prez Richards, El Gaucho, Ultra-Humanite, Starman
  • Corey Burton – Red Tornado, Silver Cyclone, Thomas Wayne (in "Invasion of the Secret Santas!"), False-Face, Doctor Mid-Nite, Dr. William Milton Magnus, Mercury, Chancellor Gor-Zonn, General Zahl, Killer Moth, Batman (Bat-Manga version), Joker (Scooby-Doo version), Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
  • John DiMaggioAquaman, Gorilla Grodd, Tiger Soldier, Typhon, Enemy Ace, Ubu, Faceless Hunter, Black Adam, Black Mask, Tattoo, Pharaoh, Toyman, Vigilante, Hellgrammite, Mr. Freeze, Legionnaire, Captain Boomerang, Owen
  • Will Friedle – Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes, Scarlet Scarab, Lazy Eye
  • Tom KennyPlastic Man, Baby Face, Ray, Deadshot, Mirror Master, 'Mazing Man
  • James Arnold TaylorGreen Arrow, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Blue Bowman, Major Disaster, Wotan, Nabu, Mark Desmond, Arges, Leslie "Rocky" Davis, Alpha-Red, G.I. Robot, Jace

Special guest cast

Additional voices

In other media

Comic book

In January 2009, the first issue of Batman: the Brave and the Bold was released. The comic book follows the same format as the show, starting off with a brief teaser segment at the start of the book which features Batman teaming up with an additional hero for a short adventure unrelated to the rest of the issue. Several authors have contributed to the comic book series, including Matt Wayne, J. Torres and Landry Walker.

Certain characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel made appearances in the comic prior to actually appearing in the show, while other characters, such as Power Girl, Kid Eternity, Brother Power and Angel and the Ape, appeared in the comic without ever actually appearing on the show. In addition, the depictions of several characters in the comic book (notably Katana and Talia al Ghul and The Doom Patrol and Damian Wayne) do not match up with their television counterparts, something that Brave and the Bold director Ben Jones stated stems from the comic artists not being given character reference sheets from the show's producers.

The Batman: The Brave and the Bold comic series began selling in the UK on March 11, 2010, published by Titan Magazines.

In late 2010, the series was relaunched as The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold, with the new creative team of Sholly Fisch and Rick Burchett. In order to devote more pages to the actual story, the teaser segments from the first series were dropped. This incarnation of the title lasted 16 issues. The final issue is a Valentine's-themed story featuring Batman, Batgirl, and Bat-Mite.

Video games

  • A video game inspired by the show was released on September 7, 2010, for the Wii and Nintendo DS by WayForward Technologies. The game is a 2D side-scroller for two players. Gentleman Ghost, Mongul, Catman, Gorilla Grodd, and Catwoman are major villains in the game. It also features the Rogues, Two-Face, Clock King, Copperhead, Sinestro, Astaroth, and Starro.
  • On May 6, 2010, DCBeyond.com launched a Unity 3D Batman: The Brave and the Bold game for fans to play for free online.

Soundtracks

On 28 January 2014, La La Land Records released a 2-disc compilation of music from the series, featuring the musical scores for 12 episodes from the first and second seasons (including those of "Legends of the Dark Mite!", "The Mask of Matches Malone!" and "Chill of the Night!"). It is a limited edition release of 2000 units and can be purchased at the La La Land Records website.

A soundtrack exclusively covering songs from the musical episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" was released on October 24, 2009.

No. Title Performed by Length
1. "Batman: The Brave and the Bold Theme"   Andy Sturmer 0:32
2. "I'm the Music Meister"   Neil Patrick Harris, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker and Grey DeLisle 5:54
3. "Drives Us Bats"   Neil Patrick Harris and Various Artists 1:46
4. "If Only"   Neil Patrick Harris and Grey DeLisle 2:35
5. "Death Trap"   Neil Patrick Harris and Grey DeLisle 1:49
6. "The World Is Mine"   Neil Patrick Harris, Grey DeLisle, Jeff Bennett and Various Artists 3:34
7. "If Only (Reprise)"   Grey DeLisle and James Arnold Taylor 2:03
8. "Drives Us Bats (Mayhem of the Music Meister End Credits)"     0:31

The main theme has also been included on The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection soundtrack.

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