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Cherry Pop

'Batman: Brave & The Bold - Season Two Part One'
(2-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: The first 12 second-season episodes-including "Death Race to Oblivion!," "The Golden Age of Justice!," "Clash of Metal Men!," "The Super-Batman of Planet X!," and "Chill of the Night!"-are presented in a two-disc set.

DVD Verdict: 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' carries with it a tone within its stories that takes a cue from the breezy jazzy score and from the look of this Batman (Diedrich Bader). His design decidedly inspired from how he was drawn back in the Silver Age, an era in which Batman stories leaned towards the lighthearted.

This Batman is pretty chill. He doesn't mind engaging in banter. He even indulges in unashamed alliteration. Where else can you hear Batman throw out over-the-top lines like: "The Hammer of Justice is unisex!" or "Good work, guys. Justice wins the day, thanks to the Brave and the Bold."

From the streets of Gotham City to the farthest reaches of the Galaxy, Batman continues to prove why he's one of DC Comics' greatest heroes in 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold.' Batman is the World's Greatest Detective, but even he could use some heroic help in his relentless pursuit of justice.

And so, within these episodes, this Batman teams up with up with various other denizens of the DC Universe – most of them obscure or under-utilized characters such as the Challengers of the Unknown, Detective Chimp, Plastic Man or Enemy Ace. The tone is light, with various references to the 1960’s television series including henchmen with their names emblazoned on their shirts and the Penguin making a hasty getaway in the very same submarine he used in the 1966 film!

And while there are plenty of laughs to be found in the 12 episodes collected in this 2-disc set, it is by no means a comedic laughathon. A couple of the more detailed episodes include, “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure,” which gives us a look at the Sea King on vacation, doing his best to find a villain to punch or a crime to thwart; while “Revenge of the Reach” showcases Batman as a mentor to the young Blue Beetle, encouraging the teen hero to trust in himself. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.