Almost a decade after it began, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is returning… somewhat. In the latest DC Animated movie, the world of Batman: The Brave and the Bold collides once more with Scooby-Doo and the Scooby Gang. In honor of its limited return, we wanted to count down the 7 best episodes of this highly underrated series to prepare you for Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
7. “Sidekicks Assemble” – In the world of comics, characters age and evolve over decades, but that often doesn’t translate to other forms of media. We have seen rare examples of Dick Grayson’s Robin moving on to Nightwing and the likes, but Batman: The Brave and the Bold took it one step further. Brave the the Bold decided to play fast and loose with its timeline so we’re allowed to get an episode like this in which Robin, Aqualad and Speedy get to usurp their bosses and attempt to gain some notoriety for themselves.
6. “Deathrace to Oblivion” – I’m a huge fan of Wacky Races, and never in my wildest dreams did I suspect we would ever get a Batman episode (or even comic issue) in a similar mold. Not only do we get that, but we get to see an extremely dark side of Batman as he attempts to save the world, but as always things are not what they seem. This is worth checking out for the wonderful set-up and pay-off.
5. “Triumvirate of Terror” – One way that Batman: The Brave and the Bold stood out was by its cold open, which not only served as a method for storytelling purposes, but also to embrace even some of the zanier ideas of the series. The opening for this episode features the Justice League taking on the Legion of Doom in a baseball game. That is only the START of the episode. The rest of the episode focuses on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman teaming up to take on The Joker, Lex Luthor and Cheetah, and eating lunch together! That scene made us so happy.
4. “Battle of Superheroes” – This is a special episode from every angle. One of the few appearances of Superman in a Batman animated series, but more impressively it pays a ton of homage to the “Superman is a Dick” meme while doing it in a classic and funny style. The show knows it heart, and this episode does a great job of displaying it.
3. “Mayhem of the Music Meister” – Ladies and gentlemen, we got an entire musical episode of Batman and it was fantastic! Seriously think about where Batman was post-80s and imagine thinking one day we’d get a serious musical episode featuring him and a host of villains and heroes, and it was fantastic? I still sing some of these songs.
2. “The Last Patrol” – What is the mantle of a hero? It’s willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in favor of the greater good. The question is the backup of this episode and was a decision that hunted the Doom Patrol. Seeing all these obscure characters reform, and try to right their previous wrong touches you in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a campier Batman, but it knew when to hit you where it hurts.
1. “Chill of the Night” – Oddly enough, Batman TV shows/cartoons don’t often do his origins. Perhaps, it is really dark stuff for kids, but this is the only origin episode on the list, and much like the best of the Brave and the Bold, it’s able to hit you in the gut like none other. Featuring The Spectre and Phantom Strange making a play for Batman’s vengeance when he finds the man response for his parents death was also a fantastic framing device. It was helped by the fancasting including Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.
The entire series is available to purchase on blu-ray and we hope this list inspires you to check it out. Remember that the Scooby-Doo crossover drops on Jan 9th. And if you have any picks that didn’t make it or want to re-arrange drop us a comment in the section below!