How do you maintain a lighthearted, even slapstick tone in a series about such an inherently dark and tragic character as Batman? This question has hovered over Batman: The Brave and the Bold since its debut, and up until this latest episode, the series' answer had been to avoid explicitly addressing the character's violent origins all together.
All of that changed with "Chill of the Night", as writer Paul Dini tore off the show's carefree veneer to expose the Batman property's more complex, disturbing underbelly. That Dini not only managed to deliver the most thrilling and powerful installment of the series to date, but also did so without completely undermining the series' established tone, is a testament to his prowess as a writer, his firm handle on the Batman character, and just how much this show has grown since its debut.
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