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Review: 'Batman: The Brave and The Bold'

Another day, another " Batman," another Batman cartoon. Hot on the heels of Cartoon Network's "The Batman," and somewhat less hot on the heels of Batman: The Animated Series , "The New Batman Adventures" and Batman Beyond (not to mention a couple of "Justice League" animated series), comes CN's Batman: The Brave and the Bold . (Warner Bros. Animation is the producing body; Cartoon Network is a Time/Warner company.) It is perhaps heretical, if not in fact perverse from an "artistic" point of view, but I was never much for the "Dark Knight" Batman -- the Frank Miller/Tim Burton/Christopher Nolan take on the Caped Crusader, which might be either construed as revisionism or as a return, sort of, to the hero's pulpy roots. I prefer the candy-colored Pop Art Batman of "Pow!" and "Splat!" and "To the Bat-pole," who did not curse or even question having been born to put his time back into joint. He just got on with the job. You can have Christian Bale; I'll take Adam West. Continue reading: Review: 'Batman: The Brave and The Bold'

A second look at 'Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker'

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER is not bound by the series' restraints. The director's cut of the film is much darker and more violent than most animated Batman fare. The story line also brings back scenes, characters and edgier elements of the two original series, which pleased most Batfans upon its release in December 2000. Read more