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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'

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the most faithful Batfilm yet

Sometimes darker means better. Especially in Gotham City. The moody BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM stands in sharp contrast to the gaudy and goofy live-action Batman films that followed its 1993 theatrical release. Where Joel Schumaker's BATMAN FOREVER (1995) and BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) favored garish color schemes and cartoonish action scenes, PHANTASM delivered an engrossing story told with wit, style and restraint. Read more