Batman: The Brave and The Bold – Stretchy Rivals and Loyal Cellular Steeds

Ah, TBaTB – your cheese is never moldy. Just full of intentional (and unintentional) laughs.

First we start things with a couple of Batman's allies who seem to share the same power - Plastic Man and Elongated Man. Unfortunately, aside from battling the Edward G. Robinson accented Babyface, they're fighting over who's the better partner for Batman.

First we start things with a couple of Batman's allies who seem to share the same power - Plastic Man and Elongated Man. Unfortunately, aside from battling the Edward G. Robinson accented Babyface, they're fighting against each other to show that they're the better Batman partner.

..which leads to them getting tangled up in their own mess.

..and which leads to them getting tangled up in their own mess, until the Caped Crusader deals everything by his own self.

The main plot of Journey to the Center of the Bat features the debut appearance of The Atom, the physicist superhero who can shrink himself into the tiniest form avaliable, amongst other things; and the return of Aquaman.

Of course, everyone knows Aquaman is one of the least impressive super heroes around and his first appearance in the series in the episode Evil Under the Sea didn’t change my opinion of him much. Well, except that he’s voiced by¬†John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama, Wakka from Final Fantasy 10) but that’s just one good point about the guy.

I don't know why, but I actually laughed when seeing this scene.After watching this episode, though, I was proven wrong.

Well, somewhat.

At any rate – Batman has gotten infected by a virus from a massive tower of goo named Chemo and it’s up to both The Atom and Aquaman to aid him. Of course, Bats isn’t going to stay down and let some blob destroy the navy ships and the city as a whole, so he got into action despite his ailing condition.

As both miniaturized heroes delve into the depths of Batman’s circulatory system and having a little argument about brawn vs brains, we get to see Aquaman showing us a power that was actually impressive for once.

He actually summons a lymphocyte.

Yes, the king of the sea apparently knows how to summon a white blood cell from a person’s blood stream. And actually use it as a steed.

Even the Atom couldn't believe it.

Even The Atom couldn't believe it.

So as the wrongly named Platelet takes both of them through the location of the virus’s seed cell – Batman finds out who is controlling Chemo – The Brain (no relation to Pinky). Apparently he’s aptly named after the fact that he’s one of those brain-in-the-machine monstrosities and oddly enough, speaks in a French accent.

Oooh, I'm so terrified by his...menacing looking brain.

I'm not sure what I should be scared of - the ugly mold that is his brain or his terrible French accent.

Batman later gets swallowed by Chemo as it rampages through the city, but one quick blast with a number of bat grenades gets him out in a jiffy and causes the monster to melt. Unfortunately, Batman is still getting even weaker as the virus gets stronger – so he was caught by The Brain to meet his demise.

But not before Aquaman and The Atom do their job! As Aquaman battles the multiplying horde, the lymphocyte steed gets teared into bits by the creatures.

Which suddenly prompts The Atom to go into a yell of rage at the death of poor Platelet.

RAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

RAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I just couldn’t stop laughing.

At any rate, The Atom forgets about science and crap and goes on to using his brawn alongside Aquaman and in the end, managed to destroy the seed cell. Prompting Batman to recover to his older, more badass state and beat The Brain with a single punch.

4 Responses

  1. I don’t know, I rather liked the proud, brooding Aquaman (voiced by Scott Rummel) in the DCAU Justice League series.

  2. Well I didn’t watch the JL/JLU series as of yet (though I do intend to very soon!) – so I haven’t seen much of that incarnation of Aquaman. So I mostly referred to his more classic self more than anything.

    But what I’ve read of his part on JL/JLU seems to be interesting enough.

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