Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Evil Under the Sea!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 3
Production Number: 103
Airdate: December 5, 2008

Writer: Joseph Kuhr
Director: Michael Chang

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), Wallace Langham (Ocean Master), Kevin Michael Richardson (Black Manta), Dee Bradley Baker (Felix Faust),

Plot: While investigating strange underwater seismic activity near Atlantis, Batman helps Aquaman defend his city against the combined forces of Black Manta and Ocean Master!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): First Batman blasts off into outer space, then he takes a trip to Dinosaur Island, and in this episode he spends his time at the bottom of the ocean in the mythical city of Atlantis! Brave and the Bold continues to impress with its fresh interpretation of Batman which is both fun and exciting, staying true to his character but giving the viewer something they haven't seen before.

Evil Under the Sea is the series introduction to Aquaman and his world. This Aquaman is different than any other past version of Aquaman. He is pompous, full of bravado and a bit arrogant too. However goofy he may seem at the beginning of the episode, he proves by the end why he was made ruler of Atlantis. John DiMaggio provides the perfect voice for the 'outrageous' character.

Aquaman's ability to breathe underwater and talk to fish are retained for this series. However, Aquaman has the ability to create objects (ie. Balls, swords, shields) out of water by making the water solid. While Aquaman doesn't have this ability in the comics (his wife Mera does), this is a throwback to the old Aquaman series from the 60s by Filmation in which Aquaman does have this ability to create 'hard water' objects.

While Aquaman's brother, Orm, did appear in an episode of Justice League, he was not known as Ocean Master due to Bruce Timm believing the name too corny for the series. But Ocean Master isn't too corny for a series where Aquaman flexes his muscles for his kingdom to behold and Batman gets eaten by a giant whale! Always the patsy, Ocean Master is given the same treatment here as Black Manta proves to be the real threat.

The pre-theme teaser features Batman and the Atom taking down Felix Faust who has threatened to unleash the contents of Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the Atom has no speaking lines but his display of power was unique and well done. His appearance as the main guest star in a future episode should be excellent.

Episode three and the series is going strong. I know that this Batman isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the show is solid. Good writing, good animation and tones of fun!

DVD Releases:
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Volume One

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    1 comment:

    Dan said...

    This was the first BATB episode I have seen, (big Aquaman fan). While I rather enjoyed this humorous portrayal of Orin, I'm not a fan of Diedrich Bader as Batman. I love the guy but he had me laughing my ass off on Drew Carey for years. It just doesn't sound right hearing "Oswald's" voice coming out of super-serious Batman's mouth.

    I'm also not a fan of the ultra-cartoony art style. Kind of reminds me of the new Super Friends comic. However, the animation is some of the best I've ever seen on television.