Thursday, November 27, 2008

Iron, Forged in Fire, Part Two




Season: 1
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number:
Airdate: November 21, 2008

Writer: Romain Van Liemt, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Director: Stéphane Juffé, Philippe Guyenne

Voices: Adrian Petriw (Iron Man), Daniel Bacon (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Anna Cummer (Pepper Potts), Mackenzie Gray (Obadiah Stane), (Happy Hogan), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man Onboard Computer), Vincent Tong (Mandarin), (Zhang Tong).

Plot: Obadiah Stane has turned a laser drilling machine that Tony invented for Stark Enterprises into a laser weapon and is trying to sell it to the military. While Iron Man attempts to stop the machines from overloading and exploding during a demonstration, Obadiah Stane is paid a visit by the Mandarin who is looking for something Stane is wearing on his finger.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Iron, Forged in Fire, Part Two is the second half of the pilot episode for the series in which we are introduced to the Golden Avenger's greatest foe, the Mandarin!

But before we get to talking about him, I want to comment on some of the aspects of the show. The animation for the series is by Method Animation in France and they do quite well for an all CGI television series. CG TV animation is never as good as any feature film animation which causes the human characters to often seem stiff and lip sync to be tough.

The obvious comparison is with Mainframe's CG Spider-Man series that aired on MTV. While the animation in Iron Man is better than that series, I prefer the detail and use of shadows in Spider-Man. I am finding that Iron Man just looks bland. The colors used in the show are quite muted and soft, making everything look faded.

On the plus side, they have worked hard to bring us a good looking city for Iron Man to live in. The density of the city is apparent here in a way that was absent from the MTV Spider-Man. This causes much more interesting flight/chase scenes and camera work that is much more fun to watch.

The voice cast is well suited for their roles. The voices all fit the look of their character and the acting is good too. Whoever gets to animate Pepper's lips must get such a headache due to her fast Gilmore Girls style ranting. The voice of Tony Stark is Adrian Petriw who lent his voice to Hawkeye in Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow prior to this series.

This episode features two villains, the first is Obadiah Stane. Stane gets a complete overhaul for this show, changing his look and attitude to be more like Lex Luthor. Why this change? I'm not sure but I hope that the Iron Monger suit he will eventually build won't look like Lex's battlesuit.

The second villain in this episode is the Mandarin who also gets an overhaul. In the comics, the Mandarin gets his power from ten alien rings. In this show, the Mandarin is already a powerful warlord with a powerful suit of armor that is apparently capable of teleporation and only has one ring (two by the end of the episode). This is obviously to make a Dragonball-like quest for the first season's 26 episodes. Gotta find all ten rings!

If you are familiar with the comics then you know that each ring has a unique power. The two rings seen in this episode are the right index and middle finger rings. According to the comics, the power of those rings should be Impact Beam, which can project a force of energy, and Vortex Beam, which causes air to move around in a high speed vortex. We saw both of these powers demonstrated in this episode.

Another interesting fact about this version of Mandarin, he is an old man named Zhang Tong who gets usurped by his impetuous teenage son, Gene Kahn (you read that right, this show has a teen version of Mandarin)! Both names are alias that Mandarin has used in the comics over the years.

While I'm not sold on the show yet, I will hold out hope that it will get better.

DVD Releases:
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Volume One

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Iron, Forged In Fire, Part One




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 1
    Season Episode Number: 1
    Production Number:
    Airdate: November 21, 2008

    Writer: Romain Van Liemt, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
    Director: Stephane Juffe, Philippe Guyenne

    Voices: Adrian Petriw (Iron Man), Daniel Bacon (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Anna Cummer (Pepper Potts), Mackenzie Gray (Obadiah Stane), Catherine Haggquist (Roberta Rhodes), Fred Henderson (Howard Stark), Lisa Ann Beley (Iron Man Onboard Computer), Rebecca Shoichet (Tricia).

    Plot: After a plane crash kills Howard Stark and seriously injures his son, Tony, Obadiah Stane takes control of Stark Enterprises. But Tony believes that his father's death wasn't accidental and uses a suit of armor that he invented to gather information from Stane. In the process, Tony saves an out of control train and becomes a public hero by the name of Iron Man.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): I can't say that I was eagerly awaiting this show. In fact, I even forgot about it's premiere until a few days later when the forums and blogs started talkback on this two-part pilot.

    Iron Man: Armored Adventures is pretty good but not great. Usually I really enjoy seeing new interpretations on characters that everyone has come to know and love, but this one misses the mark.

    In this incarnation of Iron Man, Tony Stark is a teen who works alongside his brilliant father, Howard, at Stark Industries. After Tony's dad dies, Tony moves in with his friend Rhodey and starts going to school and other teenager-like stuff.

    Basically, this is a new superhero who just happens to have the name Tony Stark and a suit of armor. He had a good relationship with his father, something unheard of in the comics, doesn't have a drinking problem and is not the stuck up, womanizing prick that makes his character so interesting. It reminds me of how much I disliked Nightcrawler's character in X-Men: Evolution. I love it when characters are told from a different perspective but I still expect them to hold onto their basic defining characteristics.

    So I have had to get myself past that in order to give this first episode a fair trial without the influence of my Iron Man bias.

    Iron, Forged in Fire, Part One serves as the origin story for Iron Man. We learn that Tony was is a plane crash that killed his father, we are introduced to Jim 'Rhodey' Rhodes and Pepper Potts, we see Tony not fitting in at school, we learn about the tension between Howard Stark and Obadiah Stane, and we see Tony save a runaway train using his new suit of armor. That's a lot of information to pack into 22 minutes but the writers seem to do a good job.

    I should mention that two of the writers for this series are Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, who both have tons of experience writing teenage superhero stories. Their comic book work includes Young X-Men, Young Avengers, Runaways and the X-23 mini-series. Their animation work includes X-Men: Evolution, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, The Batman, Wolverine and the X-Men and all of the Marvel Animated Features including Next Avengers.

    There is a lot more to say, including my thoughts on the animation, voice acting and Lex Luthor Obadiah Stane. But I will include these comments in my review of Iron, Forged in Fire, Part Two.

    DVD Releases:
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Volume One

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    Batman: TAS To Get 2-Disc Soundtrack!



    Worlds Finest Online reports that Batman: the Animated Series will see a 2-disc soundtrack released by La La Land Records!

    Fans of the groundbreaking series will want to check out this release as it is a great tribute to the late Shirley Walker.

    La La Land has recently put out soundtrack albums for DC animated feature films such as Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Justice League: New Frontier, Superman: Doomsday and Batman: Gotham Knight. This will be a limited release so check out World's Finest to see how you can get this album!

    DISC ONE

    1. Gotham City Overture 14:01

    2. Batman: The Animated Series - Main Title (Danny Elfman) 1:02

    On Leather Wings – Shirley Walker
    3. Sub-Main Title / Batwing / Bat Attack 1:51
    4. Batman Drives To Gotham 1:00
    5. Batman Investigates / Batman Uses Infrared /
    Police Rush Building 1:48
    6. Batman Escapes / Batman Flies 1:48
    7. Bats / Evidence Goes Up In Smoke/ The Formula /
    Dr Jekyll And Mr. Bat 3:01
    8. Gotham From the Air / Ride’Em Batman / Epilogue 2:16

    The Last Laugh – Shirley Walker
    9. Sub-Main Title 1:35
    10. The Submarine / Joker Loots Gotham 2:35
    11. Alfred Loses It 0:58
    12. Bat Boat / Batman Catches The Big Fish /
    Batman Fights The Bad Guys 2:18
    13. Cliff-Hanger Under Water / Batman A.K.A Houdini 1:56
    14. Batman The Terminator 2:01
    15. Batman Vs. Joker / Batman Vs Joker Part 2 3:47

    It’s Never Too Late – Lolita Ritmanis
    16. Sub-Main Title / Stromwell’s Flashback 2:01
    17. Batman on Top of Church / Stromwell Arrives At Pete’s / Thugs Exit 1:20
    18. Stromwell Confronts Thorn 1:15
    19. It’s Party Time / Batman Carries Stromwell 0:48
    20. Stromwell Sees Joey 1:41
    21. Stromwell Tricks Batman / Thorn’s Men Move In /
    Thorn Chases Stromwell 3:22
    22. Stromwell’s Flashback #2 1:45
    23. Batman Cracks Heads / Thorn Removed 1:20

    Pretty Poison – Shirley Walker / Lolita Ritmanis / Michael McCuiston
    24. Ground Breaking Ceremony / Penitentiary Time Lapses 1:11
    25. Batman Catches A Chopper / The Chopper Crashes / Rooftop Chase 1:58
    26. Batman Sneaks Around 1:09
    27. A Little Plant Muzak / The Carnivorous Plant 0:59
    28. Batman Vs. Poison Ivy / Poison Ivy In Prison 3:52

    Christmas with the Joker - Shirley Walker / Lolita Ritmanis / Michael McCuiston
    29. 14 Seconds Opening / Jingle Bells / The Joker Blasts Off 1:03
    30. Down the Mountain / Sidewalk Red Herring 0:51
    31. Pukey Christmas Music / Christmas With The Joker / Game Show Music 2:18
    32. The Train Crashes 1:19
    33. Observatory Cannon / Cannon Out Of Control / Robin Blows Up Cannon 1:11
    34. More Game Show Music / Drive To The Toy Company 1:39
    35. Nutcracker Suite Medley 1:24
    36. Pie In Batman’s Face / Dangling Hostages Saved / Deck The Halls 1:40

    CD One Total Time: 76:05

    DISC TWO

    1. Batman™: The Animated Series - Alternate Main Title (S. Walker) 1:09

    Two-Face, Part I – Shirley Walker
    2. Harvey’s Nightmare / Dent’s Soap Box 2:24
    3. Batman Tracks Dent 2:07
    4. Split Personality / Harvey / Harv 4:21

    Two-Face, Part II – Shirley Walker
    5. Part One Recap 0:33
    6. Sub-Main Title / The Heist 1:49
    7. Bruce Wayne’s Nightmare / Two-Face Remembers 2:47
    8. Batcycle / What About Grace 1:58
    9. My Name Is Two-Face 1:52
    10. The Great Equalizer / Where There’s Love 4:03

    Joker's Favor – Shirley Walker
    11. Sub-Main Title / Cussing Out The Joker / I Had A Bad Day 3:18
    12. Joker’s Hide-Out 1:19
    13. Charlie’s Neighborhood / Joker Finds Charlie 1:18
    14. Charlie Arrives In Gotham / Joker Collects His Favor 0:42
    15. Harley’s Party Source 0:44
    16. Crashing The Party 1:33
    17. Batman Saves The Commissioner / Batman’s After The Joker /
    Charlie Gets the Joker 3:38

    Vendetta – Michael McCuiston
    18. Sub-Main Title / Conway Is Abducted 0:43
    19. A Clue / The Crocodile’s Lair 1:27
    20. Another Clue 1:19
    21. Croc’s Cave / Killer Croc 2:52
    22. Batman Chases Croc / Sewer Fight 2:54
    23. Bullock Gets The Croc 1:09

    Perchance To Dream – Shirley Walker
    24. Sub-Main Title / The Dream Begins 0:52
    25. It’s Impossible / Bruce Sees Batman / Bruce Watches Batman At Work 2:14
    26. My Life Is A Dream 2:48
    27. Climbing The Church Tower / Belltower Fight 2:45
    28. Your Own Private Wonderland / Back to Reality 2:48

    Birds of a Feather – Shirley Walker
    29. Birds Of A Feather 1:54
    30. That Fine Roman Nose / Penguin vs. Muggers 2:32
    31. Penguin Takes Veronica 0:40
    32. The Drop / Rubber Duckie Ride 1:50
    33. The Penguin’s Opera / High Society 2:19

    34. Batman: The Animated Series - End Credit (Danny Elfman) 0:34

    BONUS TRACK:
    35. Music Of The Bat 101 6:45

    CD Two Total Time: 74:02

    Canada's Teletoon Previews Iron Man: Armored Adventures



    D'oh! I totally forgot that Teletoon aired the two-part pilot to the new Iron Man: Armored Adventures animated series, Iron, Forged In Fire! It aired on Friday at 4pm.

    I have watched it now so look for my reviews in the next few days.

    Monday, November 24, 2008

    Terror on Dinosaur Island!




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 2
    Season Episode Number: 2
    Production Number: 102
    Airdate: November 21, 2008

    Writer: Steven Melching
    Director: Brandon Vietti

    Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Tom Kenny (Plastic Man), Greg Ellis (Gentleman Ghost), Grey DeLisle (Fire), John DiMaggio (Gorilla Grodd).

    Plot: After taking down the Gentleman Ghost, Batman and Plastic Man follow Gorilla Grodd to Dinosaur Island where the ape has created a machine that will turn the entire human population into gorillas!

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): For fans of Plastic Man, this episode is a dream come true after being teased with a Plastic Man animated series pilot that was developed by Tom Kenny and Andy Suriano for Cartoon Network back in 2006. The pilot was leaked onto youtube and was a hit dispite CN's decision to cancel production. Tom Kenny not only served as the series producer, but was also the voice of Plastic Man, which is why it's so great to see Plastic Man in this episode, voiced by Tom Kenny!

    Unlike the previous episode with the Blue Beetle, we get to see Plastic Man's origin story, which has been altered to fit this series. In this version, Eel O'Brian is a thug working for Kite Man. But O'Brian get knocked into a vat of chemicals by Batman which gives him his plastic powers. Feeling responsible for O'Brian's new state, Batman promises to oversee O'Brian's reform and this episode is one of (hopefully) many Batman/Plastic Man team-ups.

    The episode plays like a buddy cop film where the straight-edge cop is forced to team up with the goofy con who is trying to turn his life around. Except there are gorillas riding pterodactyls with laser cannons. The series staff really have a handle on the feel of the show. It is a great blend of humour and action. It is smart and funny without being cheesy and while it does have some elements of camp, it is purely for the adult fans who remember Batman as part of the Super Friends.

    Gorilla Grodd gets the spotlight as the villain in this episode and he proves to be a worthy villain for Batman, even though it is unusual to see him without seeing the Flash. Grodd's character and abilities are aligned with the comic books, including his intellect, strength and mind control powers.

    I think what I liked the most about this episode is the sheer over the top superhero plot: Gorilla Grodd wants to turn the entire human race into gorillas! Back in the day, every villain was a theme villain whose crimes always had to do with their gimmick. The Penguin always stole something to do with birds, Catwoman's crimes always involved cats and this time, Grodd's crime has to do with gorillas. Quite different if you were hoping for the criminal mastermind you saw in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, but I think it's a great interpretation of the character.

    A second solid episode from Brave and the Bold, including a show opener featuring Gentleman Ghost and Fire! This show will, without a doubt, make a good impression on Batman's television career.

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

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    Saturday, November 22, 2008

    Iron Man: Armored Adventures



    Episodes one through eight first aired on Teletoon in Canada, with the exception of episode seven which first aired in the USA on the Nicktoons Network. Episodes nine to fourteen first aired in Australia on ABC (Australia Broadcasting Company). Episodes fifteen and onward first aired on the Nicktoons Network in the US.

    Season One

    Ep #Episode TitleProd #Airdate
    1Iron, Forged in Fire, Part One101November 21, 2008
    2Iron, Forged in Fire, Part Two102November 21, 2008
    3Secrets and Lies103April 19, 2009
    4Cold War104April 26, 2009
    5Whiplash105May 3, 2009
    6Iron Man vs. the Crimson Dynamo106May 10, 2009
    7Meltdown107May 22, 2009
    8Field Trip108May 17, 2009
    9Ancient History 101109May 22, 2009
    10Ready, A.I.M., Fire110May 25, 2009
    11Seeing Red111May 27, 2009
    12Masquerade112May 26, 2009
    13Hide and Seek113May 28, 2009
    14Man and Iron Man114May 29, 2009
    15Panther's Prey115August 28, 2009
    16Fun With Lasers116September 4, 2009
    17Chasing Ghosts117September 18, 2009
    18Pepper, Interrupted118September 25, 2009
    19Technovore119October 9, 2009
    20World On Fire120October 16, 2009
    21Designed Only for Chaos121October 23, 2009
    22Don't Worry, Be Happy122November 13, 2009
    23Uncontrollable123January 18, 2010
    24Best Served Cold124November 20, 2009
    25Tales of Suspense, Part One125November 28, 2009
    26Tales of Suspense, Part Two126November 28, 2009


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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    Greetings From Genosha




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 10
    Season Episode Number: 10
    Production Number: 110
    Airdate: November 15, 2008

    Writer: Chris Yost
    Director: Doug Murphy

    Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat), Yuri Lowenthal (Iceman), Susan Dalian (Storm), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Nolan North (Cyclops, Pyro), Roger Craig Smith (Forge), Tamara Bernier (Mystique), Liam O'Brien (Nightcrawler, Angel), Tom Kane (Magneto), Kate Higgins (Scarlet Witch, Pixie), Tara Strong (Dust), Dominic Janes (Squidboy),

    Plot: The boat carrying Nightcrawler and the other mutant refugees finally arrives at Genosha. And while Magneto and Scarlet Witch treat their guests with the utmost respect, things are not exactly as they seem.

    Meanwhile, a shape-shifting intruder has broken into the mansion and its up to Wolverine and the X-Men to prevent her from reaching the Professor.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Just like the last episode, Greetings From Genosha is a direct sequel of a previous episode, in this case the previous episode is X-Calibre. The plot grows in this episode and we now know that Magneto will play a bigger role in the series (but face it, we already knew that would happen).

    The world of Genosha is a beautiful one were the writers and artists play to the fanboys who will undoubtedly want to name all of the mutant cameos. That is exactly what I will do for you now:

    The beginning of the episode shows Nightcrawler's young assistants, Squidboy and Pixie; Dazzler is the mutant rock star; Sauron, Quill and others can be seen in the mutant holding cells; Feral or Wolfsbane (not sure which) is seen running around; Dust is the mutant who warns Nightcrawler; Scanner, one of Magneto's Acolytes, is the mutant who can project images (although this is different than her comic book counterpart who can only project an astral form of herself over great distances); Pyro is the mutant with the Australian accent; the three Acolytes who are battling Fever Pitch (the flaming skeleton man) are Mercury, who body is made up of liquid mercury, Mellencamp, who has razor sharp teeth and enhanced senses and looks like a cross between the Hulk and a T-Rex, and Senyaka who has the pysonic whips. Out of the three only Mercury is not an Acolyte in the comics. This is the animation debut for Mellencamp, Quill, Mercury, Scanner and Fever Pitch.

    I know I've missed or couldn't identify some of the mutants that pop up in the background. If I've missed anything please leave a comment.

    Nightcrawler proves once again how powerful of a mutant he can actually be. It is obvious that he has full control over his powers as he travels across the Atlanic Ocean by teleporting short distances. I can't imagine how long that must have taken or how tired he would be after that. He also took down Fever Pitch by himself. Something that three mutant Acolytes couldn't do.

    The other great use of powers in this episode is Mystique who not only used her shape shifting as a means of disguise but also used it in combat, taking the form of Colossus to use his mass against Wolverine (which didn't end up working, but it was a good try!) for example. It seems that Mystique's past has been altered a bit for this series as she makes a reference to knowing Wolverine from his Weapon X days. This will be played out in the next episode.

    Greetings From Genosha is another fine episode and is pivotal to the plot as it reveals Magneto's big secret. The animation is as solid as usual and it was great to hear Storm speak a few lines for a change!

    DVD Releases:
  • Wolverine and the X-Men, The Complete First Season (Canada Exclusive)
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Beginning of the End

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    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Wolverine Premiere Date and Videos!



    Marvel.com reports that the US premiere of Wolverine and the X-Men on Nicktoons will be January 23.

    They have also posted two videos which I have embeded below. The first is a new trailer and the second is a behind-the-scenes peek at the show. Be sure to read the article on Marvel.com for all the details.



    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Date Set for Wonder Woman



    Comics Continuum reports that Warner Home Video has set March 3 as the release date for the DC Universe Original Animated Movie, Wonder Woman.

    The film will be released as a single and 2-disc DVD, Blu-ray and various means of pay per view and digital download.

    Here is a rundown of the bonus features on the 2-Disc DVD and the Blu-ray disc:

  • Audio commentary from Gregory Noveck (Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, DC Comics), Bruce Timm (Producer), Lauren Montgomery (Director) and Michael Jelenic (Screenplay).
  • Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream, a featurette focusing on the importance of Wonder Woman and the impact she had on society.
  • Wonder Woman: The Daughters of Myth, a featurette about the history of Amazons and how that shaped the creation of Wonder Woman.
  • Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess, a featurette on the history of Wonder Woman featuring interviews with the cast and crew of the film.
  • Bruce Timm's Top Picks, like all of the DC Universe Original Animated Movies, the 2-Disc DVD and Blu-ray disc will come packaged with four TV episodes from the Timmverse that relate to the film's central character. This package will include Wonder Woman centric episodes from Justice League and Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore, Hawk and Dove and Paradise Lost, Parts 1 & 2.
  • Sneak Peak of the next DC Universe Original Animated Movie
  • Digital Copy Download
  • Monday, November 17, 2008

    Rise of the Blue Beetle!




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 1
    Season Episode Number: 1
    Production Number: 101
    Airdate: November 14, 2008

    Writer: Michael Jelenic
    Director: Ben Jones

    Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Will Friedle (Blue Beetle), James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow), Marc Worden (Kanjar Ro), Dee Bradley Baker (Clock King, Gibbles), Jason Marsden (Paco).

    Plot: The Blue Beetle's suit takes him and Batman to a world that is being enslaved by the evil Kanjar Ro. With Batman's help, the Blue Beetle must prove that he is a hero to those depending on him.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): As the first episode of this new version of Batman, it is important for the writers to establish exactly who this Batman is and what he stands for. Right off the bat we see the Caped Crusader and a Golden Age Green Arrow tied upsidedown to a giant pendulum that is swinging over a giant vat of acid. Harking back to the Filmation, Super Friends and Adam West days, this Batman is about over the top superhero fun.

    Batman is not the broody, angsty anti-hero that we have grown accustomed to with Tim Burton's Batman movies, Batman: the Animated Series, The Batman and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. And I must say that it is sort of refreshing to see such a drastic change in character for this series. Fans looking for something new have welcomed this series with open arms and fans of the old Bats still have the DVDs to fall back on.

    Rise of the Blue Beetle! jumps straight into proving to us that this Batman completely different. Within the first few minutes after the theme song we see that Batman is a hero in the public eye, he is welcome to partnerships and even wishes to be a mentor of sorts to the Blue Beetle, and is totally accustomed to flying around in outer space.

    The writing, while a bit more juvenile than we are used to in a Batman series, is still quite good. There is a solid story with plenty of action and a great introduction to the newest incarnation of the Blue Beetle, Jamie Reyes. Jamie's character is true to his comic book roots, especially his naive attitude toward being a superhero.

    Kanjar Ro makes a reference to killing a previous Beetle. This is probably a reference to the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, who used the Scarab's powers before Jamie. Many will think that Kanjar Ro is making a reference to Ted Kord, but Kord never used the Scarab's powers because it was broken when he found it.

    And speaking of Kanjar Ro, it is great to see one of the Justice League's oldest foes in this modern setting, and with his gong too!

    There is plenty here for children and adults alike. The kids will love this fun and adventurous Batman, the goofy teamups and all the explosions, and the adults will love all the in-jokes, the solid animation and the wonderful musical score. If I have one criticism of this episode, it is that Batman's character seems a little too 1-dimensional. But I'm sure this will be developed in the coming episodes.

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

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    Sunday, November 16, 2008

    Captain America Theme Song












    To open the Captain America segment of the Marvel Super Heroes, this little diddy outlined the character of Captain America in five lines. He's patriotic, he fights for justice and he has a shield! What more do you really need to know?

    The composer of this theme and the others in Marvel Super Heroes is unknown. If you have any information, please let me know.

    When Captain America throws his mighty shield
    All those who chose to appose his shield must yield
    If he's lead to a fight and a duel is due
    Then the red and the white and the blue will shine through
    When Captain America throws his mighty shield!

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    Batman: the Brave and the Bold Theme Song













    Batman: the Brave and the Bold brings new life to the world of Batman as it takes on the lighter, classic side of the character as defined by the Dick Sprang comics and the Adam West series of the 60s. The theme song follows suit and introduces the show with a jazzy theme that reminds us that Batman is also about fun and adventure.

    This theme is written by Andy Sturmer who has had previous success writing the themes for Teen Titans and the third season of The Batman. Much like these other two songs, Sturmer chose to go with a style that pays tribute to the Batman of the past. The song is instantly catchy and the Incredibles style big band instrumentals define the action/adventure aspect of the show.

    Fans will get a kick out of reading all the names that make up the landscape in this 30 second intro. With Batman teaming up with a new character each week, it makes sense that the intro would give us a hint as what to expect in coming episodes.

    These characters are seen partway through the intro: The Demon Etrigan and B'Wana Beast, Deadman and Dr. Fate, Fire and Red Tornado, Plastic Man and Guy Gardner, Bronze Tiger and Blue Beetle, Jonah Hex and Kamandi the Last Boy on Earth.

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    Saturday, November 15, 2008

    Batman: the Brave and the Bold


    These airdates represent the US airings on Cartoon Network except for episodes 23, 24, 26, and 41-45 which first aired in Australia, and episode 25 and 39 which first aired in the UK.

    Season One

    Ep #Episode TitleProd #Airdate
    1Rise of the Blue Beetle!101November 14, 2008
    2Terror on Dinosaur Island!102November 21, 2008
    3Evil Under the Sea!103December 5, 2008
    4Invasion of the Secret Santas!105December 12, 2008
    5Day of the Dark Knight!104January 2, 2009
    6Enter the Outsiders!106January 9, 2009
    7Dawn of the Deadman!107January 16, 2009
    8Fall of the Blue Beetle!108January 23, 2009
    9Journey to the Center of the Bat!109January 30, 2009
    10The Eyes of Despero!110February 6, 2009
    11Return of the Fearsome Fangs!111February 20, 2009
    12Deep Cover for Batman!112February 27, 2009
    13Game Over for Owlman!113March 6, 2009
    14Mystery in Space!114March 13, 2009
    15Trials of the Demon!115March 20, 2009
    16Night of the Huntress!116May 8, 2009
    17Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!117May 15, 2009
    18The Color of Revenge!118May 22, 2009
    19Legends of the Bat-Mite!119May 29, 2009
    20Hail the Tornado Tyrant!120June 5, 2009
    21Duel of the Double Crossers!121June 12, 2009
    22Last Bat on Earth!122June 19, 2009
    23When OMAC Attacks!123July 18, 2009
    24Mayhem of the Music Meister!125September 22, 2009
    25Inside the Outsiders!126August 8, 2009
    26The Fate of Equinox!124July 25, 2009


    Season Two

    Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!The Malicious Mr. Mind!
    Ep #Episode TitleProd #Airdate
    27Death Race to Oblivion!203November 20, 2009
    28The Long Arm of the Law!201December 11, 2009
    29Revenge of the Reach!202January 1, 2010
    30Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!204January 8, 2010
    31The Golden Age of Justice!205January 15, 2010
    32Sidekicks Assemble!208January 22, 2010
    33Clash of the Metal Men!206January 23, 2010
    34A Bat Divided!207February 5, 2010
    35The Super-Batman of Planet X!209March 26, 2010
    36The Power of Shazam!210April 2, 2010
    37Chill of the Night!211April 9, 2010
    38Gorillas in Our Midst!212April 16, 2010
    39The Siege of Starro! Part One213June 13, 2010
    40The Siege of Starro! Part Two215September 24, 2010
    41Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!214May 29, 2010
    42The Last Patrol!216September 18, 2010
    43The Mask of Matches Malone!217September 25, 2010
    44Menace of the Madniks!218October 2, 2010
    45Emperor Joker!219October 9, 2010
    46The Criss Cross Conspiracy!220October 28, 2010
    47Plague of the Prototypes!221November 5, 2010
    48Cry Freedom Fighters!222November 12, 2010
    49Knights of Tomorrow!223November 19, 2010
    50Darkseid Descending!224December 3, 2010
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    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Tonight is the Night!



    Do I even need to remind you that tonight at 8pm on Cartoon Network is the world premiere of Batman: the Brave and the Bold?

    ...I didn't think so.

    There are even more picture of the second and third episodes featuring Plastic Man and Aquaman out now. Check here to see them!

    And check back here on Monday for my review of Rise of the Blue Beetle!

    New Thor Series on the Horizon?



    It looks like Thor is going to be quite busy over the next few years! Not only is Thor taking on the Hulk in Hulk vs in January, he is starring in his own animated feature film, Thor: Tales of Asgard, later in 2009, he has his own live-action movie coming in 2010, and he will be a major player in the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes series in 2011!

    But now Reuters reports that Marvel is prepping Ol' Goldilocks for his own series to coincide with the feature film in 2010! The 26-episode season will feature Thor defending Asgard from his mortal and immortal enemies. From Reuters:

    Marvel president of animation Eric Rollman said the series is part of the company's plan to follow each live-action movie with an animated series and "offer a continued awareness in the marketplace."

    With Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Black Panther, Super Hero Squad, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and all of the upcoming DTVs, I'd say we are definitely aware of Marvel in the marketplace.

    Future X




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 9
    Season Episode Number: 9
    Production Number: 109
    Airdate: November 8, 2008

    Writer: Chris Yost
    Director: Nick Filippi

    Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine, Vanisher), Jim Ward (Professor X), Nolan North (Cyclops), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat), Roger Craig Smith (Forge, Hellion, Kamal), Kevin Michael Richardson (Bishop), Tara Strong (Marrow), Gwendoline Yeo (Domino), (Berzerker), Michael Ironside (Colonel Moss).

    Plot: In the future, Xavier is captured by Sentinels and taken to a mutant concentration camp. With the help of Bishop, Xavier leads the mutants in an escape plan. Meanwhile in the present, Wolverine and the X-Men search for clues that will lead them to Master Mold.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Future X is the first episode of this series, other than the three part premiere, that directly follows the story from a previous episode. In this case, Future X follows Thieves Gambit. In that episode we were introduced to the major players behind the Sentinel Project as well as the inhibitor collars and Master Mold. This episode we get to see Wolverine doing a little bit of follow up.

    While it is great to see the X-Men show up in this episode, they really don't need to be there. Iceman and Storm are there but don't have any lines, and Emma Frost and Forge have a few lines but don't really serve a purpose. Every member of the X-Men doesn't have to go on every mission. If the actors aren't being paid to be in all the episodes then maybe the characters don't need to be there either.

    But I digress; the other half of this episode is what we should really be talking about. The bulk of this episode takes place in Xavier's future where mutants are being hunted down and taken to concentration camps where they are experimented on. It is here that we see a future version of Domino and are introduced to Bishop. We also meet Berzerker, whose only comic book appearance is X-Factor #11 in which he is killed, but has now made an appearance in two animated series (X-Men: Evolution being the other)!

    It is also the animation debut of several new characters: Marrow (Sarah) and Hellion (Julian), two characters that are not surprising to see here due to their popularity in the comics, Vanisher (pictured right, holding the guns), a teleporter and one of the X-Men's oldest villains who pops up every seven years or so probably to retain Marvel's copyright on the character, and Kamal (pictured above left), one of Magneto's Acolytes who has the power to assume the properties of any mass he comes into contact with.

    As with the use of Shadowcat's powers in the previous episode, Bishop displays an incredible display of force that can only be shown in animation. Even his powers in the 90s X-Men aren't as well thought out as they are here. I hope to see more of Bishop in the future.

    DVD Releases:
  • Wolverine and the X-Men, The Complete First Season (Canada Exclusive)
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Beginning of the End

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    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    New Batman: B&B Pics



    LegionsOfGotham.org has posted a ton of new pictures from the second episode of Batman: the Brave and the Bold guest starring Plastic Man! Here is a small sample.

    This is just to wet your appetite as tomorrow is the series premiere!

    Cartoon Network - 8pm (not 7:30pm as previously reported).