Monday, February 9, 2009

The Eyes of Despero!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 10
Season Episode Number: 10
Production Number: 110
Airdate: February 6, 2009

Writer: J.M DeMatteis
Director: Ben Jones

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), James Arnold Taylor (Guy Gardner, Wotan), Xander Berkeley (Sinestro), Alexander Polinsky (G'Nort), Kevin Michael Richardson (Despero), Loren Lester (Hal Jordan), Greg Ellis (Dr. Fate, Cavalier).

Plot: When the Green Lantern Corps are destroyed, it is up to Batman and the remaining three Green Lanterns, Guy Gardner, Sinestro and G'Nort, to stop the evil Despero from taking over the universe!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The Eyes of Despero brings us a few more firsts: The first animated appearance of Wotan, G'Nort, Cavalier (really obscure!) and the Library of Infinity. But the most impressive first has got to be the first time Sinestro has been depicted as a Green Lantern in animation. Yes, Sinestro has been in many shows in the past, but he is always a villain. If there is any mention of Sinestro's GL past, it is only during small conversations between characters.

And to top it all off, Sinestro is the one that Batman trusts! He is a competent Lantern and one who knows how to use the ring better than any of the other Lanterns, which is what makes him a deadly opponent when he goes rogue.

So many times has Green Lantern had a guest star role, but they neglect to mention the rest of the Corps. Justice League and JLU got into it a little, but it always starred the 'popular' Lanterns. It was great to see this episode feature three unlikely teammates who, unlike the animated versions of Jordan, Rayner and Stewart, all have serious character flaws: the egotistical and hotheaded Guy Gardner, whose voice and attitude are perfectly portrayed (as was the now famous 'one punch' which was written by DeMatteis in an old issue of JLI in the 80s), the self-conscious and bumbling G'Nort, who also is given a spot-on treatment with his Woody Allen-esque voice, and the greedy and nefarious Sinestro, who comes off much creepier than any other version of the villain. Plus, a Green Lantern Batman? Action figure, anyone?

Even though the episode is called The Eyes of Despero, the titular character isn't the main focus. Yes, he is the big bad, but he is simply a means to showcase the Lanterns. J.M. DeMatteis does a remarkable job giving each of the three Lanterns a character arc in a way that isn't rushed or contrived. Top notch writing from a top notch comic book writer.

And speaking of the Lanterns, the visuals and creativity regarding their power rings is possible the best I've seen in animation. Unlike John Stewart in Justice League, these Lanterns actually create objects with their rings, and unlike the old Super Friends and Filmation Lantern, these objects are way cool. And boy is this episode violent! There is probably them most brutal fight scene (between Gardner and Sinestro) that this series has seen yet!

Also, the teaser, featuring a team up between Batman and Dr. Fate, was packed with action and excitement all in three minutes!

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

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    Reed Solomon said...

    green lantern batman action figure already exists. theres actually a few of them.

    Kurtis said...

    I know that there are other GL Batman action figures, and the Batman has possessed a GL ring in the comics on a few occasions.

    I meant that comment to be a comment on how this show seems to have many different Batman outfits that would pad their toyline. GL Batman, Knight Batman, Undersea Batman, Outerspace Batman, etc...

    Sorry, I should have been more clear.

    Anonymous said...

    Despero was voiced by Keith David in the Justice League, and yet Despero should've sound like Gantu.

    Anonymous said...

    Has anyone else noticed that Guy and G'nort have different GL outfits than the rest of the core. By the way, did you notice that Despero carries a dagger. Why would someone with such awsome powers need a dagger.

    Eagle-Man said...

    I just watched this episode, and I thought it rather looked like they copied some Marvel stuff for the pre-title story, namely, Dr. Strange's symbol (window of the Sanctorum) on the Library of Infinity, and the rings given to Wotan.

    Wotan isn't recorded as ever having magic rings like that among his powers or accessories, and they reminded me, in number, shape, and power, of Mandarin's Rings.