Monday, March 9, 2009

Game Over for Owlman!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 13
Season Episode Number: 13
Production Number: 113
Airdate: March 6, 2009

Writer: Joseph Kuhr
Director: Ben Jones

Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman, Owlman), James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow), Tom Kenny (Plastic Man), Jeff Bennett (Joker).

Plot: Batman's good name has been tarnished by Owlman, who is posing as Batman and committing crimes in his name. Batman finds an unlikely alliance in the Joker and the two try to bring down Owlman!

Teaser: Batman returns to Earth to find that he is wanted by the police. This teaser acts as a recap for last episode as well as a lead in to the rest of the episode.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Game Over for Owlman is the second part of a special two-part episode. All of the episodes in this series have been building to this point as we see most of the heroes and villains that we've encountered over the past thirteen episode return in what ends up being one of the most exciting episodes to date.

Part of what makes this episode so enjoyable is the excellent interpretation of the Joker. This is a Joker that is unlike any we've ever seen in previous animated series. His design is taken after Dick Sprang's artwork from the 40s as well as his personality.

This Joker is not as off-the-wall-insane as we've seen in previous versions of the character. His is more cartoony, but not like the Joker from The Batman, but he is also more collected than the Joker from Batman: TAS. The result is a 40s style gangster who is dangerous because he's got a screw loose upstairs. Fans of Mark Hamill's Joker may be in for a shock, but this Joker works well in this series and Jeff Bennett does an excellent job providing a voice for the Clown Prince of Chaos.

The costume Owlman uses to pretend to be Batman is actually Batman's very first costume, designed by Bob Kane for Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

In fact, there are many tributes to the early days of Batman in this episode: The Joker's look and personality, a variation on the original Batmobile, the Jokermobile, and a few of the poses that Owlman strikes are taken straight from the panels of Bob Kane's early artwork.

Fanboys will enjoy seeing Batman team up with several Batmen from parallel dimensions. It appears that all the Batmen in this episode are taken from various comic books. Here's what I know:

  • Bat-Hulk - from the pages of Brave and the Bold #68, 1966
  • Vampire Batman - from the Elseworlds comic Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, 1991
  • Captain Letherwing - from the Elseworlds story in Detective Comics Annual #7, 1994

  • There are three that I'm not sure of. Large Head Batman, Cowboy Batman and Armor Batman are still a mystery to me. If any of you know who these are, please leave me a comment!

    Deep Cover for Batman and Game Over for Owlman are must sees for fans of the show as well as those who are on the fence about the series. Brave and the Bold has been getting better over the course of the season and it looks like the writers have now found their groove. The second half of this season should be amazing.

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

  • Back to Episode Guide


    Anonymous said...

    That was funny when Joker keeps getting knocked out by Batmans spray.

    blake said...

    the cowboy batman is from the epsiode where he goes back in time to the wild west

    Anonymous said...

    What series is that from blake???

    Kurtis said...

    Yes Blake, that is a good question. What series has the cowboy Batman? Because I don't think I've seen it.

    Anonymous said...

    I always thought that Armor Batman is from a futeristic dimension since his high-teck armor can let him fly and shoot flashes of light.

    Kal said...

    We really liked the depiction of the sane alternate universe Joker. This whole series has gone costume wild too!

    Here is our take on the first 13 ending with this awesome two parter:

    Anonymous said...

    The armored batman is a Judge Dredd expy