Sunday, July 24, 2011
"Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!"
Well, I’m here to thank Joe, and to urge you all to do the same! And, if MY endorsement isn’t enough, consider that it (like the previous Bat-Mite episode) was written by the great Paul Dini!
From his Trophy Room, Bat-Mite hosts the episode (in which he fast-forwards through the opening theme sequence with some sort of cosmic remote control) and introduces three weird stories of his idol, Batman, plucked from various alternate universes! …Or, would that be “uni-vi”?
The first one, “Batboy and Rubin” (with a short and squat Batman and a Jerry Lewis-like Robin) didn’t do much for me, beyond the nicely retro-rendered comic book backgrounds – colored by lots of “colored-dots” to simulate old comic-book coloring!
The second, I expected not to like, given it was a “Sixties-Anime Style Batman and Robin” – but I DID… quite a bit for someone with no taste (or patience) for anime!
Think “Speed Racer Robin”, and that’ll help you get a handle on it. The voices sounded like “Sixties-Anime” dubbing, but (oddly) NOT so overplayed as they might have been.
But, what REALLY put it over the top for me was the VILLAIN… “Lord Death-Man”!
Most folks, even those well-steeped in Batman Lore, might not know this, but “Death-Man” (…apparently he wasn’t quite a “Lord” back then) was the villain of 1966’s BATMAN # 180 (May, 1966).
This is a comic that I enjoyed very much in its day – and it was a true jaw-dropper to see (Lord) Death-Man …um, "resurrected" for this segment! Dini, of course, must have read the same comic I did – and referenced it as a special treat for those who’d “get it”!
The third "Strange Case" is such a delightful surprise (for those who have not seen the episode – like ME, before today) that I will not spoil it!
Let’s just say it was SOMETHING WONDERFUL, that was plucked from a particular point on Batman’s time line – and was an expertly handled tribute to that unique aspect of Batman's rather varied life-and-legend!
…Though, I suspect there will be fans that will cringe and yowl! And, for the record, it has nothing to do with Adam West – OR the sixties!
Please add No Spoilers in the comments, folks! But, to “Joecab” and everyone, I loved it!
Alas, “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” will not be on the upcoming BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Season Two Part One DVD release, coming in August, 2011.
So, see this one any way you can, folks! Either on Cartoon Network -- or through some “other method” that Batman probably wouldn’t approve of!