Will somebody who watches Batman: The Brave and the Bold please explain the game trailer to us?

GamesRadar’s gone on record as being pretty fond of Batman. So, of course we’re looking forward to Batman: Brave and the Bold, as it looks like a glorious return to the beat ‘em ups of our youth, gorgeously animated by WayForward Technologies, the folks behind the recent A Boy and his Blob. But in our best 60's TV narrator voice, we have to ask: "What's THIS, Batfans?!"

Above: What the hell is going on here?!

Unfortunately, we’ve never seen the animated series on which its based, and that makes whatever the hell is going on in the trailer all the more baffling. It would appear to be a tongue in cheek reference to the Superfriends era of DC animation, sort of like if the Wonder Twins were in charge of hocking Justice League games. Oh, and it’s incredibly watchable regardless of how little it shows in terms of actual gameplay.

Nothing against the game; we’re diggin it thus far. But we’re used to our Batman animated series being brooding and dark, and this… this is incredibly silly? Sure, it brought a smile to our faces, but what the hell?! Until someone here actually goes and watches an episode, we can’t really tell if the trailer above is insulting or the greatest thing we’ve ever seen. Let us know what you think?

Sep 2, 2010


  • Pwns4you - September 2, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    Don't you see Chris?!? it's a wonderful metaphor for all things beautiful in the world! It's brilliant! It's amazing! It's... a wii game? screw that.
  • Denvil - September 2, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    I've only seen a few episodes but this is pretty much in line with how the TV show goes. Ironically, the makers of the show addressed the fact that the Batman in Brave and the Bold is not as grim and gritty as he is in other versions of the character. They did this within the show itself using the Bat-Mite Character. Within the episode, he appears at Comic Con and addresses a crowd of fans. You can see it on Youtube in the video entitled "Batman: Brave and the Bold: Batmite at the comic con! Bat Mite!" I'd post it here but I'm not sure what the rules are on posting videos and links....
  • Sasquatch009 - September 2, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    They made the series intentionally silly for the kids, but they cram in a lot of fan service for us veterans of the batman.
  • Ravenbom - September 2, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    OMFG! There better be a Hank's Corner on this! Why is Batman in a physical tussle with Clock King? Why is Clock King so ripped? Why doesn't Ollie have his signature beard? That's what I notice, I'm sure Henry would notice a lot more.
  • lordlundar - September 2, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    Not so much silly as a throwback to the silver age and golden age versions of the character, which is more upbeat and where he dealt with weird opponents and such. Campy, but once you come to accept it, it's kind of fun. The pure silly factor that the ad is about is purely the Bat Mite character. He's to Batman like Mxyzptlk is to superman. Infinite power, ability to bend time and space to his very will, and a fascination to use it to annoy Batman. But while Mxyzptlk intentionally tries to piss off Superman, Bat Mite just sees Batman as his idol and isn't aware that he's rarely helping.
  • batmanboy11 - September 2, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    WTF indeed.
  • FNG - September 2, 2010 7:31 p.m.

  • n00b - September 2, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    ya the show is pretty silly nothing is taken seriously in the show so the trailer is a fair representation
  • SexyJosh - September 2, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    It's kind of a breath of fresh air if you think about it. Batman has been progressively becoming moodier and moodier over the years. Give it some time and we'll have a movie with Batman sitting in a corner, cutting his wrists and listening to Bauhaus. A little light hearted silliness is some what nice.
  • Gorillaman23 - September 2, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    I agree with SexyJosh, despite his blatantly narcissistic name. The original Batman wasn't all "Urgh I'm so dark and gritty the world hates me everyone is going to die." This Is looking to be an amazing game.
  • batman5273 - September 2, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    This weeks segment of "Hank's Corner" will be hosted by me. First off. Batman: Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a cartoon series based in part on the DC Comics "team-up" series The Brave and the Bold. Like the comic series, it features two or more super heroes coming together to solve a crime or foil a super villain, but like the original comic series (and unlike the current one), the cartoon focuses on Batman working with the different heroes. The series debuted on November 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network. In the Cartoon, Batman mostly fights villians with Green Arrow, Plasticman, Blue Beetle, Black Canary, Aquaman and many others in the DC Universe. (BTW John Dimaggio aka Marcus Fenix is Aquaman) The Brave and the Bold is a campy look at Batman. He is voiced by Dierich Badar. (The Drew Carey Show and Office Space) To me the show gets away from the darkness of "The Dark Knight" and even the original Animated series. Imagine Adam West and the Superfriends cartoon just a bit more serious, but not much. (Example: Horrible puns and "Old Chum") The cartoon is a bit silly at times. My daughters love it. I have to face palm myself at times with the dialog, but I do enjoy the stories and the artstyle. If you are a hardcore Batman fan you can either be offended like how the Joel Schumacher films offend me. Or take them at face value for the audience they are intended for and have fun with them. What is great for the die hard DC fans is that they bring into the cartoon a ton of characters who would never get their own show. Don't expect to see Superman or Wonder Woman in the game because they are not in the cartoon. The trailer starts with Bat-Mite playing the game. Bat-Mite is an Imp similar to the Superman villain Mister Mxyzptlk. Appearing as a small childlike man in an ill-fitting costume, Bat-Mite possesses what appears to be near-infinite magical power, but in reality is highly advanced technology from the fifth-dimension that can not be understood by our limited three-dimensional views. Bat-Mite idolizes Batman, and thus he has visited Batman on various occasions, often setting up strange events so that he could see his hero in action. Bat-Mite is more of a nuisance than a supervillain, and often leaves his hero alone when he realizes he has angered his idol. This explains why Bat-Mite has warped Batman and the Clock King into his living room, just to play the Wii. As I mentioned before with the bad puns, you hear Batman say to the Clock King that he will be serving "time." Get it? He is the "Clock" King serving "time." Because a clock tell you the time. Oh nevermind.... When the two actually start playing the game. It looks like Bat-Mite plays as Batman whichs leaves Batman stuck playing as Blue Beetle. The "Science Island" level they are playing involves the villian Gorilla Grodd. Gorilla Grodd is a telepath who feels he is smarter than any man. Can you guess where Gorilla lives? You are right! He lives in Gorilla City. Now it seems that the level maybe too hard for our beloved crime fighter and his idolizing imp, so Bat-Mite calls for the assistance of The Green Arrow. In the cartoon, Green Arrow is Batman's biggest rival. They always keep score in fights. And they always talk about past altercations with villians and who was better. Green Arrow is also a rich guy, so they even compete about who has the better toys. at the 2:08 mark when they actually show gameplay it looks like either you can switch out your main character for a back up, or they act an assist. It looks like Black Canary is Blue Beetles assist and Booster Gold is Batman's. As the trailer ends Batman helps defeat the level and asks to be sent home. Bat-Mite complies. That is also how it is in the cartoon and comics. Bat-Mite usually asks Batman to do some ridiculous task for him own amusement, and Batman has to comply or be stuck in a parellel dimension or universe. That is why Batman tells Green Arrow, "I'll explain it later." Batman is now sent home which leaves Green Arrow alone with Bat-Mite. And finally Green Arrow get to be someone he normally cannot be, Batman.
  • hatebreeder - September 2, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    Not even gonna hide it, that was amazing.
  • Sensationo - September 2, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    Chris I think what this means is that Bat-Mite is Batman's mental manifestation of his homoerotic nature and pedophilia. As we see at the start Batman is viciously molesting Clock King, He then acknowledges Bat-Mite and thus travels into his own brain for a while. He also happens to mention he is prepared for any situation when asked why he is so good at games. This is because he practices for when he can get young boys to come to his "Bat Cave" for some games followed by Kool-Aid then super r-ape. It is fairly easy to understand, Batman is usually paired with a man/teen/boy in tights in this series. He then goes after more people in tights, and wrestles around with them. So it would seem that this commercial is appealing to children, pedophiles, and gay men. /\_/| C>? Batmon \ 0 /
  • Shagnasty - September 2, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    It seems very Freakazoidy.
  • RUSSO - September 2, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    In this animated series, the Bat-Mite appeared twice (or more) and is just like a "fun version of Batman" that always wants to play and have fun. In one episode, he wanted to be the best villain and also started to make appear every villain in Batman universe (Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Faces, etc.) but basing in the 70s adaptation (that's why Mr. Freeze appeared with his yellow suite as Mr. Zero, also there appeared King Tut, Egghead, etc.) This series is very reminiscent to that 70s series of Adam West, and is not as dark as the Batman we know from the animated series and comics from the 90s. I think for being in the Wii is very interesting for kids and people who love the classic Batman.
  • RUSSO - September 2, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    The basis from the animated series "Batman Brave & Bold" is that Batman always appears with a second heroe, is not just Batman fighting alone.
  • StriderHoang - September 2, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I've seen the series too. There's even an episode where Batman crashes on a strange planet and meets a bizarro version of himself, except he suddenly has Superman-like powers because of the planet's different gravitational field or something. Yes, Batman gets a taste of what it's like to be Supes for a day. All I have to say for the trailer is, "HAMMERS OF JUSTICE!"
  • kiwimonster5 - September 2, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    ....I don't think any words can describe how weird this is.
  • abbottfrizzell - September 2, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    i've never watched this show and I don't plan on buying this game but i love this trailer
  • KaiokenKid - September 2, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    The show is intentionaly kinda camp and silly. It really geared towards kids, unlike the 90s animated series which was alot more adult then kid friendly sometimes. Ill use a example of one of its episodes: Neil patrik Harris guest Stars as the voice of a villian called The Music Miester. His power is to hynoticaly entrance anyone who hears him sing to do his bidding and dance around and sing. Thus, the entire episode was basicaly Batman: The Musical. It was very awesome. The show was good, and I found this trailer amazing.

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