BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” Review

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” Season 3 Episode 2 – So me being a total n00b to the Batman: The Brave And The Bold phenomenon, it probably wasn’t a great idea to de-cherry my eyes with “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases.” Because since the first 10 minutes of this goof was some sort of—

I don’ even know how to describe it. Some stoner’s view of a Pinky and the Brain nightmare?

—I was pretty worried. Seriously. “Bat Boy and Rubin” …?

And then figuring out that this episode was being narrated (and essentially controlled) by Bat-Mite, using his funtacular alternate dimension abilities to showcase Batman stories from alternate dimensions…

Well, that was just the cherry on top of the cake, wasn’t it. Bat-Mite ranks up there pretty high in the Extremely Lame Made-For-Kiddies But Loosely Explained So As To Pacify The Older Nerds Characters Hall of Fame. Seriously, Bat-Mite is up there with Scrappy Doo and Snarf, people. I am generally not appreciative of Bat-Mite. It didn’t help that this show was on at 6:30 pm on the Cartoon Network. It’s not exactly Adult Swim. The commercials were epilepsy-inducing flashbulbs of bright colors and weird voices. Some were aimed at girls, some aimed at boys. More than once I truly wondered who the target audience for Batman: The Brave and the Bold was.

I really am a n00b. I can’t be the only person who heard the title for the first time and immediately thought: Batman soap opera? Like The Bold and the Beautiful?

(No, I never watched The Bold and the Beautiful. My mom was a The Young and the Restless gal.)

“Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases” was written by Paul Dini and directed by Ben Jones. I have no idea if that’s good or not, but at least Dini seems to have an appreciation of the absurd. How else can you explain the “Batman Manga!” portion in which everyone laughed inappropriately and the dubbing was off? (You know what I’m talking about: the talking stopped when mouths were still moving and started when they weren’t. It’s classic enough to still be funny.)

The best portion had to be the last one, in which Batman (voiced by the “old guy narrator” of all people) and Robin (possibly voiced by … Burt Ward … ?) do battle with the Joker and the Penguin while teaming up with Scooby-Doo and the gang (Zoiks! Jinkies!) in order to save “Weird” Al Yankovic.

I’ll say that again in case you missed it amidst my parentheses. Batman and Robin do battle with the Joker and the Penguin while teaming up with Scooby-Doo and the gang in order to save “Weird” Al Yankovic. You can’t make this stuff up. Batman, Scooby-Doo, “Weird” Al Yankovic. As Bat-Mite said: the Holy Trinity of pop culture. Speaking of stoners.

I’m basically speechless. I mean, it was funny. Of course it was! The occasional canned laughter clued me in on that fact. And they broke in the middle of that last story for a Safety Lesson on surviving a shark tank. I’m not 100% positive, but I think that in itself was its own purposeful “jump the shark” moment. Batman had shark repellant sprayed onto his cape, natch. And if my eyes didn’t deceive me, it looked like the Joker and the Penguin were eerily reminiscent of Caesar Romero and Burgess Meredith.

Either Paul Dini is real old, or he’s been hitting the archives like an alcoholic hits the bottle.

I can’t wait to see what we get next week. And I sort of dread it. Hopefully Bat-Mite is dead though. I hate that dude. Snarf!

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