BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “The Malicious Mr. Mind” Review

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD “The Malicious Mr. Mind” Season 3 Episode 3 – The one thing I can say about “The Malicious Mr. Mind” was that it wasn’t a psychedelic head trip like the last episode (“Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases”). Not that it wasn’t still slightly crazy—it was more than slightly crazy—but at least I was relatively certain the story took place in whatever the current alternate dimension (Earth 15? Earth X? I’m not sure) they’re using for the show.

I think.

Okay, I’m not sure.

(I have a current thing going with my Young Justice reviews in which I jot down Things I Learned While Watching Young Justice. I may have to start a similar thread in which I point out Things I Have No Clue About Even After Watching Batman: The Brave And The Bold.)

One thing I do have a clue about is the fact that you can be a 49-year old uber-nerd with every Detective Comics issue ever printed tucked away in your mom’s basement, or a 23 year-old stoner watching from a raggedy couch in Huntington Beach, or an 8-year old future juvenile delinquent in between attempts at burning down the neighbor’s back yard—and still equally enjoy this show.

Of course, not many others would, as far as I can tell. Because other than the “target demographic” I just mentioned, I just don’t know what the show is aiming at.

It’s not a badly drawn thing. Many of the heroes have a retro Jack Kirby flair to them (especially ones from other dimensions), which is interesting to see animated, and there’s still a lot of WHAM! THUD! CRASH! action, like in the animated Superman heyday, where heroes get crunched and go flying eight blocks before impacting sky scrapers and flattening them to rubble. (I always wonder if the high rise late-night workers—the janitors, the security guards—don’t have a staggeringly high mortality rate in Metropolis or Gotham.)

But someone needs to grab the writers by the ears and give a nice hard yank, reminding them (as kindly as humanly possible) that just because a character is in the DC archives doesn’t make it kitsch to revitalize their career. Misfit? Kamandi? Dr. Canus? Click-Clack?

What, were Calendar Man and Maxie Zeus busy?

But let’s get to the most inane villain of all time, Mr. Mind. He’s technically not even a “mister;” dude’s a 6″ super-intelligent bug who wears glasses and speaks through a squawk box hung around his neck. This baddie literally looks like the old Glow Worm toy—you know, the half-plushie/ half night light that kids who were scared of the dark took to bed with them back in the ’80’s. Who can take this thing as a villain seriously?

So this bug, a supposed super genius, tricks one of the Marvel Family’s most hated foes, Dr. Savannah, into turning a growth ray on him. Mr. Mind turns into this Godzilla-sized insect monster and starts trashing the city. Because nothing says ingeniously subtle like drawing that kind attention to oneself. Stupid worm was better off staying small and infiltrating the Marvel Family’s brains. (Yes, I know this was a co-opted storyline taken from an old Shazam comic book. Doesn’t mean it needs to be rehashed.)

And while we’re on the subject of the inbred Marvel Family, wasn’t their magic word “Shazam!”? When the *bleep* did it become “Mister Marvel!”? Did Final Crisis change that too? Or did it get co-opted by the Shazam software company? Continuity takes another hit…

Anyway. This was much worse than the “Batman and Robin and the Scoobie-Doo Gang team up to rescue Weird Al Yankovic” episode.

I’m giving this mess one more week to impress me before I come at it with both barrels loaded. If I don’t see at least B-list quality villains next show, Cartoon Network is in for it!

If you want me to come at you with my barrels loaded, follow me on Twitter @Axechucker. And no, that’s not a euphemism. Get your mind out of the gutter. I actually have two barrels. And they’re loaded. With cider.