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  • November 11, 2008

So I got into a really funny debate-gument today about the new hilarious-looking Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon. I showed a friend who is NUTS for Frank Miller’s Batman and all interpretations thereof, including Batman: Dark Knight. He HATED the trailer for Brave/Bold. He literally said “This is the worst thing anyone could ever do. Ever.” I laughed. He asks why I could possibly be pro-Brave/Bold and still like Dark Knight? I said, that I welcome the more light-hearted take on Batman and that the mythology lends itself to different interpretations. I don’t like fans who think just because the newest incarnation is popular and realistic, that all other instances of the franchise are totally invalid.

Of course, I said all this intermixed with bursts of evil laughter because I know this kid really dislikes campy Batman. “Why do you want to see me suffer?” he said. “Why do you want to see my heroes raped and ruined?”

“Because, shit, other people need to see how it feels, goddammit.”

“Ah, so that’s what this is about,” he says. “You just want this cartoon to succeed out of spite for all the crappy X-Men media that was released.”

I tried denying it for a while– saying things like, “Well, I think that creators take a lot of liberties when they are given a franchise to reinterpret. And a lot of the time, they end up alienating people who liked one specific interpretation.”

“So you are glad that I’m not going to like it then?”

“You betcha,” I said. “I hope some people really end up hating it and thinking their favorite character has been ruined, just like how I felt with the X-Men movie and how my partner felt with the new Star Wars movies and so on.”

The discussion was concluded by his assertion that I am an evil, vengeful person who revels in people’s misery. I am okay with that. But in all honesty, I do think this toon looks pretty fun! 🙂


  • Chubtoons says:

    Yes it does. I don’t think we could fully apreciate the Dark Knight without the contrasting lighter side. Besides, Brave and Bold isn’t about just Batman. It’s about Batman and some other hero teaming up against evil. You can’t do that and get mired in Batman’s personal hell.

  • JC says:

    Haha! so true,man. Also, these Dark Knight fanboys need to also remember– Brave Bold comic was around for some 25 years. It’s just as classic as anything Frank Miller did.

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