TV REVIEW: Batman: The Brave and the Bold:The Eyes of Despero!

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"On Arbor Day
On Halloween night
No nose hair shall escape my sight"
- G'nort (Green Lantern of an empty space sector

Not since "The Green Loontern" have we seen so many Green Lanterns on screen. Oh yeah, and Batman too....

The 'before the teaser hero' (I Need to find a better term for that) was Doctor Fate. Although I like Fate, the whole sequence felt like a foregone conclusion.

(I'll be here all week, don't forget to engage in waitress tipping)

After the teaser, the nifty theme music and about a dozen commercials, we get to the meat of the story. The Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, is taking on Despero, a powerful psychic villain. In the first couple of minutes we see TONs of Green Lanterns- Kilowog, Arisia, Katma Tui, Ch'p, Tomar-Re,Salaak... everybody but Daffy Duck.)

The assembled might of the Corps is of no use against Despero- they disappear in a flash of light and a lone surviving ring makes its way to Earth, seeking Batman. The ring whisks Batman to OA, where he finds three Lanterns in a sciencell: Guy Gardner, Sinestro and G'Nort. Guy has a bad attitude, G'Nort has a bad brain and Sinestro is just bad. The three of them whip Bats up a suit of Green Lantern-esque armor and they all go off to save the galaxy.

Writer J.M. DeMatteis retreads a lot of his finest moments in writing Justice League (with Keith Giffen) in the 80's with this outing. The 'One Punch' gag, G'Nort's questionable pedigree... everyone is in fine form here. The timing on the gag's seems a bit abbreviatied, however- in the comic books, it took months to set up the 'One Punch' joke, so the slight timing issue can be overlooked.

Besides, it's a real good joke, and needed to be done.

So, what's to like?
Hal Jordan
Tons of Green Lanterns
Sinestro as a Lantern
Guy, G'nort and Giffen-DeMatteis Justice League in-jokes
Mogo!
Doctor Fate in MC Escher's world..

What's not to like?
It was too short.
I probably wouldn't cast the same voice talent.

Highly recommended!

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