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Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series was announced at the Cartoon Network 2008-2009 upfront. The show is greenlit for at least 26 half-hour episodes. Batman: The Brave and The Bold will feature new character designs and a mix of voice actors both familiar and new to fans of the Batman. Cartoon Network's official description of the show follows:"Batman isn't going at it alone this time! From Warner Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the Batman franchise. Our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventures with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home."James Tucker and Linda M. Steiner are producers for the series, with Sam Register acting as executive producer. Other creators include line producer Amy McKenna, story editor Michael Jelenic and directors Ben Jones, Brandon Vietti and Michael Chang. Writers for the show include Todd Casey, Jim Krieg, Steve Melching, and Matt Wayne. Andrea Romano is voice director for the show. Voice recording is currently underway.Batman: The Brave and The Bold is currently set to premiere on Friday, November 14th, 2008 at 8 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific Time) on Cartoon Network.
Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show; The Zeta Project) is the voice of the Batman. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) will voice DC hero Plastic Man in at least one episode. John DiMaggio (Futurama's Bender) will voice Aquaman. Tom Everett Scott will be voicing of Booster Gold and Billy West is providing the voice of Skeets (reprising the roles they played in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Greatest Story Never Told"). Also, James Arnold Taylor as Green Arrow, R. Lee Ermey as Wildcat, Will Friedle as Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Will Wheaton and Phil Morris (roles not revealed at this time).In addition, voice director Andrea Romano has said that she has every intention of using Adam West on this series as soon as she can arrange a role for him.
Below is the updated list of characters scheduled to appear on Batman: The Brave and The Bold alongside Batman, in alphabetical order and divided by status.Allies: Aquaman; The Atom; Black Canary; Blue Beetle; Booster Gold; Deadman; The Demon; Doctor Fate; Fire; Firestorm; Flash; Green Arrow; Green Lantern Corps; Guy Gardner; Jonah Hex; Huntress; Justice Society of America; Kamandi; Metamorpho; Plastic Man; Red Tornado; Robin; Skeets; Adam Strange; Wildcat.Opponents: Black Manta; Bronze Tiger; Calendar Man; Cavalier; Clock King; Despero; Gentleman Ghost; Gorilla Grodd; Emerald Empress; Ocean Master; Kite Man; Kanjar Ro; Sportsmaster; Zebra-Man.The list above is updated but, however, is incomplete in terms of character appearances.
Producer James Tucker explained the unique structure of a typical Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode at comics news site Comic Book Resources:
"[In each episode] there's a teaser the teaser is a stand-alone, mini-episode of Batman teaming up with a character," Tucker explained. "Then we'll run the main title, and after the main title, that's the main episode. And the main episode has nothing to do with the teaser for the most part. Some have a little trickle over, but for the most part the teasers are little three-minute episodes in and of themselves."
As for whether or not "Batman: The Brave & The Bold" will feature long-running plots and stories worked out by the team as a whole, Jones finished by saying that even though the single-episode story style is a major influence on the show, viewers who stick with "Batman: The Brave & The Bold" week in, week out will get some different kinds of continuity."There's one two-parter, but aside from that, there's not a long continuing arc for the story as a whole," he said. "Individual guest stars--Blue Beetle most of all--when they return, they grow from their previous appearances as characters. Theres a little bit of personal character continuity, but theres not a lot of overall story continuity. There's a bit of an arc in the second season, but I don't know how much I can say about that."
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