Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Color of Revenge!

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Color of Revenge!
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Color of Revenge! TV review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Gotham City where a masked detective and an assortment of partners would help save the world on a weekly basis. The episode opens with a flashback to Batman (Diedrich Bader) and Robin (Crawford Wilson) taking down Crazy Quilt (Jeffrey Tambor), who is blinded by the Boy Wonder. Fast-forwarding a few years, “The Color of Revenge!” reunites the Dynamic Duo after Robin has left Gotham City and struck out on his own in Blüdhaven. Batman arrives in town with news of Crazy Quilt’s escape and, to Robin’s chagrin, immediately tries to take control of the case. Although he comes off a bit whiny at times here, the episode Robin feeling overshadowed with Batman’s take-charge attitude and his tendency to still treat his former sidekick like, well, a sidekick.

Although far from the show’s best episode, there are several things worth noting here including Robin’s first appearance on the show. Sporting the costume of the Earth-2 Robin pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, the episode also marks another step to the show embracing the Silver Age of comics (something which will continue to become a staple of the series). Crazy Quilt comes off more goofy than threatening, but he’s really of secondary importance as the episode centers around the evolving relationship between Batman and Robin (who in his next appearance on the show will don a new identity, with the show once again choosing to honor the character’s classic look).

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