Chill of the Night

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2010

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Chill of the Night
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If you’ve read your share of Batman comics you know the name Joe Chill, the man who forever changed the life of young Bruce Wayne one dark night in Crime Alley. With two bullets a simple thug changed the life of one small boy, and created Batman.

For the more lighthearted Batman: The Brave and the Bold the story of Batman confronting Chill might seem and odd pairing, but it works. In “Chill of the Night” the Spectre and the Phantom Stranger place a wager (who knew they both had a gambling problem?) on how the Dark Knight will respond to coming face-to-face with the murderer of his parents. The result gives us a fresh take on the classic “The Origin of Batman” Silver Age tale.

The episode gets high marks for me, not only for recreating the classic scene of Batman unmasking himself to Chill (which quickly leads to the killer’s demise), but also for taking a second page from Batman’s past by including the “First Batman” storyline from Detective Comics #235 featuring Thomas Wayne in a Bat-costume stopping a crime (which you can see a little of here). Well done!

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