Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fear for the Future

Is this the end of all we hold dear? Things may not be so grim. After all, these are but images, void of motion or life. These are pictures, and there exists a glimmer of hope. After all, these are reminiscent of the 1950's. They even bear a notable resemblance to the art of New Frontier. And certainly The Brave and the Bold is a valid starting point for a DC animated program. Yet... the childish quality here cannot be overlooked.

What's more, the concept has already been used. First on Justice League Unlimited, which utilized small teams, clearly influenced by the old Brave and the Bold comics. Then, less effectively, the final season of The Batman, matched the Caped Crusader with hero after hero. It met with mixed success, though never - not for a moment - did it emerge from JLU's shadow. I am skeptical this new attempt will fare better.

I am not entirely without hope, but it is truly a dim hope. I pray I am wrong, that this show somehow does justice to Batman and the rest... but I fear no gods, new or old, are listening.

The last thing we need is a DC animated series made purely for young children. Unless, that is, they want to bring Krypto the Superdog back. That show was fantastic.

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