Great Moments In Gaming Humour: Batman And The Beetle

It might not have been a great game, but Batman: The Brave and the Bold for the Wii had some damn fine writing, especially when it came to the nervous jaw-flapping of a fledgling Blue Beetle in the face of his favourite hero.

Created by the 2D masters at WayForward Technologies, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a side-scrolling beat-em up that follow a format similar to that of the cartoon series it's based on. Batman meets a hero, the credits roll, and the pair team up for an epic adventure. You want more info? I reviewed the game back in 2010, and I stand by what I said back then: it's not bad, for what it is.

The highlight (with one notable emerald exception) was the writing. With long stretches of action to fill, the game's writers fed Batman and his pals some pretty entertaining lines. Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy infuses the caped crusader with a wry wit instead of his normal dour countenance, making him the perfect straight man for Will Friedle's Blue Beetle.

In his Jaime Reyes incarnation old Double-B is a young up-and-comer, blessed with ridiculous amounts of power and zero sense. He fills every second with off-kilter observations of the game and its inhabitants, off-handedly pointing out the shortcuts developers took to say, extend a flying sequence.

By himself it would have been too much, but with Batman by his side to balance his manic mouth it's something spectacular.


Comments

    Kevin Conroy?

    Or Diedrich Bader... Maybe...

    Kevin Conroy was Batman's voice in the good stuff (Batman: TAS). Not so much Batman: TBATB

    But nice journalism there, kid.

    Remember! Research is for losers!

      How can you not tell the difference between Kevin Conroy and Diedrich Bader?
      Fun Fact; Blue Beetle's Voice actor also voiced Batman Beyond.

    I loved this game. It was just a shame it was so short.

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