Being A Dad

 
 
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I'm a big old dork and I love Batman. Comics, movies, TV shows, toys - you name it. The problem is, he's not the most kid-friendly character around. Probably has something to do with his parents being murdered in cold blood in front of him when he was a kid, but maybe I'm wrong.  There have been some great Batman cartoon series, starting in the early 90s but the one that strikes the best balance between the dark and the light is Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold.  

Purists, and those without kids, probably don't like it but they're not reading this anyway, so who cares?  

The Brave and the Bold was a long running comic book that was best known for teaming up Batman with a different superhero each issue.  And that's the premise of the cartoon series.  Rather than depict Batman as a grim avenger of the night, he's drawn more like he was in the 50s - square jaw, barrel chest, with just a hint of humor thanks to Diedrich Bader who provides his voice (you may remember him as Lawrence, the stoner neighbor in Office Space).  

The show does a great job of featuring A, B, C and sometimes D-level co-stars including Green Arrow, Aquaman (portrayed here as a lovable blowhard), Plastic Man, the Metal Men, Wildcat, Kamandi, Metamorpho and many others.  

Like the best cartoons, there's plenty here for the kids and just enough for the grown-ups.  If you're looking for a safe, entertaining way to introduce the kiddos to grown-ups who fight crime in long underwear, this is a pretty good place to start.