Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Dawn of the Dead Man!  » TV  »
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  • I know he doesn't kill, but Gentleman Ghost died centuries ago and has been doomed to walk the earth

    • by David Finniss


      The cold open features Batman fighting rat creatures in the future with Kamandi. At first I was perplexed, but if I recall correctly, the episode where he goes to the future ends with him still in the future so this picks up where that left.

      After the credits we see Batman rise from the grave as a ghost before taking his human body. We flash back to a battle with Gentleman Ghost, who is trying to raise an army of the undead. The fact that Batman uses Nth metal was a nice touch. Gentleman Ghost actually gets the better of Batman and buries him alive. Batman uses an ancient Tibetan

      ritual to astral project. Batman was always into Zen stuff like that so it’s a nice nod to Nanda Parbat and all that stuff. He meets up with Deadman, who agrees to help him.

      Along the way, Batman sees a bright light and his parents beckon to him. They even go so far as to call him Bruce, which goes against the whole avoiding the secret identity bit. Surprisingly, he goes. This is odd, considering that Deadman said that it was the way to the other side and even told him that there’s no coming back. Lured in by his parents, Batman floats towards the light.

      He comes ...

      • to his senses and talks to Deadman about why he’s stuck there.

        The highlight of the episode occurs when Batman decides to possess a hero to enlist their aid. The only hero in London is Green Arrow, along with his sidekick, Speedy. There’s an amusing exchange where Batman possesses the sidekick and tries to convince him of what’s going on. GA’s Batman impression was good for a laugh. Batman tells them to dig up his body while he goes to stop Gentleman Ghost.

        Actually Speedy in general is a highlight. They channeled the Adam West era Robin for his persona, with odd exclamations like “holy involuntary acrobatics!”

        and “jeepers”.

        With Halloween coming up, this is a perfect episode to watch. Heroes battle legions of the undead and the ending is pretty surprising. I don’t get why Batman tried to save him. I know he doesn’t kill, but Gentleman Ghost died centuries ago and has been doomed to walk the earth. It’s in vain, but I guess he won’t even allow someone to move on.

        I don’t know a whole lot about Deadman, and I always think that I won’t like stories involving him, but both the JLU episode that featured him, as well as this episode were both great. He’s pretty likable and has a very relatable personality.

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