When Batman: The Brave and the Bold debuted on Cartoon Network back in 2008, many fans were understandably hesitant when it came to seeing a lighter take on the Caped Crusader than had been witnessed in animation for some time. But lo and behold, said animated series found much success throughout the course of its three seasons by retaining the tongue-in-cheek nature of the TV show starring Adam West and utilizing the vastness of the DC Universe in a way similar to Justice League Unlimited. Really, it’s no wonder why some felt it rivaled Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond in terms of quality.
Since its cancellation in 2011, none of us thought we’d ever be seeing the Hammers of Justice again, especially since no direct-to-video movie swiftly followed the series finale. Now, six years later, the folks at Warner Bros. Animation have decided to dust off the franchise for a crossover flick titled – deep breath – Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Actually, this isn’t the first time a mashup of this sort has occurred, with the Dark Knight having met up with Scooby and the gang in comics and animation before – and even in an episode of The Brave and the Bold itself – but it’s arguable that none were of this magnitude.
According to IGN, here’s what we can expect:
In addition to classic DC villains like Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, the movie will also feature several friendly faces, including the likes of Aquaman, Plastic Man, The Question and Martian Manhunter. The crew will also have to contend with Scooby-Doo troublemakers like Ghost Clown, Spooky Space Kook, and Miner 49er.
As for the main voice cast, that’ll include Diedrich Bader as Batman, Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne and Black Canary, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Kate Micucci as Velma. When it comes to the guest cast, that’ll consist of Jeff Bennett as Joker, Jeffrey Combs as The Question, John DiMaggio as Aquaman, Nika Futterman as Catwoman, Nicholas Guest as Martian Manhunter, John Michael Higgins as The Riddler, Tom Kenny as Penguin and Plastic Man, Kevin Michael Richardson as Detective Chimp, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy and Fred Tatasciore as Harvey Bullock.
Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold will see DVD and Digital release on January 9, 2018. Right now, the Blu-ray format hasn’t been mentioned, but we’ll let you know if that changes.