SDCC 09: Batman Brave and the Bold Panel

The newest season of Cartoon Network’s hit show Batman: The Brave and the Bold was on display Friday morning at Comic-Con International: San Diego, and it was the perfect way to start the second full day of the Con.

The show’s creative teams as well as voice stars Diedrich Bader (Batman), John DiMaggio (Aquaman) and James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow) were on hand to face the crowd, which had a refreshing mix of big and little Fanboys.

After the screening of a clip from “The Legend of the Bat-Mite” episode that poked fun at the more…ahem… passionate Conventioneers, all the show’s crew members in attendance were asked to stand up and get some love from the enthusiastic crowd.

Producer James Tucker said Season Two will have even more familiar faces, including Enemy Ace, GI Robot, Vixen, Firestorm, Metal Men, Doom Patrol, Starro, as well as Captain Marvel and the entire Marvel family.

As for the other two members of DC’s Holy Trinity, executive producer Seth Register said they want to have Superman and Wonder Woman on the show. It just depends on working out logistics with DC and Warner Bros.

One special guest star behind the scenes was also revealed.

Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman from the 60s Batman TV show, will voice Martha Wayne in a flashback episode titled “Chill of the Night.”

The highlight of the panel, though, was the premiere screening of the episode featuring Neil Patrick Harris as The Music Meister. It’s a musical episode that has to be seen – and heard – to be believed.

Whether you like musicals or not, you’ll appreciate the effort that went into crafting this ingenious, and downright catchy, story. Harris is his typically brilliant self as the Evil Orchestrator, and you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Aquaman and Gorilla Grodd two-step, with Black Mantis pirouetting stage left. It certainly struck the right chord with the SDCC audience, which gave the panelists a standing ovation when the final note was hit.

Register said he usually likes to read every script and screen dailies for every episode. But when Tucker and writer Michael Jelenic pitched the idea of a musical episode, he decided to just wait and see how it turned out. He also jokingly answered a fan’s question by saying the only way the show will ever adapt the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ storyline was if they could do a musical version.

Before the panel wrapped up, Bader introduced his young kids, who were in the audience dressed up as Moon Knight and Shining Star.

Season 1, Vol. 1 of Batman: The Brave and the Bold is out on DVD Aug. 25th, with Vol. 2 dropping November 10th.

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