The Not-So-Dark Knight26 Jul, 2009 By: John Latchem
Voice director Andrea Romano says Cartoon Network’s newest DC superhero series, “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” was intended to be a lighter depiction of the Dark Knight than its predecessors.
“There are so many dark versions of Batman out there, and we didn’t want to duplicate that,” Romano says. “Producer James Tucker explained to me that he wanted to do Batman not as big and cartoony, but to have scenes that acknowledge Batman has a sense of humor.”
Romano, having worked on the animated DC properties since “Batman: The Animated Series,” is no stranger to Batman, having cast the character several times.
“For ‘Brave and the Bold,’ Diedrich Bader (‘The Drew Carey Show’) was the first actor that came to mind,” Romano says. “Three things made him ideal for the role. He has a low pitch to his voice that is very good for Batman. He’s a terrific actor, and he has a great sense of humor.”
The show features Batman teaming with other heroes from the DC canon, such as Red Tornado, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle and the Green Arrow, often to humorous effect.
“Green Arrow wants to be Batman but doesn’t want to admit it,” says James Arnold Taylor, who voices Green Arrow. “He’s like the younger brother to Batman but in competition with him.”
Rounding out the cast are Will Friedle, Corey Burton, Tom Kenny and “Futurama” star John DiMaggio, who plays Aquaman.
“They have strong voices, but also a sense of humor,” Romano says. “The Aquaman episodes are just sillier in general. John DiMaggio is perfect for that.”
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Vol. 1 will be available Aug. 25 on DVD ($14.98) from Warner Home Video.