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This article is about the film. For the DVD, see Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (DVD).

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold is the twenty-seventh in a series of direct-to-video films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on DVD and Digital HD on January 9, 2018.

It is a crossover with the TV series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, making it the first and only Brave and the Bold direct-to-video film based on that series.

Premise

Mystery Inc. are inducted into the Mystery Analysts of Gotham. However, things take a turn when a case from Batman's past comes back to haunt him and it is up to Mystery Inc. to get to the bottom of it! 

Synopsis

Mystery Inc. are being chased by a ghost and a puppet when Batman appears and drives them away. Batman warns the gang to leave the sleuthing to professional mystery solvers. When the Puppeteer attacks again, Fred overpowers the ghost and his hench-puppet, and the gang unmasks them as Martian Manhunter and Detective Chimp. As Batman and his associates reveal afterwards, the Puppeteer scam was actually an initiation test for Mystery Inc. to join the ranks of Mystery Analysts of Gotham.

Mystery Inc. arrives at the Analysts' headquarters, where they additionally meet Question, Black Canary and Plastic Man, as well as Aquaman, who is not yet a member. Mystery Inc. is asked to take the lead in the next case for the Analysts. When an alarm sounds from Gotham Chemical Storage, the assembled Mystery Analysts head for the warehouse, where they find that several phials with a radioactive isotope have been stolen. A red-cloaked figure from the old theater appears before them, calling himself Crimson Cloak and swearing revenge on Batman and Gotham for making him into a ghost. Crimson Cloak sets the storage on fire, but the Analysts escape the blast with Plastic Man's help.

While the superheroes put out the fire, Batman sends Mystery Inc. to a diner to rejoin them later. Following the gang's questions, he reveals the tale about his single unsolved case. Many years ago, at the start of his crime-fighting career, Batman attempted to stop Professor Milo from completing an experiment with faulty teleport technology. However, the vortex created by the device killed one of Milo's assistants, Leo Scarlett, a failure that has haunted Batman since that time. They conclude that the likely suspects behind the Crimson Cloak would be either Sam Scarlett, Leo's father, or Riddler.

Batman and Mystery Inc. visit the Riddler at Arkham Asylum. Batman, Fred, Daphne and Velma re-encounter Crimson Cloak, who releases the other inmates from their cells. The investigators just barely manage to escape their clutches and seal them inside the asylum. As they return to the Mystery Machine, they are intercepted by Detective Harvey Bullock and the other Mystery Analysts, who attempt to arrest them for the isotope theft due to fake evidence planted in the van. Batman and Mystery Inc. make a run for it.

Shaking off their law-enforcing pursuers, Batman takes the gang to the Batcave and leaves them there to return to Milo's old laboratory for clues. Rejoined by Aquaman and Question, who refuse to believe the false accusations made against Mystery Inc., Batman finds Milo's teleporter restored by Crimson Cloak, who promptly attacks and incapacitates the heroes. Later, Batman awakes to see himself, alongside Aquaman, tied above the teleporting machine.

At the same time, when Velma attempts to analyze the footprint in the clay, the clay suddenly comes to life and attacks. After overcoming it with a Bat-Dehydrator, Mystery Inc. deduces the villain's true identity for themselves: Clayface. They try to inform Batman, but learn that he has been captured by the Cloak; and after equipping themselves with the old costumes and gadgets of Batman's former sidekicks, they arrive just in time to stop the teleporter and incapacitate Clayface with the Dehydrator. Defeated and exposed, Clayface admits that he restored the machine for the Riddler and stole the isotopes to power it, in return for a cure against the gradual decay of his body. The Riddler sitting in Arkham is revealed to be a clay decoy, and the Question is unmasked as the real Riddler, who had taken Question's place during the fight before the Analysts' meeting.

Before he can be taken into custody, however, the Riddler escapes back into the lab. He reactivates the teleporter and prepares to use the vortex's power as a superweapon to destroy Gotham, but is knocked out by the Question. The vortex grows out of control, but at the same time a human shape begins to manifest in it. Working together, Mystery Inc. and the super heroes reverse the device's polarity, allowing Batman and Scooby to drag the figure free of the vortex before the machine self-destructs. The figure is revealed to be Leo Scarlett, who was not disintegrated by the vortex but instead caught in an interdimensional void, and is now happily reunited with his father. Batman thanks Mystery Incorporated for their help, they call him a big "Teddy-Bat" and he once again takes off into the night.


Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

Other characters:

  • Puppetto (only time mentioned)(deceased)
  • Robin (only time mentioned)
  • Edgar (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Police officers (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Commissioner Gordon (only time mentioned)
  • Waitress 1 (single appearance)
  • Professor Sam Scarlett (single appearance)
  • Bartender (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Waitress 2 (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Batgirl (only time mentioned)
  • Nightwing (only time mentioned)
  • Ace the Bat-Hound (only time mentioned)
  • Reporter (single appearance)
  • Newscaster (voice only; only time heard)
  • Mera (mentioned)

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Harvey Bullock He hates Batman.
Professor Sam Scarlett Revenge on Batman for his son's disappearance.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Clayface as the Crimson Cloak He was looking for a cure to his condition.
Riddler posing as the Question He wanted to use Milo's weapon to destroy Gotham, and have Clayface frame Batman and the gang into stealing the isotopes.

Cast

Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey Griffin Daphne Blake
Black Canary
Waitress
Kate Micucci Velma Dinkley
Diedrich Bader Batman
Jeff Bennett Joker
Leo Scarlett
Jeffrey Combs Question
Professor Sam Scarlett
John DiMaggio Aquaman
Crimson Cloak
Nika Futterman Catwoman
Nicholas Guest Martian Manhunter
John Michael Higgins Riddler
Tom Kenny Penguin
Plastic Man
Kevin Michael Richardson Detective Chimp
Clayface
Tara Strong Harley Quinn
Poison Ivy
Fred Tatasciore Harvey Bullock

Notes/Trivia

  • The film had its world premiere held at TLC Chinese Theatre on January 6, 2018. Participants included Kate Micucci (Velma) and Diedrich Bader (Batman).
  • This isn't just Harvey Bullock's first appearance in terms of crossing over with the Scooby-Doo franchise, but also the first time in the Brave and the Bold universe.
  • Professor Milo's "rodent-related" demise happened in the teaser of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode Gorillas in Our Midst, due to the Spectre turning him into cheese and letting his own rats loose on him for consumption, albeit off-screen.

Miscellaneous

Cultural references

  • Bates Burger, Hanni-bowl, and Pasta Al Capone at Arkham Asylum are named after Norman Bates from the film Psycho, Hannibal Lecter from the film Silence of the Lambs, and the early 20th century crime boss Al Capone.
  • When Daphne wears the Batgirl costume, she resembles Batgirl's classic design from her debut in Detective Comics #359.
  • When Velma wears the Robin costume, she resembles Carrie Kelly Robin from The Dark Knight Returns.
  • When Fred wears Batman's original costume, he resembles Batman's appearance from the 1943 movie serials.

Adaptations

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Black Canary asks about Clayface masquerading as The Question, Scooby and Shaggy aren't depicted in their bat costumes.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • This doesn't follow on from the Hanna-Barbera continuity of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, with the gang never having met Batman before, although they've heard of him. Incidentally, the Batman: The Brave and the Bold series did have its own HB parody continuation in the episode Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!
  • This also breaks continuity with how the Scooby-Doo! Team-Up comic chose to follow on from The New Scooby-Doo Movies, with most of the guest superheroes and supervillains in this movie having already appeared in the comic.
  • It's argued that putting Scooby in the driver's seat wouldn't work out well because he's a dog, yet he drove in Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare and Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright. Even if he was winging it, he had a license in Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness (unless it was photoshopped like Velma forging a badge to allow him to be in a hospital in Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur).
  • It's unclear what happened to Batman's sidekicks. It's possible as with his own old costume put on display, that the sidekicks put their older costumes on display.
  • In the Brave and the Bold TV series, there was always one Robin who became Nightwing (outside of alternate futures and realities), so it's unclear who the costume belonged to.
  • As a rarity, Fred and Daphne get romantic interests with the superheroes, but neither of them show jealously of the attention the other one gets.

Home media

Gallery

Videos

Images

Quotes

Velma: Jinkies! The world's greatest detective!
Fred: Batman, what are you doing here?


Martian Manhunter: Are those chocos?
Shaggy: Yes.
Martian Manhunter: MINE!


Plastic Man: Sorry! This seat's taken!


Aquaman: I'll get him to spill the Bat-Beans of that unsolved case yet, my canine compadre!
Scooby: Outrageous! (laughing)


Fred: Wow! Batman's first uniform!


Fred: Desist with this depraved disintegration, you diabolical despot! The Bat Gang has arrived!
Bat Gang: Prepare to face the Hammers of Justice!


Martian Manhunter: (reading Shaggy's mind) Zoinks!


Scooby: Holy Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Batman! (winks)

External links

  • TBA
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