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Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold is the 27th entry in the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series, released on January 9, 2018. This time, it's a crossover with a DC cartoon, specifically Batman: The Brave and the Bold , which ended back in 2011. The movie involves Batman teaming up with the Scooby-Doo gang when villains from both of their worlds unite to wreak havoc on the city. A deeper mystery runs through as they have to deal with a new villain called the Crimson Cloak, and also deal with Batman's unsolved case.

The movie also features classic DC villains like the Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, the Riddler and so forth, alongside heroes like Aquaman, Black Canary, and Plastic Man.

You can watch the trailer here .


The movie contains examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Aquaman noting how Question has a sense of humor and isn't ending things with questions eventually leads to Batman learning that he's being tricked.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Aquaman is the only prominent hero that's not a detective and thus not invited to the group meeting. He doesn't take it well.
  • Art Evolution: The art style improving is a given considering that the show ended in 2011, but the Scooby gang is given slightly darker shading to match the Art Deco aesthetic of the series.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Batman has a "Martian Failsafe" against Martian Manhunter. One assumes that he's gonna unleash fire...instead, Batman just flings a box of Choco cookies for Manhunter to snack on.
  • Blackmail: Clayface says he only helped the Riddler in exchange for a cure for his condition, though he ultimately suspects Riddler never intended to make good on it.
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  • Broad Strokes: Since the girls from Young Justice make The Cameo appearance in Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, they're presumably not actually from the Young Justice universe as it is and are instead some sort of Broad Strokes of them in The Brave and the Bold universe.
  • Big Bad: The Riddler turns out to be behind everything, having hired Clayface to pose as the Crimson Cloak.
  • Call-Back: The first thing in the movie's intro is the eyes from The New Scooby-Doo Movies opening, which was the first series that had Scooby-Doo team up with the Silver Age Batman.
  • Canon Character All Along: The Crimson Cloak at first appears to be a new villain created for the movie, but is actually Clayface in disguise.
  • Cast as a Mask:
    • John DiMaggio voices Crimson Cloak, while Kevin Michael Richardson voices Clayface.
    • When the Riddler impersonates the Question for most of the movie, Jeffrey Combs still does the voice instead of John Michael Higgins.
  • Clear My Name: The Crimson Cloak/Clayface and the Riddler framed Batman and Mystery Inc. for their crimes, forcing them to flee and clear their names.
  • Continuity Nod: While talking about suspects for the Crimson Cloak, the gang quickly suspect Professor Milo, though Batman automatically rules him out, citing the cold open to "Gorilla in Our Midst!" (where the Spectre turned Milo into cheese for rats to eat).
  • Crossover: Batman has crossed over with Scooby-Doo before, most notably in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, but this is the first crossover set in the main continuity of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. "Batmite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases", an episode of that series, featured a Batman/Scooby-Doo crossover in an alternate universe based on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Freddy becomes enamored with Black Canary.
  • Double Take: Daphne has one when she learns that Plastic Man used to be notorious criminal Eel O'Brien.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Scooby, when he takes the wheel of the Mystery Machine, drives rather recklessly.
  • Food Fight: Shaggy and Scooby accidentally instigate a food fight in Arkham Asylum, which they use to their advantage.
  • Hammerspace: During the scene where Scooby and Shaggy meet Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Harley summons a large mallet from behind her back to attack the Big Eaters.
    Shaggy: (panicking) Zoinks! Like, man, where did that come from!?
  • The Heavy: The Crimson Cloak facilitates the plot on behalf of the Riddler.
  • Hero Antagonist: Detective Bullock gets in the way of Batman and Mystery Incorporated a lot, but he's still firmly on the side of the law.
  • Hidden Depths: Of the gang, Daphne proves the most adept at superheroics and one-liners. Velma lampshades it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the end of the trailer, when Detective Chimp starts talking, Shaggy remarks how talking animals freak him out, even though his best friend is Scooby-Doo, a talking dog. And Scooby agrees.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: The police have a photo of Shaggy committing a robbery. How does Velma know it's not really him? "Shaggy" walked by food on a table without even trying to eat it.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • When Shaggy and Scooby are being chased by the villain at the beginning of the movie, he questions why the two are the bait. Velma just answers "Default behavior" at this point.
    • The big unmasking and wrap-up are done by DC's finest. Shaggy acknowledges how it's just odd when others do that instead of the Mystery Inc. crew.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: We have a crossover between a show with a large cast and a franchise with many characters. This trope is in effect.
  • Mythology Gag
    • The Joker and the Penguin show up in the second act for a car chase sequence as a nod to their traditional roles of being the main Batman villains that interact with Mystery Incorporated.
    • Don Knotts is a guard at Arkham Asylum. And the cell that The Riddler is in, DC140, is a nod to Detective Comics issue #140, where the Riddler made his debut.
    • Batman mentions meeting the gang at the malt shop on the corner of Ruby and Spears, a nod to Scooby Doo creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.
    • There's a Batman Beyond style set of costume cases in the Batcave, featuring the Golden Age Batsuit, the original Robin costume, the Batgirl costume, the Nightwing costume, and Ace the Bathound's cape and cowl. Sure enough, Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby don the respective uniforms in the climax.
  • Non-Action Guy: Fred, Shaggy, and even Scooby all qualify. At no point do they throw any punches or get into fisticuffs with the various villains, though they do make up for their lack of fighting skills with their cunning and detective skills.
    • Scooby and Shaggy actually take the initiative in getting rid of Bane and Blockbuster, posing as football stadium tailgate pros, bamboozling the bruiser duo with cheap disguises and faux attitude. Batman lampshades that there is no way that ever should have worked.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The Question gets hurled by Catwoman into a pile of boxes and tackled by one of Riddler's henchmen. When the scene is played again, said hencman is actually The Riddler himself, who takes on the appearance of The Question.
  • Red Herring: During earlier encounters with the Crimson Cloak, both Martian Manhunter and Plastic Man are conspicuously absent, leading the audience to believe that for whatever motive they're conspiring to antagonize Batman.
  • Running Gag: Martian Manhunter and his love of Choco cookies; in fact, Batman has a Martian Failsafe that involves those cookies!
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: While being chased through Arkham Asylum, no less!
  • Secret Test of Character: The opening was a secret initiation test for the gang for entry into the Mystery Analysts of Gotham. The Martian Manhunter and Detective Chimp pulled a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax at Batman's instruction. Batman told the gang to leave for their own safety, but they didn't and solved the case, thus passing the test.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A rather dark one sees among the food items in the Arkham cafeteria when Shaggy and Scooby visit there being Bates Burgers and Hanni-bowls. The burgers even come with knives similar to Norman's trademark knife and the bowls are in the mold of a head with the top opened, much like Paul Krendler's fate.
    • The movie's climax is reminiscent of the ending of Big Hero 6, complete with a dimension portal from which a person whose absence partially motivated the plot is rescued from.
    • Poison Ivy calls her pet plant 'Georgia', after Georgia O'Keefe's (in)famous suggestive plant photography.
  • Significant Anagram: This happens twice (once with the pathway to the headquarters of the detective agency Mystery, Inc. have joined and once with figuring out an alias the Riddler used), with Daphne uncovering them out easily. She explains that she goes through word scramblers during their travels.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Just like in his previous appearance in the series, Dr. Milo doesn't play a huge role in the film. However, it's still a pivotal role, as he was the villain involved in That One Case Batman hadn't solved for all these years.
  • That One Case: The crux of the plot. During his first year, Batman stopped one of Milo's experiments and saved one of his two assistants from being sucked into a portal, who'd go on to become the Riddler. However, Leo Scarlett, the other assistant, got sucked in. However, with Mystery Inc.'s help, Batman rescues Leo.
  • Villainous Legacy: Dr. Milo's teleportation experiment from years ago plays a major part in the Riddler's plan, when Milo is long dead by the story's present setting.
  • Worth It: The supervillain car chase ends in complete failure, but the Joker says it was still a blast. The Penguin just rolls his eyes and says he needs new friends.


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