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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 .


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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.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While the movie generally does a good job rerailing most of the Brave and the Bold heroes back from their Flanderized Season 3 personalities, Martian Manhunter gets hit with this hard, turning from a professional Only Sane Man to an egotistical sugar addict who'll gleefully snatch cookies out of Shaggy's hand.
  • 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.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: When the Mystery Inc. gang all dress up in the costumes of each of the Bat Family, Daphne — dressed in Batgirl's costume — is the only one who convincingly resembles the original.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: Batman has a "Martian Failsafe" against Martian Manhunter. One assumes that he's gonna turn the Batmobile's rocket engine on full blast...note  instead, Batman just flings a box of Choco cookies for Manhunter to snack on.
  • 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. Then again, this movie could take place in a separate continuity from the rest.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Loads and loads of them, by every villain who appeared back in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, along with a couple of Canon Immigrant.
  • 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.
  • Canon Immigrant: Included among the cameo-appearing villains are Simon the Pie-Man from the 1968 Batman cartoons, and the Sweet Tooth from the 1977 cartoons.
  • 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.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Aquaman is not a detective but determined to hang out with Batman and the others anyway. His solution: put on a Paper-Thin Disguise and reintroduce himself as Quirot of the Cleveland Yardnote . He drops the shtick by Act 2, though he insists on tagging along for the remainder.
  • Clear My Name: The Crimson Cloak/Clayface and the Riddler frame 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 "Gorillas in Our Midst!" (where the Spectre turned Milo into cheese for rats to eat).
    • Per the cold open to "The Mask of Matches Malone!", Poison Ivy still calls her Man-Eating Plant Georgia.
    • At one point, Aquaman asks whether Batman has "lost another Robin", possibly canonizing the reference to Jason Todd's death in "Emperor Joker!" Then again, he could just be referring to how Dick Grayson graduated into an independent hero.
  • Crossover: Batman has crossed over with Scooby several times before, most notably in The New Scooby-Doo Movies and the Brave and the Bold episode "Batmite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases".note  This episode pays various homages to both.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Freddy is 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Plastic Man poses as a chair... and Daphne sits on him, then leaps in surprise like as if she was goosed.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Sorely missed during The Brave and the Bold proper, Harley Quinn finally gets to whip one out during the Arkham riot.
    Shaggy: (panicking) Zoinks! Like, man, where did that come from!?
    Harley: Beats me. Beats you, too.
  • 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.
    • In the aftermath of a battle, Batman and Question depart, leaving Aquaman to complain about being left behind to do all the work. He then summons a giant squid and commands, "Edgar! Do all the work!"
  • 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: The Scooby side sticks to the Five-Man Band and no more. The Batman side, on the other hand, brings in a half-dozen heroes alongside Batman plus almost every Gotham-based villain from the original show, from the Joker and the Penguin down to Mr. Camera and the Polka-Dot Man to say nothing of new addition Clayface.
  • Mythology Gag
    • The Joker and the Penguin show up in the second act for a Car Chase, as a nod to their traditional roles of being The Heavy in any Batman-Scooby crossover.
    • The main Arkham guard Batman interacts with is an obvious caricature of fellow Scooby team-up veteran Don Knotts. And the cell that The Riddler is in, DC140, is a nod to his debut comic Detective Comics #140.
    • Batman mentions meeting the gang at the malt shop on the corner of Ruby and 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.
  • Real After All: While the bulk of the Crimson Cloak plot is a variation on the traditional "Scooby-Doo" Hoax, it's eventually revealed that Leo Scarlett did in fact survive his accident with the wormhole machine, and his - for lack of a better word - ghost has been whispering messages into Batman's ear.
  • 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 Cold Open mystery is really this, with Detective Chimp and Martian Manhunter (on Batman's orders) acting as the monsters. Batman told the gang to leave for their own safety, but they didn't and solved the case, completing their Initiation Ceremony into the Mystery Analysts of Gotham.
  • 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)famously 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 does word scrambles for fun during the Gang's many, many road trips.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Monster: Clayface did very little out of genuine malice, instead acting on the Riddler's orders in exchange for the cure to a very horrifying degenerative disease. Daphne even openly says she feels sorry for him as he's carted off.
  • The Un Twist: Played with. Clayface gets a brief name-check early on, and the Crimson Cloak soon demonstrates several abilities Batman fans will almost immediately connect with him. The truth? He was acting as the Cloak, but only on the orders of actual Big Bad Riddler.
  • Villain Team-Up: Apart from the Riddler-Clayface scheme driving the main plot, the movie has two separate setpieces demonstrating how quickly Gotham's supervillains will team up for a chance to beat the snot out of Batman and five random hippies.
  • 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.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted with a vengeance. Failing to save a random Mook in his very first year of crimefighting has haunted Batman for his entire career, no matter how many successes he's had since. The movie even goes out of its way to show said mook has a father who dearly misses him.
  • Withholding the Cure: How Riddler coerces Clayface into carrying out his plan, though Clayface ultimately suspects Riddler never intended to make good on it.
  • 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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