The ultimate crime-solving combination reunites when Batman joins the Mystery Inc. gang to catch a gaggle of villains wreaking havoc in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new original film will be distributed Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on DVD and Digital. The World Premiere of the film was held on Saturday, January 6 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Here are some pictures from that event, as well as a sneak peek, where Scooby Doo and the Gang meet Batman for the first time in the film.
Among the cast and crew in attendance was:
Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). As always, you won’t know who the ultimate villain is until those “meddling kids” pull off the mask!
We had a chance to review this DVD and we think fans of both series will find something that rekindles their love of the originals. The story line includes most of the typical Scooby-Doo gang antics; like Scooby eating all the cookies and Shaggy getting none, and Fred putting together a ghost trap, but not being ready when Shaggy and Scooby lead the ghoul into it. However, the Batman: The Brave and the Bold part of the equation seems to pull stronger in this film. As a result, some of the typical Scooby-Doo extended chases are downplayed in favor of more Brave and the Bold characterizations. For example, Aquaman has several scenes where he tries to prove to Batman that he can help with their sleuthing and catching criminals. Outrageous!
Avid Scooby-Doo fans know this isn’t the first time the Caped Crusader has partnered with Mystery Incorporated. Forty-five years ago, Batman (and Robin) were the featured guest stars in a pair of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Premiering in 1972, the renowned detectives worked to solve crimes together in the hour-long television movies entitled The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair and The Caped Crusader Caper, which are included as special bonus features on the DVD.
Diedrich Bader, who voiced the Dark Knight in the fan-favorite Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated television series, reprises his role for this all-new film alongside the longtime Scooby-Doo voice cast of Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo & Fred), Grey Griffin (Daphne and Black Canary), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Kate Micucci (Velma). The guest cast includes Jeff Bennett (Joker), Jeffrey Combs (The Question), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), Nika Futterman (Catwoman), Nicholas Guest (Martian Manhunter), John Michael Higgins (The Riddler), Tom Kenny (Penguin, Plastic Man), Kevin Michael Richardson (Detective Chimp), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy) and Fred Tatasciore (Harvey Bullock).
Jake Castorena directs the teleplay by Paul Giacoppo, based on a story by supervising producer James Tucker. Michael Jelenic is the producer. Executive Producer is Sam Register. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.
“Scooby-Doo continues to be one of the most popular kids’ brands in the Warner Bros. canon, and we are thrilled to reunite the gang with Batman, the ultimate crime-stopper,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family and Animation Marketing. “Fans and families of all ages are in for a treat – and hopefully some Scooby snacks, too – when watching this all-new original movie on DVD and Digital.”
Scooby-Doo! & Batman The Brave and the Bold will be available to own on Digital starting Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage through participating retail services including CinemaNow, Vudu and Flixster Video.