DC Comics and Warner Bros. have announced an upcoming crossover film called Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
It will be part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line and will be released directly onto DVD.
The Scooby-Doo franchise hardly needs introduction: since it started in 1969, it has featured four young adults named Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy who solve mysteries with their inexplicably talking dog, Scooby. With rare exceptions, the mysteries involve monsters who turn out to be normal people running a scam.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, meanwhile, was a TV series that ran from 2008 until 2011. It was a deliberate throwback/homage/affectionate parody of Silver Age superheroics, featuring a stoic but less dour version of the Caped Crusader as he teamed up with other superheroes in lighthearted and silly adventures; often, the guest stars and bad guys were lesser known characters.
The new trailer, available here, reveals that Batman has known about Mystery Inc. for a while and needs their help to battle foes like the Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Scarecrow, and Poison Ivy (which is interesting, because Batman villains were pretty rare in the show). The other heroes depicted in the film include Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, Plastic Man and the show’s breakout character, Aquaman (“OUTRAGEOUS!”)
Interestingly enough, Scooby and the gang appeared in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold called “Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases!” The segment was a nod to 1979’s The New Scooby-Doo Movies, which also featured the superhero (and Robin) teaming up with Mystery Inc. The episode also guest-starred “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold is set to come out January 8, 2018.