May the Best Man Die! is the sixty-fourth episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Air Date Edit
August 8, 2011 (United Kingdom), November 4, 2011 (U.S.)
The Lords of Order and Chaos have discovered Equinox's Embodiments are his self, and gives Batman a map of the Embodiments leading him to find Equinox's Embodiment of Cowardice in Oa, his Embodiment of Arrogance in Pytharia, his Embodiment of Sarcasm in the Old West, his Embodiment of Decite in World War II, his Embodiment of Lust in Apokolips, his Embodiment of desperation in Earth A.D., his Embodiment of ignorance in the Prehistoric Ages, his Embodiment of gluttony in the 64th Century, his Embodiment of wickedness in the 24th Century and his Embodiment of prejudice in the End of Time, and they give Batman a map to locate each Equinox and stop him from altering history and space, as he heads out into the 31st century, they encounter Equinox's Embodiment of horror, as he teams up with Supergirl to help the Legion of Super-Heroes (consisting of Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Star Boy, Light Lass, Ultra Boy, Colossal Boy, Karate Kid, Shadow Lass and Element Lad) defeat the Fatal Five.
Main Plot: Edit
In Sparta Prison, Batman and Wildcat try to talk a prisoner named Dubek into talking about his former employer the Joker or risk staying in solitary confinement, to which Dubek refuses. The Joker, knowing that eventually his former stooge may crack, decides to put a plan in motion to silence him.
When Wildcat puts on a boxing match for the prison, Dubek is picked to be the best prisoner fight the fight (in spite of Batman's express instructions not to let them out) This allows the Joker to slip in rare tropical disease into Dubek's water bucket. This also succeeds in infecting all the other prisoners, and a doctor gives them 72 hours to live. Thankfully, there is a dog named Spot which they have used to make enough vaccine to cure everyone.
However, when they try to transport the special dog to the prison to extract the vaccine and cure the inmates, the Joker is there to attack. Although the Joker fails in capturing the priceless pooch, the dog manages to get away and run off into Gotham City. Batman and Wildcat scour the city to try and find the dog. Spot is ultimately captured by the dog pound. With time running out, they put an APB out for the dog and learn that it was taken to the Gotham pound.
However they arrive too late and find that the Joker beat them to collecting the dog. The Joker then contacts Batman and tells him that he'll turn over the dog to the police if he and Wildcat agree to a fight to the death. Both men agreeing they go to Gotham's Jefferson Square Garden for the fight. The Joker makes them wear the Cestus boxing gloves of ancient Rome. When the two men begin to weaken in battle, the Joker admits to them that he coated the Cestus' with the virus and that he intends to watch them both die. When the dog bites the Joker, he orders his goon to go throw the dog in the nearby river.
Batman bluffs the Joker, telling him that the dog may have infected him with the virus with it's bite, forcing the Joker to save the dog in order to save himself, which leaves for an easy capture. When Wildcat asks Batman if it was true that the Joker got infected, Batman admits he doesn't know, but he was hoping the Joker wouldn't want to risk it one way or the other.
Meanwhile, the Outsiders (Black Lightning, Katana, Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Halo and Looker) work with Aquaman and Martian Manhunter in the JLI in order to train to become one of the reservist members of the JLI, as they discover Slug was once affiliated with Darkseid on Apokolips, as Slug offers Darkseid to become one of his servants again to prove his worth to destroy the Outsiders, but Slug failed miserably and Darkseid had imprisoned him with Lump.
- This episode is based on Brave and the Bold Vol 1 118.
- Equinox Prime's 12 Aspects of his personality embodied in a fragment:
- Equinox's Hatred in Time Out for Vengeance! in Robot Batman's Time.
- Equinox's Horror in May the Best Man Die! in the 31st Century.
- Equinox's Cowardice in Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!, Part Two: Emerald Twilight! in Oa.
- Equinox's Arrogance in Aquaman the Unconquered! in Pytharia.
- Equinox's Sarcasm in Weird Western Tales! in the Old West.
- Equinox's Decite in Four-Star Battle Tales! in World War II.
- Equinox's Lust in Apokolips Now! in Apokolips.
- Equinox's Desperation in Captain Marvel Battles the Seven Enemies of Man! in Earth A.D.
- Equinox's Ignorance in Fangs of the Kobra! in the Prehistoric Age.
- Equinox's Gluttony in Fangs of the Kobra! in the 64th Century.
- Equinox's Wickedness in Fangs of the Kobra! in the 24th Century.
- Equinox's Prejudice in Crisis: 70 Years Before the Future!, Part One in the End of Time.
- Equinox's Embodiment of Horror in the 31st Century's goal is to create fear and ignorance into the hearts of warriors.
- In the first flashback with the first 3 Outsiders (Black Lightning, Katana and Metamorpho), Black Lightning and Katana are tasked with making their costumes to fight crime, Katana dons a samurai uniform, while Black Lightning gets a new uniform from Peter Gambi, while exercising ??? days and 2 months to gain his muscles, as he joins Batman and Metamorpho to stop Baron Bedlam, Katana meets Halo and Geo-Force for the first time. In the second flashback taking place between Batman and the Outsiders Vol 1 5 and Batman and the Outsiders Vol 1 6, Katana cuts half of her hair with her sword, similar to how Mulan does it when ???. In the third flashback based on the beginning of Batman and the Outsiders Vol 1 28, Halo asks her best friend, April to cut her hair as they are the Outsiders they were by fighting Lord Naga and his cultists in the teaser of Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!, while also being joined by Emily Briggs (who becomes Looker).
- Diedrich Bader as Batman
- Kate Higgins as Supergirl
- Liem O'Brien as Cosmic Boy
- Janyce Jaud as Emerald Empress
- Paul St. Peter as Mano
- Peter Stormare as Tharok
- Dee Bradley Baker as Persuader
- Dee Bradley Baker as Validus/Bud and Lou/Desaad
- Oded Fehr as Equinox
- R. Lee Ermy as Wildcat
- John DiMaggio as Aquaman
- Nicholas Guest as Martian Manhunter
- Bumper Robinson as Black Lightning
- Lauren Tom as Katana
- Scott Menville as Metamorpho
- Hunter Parrish as Geo-Force
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Halo
- Kari Wahlgren as Looker
- Jeff Bennett as Joker
- Tara Strong as Harley Quinn
- Brian George as Dubek
- Michael Leon-Wooley as Darkseid
- Alexander Polinsky as Slug
- Armin Shimmerman as Baron Bedlam