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Firestorm’s fate after ‘Blackest Night’ revealed in ‘Batman: Brave & the Bold’ cartoon?

According to TV Guide, Firestorm as he appears on the cartoon Batman: The Brave and the Bold will be a merger of Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. Jason will be in control of the body with Ronnie’s consciousness along for the ride.  Given Firestorm’s current situation in the comic book series Blackest Night, is it possible that the cartoon Batman: The Brave and the Bold is reflecting what will ultimately happen to Firestorm in the comics?  Seems possible.

Here is part of the TV Guide article:

Firestorm Ignites The Brave and the Bold

by Rich Sands

Batman: The Brave and the Bold may be aimed at kids, but the Cartoon Network series has given fanboys (and girls) plenty to geek out about. With appearances by heroes both iconic (Green Arrow) and obscure (B’wana Beast, anyone?!), the show has tapped into DC Comics’ rich archives for a colorful cast of friends and foes for the Caped Crusader.

The series returns with new episodes on January 1, bringing Batman a new batch of super friends. Among this winter’s guests stars is Firestorm, a longtime second-tier character with a strong cult following who uses nuclear energy to change the atomic structure of inorganic objects. These powers were gained when two men were caught in the middle of a nuclear accident, which merged them into one flame-haired crimefighter.

Everybody Hates Chris star Tyler James Williams provides the voice for Jason Rusch, who hosts the dual personality in his body, while SpongeBob SquarePants’ Bill Fagerbakke plays ex-jock Ronnie Raymond, whose consciousness is along for the ride. (In the comics, Ronnie was the original Firestorm, paired with brainy physicist Martin Stein.) “When they combine it’s basically the smart kid has the body and he’s got this dumb guy in his head telling him stuff,” says producer James Tucker. “It’s like the flip side of mentoring. Usually you have the rebellious kid and the older stable guy trying to tell him what to do. This time the kid is stable and the older guy is telling him to lighten up.”

The episode’s main villain is Doctor Double X, a little known character who first appeared in the 1950s, and Tucker advises to “look for lots of cameos of obscure Batman villains. This is definitely a fanboy’s freeze-frame episode. “

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  1. Luke says:

    I could get behind that pairing as the “real” Firestorm. Especially with the amount of attenion which both Jason and Ronnie have been getting in Blackest Night.

  2. Shag says:

    Luke – I agree! The pairing of Jason and Ronnie could really work. I just hope they don’t dumb-down Ronnie. I’ll miss Professor Stein, but I think this new combination has lots of possibilities.


  3. outburst says:

    I think (hope?) it’s just for the show. I watch it regularly and they focus on humorous juxtapositions and the writeup does just that (brains controls the body and the dumb jock gives advice?).
    I mean, I guess it could work if you consider Ronnie the seasoned veteran but it seems clear they’re going to dumb-down Ronnie on the show.
    I really think Firestorm needs some stability though. Too many flip-flopping matrix members will confuse people and turn Firestorm into an unfortunate soap opera.
    They need to figure out a way to give flamehead some dramatic punch without changing the matrix every couple of months.

  4. Freddie Cook says:

    i watched Everybody Hates Chris and sometimes i find the lead actor a bit distracting.-“,

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