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Booster and Beetle's Appearances in Other Media

Here's a list of Booster and Beetle's non-comic book appearances. I culled these from Wikipedia and my own memories and included a little blurb for each. If anyone can remember any cameos our boys have had that aren't included, or can think of something to include, or have any corrections to make, please don't hesitate to let me know. It's been a while since I've watched some of these (the JLU episodes) and others I haven't watched/played at all (Max's Smallville eps, the Brave and the Bold game).

* = denotes an unconfirmed rumor (Wikipedia is not confirmation)

Booster Gold

52 (novelization)

Written by Greg Cox, this novelization adapts and condenses the yearlong comic book series. The novel focuses on a handful of storylines (Booster, Black Adam, Renee and the Question, Intergang, the Oolong Island scientists) and omits all the rest. Ted is also left out of the novel, probably for the sake of brevity or clarity, and Booster's characterization suffers a little for it. In lieu of the scarab, Booster uses a missile created by Steel and Natasha Irons to defeat Mr. Mind.

52 (audio drama)

This is a audio play of the above novelization produced by Graphic Audio. The recording is high-quality, with believable voice acting, sound effects, and background music included. Samples can be found here: http://www.graphicaudio.net/p-267-52-1-of-2.aspx

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“Menace of the Conqueror Caveman!” (Season 1, Episode 17) – In Booster’s introduction to the BatB universe, he and Bats take on Kru’ll the Eternal. His portrayal in the show is sillier, shallower, and less competent than his comics counterpart, but he’s still a lot of fun and Tom Everett Scott does a great job voicing him.

“Mayhem of the Music Meister!” (Season 1, Episode 25) – He has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo where he’s among the large group of heroes complaining about Batman’s omnipotence in the song “Drives Us Bats.”

“A Bat Divided!” (Season 2, Episode 8) – He helps Batman take on the Riddler in the pre-credits teaser to this episode. Actually, Booster doesn’t so much help as he gets Batman electrocuted painfully and repeatedly because he keeps getting the Riddler’s riddles wrong. Whoops.

“The Siege of Starro! Part One” (Season 2, Episode 13) – All of the world’s heroes have been taken over by Starros, except for Batman, B’wana Beast, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, and Booster Gold (and Skeets!). Near the end of the episode, he dresses in civvies, revealing that he has insanely broad shoulders. He also has a brief tussle with a Starro-controlled Blue Beetle (Jaime).

“The Siege of Starro! Part Two” (Season 2, Episode 14) – Between his intro episode and this two-parter, Booster has undergone some significant growth. He’s completely outclassed power-wise by the enemies he’s up against (he seems to be a few degrees weaker in the cartoon than he is in the comics), but he nonetheless manages to play a pivotal part in Starro’s defeat.

"Menace of the Madniks!" (Season 2, Episode 18) - Booster goes back in time for teary bro-hugs and BWA-HA-HA time with his best bud Blue Beetle. But, wait! Why's Batman tagging along too?

J.M. DeMatteis has blogged about writing an upcoming JLI episode for the show.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (video game for Wii and DS)

Booster can be selected as a backup and then summoned if fights get too tough. He unleashes a powerful attack and then poses for the paparazzi. Booster brand products (such as soda) can also been seen in the backgrounds of certain levels.

DC Universe Online (video game for PS3 and PC)

Wikipedia has him listed for a non-playable cameo in the game, but this has yet to be confirmed.* His advertisements appear on the sides of buildings in the Little Bohemia district of Metropolis, as seen in this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMxfoCm7aAI .

The Death and Life of Superman (novelization)

Written by Roger Stern, this novelization covered the 1992 "Death and Return of Superman" storyline that spanned several comics. The fight between Doomsday and the JLA is recounted briefly (and Booster says his famous "It's more like Doomsday has arrived!" line).

Infinite Crisis (novelization)

Written by Greg Cox. Booster plays a small but pivotal role in this mega-crossover event when he recruits the new Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) to help shut down the Brother Eye satellite.

Infinite Crisis (audio drama)

A high-quality audio dramatization of the above novelization produced by Graphic Audio.

Justice League Unlimited (animated tv series)

“The Greatest Story Never Told” (Season 1, Episode 8) – This episode can be considered the spiritual predecessor to Booster’s current ongoing. It’s the first time we see the “save the world but can’t let anybody know” plotline being applied to Booster (though you are free to let me know if I’m wrong). Heck, the trope is even named after this episode! (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheGreatestStoryNeverTold) This episode is also the source of the “Booster Gold is Green Lantern” internet meme. Tom Everett Scott first voiced the character here and would go on to reprise the role in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Ditto for Billy West as Skeets.

“Destroyer” (Season 2, Episode 13) – In the last scene of the episode, the heroes descend the stairs of the Metro Tower in groups according to their team affiliations (JSA, Seven Soldiers, etc.). Booster can be seen running alongside fellow JLI alumni Fire, Ice, and Elongated Man. No Blue Beetle, unfortunately. There were legal issues that prevented him from appearing on the show.

Infinite Crisis (novelization)

Written by Greg Cox, this novelization adapts the comic book crossover event.

Smallville (live-action tv series)

Geoff Johns has mentioned that he will be writing a Booster Gold & Blue Beetle episode for the 10th and last season of the show.


Ted Kord

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“The Fall of the Blue Beetle!” (Season 1, Episode 8) – The episode deals with Jaime investigating the Blue Beetle legacy and Ted shows up for a good amount of it. This is more or less a Ted tribute episode. He’s voiced here by Wil Wheaton, or Wesley Crusher of Star Trek fame. One noticeable difference from the comics is the feeling of camaraderie between Ted and Batman. Bats is shown as having a lot of respect for Ted and genuinely enjoying his company. Here’s the pre-credits teaser, where the two of them geek out over their tech gear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-nN5vkisI

"Menace of the Madniks!" (Season 2, Episode 18) - Blue Beetle receives assistance from an oddly emotional Booster Gold when he faces up against the Marxist-loving Madniks. Blue and Gold back together for one last adventure! (With bonus Batman)

Crisis on Infinite Earths (audio drama)

Ted has a few lines in this dramatization produced by Graphic Audio. Based on the comic book event.

Infinite Crisis (novelization)

Ted's death at Max Lord's hands is mentioned as part of an exposition-dump narration given by J'onn detailing the events that lead up to Infinite Crisis. J'onn also takes a moment to grieve for his friend.

Infinite Crisis (audio drama)

A high-quality audio dramatization of the above novelization produced by Graphic Audio.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (animated movie)

Ted has a cameo as a member of the Crime Syndicate of America and wears an orange version of his costume.

Smallville (live-action tv series)*

Geoff Johns has mentioned that he will be writing a Booster Gold & Blue Beetle episode for the 10th and last season of the show. He has hinted that Ted Kord may make an appearance.*


Jaime Reyes

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“The Rise of the Blue Beetle!” (Season 1, Episode 1) – Jaime Reyes is a semi-regular on the show, so he appears in a lot of episodes. He appears in the credits sequence, on the show’s merchandise, and is the featured guest star for the pilot. Cartoon Jaime lacks the awesome supporting cast of his comic book counterpart (only Paco survived the transition) and his fanboyism of Ted Kord has been turned into fanboyism of superheroes in general (and Batman in particular), but otherwise his character has pretty much been kept intact. He is voiced by Will Friedle, who was also the voice of Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible and Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond.

“Invasion of the Secret Santas!” (Season 1, Episode 4) – Jaime assists Batman in taking down the Sportsmaster when the supervillain crashes a bowling tournament in this episode’s teaser. He also invites Bats over to his house for Christmas dinner. This is the first time on the show that we see the scarab talking to him.

“Fall of the Blue Beetle!” (Season 1, Episode 8) – Some important character development for Jaime occurs in this episode when he starts questioning why he became the Blue Beetle. The search leads him to the discovery of his predecessors and to some soul-searching about what it means to be a hero.

“Deep Cover for Batman!” (Season 1, Episode 12) – Batman finds himself on a parallel Earth run by a villainous team called the Injustice Syndicate. One of its members is the Scarlet Scarab, an alternate universe version of Jaime.

“Game Over for Owlman!” (Season 1, Episode 13) – Blue Beetle is one of the heroes hunting for Batman after Owlman (the villainous counterpart to Bats) hijacks the Dark Knight’s life and frames him for various crimes.

“Night of the Huntress!” (Season 1, Episode 16) – Jaime’s tour of Gotham University is interrupted by Babyface breaking his old gang out of Blackgate Penitentiary. He teams up with Batman and Huntress, developing a huge crush on Huntress in the process.

“The Fate of Equinox!” (Season 1, Episode 26) – Jaime cameos as one of the heroes Batman needs to borrow powers from to defeat Equinox (even though that doesn’t make a lick of sense, since Jaime’s powers come from the scarab). Giant Batman’s outfit ends up looking a lot like the Blue Beetle’s.

“Revenge of the Reach!” (Season 2, Episode 3) – Jaime has to square off against both the scarab and a hostile Green Lantern Corps (fronted by Guy Gardner) when the Reach activates Khaji-Da’s programming in preparation for a takeover of Oa. This episode is a good example of the student-mentor dynamic Blue Beetle shares with Batman in the cartoon – even though Jaime’s wisecracks occasionally annoy him, Bats is protective of the younger hero and believes the best of him. Other things of note: Jaime has adopted Ted’s Bug as his transport vehicle and Khaji-Da is voiced by Ioan Gruffudd (!)

“Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure!” (Season 2, Episode 4) – In a brief sequence, Aquaman jumps in to help Jaime battle the Planetmaster, Jaime fanboys over the King of Seas and then Aquaman doesn’t let him name their adventure together. Poor Jaime.

“The Siege of Starro! Part One” (Season 2, Episode 13) – A Starro-controlled Jaime completely owns Booster Gold during their fight.

“The Siege of Starro! Part Two” (Season 2, Episode 14) – Jaime doesn’t have a speaking part, but he shows up in quite a few scenes and helps pull a Starro off Aquaman’s face.

"The Mask of Matches Malone!" (Season 2, Episode 17) - Not really a cameo, but Jaime gets a mention during the Birds of Prey song when they name-drop various male superheroes and imply that they don't... measure up, if you know what I mean. Poor Jaime. (I suppose they could be talking about Ted, but considering that Jaime's more prominent presence on the show and Ted's, um, dead status, I sincerely doubt it.)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (video game for Wii and DS)

In the second level/episode, Jaime is the character your partner controls if you’re playing co-op. If you’re playing solo, the computer AI will control him.

DC Universe Online (video game for PS3 and PC)*

Wikipedia lists Blue Beetle as a non-playable character in this upcoming game.*

Infinite Crisis (novelization)

Written by Greg Cox, this novelization adapts the comic book crossover event where Jaime debuted.

Infinite Crisis (audio drama)

A high-quality audio dramatization of the above novelization produced by Graphic Audio.

Smallville (live-action tv series)

Geoff Johns has mentioned that he will be writing a Booster Gold & Blue Beetle episode for the 10th and last season of the show. He is also hoping for a Blue Beetle spinoff show.* There’s some test footage of Jaime in the suit floating around YouTube.


Dan Garret(t)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“The Fall of the Blue Beetle!” (Season 1, Episode 8) – Dan’s death is shown when Batman narrates Ted’s origin. His outfit is also on display in the Beetlecave.

"Menace of the Madniks!" (Season 2, Episode 18) - Dan's old costume can be seen on display in the Beetlecave.

Watchmen: Under the Hood (film tie-in feature)

Dan Garett can be seen on the cover of a comic book in this short feature that was included in the Tales of the Black Freighter dvd.

Blue Beetle Radio Show

The Blue Beetle had a short lived radio show in the 1940s. Here Dan was voiced by movie and radio actor Frank Lovejoy for his first 13 episodes. The episodes were short 13-minute installments. Here are the segments for your listening pleasure: http://www.archive.org/details/OTRR_Blue_Beetle_Singles (thanks to madripoor_rose for the link!)


JLI/Superbuddies/Others

Maxwell Lord

Infinite Crisis (novelization)

Written by Greg Cox, this novelization adapts the comic book crossover event. Maxwell Lord was an important in the lead-up to Infinite Crisis. His death at Wonder Woman's hands is mentioned repeatedly.

Infinite Crisis (audio drama)

A high-quality audio dramatization of the above novelization produced by Graphic Audio.

Justice League Unlimited (animated tv series)

“Ultimatum” (Season 1, Episode 9) – Max appears as the manager for the government-run superhero team Ultimen. Though Batman describes Max as “a walking ego who would do anything for a buck and some free publicity,” Max genuinely cares about his team and exhibits guilt over their eventual fates. Unlike the comics, this version of Max demonstrates no mind-control abilities.

Smallville (live-action tv series)

“Charade” (Season 9, Episode 19) – Smallville’s version of Max draws heavy inspiration from his Infinite Crisis role as Black King of Checkmate. He’s ruthless and relentless, and is portrayed as more of a straightforward villain on the show than his comics counterpart. He also demonstrates telepathic and memory manipulation abilities. In this episode, he mentally interrogates Lois’ memories in order to discover the identity of the Red-Blue Blur (Clark Kent).

“Hostage” (Season 9, Episode 21) – Max kidnaps Tess Mercer and torments her with illusions in order to get her to divulge the location of the Book of Rao. During this illusions, he carries a gun and wears his Checkmate outfit (black t-shirt, dark pants, holsters everywhere) instead of his usual suit.


Fire

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

Though she’s only appeared in cameos so far, she can be seen in the opening credits of the show. Here’s hoping that she gets an episode dedicated to her in the future.

“Terror on Dinosaur Island!” (Season 1, Episode 2) – Fire has a cameo in the teaser, where she assists Batman in taking down Gentleman Ghost when Bat’s partner Plastic Man is distracted.

“The Fate of Equinox!” (Season 1, Episode 26) – Fire is one of the superheroes Batman borrows powers from in order to take down Equinox.

“The Siege of Starro! Part One” (Season 2, Episode 13) – Fire can be seen briefly as part of Starro’s mind-controlled superhero minions.

“The Siege of Starro! Part Two” (Season 2, Episode 14) – Fire is one of the heroes who fights Giant Starro.

DC Universe Online (video game for PS3 and PC)*

Wikipedia lists Fire as a non-playable character in the upcoming game.*

Justice League of America (live-action tv series)

Fire is wildly out of character in this unaired television pilot. Here she is a struggling actress and her Brazilian heritage has been removed.

Justice League Unlimited (animated tv series)

“I Am Legion” (Season 2, Episode 1) – Fire can be seen chatting animatedly with Ice and later on joins Flash and Hawkgirl for a mission to Blackhawk Island. In this series, Fire is more uncertain than she is in the comics. She displays nervousness over “losing” Flash when she is forced to drop him in order to fight a foe.

“Grudge Match” (Season 2, Episode 9) – Fire is one of the contestants captured and used by Roulette for the all-female “Glamour Slam” of her Metabrawl tournament. This episode may have influenced the Formerly Known as the Justice League issue where Roulette sets the Superbuddies up in one of her cage matches.

“Destroyer” (Season 2, Episode 13) – Fire can be seen swimming in a pool in Rio before she is teleported away to assist the Justice League with Darkseid. She can also been seen at the end of the episode, running next to her JLI teammates Ice, Booster Gold, and Elongated Man.


Ice

Justice League Unlimited (animated tv series)

“Destroyer” (Season 2, Episode 13) – Ice is sitting at the side of the pool Fire is swimming in and she is teleported along with Fire to fight Darkseid. At the end of the episode, she runs down the stairs next to Fire, Booster Gold, and Elongated Man.

Justice League of America (live-action tv series)

All of the characters featured in this live-action pilot were wildly out of character. Ice, for example, was a mild-mannered meteorologist instead of a Norwegian princess.


Guy Gardner

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“Day of the Dark Knight!” (Season 1, Episode 5) – The pre-credits teaser involves Guy pissing off Kilowog’s K’Vellian prisoner. The alien grows in size and strength, trashing GL headquarters before he can be subdued.

“The Eyes of Despero!” (Season 1, Episode 10) – The Green Lantern Corps has gone missing and Batman teams up with its last remaining members (Guy, G’nort, and Sinestro) to stop Despero from taking over the universe. Guy is this show’s primary Green Lantern, as he gets more lines and focus than Hal Jordan (who usually shows up in silent cameos). This episode was written by J.M. DeMatteis and has the infamous “One Punch” scene, except with G’nort in Ted’s place.

“Mayhem of the Music Meister!” (Season 1, Episode 24) – Guy can be briefly seen as one of the many, many heroes complaining about Batman’s omnipotence in the song, “Drives Us Bats.” He’s three blocks to the left from Booster Gold.

“Death Race to Oblivion!” (Season 2, Episode 1) – Guy is one of the contestants in Mongul’s death race and possibly the only one to have a normal vehicle. He also has a brief, hilarious turn as a Green Arrow.

“Revenge of the Reach!” (Season 2, Episode 3) – Guy tries to intimidate Jaime into giving up the scarab when the latter travels to Oa to turn over the captured villain Evil Star. Later on, Guy and other GL Corps members have to fight mind-controlled agents of the Reach.

“The Siege of Starro! Part One” (Season 2, Episode 13) – Guy and some other heroes can be seen making one last stand in space before becoming overwhelmed by Starros in the teaser to this episode. He shows up later under Starro’s control.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (video game for Wii and DS)

Guy is your co-op or computer AI controlled partner for the fourth level/episode of the game. Before unleashing a powerful attack, he’ll say the words, “What's that? I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.”

Duck Dodgers (animated tv series)

Guy and the Green Lantern Corps have a non-speaking cameo in the Duck Dodgers episode, “The Green Loontern.”

Green Lantern (live-action movie)*

Wikipedia says Guy has a small role in the movie script and that there’s potential for his role to be expanded in possible sequels.*

Infinite Crisis (novelization)

Written by Greg Cox, this novelization adapts the comic book crossover event.

Infinite Crisis (audio drama)

A high-quality audio dramatization of the above novelization produced by Graphic Audio.

Justice League of America (live-action tv series)

The writers seemed to have confused “Guy Gardner” with “unfunny parody of Kyle Rayner Hal Jordan a putz” for this show, as our introduction to this character has us learn that he’s a software salesman who takes his girlfriend to Italian restaurants and sings opera to her. Yeah, that’s Guy Gardner right there.


Elongated Man

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“Journey to the Center of the Bat!” (Season 1, Episode 9) – In this episode’s teaser, Elongated Man argues with Plastic Man over whom Batman would prefer as a partner while the two of them are trying to take down Babyface. Ralph’s voice actor (Sean Donnellan) gives him a wonderful plummy voice that just makes you want to watch the guy perform dinner theater.

Justice League Unlimited (animated tv series)

“The Greatest Story Never Told” (Season 1, Episode 8) – Ralph is put on crowd control duty with Booster Gold while the rest of the Justice League battle Mordru. He spends most of his time complaining to Booster about Plastic Man’s existence.

"The Ties that Bind (a.k.a. Miracles Happen)" (Season 1, Episode 15) - There's a Ralph cameo; he and Wally commiserate about not being taken seriously. While playing Rock 'em Sock 'em robots. (courtesy of insomniac_draws)


Scott and Barda Free

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (animated tv series)

“The Last Bat on Earth!” (Season 1, Episode 22) – The teaser has Mister Miracle and Batman escaping from the dastardly clutches of an ingenious death trap while Big Barda and Oberon look on. Turns out that it’s for a charity event.

“The Siege of Starro! Part One” (Season 2, Episode 13) – Scott and Barda are two of the heroes under Starro’s mind control.

“The Siege of Starro! Part Two” (Season 2, Episode 14) – We see the newly freed Scott and Barda sitting at a picnic table with other superheroes.


Justice League Unlimited (animated tv series)

“The Ties that Bind (a.k.a. Miracles Happen)” (Season 1, Episode 15) – Mister Miracle and Big Barda ask the Justice League to help them free Oberon from Apokolips. J’onn turns them down, but Flash helps them on his own.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (animated direct-to-DVD movie)

Barda has a pretty substantial part in this film and allies with Wonder Woman for a brutal fight against Granny Goodness' Furies on Apokolips. Scott's costume makes a cameo but, unfortunately, Mr. Free himself is nowhere to be found.

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