Batman's Musical May Be The Best Thing We've Seen So Far This Con

Your wait for the next Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is over. Well, kind of. This morning saw the premiere of the musical episode of Batman: The Brave & The Bold at Comic-Con, and it may be the greatest cartoon ever.

We've Neil Patrick Harris' guest-shot on the animated Batman show before, but the episode in question - "Mayhem of The Music Meister," one of the series' upcoming second season episodes, which start on Cartoon Network later this year - was premiered at San Diego Comic-Con today, and it's not just the best episode of Brave and The Bold so far, it might also be the thing that replaces Dr. Horrible in your heart. Sure, it may not have Nathan Fillion, but it does have a giant telepathic gorilla waltzing with Aquaman, a nefarious plot to become the richest man on Earth by uniting us all in a mind-controlled musical utopia, and more visual in-jokes about both comics and music than you'd think could be fitted into half an hour... Oh, and some songs that are - heresy! - catchier than the Whedon family's efforts.

We'll be bringing you the highlights of the panel, as well as our conversation with producers Michael Jelenic and James Tucker, soon. Batman: The Brave And The Bold returns later this year, and DVDs of the first season are released August 25th and November 12th.