Batman is one of pop culture’s enduring icons. Over seven or so decades, the man with the ears and the cape has been relevant to every generation. I decided it would be interesting to hear discussion about the many iterations of Batman on the small and big screen, from the 40's serials and Adam West in the 60's to Batman: The Animated Series and The Dark Knight. Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale, Val Kilmer and even (ugh) George Clooney have inhabited the role of the Caped Crusader. All versions, no matter how cheesy or gaudy, have formed cornerstones of superhero media and popular culture at large.
|Tumbler - Christopher Nolan films|
|The New Batman Adventures/Justice League|
|Tim Burton films|
|The Batman cartoon|
|Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne and Batman|
Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the Burton movies. I liked the first one quite a bit and there were many things that they got right, but equally many things that I can't get over. For one, the Joker's death was awfully anti-climatic. The Joker's death in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker was a far better moment and had me on the edge of my seat. By the way, I'd love if this discussion moved towards the animated series and films and away from the Burton era, but that's just me. I also couldn't stand how Vicki Vale was just let into the Batcave. Everyone loves Michael Keaton and I'll give him credit for the performance, but when he was out of the suit I just didn't buy it. Bruce Wayne has never been a skinny nerd or socially-inept geek, always a charming, handsome, debonair playboy, so that's one aspect I didn't like.
|Danny DeVito as the Penguin|
|The Batcave from Batman Begins|
|Batman, Robin and Poison Ivy: Batman and Robin|
Stay tuned for Part II!