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Something I noticed about the Batman films - 24/7/2012 1:28:41 PM   
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Just thought that this might amuse some people - now that the TDKR is out there is a funny thing I have noticed about the Batman films since the first Burton one.

Taken as a whole they present a chronological history of the Batman comic series.

Batman '89: 1940s: A movie focused on the early Bob Kane work. Batman fights gangsters that look like they have come from issue. no 1. While silly it also has a certain hard boiled edge to it.

Batman Returns: 1950s: Ever so slowly the hard boil noir is placed in the background and more zany ideas are introduced. Gets accused of no longer being for children (Comics Code introduced)

Batman Forever/Batman and Robin: 1960s: Stories become camp, an extended Bat family is introduced.

Batman Begins: 1970s: Denny O'Neil at DC comics brings Batman back to his more serious roots. Introduced Ra's Al Ghul

The Dark Knight: 1980s: Taking the more serious tone a step further the comics became harder edged with books such as the Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns getting under the skin of the characters. Seen as the peak of the ultra dark phase of Batman so far.

The Dark Knight Rises: 1990s: The comics become more focused on epics such as Knightfall and No Mans Land. While still maintaining a hard edge, these comics were focused on big concepts and long arcs.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 4:17:46 PM   
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This is pretty cool and I felt sorry for you that no-one had commented on it.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 4:26:26 PM   
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Interesting. I also noticed a neat parallel between Batman: The Movie and The Dark Knight Rises but I've already mentioned it in another thread so I won't bother.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 4:36:13 PM   
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The 00s/10s saw an attempt to marry the darker aspects of the Batman mythos with the more out-there imagery and characters of the Silver Age comics - Hush, Morrison's run on Batman etc - which is surely the direction the new reboot will take (provided they don't go for a straight-up rehash of Nolan's films). So I think we can conclude that the Illuminati are responsible for these movies.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 4:54:17 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf

The 00s/10s saw an attempt to marry the darker aspects of the Batman mythos with the more out-there imagery and characters of the Silver Age comics - Hush, Morrison's run on Batman etc - which is surely the direction the new reboot will take (provided they don't go for a straight-up rehash of Nolan's films). So I think we can conclude that the Illuminati are responsible for these movies.


So bearing in mind I haven't done more than glance at the odd comic since the mid '90s, would that mean still serious and gloomy but with a more fantastical, sci-fi kind of edge? If so I'd welcome a re-boot that went in that direction, if only to differentiate it from Nolan's fims. Although the first thing a director needs to do is come up with a believable way to present one of the finer bits of gadgetry in Batman's arsenal that has been sorely missed in all the cinematic ventures from Burton's efforts onwards - for the love of god give me Shark Repellent Batspray!

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 5:53:45 PM   
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The Movie and The Dark Knight Rises but I've already mentioned it in another thread so I won't bother.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 7:18:06 PM   
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None of the films match the mastery of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, in my opinion.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 8:08:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Squidward Hark Bugle

None of the films match the mastery of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, in my opinion.


And yet Alan Moore doesn't rate it as one of his more finer works.
The Dark Knight Returns,I think,will forever be my favorite Batman book.

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RE: Something I noticed about the Batman films - 27/7/2012 8:29:27 PM   
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I read it again last week, it's better than its author suggests it is. That said, I agree with Alan Moore that the book's treatment of Barbara is pretty dodgy, and I agree with Brian Bolland that it would be better without the Joker origin story (though it works as just one version of events inside his mind). Arkham Asylum is my favourite (Year One in second, possibly as it's the first Batman story I read).

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