With the recent release of “The Batman” to cinemas – and now to HBO Max – the online debate has been reignited: “Which Batman movie is best?”
Of course, there are hardcore Christian Bale / Christian Nolan fans. These movies were critically well-received and Nolan is a master of film. If you want to see a real brain-bender, his “Memento” still ranks among my personal top-5 films of all time.
The classic Tim Burton series still has a broad group of advocates, although the 90s series of Batman blockbusters definitely sees its popularity wane as Burton and Keaton exit the franchise. Still, many fans regard this era of Batman movies in high regard.
The one era of Batman I don’t hear in the discussion ever is the 1966 “Batman: The Movie”, starring Adam West in the lead role. While I think this movie is tragically missing from the conversation, I wanted to check in and make sure that it’s just not a case of nostalgia. After all, there are still some people who have warm feelings for George Clooney in “Batman & Robin” that I can only explain to myself as an affinity for the film because it hit them at just the right age.
So, for our latest podcast, we re-watched “Batman: The Movie” with someone who came of age in the more modern age of Batman franchises.
Personally, I would say that Adam West deserves to be ranked – and to be ranked pretty darn high – among actors who have brought the Caped Crusader to life on the big screen. But, how would that hold up – watching it again with a casual comics fan of a different generation? Is there something that modern audiences will still enjoy about the Dynamic Duo?
And, most importantly, is there any “through line” connecting this Batman that’s, decidedly, from a different era to the more modern takes on the hero?
In this episode, we’ve got:
- A recap of Batman: The Movie (1966) – the good, the bad, and the just plain silly
- Hero hindsights – What do Adam West and Burt Ward bring to the characters of Batman and Robin, and how do they stack up in the annals of Batman movies?
- Rogues Recap – With The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman all working to confound the heroes and take over not just Gotham, but (gasp) THE WORLD, how does this super-villain squad fare in the overall oeuvre of Batman films?
- What are the common threads from Batman: The Movie that survived through the ages and are still present in 2022’s “The Batman”?
So join us, as we dive head-first into BATMAN: THE MOVIE!
I’ve got to say, this was one of the more fun assignments we have taken on. The Teen Titans have undergone so many transformations across so much different media, that it was cool to share that with some comics rookies, like Pat and Michael. (And – yes – for you Pat fans, he’s back for this episode)
This episode, we’re hitting on:
Titans, Episode 1 – The deadly serious, all grown up version of the super team – available on the DC app and Amazon Streaming
New Teen Titans #1 – The “new” team (which is much closer to the team you know) introduced in November 1980, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Published by DC Comics
Teen Titans Go!, season 1, episode 1 – The silly, super-immature version of the team from Cartoon Network.
You can listen to the whole show at the link, which is right here:
I want to pause for a minute and thank our listeners. It’s been a weird world lately, and this hobby has kept us sane throughout an odd time. We’re looking forward to recording in the same room again, someday soon.
But, until then, CHEERS comics people!
This week, join us and our special guest – Batman Super-fan, Ryan – as we discuss more new(ish) comics to catch up on during your Corona lockdown:
- Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular – DC Comics
- Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshot #1 – Marvel Comics
- Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 – DC Comics
- Transformers vs Terminator #1 – Dark Horse Comics
And our hot comic pick of the week – Judge Dredd: False Witness #1 from IDW
Plus, a bunch of the other nonsense you’ve come to know and love.
Cheers – and stay safe!
The author digitally combines heroes from different comic universes onto the cover of a single issue of “Super-Team Family”, a comic that never existed, but should. The covers tell the whole story in classic Marvel/DC style. I’m linking to just a few of my favorites below, but you really should check them all out. Your favorite hero is probably tucked away in there somewhere.