From first superhero to...hey, who was the second superhero? Was it Bats?
Well, anyway, Batman.
Batman: The Movie
Yeah, we're starting with Adam West.
I probably shoulda started with George Reeves in the Supes one, but...I ain't seen "Superman vs. The Molemen".
Yeah, I went through a snotty phase of looking down on this one, and treating it like MST3K.
Well, the dark Batman has nested in everyone's collective consciousness long enough, and won the respect the creators were struggling for, so, now we can look back at this as the bit of fun that it is, instead of something to be overcome.
(And...he's kinda reincarnated in "Batman: The Brave & The Bold")
I dig it. Adam West is a hoot.
I love him on Family Guy, I love him in these old things, he's just great.
I don't think I ever disliked him, even as a snotty teen.
Naw, never did.
Anyway, this has all the Bat-villains teamed up.
And they're a delight.
So, lest people blame the shitiness of "Batman and Robin", on "too many villains", bullshit, this film rations the screentime perfectly.
I mean, come on, if "too many characters", fucked up a movie, how to explain "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", being an eternal classic?
No, "Batman and Robin", was fucked up by studio suit interference, and hack writing, and the people who could have prevented it not growing a pair, and fighting.
Like Batman woulda. ;)
They've rerun the shows since I was a kid, although, they haven't been on TV lately in a helluva while.
Haven't seen Classic Trek in ages either.
Oh, but "King Of Queens", is on every fuckin' channel.
Anyway, I think this is one of the many flicks I watched with Hyla & Spencer.
Sure of it.
Oh, I do remember they re-released this on VHS with a deceptive box when the Burton Batman came out.
The "trick the uninformed grandma", gambit.
I mean, yeah, this flick has its charms, but, come on, a kid wanting Burton-Batman...wants Burton-Batman.
It's like wanting chocolate ice cream, and getting coffee.
Didn't happen to me, but, I thought of it when I saw it in the drug store.
They're still doing this, now, there's a DVD of the 40's Batman serial in a cover using a logo very much like on the Nolanverse Batman.
Come on, corporate America, the Ferengi switch has to always be on?
Eh, it doesn't hold up as great now, especially Kim Basinger.
Kim Basinger buys a town
Vaguely remember this...y'think something like this woulda stuck with me more...
Oh, yeah, she was an abysmal bimbo in the Burton Batman, and worse still in "Cool World", so, I didn't want to hear from her.
That's what it was.
I did love it then though, it was a revelation, and it's wild to think it came only 2 years after Superman 4, seems like they were decades apart somehow...
More on this in the Batman Returns review....
From the review of Batman/Hulk here...
See...my very first comic book, was Batman #307.
Can still remember it.
THEN, the Tim Burton Batman came around, and all the great Bat-stuff like "Dark Knight Returns", and "Year One", and "Killing Joke", were reprinted to cash in, and I devoured those, and became a full fledged Bat-fan.
Heh, I remember my mother subtly hoping this book wold wean me over to Batman, because Hulk just threw tantrums, but Batman used his mind.
Well...it took awhile, but..:)
I saw this at the theater, and was appalled to see small children there.
Now I find it hilarious.
The older this gets, the more I see it as a punk rock middle finger from Tim Burton, and the more I laugh and applaud.
Very subversive little film.
Even to the first one.
It left a bad taste in my mouth the first time, cuz it was so relentlessly gloomy compared to the wacky antics of Jack Nicholson's Joker...but no, it's perfect.
Catwoman is going to be in the third Chris Nolan Batman film, it'll be interesting to see what take they go with for the character, because the Pfeiffer version has become pretty iconic.
But so too had the Nicholson Joker, and look how Heath Ledger blew that out of the water.
Anyway, this is easily my favorite of the Burton Batmans.
I'm grateful the 90's started with goodies like this.
Fuck Pretty Woman.
Anyway, that part of the post ignited a lively debate with Max that was never properly concluded....
Ehhh, it gets lumped with " ...& Robin", and it has its blowful qualities, but, it it was like the comic book...
Once you include Riddler, and cast Jim Carrey, what did you expect?
Tommy Lee Jones's Two-Face however is awful.
A total Joker ripoff, and not a good one.
Val Kiler's Batman...eh..*wavey hand*
Hyla hated it from the get-go, I defended it a little, not as much nowadays.
One thing, it was either Hyla, or Spencer, who nitpicked acid (aaaciiid!) giving Two-Face a purple face, but, when I worked at Zaitlin, we used an acid to test paper grades that turned certain papers purple, like litmus paper, so we could sift the purple-turning shit out.
I was told, if you got that shit on your flesh, it would eat out the fats and oils, and turn you purple.
So, there you go.
Batman & Robin
OF. THE. ASS.
Best Batman flick ever until "The Dark Knight", came out.
Hmm, Patrick Bateman...Batman...you think...Bale thought it was an American Psycho prequel?
Didn't catch this at the theater, saw it on DVD months before "Dark Knight", came out.
The Dark Knight
Still love it, still holds up.
Been said a million times, a million ways, but I'll reiterate it anyway.
One of the best superhero films, if not the best.
Indeed, it transcends its genre, redefines it, and...it's one of the great films, that just happenes to have a superhero in it.
Truly, a decade defining film.
Heath Ledger's Joker will go down as cinema legend.
Saw it in the theater.
The Dark Knight Rises
Hurry up and get here!!!!
It hurts!! It huuuuuurts!!!!!
Update: The long wait is over! My DKR review!
...so, that's those.
Up next..oh..I dunno....how about miscellaneous live-action DC flicks?