Category Archives: Batman

Extremis Rounds Up Gotham’s  Premiere

gotham 2Marvel may have gotten a head start on the whole cinematic universe thing (and, if we’re being honest, their films may be better), but DC is pretty much owning the television scene these days. While Marvel fans wait in earnest for the Iron Fist and Daredevil Netflix series, DC has a universe building from Arrow and The Flash, and a new prequel Batman series that just might be a contender for the best nerdy thing on television this season. Read the rest of this entry

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What Should We Expect from TV’s  Gotham?

GOTH_Publicity_003_V7_RR_FFDespite the massive recent popularity of shared cinematic universes, being a comic book fan is still quite frustrating when it comes to adaptations on film. You have to wait for years before the most anticipated films come out, and sometimes they’re absolutely dreadful (who asked for the Batnipples anyway?). Even when you get the films that you want, there are very few of them. We only saw Christopher Nolan’s Batman for three films, which seems like the standard quota of standalone films unless you turn around and reboot the franchise immediately (*cough* Sony *cough*). Television, on the other hand, holds a lot of promise. Read the rest of this entry

A Rundown of Batman at Comic-Con

Batfleck.

Batfleck.

In the past week, my Twitter feed has exploded. So has my Facebook Home Page. Between the announcements of the new Marvel movies, the new King Kong, an upcoming Godzilla sequel, and prejudice against the new Wonder Woman, it feels like something new has been popping up every hour, and each time, it’s simultaneously the most brilliant invention of mankind and the ushering in of the apocalypse. Funny how that works.

The ones I’ve been keeping my eye on, though, have been the talks about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And the more I see about it, the more I think it’s going to be more or less a loose adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and the more I think it’s going to be awesome.

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The Court of Owls: A Return to Batman’s Detective Side

Batman-The_Court_of_Owls,_Part_One_Knife_TrickThe New 52. Oh, most dreaded of reboots. I fear to touch thee, lest I be infected by the new age of senseless retcons!

Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit. But that’s how I was when it came to The New 52 for a long time. I don’t like retcons. I don’t like reboots. I think they’re terribly lazy shortcuts for writers who don’t want to take the time to know all of the canon of their material (which, let’s face it, is pretty much all of them). The DC universe has been particularly bad about retcons, even in the Batman universe, changing their minds no less than three times on whether or not the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents has a name. So, in a typical boy-ish comic book fan way, I was determined to boycott the reboot, and stick to reliving Year One, Knightfall, and A Death in the Family over and over again.

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Why Batman Was the Answer to the Great Depression

12836_700xBatman is truly a diverse character. Throughout the years, he’s been campy, serious, happy, depressed, angry, and tortured. So how did he get his start? What was he like in the beginning? After all, the campy TV series and movie of the 1960s didn’t come until twenty years after Batman had been established.
That’s why I wanted to take a look at Detective Comics #27. I was intrigued. I wanted to know what he looked like in 1939. I wanted to get a grasp for what kind of cultural impact he Read the rest of this entry

Batman V. Superman: Batfleck and DC’s Big Mistake

Batman-v-Superman-Dawn-of-Justice-LogoIt wasn’t long after the closing credits for The Avengers had ended that I found myself saying “We need a Justice League movie.” There’s really no excuse for there not being one already. With the success of Marvel’s cross-over films, I had to ask myself, “Why hasn’t DC started doing this?”

Well, now they are. Except they’ve decided to skip character development altogether. Instead of doing things the smart way, giving Batman his own movie, Wonder Woman her own movie (which is long overdue, considering we’ve yet to have a standalone female superhero film), and the others their own movies, they’ve opted for a backdoor Justice League film in place of the Man of Steel sequel. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Tim Burton’s Batman

I remember watching this film back in the day. All the character of the Joker himself is odd and has no backing in the source comics, Jack does it brilliantly. Batman returns on the other hand has a lot canonically wrong with it. Most particularly the reduction of Penguin to a Solomon Grundy like miss. Take a look at this wonderful review from Sorcerer.

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by Jeremy DeFatta

Happy new book day, everyone! I’m taking a break from looking at real people through the lens of Batman for a couple of posts. Instead, I want to lay out some of my notes and thoughts on the 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns films, which I recently reacquired and watched again for the first time in nearly a decade. This week, I’ll look at 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, and Kim Basinger.

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For many fans in my generation, this film was our first exposure to the character and world of Batman. I’m pleased to say I don’t feel as negatively toward this movie as I did just a few years ago (for whatever reasons). Some aspects of it have not aged well, but it is not a bad film. I could do with a little less Prince, though.

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Damian: Son of Batman – Brilliant Idea, Awful Execution

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When it comes to comic books, cliffhangers are part of the gig. But comic book fans want and deserve some closure. I guess Andy Kubert didn’t get the memo.

Damian Wayne is one of the most intriguing spin-off characters DC has come up with. Bruce’s son by Talia al Ghul, he grew up being the heir to Ra’s al Ghul’s seat. However, his mother eventually leaves him with Bruce, and numerous story-archs follow, including one where Talia had to save her son from being the body that her undead father would inhabit in his quest for immortality. With time, he became the fourth Robin, spending the majority of his time as Robin with Dick Grayson as Batman until The New 52 reboot, which brought Bruce back to the cowl.

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Lorenzo Semple, JR: Honouring a Batman Pioneer

Batman-West-Ward-RunRecently Batfans mourned a great loss. Lorenzo Semple, Jr., co-creator of the ‘60s Batman television show and writer of the 1966 feature film script, died last week of natural causes. He was 91.

A lot of bandwagon fans (aka, people who only care about Batman because of Christopher Nolan, don’t read the comics, or even think about Batman, really) are probably going to roll their eyes right now. “The ‘60s Batman show was stupid! We want to pretend it never existed!”

Yeahno.

I won’t fault you for not watching the ‘60s Batman, but you can’t deny that it was important for bringing us where we are now. I’ve been a pretty happy guy this year, seeing the plethora of superhero movies that are coming out of Hollywood. For the first time in years a Justice League film could actually be realistic, and DC has just announced that they’re going to throw out a slew of films of their own (remember that Ben Affleck has been signed on as Batman for, you know, 37 films or something). We’re in a great place for superheroes on film. Not just with movies, either. Superhero television shows are making a comeback too, with Arrow receiving huge success, not to mention whispers of a coming Flash series (who’d have thought that wasn’t laughable). But we didn’t get there overnight. It started with Batman.

At the time, doing a comic book TV show, as well as a comic book movie, was completely new. The first Superman movie didn’t come out until 1978, and the Hulk TV series didn’t come along until that same year. There had been a Superman TV series in the ‘50s, but generally speaking, this was still very new territory. So give the guy a break. Of course there was some “Bif! Bam! Pow!” Of course there were ridiculous puns by Robin and an awkward Batman costume and an over-the-top Catwoman that walks like she has to pee. It was the first time venturing into the territory. You have to appreciate it for what it is—a groundbreaking.

But, inevitably, someone will assume that it’s inaccurate, and an abomination to the comics. Granted, if you’ve read Scott Snyder’s work in the New 52 and Frank Miller’s graphic novels (not to mention Year One), it certainly seems that way. That’s not actually the case, though.

Let’s take a step back. Most modern popular comics (especially Marvel) started around the ‘60s. Batman, and Superman, as a matter of fact, go back farther than that. Batman started in 1940, right on the heels of the Great Depression. The original Batman comics (which, yes, I have read) are not at all like dark, grim tales of Frank Miller and Scott Snyder. They were bright, colorful, and light-hearted. One of the earliest tales depicted Batman and Robin taking on a group of crooks disguised as old-fashioned swashbuckling pirates! More than once, Batman turns to the page to give the reading youth a lecture on the cowardice of criminals and the nobility of crime-fighting. The old comics were cheesy, dorky, and bit awkward at times (the corny kind, not the sleazy kind). The show fit that mold.

As a disclaimer, that doesn’t mean that I’m okay with the Clooney-headlined Batman & Robin. Nipples on the Batsuit still make me shudder. That was definitely a step backward. Or a leap. Or an H-bomb on the entire fandom.

So we should thank Semple for his work. He was a pioneer into the unchartered waters of comic book adaptations, and without his work, we likely would not have the half-trillion current and upcoming superhero films that all of us nerds are so thrilled about. Rest in peace, Lorenzo. We will remember you.~ Logan Judy, Extremis Batman Contributor.

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Batman: Arkham Knight is On the Way!

So here’s the new Arkham! I had heard there was gonna be a leak today. I love the Arkham Series and cannot wait for this new game. It sounds rather run of the mill but this is just a preliminary leak so … hold your breath on prejudgement. I myself try not to prejudge.

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The next game in the Batman: Arkham series was announced/leaked today, and it sounds like a hum-dinger! There aren’t too many details just yet about Batman: Arkham Knight, but it’s once again going to be made by Rocksteady Games, and it’s going to feature a drivable Batmobile. That sounds pretty neat.

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All of my information so far is stuff leaked onto the Internet, so I might update this story later today with better information. But I’m a small, independent little blog, so hopefully I won’t get in trouble for posting stuff like this.

The leaked information reveals that Arkham Knight will be the finale to the franchise – though I can’t imagine DC and Warner Bros. will want to give up on such a popular, money-earning title.

Here’s the game description:

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against…

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