08 April 2010

Evolution of the Batman (and Robin) - Batman Begins

In 2005, Batman Begins convinced audiences that they wanted more Batman movies. Before its release, most people would have been perfectly content with the ones they had. The movie shattered low expectations and set a new standard for Batman movies. Though its $205 million was a modest take, buzz continued to build after the movie's video release paving the way for a Batslide in 2008.

Batman Begins returned to the origins of the Detective setting him in a grounded reality. And even though he did not get to appear in the shelved Batman Triumphant movie, the Scarecrow finally made his live-action debut - a perfect choice for the film's central theme of fear.

Most impressive was the use of Ra's Al Ghul. Not only was the integration with Batman's training genius, but the character was presented as both faithful to the comics, but also realistic. Batman Begins also marked the live-action debut for old Rashie.

Thank goodness Batman finally got his dignity back. Although the character had been consistently popular, Batman Begins was a turning point in once again making him cool.

Up Next: Krypto the Superdog

07 April 2010

Dr. Horrible Returns - 8 Bit Style

Compare this retro Nintendized version, complete with groovy soundtrack, of Dr. Horrible Act I with the original. Genius. Can't wait for Act II.

05 April 2010

Green Lantern's Brightest Days #17

#17 Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Revenge of the Reach!

Revenge of the Reach is just a good old fashioned duke em out clash episode of television that expanded Green Lantern mythology by establishing The Reach as an ancient adversary of the Green Lantern Guardians. With plenty of creative constructs and some cameos by fan favorite Lanterns this episode was just a lot of fun.

Even though Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a team-up show, In this episode, the Caped Crusader felt like a bit of an add-on to an adventure that could have been handled by the Lanterns without any "back-up."

#25 - Justice League Unlimited: Initiation - John Stewart's new look
#24 - Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Death Race to Oblivion! - Guy Gardner's Lanternmobile
#23 - Justice League of America: Pilot - Doesn't air
#22 - Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time Warped - Hal Jordan joins the league
#21 - Legends of the Superheroes - Lantern goes live-action
#20 - Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - Darker shade of green
#19 - Batman Beyond: The Call - Lantern of the future
#18 - Static Shock: Fallen Hero
- Hero Worshiped
#17 - Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Revenge of the Reach! - Loads of Lanterns