Throwback Thursday: Batman
The character of Batman has passed through so many hands that many of the things we know about the character have been slowly ingrained into him over the course of several decades. Recently, with the awesome trilogy of films directed by Christopher Nolan, we’ve come to know Batman in a slightly different way from his previous incarnations. For one, he hasn’t had his sidekick Robin running around in tights next to him. The tights too! Batman isn’t wearing some lady undergarments anymore. He wears the latest high-tech body armor and is far too serious to be seen gallivanting around with a 13 year old boy. Bruce Wayne isn’t much of a ladies man anymore either. It seems like previous Wayne’s have spilled their guts to any broad with a long set of legs and a pair of honkers but Bale’s Bruce isn’t that interested in “playing the field” or telling his lady his secret. This Batman is incredibly serious; for a serious world; with serious problems. He doesn’t fight guys with smiles painted on their faces. He fights guys who have smiles carved into their faces. He doesn’t face off against a legion of rocket-wielding penguins. He faces off against an army of terrorists and assassins. Listen, I’m not saying that we can’t have both Batmans. I grew up with Tim Burton’s Batman and I will always love it but I also went apeshit when Nolan’s films came out. The one thing that I try to remember is that every generation can have it’s heroes. The Lone Ranger was great for the early 20th century but it doesn’t appeal to people as much now. The Green Hornet is a personal favorite of mine as well but we saw how well that did when Seth Rogen tried his fat hand at it. James Bond is a character who has changed with the times. Just ask our writer Matt Spector about that. Do you think that Roger Moore’s Bond is all that similar to Daniel Craig’s Bond? I think not. So if you’re a young person and you just can’t get into the older Batman films or shows just remember that Batman didn’t always have to fight through a bunch of rottweilers to save his girl from an exploding building. Sometimes he can just use his Bat Wing to capture the villains balloons and it’ll be just as cool.