Aug 122014
 

 

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Capitalizing on the popularity of the Batman comics from the thirties and forties, Columbia released a 15 chapter Batman film serial in 1943. Think Buck Rogers, but featuring Batman. The serial featured actors Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft as Batman and Robin respectively.

What becomes clear watching these old films is that they provided much of the basis for the “Batman” television show featuring Adam West which ran from 1966 to 1968. The show itself was largely a parody of these old programs. The stilted language and goofy costumes that became synonymous with the sixties TV show were all direct jokes about what, by the sixties, would have felt dated and cheesy about these films from the forties.

The series was popular during its initial run, and enjoyed a second-wind of sorts in the sixties, when it was re-released theatrically to capitalize on the popularity of the Adam West show. Perhaps now, with the sixties Batman show potentially gaining popularity among young viewers thanks to the forthcoming DVD release, and the websites that have made the show viewable (more info here), there will also be a resurgence in popularity for these old serials.

Check out the first Batman film of all time!

 

 

Aug 122013
 

The Web’s all abuzz about the release of DC’s “Batman Incorporated #13,” the final Batman story written with Grant Morrisson at the helm. In the past seven years, Morrisson rewrote the Batman character to focus on the core legend and the original forces that drove the character. Its release wraps up the final Batman installment either written or co-written by Morrisson, and with it comes the end to the modern Batman era. As Robin might’ve once said “Holy longevity, Batman!”

Comics Alliance noted that the final installment brought various closures to Morrisson’s reign, ones that looped back from the first Batman story in 1939 to Morrisson’s own start seven years ago and points in-between. Twists and turns readers have seen include:

  • Batman’s son, Damian
  • The death of Bruce Wayne
  • Dick Grayson and Damian as the new dynamic duo
  • Bruce Wayne comes back via time travel

The Onion’s AV Club suggests that writer Morrisson brought a new legacy, a new progressive status quo of sorts, to the Batman character. One commenter on a blog post noted that Morrison’s Batman was packed with great, well-executed ideas, adding that it was “an amazing run.” Morrison himself expands on the direction he took Batman in this clip:

Meanwhile, the Caped Crusader is the focus of a new animated TV series. “Beware the Batman” premiered on Cartoon Network and other channels (check Direct TV offers for access). Fans are split on the animated look and feel, so judge for yourself with the trailer below:

With the end of Morrisson’s term and according to the AV Club article, DC Comics is resolving to make Batman more of a reader-friendly character. So that brings Batman to a bit of a standstill. What comes next? To what new adventures might you budding comic artists and writers bring Batman to? Share in the comments below.

Mar 052013
 

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Contest ends March 19th at 5pm. Winners will be announced March 20th at 9am. You need to be and Los Angeles resident to win.

Mar 252012
 

#Cosplay Karaoke! w @ScottyLobdell & @NickiHunter Sat.3/31/12 @MeltdownComics /@NerdMelt #RSVP=Free!
What would Harley Quinn sing if she had a chance? What would Peter Parker belt out? You have a chance to find out! This Sunday night at 8pm, Scott Lobdell (DC Comics writer extraordinaire) brings you a night of karaoke like you’ve never seen it: in costume! Come and enjoy the fun in your normal everyday clothes, or come and dress up for your chance to sing like a superhero! Hosted by cosplay queen Nicki Hunterhttp://nerdmeltla.com/tickets2/index.php?event_id=29 — at Nerdist Theater at Meltdown. — with Superman and 4 others at Nerdist Theater at Meltdown.