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Over the decades, whether Batman has been interpreted as the World’s Greatest Detective or the psychotic Dark Knight, the character has inspired more than his share of musical numbers. Take a look and listen to some of the better Batsongs.
I have to admit that I've kind of given up lately on brainy, morally ambiguous cable and Netflix shows like “House of Cards,” “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire,” in favor of a genre that is less taxing on my overworked cranium: comic book shows, and
When I saw the above fan mash-up (via Comic Book Bros) of the three character stills from the upcoming “Batman v Superman” movie, it really crystallized the nagging concern I have about the entire project: That these are some of the most depressing sourpusses ever
Legions of Bat-fans can now rejoice because, after years of wrangling between studios, individuals, and estates of individuals, the seemingly impossible has happened: the 1966 Batman television show will finally be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download. If you don’t believe me, check out this promo and see for yourself.
There’s going to be a big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con today with more details as to what to expect from these sets and what extras will be included. But until then, here are a few videos to help get you in the mood.
Picture a pre-pubescent me, acne sprouting up like weeds across the oily plains of his face, visiting his local comic book shop. His eyes dart across the racks. His heart starts to race. He picks up every Batman comic he can find. Detective Comics, Batman, Legends
There has scarcely been a better time for the superhero genre. Even if your movie turns out to be a “flop,” you can still guarantee a #1 weekend slot at the box office on your eventual way to digital streaming services. Marvel Studios is one of the biggest producers in the industry — a far cry from when they were owned by New World Cinema, the company that brought you the House horror series way back in the ’80s. DC, now fully embraced by parent company Warner Bros., is not far behind and is threatening to overtake Marvel with the introduction of the rival gang that is the Justice League.
Notice how, in no point of the previous statement, I dug into the aspect that these were comic characters. They aren’t, at least, not anymore. They were once, most especially when the first Superman movie hit screens in the late 1970’s. Comics were the source material from which films came, or attempted to come, as the following decades would show. Most projects were stillborn. Some, like a cruelly laughable attempt at Captain America, probably should have been stillborn. But now, the movies are the source material to large extent and the comics are a product of afterthought, another piece of the merchandising puzzle. As such, the past ten to twenty years saw steady declines in book sales.
There are some reasons for it. The first is content, and in some ways the comics have never been as literate or as engaging as they are now for adults. Series like Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga or Frankenstein Alive! Alive! from Steve Niles and comics legend Bernie Wrightson, and the groundbreaking work from years past like Neil Gaiman’s total demolition and reconstruction of DC’s Sandman into a rumination on mythology itself are rightly considered literature. There are more out there, but comics have taken a near-permanent dark turn.
I blame Frank Miller. His revolution in four issues, The Dark Knight Returns showed a sinister, flawed, anti-heroic side to the Batman, who for years before had come closer to Superman in dark tights than a dark knight. That miniseries showed that the audience was ready for changes, for tonal shifts, and they could handle a few rugs being tugged out from underneath them. It showed that DC could take risks, and they did, and were respected for it. And yet we have suffered through iteration after iteration of flawed, angry, violent heroes since. That the character of these characters is so lacking, so morally flimsy, may be a better reflection of how corrupt our modern, real-world heroes are, but it has crossed into a world without counterbalance.
The Dark Knight Returns was powerful because we had, for years, a Batman without edges; not quite the campy, Adam West variety, but hardly the blood-spilling and spit-drooling wraith we have now. We had to grow with the character in one way before we could really feel the impact of change in the other way. If every hero is just a psycho with re-channeled purpose, there isn’t much to depart from.
Once Pandora’s Box had been opened and the world of the morally ambiguous hero was let loose, the “comic book store” became fully institutionalized. There had been comic book stores for many years, and they made their money primarily on the resale of back issues, but with darkening shades of superheroes, along with the increase of sexual content, graphic violence and heightened language, these markets became places where those books could only be sold. The content was too much to bear for the newsstand Comics Code Authority guidelines of decency.
At the same time, publishers started withdrawing from the newsstands. Why continue to publish books with such built-in limitations? Well it turns out there’s a very good reason why. The newsstand, or the convenience store, or the grocery store was the gateway for the original waves of hardcore fans. They grew up with this stuff as kids, and that was because comics were an impulse purchase. Parents bought them the books to “shut the whining, nagging brats up.” These racks were not segregated to the far corners of these stores. They were shoved right up front, one of the first things seen, to rile the kids up in the first place. The reason why adults appreciated the more adult Batman was because they grew up with the less adult Batman, and did so as an appeasement for the children who browbeat their weary parents. Comics were cheaper than water pistols, safer than bang-caps, and wouldn’t rot teeth like candy and Bubble Yum bubble gum did.
Comics don't stay in comics. For better or worse, most comics are produced with the hope they will lead to films, cartoons, action figures, video games, backpacks, beach towels and bubble baths. Extra Medium is my weekly column about all those things and more. There's a
Comics don't stay in comics. For better or worse, most comic books are produced with the hope they will lead to films, cartoons, action figures, video games, backpacks, beach towels and bubble baths. Extra Medium is my weekly column about all those things and more. Okay, the
Following yesterday's surprise casting announcement of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman film, it took all of three seconds for a great tidal wave of fan rage to wash over the internet like few other things can. We here at Popdose, however, like
The big news surrounding Grown Ups 2, other than the fact that it's yet another cynically-conceived way for Adam Sandler to hang out with his friends at a waterpark for two months, is that Sandler crony Rob Schneider is not returning from the first film.
A new big-screen version of The Lone Ranger comes out this weekend, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow as Tonto. It looks less like a faithful adaptation of the Western saga that thrilled your great-great-grandfather as a little boy in front of the magic
With the summer movie season upon us, let's listen to ten of the best superhero-inspired songs we could find.
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[caption id="attachment_105862" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The inevitable pop-culture collision of 1989: Batman meets Prince.[/caption] Hollywood has been making Batman movies more-or-less continuously for a generation now, going back to 1989 and continuing through this past summer's The Dark Knight Rises. The 1989 Batman was intended to make
For almost 80 years, Kirkus Reviews has served as the industry bible for bookstore buyers, librarians, and ordinary readers alike. Now Popdose joins the Kirkus Book Bloggers Network to explore the best — and sometimes the worst — in pop-culture and celebrity books. This week, high
Way Out Wednesday returns with Tony Redman bringing Dw. Dunphy in for Listening To Records!
I’m not breaking any new ground by telling you our world’s pop-cultural landscape is liberally littered with remakes, reboots and other works that pay homage to the past. It’s one thing to feel that way about programming for adults, but what does this mean for the children of today? We may groan at Nickelodeon trying to beat the Disney Channel at the pre-fab pop star game with shows like Big Time Rush and Victorious, but it wasn’t that long ago that the generation raised on MTV caught reruns ofThe Monkees. Entertainment is a wildly cyclical thing, and it’s certainly fun to look at how variations on a familiar theme play themselves out over the stretches of time.
With that in mind, it’s worth looking at two shows on Cartoon Network that, while obviously geared toward kids, possess a large enough cultural cache to make you and your friends stop and think for a second. The station’s MAD and The Looney Tunes Show, both recently released to DVD, take two of Warner Bros.’ most consistent avatars of comedy and gussy them up for a generation raised on Phineas and Ferb. But don’t let that fool you: these shows actually work pretty well – for the most part.
Hello and welcome to my online comics confessional, in which I attempt to enlighten you about various comic book and graphic novel releases of recent vintage, many of which should still be on sale somewhere near you, be it online or brick and mortar. SNARKED #0 Script/Art:
Time once more for Confessions of a Comics Shop Junkie, in which I opine on various recently released publications of the sequential graphic nature, some of which may be sitting on the rack at a comics shop, or awaiting the click of a button on
Let’s tell it like it is. Out of all the superheroes, only Superman can say he has gone up against the greatest of all time. It wasn’t Lex Luthor. It wasn’t Brainiac or Doomsday. It wasn’t even Mxyzptlk or Bizarro. The matchup to end all