Batman (1966 IMDb)

Commentary

Glorious intentional Comic Code camp. To think the franchise recovered!

series

Spin-off:

Batman (1989 IMDb)

Commentary

A different camp.

References here: Darkman (1990).

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Spin-off:

Batman Returns (1992 IMDb)

Spin-off:

Batman Forever (1995 IMDb)

Spin-off:

Batman & Robin (1997 IMDb)

Spin-off:

Batman Begins (2005 IMDb)

Commentary

An admirable effort in many ways, but those repeated comments about the car cinch it. As China Miéville commented on Frank Miller's original in a 2001 interview with Gabriel Chouinard, “the underlying idea is that people are sheep, who need Strong Shepherds.” Batman's lack of supernatural power is not part of Nolan's treatment: We see little of the ordinary people he is trying to save, or inspire. We see the man and his car. I like the excision of the camp aesthetic, but I do not like the purposeful naïveté.

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Sequel:

The Dark Knight (2008 IMDb)

Commentary

Again, my biggest complaint is with the rule-of-cool technology, in this case mainly the sonar, which is used pretty poorly and then thrown away.

movie

Spin-off:

Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2017.

Commentary

It seems to aim for the low standard of fan-made machinima. The showdown has some mildly interesting design work with a mecha Joker reminiscent of Okawara Kunio’s work, but other than that I see nothing that would make me want to build.

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