What can I say about Batman ? The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, The Taco Hater, , The World's Greatest Detective ? (Okay, I disagree about that one... Mickey is a superior detective , for he solves mysteries, has no gadgets, has to rely on his gaunted fists, speaks in a falsetto voice and stays poor in most of his stories...)
Needless to say, like a lot of people out there ,I love Batman and the mythos around him (And yes I also love Adam West's ! Seriously , have people no sense of humor Whatsoever these days ?).
In order to show what I love so much about it, I respected my only comics rule ( If you love it, keep it . If you hate it , slay it.)
True , it is not subtle or logical to do so, but I took every aspect I loved from the comics (mainly 80's,90's, early 00's )the DCAU and the video games, stuffed them all into 3 A4 papers and forcibly stapled them together...I'll think of a logical structure and chronology another day... or week... or year perhaps...
So Enjoy the columns, here are the different groups (in case you wonder who is who ...)
1 Commissioner James Gordon,Renee Montoya , Harvey Bullock , Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli),Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Robin (Tim Drake), Spoiler (Stephanie Brown), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Nightwing (Dick Grayson) ,Alfred Pennyworth ( Your God almighty !)
2 The Bat-computer... a toy T-Rex... a giant card... rocks and bats...
3 Anarky (Lonnie Machin), Catwoman (Selina Kyle) , Harvey Dent (now repaired physically ...we don't guarantee for his mind however...) , Edward Nashton ( the "reformed" Riddler...), David Cain (good contender for worst dad ever), Talia AlGhul (If anyone asks, NOT pregnant in this Kanon...) , Ra's Al Ghul (you have no idea how this name is funny when you actually speak arabic...)
4 The Joker (will ,or needs to, eventually play his own version of Hungarian Rhapsody #2...), Some hyenas, some dolls, Bob (because Bob is just awesome ! That is why!) , Harley Quinn ( popularity boost , here I am ! Mwahahahaaaa !), Captain Clown, Killer Klowns from Outer space (because to people who love clowns , like yours truly, THEY ARE DEFACTO members of the Joker Troop !)
5 Professor Hugo Strange , The ScareCrow (Dr. Jonhathan Crane), Hush (Dr. Thomas Elliot), Mr Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries) , The Mad Hatter (Dr. Jervis Tetch) , Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Isley) , Man-Bat (Dr. Kirk Langstrom )
6 The Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot), The Ventriloquist (errr... I don't know, I like both ! You vote !) , Catman (S6 version of Thomas Blake) , Deadshot (Floyd Lawton or Lord Pornstache ...) , Killer Croc (Waylon Jones), Charaxes ( Drury Walker... yes ! Because charaxeses are really cute and fluffy !) , Solomon Grundy ( Cyrus Gold), Bane (S6 version), Clayface (Basil Karlo and the rest of the fucking Mudpack ! Couldn't they pick one and stick to it ?)
And before concluding , my quick opinion on the Batman movies I watched :
Batman (1989) : AWESOME ! Never got tired of it , basically a comic book come to life !
Batman Returns (1992): Great stuff ! Also has the best score in all of them...
Mask of the Phantasm (1993): My favorite of the entire bunch !
Batman Forever (1995): worth it if you watch it in RiffTrax ...
Batman & Robin (1997): You want ONE redeeming factor ? There you go www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pNY2K…
SubZero (1998) : Basically WB's apology for Schumacher... Watch it !
Return of the Joker (2000) : Thumbs up !
Patient J (2005) : If you haven't watched it, what the hell are you waiting for ?
The Nolan Trilogy : Here devilkais.deviantart.com/art/T…
Well to properly end this, I'll have to salute Supporting characters and antagonist that bit the dust in this Kanon or did not appear due to lack of space...
Thomas & Martha Wayne (Well duh...)
Jason Todd (kid, you're seen as the dark horse of Robins... while you were a really likable kid...R.I.P....)
Roman Sionis (At the end his battle against Catwoman, Black Mask falls from the top of the building right into the sewer ... but because he's no Wile E Coyote, it did not end well. Look I like the guy fine, but on the other hand, this means War Games and all the crap that follows is null and void ! Hurraaay !)
Sarah Essen-Gordon (...the scene speaks for itself...)
Jean-Paul Valley ( drowned in a river...)
Now that was fun, any question ?
Planning to get Year 2 because Todd McFarlane's drawings of Batman look badass!!!
By the way, you mention that Jason Todd was likeable, is this a reference to the Mike Barr and Alan Davis run?
reminds me how a lot of people (even comic book writers) keep saying that Aquaman is useless, even though he has proven again and again how badass and competent he can be (though I don't like when is characterized to much like Namor).
But Aquaman is not the only one who suffers said ignorance . Most characters here are subject to it devilkais.deviantart.com/art/L…
Now if you like Batman , I have something else devilkais.deviantart.com/art/B…
I love this!
Still, really cool.
I'd like to see your thoughts on the histories of other DC characters, like Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Wonder Woman.
What are your favorite Supes tales? I personally enjoyed John Byrne's Man of Steel, the Death/World Without/Return of Superman trilogy, and the Geoff Johns story Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes.
I'll have to give that DVD a looksee.
As for GL, I'll be honest with you. The return of Hal Jordan got me into Green Lantern comics.
I do agree with you about Diana. She gets the worst luck. She's constantly being rebooted and redefined. I think many writers don't really know what to do with her.
I'll have to look up Joe Casey's take on Mxy, then. I've also gotten to read Steve Gerber's 1980s Phantom Zone mini-series. Awesome stuff.
If you're talking about the one with Supes and Barda...and Sleez...yeah, that story really disturbed me.
To me, Jurgens is an underrated writer and artist. Speaking of Jurgens, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Booster Gold. Personally, I think he's a great character. Louise Simonson is also another underrated writer.
I wish DC would release Beau Smith's run on Guy's comic in trade form. I would love to read it.
Mxy was hilarious in Superman: The Animated Series. "NUTS NUTS NUTS NUTS!" They chose well when they got Gilbert Gottfried to voice him.
I'm thinking Byrne was on some very wacky weed when he wrote that story.
Cyborg Superman was one of my favorite villains. A true 21st Century villain.
Funny story about Apocalypse, he was created out of necessity. They originally wanted to use the Owl, a Daredevil villain, but it was nixed.