Batman

Since we talked about Batman’s villains in the previous post I thought it fit to talk about Batman. keep calm and call batmanThe origin of Batman starts with young Bruce Wayne watching his parents die after seeing a movie with them. The DC Comics website says “Millionaire Bruce Wayne was just a kid when he watched his parents get gunned down during a mugging in Gotham City. The crime would define his life, as he dedicated himself to becoming the world’s greatest weapon against crime—the Batman.” this is where his story began he grew up with his butler Alfred Pennyworth. Once he got older “He trained extensively to achieve both mental and physical perfection, mastering detective skills, martial arts, and criminal psychology.” according to Comic Vine.

In 1989, Tim Burton started directing a live-action Batman movie series and in 1997 the series was ended with Joel Schumacher as the director, going through three different actors for the role of Batman.

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The movie Batman was released in 1989 with Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne who is the Batman. He faces Jack Napier who after an accident becomes the Joker. Batman Returns in 1992 with Michael Keaton returning as Batman under Tim Burton‘s direction. Batman rivals the Penguin, and Catwoman. Batman Forever was released in 1995 with Val Kilmer as Batman and Joel Schumacher as director while Tim Burton produced the movie. Rotten Tomatoes says “Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment.” Batman faces Two-Face, and The Riddler who are trying to discover is real identity and kill the Batman. Batman and Robin was released in 1997 with George Clooney as Batman and Joel Schumacher as director with Tim Burton not involved at all. In this movie Batman, Robin and Batgirl go up against Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Bane.

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DARK KNIGHT RISES

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In the latest Batman trilogy directed by Christopher NolanChristian Bale takes up the mantel of the Batman.

In 2005 the newest trilogy started with Batman Begins, where viewers saw the training Bruce Wayne went through to get to the place of becoming the Batman. He also faces Ra’s al Ghul the man who trained him and later became Batman’s enemy. Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows were trying to destroy Gotham City and Bruce Wayne was not going to let that happen.

In 2008, the trilogy continued with The Dark Knight, where Batman goes up against The Joker and Two-Face.  Harvey Dent was a District Attorney in Gotham before “Dent was rescued by Batman, half of his face was disfigured in the explosion.” this caused him to become Two-Face, “Driven insane by a desire for revenge for Rachel’s death, Dent pursued those he felt responsible, ultimately holding Commissioner Gordon’s family at gunpoint. During his confrontation with Batman, Batman rescued Gordon’s child while Dent was pushed and fell to his death.” according to Wikia. The Joker knew where Harvey Dent and his girlfriend Rachel Dawes were being held, both of their lives were at stake and Rachel died.

In 2012, the trilogy concluded with The Dark Knight Rises were Bruce Wayne comes back as the Batman, after not working as the Batman for eight years. In this movie Bane and Talia al Ghul pick up where Ra’s al Ghul left off, trying to take down Gotham and kill Batman. Batman, John Blake and Commissioner Gordon along with the help of Catwoman, also known as Selina Kyle, team up to save the city of Gotham from Bane and Talia who are going to blow up the city up with a nuclear bomb from Wayne Enterprise ” It began as a Wayne Enterprises fusion reactor meant to supply Gotham City with a source of clean energy.”–Wikia. In the end, Bane, Talia, and Batman died, and Bruce Wayne appears to have died but has just started a new life with Selina Kyle.

Now, obviously more things happened in all three movies this is only some of what happened. If you want to know more you can click on any of the links or watch the movies.

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In my opinion the newer Batman trilogy is a lot darker than the older Batman movies. The older ones had more humor but the Dark Knight trilogy also has their funny moments too. Rotten Tomatoes gave The Dark Knight a 94% saying “Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.”, which I agree with The Dark Knight was a dark movie with violence and death but it did have funny moments like in this clip  Compared to the 70% it gave Batman the first movie in the later series directed by Tim Burton, saying ” An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson’s Joker too often overshadows the title character.”, The Joker is a larger than life character, which could explain the overshadowing he does. The Rotten Tomatoes gave Batman Forever directed by Joel Schumacher, a 41% stating that the movie was “Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief.”, the lost of the three different directors.

The older ones also had less technology and it showed in the bat-suit, bat-mobile, and in Joker’s make-up, among other places in the movies. The technology used in Batman in 1989 is very outdated compared to the technology used in 2012 for The Dark Knight Rises.

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Batman’s utility belt consists of many various bat themed weapons. Somethings about “The utility belt is a modified climbing harness, with magnetized impact-resistant pouches and canisters attached to the belt at ergonomic points for ease of reach. It carries a magnetic gas-powered grapple gun, an encrypted cell phone, Batarangs, a medical kit, smoke bombs, mini explosives, periscope, remote control for the Batmobile (the Tumbler), mini-cam, money, and other unspecified equipment.”–Wikia, he uses these tools to keep Gotham safe.

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Batman’s Tumbler(Batmobile)

Batman has a few forms of transportation in the Christopher Nolan movies such as “Batpod is intended as a kind of “escape pod” integrated into the Tumbler, it also served an an auxiliary vehicle.”, the Batpod is a motorcycle looking form of smaller transportation than the “shelved Wayne Enterprises military vehicle, called the “Tumbler“, to serve as his Batmobile. Originally sporting military desert camouflage paint, Bruce Wayne requested Lucius Fox to have the Tumbler painted black.”. Another form of transportation used by Batman is “The Bat is the name given to the aircraft operated by Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.” from Wikia. He has these built at Wayne Enterprise by Lucius Fox a trusted friend of Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s dad.

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The Evolution of Batman and other characters through different remakes of movies, comic series, and TV shows.

 
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Superman

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With the new Man of Steel movie out I think we should talk about Superman. The image of Superman has changed a lot through the years, as technology has changed. He as always been that superhero that everyone knows and most people love. Superman gives hope to the people who believe in him, even if he is not a real person.

John Coughlan wrote an article about why the world needs Superman, and his origin.

” June 2nd, 1932, three men robbed a clothing store on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. The store owner, a 60-year-old Jewish immigrant from Lithuania, attempted to stop them. In the commotion, the owner collapsed from a heart attack and died…”– John Coughlan

“That store owner’s name was Mitchell Siegel, father of Jerry Siegel, the man who would go on to create (along with Joe Shuster) another familiar story. A story of an immigrant from another world who foils robberies: Superman, the Man of Steel. Out of a real world tragedy came a fictional yet inspirational force for good.”– John Coughlan

Superman was born from one of the worlds most common problems, robbery. Which Superman stops all the time along with a number of other forms of crime.

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Superman has always been known to fight Lex Luthor, but in Man of Steel he battles General Zod a fellow Kryptonian. This Review of Man of Steel talks about how epic Superman is and how great the movie is. It also mentions an older version of Superman played by Christopher Reeve. Which goes back to what I said about Superman changing with technology. Back in 1978 when Reeve first played Superman in the movie Superman technology was still pretty new or not invented yet. Now in Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill who plays Superman their is a lot more technology available to make the movie as “epic” as Superman. In Man of Steel they used a CGI(Computer-generated imagery) cape to allow Cavill to move more without the cape getting in the way. The cape is add later in post-production.

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Not only has the person playing Superman changed, and the technology that goes in to making these Superman movies changed but the costume Superman wears along with the ‘S’ on his chest has also changed. The colors red, blue, and the occasional yellow are always present but the overall look changes, the shades of colors they use change. superman evolution2