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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Batman Villains

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Every superhero has a super villains. Batman has various villains in comic books, movies, and TV shows. These are a few of Batman’s villains in movies.

The Joker
joker poster BatmanThe Joker is probably the most famous Batman villain. Heath Ledger played The Joker in the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The Joker’s past is covered in mystery, along with his real name.In Dark Knight, The Joker tells his story about his scars two different ways. One where his father gave him the scars another where he did to himself to make his wife feel better about her scars. This goes with his story of being “flat out psychotic“, and always changing his back story. In one Batman movie in 1989,  Jack Nicholson played The Joker and his real name was Jack Napier. His back story in Batman: The Killing Joke  was “His career change did not prove to be the correct choice, as he failed miserably. In desperate need to support his pregnant wife, Jeanine, he turned to a couple of criminals who planned to break into his previous place of work. The “Red Hood” persona is given to him,… In the middle of planning, the police called him, and informed him that his wife and unborn child have died. …but was forced to continue the operation. When they arrived at the plant, however, security were waiting for them. …the two other criminals were shot dead. Upon seeing the Batman, the Red Hood jumped over a rail, into a vat of chemicals. He washed up in a nearby waterway, where, upon the removal of his Red Hood, he saw his skin had turned chalk white, his hair green, and his lips ruby red. This, added to the previous misfortunes of his day, caused a psychotic breakdown, and the Joker was born.”–Zachary Davidson, this is only a summary of what happened in the comic.

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In the movie Batman Forever, Jim Carrey played The Riddler, and Tommy Lee Jones played Two-Face.The Riddler, and Two-Face teamed up to find out who Batman really is and kill him. Dr. Edward Nygma was a scientist with genius level IQ. He developed a device that can increase intelligence. He got fired from his job and became a villain and goes by the name The Riddler. ” The Riddler is a criminal mastermind with a penchant for puzzles, riddles and the color green. With a superior intellect and investigative skills that rival those of the Dark Knight, the Riddler is not just limited to leaving simple word-games for Batman to solve – he has been known to orchestrate full-scale frame-ups and misdirections that don’t make sense until the puzzle is solved.”–Scott Stoute .

Poison Ivy

poison-ivy-poster-batman-and-robin-In the movie Batman & Robin, Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy who teams up with Mr. Freeze played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, to kill Batman and Robin, freeze the world, and release poison plants. Leaving only Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze alive to run the world. Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley was a scientist and doctor, who studied plants and experimented with plant venom and animal venom. The creation of Poison Ivy, “She was a scientist working for Dr. Jason Woodrue, until she found out about his evil experiments. He threw her in a vat full of vegetable chemicals in order to kill her. However, she didn’t die, and became the supervillain Poison Ivy.”–IMDb. The vegetable chemicals genetically altered her, now being part plant ‘”They replaced my blood with aloe, my skin with chlorophyll, and filled my lips….” –she then took Woodrue by the cheeks and chin and pulled him towards her; Isley kissed him passionately and he eagerly kissed her back. When she broke away from him, Isley then finished — “with venom….'”–Wikia

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Formally Dr. Victor Fries a scientist in biology, turned Mr. Freeze after an accident, “During an experiment, he fell into a vat of his cryo-fluid that was fifty degrees below zero, somehow surviving only to find himself dependent on a special cryosuit that used special diamond enhanced lasers to keep him at zero degrees.”–Wikipedia. He was trying to find a way to bring back his wife, “…his terminally ill, cryogenically frozen wife, Nora, which greater explained his obsession with ice…”–IMDb. He needed lots of money for the experiments he did to find a cure for his wife.  A noble cause that he went about in a villainous way.

After reading various websites I learned that a lot of Batman’s villains were doctors or scientists. They each had their own drive and reason for trying to take over Gotham City and trying to get rid of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. Mr. Freeze wanted to save/bring back his wife, Poison Ivy wanted to save plants, and The Riddler wanted to prove his genius. Each of them went about doing trying to do their mission in dangerous and destructive ways which is why Batman and his team stopped them. Although not all villains have a good reason for doing what they do in Dark Knight  The Joker claims to only be interested in causing anarchy in the city of Gotham. There are many other Batman villains that I haven’t talked about.

Who is your favorite Super Villain?

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

Marvel vs DC

Marvel and DC are two of the main types of comics. Both have been around for a long time and have a big following. DC comics has been around since 1934 and is owned by Time Warner. DC comics is the rival of Marvel who is owned by The Walt Disney company, has been around since 1939.

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In 1996, Marvel comics and DC made 4 issues called Marvel Comics versus DC and called DC versus Marvel Comics.These comics are a series of comic book crossovers were voted on by fans to decide how each story would go. Was this a good idea? Yes, in my opinion it was a good idea to bring two rival comics together and have the fans involved, to get the story and characters the way both fan groups would like it. Fans of both comics would like this because it answers the question, what would happen if Superman meet Hulk or if Storm meet Catwoman? That is why I like this, and I think they should make a movie of these comics.

“The story had an “out of universe” component in that, although there were eleven primary battles, five outcomes were determined by fan vote.[3]

The six primary battles were:dc-vs-marvel comic#4

  • Aquaman (DC) vs. Namor (Marvel)
  • Elektra (Marvel) vs. Catwoman (DC)
  • Flash (DC) vs. Quicksilver (Marvel)
  • Robin (DC) vs. Jubilee (Marvel)
  • Silver Surfer (Marvel) vs. Green Lantern (DC)
  • Thor (Marvel) vs. Captain Marvel (DC).

There were five battles in which the outcomes were determined by the votes of fans:

  • Batman (DC) vs. Captain America (Marvel)
  • Spider-Man (Marvel) vs. Superboy (DC)
  • Wolverine (Marvel) vs. Lobo (DC)
  • Storm (Marvel) vs. Wonder Woman (DC)
  • Superman (DC) vs. Hulk (Marvel).”– Wikipedia

Marvel comics and DC have worked together but they are also rivals going head to head in the box office multiple times for example this summer with the release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 just weeks before the release of DC’s Man of Steel.

“According to Bloomberg, Marvel’s comic book films have generated 47% more revenue than DC’s. Marvel, now owned by Disney (DIS), has also produced more films than its rival. Marvel properties have been featured in 28 films in the past 15 years, compared to 23 films in 35 years for DC, a Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary. The average gross for Marvel’s films is $190 million — far better than DC’s $129 million average.” —Adam Benjamin

One reason for Marvel comics making more money off their movies than DC is because “(Marvel *cough* and their *cough* movies *cough*, while DC movies *cough* suck balls that make them cough *cough* up pubic hairballs *cough*).” —Cracked.com. This is only one websites opinion, others prefer Superman to Marvel’s story lines.

Marvel comics has brought us many superhero groups such as The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, X-Men, and others. Marvel has been bring these super-groups to the big screen in live action movies. One being The Avengers Movie, which brought together characters that had been established in their own movies like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. While the rest of The Avengers showed up in their movies has cameos or supporting roles like Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye.   Another Marvel super-group to make live action movies are the X-Men, which have another movie coming out in 2014 and work is happening on the next Avengers movie that should be out in 2015. Marvel also recently released the third Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

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Christian Bale(Batman) and Robert Downey Jr(Iron Man)

DC has been busy too recently releasing Man of Steel, the newest Superman movie. There has been lots of talk of a Justice League movie. Similar to the Avengers movie bring together established characters in one movie. The recent Batman from The Dark Knight movies played by Christian Bale might be part of the Justice League along with the Man of Steel, Superman played by Henry Cavill and The Green Lantern done by Ryan Reynolds.

There have been debates over who has the best superheroes, Marvel or DC. Personally I have favorites on both sides.  Both tend to focus on superheroes in the United States. Superman has roots in Kansas, Batman is in Gotham a fake american city, and The Fantastic Four and Iron Man are both in New York.

Superheroes are looked up to no matter if they are Marvel or DC, if they have superpowers or not, people love them. Some people go as far as becoming a superhero by putting on a costume, others watch the movies and TV shows, or read the comic books.