“Karma is a Cosmic Balance Sheet; a Ledger.” This is a statement I carried on from a workshop on Karma. READ MORE »
I have a few more relevant things to write about that I haven’t yet. The once-promised “I’m Done With Presidents.” That’ll probably be next week. A few others I won’t mention in case I never do them. In the meantime, here’s yet another look at some more obscure Batman villains I think deserve some more shine.
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My writer’s block is a hypercube. @towelboy via Twitter
So a while back I wrote about Batman villains I’d like to see more of. And while that list was pretty definitive and special — I’m especially proud of my discovery of Adam Lamb AKA Wolf The Crime Master, who is easily the most obscure Batman villain deserving of another appearance — but the thing about that path is once you are on it, it never ends.
It never ends because Batman’s rogues’ gallery is so immense, with so many bizarre and colorful additions over the years that by the time you finished exploring them all, a whole new generation of writers and artists will have created brand new ones to occupy your mind with. Here’s some more lesser known Batman villains that I for one would like to see used in the sandbox a little more. READ MORE »
If you’re the kind of person that likes to pore over tons of minutiae looking for patterns (and I am) and also the kind of person that likes to apply that analytical mind to social trends (that too) and especially to Batman in particular (of course) then you might have come to the same conclusion that I have: that Batman’s popularity and relevance in mainstream culture swings like a pendulum, in roughly fifteen to twenty-year cycles. And that each time Batman comes back, he comes back bigger and better.
Howdy Dark Knights, welcome to the fifty-first multiple murder of HACK. If you’ve made it this far, shhh…listen…
“Listen! Do you smell something?” –Dr. Ray Stantz, Ghostbusters
This week I give you my true voice, such as it is. Below is a list of audio tracks. Below that is a table of contents with some details. Enjoy.
A note to my deaf readers. Um, sorry. Believe me, if I had the time to transcribe it all, I would have no time to enjoy the silence.
Peace be with you all. And also with me.
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So, next week, with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman film series comes to a close. I obviously haven’t seen the new movie yet, but I am hoping that if it doesn’t meet the same level of excellence as the previous two in the series, it at least doesn’t suck so bad it ruins the whole series. More like The Godfather Part III and less like Spider-Man 3. But I digress. The point is, since Batman is a huge property for Warner Brothers and is in the midst of a cultural renaissance the likes of which the character has never seen before, it is going to be like no more than five years before we see another Batman in movies. That’s just good business. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of some things I would like to see in the next Batman film franchise:
I recently re-watched the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie, or “THE MOVIE OF THE DECADE” as the ubiquitous hype at the time dubbed it. And I was struck by a few things. One, what an awful trainwreck of a movie it was. And two, what an unmitigated disaster it was. Here’s a quick list of nine things they really made a dog’s breakfast of:
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I don’t think it’s a big secret that I love Batman. In my personal pantheon he ranks somewhere on the level of Jesus Christ and Bugs Bunny. And there’s a lot of reasons for that. Mostly because Batman is awesome. Obviously. But the reason I am going to explore today is because of all the things I learned from Batman. Or at least as many as I can name off the top of my head.
I don’t mean necessarily in terms of the wit and wisdom of Bruce Wayne. I don’t mean like anything the character directly said, necessarily. I mean more in terms of all the interesting things I learned — life lessons, fascinating trivia, obscure authors — through my contact with Batman in various forms of media for the three+ decades of my life.
I’m just going to put this one up in the air, because I guess someone has to. There is no legitimate argument against same-sex marriage. None! Or rather, put more accurately, any legitimate argument against same-sex marriage is also an argument against marriage itself in general. That’s the shape of it. I’d rather be talking about Batman villains right now, but there we are. What? You’re confused? Oh, no, I didn’t say there weren’t any arguments against same-sex marriage, just that they’re all stupid and wrong! Let’s run down some of them so I can underline this point.