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February 4, 2011 6:19 PM   Subscribe

It's been BAT-WEEK at tor.com (the people who brought you the 12 Doctors of Christmas - previously here), with essays on all aspects of the World's Greatest Detective, Caped Crusader and Dark (or not-so-dark) Knight, analysis of the Bat's entire big screen history, plus The Joker and other characters, bat-music, his wardrobe (what?) and Batman all over the Internet (the Web is not just for Spider-Man). Plus links to tor.com's previously published bat-content. So go batty!
posted by oneswellfoop (16 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Bonus Bat-Stuff... "Batman: The Brave and The Bold" has been quite a hoot with all the super-crossovers, but it recent hit the pinnacle of awesomosity with Scooby Doo AND Weird Al (with extra-super-bat-bonus: Bat-Mite voiced by Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens)
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:19 PM on February 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Damn you oneswellfoop, I had sworn off tor.com. By which I mean, excellent post topic and I'll be off to check those links out now.
posted by immlass at 7:30 PM on February 4, 2011


I haven't read comics in ages, but I love reading about Batman and am looking to get into Grant Morrison's run. Some of the Batmanological essays I've seen lately are on : Building A Better Bat Signal and their take on Bane are awesome. The Onion AV Club has just started recapping Batman: The Animated Series, which is my favorite version of the character, and Lil Batman is still awesome.

I used to have a book called 'The Many Lives of The Batman' and it's strange how adaptable he is. He's like Micheal Moorcock's Eternal Champion: all versions of the Batman are Batman. They all share the same essense, and thus Brave and the Bold can co-exist with Nolan's Batman. Each version just magnifies a trait which was there in the original.

I'm not sure why Batman feels so awesome and right and solid. It makes person sense that Homer Simpson would love Batman. Everyone loves Batman. Or maybe i'm just reading too much Chris Sims.

Also, my ex made me Batman shorts. that is all
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:39 PM on February 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Meanwhile it's shite unusable design week on io9.

Andy Warhol and Nico as Barman and Robin is about the coolest thing ever.
posted by Artw at 7:49 PM on February 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Bat-Manga is weird and terrific and makes me wish there was a Batman anime.
posted by cazoo at 7:50 PM on February 4, 2011


That Batman: Plutocrat link raises some awesome points, but the comments are horrible. Though you could argue that Batman is protecting the underclass from crime, his parents were only murdered when they took a shortcut through a 'bad' area...
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:53 PM on February 4, 2011


Bonus Bat-Stuff... "Batman: The Brave and The Bold" has been quite a hoot with all the super-crossovers, but it recent hit the pinnacle of awesomosity with Scooby Doo AND Weird Al yt (with extra-super-bat-bonus: Bat-Mite voiced by Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens)
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:19 PM on February 4 [1 favorite +] [!]


Oh. My. Word...

There are no words.

That was a major portion of my childhood TV viewing wrapped up in eight-minutes plus (except the Weird Al bit -- he was more part of my brother's childhood entertainment).

Well I guess I know how old the B&B writers are.
posted by sardonyx at 8:03 PM on February 4, 2011


cazoo, apparently the same ep of BB&B as the Scooby Doo segment has "Bat-Anime". Probably not as good, since nobody's YouTubed it.

Six years ago, right before "Batman Begins" came out, I wrote a little Bat-Essay that neither I nor my editor could come up with a decent title for: SELF-LINK SIGNAL.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:14 PM on February 4, 2011


This is great, but I also want to direct people to the Batman Completion blog that turned up in the Law and Order thread yesterday. It's awesome.
posted by Rangeboy at 8:50 PM on February 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm kind of astounded by the case made in the Batman video games post, myself. Why did it take so long to make a good Batman game? You've got sneaking, punching, arresting visuals, colorful villains, cerebral puzzles... It seems like a no-brainer, but I never thought about it until now. And it feels weird that I never thought about it. Like there was an actual intent behind shitty Batman games and it got me.

The graphic engine comparisons are all the more damning, although one of them is Capcom, which isn't surprising at all.
posted by greenland at 8:59 PM on February 4, 2011


There is no safe word in the Batcave, Robin.
posted by Catblack at 9:16 PM on February 4, 2011


I agree with the commenter in the cape article: Batman does not need physics. Batman wins. ALWAYS. He wins because he is Batman, and he is Batman because he wins.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:34 PM on February 4, 2011


Even Mr. Brainwash, never one to miss an opportunity for a promotional tie-in, is getting in on the action.
posted by multics at 9:34 PM on February 4, 2011


My parents are deeaaaaaad!
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 9:54 PM on February 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


During his travels through time Batman obviously stopped at the dawn of time to plant special exceptions into physics as it was first forming, in case he needed them. That is the kind of thing Batman does.
posted by Artw at 9:57 PM on February 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Batman wins. ALWAYS. He wins because he is Batman, and he is Batman because he wins.

I think I just figured out when I stopped liking Batman as a character -- the moment this became pretty much true.
posted by Amanojaku at 5:51 AM on February 5, 2011


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