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Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot. I must be a creature. I must be a creature of the night.

He is vengeance. He is the night. He is 7 years old, and he is Batman.
posted by Smart Dalek on Apr 20, 2012 - 11 comments

Julie Taymor not involved

Holy Musical B@man! It's a musical about Batman! Act 1, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Act 2, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. [more inside]
posted by painquale on Apr 19, 2012 - 13 comments

A Serious House on Serious Earth

Arkham City Art Direction And Semiotics part 1, part 2, part 3.
posted by Artw on Apr 12, 2012 - 9 comments

Batman Drives a Lamborghini?

You may have seen the news footage about a guy in a Batman suit being pulled over in suburban DC. It turns out that there is a lot more to the story.
posted by COD on Mar 28, 2012 - 75 comments

Ordinary Batman Adventures

What do you get when you cross mundane daily life with Batman? Ordinary Batman Adventures (contains animated GIFs).
posted by fings on Mar 21, 2012 - 19 comments

Action is his reward

If Batman is a child's fantasy, then Spider-Man is very much rooted in being a teenager. When we're first introduced to Peter Parker in Amazing Fantasy #15, he's an outsider who feels isolated from everyone around him. He's miserable and resentful, but not because of some sort of defining tragedy, but because that's how you feel when you're a teenager. When he gets the one thing he wants -- the power that makes him stronger, faster and more popular than anyone else -- he promptly screws up and loses one of the only people that truly cared about him. (via Chris Sims @ Comics Alliance)
posted by radwolf76 on Mar 10, 2012 - 43 comments

You better run!

Batman Running Away From Shit
posted by Artw on Mar 8, 2012 - 33 comments

Sheldon Moldoff 1920-2012

Sheldon Moldoff, one of the seminal Golden Age comic book artists and the last surviving cartoonist to have had work featured in Action Comics #1, died on February 29 from kidney failure. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 7, 2012 - 15 comments

You can't kill me without becoming like me! I can't kill you without losing the only human being who can keep up with me! Isn't it IRONIC?

Batman should kill the Joker. No, he shouldn't. Yes, he should. No really, he shouldn't. What would Kant, Mill, Hobbes, Nietzsche, and Rawls think? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Mar 2, 2012 - 73 comments

Super Best Friends Forever

My Little Pony’s Lauren Faust on how Super Best Friends Forever will make you love Batgirl and Supergirl all over again. The short animations will be part of Cartoon Networks DC Nation block, alongside Beware The Batman, the replacement for the late lamented Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
posted by Artw on Feb 21, 2012 - 28 comments

BOOSH!

A Dramatic Reading of Justice League #1 (slyt)
posted by Artw on Feb 20, 2012 - 22 comments

'Nom Rage

Bane Facts: You've seen Tom Hardy look awesome as the character in posters and promos, but who exactly is Bane? Don't worry about shelling out cash for graphic novels and back issues, we'll teach you all about the villain that will appear in The Dark Knight Rises.
posted by troll on Dec 26, 2011 - 44 comments

Dear Batman, Please send me a Batman button. The only button I have says vote for Goldwater.

Dear batman,
Your television program is keen. The greatest thing is the theme song. Could you please tell me which opera your theme song is from.
Yours truly, Barbara L., Long Beach. Calif.

So begins one of the many missives written to Batman and catalogued in Bill Adler's 1966 book, Funniest Fan Letters to Batman. Featured in this week's episode of WireTap (MP3 link) where you can hear some of the letters read (starting around 15:20).
posted by goingonit on Dec 19, 2011 - 24 comments

The Conscious Catwoman

Julie Newmar Writes.
posted by hermitosis on Dec 12, 2011 - 13 comments

Set Phasers to VALUE!

Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress of Victoria, Canada sells you mattresses via star trek (and superman and batman and...)
posted by The Whelk on Dec 9, 2011 - 20 comments

"For you see Rubin, I am not furshlugginer ordinary Batboy!..."

Here is the classic story "Batboy and Rubin" from Mad Magazine #8. (Another source.) And here is the story adapted to animation 57 years later on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
posted by JHarris on Dec 9, 2011 - 28 comments

Jerry Robinson, Batman artist and Joker creator, RIP

Jerry Robinson, Batman artist and creator of the Dark Knight's arch-nemesis The Joker, died yesterday in his sleep at the age of 89. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Dec 8, 2011 - 21 comments

Much More Than Props

I am Iron Man. I am Aquaman (and you can be too). I am Flynn (possibly NSFW). I'm Batman. We are Boba Fett. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Dec 7, 2011 - 11 comments

Liefeldian Thigh Pouches

"...they essentially published years of comics for the sole purpose of saying 'Fine, that's how you want it? Here you go. Enjoy.' They made a character out of pure sarcasm, and he had his own ongoing series for a hundred issues."
Chris Sims on Azrael.
posted by griphus on Dec 2, 2011 - 28 comments

"Fencing Accident"

Bruce Wayne's medical history, from Gotham City General Hospital. "These recent maladies appear to be in keeping with the pattern that has emerged over the past several years, in which significant medical problems are associated with odd or incongruous explanations." ... "By far the greatest contributor to patient’s ongoing morbidity are his multiple and seemingly ceaseless musculoskeletal injuries."
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 15, 2011 - 63 comments

Something Tells Me To Stop With the Al-Qaeda. I Ignore It

Frank Miller is a giant among comic book creators. He gave us The Dark Knight Returns, which rewrote the book on Batman and comics in general. He also gave us seminal versions of Daredevil, Batman, and Wolverine. His Sin City and 300 books are a triumph of design, if not subtlety. Lately, though, he's taken a different path. He recently released Holy Terror, which in 2005 was to have featured Batman, but now features a renamed stand-in fighting Al-Qaeda. It has been nearly universally panned as a piece of ugly, anti-Muslim propaganda. Last week, Miller blasted the "Occupy" movement on his blog, describing the participants as, "louts, thieves, and rapists," who, "can do nothing but harm America" and pointing to the looming threat of Al-Qaeda.
posted by Legomancer on Nov 14, 2011 - 227 comments

Tales of the Dark Knight

The 10 Best Episodes of 'Batman: The Animated Series'
posted by Artw on Nov 3, 2011 - 97 comments

IT IS A BIG DEAL. IT IS A VERY, VERY BIG DEAL.

...IN THE MIDNIGHT LINE THE OTHER NIGHT THERE WERE ABOUT 90 GUYS ALL STANDING AROUND READY TO BUY. AMONG THEM, A FEW RANDOM GIRLS INTERSPERSED WHO RIGHTLY LOVED THE LAST GAME AND ARE NOW GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH A REALLY, REALLY STRANGE TONE. OH SURE, CHANCES ARE THEY’RE USED TO MOST OF THE SEXISM IN VIDEO GAMES, BUT THIS IS A SPECIAL KIND OF ORNAMENTAL. THIS IS STEALTH SEXISM. SOMETHING FAR MORE INSIDIOUS THAN THE NAKED PANDERING OF DUKE NUKEM.
Gender roles among contemporary comics characters has been scrutiized in the wake of DC Comics' rebooting of its product line (previously), as well as in its prior days of stuffing damsels inside refrigerators. But the latest writeup on the Male Gaze's role in superheroics has emerged from the irradiated brow of...The Hulk. And not Feminist Hulk, nor Drunk Hulk but...well, the one who analyses movies.
posted by Smart Dalek on Oct 20, 2011 - 168 comments

Like A Batman Out Of Hell

Batman: The Musical was going to be written by Meat Loaf songwriter Jim Steinman and premiere in 2001. It was never finished, but demos and lyrics to many of the songs survive, as well as MP3s on Steinman's blog. Several of the songs such as Seize The Knight, In The Land of The Pig The Butcher Is King and Cry To Heaven were officially recorded and released by Meat Loaf.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Oct 12, 2011 - 36 comments

"You...are my number one...GUY."

Chris Sims is a former comic book store employee. David Uzumeri is a computer scientist. Together, they fight crime review the shit out of Batman film canon in an 18-part series they call Cinematic Batmanology, covering all the major theatrical releases from Tim Burton's franchise-reviving 1989 film (start there) up through Christopher Nolan's recent The Dark Knight, with a couple of odd tangents along the way. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 3, 2011 - 34 comments

"We get a very clear and detailed shot of her butt in black latex before we ever see what her face looks like."

The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their 'Liberated Sexuality'
posted by desjardins on Sep 22, 2011 - 231 comments

Holy kid sidekick!

Oz and Ends is a blog about fantasy literature for kids. My favourite part of the site is the "Weekly Robin" feature, which muses on the well-known kid sidekick(s), from storytelling props and costume design to origins and possible futures.
posted by sevenyearlurk on Sep 21, 2011 - 3 comments

You Don't Own Me

Quincy Jones sat in the Tenafly, New Jersey den of 16-year-old vocal student Lesley Gore, playing demo after demo, looking for the right song to cut for her first record. Out of over 200 tapes, Jones and Gore had moved only one to the "maybe" pile, and so that song, It's My Party, was recorded on March 30, 1963 in a Manhattan studio. After the session Mercury president Irving Green warned Gore not to get her hopes up, but Gore gratefully told him that it had been a great experience anyway, and it was okay if he didn't want to release it. However, later that evening Jones learned that Phil Spector had just recorded "It's My Party" for The Crystals, so Jones rushed back to the studio to press 100 test copies of the single and immediately mailed them to key radio stations across the country. [more inside]
posted by swift on Sep 13, 2011 - 69 comments

Spook Countries

"Yesterday morning (Monday the 5th of September) at 8:15 [European Mean Time] I've posted a picture of...hitch-hiking Batman. In 24 hours, that Batman, through G+ sharing, reached 64 different destinations worldwide before getting back to France this morning..." [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Sep 6, 2011 - 30 comments

Replica Batmobile powered by an actual turbine

Atomic Batteries to power, turbines to speed as Casey Putsch builds a replica burton-batmobile... with a jet turbine... that's street legal... and is now on ebay.
posted by ewan on Sep 2, 2011 - 27 comments

Adam West had the right to remain silent ... a pity he didn't exercise that right

I'm so sorry, Metafilter, really I am. I don't know what's come over me, but I am posting one of the dopiest, most embarrassing celebrity novelty tunes ever recorded. It's by the fellow who played Batman in the 60s TV series, Adam West, in a breathtakingly stupid recording of an utterly ridiculous song called Miranda. I pray that you'll forgive me for my indiscretion, and I promise I will post some inspiring and worthwhile music next time around.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 30, 2011 - 41 comments

"I'll be right with you guys!"

"I assume capes aren't functional because they can get snagged on things." A fascinating article by Jon Ronson profiling costumed avengers in the real-life superhero movement. Also: Why Doesn't Batman Kill? and Teaching Philosophy With Spiderman. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Aug 12, 2011 - 90 comments

To the Batcave?

Batman: Delivrance a french video (with subtitles) about the return of Batman from retirement featuring special guest: Wolverine.
posted by blue_beetle on Jul 15, 2011 - 17 comments

Holy Unrefillable Prescriptions

Robin's Holiest of Holies [more inside]
posted by lemuring on Jul 10, 2011 - 19 comments

This cat has claws!

An unproduced script for the Catwoman film written by Batman Returns scripter Daniel Waters would have sent Catwoman to supervillian support group outside of Gotham City. Want a more modern take on the character? She'll be playable in Arkham City.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 15, 2011 - 24 comments

"If I'm not Jesus Batman, I'm nothing"

No time to read a babillion nineties Batman comics in the run-up to the Dark Knight Rises? Cooking With Comics will explain Knightfall for you in less than nine minutes! (SLYT) (via)
posted by EatTheWeak on Jun 11, 2011 - 24 comments

Finite Crisis on Single Earth

DC to reboot entire universe. Will debut same-day digital distribution of 52 new #1 comics in September. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on May 31, 2011 - 393 comments

I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman.

The AV Club has been writing in-depth recaps of Batman: The Animated Series. They were originally written by Leonard Pierce but after a small scandal Oliver Sava has taken over the write-ups. They've already covered some of the series best-loved episodes, including Feat of Clay, Heart of Ice, and the Mask of the Phantasm film. [more inside]
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Apr 19, 2011 - 54 comments

Such a thing... such an octopus of a thing

Neal Adams is one of the greatest comic artists, best known for drawing the most reprinted comic sequence and revitalizing Batman after the campy Adam West show . Now, Neal Adams is returning to Batman with a 12 issue mini-series titled Odyssey and six issues in, some are already calling the story " without hyperbole... the most insane comic book we have ever read ." While some might be shocked that the famous Adams seems to have lost his way and is acting a little crazy, Metafilter readers probably should have seen this coming
posted by jaybeans on Mar 20, 2011 - 80 comments

Thus did Man become the Architect of his own demise...

"Welcome to the Zion Archive. You have selected Historical File #12-1: The Second Renaissance." So begins the short film of the same name by Mahiro Maeda [Flash: 1 2 - QuickTime: 1 2] -- a devastating yet beautiful work of animation. Originally produced to explain the backstory behind the Matrix trilogy, Maeda's project ended up telling a story far darker and more affecting than any blockbuster. Using a blend of faux documentary footage and visual metaphor, his serene Instructor relates in biblical tones the saga of Man and Machine, how age-old cruelty and hatred birthed a horrifying, apocalyptic struggle that consumed the world. Packed with striking imagery and historical allusions galore, this dark allegory easily transcends the films it was made for. But while "The Second Renaissance" is arguably the best work to come from the Matrix franchise, it's hardly alone -- it's just one of the projects made for The Animatrix, a collection of nine superb anime films in a wide variety of styles designed to explore the universe and broaden its scope beyond the usual sci-fi action of the movies. Click inside for a guide to these films with links to where they can be watched online, along with a look at The Matrix Comics, a free series of comics, art, and short fiction created for the same purpose by some of the best talent in the business. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 14, 2011 - 54 comments

To the Bat-themed Content, Robin!

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 on Feb 4, 2011 - 16 comments

"I suppose it looks strange to you to see Superman speaking Arabic"

"Until about 1964 most comic books in the Middle East were in either English or French.... Then a forward-looking editor began to wonder why comic books could not be translated into Arabic." Illustrated Publications, a Beirut-based company, did just that, starting with Superman. As a reporter for "Al-Kawkab Al Yawmi" he swooped into the Middle east from distant Krypton on February 4, 1964. The mild-mannered report, Clark Kent, became Nabil Fawzi, whose name roughly translated to "Noble Victory". The text of the comics was translated, but the rest of the comic looked an awful lot like the Superman of the United States, except the covers lacked context, Superman's S logo was reversed, and some of the colors were skewed in odd ways. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 31, 2011 - 5 comments

"Two can play at that game, Catwoman."

Kate Beaton (previously) presents The Adventures of Sexy Batman.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jan 23, 2011 - 43 comments

Every Batmobile Ever

Every Batmobile ever (prev)
posted by Paragon on Jan 8, 2011 - 25 comments

A good comic... good enough.

Frank Miller is titan of comics, whose noirish take on superheroes in the 80s has been hugely influencial. But back in 70s Miller was just an aspiring artist showing off his portfolio to Neal Adams, who proceeded to rip him him a new one.
posted by Artw on Dec 6, 2010 - 76 comments

The Keene Act And You

Is Batman a State Actor? Could you pass a Mutant Registation Act? Law And The Multiverse considers legal matters in a world of capes, supes, and alternate dimensions. (via Mefiprojects)
posted by The Whelk on Nov 30, 2010 - 34 comments

Birds of Prey Theme Song

Birds of Prey Theme Song, courtesy of the newest iteration of animated Batman, the Brave and the Bold. The Huntress, Black Canary and Catwoman sing about the sexual prowess of the DC universe's finest super-heroes. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Sep 28, 2010 - 34 comments

Paging The Crime Doctor

The 14 Best Title Cards From 'Batman: The Animated Series' (previously)
posted by Artw on Sep 24, 2010 - 61 comments

Everybody and Hobbes

A Star Wars/Calvin & Hobbes mashup t-shirt has gotten a lot of buzz, but the 'relentlessly cheerful' James Hance did it first (and it went semi-viral just a few days earlier). But Calvin and Hobbes have gotten 'mashed-up' before... a lot.
« Cthulhu and Hobbes.
« Batmin and Robbes.
« Fight Club (spoiler) illustrated and in text (previously).
« The controversial (for here) Calvin and Jobs.
« Calvin Rockwell
« Kraven the Hunter from Ryan Dunleavy's mashup collection (previously).
« Buddy Cops (incorrectly labeled as P.I.s).
« Semi-related: C&H meet Christopher Robin & Pooh, Hobbes Meets Tony and Role Reversal.
« And, of course, Calvin and Hobbes. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 21, 2010 - 27 comments

Interesting Situations

Spider-Man snorting cocaine. Catwoman, Robin, & Batman threesome. Suicidal Spider-Man. Spider-Man & Batman hand-cuffed. Wonderwoman & wonder-hands. Italian artist Giuseppe Veneziano has a new exhibition of art on display. And it does seem to be having fun with a bunch of familiar supehero icons.
posted by Fizz on Aug 7, 2010 - 51 comments

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