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The Evolution of Batman

The Evolution of Batman

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Since his introduction in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), Batman has maintained a fairly consistent image. No doubt that's part of his timeless appeal. That and he kicks lots of ass. So with the release of The Dark Knight Rises nearly upon us, I figured now was as good a time as any to look back at the evolution of the Caped Crusader, as seen in his major media incarnations. For the sake of image size and my sanity I've not included every variation of Batman, but I think I've hit the most important and iconic ones. Here's a lower-res sample of the the full infographic: For the full-resolution version of this infographic, click HERE. You may need to right-click and open in a new tab/window if it doesn't display correctly. (If the Man of Steel is more your style, check out ...
Saturday Serials: “The Electrical Brain” (Batman, 1943)

Saturday Serials: “The Electrical Brain” (Batman, 1943)

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Our first foray into the world of cinema serials begins with... The Bat. As we inch ever closer to the release of Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, it's worthwhile to take a look at where it all began. No, not with Tim Burton's movie, and not even with the Adam West camp-fest. We start simply with Batman, the original Columbia Pictures serial. This film, released in 15 chapters, marks the big screen debut of Bob Kane's legendary creation and was released in July 1943 -- just over four years after Batman sprang to life in Detective Comics #27. For those with even a superficial knowledge of Batman, much of the first chapter ("The Electrical Brain") will seem familiar. The dynamic duo of Batman (Lewis Wilson) and Robin (Douglas Croft) display their...
GFS home movies: Batman: Gotham Knight

GFS home movies: Batman: Gotham Knight

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This is shaping up to be a banner year for Batman.  The Dark Knight comes out next week, and I can't see any way it won't kick ass.  So to whet the appetite of the hardcore Bat-fan, this week marks the release of Batman: Gotham Knight, a direct-to-DVD animated adventure. But rather than being just another animated Bat-film, Gotham Knight is actually an anthology of six short films, all presented with different styles of animation.  Those six short films, and my take on them, are: "Have I Got a Story For You" - A group of young skaters each has seen Batman at various points during the same fight with a criminal that day.  They share their accounts, and with each one Batman takes on a vastly different appearance based on the storyteller's perspective. Of all Bat's incarnations, the