Category: the Batman


 

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Didn’t really go in with any expectations, and have to say I enjoyed it.

Not another origin story (thank God) but picking up where ‘Civil War’ left off, the first real ‘Marvel’ Spider-Man movie feels that way.  Not just because of the Iron Man and Captain America cameos, but just in general tone.  There are stakes, but not ‘the whole world will collapse if Spider-Man fails’ stakes (another big plus); there’s a lightness that never goes into camp…it’s not a ‘game changer’ but it’s enjoyable.

It’s early but I already feel like Tom Holland is my favorite Peter Parker.  In physique and the way the character is written, actually feels like a teenager trying to be cool and figure life out, but even with his intellect and powers, he can never completely win.  That matches everything I have in my head about Peter Parker.  Michael Keaton is equally relatable as the Vulture, the main antagonist for this adventure.  While we’re here, my favorite in joke in the movie kind of has to be seen as a ‘Batman joke’.  Don’t forget though folks, Christian Bale and Kevin Conroy got the idea of using a deeper tenor for Batman because Michael Keaton did it (in a way more subtle manner I’ll give you) in 89.

So yeah, this one is a winner.  Glad the web slinger looks to be fully back on his feet cinematically.

 

 

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What’s up?

So I don’t have a lot of deep thoughts this Eid. The train is rolling so this will be assorted quick hits…

‘Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.’  Uploaded to Netflix right around when Ramadan started, so I didn’t say anything that weekend.  But if you haven’t seen it yet, give yourself an hour to watch it.  Funny dude coming from a point of view we still don’t see often enough.

For someone who enjoys social media, I have to say…really didn’t miss it.  I’m back, and I enjoy being plugged in.  Do I need to be plugged in 24/7/365?  Don’t feel like it anymore (this space included).  Definitely shifting more into a ‘when I have something worthwhile to say/share, I’ll do it’ mode…

Having said that, I got all the texts, memes, notifications, songs and more while I was ‘away.’  They were all appreciated.  A lot of important phone calls made the past month.  The Dark Knight persona has served me well, but in terms of the truth of my life, it’s always nice to be reminded I’m not ‘alone’.  Not at all.

The future has never looked better; I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you in due time.

Peace!

 

 

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Bob Kane created Batman.  We know this because we’ve seen his name in the ‘Created By’ credit for more than 70 years now.

Bill Finger is the person who, among other things, came up with the idea of the Bat logo on the chest.  And wearing a cowl instead of a domino mask.  And Bruce Wayne.  And Gotham City. And the Joker. And the blue and black color scheme. And ‘the Dark Knight’.

All of which begs the question…

HOW IN THE BLUE HELL IS BILL FINGER ONLY RECENTLY GETTING HIS DUE?!?

The Hulu documentary ‘Batman and Bill’ is the most comprehensive single piece that tries to rectify this creative wrong.  The short version of this story is classic Hollywood: Bob Kane was connected to the publishers and personality wise much more driven by celebrity and public validation.  Bill Finger (as the second paragraph alone illustrates) was more the ‘creative genius’ type, more interested in craft and ideas than notoriety.

Marc Tyler Nobleman is pun intended, the hero this story deserves.  I won’t ruin all the details of the journey for you; I will warn you that on a human level that has nothing to do with comics, you’ll feel a level of pity, disgust, and contempt at how the lives of Bill Finger and Bob Kane played out as Batman became one of the most iconic characters in the world.  Thankfully, ‘Batman and Bill’ ends on a happy note.  With a level of sarcasm, I’ll say it ends with one of the best parts of ‘Batman v Superman’…

The hardcore fans will find it; if you like documentaries and ‘behind the scenes’ stories, it’s excellent in that regard as well.

 

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Never had any desire to go to Coachella…

But now feel like I need to scalp my way into the next Hans Zimmer show…

Enjoy (cause you know I am…)

 

 

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It’s a dope trailer.  And the song of course, clinched it for me.

To borrow another title from that catalog, Don’t Let Me Down Warner Brothers.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Been on a Hans Zimmer kick all day.  Of course I’m biased, but after John Williams I’m pretty sure he makes my favorite scores.

This movie was divisive, but the score was great (in my opinion).

Enjoy!

 

 

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As I’ve expressed to those close to me, I’ve officially made the transition from ‘being surprised/relieved’ at being happy and content most of the time, to now accepting this is my default attitude.

So as I have peace and optimism in my home, I can refocus my anger, resentment and theatricality in a constructive way, with the skills I’ve acquired over the years.

 

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Warner Brothers, you sneaky studio…

When the world is more in a mood for a silly Dark Knight, we get the silliest of them all.  ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ is the latest animated film from WB Animation, and it’s a homerun (for what it is).

Reuniting Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo who was the introduction to Batman for most kids, this film is silly and absurd in all the ways the 1966 TV show was.  Only Julie Newmar is still living on the villain side, and she reprises Catwoman along with three great sound alikes for Penguin, Joker, and the Riddler.  The plot is ridiculous, and only makes less sense as the movie goes, but so what?  Animation is the reason the original actors can reprise these characters, and animation opens the door for a TON of in jokes for the adults, that cover everything from the homoerotic nature of a grown man living with a teenage boy, to Frank Miller to the Tim Burton films to the Chris Nolan films.

Is this an all time classic?  Nahhh.  But you want a version of Batman you can watch with your youngest with no worries?  Here you go.

Must see for Batman completionists.

 

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Things are looking up and getting wrapped up in a way I can allow myself to think about the next #MalikWeek, which is already themed ‘Dark Knight of Cups’.

As I’m in a high mood, treat yourself to another very, very lovely George Benson cover of a Beatles song.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Gordon: “I never cared who you were.”

The Batman: “And you were right.”

Gordon: “But shouldn’t the people know who saved them?”

The Batman: “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hadn’t ended.”

(Gordon realizes the civilian alter ego of the Batman.)

One of the few days in the past few years where all of us put our cynicism aside was the story of the Batkid in San Francisco.  What started as a slightly outsized Make a Wish request turned into a story that took over social media and had people around the world captivated for one day.

‘Batkid Begins’ gives a pretty good behind the scenes look at how it all came to pass.  The initial request from the boy (“I want to be the real Batman”) to his explanation of why the Dark Knight (like a lot of us, he was pulled into re-runs of the 60s TV show and even at that age, he caught on to maybe the single greatest appeal: he has no superpowers).  How calling in favors to the Mayor’s Office and the Police Chief exploded into a city wide and then worldwide phenomenon (thank you social media).  It’s still a great story.  Even the cynical question of ‘the city has better things to spend money on’ was corrected by a wealthy couple who ended up footing the bill (this went down near Silicon Valley after all.)

You want to feel good about people again for a couple hours?  Relive the story again through this movie.

Now streaming on Netflix.