Why is Batman important to me? I was going to write this piece before the tragic events in America, and I think it’s still worth sharing some thoughts on why so many people crammed into cinemas worldwide this weekend.


I was introduced to Batman on the same day my brother was born. When I was four and my father was driving like crazy to get my mother to hospital in time to give birth to my brother, I was carted off to a relative’s house, sat in front of the television and told to watch whatever I wanted.

Batman.

In one second, I was hooked. And it couldn’t have been a better way to welcome a brother into the world. Because as I sat, stuffing my face with French toast watching Bruce Wayne beat up bad guys, I remember vividly realising that the people needed a protector. It was Batman and I badly wanted to be him.

My brother, Adam, could be my Robin, my partner in crime. It didn’t matter that most girls wanted to be Catwoman. I was Batman. And I was here to kick butt.

At a time where everyone else was playing Barbie Dolls, I was playing Batman. A good portion of my childhood was spent jumping off buildings in black capes and grazing my knees. I built my own Batmobile, which was really just a go-kart painted black, and spent long car trips amusing myself by singing the Batman theme. What a joy that must have been for my parents.

And I imagine that for lots of children like me who were collecting action figures and reading comic books under their covers late at night, Batman was there to right the wrongs. Batman was the poster child for control freaks everywhere. For someone who lost everything, Bruce Wayne proved that with enough money, power, influence, gadgets and a snarky butler he could bend society to his will.

Batman took every monster from under the bed and kicked its arse. And so could we.

The comic books were followed by the utterly horrible but secretly awesome Batman cartoon which I woke up at the crack of sparrows to watch before Saturday Disney started. (Given Saturday Disney began at around 7.00am, it was a pretty ungodly hour to wake up).

As the horrifying onset of puberty began, there was the 1960s Adam West TV series – which I believe was on in the afternoons. I’m aware the ‘60s TV show came long before the cartoon, but it coincided with with my pre-teen years so I’m assuming it had to be on after school.

With its utterly high-camp brand of comedy, the comic book satire was full of innuendo, which was perfect for a snarky teenager. Perfect for everyone, really. The Adam West series had epic sound effects, cheesy catch-phrases and sets that were designed by people who were clearly on drugs. That meant it was great for almost everyone. It was great for adults, great for children, great for grumpy teenagers.

During my teen years, Tim Burton released his Batman series. It was whacky, it was dark and brooding. It took the role of women slightly more seriously (but not by much). By the time I was 15 I had experienced three different interpretations of Batman and it didn’t seem like it could get any better. And with Joel Schumacher’s contribution to film - it didn’t.

The Joel Schumacher series was egregiously bad. He had Bane dressed up like an S&M gimp during his brief cameo next to Poison Ivy. Clooney and Kilmer were fine as Batman, I suppose, but it would have been nice if they hadn’t given Jim Carrey permission to play himself when they cast him as The Riddler.

By the time Christopher Nolan’s version rocked around, almost at the beginning of the remake era, you could have been forgiven for being sceptical, (especially considering the nightmarish Spiderman series that preceded it). But Nolan didn’t disappoint. In fact he blew us away.

The Christopher Nolan series had a maturity to it that other comic book remakes had lacked up until that point. Sure there was the horrible Dawson’s Creek-esque scene with Katie Holmes at the end of the Batman Begins: “this is not your real face”, but it had a stellar cast who delivered mainly strong performances. The sets were darker and more realistic. The costumes weren’t over the top, the CGI was incredible and the action scenes delivered a visual feast.

And that was it. We had yet another Batman remake on our hands and this time it was going to be AWESOME.

Then Australia had one of its own represent us in the sequel. Instead of ending with celebration and a host of awards including a Golden Globe, it ended in a horrible, heartbreaking tragedy. Regardless, The Dark Knight would forever bond Australia with Batman. But we lost a young talent in Heath Ledger long before his time. This hasn’t a thing to do with why Batman is important. But even for someone with no interest in celebrity, that terrible moment meant something.

So when The Dark Knight Rises rocked around almost two years later, for some reason it was incredibly important that it be good. I went on internet lockdown. I avoided tweets, Facebook updates, magazines, newspapers and websites containing anything relating to the conclusion to the Nolan series. Do you know how hard it is to work for News.com.au and avoid Batman related content? We must have run at least 10 stories on The Dark Knight.

And it didn’t disappoint. Sure, there were a few minor plot flaws. Matthew Modine was mostly horrible in the role of Deputy Commissioner Foley, especially in the car chase scene with Joseph Gordon Levitt where he declared he was “going to get the Batman”. Really, could you be less subtle? But it didn’t matter overall.

To be fair the issue was as much one of scripting as of bad acting. There were one or two plot flaws but they really didn’t matter overall. For a film that I was convinced wouldn’t live up to its predecessor, I really enjoyed it.

I need to apologise to Anne Hathaway for misjudging her. I thought she would be completely wrong as Catwoman, but she was such a delight to watch. She was charming, sexy, capable. And she brought a depth and compassion that really hadn’t been bought to the role before. (I’m looking at you Alicia Silverstone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Sharon Stone).

Also, her costume was really clever. The way they positioned the bow in her hair so you could only see the corners, making them resemble cat ears was genius. It hinted at the traditional Catwoman get-up without ever specifically mentioning it.

And Bane? What. A. Beast.

I didn’t even realise it was Tom Hardy underneath the mask until after I left the cinema. He was unrecognisable. And not just because of the mask that covered his face. The Inception actor must have put on 80 stone worth of muscle. For someone who barely showed his face I thought Hardy did an excellent job, though some of his lines were muffled and inaudible. Given he had Ledger to compete with – Tom Hardy made an excellent villain. I’m not sure he could ever rival Ledger’s performance as The Joker, but he didn’t need to. He brought his own brand of terrifying that will stand the test of time.

Christian Bale was impeccable. It was nicer to see a slightly calmer Batman who was capable of change. There was a softness to him. A gentility that wasn’t there before.

And this is why Batman is so important. He grew up with us. Batman has been with us through thick and thin. From toddler to teen, tragedy to triumph Batman has been there, going through his own emotional roller coaster. And if any of the rumours are true, that much like the Bond films, Batman will be the movie everyone gets a turn at, he’ll be with us for a very very long time.

Nolan was right – people do need an idea to live up to. And Batman is it.

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    • Emma says:

      07:40am | 23/07/12

      I dont know why but Batman was never my thing. This half-comic style overdrawn action… like Spiderman. Dont like that one either.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:52am | 23/07/12

      Superman is the most dull. Make a superhero invincible, able to leap tall buildings etc etc. So where is the dramatic arc? Answer: there is none! Truly pathetic, is Superman. The daggiest of them all, stuck in some sort of 1950s time warp.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:23am | 23/07/12

      Superman’s hardly daggy, Scotch.  There’s a reson nobody’s managed to remake the original Richard Donner Superman with Christopher Reeve: because once you’ve done a Messiah story, everything else comes up second best.

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      11:29am | 23/07/12

      Superman is the worst. I actually enjoyed it when they killed him off in the comics, only to bring him back because so many people bitched and moaned about it.

    • Tubesteak says:

      01:24pm | 23/07/12

      Superman’s arc isn’t in his fallibility but in his *in*fallibility. His comparison to the people around him shows his arc. Unfortunately, this has not been dealt with too well in films.

      He’s meant to be the protector of people that don’t want to help themselves or rely on him too much. That is where the real story and heart lie with Superman. That and the love story with LL.

    • PW says:

      05:38am | 24/07/12

      St Michael, Christopher Reeve’s Superman was by no means the original. There was George Reeves in the late 1950’s and a cartoon series during World War II.

    • Macca says:

      07:59am | 23/07/12

      I think it all started with the Bourne series. This was a new film adaptation that moved away from the cartoon caricature of the 80s and 90s and presented our heroes as dark, complex, morally questionable.

      Daniel Craig’s James Bond was probably the next “remake” to follow this trend. I’m sure there are more that currently escape me.

      Nolan had a pedigree of superb story telling prior to working on his version of the Batman franchise. And unlike the Star Wars reboot, which fell into a children’s pantomime, Nolan has shown big budgets and CGI can still deliver.

    • Mahhrat says:

      10:17am | 23/07/12

      I’m betting on a complete Star Wars reboot in about 10 years or so (or whenever Lucas passes on or sells his copyright).  It’ll be gritty, bloody and the Jedi will be less moralistic arbiters and more like high-tech special ops.

    • Greg says:

      10:29am | 23/07/12

      Not gonna happen Mahhrat,

      the reason you can keep rebooting comic book movies is because of the ridiculous amounts of source material that isn’t likely to stop any time soon, and with the movies the same as the comics when batman gets to old or dies they just restart the timeline.

      No one is making any new star wars material and if they do remake it, it will suck, though I doubt Lucas will ever sell his rights to star wars. 

      You can see DC doing the same things marvel did putting out heaps of single character films in the hope of getting a justice league movie off the ground finally.

    • DJ says:

      11:27am | 23/07/12

      Lots of good Star Wars books out there Greg, and are just like Mahrat describes. Would love to see some of these as movies.

      And as a Batman tragic thank you C.Nolan for a great Trilogy!

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      11:35am | 23/07/12

      Actually Greg, you’ll find that there is heaps of new Star Wars material constantly being made - through novels, comics and video games. I’d argue that there is more lore there than any comic I know of. The current story extends way beyond Return of the Jedi, as well as thousands of years prior to Phantom Menace.

    • Greg says:

      12:20pm | 23/07/12

      Can you tell I don’t care much for star wars wink

    • Mahhrat says:

      01:08pm | 23/07/12

      @Greg:  Check out Timothy Zahn:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Zahn

      The Thrawn Trilogy particularly are absolutely amazing and would make a brilliant set of stories, set as they are only six months after the end of “Return of the Jedi”.

      They have lots of references to Darth Vader and such still, so they’d be in it for historical reference.

      I would enrol Mark Wahlberg as Luke, Hugh Jackman as Han Solo,  and Eric Bana as Grand Admiral Thrawn.

    • subotic B. Banner says:

      08:18am | 23/07/12

      Hulk smashes Batman!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:52am | 23/07/12

      pretty sure he smashed Thor, if my memory serves me right.

    • Baloo says:

      12:29pm | 23/07/12

      I was watching The Avengers last night, the hulk in that was so bad ass.

    • John F says:

      08:33am | 23/07/12

      Along with Sir Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs Heath Ledger’s portrail of the Joker is truly one of the most remarcable pieces of acting I have ever seen. Both of these actors demonstrated true acting in that it is incredably hard to believe that they are anyone except the people they are portraying.

    • KH says:

      01:23pm | 23/07/12

      But they were both a bit over the top - for really creepy understated evil, how about Kevin Spacey in Seven?  You wouldn’t pick him off the street as an evil killer…........

    • Scotchfinger says:

      09:07am | 23/07/12

      If Claire was born in the 60s then she looks great for her age.

    • subotic says:

      02:26pm | 23/07/12

      Claire grew up with Cable on Demand and the internet.

      Unfortunately, I was around for the 1st run of the Adam West “Batman” on TV.

      Eeehhh….

    • M says:

      09:20am | 23/07/12

      Matt Damon.

    • subotic A. Barwin says:

      10:24am | 23/07/12

      ...and the Film Actors Guild

    • Gregg says:

      09:55am | 23/07/12

      We do have a puncher called gobsmack and Claire, I’m just totally gobsmacked but then you could be one exciting dame.
      If you get yourself an updated version of a batmobile and I see it cruising up the highway towards me, I’ll hold my thumb out.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:34pm | 23/07/12

      reaching, Gregg. But kudos for the attempt. *blokey shoulder slap*

    • Gregg says:

      09:57am | 23/07/12

      ps Claire,
      I’ll start looking through all sorts of parafanalia for my phantom rings and Killer Karl Kowalski autograph too.

    • Zeta says:

      09:58am | 23/07/12

      I saw it on the weekend, and have been walking around talking with my hands cupped over my face ever since. Why isn’t there some kind of children’s toy that makes your voice sound like Bane’s?

    • St. Michael says:

      11:32am | 23/07/12

      It’s called Adobe Audition. wink

    • Greg says:

      09:58am | 23/07/12

      The appeal of batman is that he doesn’t have any superpowers and everyone can look at him and go shit with enough coin I could totally be the batman.

      Didn’t like it at all, found myself bored for large chunks of it, it just plodded along to a logical conclusion that even blind freddy could see coming a mile away.

      Besides Bane sounding stupid (when you could understand him), I think Nolan really delivered the godfather 3 of superhero films here, I don’t really like Hathaway but I thought she was pretty good and props to the killer croc reference and the scarecrow cameo.

      And how can you make 3 batman films and not use the best batman villain of them all in the Riddler & it would be nice to see someone throw Harley in one day as well.

    • Jason Todd says:

      12:01pm | 23/07/12

      Greg - I respectfully disagree. I believe that TDKR is the strongest of the three films.
      I don’t know what people were talking about with Bane, I found him perfectly understandable throughout the whole piece. I’ll admit that I twigged on the twist earlier than most, but I’m a massive Batman fan.

      As a fan, I deeply enjoyed just how well they blended various events from the Batman canon into one coherent story. I thought it was done very intelligently with the resources that they had.

      Hathaway was a disappointment, especially considering the sheer number of actresses out there that could have really brought that role to life. Her lack of chemistry with Bale was a bit of a downer.

      As for the rest, they can’t work in EVERY member of the rogues gallery. You couldn’t really do Harley without the Joker, and I don’t think that the Riddler is a strong enough villain to carry his own film.

    • Kayleigh says:

      04:55pm | 26/07/12

      In what world is the Riddler the “best” of the Batman villains? The Joker and Bane have always been the villains that Batman struggled against, physically and intellectually, the most in the comics. The Riddler is OK, but doesn’t even come close.

    • Susan says:

      09:59am | 23/07/12

      I’m afraid I was raised on the BOOF, BAM, BING of the TV series.  When Robin would say things like ‘Golly gosh Batman!’ and Batman would comment sagely “Language Robin. We don’t want to let ourselves down”.  That sort of thing.

      Adam West and Burt Ward.  Never seen a Batman movie.

    • subotic riddles you this... says:

      10:23am | 23/07/12

      ^^ The real Batman and Robin

    • Susan says:

      11:00am | 23/07/12

      Frank Gorshin as the Riddler was fantastic!  No need for digital effects or voice alterations or anything…he just was..the Riddler.

    • subotic J. Newmar says:

      11:46am | 23/07/12

      @Susan, Adam West and Burt Ward did actually do a Batman & Robin movie.

      Later, Burt Ward went on to do other movies. Clothing optional movies if my memory serves me correctly….

    • Susan says:

      12:24pm | 23/07/12

      Ahh..ok..@subotic .  I like your tip of hat to the lovely Ms Newmar.

      I don’t think either one did soft porn but there was a porn star who called himself Adam West and I am pretty sure there were soft porn parodies of Batman around that time.

    • Dark Knight Burps says:

      10:06am | 23/07/12

      Batman 1&2 (Michael Keaton + Tim Burton) = Awesome
      Batman Forever & Batman & Robin = A Joke full of Circus Freaks(Batman had his personalized Credit Card)
      Batman Begins, Dark Knight and Rises = Winning

      Tim Burton kept it dark and so did Nolan, the inbetweeners were as stupid as their costumes.

    • Sad Sad Reality says:

      01:51pm | 23/07/12

      The first Batman is unwatchable.

    • Nikki says:

      02:28pm | 23/07/12

      SSR is correct, Batman 1 is awful. My husband likes to say that Michael Keaton was “the best” Batman, and not only do I disagree with him on that point, but I also disagree with everyone about Heath Ledger and believe Caesar Romero was the best and most entertaining Joker.

      Batman 1 was on telly the other night, we watched a bit of it and found it incredibly hard to watch. It has not aged well at all:  looks terribly cheap, the dialogue and acting are cringemaking and the soundtrack is tiresome and poorly used. I actually felt bad for Jack Nicholson.

      At least it wasn’t made nowadays, Burton would have cast Johnny Depp as Batman, HBC as Catwoman and oh I don’t know, Ray Winstone as Alfred.

    • Markus says:

      04:23pm | 23/07/12

      While limited to the cartoons and video games, I still hold Mark Hamill as the best Joker.

    • Tubesteak says:

      04:47pm | 23/07/12

      Michael Keaton was not a good Batman and as a result I’ve not liked what I’ve seen of those movies. Batman is meant to be a highly physical person and Keaton looks like a pudgy accountant.

      Bale is excellent as Batman as he not only fits the physical requirements but he also looks like a preppy billionaire. I can’t help seeing his Patrick Bateman every time as Batman.

    • Rossco says:

      10:27am | 23/07/12

      Claire, have you had a go at Arkham Asylum or the Arkham City video games? Highly recommend them.

    • Greg says:

      11:11am | 23/07/12

      This won’t be popular but I’m going to put it out there

      Hamil is a better joker than Ledger

    • St. Michael says:

      11:30am | 23/07/12

      @ Greg: I think it depends on your medium.  The Nolanbat =/= the Arkham City Bat, mostly because Nolan was going for realism or semi-realism as far as he could.  That’s not the same medium as the Arkham Bat or the cartoon Bat, which can afford to be a little more over-the-top by nature of the medium chosen.  (Hell, Arkham City felt more like Arkham City of Weeaboo Fightin’ Magic with some of the moves Batman pulled out.)

      Anyway, my point is that Hamill’s voicing of a classic, painted-face comic book Joker is unmatchable.  But Ledger’s portrayal of a Joker in the “real-ish” world is unmatchable.  It isn’t so much one being better than the other than they’re in different worlds.

      (Although I confess I wish they’d just voiced Christian Bale with Kevin Conroy, too.)

    • Porter says:

      10:33am | 23/07/12

      Can’t believe you didn’t mention Arnie in the Joel Schumacher Batman.  His puns were terribly great.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:31am | 23/07/12

      Chill out, Porter.

    • Kika says:

      12:35pm | 23/07/12

      NOT! Surprise, I am your new cell mate. And I’m here to make your life a living hell. Prepare for a bitter harvest. Winter has come at last.

    • amy says:

      10:37am | 23/07/12

      it annoys me they are going to make another to cash in on some half assed “justic leauge” film

    • Greg says:

      10:46am | 23/07/12

      Justice League done properly would be much better than the avengers

      Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman

      would be awesome

    • amy says:

      11:21am | 23/07/12

      only justification I can think of is its clear that the dark knight trolligy is set in a “realisitc” world where superheros don;t exist

      still…..I dont have high hopes

    • Admiral Ackbar says:

      11:44am | 23/07/12

      Everyone knows Marvel beats DC hands down.

    • amy says:

      12:05pm | 23/07/12

      @Admiral Ackbar

      wouldn’t know…I don’t read eather raspberry

    • Greg says:

      12:18pm | 23/07/12

      Admiral imo Marvel is stronger across the board without any real dodgy top liners

      but DC’s top few (Batman, Superman, X-men) are better than Marvel’s just the DC quality falls sharply from there.

      & Amy Gotham doesn’t need Superhero’s because it has batman protecting it, Superman is busy in Meteropolis etc etc

    • St. Michael says:

      02:10pm | 23/07/12

      @ Greg: ...X-Men is a DC franchise? raspberry

    • Inky says:

      04:08pm | 23/07/12

      “Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman”

      One of these things is not like the others. And I’m not talking about how Wonder Woman is female, either :p

    • St. Michael says:

      05:08pm | 23/07/12

      I know! I know! It’s because Aquaman sucks, right?!

    • Nikki says:

      05:47pm | 23/07/12

      Aquaman does not suck, he would totally kick your arse. If you happen to be committing water-based crime. Well, he might kick your arse, or he might get his dolphin pals to kick your arse for him, if you had tied him up with seaweed, or locked him in an underwater prison while you go about your nefarious maritime activities.

    • Kid Handsome says:

      10:57am | 23/07/12

      Great article. I grew up with the fantastic Batman: The Animated Series in the 90s, as well as the campy Adam West Batman series, and continue to be borderline obsessive to this day.

      My girlfriend says that if I’m good at work this week, she’ll take me to Target to pick out one Batman toy, but only if I’m good. Too bad she draws the line at Batman sheets.

    • Luthien Nienna says:

      01:24pm | 23/07/12

      Awwe, cute! You sound like my brother, but his girlfriend makes him buy his own toys.

    • DaveC says:

      11:00am | 23/07/12

      Deep man, deep.

    • Dave3 says:

      11:11am | 23/07/12

      I’m waiting for the Captain Planet reboot…

    • St. Michael says:

      11:24am | 23/07/12

      What kind of lame power is “Heart”, anyway?

    • Dave3 says:

      11:55am | 23/07/12

      It is one of the lamest powers ever given to someone, along with Aquaman’s.

    • Sad Sad Reality says:

      01:39pm | 23/07/12

      @St. Michael. I dare you to say that next time a moderately scary dog is barking at you.

    • baddog says:

      11:19am | 23/07/12

      I saw Batman last night on a first date, his choice. I’m more of a Sex & the City gal.  I hate Batman and serioulsy considered bringing a book along to keep me company. How wrong i was! The movie was fantastic and I was fixated more so than my date.
      Ladies, don’t be afraid of Batman. Win some brownie-points with your man and go see this movie!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:58am | 23/07/12

      I’m guessing the characters talked about their ‘feelings’ and a few tears were shed? What did you think of Die Hard? Now that was a style of action movie they don’t make any more. Back when Bruce Willis was a likeable person.

    • Macca says:

      12:09pm | 23/07/12

      5 bucks says this is a troll from some bloke trying to do a favour for his mate…

      Kudos, regardless.

    • Greg says:

      12:29pm | 23/07/12

      I dragged my wife along with a mate and his gf,

      Both the girls liked it more than us.

    • Kika says:

      12:31pm | 23/07/12

      Do you know Bruce Willis personally Scotch?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:48pm | 23/07/12

      Kika, yes, I do. And he is a tosser.

    • baddog says:

      02:36pm | 23/07/12

      Try young, wealthy, size 8, PhD student-soon to be a doctor, Macca. My point was that this Batman movie was great watch for everyone, regardless of prior sterotypes or perceptions of what a Batman movie would be like. Can I have that $5 now, or actually keep it & buy yourself a life…

    • Kika says:

      02:55pm | 23/07/12

      Ah, ok. Interesting.

    • Nikki says:

      03:23pm | 23/07/12

      Intelligent enough to be a doctor, yet vapid enough to enjoy drivel like SATC, and superficial enough to include her dress size in a self-description. Interesting.

    • baddog says:

      03:55pm | 23/07/12

      @Nikki. I’m not sure what Macca’s definition of a “troll” is, or what form a troll takes, but one can take a guess & assume it’s not slim. Sigh. I was only trying to make light-hearted, positive chit-chat about a bloody movie. I hate it when people don’t stay on-topic & instead relish in personally attacking other authors. It’s a real de-motivator to even read Punch comments….

    • Scotchfinger says:

      04:03pm | 23/07/12

      baddog is smart, petite, cashed up and has just run a slender sword through her nemesis. You don’t have a skin-tight leather suit as well, perchance?

    • Inky says:

      04:13pm | 23/07/12

      “Try young, wealthy, size 8, PhD student-soon to be a doctor”

      Seems legit.

    • stephen says:

      11:23am | 23/07/12

      The whole Batman thing was too dark for me.
      I’d never live in a cave, and bats are vermin.
      I saw a show about Goths and skinheads the other day.
      Would batman fight only one, or both ?
      Which of the two is the bad guy, because Gothic City, I always thought, was the dark side and I had trouble viewing The Joker as nothing more sinister than, well, a joker.
      Even the comic books were bad.
      The print and artwork was cluttered, and I yearned for the colour and lightness of Richie Rich, Wendy the Witch or Hotstuff.

      Batman is the bad guy, and when he takes off his mask, the Librarian in him comes to the fore ... but batman remains the super id.

    • Ally says:

      11:28am | 23/07/12

      Alicia Silverstone played Batgirl, not Catwoman. Either way, it’s a performance most people would want to forget.

      I got my first proper taste of Batman when I was about 9 and Batman Returns came out. I loved it, despite being a little freaked out by parts. It was also the era when you got movie trading cards and stickers (do they still do those?) and I spent my pocket money trying to get the full set and then trading extras with friends. I think it was probably Catwoman that drew me in most, I liked the idea of a girl holding her own.

      I actually tuned in to watch Batman and Robin on Saturday night when it aired. Oh. My. God. It was terrible. The hammy acting, the terrible puns, the nipples on Batman and Robin’s suits. I had to turn it off part way through. Is there a single thing in that movie that makes it worth watching?

    • Kid Handsome says:

      11:38am | 23/07/12

      The puns:

      “You’re not sending me to the cooler!”
      “Let’s kick some ice.”
      “Tonight, hell freezes over!”
      “Ice to see you!”
      “Cool party!”
      “Allow me to break the ice. My name is Freeze. Learn it well. For it’s the chilling sound of your doom.”

      Et cetera…

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:12pm | 23/07/12

      “I’ll be back.”

      Oops, wrong movie.

    • St. Michael says:

      02:11pm | 23/07/12

      IT’S NODDA TOOMAH!

      Oops, wrong genre.

    • Kika says:

      03:08pm | 23/07/12

      “Oh I feel the baby, the baby!”

      oops, wrong gender

    • Kika says:

      12:24pm | 23/07/12

      Bleh - I’m not really into the new Batman series. The first one was sht. I liked the second - not holiding my breath for the third. My Batman series was the 90’s movie and cartoons. Plus my old Gameboy Game was awesome. Gotham City needs to have that comic edge - the new movies loses that and loses that art deco styling. Plus I’m no Christian Bale fan, at all.

    • andre says:

      01:03pm | 23/07/12

      ..and what do you think Batman and the otther guy’s habit of wearing underpants over their pantyhoses?

    • Susan says:

      01:16pm | 23/07/12

      Better than the other way round..?

    • Bec says:

      01:53pm | 23/07/12

      Going to be the pain who points out that Alicia Silverstone was Batgirl, not Catwoman. And it was 4 years between TDK and TDKR. That is all.

    • Kika says:

      02:59pm | 23/07/12

      Yeah! Catwoman was Michelle Pfeiffer ! I loved catwoman. Girl power before the Spice Girls were around.

    • Kayleigh says:

      05:02pm | 26/07/12

      I came down here to say the same things. Although, other than Alicia Silverstone playing Batgirl I have completely blacked that movie out of existence.

    • St. Michael says:

      02:07pm | 23/07/12

      So anyway, crew, I called “Batman Begins” as “Batman, but with ninjas”, and “The Dark Knight” as “Batman, but with Seven”.  So what’s TDKR going to be?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:27pm | 23/07/12

      Batman, but with Unfortunate Publicity.

    • Inky says:

      04:22pm | 23/07/12

      “Batman, but with Unfortunate Publicity. “

      *wince*

    • Budz says:

      02:40pm | 23/07/12

      Did anyone else think that Bane sounded like Sean Connery?

    • Another Chris says:

      03:36pm | 23/07/12

      I bit of Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins out of Silence of the Lambs

    • SydneyGirl says:

      03:11pm | 23/07/12

      “She plays Selina Kyle, a Catwoman in the making, though really just a jewel thief. Deft and purring, she seems to pounce in from another land entirely, a Hitchcockian pleasure ground of light fingers and matching repartee, and her expression is that of a grown woman who surveys all these sombre boys, plus their whizzing toys, and sees only Bat-crap.”

      Read more http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2012/07/30/120730crci_cinema_lane#ixzz21Q4Vk1mq

      As always Anthony Lane has the best review around:-)

    • Servaas says:

      09:01pm | 23/07/12

      The Dark Knigfht turned me off Batman. Not sure if I’m going to watch this new one.
      (Seeing that all you readers were wondering)

 

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