Sunday, December 2, 2012

RESPONSE: Batman the Movie

By which I mean the Adam West feature film. After having read some pretty gritty late-Batman material (The Killing Joke, Knightfall, and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns), it's worth a visit back to the time when Batman was inherently funny. Exploding shark bites his leg? Of course he has shark repellant spray! (He also has Manta Ray spray, which I presume he was saving for a sequel). Every enemy, every question, has a gadget waiting to be used. 

The current wave of comic book movies seem to want to bring this Batman-grit-machine  to every other super hero. I'm just curious whether that rehabilitation machine is ever going to reach deeply silly comic heros like Aquaman.