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View Poll Results: Your favourite Batman...
Batman (1943 serial) 0 0%
Batman and Robin (1949 serial) 0 0%
Batman TV series (1966) 8 10.00%
Batman (1966) 3 3.75%
Batman (1989) 16 20.00%
Batman Returns (1992) 3 3.75%
Batman Forever (1995) 0 0%
Batman & Robin (1997) 1 1.25%
Batman Begins (2005) 16 20.00%
The Dark Knight (2008) 25 31.25%
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 8 10.00%
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Old July 29 2012, 03:14 AM   #16
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^ I don't get to theaters much. Rarely does a movie come along anymore that I feel like blowing 10+ bucks on. I think the last one I saw was Moneyball.
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Old July 29 2012, 03:16 AM   #17
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Re: Your favourite Batman...

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^ I don't get to theaters much. Rarely does a movie come along anymore that I feel like blowing 10+ bucks on. I think the last one I saw was Moneyball.
I don't go to the theaters much either. I generally rent the DVD and buy the ones I like. No interest in seeing them on DVD?
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Old July 29 2012, 03:16 AM   #18
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Here's my rankings for the live-action takes on Batman

1) The Dark Knight Rises
2) Batman (1989)
3) Batman TV series
4) The Dark Knight
5) Batman Begins
6) Batman Returns
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Old July 29 2012, 03:17 AM   #19
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Batman: TAS and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm are my all time favorite Batman material. Even more so than the comics. But since that wasn't a choice I chose Batman Begins, my favorite of all the live action Batman projects.
I initially considered including the animated works, but I felt there'd be some resistance to comparing animation with live-action.

Batman in animation is basically of two periods: before and after B-TAS. Before it was pretty straightforward adventure with next to little nuance and character---essentially generic Saturday morning kids' fare. After the debut of B-TAS we got a much more complex depiction of Batman and his world, and it's been generally consistent in overall approach since even extending into the series Batman Beyond. There might have been some difference with the other Batman series, but I can't speak to that because it never interested me. Even so that depiction doesn't seem to have had a lasting impression because the DCAU films harken back to B-TAS in overall tone and depiction of Batman. The other exception is The Brave And The Bold which has a somewhat more humorous sensibility. And while enjoyable TBATB still aren't influencing the DCAU features.
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Old July 29 2012, 03:20 AM   #20
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Re: Your favourite Batman...

Picked Batman Returns, because it has my favorite Batman, Michael Keaton plus Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, Danny DeVito's revisionist but still fabulous Penguin and Christopher Walken.

But my favorite Bruce Wayne is Val Kilmer.

The Adam West Batman is more entertaining than the Nolan movies, but they at least beat out the old Batman serial that I watched and one of the Schumacher movies.
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Old July 29 2012, 03:21 AM   #21
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Batman in animation is basically of two periods: before and after B-TAS. Before it was pretty straightforward adventure with next to little nuance and character---essentially generic Saturday morning kids' fare.
Yet you included the movie serials.
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Old July 29 2012, 04:22 AM   #22
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Batman in animation is basically of two periods: before and after B-TAS. Before it was pretty straightforward adventure with next to little nuance and character---essentially generic Saturday morning kids' fare.
Yet you included the movie serials.
Because they were live-action.
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Old July 29 2012, 04:28 AM   #23
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But the argument for why you didn't include animated projects applied to the serials. Don 't take me too seriously. I'm just arguing for the hell of it.
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Old July 29 2012, 04:37 AM   #24
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Re: Your favourite Batman...

I know I may be shot at sunrise for admitting this but I prefer the two Schumacher Batman films over Burton's Batman Films (Although Keaton was a better Batman/Wayne). They're a lot of fun! Sure Batman & Robin is silly and cheesy but they're more fun and entertaining than Batman Returns which was too depressing and Dark...although Michelle Pfeiffer was great as Catwoman. Batman 89 is pretty good but gets a little tedious at times.

I like Batman Begins more than The Dark Knight which was too long too complicated and joyless. If it weren't for Heath Ledger's performance the movie would not have been as good. I have not seen The Dark Knight Rises yet.

So here are my top live action Batman movies.

1. Batman Forever
2. Batman Begins
3. Batman & Robin
4. Batman 89
5. The Dark Knight
6. Batman Returns
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Old July 29 2012, 04:57 AM   #25
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Batman in animation is basically of two periods: before and after B-TAS. Before it was pretty straightforward adventure with next to little nuance and character---essentially generic Saturday morning kids' fare. After the debut of B-TAS we got a much more complex depiction of Batman and his world, and it's been generally consistent in overall approach since even extending into the series Batman Beyond.
I'd put the transition between periods a few years earlier, around 1985. The last season or two of Superfriends in the mid-80s, under the Super Powers Team title, had Alan Burnett -- the producer of the DCAU and subsequent Batman/DC productions -- as its story editor, and he handled Batman in a way that was much closer to the comics of the '70s and '80s, a more serious character and a master detective who was always the smartest guy in the room and five steps ahead of the bad guys. He was still a lighter Batman compared to what came later, but handled more seriously and feeling more authentic to the comics. (This was the third and final series in which Adam West played Batman, and the first time he'd played it seriously, which he did reasonably well.) In particular, Burnett wrote an episode called "The Fear," which was the first ever depiction of Batman's origin story outside of the comics, and which felt in many ways like a prototype for B:TAS. (Indeed, I think I've read that it actually was a backdoor pilot for a Batman series.)

Alan Burnett is surely one of the people most responsible for the maturation of Batman in animation. Timm and Dini get all the credit for B:TAS, but Burnett was their partner and predecessor in the process, and his resume as a producer includes the entire DCAU, The Batman, and the DC Universe Original Animated Movies series (as well as Krypto the Superdog).


There might have been some difference with the other Batman series, but I can't speak to that because it never interested me. Even so that depiction doesn't seem to have had a lasting impression because the DCAU films harken back to B-TAS in overall tone and depiction of Batman. The other exception is The Brave And The Bold which has a somewhat more humorous sensibility. And while enjoyable TBATB still aren't influencing the DCAU features.
I don't see why you'd expect an influence. The point of the DC Universe DVD movies (which are DCU, not DCAU) is to tell standalone stories inspired by the comics, each in its own distinctive style. They're created and marketed for a different audience than the TV shows -- older-skewing and more familiar with the comics. So there's no reason why they would be the same.

And I don't agree that the DCU films are specifically imitating B:TAS and the DCAU; it's just that they have the same producers, Timm and Burnett. They aren't specifically trying to copy their past work. They're trying to make original movies that are inspired by the comics. But since they're still the same people (plus a decade or two more life experience), there's naturally going to be a similarity in their creative voices and styles, even when seeking to do something new and different. The Batman and The Brave and the Bold are different because they're from different creators. The Batman had producers Burnett and Glen Murakami in common with the DCAU but owed largely to Duane Capizzi and Jeff Matsuda. The Brave and the Bold was the vision of James Tucker and Michael Jelenic. Most of those people are DCAU veterans, but they have their own distinct styles and approaches.

So the similarities and differences you're talking about don't show anything about how much of a "legacy" the respective shows have left. It's just a matter of who produced them.
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Old July 29 2012, 06:26 AM   #26
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The Burton Films never really impressed me. Although I do recognize without them I wouldn't have my favorite version of Batman.

Schumaker should've been ashamed of himself, imho.

So the NolanVerse films are the only Live Action Batman films as far as I'm concerned.

I've enjoyed all three equally well. Have seen all three in the theater multiple times and will own all the dvd's.

But B:TAS and it's accompanying series, movies and such are my favorite portrayal. Kevin Conroy grew into that role and is the quintissential Dark Knight as far as I'm concerned. Mark Hamill is the Joker like no other can be.

I'm jus' sayin'
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Old July 29 2012, 07:37 AM   #27
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I give it to Nolan, no question about it. None of the other attempts interested me at all. The animated show was good and The Mask of the Phantasm was great, too, but even if that was there I'd still give it to Nolan.
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Old July 29 2012, 07:53 AM   #28
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I was torn between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, but in the end I chose TDKR by just a tick. Nolan's last two films are brilliant.
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Old July 29 2012, 08:05 AM   #29
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The serials are awful, and racist to boot.

I remember finding the Batman tv series (watched in reruns) rather fun, but the character made no more impression on me there than he did in Superfriends, which I watched because I was a mad Wonder Woman fan back when that series was on. I, in fact, had no perception of Batman particularly, until I got my hands on a comic that my mom must have picked up for me - it was The Death of Batgirl - a classic I have since reread. Good stuff that gave me my first taste of what a rich playground Gotham City is.

I never made it all the way through the Adam West Batman movie. I usually find camp a snore and it is so here too.

By the time Burton's Batman came along, I had truly discovered the Dark Knight - introduced via DKR and Year One. I always hated Nicholson, who wasn't playing the Joker so much as he was playing Jack-Nicholson-as-the-Joker, and Keaton, while quirky, fun and charming barely felt like Batman. Too scrawny and that's all there is to it. I could beat up Michael Keaton.

I used to have a big celebrity crush on Val Kilmer and flipped out when I heard he was going to play Batman. Sadly, he phoned it in big time. Thumbs down. The best thing about Batman and Robin is Alicia Slverstone, and when Alicia Silverstone is the best thing you've got going - you're in major trouble.

You know, I liked Mask of the Phantasm very much - but I'm not as critical of animated material as I am of live action stuff. If I were to give MotP the same sort of once over I've given TDKR - the story has a ton of holes. A+ for mood though.

Having just rewatched the entire Nolan trilogy, which I tend to favor since his take on the character is closest to the version of Batman I prefer, I gotta say it's Batman Begins that stands out for me - especially if the question is my favorite Batman. The Dark Knight is probably the superior movie, but it is a great deal less about Batman. The problem with a stoic, long-suffering hero is that he often gets overshadowed by his villains, and that is very true here. But the Hong Kong extraction may be the best on-film example of Batman's tactical brilliance.

Batman Begins gets into the character, mind, heart and soul - and it's always been certain key issues that have turned me on about Batman as a mythic hero: "will is everything!", the urban landscape of Gotham as character, the sheer cleverness and nerve of Bruce Wayne - these are all best on display in Batman Begins. It also has the best conclusion for a Batman story - never a happy ending, but one that comes down to small triumphs in a never-ending battle.
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Old July 29 2012, 08:14 AM   #30
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One of the things I've really liked about B:TAS and subsequent animated features has been Batman's voice. And one of the criticisms I've had with Nolan's film's is Batman's voice.
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