Batman

Batman #17

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2017

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Batman #17 comic reviewFor one of the smartest people on the planet Batman is sometimes pretty damn dumb. The second chapter of “I Am Bane” begins with the Dark Knight Detective enlisting the help of Superman to keep his Bat-Family out of harms way while he attempts to deal with Bane alone. I guess taking the super-villain down as a team would have been too easy? With the Bat-kids off the books, Bane targets others close to Batman including Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, and Duke Thomas. Maybe if Batman had help finding Bane they would be safe.

The issue also offers an odd scene of Gordon watching Batman let Catwoman go (to almost immeadiately be turned into a hostage). So… Batman cares enough to lock his foster kids up in the Fortress of Solitude but not enough to stop Catwoman from walking into the same danger? Kind of a dick move.

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Detective Comics #950

by Alan Rapp on February 15, 2017

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Detective Comics #950 comic reviewA prelude to the series next arc, Detective Comics #950 centers around Cassandra Cain. From her spying on the Gotham City Metropolitan Ballet’s prima ballerina Christine Montclair to taking down a gang of human traffickers, the entire issue is presented (and narrated) from the character’s point of view. We see her fear of her own training and nature, and her inability to tell those closest to her in on the thoughts and feelings bottled up inside. In many ways it’s a sad (even melancholy) standalone issue, but at the same time writer James Tynion IV and artist Marcio Takara create an unexpectedly quiet and beautiful character-driven issue that should be a must-read for any fans Cassandra.

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2017

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  • Title: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
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Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray reviewBatman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is another middling recent entry to DC’s straight-to-DVD animated films. Playing up the nostalgia to the hilt, the film casts Adam West and Burt Ward to reprise their roles in this animated version of the 60s Batman television show. While the look an style of the movie hearkens back to the original, the tone is never quite right (paticularly after Batman is turned into the villain in the film’s second-half).

Jeff Bergman is well-chosen for the Joker, capturing the sound of Cesar Romero‘s version of the character. William Salyers and Wally Wingert are passable as the Penguin and the Riddler. The casting of Julie Newmar seems like a nice touch, except when you hear an elderly voice coming out of the character meant to be the sexy femme fatale.

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The LEGO Batman Movie

by Alan Rapp on February 10, 2017

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  • Title: The LEGO Batman Movie
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The LEGO Batman Movie movie reviewA sequel of sorts, The LEGO Batman Movie may not be quite as good as The LEGO Movie but it still proves to be a hell of a good time. Centered around Batman‘s (Will Arnett) inability to trust and rely on others, the film’s plot throws the Dark Knight Detective several curveballs including an adopted son in the energetic Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) combined with the retirement of Commissioner James Gordon (Hector Elizondo), who is replaced by his daughter Barbara (Rosario Dawson), and a new plot by the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) which throws Batman’s life into turmoil.

Without spoiling the plot, the Joker’s plan is actually ingenious given the pair’s relationship (which Batman refuses to acknowledge). The Crown Prince of Crime’s coup de grâce is perfect in its simplicity and leaves Batman completely without direction as even the solitary comfort of Wayne Manor is disrupted both by Dick and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) who will no longer indulge Master Bruce’s solitude. While longtime Bat-fans are likely to get more out of the movie’s in-jokes (including references to every Batman movie ever made and the 60s television show), the high-action film with a good message for kids is fun for all.

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Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2017

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Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1 comic reviewCollecting the first two issues of the digital-first series, Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1 brings together Adam West’s Batman with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman in this first issue of the series which gives us a cameo by Catwoman and flashbacks to a Wayne Manor gala event complete with Thomas and Martha Wayne, Ra’s al Ghul, a young Talia and Bruce, the League of Shadows, Nazis, and Wonder Woman. As you might expect, the evening made quite an impression on young Bruce Wayne.

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