ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE PUSH



  • Recently, our beloved character "Dark Knight" or the "Batman" celebrated 80 years of its existence. While reading the various tributes and life-changing lessons that the portrayal of this character brought about made me wonder that What or Which comic, movie, games, cartoons or character portrayal in actual made me first fall in love with this Outlaw. I couldn't remember the first instance of being infatuated with the man but I do remember watching 'Batman: The Animated Series' and 'Justice League' cartoons a decade and half ago and actually being filled with joy when He won and sorrow and fear when He lost (especially to Joker). I also used to read some comics however, those didn't interest me much.

    But as I started growing up, the monologues and dialogues in the Batman cartoons started making more and more sense to me. I realised that the path he was on was not just suicidal, but also maniacal. He let the villains live so that he can duel them later when they break out of the Arkham Asylum (which was a regular phenomena). His stock of lethal yet not life-threatening devices and fighting mechanisms along with the incorruptible morales was what formed the essence of the show. It didn't matter sometimes that how amazing a portrayal the villain did, he would be overtaken by the abstract values and victory of the hero.

    Then came 2008. And in came "The Dark Knight", starring Heath Ledger. Being a late 1990's child, I feel this was a revolutionary step in the direction of igniting the spark towards the character of Batman among the then young generation. It was pivotal not just for the hero, but also the under-rated villain of the series. The monologues of Villains that were a part of the comics, which previously went undetected or unappreciated, started being dug out from the dead. The mere mentions of the "The Dark Knight" reminds us of the Why so Serious part which is etched in our memories forever and its portrayer was rightly awarded with the honor that he deserved.

    The gone decade, being inspired by the success of 'The Dark Knight' trilogy, has produced many more legendary takes on the now famous rivalry of Batman and Joker. The Arkham Asylum game series, The Killing Joke movie and recently the DC Metals comic intoducing the The Batman Who Laughs has done a lot to keep the interest in the character high and its followers on the edge. However, the latest movie portrayals of Batman and Joker by Ben Affleck and Jared Leto have been dissappointing to say the least. Seeing Batman's no-gun rule being broken was particularly concerning. However, there is still hope with Joaquin Phoenix in line to star as the next Joker. And how these characters are taken ahead in the coming decade will be worth seeing but no matter what, the comparisons to Christopher Nolan's characters will always be there. It will be better to look at the future portrayal of them with an open mind, or else disappointment will follow.

    Creating a character of such heritage, impeccable skills, righteousness and yet incorruptible conscience in those times would have been a work of Mad genius. And as the legend rightly said:
    All it takes is a little push
    Maybe seeing the World on the verge of tearing itself apart and indulging in the WAR was the Push.



  • Cool post, W. I agree with every word, except maybe the idea that Batman is an overtly moral, or that he purposefully sends off the bad uns to Arkham knowing he'll get to fight them over and over again.

    I refer you to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (can we agree, the seminal Batman story?), he genuinely hates The Joker, the point where he reveals how he constantly fantasizes about murdering him, and then stabs out his eye, and spits on him. And if you read the Neal Adams comics, and nowadays the Grant Morrison version, Batman seems to be holding nothing back when it comes to pummeling his enemies. I guess if you're suggesting that he purposefully dresses as the Batman --rather than an anonymous vigilante-- specifically to encourage similarly 'themed' costume villains ...yeah, I guess there could be something in that, but at the same time, I'm not a qualified psychiatrist. That would be Dr Chase Meridian.

    And also, I mean, I agree that Nolan's films are EXCELLENT, but at the same time, all he's doing is holding true to the Frank Miller comics. You want something that's gritty, and feels like it's taking place in the real world, all you need is Batman: Year One. It's practically 'Taxi Driver' by a different name. He wears a canvas belt and no armour!

    You could even argue that Nolan specifically made things goofier in order to appease Hollywood. The batmobile driving across rooftops? Stupid. That hovering jet thing from 'Rises'? Stupid. You're right about the new Joaquin Pheonix film, tho -- I get the feeling that it'll be more like 'King of Comedy' by Martin Scorsese, but with more of a crime slant.



  • @Indrid-Cold said in ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE PUSH:

    Cool post, W. I agree with every word, except maybe the idea that Batman is an overtly moral, or that he purposefully sends off the bad uns to Arkham knowing he'll get to fight them over and over again.

    Sure. That was my younger self and his stoopid thoughts.

    I refer you to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (can we agree, the seminal Batman story?), he genuinely hates The Joker, the point where he reveals how he constantly fantasizes about murdering him, and then stabs out his eye, and spits on him. And if you read the Neal Adams comics, and nowadays the Grant Morrison version, Batman seems to be holding nothing back when it comes to pummeling his enemies. I guess if you're suggesting that he purposefully dresses as the Batman --rather than an anonymous vigilante-- specifically to encourage similarly 'themed' costume villains ...yeah, I guess there could be something in that, but at the same time, I'm not a qualified psychiatrist. That would be Dr Chase Meridian.

    I researched on the Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns (my pre-2000 Batman knowledge is limited only to the rubbish Batman & Robin) & found it to be amazing and would be looking to research the other versions of Batman that you've mentioned too. I also agree with your point of Batman's recent stories depicting his holding-nothing-back attitude and that is precisely what I meant with Ben Affleck's version of Batman too. They have to right to change track of the story and Batman's respective morales too but its just that being inspired by his no-guns rule, I just feel an itch to see that storyline (I loved Killing Joke and his corresponding laugh though).

    And also, I mean, I agree that Nolan's films are EXCELLENT, but at the same time, all he's doing is holding true to the Frank Miller comics. You want something that's gritty, and feels like it's taking place in the real world, all you need is Batman: Year One. It's practically 'Taxi Driver' by a different name. He wears a canvas belt and no armour!

    I see. If its anyway like the 'Taxi Driver', it would be amazing. Another classic!

    You could even argue that Nolan specifically made things goofier in order to appease Hollywood. The batmobile driving across rooftops? Stupid. That hovering jet thing from 'Rises'? Stupid. You're right about the new Joaquin Pheonix film, tho -- I get the feeling that it'll be more like 'King of Comedy' by Martin Scorsese, but with more of a crime slant.

    So you found Batmobile through the roofs and The BAT Jet that had auto-fly mode stupid? Cool. Thats just your view. And 'King Of Comedy', huh? That would be good, right? I hope so.


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