The Batman movies keep coming out every couple of years. Either in solo renditions like the Cristopher Nolan films, or as part of a larger franchise attempt, like Ben Affleck’s Batman. This year we will be lucky to get more than one Batman on film. After The Batman with Robert Pattinson, Michael Keaton is also suiting up as the 1989 Batman in the new The Flash movie. The same movie will reportedly also have Ben Affleck as Zack Snyder’s Batman from the Snyder Cut. With all these new and returning Batman(s) coming to the big screen, it feels about the right time for a history of Batman podcast. Our own Managing Editor of ComicYears.com, Joshua M. Patton takes an in-depth look at all of the Batman movies that have immortalized various Batmen on film. So check out the history of Batman podcast, on this episode of the Comic Years Podcast.
The Batman Movies Vary In Their Tones, Themes And Leading Men
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Joshua begins the history of Batman podcast episode with his Batman. As in, the version of the character and actor that was his first experience with Batman film. He starts off with the Adam West version, but, in many ways, made way for the first ever dark and gritty Batman in the Tim Burton movie. For many, it was this Micheal Keaton Batman that is their first. For myself, however, despite the many that came and went, it was George Clooney’s version from Batman & Robin that was my first exposure to the character in film. And yes, while we know that of all the Batman movies, that one was seen as the worst, it was a lot of fun. Even Joshua admits the campy fun nature of film. In many ways, it was a modern-day return to the 1966 Batman with Adam West.
Batman On Film Has Had a Storied History
The history of Batman podcast features a very thorough look into each iteration of the character. Joshua does a great job of framing each portrayal with the larger context of the movie they’re in. While it’s easy to pick our favourite Batman in a vacuum, what’s important is how the character fits into the story that’s unfolding on screen. While Affleck was the perfect choice for this version of a dark brooding older-in-age Batman, so was Clooney as an ambivalent and sexy Bruce Wayne, whose charm somehow bled into his Batman too. And now, so it Robert Pattinson in this new Batman from Matt Reeves.
Joshua expands on this nuance as he goes through each of the Batman movies. What’s great about this is that Joshua loves all the Batman movies in their own way. He breaks down how each Batman is a product of its time, the era the movie released in. While the Adam West Batman was campy and borderline hokey when watching now, it was ‘serious business’ when it released. Accordingly, every Batman does age with time. Even the best Batman trilogy for many, Nolan’s, has certain things that haven’t aged all that well since their release. Joshua explains why.
So check out this episode of the Comic Years Podcast about the history of Batman on film.
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