Posted: September 26, 2015 in Batman, CommentaryCast, DC
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It’s very hard to really appreciate what a momentous film Batman was without actually living through it. In 1989, I was in kindergarten and was completely caught up in the Batmania that was gripping the world. For the first time in my life, I could go to the store and find an entire row of toys based on Batman (and Joker and…Bob the goon?) and every kind of tie-in and cash-grab imaginable. These days, that sort of thing is common place, it’s even strange if a comic book movie doesn’t have a bunch of advertising. In that way, Batman was very ahead of its time. In many, many other ways it’s still a product of the late 80’s. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s fairly dated and not nearly as beholden to the character as modern interpretations. As such, it’s kind of fun to look at it from a historical perspective and see just how much the character has changed over the course of two and a half decades. With that, enjoy Brian and I talking through Batman. Also, don’t forget the trivia question! Or do…I’d rather not have to come up with a prize.

batmanBatman (1989 DVD)
-Recorded in August of 2015
-Brian, for some reason, has a lot of theories (Joker not killing Batman’s parents, Joker not having real money, Eckhart getting a statue) about this film. Thus far, none have been substantiated.
-Released in 1989, this movie was the beginning of a franchise that lasted until 1997 and included Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
-Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939.
-More information on the Joker’s Boat can be found here.

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