Posts tagged: Batman
Comics Editor Carol shares why the phrase “strong female character” bothers her a bit and then shares some of her favorite female characters.
A little while ago, a friend told me that I was a “strong woman.” It was a compliment and I took it as one. Part of me knows what he means, that I keep trying, that I pick myself up as best I can after things go to hell, that I try to keep moving. But part of me chafes at it, because I hear “strong female character” so much when people are talking about stories, whether comics, fiction, film, games or tv. And it’s starting to become a meaningless sound to me.
Batman #98, 1956
I’m always charmed by the evidence that British repackagers of American material hadn’t quite grasped the nature of what they’d licensed. On the cover of the UK’s 1967 Batman Annual, for example, the Martian Manhunter’s green skin has been replaced by a ho-hum fleshy tone, while “John Jones” has been fastened on as the most interesting part of the character’s name. Quite clearly, the folks at Atlas Publishing & Distributing knew very little about the JLA’s founding Martian.
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”
(Panel by Kevin Maguire, Keith Giffen, J M DeMatteis et al, from Justice League International #18, 1988)
JLA Twister Drawn By Mike Allred
Screen Editor alex and Comics Editor Carol continue their discussion of The Dark Knight Rises:
This week Screen Editor alex MacFadyen and Comics Editor Carol Borden continue discussing The Dark Knight Rises. We both like Batman and we’re fascinated by how many different Batmans there are. Even though there are things we like about the film, we want to figure out what is it about The Dark Knight Rises‘ Batman that makes him not quite ours, who is, what we like about him and why. Because Batman is good to think about. Part 1 is here.
Nuclear bombs are not made by ACME. The 1960′s Adam West Batman may have had a lot in common with Wile E. Coyote, but Nolan’s Dark Knight series is deeply invested in realism. If a bomb detonated over the bay 6 miles out of Gotham, there would be no happy citizens the next day. That bus load of children who watched it explode would have suffered permanent damage, and Wayne Manor would have ended up as a hospice for blind, irradiated orphans. So why was I willing to suspend my disbelief about all kinds of other unbelievable things, but not about a nuclear bomb going off that close to Gotham and everyone being just fine and dandy the next day?
Comics Editor Carol didn’t expect the French Revolution while watching the Dark Knight Rises. But then again, no one expects the French Revolution.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman tells the people of Gotham that anyone can be a hero, that anyone could be Batman. But we—and Bruce Wayne—are also repeatedly told: Gotham needs Batman. I’m not sure The Dark Knight Rises backs Batman up. And this makes me a little sad, because I believe strongly in the idea that we can all be heroes. Sitting in the drive-in on a summer night, I was distracted by those questions and the obtrusion of the French Revolution while I watched the film.