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(Boing Boing)   Batman celebrates his 75th birthday: "Our culture has changed vastly since 1939 but the remarkable thing is that Batman has changed, adapted and remained relevant to it. Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11"   (boingboing.net) divider line 70
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2014-07-17 12:30:43 PM  
Where does he get this wonderful immortality?
 
2014-07-17 01:10:00 PM  

BKITU: Where does he get this wonderful immortality?


Lazarus Pits.
 
2014-07-17 01:11:51 PM  
It helps that he gets rebooted every few years.
 
2014-07-17 01:12:14 PM  
"Dr. Letamendi, who also co-hosts a podcast that offers a psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series called The Arkham Sessions [...]"
 
2014-07-17 01:12:53 PM  
And his parents are still dead.
 
2014-07-17 01:13:41 PM  

James Rieper: It helps that he gets rebooted every few years.


Mostly it helps that there are more 10-year-old boys every year.
 
2014-07-17 01:14:03 PM  
I sat my 20-year-old son down to watch the 1960's TV Batman for the first time last week. As one who was raised on Nolan's Caped Crusader, he seemed almost angry about the tone of the material.
 
2014-07-17 01:18:32 PM  
He's even turned ambiguously gay. And changed the partnership names to "Ace" and "Gary."
 
2014-07-17 01:22:43 PM  
Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?
 
2014-07-17 01:27:54 PM  

FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?


I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.
 
2014-07-17 01:29:58 PM  
Is Batman on Viagra yet, or does Robin still milk his schlong?
 
2014-07-17 01:29:59 PM  

BKITU: Where does he get this wonderful immortality?


Born on a Monday.
 
2014-07-17 01:32:24 PM  
So, it's all Batman's fault?
What will he do next?
 
2014-07-17 01:33:38 PM  
I disagree!  Our fictional characters should never change nor adapt nor remain relevant!  They might turn black or into a girl.
 
2014-07-17 01:33:48 PM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?

I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.


Well, sure. Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

The entire universe had to be rebooted.

You know why?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I'm surprised you haven't heard that before.

Know why I'm surprised?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.
 
2014-07-17 01:37:12 PM  
This blog needs an enema.
 
2014-07-17 01:37:16 PM  

FarkingReading: Jaden Smith First of His Name: FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?

I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.

Well, sure. Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

The entire universe had to be rebooted.

You know why?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I'm surprised you haven't heard that before.

Know why I'm surprised?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.


I don't know if I'm going to be able to adequately communicate to my kids the locus of insanity that happened right after 9/11.  Remember Freedom Fries?  But the worst thing was the false profundity everyone had about the world.
 
2014-07-17 01:37:42 PM  
www.thesportshero.com
 
2014-07-17 01:39:49 PM  

Esc7: FarkingReading: Jaden Smith First of His Name: FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?

I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.

Well, sure. Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

The entire universe had to be rebooted.

You know why?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I'm surprised you haven't heard that before.

Know why I'm surprised?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I don't know if I'm going to be able to adequately communicate to my kids the locus of insanity that happened right after 9/11.  Remember Freedom Fries?  But the worst thing was the false profundity everyone had about the world.


Never forget!
 
2014-07-17 01:42:02 PM  

BKITU: Where does he get this wonderful immortality?


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2014-07-17 01:44:20 PM  

realmolo: James Rieper: It helps that he gets rebooted every few years.

Mostly it helps that there are more 10-year-old boys every year.


He's more in danger from the fact that the medium itself is declining.  Ten year olds are more into games and videos now.  Batman will probably do ok, but there are lots and lots of heroes that will become the gods of a forgotten civilization.
 
2014-07-17 01:44:40 PM  
I have no idea why Pearl Harbor and 9/11 have anything to do with Batman.  Sherlock Holmes survived through a lot more shiat but I'll be damned if it meant anything to his character.
 
2014-07-17 01:46:24 PM  

Esc7: FarkingReading: Jaden Smith First of His Name: FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?

I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.

Well, sure. Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

The entire universe had to be rebooted.

You know why?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I'm surprised you haven't heard that before.

Know why I'm surprised?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I don't know if I'm going to be able to adequately communicate to my kids the locus of insanity that happened right after 9/11.  Remember Freedom Fries?  But the worst thing was the false profundity everyone had about the world.


You couldn't hear Rage Against the Machine on the radio for like a year.
 
2014-07-17 01:46:40 PM  
Whatever. Everybody knows Alfred is the shiat in that series, not Batman.

static.comicvine.com

As I recall, he also once kicked Hush in the balls.
 
2014-07-17 01:51:46 PM  

skozlaw: Whatever. Everybody knows Alfred is the shiat in that series, not Batman.

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As I recall, he also once kicked Hush in the balls.


l7world.com
also busted up Supes more than two movie-Zods combined.  ;)
 
2014-07-17 01:55:10 PM  
i364.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-17 01:55:29 PM  

skozlaw: Whatever. Everybody knows Alfred is the shiat in that series, not Batman.

[static.comicvine.com image 300x221]

As I recall, he also once kicked Hush in the balls.


Hesh doesn't like getting kicked in the goodies!
i.cdn.turner.com
 
2014-07-17 01:56:19 PM  

FarkingReading: Jaden Smith First of His Name: FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?

I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.

Well, sure. Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

The entire universe had to be rebooted.

You know why?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I'm surprised you haven't heard that before.

Know why I'm surprised?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.


38.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-17 02:06:25 PM  

wildstarr: I have no idea why Pearl Harbor and 9/11 have anything to do with Batman.  Sherlock Holmes survived through a lot more shiat but I'll be damned if it meant anything to his character.


The writer is using two highly recognizable time points as landmarks. It's nothing to do with the character itself.
 
2014-07-17 02:23:44 PM  

Mad_Radhu: BKITU: Where does he get this wonderful immortality?

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I feel like I should know where those are from, but I don't. Source?
 
2014-07-17 02:25:59 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: FarkingReading: Jaden Smith First of His Name: FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?

I like the idea that somehow 9/11 meant we had to retire Batman.

Well, sure. Haven't you heard? 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

The entire universe had to be rebooted.

You know why?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

I'm surprised you haven't heard that before.

Know why I'm surprised?

Because 9/11 changed everything. Everything.

[38.media.tumblr.com image 354x328]


I could watch that all day.  ALL DAY I SAY!
 
2014-07-17 02:26:09 PM  

Kome: Mad_Radhu: BKITU: Where does he get this wonderful immortality?

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[img.fark.net image 737x1162]

[img.fark.net image 689x1060]

I feel like I should know where those are from, but I don't. Source?


Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
 
2014-07-17 02:27:41 PM  

James Rieper: realmolo: James Rieper: It helps that he gets rebooted every few years.

Mostly it helps that there are more 10-year-old boys every year.

He's more in danger from the fact that the medium itself is declining.  Ten year olds are more into games and videos now.  Batman will probably do ok, but there are lots and lots of heroes that will become the gods of a forgotten civilization.


I always figured the bible was just the marvel comics of the day anyways.
 
2014-07-17 02:32:54 PM  
Happy Bat-Birthday, Batman!

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2014-07-17 02:54:17 PM  
I'm not sure I'm really getting this Batman guy.

Can we get an origin movie, please?
 
2014-07-17 03:03:59 PM  

Wellon Dowd: I sat my 20-year-old son down to watch the 1960's TV Batman for the first time last week. As one who was raised on Nolan's Caped Crusader, he seemed almost angry about the tone of the material.


that's really sad. He lacks any useful context for the Nolan movies, especially for appreciating their tone. He's nothing but a tourist. Hopefully he can catch up on the mythos.

On the other hand, there is nothing in the 60's batman as stupidly hilarious as the gravel voice of Nolan's Batman. That had me laughing out loud through all 3 movies. I can never be intimidated a grown man who unironically changes his voice like a ten year old in a towel cape. At least Adam West tried to actually act, whereas Nolan's entire trilogy was people telegraphing that they were not serious and that it was all childish make-believe. Adam West failed miserably, but he tried.
 
2014-07-17 03:06:20 PM  

steklo: Happy Bat-Birthday, Batman!

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/Batsecks
 
2014-07-17 03:12:06 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: Wellon Dowd: I sat my 20-year-old son down to watch the 1960's TV Batman for the first time last week. As one who was raised on Nolan's Caped Crusader, he seemed almost angry about the tone of the material.

that's really sad. He lacks any useful context for the Nolan movies, especially for appreciating their tone. He's nothing but a tourist. Hopefully he can catch up on the mythos.

On the other hand, there is nothing in the 60's batman as stupidly hilarious as the gravel voice of Nolan's Batman. That had me laughing out loud through all 3 movies. I can never be intimidated a grown man who unironically changes his voice like a ten year old in a towel cape. At least Adam West tried to actually act, whereas Nolan's entire trilogy was people telegraphing that they were not serious and that it was all childish make-believe. Adam West failed miserably, but he tried.


theloaferonline.com

I'm a fan of this recent Batman, personally.
 
2014-07-17 03:14:25 PM  

Wellon Dowd: I sat my 20-year-old son down to watch the 1960's TV Batman for the first time last week. As one who was raised on Nolan's Caped Crusader, he seemed almost angry about the tone of the material.


Eh, he's used to the Emo Mary Sue that Batman has become since Morrison.

Can't blame him if that's all he's seen.

/though Julie Newmar and Yvonne Craig mean 60s Batman always wins.
 
2014-07-17 03:18:58 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: Wellon Dowd: I sat my 20-year-old son down to watch the 1960's TV Batman for the first time last week. As one who was raised on Nolan's Caped Crusader, he seemed almost angry about the tone of the material.

that's really sad. He lacks any useful context for the Nolan movies, especially for appreciating their tone. He's nothing but a tourist. Hopefully he can catch up on the mythos.

On the other hand, there is nothing in the 60's batman as stupidly hilarious as the gravel voice of Nolan's Batman. That had me laughing out loud through all 3 movies. I can never be intimidated a grown man who unironically changes his voice like a ten year old in a towel cape. At least Adam West tried to actually act, whereas Nolan's entire trilogy was people telegraphing that they were not serious and that it was all childish make-believe. Adam West failed miserably, but he tried.


It's amazing how many people get hung on that voice thing.  I was perplexed about it until I learned that it was a voice-changing thing built into the suit.  Which makes sense in today's world where people can be identified easily by record of you speaking, he'd almost be required to do something to hide his voice.
 
2014-07-17 03:25:37 PM  
I have to be the one to point out 9/11 was less than 13 years ago? Not that I don't Batman will retain relevance in 14 months, but still.
 
2014-07-17 03:26:17 PM  
NobleHam: don't doubt

Bah.
 
2014-07-17 03:39:28 PM  

NobleHam: I have to be the one to point out 9/11 was less than 13 years ago? Not that I don't Batman will retain relevance in 14 months, but still.


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2014-07-17 03:40:35 PM  

Infernalist: It's amazing how many people get hung on that voice thing. I was perplexed about it until I learned that it was a voice-changing thing built into the suit. Which makes sense in today's world where people can be identified easily by record of you speaking, he'd almost be required to do something to hide his voice.


Keaton did it, Kilmer did it, Clooney did it, Conroy did it, whoever voices Terry McGinnis did it (ditto the rest of the Batman voice actors from the DCAU), I think even Adam West did it.

Why Bale's version gets so much hate - especially, as you point out, since Bale's Batman exists in a slightly more advanced world than we do, meaning voice-printing is even more likely - is beyond me. Conroy's Bruce Wayne voice is far sillier, IMO (zero authority and zero confidence in the voice of a billionaire playboy).
 
2014-07-17 04:02:15 PM  
Bennie Crabtree:
On the other hand, there is nothing in the 60's batman as stupidly hilarious as the gravel voice of Nolan's Batman.

Maybe I'm less nostalgic than most. I enjoyed '60s Batman as a kid, but today I recognize that the entire thing was practically one big campy joke that looks like it was made as fast and cheap as they could get away with. It's only value is as a comedy, which is okay, but not exactly the way the character was intended.
 
2014-07-17 04:13:58 PM  
I believe the longevity came be credited to his drinking of chocolate milk.
 
2014-07-17 04:14:51 PM  
This pretty much sums it up.
 
2014-07-17 04:40:59 PM  

Esc7: I disagree!  Our fictional characters should never change nor adapt nor remain relevant!  They might turn black or into a girl.


Oh come on. People are only b*tching because they're dumb, pasty, and fat fanboys. Give them a break. It's hard to type between handfuls of Cheetohs.
 
2014-07-17 04:42:07 PM  
I'm outing myself as a 90s kid, but Batman TAS is still the gold standard version of the character and his rogues' gallery in my book.
 
2014-07-17 05:25:22 PM  

FarkingReading: Batman launched before Pearl Harbor. He's now lasted 14 years past 9/11, and he only has five more years to go until the Worldwide Cataclysmic Spontaneous Dust Explosion of 2019.

Wait. What?


Don't worry, Terry McGinnis will handle that.
 
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