Looking Back and Forward on The Accidental Batman Trilogy

Looking Back and Forward on The Accidental Batman Trilogy

Christopher Nolan didn’t set out to create a Batman trilogy. Frankly, I’m not sure he tried making a single Batman movie (more on that later). In the forward to The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy, he writes: People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you [...]

The Cost of Saving Lives

The Cost of Saving Lives

“Let her go.” Batman’s gravelly voice is soft and hard in the rapt silence of the penthouse. The mass of onlookers garbed in their evening finery stare with a mixture of muted terror and disbelief. Crime happened on the streets or on TV to other people. Not here, right in front of them. The Joker’s [...]

Interview: Max Allan Collins

Interview: Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins is an extremely talented, prolific, and influential writer. He has been nominated an unprecedented 16 times for the Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus” award. He was also given their lifetime achievement award, The Eye. Collins was asked to finish several of (equally influential author) Mickey Spillane’s unfinished manuscripts upon his passing. I [...]

A Hero's Greatest Ally Is Their Greatest Enemy

A Hero’s Greatest Ally Is Their Greatest Enemy

“Kill you? I don’t want to kill you! Where would I be without you? No, no…you…you complete me.” This is a line of dialogue from The Dark Knight, spoken by The Joker to Batman. On its surface the comment seems superficial and ridiculous, a whimsical, satirical comment on the nature of their relationship from the viewpoint [...]

The Virtues of Villainy

The Virtues of Villainy

Villains. We know them as well as we know the heroes who grapple with them. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker. The Hobgoblin vs. Spider-Man. Clayface vs. Batman. We fear them. We loathe them. But we don’t really hate villains. After all, there are plenty of examples of so-called “bad guys” who crossed over to the [...]

Arkham City's Gender Trouble

Arkham City’s Gender Trouble

Batman: Arkham City was released for the PC in Europe this week and I’ve spent a happy weekend playing. It’s a great mix of stealth and combat, and the atmosphere of Gotham is just right: dark, dirty and moody. One aspect of it has been troubling me though, and that is the game’s approach to [...]

Diversity Series: Oracle & Disability

Diversity Series: Oracle & Disability

How diverse are characters in comics? Do they accurately represent the variety of cultures, lifestyles and identities which exist in the world? There’s been a lot of debate among comics fans recently regarding diversity, particularly in regard to the treatment of female or ethnic minority characters. People often ask, “Why does it matter? What difference [...]

Why Aren't American Comics More Popular in Europe?

Why Aren’t American Comics More Popular in Europe?

I attended London Comic Con this weekend and a good time was had by all. However, I was struck by something – most people attending were fans of anime rather than western comics such as those produced by DC, Marvel or Vertigo. Most of the cosplayers were dressed as anime characters, most of the stalls [...]

DC Elseworlds: 5 Amazing Alternate Universes

DC Elseworlds: 5 Amazing Alternate Universes

If you read DC comics, it’s likely you have enjoyed the epic historical continuity and big cross-title events such as Infinite Crisis. The universe of DC is extensively researched and documented by comic fans, and events in one series might have lasting consequences on the stories of another series. But what if writers and creators [...]

Burton vs Nolan: Who Created the Better Batman?

Burton vs Nolan: Who Created the Better Batman?

There are two versions of Batman that are generally considered to be the best. Strangely, this is such a divisive issue that internet chat rooms become virtual war zones, insults and hatred flying from all sides. Love them, hate them, or find yourself casually indifferent, Chris Nolan’s take on the Batman mythology has been the [...]

What's Next For Batman?

What’s Next For Batman?

By now, we have all seen the teaser poster and probably bootlegs of the underwhelming teaser trailer. The buzz for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is well and truly upon us. This will likely be his last film in the series, rounding it off to a nicely wrapped trilogy and the big question is: [...]