Batman evolution: From sunny skies to “The Dark Knight”

Batman-and-Robin

Holy guacamole! Is that you Batman?

YES, IT IS I, LORD OF THE DARK
In 2005, Christopher Nolan rebooted the Batman series with “Batman Begins” and the world loved the dark, serious and complex tone he used to portray his version of the much loved superhero. Christian Bale took the helm as Bruce Wayne and the world watched him battle his initial fear of bats, the death of his parents and his journey to becoming Batman.

Three years later, Nolan reprised his duties as director of “The Dark Knight” and his interpretation tickled the fancy of audiences and critics alike. Heath Ledger’s portrayal as the Joker was also a particular highlight.

OH YAY, THAT IS WONDIFEROUS
The final installment of the trilogy (The Dark Knight Rises) launches in two weeks across cinemas in South Africa and I am happier than a nun in a cucumber field. I am definitely a Christopher Nolan fan and I prefer the adult version Batman we see today. But the Batman of yesteryear wasn’t quite the same fella.

You see, Batman for the most part was doing just fine until the 1950′s when a whack-job psychologist named Frederic Wertham theorized that children imitate crimes committed in comic books and thus corrupt the morals of the Youth. Obviously. It must be the comic books.

These criticisms raised a public outcry eventually leading to the establishment of a “Comics Code Authority”. The tendency towards a “sunnier Batman” in the postwar years intensified after the introduction of the Comics Code.

BATMAN, YOU DROPPED YOUR LIPSTICK
So basically what I’m telling you is that this Batman was a little wanker. Worst still, he had a pesky side-kick, Robin, was annoying as hell.

Robin hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 1997 and Nolan’s trilogy is the better for it. But what if the current Batman and the 60′s Robin met up again? I’m pretty sure it would look something like this:

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About the author: Mark Sham

Mark Sham

NOT the boy next door. Entrepreneur at heart with a marketing background and a love for social media. Owner of Vivid Marketing!

2 comments

  1. Monsi says:

    Aahhhh … thanks for the entertainment! Nicely done!!!

  2. Tony Sham says:

    The 1960′s Batman series (from which your photo comes) was a tongue-in-cheek poke at the comic series and was really enjoyable and light-hearted. I wish I could catch a few reruns. Tony

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