Jenn - Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
DC and Marvel. Everyone has heard of them and this Dark Knight caped crusader is part of the DC universe. Although him and a lot of his movies usually don’t draw me in. Yes, I’m talking about Batman. I can say I’m not that big of a fan. Honestly to me he seems overpowered and overrated, though, I will say that Heath Ledger as the Joker is in no doubt one of the best Jokers of all time. Although I can’t really stand the Joker either, and that just comes from being a huge Harley fan. He never deserved her. Speaking of which, the Batman universe did give life to one of my all time favorite characters Ms Harleen Quinzel, or Harley Quinn as she’s widely known. So I give them props for that.
Now with all that being said the new Batman movie actually looks good, and I didn’t even know if I was on board with Robert Patterson as Batman. I mean-- Edward? Really? But looking at the trailer I was highly surprised and interested as they threw in three famous Batman villains already-- Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman (though she is mostly just looking out for herself, whatever that entails). So I will be checking out this movie, and hopefully I can be persuaded that maybe Batman isn’t so bad after all.
Dave - Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
Batman. A legend among heroes. Die hard fans will fight you saying Adam West was the first, only, and best Batman. They would be wrong though, factually speaking. There were serials in 1943 and 1949 so he wasn’t the first. And they made several movies so he definitely wasn’t the only. He could be the best if that’s their opinion. You can’t argue with that.
Adam West was probably my introduction to the character through syndication of the 1966 series, followed by animated appearances. We had the pleasure of meeting Adam West and Burt Ward just a couple months before Adam’s death at Dallas Fan Expo complete with an awesome photo op in front of the Batmobile. During signings you can usually get a question in but Burt was actually kind enough to ask me if I had any questions for him before I even had a chance to ask him.
In 1989, those more familiar with the camp of that 1966 series were about to be led down a dark alley with tour guide Tim Burton. Tim’s vision was a bit darker and grittier. His world only lasted for 2 movies before Joel Schumacher took over the helm. His next 2 would round out this Batman series for a while. While he often blamed for killing the franchise, he didn’t write them and he had to answer to the studio. This is why I watch the commentaries. Check out the 4 movie box set for some insight on the studio notes he got on what they wanted. Four movies from 1989 to 1997 could have been a little much but they each represented a different era. All this is explained in the featurettes. Seriously, check them out.
That would be the last time we see the Bat on the big screen until Christopher Nolan resurrected him for a new trilogy starting with 2005’s “Batman Begins”. As much as I loved it, the ending had me questioning their intentions with the next movie. It was hinting that the Joker was a new criminal on the streets and making himself known. SIDE RANT— We already saw Joker in the last series, portrayed excellently by Jack Nicholson. Not to mention the tv series that had Cesar Romero in the role. Movies shouldn’t repeat themselves. Batman has a whole league of villains to choose from. We don’t need another Joker! However, after seeing what Heath Ledger brought to role, WOW! And yet, this wouldn’t even be the last time we see Joker on the silver screen. Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix also added their takes. As much as you can call it “their” takes. Everyone debates the best and worst abd Leto is often called the worst and is criticized for how he did it. Newsflash— he had a director telling him what to do! If they didn’t like it, they would have changed it. My unpopular opinion is they each did what the role called for at the time. And neither could have done better in a different incarnation. Nicholson couldn’t pull off Ledger, etc. And we’re not even getting into the voice work in the animated projects. But then again the Batman franchises are all about redoing the most popular villains everyone knows instead of bringing in ones we haven't seen on screen yet. The new one is proving that. We've seen these before. END RANT.
2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” was the last big screen appearance until now. “The Batman” is coming to screens. Robert Pattinson is taking over the Bat and I was very hesitant when I first heard this casting. I guess we’ll see where this story goes. But so far the trailer has me intrigued. Keep your bat ears peeled for my thoughts on that as soon as I get out to see it.
Melanie - Hmmmmm Edward as The Batman - we all know Greg is really Batman lol. He tells us ALL the time.
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