November 24, 2014

In response to his friend's claim that GOTHAM has "ruined" BATMAN...


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  1. See also the ruined childhoods that litter the Internet ... and the (now well over) 45 Deaths of _Doctor Who_: https://doctorwho.livejournal.com/4845838.html .

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  2. Gotham is a great show, how in the world could it possibly ruin your enjoyment of the comics? By now there have been so many continuities of Batman that this new take could only possibly enhance it.

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    1. "Why, hello there, EDWARD NIGMA." *turns to camera and winks* "How are you today, EDWARD NIGMA?" *Turns to camera and winks*

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    2. Come on... that's the best part! Someone says something like "Bruce you shouldn't sneak up on people like that..." and I crack up.

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  3. I have to admit, this did make me chuckle.

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  4. Over-exposure and rabid fan boys who seriously say Batman could take down the combined forces of Galactus, the Borg, Godzilla, the Daleks, Thanos, Cthulu Shao Kahn and Darth Vader ruined Batman for me.

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    1. Hear, hear!

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    2. Well, them and Christian Bale's performance.

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    3. And also the bat disguise.

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  5. It is a pretty bad show, but to say it ruins Batman is hilarious. If anything ruined Batman, it was All-Star Batman and Robin.

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  6. Batman survived Adam West. Batman can survive anything.

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    1. I think it makes more sense to say Batman survived the Silver Age because the only thing the Adam West Batman can be accused of was being how Batman was at the time.

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    2. I've heard that it happened the other way around. Adam West Bataman was so popular that they started modeling the comics after his stories.

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    3. Well anonymous, you heard wrong. Batman comics had been silly and campy for years. In fact, a lot of episodes of the show are based on old comics.

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    4. Yes, Batman comics had been silly for years - bizarre transformations, alines, and (God help us) Bat-Mite. They were starting to recover under new editorship when "Batmania" struck. It wasn't for some time after that that they started to get interesting again.

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  7. Anonymous, check out Showcase Presents Batman volume 1. It reprints a bunch of 1964-65 issues of Batman and Detective, including the first one with the Riddler for about 15 years. It sort of settles the argument about what the comics were like before the TV show.

    Where the comics did start being influenced by the show came a little later. The fifth Batman TV story was an adaptation of Detective Comics #346, with a villain called Carnado. It's in Showcase volume 2. The bad guy was recast as a woman, Zelda the Great, because Batman's rogues gallery had only one woman. That led DC to introduce Poison Ivy, who originally had nothing to do with plants - she was a va-va-voom girl - in the hopes that Tina Louise or someone like that could play her on TV. They also created Cluemaster after Frank Gorshin left the show, although the TV people never used either character, but they both owe their existence to the TV series.

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