Finally a Batman for the 21st century

Batman was born in 1939 when Superman was already a superstar. At National Comics Publications (now DC Comics), Bob Kane created ‘Bat-Man’. A set of drawings that he confidentially exhibited to an editor, Bill Finger: Bat-Man had no gloves, there were red lines on the suit, the mask was a mask similar to the one that Robin would later have, and 2 wings protruded from his back just like a bat.

Finger suggested a hood, a cape instead of wings and gloves; and remove the red color from the suit.

Kane says that Finger told him: “Why not make it look more like a bat? A hood, slits for eyes, paint it a dark gray, and gloves so it wouldn’t leave fingerprints.”

Kane drew a cape in the shape of a bat wing: he was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and a flying device ornithopterdrawn in 1480.

In normal life, Bat-Man, who happened to be Batmanwould be called bruce wayne. fingers: “Bruce for Robert the Bruce, Scottish patriot. Wayne could have been Adams or Hancock but Anthony Wayne, American independence hero nicknamed ‘Mad Anthony’.”

Added: In The Phantomfrom Lee Falkthe descendant of Anthony Wayne, blake van leeris left over orphan.

Therefore, it was decided a father, philanthropist doctor, Dr Thomas Gabriel Waynewho would die with marthahis wife, so that Bruce would be a total orphan.

There were already wealthy heroes with double identities:

  • scarlet pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy; Y
  • The Fox / Diego de la Vegaby Johnston McCulley.

Indeed, the cartoonist Kane was influenced by the films ‘The Mark of Zorro’ (1920) and ‘The Bat Whispers’ (1930). The writer Finger, whom he asked to write the scripts, in famous detectives: Doc Savage, The Shadow, Dick Tracy and Sherlock Holmes.

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A victim for Batman

Kane relinquished ownership of the character to the publisher in exchange for money and a mandatory signature on the cover of all Batman comics. Finger did not receive the same recognition. When he died in 1974, DC had not yet credited him as co-creator of Batman..

Kane was criticized by a witness to Finker’s hardships, Jerry Robinson:”[Kane] I should have credited Bill as a co-creator, because I know; I was there. I will never forgive Bob for not taking care of Bill.”

Kane defended himself in an open letter to fans in 1965 but justified it on the grounds that being a writer or an artist’ghost‘ -just as Finger- compels to remain”pretty anonymous no credit“unless he took a leap that Finger hadn’t taken. As a plot the Kan thing seemed poor.

Finally, in September 2015, DC Entertainment decided to have Finger receive his credit In the movie ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’. And that he appeared as a co-creator of Batman in a comic in October 2015 with ‘Batman and Robin Eternal # 3’. Justice, which took a long time in the case of a righteous character.

In the beginning, Batman was born’Dark‘. His debut was in ‘The Case of the Chemical Syndicate’ (Detective Comics #27, May 1939). Batman did not hesitate to kill or maim criminals.

The style was ‘pulp‘ consisted of literature for the masses. It was called ‘pulp‘ because it was printed on cheap, wood-pulp paper: Amazing Stories, Dime Detective, Weird Tales, Horror Stories, Detective Comics, Black Mask, etc.

It took a while for Batman to consolidate. In 1940 Batman managed to become a soloist, just like Superman. They were the stars of World’s Best Comics that year.

Kane made the character’s jaw line more pronounced and the ears elongated in the costume – he was polishing the graphics of his creation. And 1 year later Batman already had a utility belt where he fitted his boomerang and the first vehicle, the Batplane.

The family story was told in #33 (November 1939): Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents by a robber and swore to him: “By the spirits of my parents [voy] to avenge their deaths by spending the rest of my life fighting all criminals”.

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Robert Pattinson has achieved a very believable Batman.

change of era

Batman began to be less cruel when he appeared Robin, in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940). Finger said that Batman needed a “watson” who to talk to Kane preferred a solo Batman but sales almost doubled. Let Robin stay…

A profound change: the editor Whitney Ellsworth ordered Kane and Finger to Batman could no longer kill or use a weapon. He had just shot some giants to death. It seemed excessive to her.

After the 2nd World War, Batman had to follow the trend in DC Comics in favor of the cheerful youthful fantasy. Batman had to get out of the gloomy world. He was a respectable and pleasant citizen, and Bruce Wayne was in charge of social recognition because of the philanthropyfollowing the story of his father.

The psychologist fredric wertham in his 1954 book ‘The Seduction of the Innocents’, he criticized Batman for alleged nuances homosexual. The consequence of Weretham’s set of criticisms of the comics of his time was a code for the industry and a “jolliest batmanand straight: Batwoman and Batgirl.

In the late 1950s, the Batman stories became more movie-oriented. Science fiction, a trend in DC at the time: inhabitants of other worlds arrived, aliens. Batman debuted in the Justice League of America.

By 1964, Batman sales had fallen. Bob Kane later confessed that in that year DC planned to kill Batman. Then they called julius schwartz for the last chance Batman.

Schwartz brought the cartoonist Carmine Infantino: They redesigned the Batmobile, applied a yellow ellipse behind the bat insignia to the costume, Alfred was killed (for a while), and Aunt Harriet Cooper came to live with Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.

The debut on TV, in 1966, increased sales: 900,000 copies for Batman, Batgirl and Alfred. But the program saturated the format and was canceled in 1968. Julius Schwartz was freed from blame for that superhero so light: “They asked me to make Batman be cheesy and I did it.”

Starting in 1969, Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams made a deliberate effort to distance Batman from the light portrayal of the 1960s TV series and return to the “grim avenger of the night“.

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Without a Batmobile, Batman rides a motorcycle.  Here a break in filming in Scotland.

Without a Batmobile, Batman rides a motorcycle. Here a break in filming in Scotland.

reinvention

The impact of the bat man in theaters in 2022 is the director’s credit Matt Reeveswho wrote the script with Peter Craig.

Reeves garnered industry attention directing the monster movie “Cloverfield” (2008), then the romantic horror remake “Let Me In” (2010) and the critically acclaimed sci-fi sequels “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ or ‘The Return to the Planet of the Apes’ (2014). In February 2017, Reeves was hired to direct and produce the film The Batman, from DC Extended Universerather Ben Affleck, who abandoned his role as producer and star in the project. Reeves decided to rearrange the story.

He summoned Craig, known for his film adaptation, along with Danny Strong, of the novels ‘Mockingjay’, by Suzanne Collinsfor the movies’The Hunger Games‘: Mockingjay – Part 1 / Mockingjay – Part 2.

Reeves tried to explore the Batman of ‘Year One‘ (1987), ‘The Long Halloween’ (1996–97), and ‘Ego’ (2000). He cast Pattinson in May 2019.

‘Batman: Year One’ was written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli.

Miller, an admirer of film noir and manga, is known for ‘Daredevil’ (Marvel),’300′ Y ‘no city‘, and dabbled in Batman with ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ and ‘Batman: Year One’, considered one of the best Batman stories ever produced.

Reeves could imagine a Wayne family that wasn’t perfect, Gotham leaders with double lives and a tormented Batman.

Batman 2021 questions the nature of heroism as Batman has more flaws than traditional superheroes and carries a rage that leads him to inflict “his own brand of justice”.

Reeves chose to set the film during the 2nd. year of Batman’s career rather than retelling the character’s origin story. Reeves didn’t want a James Bond-esque Batman, which was Affleck’s legacy. He greatly helped the idea of ​​the Batman of the late Darwin Cookewho for DC did ‘Ego: A Psychotic Slide into the Heart of Darkness‘ or ‘Ego: a psychotic slide into the heart of darkness’. Cooke tried to investigate the psychology of the darkest Batman.

He drew inspiration for Bruce Wayne/Batman from Kurt Cobain and for Edward Nashton/Riddler or The Riddler in the anonymous murderer of the ‘zodiac case‘.

Pattinson’s casting was poorly received by some Batman fans, who even organized a rejection petition through the Change.org/ platform.

Christian bale, who played Batman in ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy, encouraged Pattinson to ignore critics. Pattinson did it… to show that fans carry myths and legends that confuse them and are not authorized voices.

‘The Batman’ delayed its initial release date twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the end it has exceeded expectations. Kane and Finger have triumphed.

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Finally a Batman for the 21st century


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