In this animated ‘Batman’ episode, Adam West plays an actor typecast as a masked hero in a commentary on fandom.
An invisible man––an ex-con driven by a desire to reunite his family––becomes the first legitimately successful original villain of the series.
Catwoman’s introduction is a very mixed bag of artistic highs and lows in this animated production of the Batman storyline.
Mr. Freeze is reimagined in arguably the best episode of the series.
A poor introduction of the Penguin makes for one of the series’ weakest episodes.
A dark episode involving addiction pays homage to classic gangster movies.
Two-Face’s thematically rich origin story is among the top episodes of the series.
The Joker turns assassin in an episode about fathers and sons — real, imagined, and lost.
In a flawed episode, Batman does not arrive until the final act. The wait is worth it, even if parts of the plot are hackneyed and overdone.
Officer Renee Montoya, a character created for the series, gets her true introduction in an episode without a super-villain.
The series’ first original villain—the Sewer King—is a dud who fails to capitalize on obvious themes of the Batman mythos.
The introduction of Poison Ivy reveals more about Bruce Wayne – and the ambitions of the series.
Mark Hamill’s Joker gets his first memorable line: ‘You killed Captain Clown!’
Superhero movies, more than any other creation or institution of the last two decades, have created a common culture.
After throwing the audience a curve with Man-Bat in the series pilot, the creative team turns to the best-known member of Batman’s rogues gallery.
The cartoon’s drama, dry wit and detective stories played as well with adults on Sunday night as kids on Saturday morning.
Batman’s newfound lack of faith raises an interesting question: what do the rest of the folks in comic book land believe?
If Batman is about to become the C.S. Lewis of crime-fighting due to the crisis of faith evinced, that plotline isn’t evident in Issue 53.
Batman is bigger than any one film or comic. He’s a myth that looms large over our culture, casting a wide and long shadow.
It was a perfect comic book film, a brilliant crime movie, a stellar action flick, an amazing superhero story, a nail-biting cop drama, an intense thriller, a political commentary, a tale of terrorism, and more.
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