Joker is the favorite Batman villain. Well DUH

Anyone could have told Rocksteady that Blackmask and Talia al Ghul were nobodies that fans didn’t care about and Joker and Catwoman were the fan favorites.  Anybody but Paul Dini that is.  Any follower of DC Comics for the past few years could have warned them his choices were certain to alienate fans and lose customers.

It’s a pity Warner Bros. and Rocksteady didn’t conduct this poll before they started work on Arkham City.  Who would have guessed that Catwoman was second only to the Joker among fan favorites, and that Talia al Ghul was a non-starter?

Joker, Catwoman favorite Batman villains. Talia al Ghul, Blackmask are non-starters.

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On second thought, ANYBODY could have guessed.  What were they thinking?  They seem to have understood Catwoman’s popularity in the way they promoted her involvement.  How could they not realize that failing to deliver would result in hostile cries of a bait-and-switch?

via marketingdisasters.


The long-term mishandling of Batman and his related characters, Catwoman in particular, has been instrumental in the mass-defection of long-term comics fans and subsequent failure of comic shops during the economic downturn.  There is little question that the comics giant understands it must be poised to take advantage of interest The Dark Knight Rises will bring to these characters if it is to survive.  It’s failure to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm.  A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties.  More »

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman.

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