Batman is Trending

Trending pages give me a baseline for Bat-related keywords and other analytics, along with some favorite links I thrown in for fun.
Rabbit Hole for the original Dark Knight viral

He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.

Batman 1989
Tim Burton: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Michael Gough, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Palance; Music: Danny Elfman

Batman: the Animated Series 1992-95
First years grounded soundly the Len Wein era of DC Comics “Pre-Crisis” which would be called a golden age if those words didn’t denote something already in comics circles. The series went steadily downhill, year by year, however. By the time Batgirl was introduced, it was pablum. The next series Batman Beyond was a terrible attempt to ape the kiddie fare in vogue, with a Wesley Crusher-esque new kid whining about the demands put on him by old, embittered Bruce Wayne. A litmus test among adult Bat-fans, those who recognize this show as garbage and those who have never revised their opinion since growing up.  Justice League was rock bottom for Dini/Timm efforts, portraying Batman so badly, Warner Bros had to step in, take over the series in its final year before shutting it down, and locking other shows like Smallville out of using the Batman-related characters.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008–2011)
After the Dini-Timm series self-destructed, Batman: The Brave and The Bold appeared with a sure understanding of the core characters and relationships, but a sense of fun that had been missing from comics fare for so long.  Packed with easter eggs for the hardcore comic fans, respectful of the history that predated the modern ideas of Batman, The Brave and the Bold is an absolute triumph of what a superhero cartoon could be.  Fully enjoyable for kids and adults.  It never lost popularity, but was discontinued to make room for a new Nolan-inspired series to premiere after the Juggernaut of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

Batman Begins 2005
Christopher Nolan: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe; Music Hans Zimmer

Batman and Catwoman have sex
Batman and Catwoman had a sexual relationship in Cat-Tales since the second story Cat-Tales Normal in 2001, so readers of the metafiction series with a cult following have been amused at the furor of the rooftop sex scene in the Catwoman #1  comic of the DC reboot.  The sex in Cat-Tales is never graphic, it isn’t even a staple of the (exceptionally well-written and entertaining) series, but when it appears it is truly sexy, fun and satisfying as we all knew this relationship would be if it ever got off the ground.  Catwoman is about sex, not in a seedy or exploitive way, it is simply a defining characteristic of the woman.  And Batman is her guy.  Why it took until 2001 for this to be done and done so well is one of the great mysteries of the fandom.

Batman by Jeph Loeb

Batman Comic Books
have been in decline through the editorial regimes of Dennis O’neil, Bob Barnes, and now Paul Dini.

Batman Comics
The last few years of Paul Dini and Grant Morrison writing Batman have lost so many readers, some failed comic shops name them specifically as generating 2/3 of the story arcs that drove away their customers and closed their doors.

Batman Elseworld
An Elseworld is a comic book term for “Imaginary stories.” But aren’t they all?

Batman and Dracula
Capes and Bats is an amazing suspense novel about a dark power rising in Gotham City just as Christopher Nolan and the cast of The Dark Knight arrive to begin filming a Batman-centric movie.  A must read for lovers of The Dark Knight.

Batman Elseworlds
One of the true crosses of comic books: the comic fanboy who are so committed to their nonsensical notions of continuity, you have to make a separate category of stories that are “Imaginary.”

Batman Fan Fiction
The best Batman stories in the last 10 years are not coming out of DC comics, they’re coming out of a particular circle of fan fiction writers.

Batman Feed
Some of these really are self-explanatory.

Batman Fanfic
Fan fiction is becoming more widely understood as a reaction to corporate ownership of folklore.  Ownership of copyright is not enough to make an idea or story acceptable to those who love the character, and when franchises are mismanaged by the official writers, fan fic is a kind of organic correction mechanism.

Batman Forever (1995)
Joel Schumacher: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Drew Barrymore who should all be ashamed of themselves

Batman News
Once again, quite a lot of these you can figure out on your own.

Batman Returns (1992)
Tim Burton: Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeifer, Danny Devito, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle; Music: Danny Elfman

Batman and Robin (1997)
Joel Schumacher: George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Elle Macpherson who should all be ashamed of themselves

Batman Rogues
The colloquial term for Batman’s enemies are “The Rogues” or the “Rogues Gallery.”  The Gotham Rogues as the name of the football team in The Dark Knight Rises is an amusing take on this convention.

Batman Rogues Gallery
It’s not the fan section at Gotham Stadium when the Gotham Rogues football team plays, it is the traditional name for Batman’s villains.

Batman Romance
The best Batman romance hasn’t come out of DC.

Batman Romantic Comedy
Three words you really don’t think of going together, but it’s true.

Batman Stories
Some of these really are self-explanatory.

Batman Superhero
They say Batman doesn’t have superpowers. But Bruce Wayne can buy my house on his Amex.

Batman Superheroes
Maybe Superman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Bruce Wayne can buy my house on his Amex.

Batman Tales
Some of these really are self-explanatory.

Batman Villains
In a good Batman tale, the villains and heroes are equally interesting.

The Batman 2004-2006
Poorly conceived series intended to capitalize on Batman Begins by presenting a young Bruce Wayne just starting out.  Nice idea, until you’ve got Bruce hanging with the cop he used to shoot hoops with after school.  Absurd redesigns of all the villains, except for Catwoman who needed it the most.  The addition of Robin and Batgirl heralded, as always, the race to see how bad things could get before cancellation.

The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969)
Period cartoon adventure stories made to cash in on the popularity of the 1966 series.   It’s kiddie fare, but it’s good kiddie fare.

The New Adventures of Batman (1977–1978)
It’s the one with Bat-Mite.  Let’s leave it at that.

Yahoo Pipe: Batman
Great pipe of news from the top RSS feeds for news related to Batman

Written by Gotham Trending

05/15/2011 at 8:33 am

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