Franchise Evolution: The Battle of the Batmans! (part 1 of 3)
For this edition, we’ll be taking a look at the live-action Batman movies, specifically the men behind the mask. Since three of the movies have been covered in full here, and I’ve already discussed the DVD for Batman Forever, I want to be a little more focused, to say nothing of the fact that I’m essentially covering seven movies in one article, and damn it all, I don’t have all the space in the world here!
Hell, it’s not like my blog where I can simply give a ton of relatively brief yet entertaining reviews of tons of movies of varying genres, which you should all come and enjoy after reading this article, as well as sampling some of the other things on this website, such as world class video reviews by some of the brightest talents the web has to offer…
Ahem, now then!
The role of Batman is one that takes a surprising amount of deft acting ability, as an actor not only has to be believable in the suit, giving Batman an acceptable aura of authority/menace, but he also has to be able to pull off Bruce Wayne, arguably the more difficult role of the two.
Ideally, Bruce should come across as a likable, maybe a little dense/eccentric millionaire who nobody in their right mind would ever suspect of dressing as a bat and going out every night to fight crime.
Since 1966, five men have taken up the cape and cowl in live-action movies (not counting the serials, of course), and have been mostly successful.
Spoilers will abound here, so if you haven’t seen these movies… What’s the holdup? They’re easy to find! It’s not like they going out of print anytime soon! Geez!