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From Gotham to Gautham: An Introduction to Batman on the Big Screen

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I’ve been working on these essays for two years. I began watching and writing about Batman on the silver screen back in 2012, around the time The Dark Knight Rises was to hit theaters. At that point, I’d only done this sort of thing once, for the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. The plan stalled as life got in the way. I re-posted revised versions of the Nightmare essays (which I cleverly titled A Nightmare in Gautham) and then did a series of essays about Superman on the silver screen (From Krypton to Gautham) for the release of 2013’s Man of Steel. That fall, we experienced a Friday in Gautham when I took on Jason Vorhees and the Friday the 13th movies. By now, there were two Batman essays.

This being the 75th anniversary of Bob Kane’s (and Bill Finger’s) creation, I decided to finally finish the series.

It was a daunting task. Batman, like Superman, has been in a lot of movies and TV shows. Luckily, even his most famous TV incarnations eventually made it to the movies.

Batmen: Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale.

Batmen: Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale.

That’s nearly 30 hours of Batman, which somehow still doesn’t feel like enough Batman. It’s been quite an experience.

So sit back and let’s go to Gotham City….

Me in...ooohhh...1981? '82? Between 1980 and 1982. I am Batman.

Me in…ooohhh…1981? ’82? Between 1980 and 1982. I am Batman.

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The Next Movie Essay Series Will Be…

The poll way back in July gave me a winner. However, I never got to the watch winning series of movies when I wanted to so I haven’t written the essays yet. That said, there’d been another set of essays I’d already started and am almost finished with, so that’s what I’m going with, especially considering next week’s significant date.

So the next movie series will be:

That’s right! Beginning next Friday the 13th, I’ll be posting my thoughts on the Friday the 13th movie series, or as some refer to them, the Jason movies.

Which I’ll totally admit that nobody voted for this series, but they came back on Netflix (well, most of them) and I began watching them again. As of right now, I only have one more to watch and write about, so the series is pretty much all set. Unlike my previous movie essays, though, some of these will be posted twice a week so I can get them all in by Halloween.

After this, the next series will be, finally, the winner of the poll. Which is…

You’ll have to wait.

Say what? It’s 2013?!

Who knew a nearly-2-month-old could eat up so much time? I know it’s been 14 years since the last time I had a child this small, but…?

Well, happy New Year to you and I’m sorry for not coming around more recently. I’m sure you understand. I have some plans I’d like to do with this blog this year, we’ll see what happens.

Back in 2010, I wrote a series of essays on the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and posted them to my now-dead LiveJournal. A few people seemed to like them and I’d always intended on doing more of them when I began MediaBio. However, I’m not sure if I should even keep that blog anymore because I’ve updated it so rarely in the last year or more. So I thought about doing something like that here. The essays were about 1,000 words each, in some cases as many as 3,000 words. (I’ve thought about trying to collect them, revise them, and trying to publish them, though I’m not sure if there’s a market for it).

So what are your thoughts? I already began working on a Batman series of essays and would like to do a Superman one in time for Man of Steel. Are you interested in reading those kinds of things here? Does it matter?

Anyway, I have more work to do now. I hope 2013 is great for us all. I’ll try to be back sooner than later.

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