Tag: The Dark Knight
Will the DC cinematic universe be permanently humor-free? If the rumor from Hitfix is true, don’t expect to get any laughs from future DCU films, because they have a “no joke” directive.
What better to way to open up the 75th anniversary year for Batman than to start it off with a celebration of the 27th issue of Detective Comics through 27 tales taking up 96 pages? I'm sure many readers might know that the Dark Knight made his debut in the pages of Detective Comics in 1939. However, it never hurts to educate newer enthusiasts and that's exactly what the writers and artists do in this issue.
As cliché as it sounds, Batman, Incorporated really ends with a bang. Just like television shows, some conclude on a high note while others embarrassingly fizzle out and overstay their welcome. This series will definitely be held in high esteem because of its emotional impact and mix of family dynamics and action.
DC Comics releases what is sure to become a top pick for many "Best of" lists when it comes to Batman graphic novels years down the road. The Joker: Death of the Family sees the Clown Prince of Crime moving way past his typical violent shenanigans and taking his frenzied insanity to a whole other level. It's a story that can only be told from the pages of multiple Bat-family books across more than one issue in most, if not all, cases.
Detective Comics Volume 3: Emperor Penguin is a dual-edged sword of energy and suspense served up by DC Comics. Not only do we get appearances from Oswald Cobblepot, but ones from Poison Ivy, Joker, Clayface, and new villains like the Merrymaker and the title character. I know there've been many complaints about the "New 52," but count me as impressed.
Sometimes it's hard for comic book fans to separate the worlds of the printed page with that of the film and television ones. I'm just as guilty as anyone of wanting the two to co-exist together, even though it really isn't possible. Some would argue, but I found Smallville to be an entertaining and satisfying adaptation of the traditional Superboy tale. The show consistently showed the trials and tribulations of growing up as a normal teen, not to mention one with secret super powers which kept you from fully opening up to even your closest friends.
I've never been more upset over the death of a Robin than I was that of Damian Wayne's untimely demise. I absolutely loved the little smart-mouthed spoiled brat and the interaction he had with the past Robins, Alfred, Batman, and his father Bruce Wayne. Yes, I did separate the Dark Knight and his alter ego on purpose. They are two different people as anyone who's read the comic books and kept up with the character will recognize is the way he prefers it.
DC Comics unleashes the Joker's maniacal fury in Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family. It's frightening how they take the crazed Clown Prince of Crime and make him even nuttier than he was before the "New 52" reboot. The Joker had some loose screws before, but circumstances have pushed him even further over the abyss and the Dark Knight's family and friends are going to suffer for it.
Not content with simply providing Batman with a new villainous group, DC Comics commissioned Scott Snyder to create an evil society calling themselves the Court of Owls, which has run Gotham City since before the 1900s. Snyder came up with a cartel of high society malefactors so rich in history and detailed that it's taken literally every Bat-Family book in the belfry to bring the story to a close. Those weren't even enough to get the whole story told. A new series entitled Talon was birthed out of the event dubbed "The Night of the Owls."
There've been many complaints from comic book fans over DC's New 52 reboot. It's been proven time and again nobody likes change. However, one thing I've noticed with the Bat-Family books is a newfound dedication to fleshing out the villains and making them more menacing and disturbing than ever before. Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence is a perfect example.