This week marks Batman's 75th birthday. Originally created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman has been seen in everything from comics, to cartoons to movies. To help celebrate I thought I would talk about my favourite versions of the caped crusader. To the Batmobile.
Batman- 1960's TV Series
This gem of a TV show is the reason I love comics today. While it originally aired in 1966, most of my 90's was spent watching reruns all afternoon. I fell head over heels for Burt Ward and Adam West with their Bat gadgets and love of always doing the right thing. My favourite episode is called The cat and the fiddle. Batman and Robin are in pursuit of Catwoman and park on a street which had parking meters. While Robin says that nobody would give Batman a parking ticket, Batman knows better. Batman reminds Robin that the money would be used to build better roads and everyone must do his/her part to make that happen. Batman then pays the meter and forever cemented in my mind that it's cool to do the right thing.
The Dark Night Returns
From one extreme to the other. The Dark Knight Returns comic by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley changed comic book history in 1986. For the first time Batman had depth. At 55 years old, he was retired and had left the superhero world behind. After saving a 13 year old girl called Carrie Kelley he is thrown back into a world which had now changed. Dark, gritty and exceptionally written this comic will change what you think about Batman forever. It also features my favourite Robin to date the young, orange haired Carrie Kelley.
Batman- The Animated Series
The 1992 Batman the animated series introduced one of my favourite characters of all time- Harley Quinn. Created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. From the moment I first saw her in the episode Joker's favor my life changed. A villain so playful, unique and intriguing, who gave the Joker a run for his money. Batman the animated series had a very distinct style, incredible voice acting and is one of the best depictions of Batman to date.
While most people state that the Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight movie is the best I disagree with every bone of my body. The 1989 Tim Burton classic is by far my favourite film version of the caped crusader and one of the reasons I became obsessed with Director Tim Burton. Michael Keaton is perfect as Bruce Wayne with his good looks, clever wit and epicly huge chin. I enjoy the comic book nature of the film from the costumes to the script, all that was missing was a few Bam and Kapows.
Luckily for you Batman is having parties this week all around the globe. Be sure to head to your local comic book store to see what Bat-Partys and events are happening near you. Don't forget your invite.
I'd love to know what are some of your essential Batman moments?