Monday, April 2, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Batman

Have you ever heard of the Dark Knight? Well you might now him by another name; Batman.

Batman has been a DC Comics super-hero for so long. He started out in comics, moved on to action figures, then video games and finally, the movies.
Batman is a fictional character and a comic book superhero created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on May 1939 and since then has appeared primarily in publications by DC Comics. In adition to being refered to as Batman, he is also known as  "The Caped Crusader", "The Dark Knight", and "The World's Greatest Detective".

The Batman movies started with the late 1960s Batman television series which used a camp aesthetic that continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in the 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller, while the successes of Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman and Christopher Nolan's 2005 reboot Batman Begins also helped to reignite popular interest in the character.
Batman Begins, awas directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman. Its sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), set the record for the highest grossing opening weekend of all time in the U.S., earning approximately $158 million, and became the fastest film to reach the $400 million mark in the history of American cinema (eighteenth day of release). These record breaking attendances saw The Dark Knight listed as the third-highest domestic grossing film of all time with $533 million, bested only by Titanic and Avatar. Another sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, is expected to be released later this year, and is said to be the final Batman film to feature Nolan and Bale as director and leading actor.

The comics were a big hit in the day and most people lived for Batman! Here's a 1944 Batman original Sunday newspaper comic strip.
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Now over time, the Batman movies have grossed so much money that it's just crazy! http://boxofficemojo.com/franchises/chart/?id=batman.htm has created a list of the top grossins Batman movies.

RankTitle (click to view)StudioGross / TheatersOpening / TheatersDate
1The Dark KnightWB$533,345,3584,366$158,411,4834,3667/18/08
2BatmanWB$251,188,9242,201$40,489,7462,1946/23/89
3Batman BeginsWB$205,343,7743,858$48,745,4403,8586/15/05
4Batman ForeverWB$184,031,1122,893$52,784,4332,8426/16/95
5Batman ReturnsWB$162,831,6982,644$45,687,7112,6446/19/92
6Batman and RobinWB$107,325,1952,942$42,872,6052,9346/20/97
7Batman: Mask of the PhantasmWB$5,617,3911,506$1,189,9751,50612/25/93


All the Batmans together have grossed over $1,286,852,340! Now that's an INSANE amount of money. Now since Batman is one of the greatest movies ever, it has some amazing movie scenes.

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Original Batman Fight Scenes

It's Me, The Riddler! MWAHAHAHAHA

Here's how you use the Magic Bullet! Get it, bad guys, bullets ;P

Actually, I have gotten up close and personal with the original batman outfit, batmobile, and batbike. When I went to Cali earlier this year I went to a car building with the coolest and the oldest cars ever. Here are the pictures for you :)

Batman Costume Plaque

Original Batman Costume

Batmobile Plaque

Original Batmobile

Batbike
All in all Batman rocks. In a movie, comic strip, or just a thought, he is one of the greats and will always be remembered as The Dark Knight.

A-Z Question:
What's your favorite Batman character? Favorite Villain? Whats the first thing that comes to your head when you hear the word, Batman?

Check back tomorrow for yet another amazing post! Let's just say this one falls once again into the super hero category ;) What super hero starts with "C"???

Cheers!
-Yadin

P.S. this was the last long post :D The rest are short, don't worry :)

28 comments:

  1. Na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman, batman, batman! That is what goes through my head. I thought Michael Keaton did a great job in the Tim Burton version though I don't know if he's my favorite. I don't know if I have a favorite. I do love Joker. Jack Nicholson was a great Joker, but so was Heath Ledger. It was just a great character.
    Is it Catwoman?

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    1. LOL :P Picking a favorite character is tough especially when there are so many to choose from.

      Thanks for your feedback :)

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  2. Yikes, that's a tough one. I'm playing through Arkham City at the moment and so there are a whole host of villains to choose from. For movies, I think Heath Ledger's Joker is amazing, though Tom Hardy's Bane in the next movie might steal that trophy.

    Jamie Gibbs
    Fellow A-Z Buddy

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    1. Arkham City is fun :D I forget if it's Arkham City or Akrham Asylum but in one of the two, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have some very "provakative" outfits :P I like Bane or the Crock. Their both my favorite. Two villains, not a good sign ;P

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  3. Can't wait for Dark Knight Rises!
    Think The Dark Knight ended up at number ten on world wide grosses with over a billion.

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    1. I can't wait either! Your probably right. It's a major grossing film.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. A super hero that starts with C, my money's on... oh wait I can't think of any that start with C! I'll just have to come back tomorrow and check!

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    1. Read the comment bellow. A super hero that has a movie... Wait for tomorrow's post if you don't get it ;)

      Thanks for the comment :)

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  5. I must confess that whilst I have read the Batman Comics, watch it on TV if it was ever on .. other than one of the movies, I haven't seen the newer versions of it !

    The Joker is a cool villain. I wouldn't know which actor makes a better Batman so I'll just stop right here.

    C .. Catwoman ? Captain America ? Captain Marvel ? Damn I need to brush up on my super hero names ! LOL See you tomorrow !

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    1. Well you should! It's an amazing movie :)

      Joker is cool. I like his flower that shoots gas ^_^

      One of your answers are correct but I wont say which. Just think which has been a movie ;)

      See you tomorrow :)

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  6. I own the original Burt Ward movie, it's one of my faves! Sometimes you just can't get rid of a bomb!


    Aurora Celeste
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    1. Wow nice! I don't know if I have seen that. I'v heard it's good so I will have to check it out :)

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  7. Really enjoyed reading this, interesting stuff. It's really good that Batman returned to his Dark Knight roots...I was brought up on the TV show which was laughable.

    Well done two down.

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    1. Thanks :) I'm practically done them :P

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  8. Wow, I had no idea that all the Batman films put together had grossed over a BILLION dollars - that IS an insane amount of money!

    I have to admit to being jealous that you got to see the real Batmobile - that's pretty frawesome.

    My favorite character from Batman is Batman, of course, but my favorite villain was the Joker. He was just so twisted and completely evil - he's the ultimate villain.

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    1. I know right!

      It was pretty epic. I didn't expect to see it there :P

      Batman of course :P Joker is one of my fav's because I love his flower that shoots gas :P

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  9. I only know that Killer Croc will always be the best batman villain in my book. I only really like him because besides Poison Ivy and Bane he is the only actual one with powers, (mutation, super smell, claws, super strength) he is epic looking to. But like I said compared to Penguin, Joker, Riddler, Two face and stuff they are just lunitics that have access to guns and men. Other then that they arent really dangerous without weapons.

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    1. I couldn't agree more Nick. Killer Croc and Bane are my all time favorites. Everyone else is practically insane. Aside from their weapons, they have no real power. Ivy is one of my favorites. Have you played Arkham Asylum? Poison Ivy looks pretty bad in that game :P

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  10. I confess - i never read any comic books. but I did watch Batman on TV when I was a kid - thanks for the memories!! (Oh, and how cool is it that Adam West is on Family Guy?)

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    1. Welcome! Adam West is on Family Guy!?!?!? Who does he play? I never knew that :P Gigidy-Gigdy :P

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

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  11. Im gonna have the theme tune stuck in my head all day now. I live the batman movies, you have some cool pics there too. A friend of mine, Barry, was in the Dark Knight film. He met Heath Ledger too before he passes away & sat right next to him in the scene where they all around the table.

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    1. Your welcome ;P Wow that's really cool! He must have some great memories :)

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  12. Batman rocks in any life that someone creates for him... Someday I will share my interview with Adam West...


    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    A to Z Co-Host
    IZOMBIE: Visit the Madness

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    1. Haha :P Nice Jeremy :D I couldn't put it any other way :)

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  13. I haven't watched a single Batman film, and have never read the comic, even though I am a huge graphic novels fan. I don;t know why I have avoid Batman, but I don't feel I am missing out on anything.

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    1. You are missing out on A LOT! It's a classic! You cant not read or watch Batman. I suggest you do that ASAP :P

      Cheers!

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  14. So much Batman! For some reason I expected the first Batman costume to look older and weird...

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    1. So did I but what do you expect from the caped crusader ;P

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