The Batman Singularity: A Modern Perspective on Batman ’66

“Gotham City. Maybe it’s all I deserve now. Maybe it’s my time in hell.” This is the opening line from Frank Miller’s graphic novel Batman: Year One, one of the most influential volumes in the character’s history. This line is imposed over dark, grey illustrations of Gotham City, and is preceded by an image of young Bruce… Continue reading The Batman Singularity: A Modern Perspective on Batman ’66

A Modest Proposal for Superhero Films: Let’s Cut the BS

This year marks the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which features two great heroes who would normally cooperate forgoing their traditional roles and squaring off against one another. It also marks the release of Captain America: Civil War, which features two great heroes who would normally cooperate forgoing their traditional roles and squaring off against one… Continue reading A Modest Proposal for Superhero Films: Let’s Cut the BS

The Batman Singularity: How the Caped Crusader has Impacted the Superhero Genre

Batman, it seems, is everywhere. The success of Batman has lead to “The Brooding Vigilante” becoming a common archetype throughout popular culture, or at least just in the superhero genre. This is what we call the Batman Singularity: that all entertainment will eventually be Batman. This, of course, is starting to cause a few problems.

Saturation Point, Phase I: What Age of Ultron Indicates about Superhero Movies

“Age of Ultron must have felt bloated to non-fans. However, this “bloated” film still took in almost 1.4 billion (!) dollars, despite receiving slightly less favorable reviews than its predecessor. Incorporating so many characters and stories that people who love comics know exceptionally well, but might seem confusing to outside viewers.”