…the dark cipher who rises with our aspirations and sinks with our capitulations
Batman is more than capable of meeting demand across social, economic, political and cultural divides.
“gnaw at the very roots of Batman’s being, fuck up the private lives of his friends and relatives, make him doubt his raison d’etre, set his postal district on fire and blow up his cave.”
Happy Halloween! Looking for a nicely timed freakout?
Those in search of an imaginative writer who makes you feel bad you didn’t find him earlier should take a head-trip through my recent Cornell coverage.
DC Comics said hell no, in a manner of speaking.
Holy multinational vertigo, Batman! With the announcement of Tudors thespian Henry Cavill as cinema’s newest Superman, the British invasion of American superhero turf has reached a Kryptonite pitch.
One of animation’s most influential artists, Ralph Bakshi made his mark on pop culture by refusing to sacrifice his singular vision to popular tastes and trends.
Stephen Colbert’s nightly merge of news, hilarity, social commentary, wit and shameless plugs for everything from his painting in the Smithsonian to his marketable man-seed have fully turned the pop-culture’s self-obsessed mirror upon itself.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies packs more heroes, action and political satire into a couple hours of entertainment than either icon’s animated series did in the course of several seasons.
“I wanted it to have that love in there. I wanted to write the last Batman with honor and love.”
From mind-warping revisions of comic book heroes in All-Star Superman, Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, to pop-cultural and philosophical exegeses like The Invisibles, The Filth and We3, brainiac graphic novelist Grant Morrison is a master of the Gordian-knot narrative.
From Nelson Riddle and Prince to Danny Elfman and Siouxsie and the Banshees.