While the entire world is still not over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is something that some of us may be overlooking.
It’s Batman’s Golden Anniversary! 50 years of Batman.
What is the measure of the Batman, save for when he goes darker than Black?
Batman has gone through so many changes through the decades. From his humble beginnings portrayed in the vintagely campy 60’s live-action TV series to the over-the-top Joel Schumacher movies to the brooding and deeply emotional Christopher Nolan era, Batman has evolved and matured through the decades. He’s solidified into a complex, defined figure of modern myth, and creatives push their skills and technology to best capture the Dark Knight’s true essence.
One of the creatives in pursuit of the perfect black for the perfect portrayal of Batman is Michael Uslan, Originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie franchise.
Black is essentially the absence of all color, and this is exactly why capturing the perfect black is vital to highlighting the stark difference of what makes the caped crusader the epic figure he is from the rest of his comrades in the Justice League. Uslan explains that it plays on the yin and yang of artistic elements, that perfect color would not be as vibrant, as vivid, and as indelible without the perfect black, and vice versa. “Perfect black is the portal to perfect color”, he muses.
Hence, with directors making critical choices in the technology to best use in making films about Batman and other superheroes, so has the evolution of screen technology become more critical than ever. Television began with cathode ray tubes (CRT), plasma screens, and LCDs. Now OLEDs have come to dominate the viewing arena and stay faithful to the original vision of visionaries such as Christopher Nolan and Michael Uslan.
OLED screens need no backlight; the secret is that each pixel can emit its own individual light, creating a crisper, starker image and rendering hues like never before. Black is now a deep, rich, true black, no light pollution, no muddled tones. Just pure black.
Michael Uslan is not alone in his faith in true black. Other visionaries also believe that compelling storytelling can best be achieved with crisp colors and the truest hues.
Watch Michael Uslan talk about true black below:
Let us take a moment of silence because the wonderful Arkham Batman game series has ended. Up to that point, no one got Batman just right on a console game, and that series made you feel like you were wearing the cowl. Sadly, now that series has ended and those of us who are true Batman fans and true gamers are dying to know what direction developers will go with the next Batman game. Being a super geek and a fully grown virgin, I have spent quite a few hours speculating about where Batman could go next and what his next game could be like. Here are five directions they could go with the new Batman game.
How much do you love Batman?
Let me count the ways.
But we know there isn’t only one (version of) Batman. Graphic novels, animated series, TV shows, and movies – they all have their different versions of who could very well be the most loved superhero. (You’re welcome to disagree).
In that past, we’ve taken a look at some Batman fan art, which proves the point that Bat-lovers have their own take on their superhero of choice.
But that post was only the tip of the iceberg. Today, let’s look at (more) Batman served in different ways, thanks to artists who have an extreme fascination for the superhero.
Because one can never have enough Batman.
This Viking Batman would eat Ragnar Lothbrok alive. I think this is my favorite version of Batman.
Who needs a knight in shining armor when you’ve got a fantasy knight Batman? I’m pretty sure that’s a dragon chained to him – the one thing I don’t approve of. You can’t chain dragons. It’s just not right.
In the spirit of Halloween (and the Walking Dead airing again), here’s Batman as a zombie. While the artwork is brilliant, man, I just can’t look at it for more than a minute. I’m squeamish like that.
This is Batman served 5 ways. Of the 5, which one do you like most? Which is the worst?
There’s more, which I am sure you will love. For the rest, check them out here.
You ever have the urge to grab someone’s face and jam your thumbs into their eye sockets? Just sink them in until the ocular fluid is pouring all over your hand like so much vaginal discharge? Have you ever looked at a field of flowers and just ran through them, shattering their beautiful petals under your feet just because you can? Have you ever looked in on a group of people enjoying life, maybe playing cards in their house or some shit, and just wish you could let a feral wolf loose in there and just gaze in the open window marveling at the chaos you caused? THAT is the Joker. He is the voice in the back of ALL OUR HEADS that makes us want to do the darkest things, just so we can dance and revel in the madness we caused. While some look at his most sick acts and are repulsed, I am not one of those people. I think, for all the good in the world, there NEEDS to be bad. It balances this shit all out. And with the new Jared Leto Joker coming soon, we thought it would be a good time to unleash a piece about all the awful (and creative, and sick) things The Joker has ever done. Here are 6 of the sickest.
And to those who take offense that I used the word beautiful to explain some of these. He is a bad guy, tards. He is supposed to piss you off. And he does so beautifully, like me. Deal with it. Also, SPOILER ALERT….
First and foremost, I need to let you know this is all purely speculation at this point. What I can tell you is, I have read comics since birth and have seen every comic book movie ever made. I also write for a living, which will point at me slightly knowing how writer’s mind’s work (especially GEEK writers). But reality is, I have read enough Batman and Superman comics and have seen enough film adaptations to have a pretty solid idea of what is going down in the Dawn of Justice trailer, and what we can (probably) expect from 2016’s biggest movie.
Again, to reiterate, this is a speculative pieces based on my full knowledge of the DC universe and how movies play out. I apologize if it ends up being inaccurate, but it wont. I am just THAT good.
Batman Day 2015 is happening this year according to DC. The chosen date is September 26, 2015 (just to be clear, since we’ve been previously nicely reminded that other parts of the world write dates differently).
This year, DC “had to” cave in to the demands of fans and celebrate Batman Day 2015. Here’s a snippet of the press release:
Back By Popular Demand, BATMAN DAY 2015 Makes the Celebration of The World’s Most Popular Super Hero and Global Pop Culture Icon an Annual Event
DC Entertainment is bringing back the fan-favorite event celebrating The Dark Knight. “Batman Day” is back by popular demand and will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, kicking off what has become an annual event honoring one of the most popular and iconic Super Heroes and celebrating all things Batman from comics to video games and more. Fans everywhere are invited to partake in festivities with thousands of comic book shops, bookstores, schools, libraries and other retail partners participating in the bat-centric event.
This is most certainly not
milking it a way to make more money for DC, but it’s simple a way to make Batman fans happier.
What can you do aside from dressing up as Batman, going around your neighborhood saying “I’m Batman” just like in the LEGO movie, and throwing batarangs (dull ones), saying “First try…”?
Select stores, libraries, and bookstores will have special events, with the chance to meet the likes of – don’t drool now – Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, David Finch, Brian Azzarello, Cameron Stewart, Pat Gleason, Dustin Nguyen, Tim Seeley, Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Parker, Matthew Manning, and Daniel Wallace. Stay tuned for more details here.
You can also sign up for the electronic download of the official Batman Day 2015 kit here.
Every gamer slash Batman fan has been waiting for Batman: Arkham Knight to arrive, and it’s just around the corner!
Come the 23rd of July, the game will be released. You can even pre-order now so that you won’t have to wait any longer than you have to.
Beware, however. The file size of the game is not to be messed with. In all likelihood, you will need to do a spring cleaning.
According to IGN, you’ll need anywhere from 45GB to 50GB of free hard disk space to install the game. No matter what platform you use.
For Xbox players, there’s an additional treat: the Batman Flashpoint Skin.
Get the Batman Flashpoint Skin and play as Batman from the Knight of Vengeance comic book. Isn’t that utility belt worth it?
It’s available in bundle only, and will be released on July 6.
Right now, when it comes to comic book adaptations, anything goes. If you had told my teenage geek self that Deadpool and Ant Man and Avengers and Batman VS. Superman would have been eventual movies, I would’ve called you a liar and ran off crying because of your cruel lies. Thing is, here we are. We are in a modern comic book renaissance unlike anything the nerd world hath ever seen before. Yes, I used hath on purpose, as it sounded very epic. But if you look, they are pretty much tapping out all the main characters from the big name comics. Soon, they will be running out of characters they can make movies from. Nope. No they wont. Here are six weird comic book characters who deserve their own movies (and will probably all eventually get one at this rate).
The way a superhero looks – particularly in what they wear – is crucial to who they are and what they do. After all, Spiderman might not have quite the effect during his crime fighting duties if he ditched the iconic outfit and just rocked up in a pair of jeans instead.
However, it’s not just about the costumes when it comes to indentify and making a superhero come to life. Their accessories have a big role to play, too. We’ve taken a look at 5 of the most iconic accessories in the world of superheroes, and why they’re so important to their owners. [Read more…]