Few close to me know this, but I am kind of a Batman movie nerd. You’ll know as soon as you ask me which Batman actor from the early films(sans Batman: The Movie released in 1966) is my fave.
Since my son and I went to see the new Batman movie starring the former sparkly vampire dude and ex of FKA Twigs, and both thoroughly enjoyed it, I felt it was necessary to have him watch all of the earlier Batman movies. He agreed, and together, as he watched and I rewatched, I realized how distorted my perception may have been of the overall quality of these movies. It’s interesting how you perceive something as a child, and that same thing looks differently with adult vision.
My masculine child was not into the 1989/90s era of the movies(the bat nips didn’t help). He was thankful for The Dark Knight trilogy, particularly the middle film. Who doesn’t love Heath Ledger’s Joker?
We’re looking forward to the next Batman movie sequel and I may rewatch Batman: The Animated Series.
It may seem random as hell that I’m into Batman since we have barely anything in common; he’s a privileged uber-rich White male orphan that fights crime. But I’m drawn to his awkwardness and darkness since I possess those traits too. I’ve felt like an orphan since I never had a close relationship with either of my parents, so there’s that. I also like the idea of having a lifetime butler and driving the Batmobile, though I would probably end up committing involuntary vehicular homicide in it. 🤷🏾♀️
Aside from that, what other superhero representation on Saturday morning cartoon programming was there for me to look at, aside from Storm of the X-Men(who I’ve always adored)? Fictional superheroes are usually White, more often White men.
Though he’s awkward and clearly suffering from childhood trauma, Batman is fucking cool. End of story.