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I am really happy about the game. Eidos and Rocksteady actually did a fine job bringing us one of the best comic based, if not the best, video game ever. There was some comments about how this game was not faithful to THE DARK KNIGH and I think they took their chances and nailed. By the time you read this the game has been beaten in its main sotry and I can say that it has a great balance between the dark mood shown in the comics and the "heroic" style of the cartoons. By saturday, I will give you my full impressions about the game in a new review, and this time I will make sure to make it so you can say what you think about it. For now I would like to talk about how I grew up with Batman.
"Yes... Im Batman..."
As for today, Batman is among my favorite superheroes, no matter which media. EIther comics, movies or cartoons I love his modus operandi. He is cool enough to use physical and mental methods to intimidate you and they beat you. He is a genius and has enough gadgets to blow up anything. He is just the hero everyone would like to be.
"I must say... I was never this cool... you know"
My first contact with Batman, was of course, with TV. I had the opportunity to meet Batman with Robin during the first Hanna Barbera cartoons mainly Super Friends, where Batman got all the charasteristics from the TV show starring Adam West. This Batman was good enough to call my attention. I remember expecting weekely the new episodes from the series which showed Batman as a big brain hero with a very simple behaviour... just like any other person. When I learned about the reason for his origin, it got me thinking "He actually took it pretty well..." This "happy" Batman was my only reference, so during the 80s this was Batman to me.
"Batman for the KIDS!! YAY!"
Unfortunately, Hanna Barbera abused of Batman´s name... At some moment he appeard in Scooby-Doo and in some sort of stupid cartoon with two teengers and a dog who believed they were heroes. Thats when I said "Thats too much"... and started to not like the comic "Cartoon Batman"... And no matter what you tell me... Robin was annoying.
"Are you f--- kidding me?"
When I read the comic, I got a little confused. Batman was not this always optimistic guy. He had Robin but he was truly creepy. I said WTF and started to learn more about him. New Batman got me even more attached to it. The true nature of the Batman was the one I expected to see in the Movie that was about to come out by the end of the 80s. I was too young to watch it on cinema so I waited for it to be released on video and it completely hooked me. Thats when my love for both the Joker and Batman really took off, and I learned to live without Robin...
"A wonderful movie... if you let me say so..."
This move and Batman Returns were my personal favorite heroe movie (In that time it was Superman) because and got me into Tim Burton. I liked how MIchael Keaton made that "Im Batman" immortal. Jack Nicholson was able to create the balance between simpathy and madness with The Joker, Michelle Pfeiffer was able to bring the glamour to Catwoman and even if The Penguin was way creepier than the TV (Burgess Meredith was probably my favorite villain back then) he was a fenomenal choice. Batman was already my favorite hero and things could only be better.
"Keep the good work... RIP Burgess"
During 90s, even with my love for Batman, I was more like a Marvel fan. But after that bad decision for cartoons, Warner Bros brought us one of my favorite cartoons ever... Batman: The animated series. This was Batman as everyone who is considered a fan should enjoy. His dark nature along with great shows. Mark Hammil as The Joker was the highlight.
"The lightning was a lucky coincidence" "Only Ledger was creepier than this guy!"
Batman was on the top of the TV time for me, meanwhile, a guy named Joel Schumacher made a big joke of the name Batman in the movies. For everyone who has seen both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin should say that they are the worst movies ever. The movies are not only bad... they are ridiculous: Bring the happy side of Batman to and insult to the fans. Just terrible... But that were the 90s
"The most stupid thing ever to appear on a Batman Movie. Nuff Said"
My time with video games with Batman was not that big. I only played two games with Batman:
Those were ****cs and very good games. I didnt play any other games because ussually they got bad reviews. I actually made a review from both of them so If you want to check them out, please do it
Those were the 90s and I got into a Batman relaxed time. My life changed and I kept watching BATMAN on TV and that new series BATMAN BEYOND which was pretty decent. Suddenly, things started to show off again and Christopher Nolan (who I really knew really well thanks to Memento) was about to bring BATMAN movies back from the grave. I got optimistic when I heard that Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman would be there. But then I remembered that Tomy Lee Jones was casted once upon a time and he became the worst villain ever for a Batman movie (Yes, even worst than Schwarzenneger or Carrey or Thurman, and that is just because he made Two Face look like some sort of combination between The Joker and some hyper active 6 year old kid with a lot of caffeine...). This got my feet in the earth and I just expected BATMAN BEGINS as any other movie.
The movie was fantastic. Nolan brought back a great Batman without the artistic perception that Burton made about it. It was a very urban Batman. Truly well made. Batman was still showing great things and a sequel was on the work. When I heard that Heath Ledger was casted as the Joker... I had my doubts... and how truly wrong I was! He was a great Joker and suddenly THE DARK KNIGHT became the greatest super hero movie ever. (According to IMDB)
After the big success of the movie, a game called ARKHAM ASYLUM was on the work too. Many people got worried that the game might tank since it wouldnt exploit the big name that the movie created. When they described the game, it showed that it had a lot of things that were more attached to the name of Batman: Stealth moves, A great combat system, Gadgets, Puzzles, Mind games... Total Badass Batman. It quickly became one of my more expected games. I must admit that this game looked great but never expected it to be sensational... and it is. And now, I live in the time when Batman reached the best in TV, Movies and Video Games (Comics are a big mistery )
I might not be a truly fan since I dont have too many comics of Batman, but the character is just to big to avoid it. He is just a human who created everything than he is. Thats his true nature and thats why Batman is loved by so many people. ANd... Thats it... What will the future will bring? A third Batman movie with Nolan? A sequel to Arkham asylum? A new TV series along from The Batman? Who knows... I am just so happy to see that such a great name is getting the respect that he deserves. As Gary Oldman on his Jim Gordon character said: "He is a silent guardian, a watchful protector... A Dark Knight"
Dont miss my final review for BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM for next Saturday!
Have a great night!