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Happy Birthday Dear Batman

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Caped crusader?
Eccentric billionaire with delusions of grandeur?
Traumatized vigilante?
Whatever he is, however you see him, he looks good for 75.

The Batman is cool, but the villains he must vanquish to save Gotham and its citizens add spice to the mix.
Joker, The Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Bane, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Catman, Calendar Man, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Hush, Killer Moth, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Anarky, Deadshot, Professor Hugo Strange, Soloman Grundy, Red Hood, Phantasm, Mutant Leader, The Reaper, Victor Zsasz, The Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, ok, someone may have gotten stuck for names; so many wicked baddies.

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And sidekicks, companions, helpers. The proficient and enigmatic Alfred, various Robins, Superman (when they get along), Wonder Woman (you know they had something going on), Batgirl, Green Arrow, Bluebird and my fav, under-rated but remarkable, Commissioner Gordon.

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1bat1Why has Batman, sorry about any spoilers, aka Bruce Wayne endured were so many have faltered and fallen?
Why do we love our tormented bat who keeps crime in line?
Not from another planet, not mutated, doesn’t have supernatural powers, etc.; he’s a different kind of superhero.
He does have physical prowess; expertise; dexterity; mad acting like a drunken idiot skills; master of access to some trippin’ gadgets and hot cars; he’s a genius with his memory clicking pictures all the way; of course, he’s hot, and what’s that other thing, oh yeah, super-duper rich.

Bob Kane, with the help of Bill Finger probably had no idea what they had done when they created this distinctive masked, skilled crime fighter who fights his past and his own demons as much as any villain.1bat21

Batman comics are awesome and I still think the ‘60s Batman (Adam West) is a hilarious, droll satire of the Dark Knight, cheesy yes, but in a good way.

Cartoons, video games, movies, TV, comics, merchandise – The Batman just keeps flying into our psyches.

Arguably the most successful Batman incarnation, the Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy, beginning in 2005 with Batman Begins. Special effects, cool costumes, great stories, and a mind-melting cast. It’s a nerd castle in the air.

The Dark Knight in 2008 brought us to even darker depths with the late Heath Ledger as the mesmerizing and disturbing Joker. He delivers one of the best ubercreepy movie lines ever,  “Well hello beautiful…”, preening himself as he walks toward Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was enthralling and yes, now I’m speaking in a Bane voice, don’t judge.

Ben Affleck is suiting up as the next Batman in Batman vs. Superman1bat24I’m going to reserve judgment.

Granted, I have a Superman thing too and sadly, Bane when portrayed by Tom Hardy, but that’s another post or therapy session.

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So Happy Birthday dear Batman, Happy Birthday to you!

Glad you finally cut back on the underwear outside the tights, what looks cool and eccentric when you’re young just looks confused at 75!

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