Tagged Batman

Stop Overstuffing Superhero Movies Already!

Comic book superheroes movies have become the mainstream film genre of the decade and every studio wants a piece of the pie. To stay with that metaphor, studios take their tray up to the comic book franchise buffet and prepare to return to their table with a full plate of entertaining content. However, in fearing the fans won’t be satisfied, the studios and creatives begin to pile their plates up with as much “food” as possible. They begin to...

Who Really Comes Out on Top in the Battle of Batman Versus Superman?

Last month, the titanic battle of the century hit screens. The Thrilla in Vanilla! The Rumble in the Concrete Jungle! The Mayhem in Gotham! The Papadopoulos in Metropolis! (Okay, so that last one was reaching a little bit, but you try coming up with a word that rhymes with Superman’s stomping grounds. Besides, if you do a little research on George, you’ll see it actually kind of fits. But I digress.) Now, there had been a lot of speculation...

The Overstuffing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Amid the vast landscape of modern superhero movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice takes aim a little higher than the usual popcorn entertainment. It wants to ask the tougher questions of vigilantism and how a being such as Superman fits into the politics of national security. It delves into the damaging nature of pathos that shapes men into monsters of frightening horror. And it takes plenty of shots at relating to the struggle of man versus god versus...

Taking the Gotham out of Batman

I believe that every Batfan has their own version of Batman running around in their head. Despite his extraordinary circumstances, the orphaned seven-year-old who invests his time, body, mind, and resources to become a grown-up hero is someone just about everyone can relate to on some level—though just who he is and what drives his war on crime will always be under debate. Is it heroism, pain, hope, anger, guilt, a feeling of responsibility, boredom? Has he been planning...

Arkham Origins, the Batman Prequel That Didn’t Fall Through

The year was 2009. It was an awkward time in my life because I had just started high school. Happily, it was also the year Batman: Arkham Asylum was released. My brother recommended this game to me and I was completely entranced by the Asylum. The Joker gave me goosebumps long after I finished this game. Batman: Arkham Asylum is a game that contributed to my passion for gaming. Batman: Arkham City was released not too long after. I played that all through...

Loving the Notorious Bad Girls

When I was a little kid, I had this set of dolls from The Wizard of Oz. There were all of the popular characters: Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and, of course, the Wicked Witch of the West. I dressed like Dorothy all the time, I called my dog Toto, and, much to my family’s surprise, I carried the Wicked Witch doll everywhere. When anyone asked me why I chose the green witch to carry around...

The Origin Story of a Fantasy World and Literary Activism

My high school in Abu Dhabi was all about practicality and financial success. The administration pushed the sciences and nigh ignored the arts—if you couldn’t handle the sciences, which would get you into the top colleges and make the school look good, you were punished for it. In the 10th grade, I failed multiple weekly tests in physics, chemistry, and math. When you failed one of these tests, which was defined as getting less than 80 percent, you stayed...
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