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Justice League

This is meant to be the origin story of DC Comics’ version of the Knights of the Round Table (or, I don’t know, the Avengers?). We’ve met the current Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill), and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), but they need a few other superheroes to pick up the slack …

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The Lego Batman Movie

I very much enjoyed The LEGO Movie, from that damn catchy earworm theme song “Everything is Awesome!” to the subversively funny and delightful script. Hands down, the scene-stealer from that film was Batman (Will Arnett)–gravelly-voiced and cranky, he listened to metal and made up songs about darkness and having no parents. If there needed to …

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Suicide Squad

DC Comics’ Suicide Squad is a mishmash of bad guys and villains pulled together as the government’s secret weapon. Superman is dead, and an official posits the scary thought, what if another superhuman character showed up, but he didn’t happen to be nice like the flying man in tights? Who would be able to stop …

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Batman: Bad Blood

I always snort a little when I see an animated feature that’s rated PG-13, but in the case of Batman: Bad Blood, it’s actually pretty appropriate. It’s not just dark themes and comic book violence – we’re talking about conversation starters here: “Why is Batman in bed with two ladies? Why is that lady trying …

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Batkid Begins

Anyone who spent any time online perusing social media in November 2013 no doubt stumbled across the feel-good story of the year. A 5-year-old boy named Miles Scott wanted to be Batman for a day. But this wasn’t just any kid’s wish. Miles was being treated for leukemia, so the Make A Wish Foundation was …

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Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham – Season 1 Part 1

I’ve always been puzzled about the intended audience of comic book cartoon shows. I mean, they’re animated and usually air when and where kids can find them, but they’re often dark, plot heavy, and somewhat sophisticated. I remember watching Batman: The Animated Series as a high schooler in the 90s, thinking it was unlike any …

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Batman Begins

Batman Begins is, obviously, the story of how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman.  As a child he falls into a well full of bats.  Haunted by the experience, Bruce freaks out over some shadowy images at the opera, and asks his parents if they can leave.  They oblige, and as they exit the theater, they are …

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