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The Animated 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' Is Still the Only Bat-Film That Gets It

Despite a long history of live action films with wildly varying tones, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is still the only theatrically released Bat-film to truly understand the character and how best to build a story around him.

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'Life Moves Pretty Fast' Hits Some Slowdowns

Freeman frequently complains about Hollywood's stereotypes about what male and female audiences are willing to watch, yet her own tastes are pretty stereotypical.

Music

On Going Preadolescent Batshit With Prince's 'Batman'

Prince was my chaperone away from the music of my parents’ generation towards something forbidden, dangerous, pleasurable, weird, and shockingly modern.

Zeth Lundy
Games

Lara Croft Abides

Rebooting classic characters allows for re-evaluations of a character, possible growth, possible evolution, and as a result, usually end up telling a unique and engaging story -- at least at first.

Comics

Work/Life (Im)balance in 'Batgirl #45'

Barbara Gordon's life continues to evolve, but the impact is limited.

Comics

Anatomy of a Betrayal in 'Superman #43'

Lois Lane's betrayal is troubling, but underwhelming.

Comics

Meddling Progress in 'Wonder Woman #43'

The redemption of Donna Troy begins, but just barely.

Reviews

A New World of Wonder in 'Justice League Gods and Monsters -- Wonder Woman #1'

A new Wonder Woman explores a new world in a bold new way.

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To Embody a Darker Ideal in 'Justice League Gods and Monsters - Superman #1'

Taking a different path to become an icon with Hernan Guerra and not Clark Kent.

Comics

Forging a New Batman in 'Justice League Gods and Monsters: Batman #1'

Making Kirk Langstrom a believable Batman... to an extent, in one of the trinity of prequel books to Justice League: Gods & Monsters.

Comics

Heavy Metal or Why the All-New Batman Totally Rocks

Bruce Wayne who? The most entertaining Batman story in sometime finds Commissioner Gordon donning the cowl.

Games

The Identity Crisis of 'Batman Arkham Knight'

Batman’s identity isn’t so much a secret as it is something that is missing.

Comics

The Kids Are Alright in 'We Are Robin #1'

The Robins come out to play.

Comics

A Giant-Sized Teaser in 'Justice League of America #1'

A triple-sized story that has limited substance, but a lot of style and even more potential.

Comics

It's Time to Hear the Truth After Growing Up Spidey

"Spider-Man No More", like other superhero stories of loss, are so universally true, so much about loss, responsibility, and guilt.

Gregory L. Reece
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'Justice League #41' Chronicles a Catalyst of War

A war of dark secrets, epic scales, and everything in between.

Comics

Why They Fight: A Brief History of Batman Battling Superman

Over the course of any relationship, especially ones that last three quarters of a century, there's bound to be some friction, some tension and some overall sour times.

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A Stiff Drink of Humility in 'Superman #40'

A drunk Superman is both entertaining and insightful.

Comics

A Confluence of Conflicts in 'Convergence #1'

The arena for a multiversal clash is set, but lacks theatrics.

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Exposing Strengths and Weaknesses in 'Batman/Superman Annual #2'

Superman's strengths are once again explored, but his weaknesses tell the story.

Comics

The High Art of Disownership in 'Death Sentence: London'

Death Sentence: London is quite possibly the most important work of 2015.

Comics

'Arkham Manor #5' Becomes the New Series' Penultimate Issue

Arkham Manor #5 brings the series to its Batman-heavy, ass-kicking climax.

Comics

An Elegant Hack: "Batman #35"

Batman #35 shows how current writer Scott Snyder manages to subtly subvert the New 52's narrative vector.

Television

The Day the Old Batman-town Steel Mill Shut Down

Imagine Batman, the whole of the intellectual property, the full weight of publication and production history, now 75 years on from its inception, and imagine it as a town.

Comics

In the Shadow of the Shadow of the Bat

It's common knowledge that the 'best' superhero is the one in cape and cowl. And that's true. It's just not the one you think.

Comics

Excessively Bad Days and Bad Moods: "Batgirl #32"

An insight into the worst days of Barbara Gordon's life.

Comics

Scott Snyder’s Original Batman

Before DC relaunched their entire line, Scott Snyder had an 11-issue run on Detective with artists Francesco Francavilla and Jock. Bruce Wayne was believed to be dead at the time, so his first protégé Dick Grayson was under the cowl instead.

Matthew Derman
Games

Are We There Yet, Batman?: The Trouble with Telling the Story of Travel

Nobody needs to know when a hobbit goes to the bathroom. Even Tolkien knew that.

Comics

The Final Boss: "Batman/Superman #7"

Mongul thinks he can exploit gamers to defeat Batman and Superman. But what happens when the gamers start exploiting him?

Reviews

Satirical Muscle: "Batman/Superman #6"

Take a typical clash between two iconic heroes, add in some satire, and this is what you get.

Games

'Arkham Origins' Constantly Rigs the Odds Against Batman

This game revels in watching Batman struggle, throwing villain after villain and crime after crime in his way, trying to overwhelm him, trying to break him -- and it almost does.

Film

Superman and the War Against Anachronism

The impulse is to "update" Superman, to make him "relevant". But what could be more deadening than making an enduring cultural icon "relevant" to passing trends?

Books

The Dark Knight Is Finally Defeated by 'Batman: Night of the Owls'

“Night of the Owls” is bad in almost every conceivable way. It’s derivative, thoughtless, and boring, a by-the-numbers crossover in which the same story is told over and over again until the last page.

Comics

This Little Bird's Fallen Out of That Nest Now: On Morrison Exiting 'Batman'

The death of Damian Wayne, current Robin and actual son of the Batman in Batman, Inc. #8 signals the exit of industry legend Grant Morrison after six years of having written the character…

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