These Are a Few of My Favorite (Batman) Things, Part 3

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Hello BOF’ers as well as any non-BOF’er who might’ve stumbled upon this article…WELCOME!

I have been a Batman fan for as long as I remember, so I’m talking at least a half century at this point in my life.  Needless to say, I’ve witnessed a lot of Batmanning in my day.

I have seen Batman exist solely in comics, TV show reruns, and Saturday morning cartoons, to what the character is today: An American (and worldwide) cultural icon that exists in all sorts of mediums.

In honor of Batman’s 80th anniversary, I thought it would be fun (for me at least) to write about some of my personal favorite Batman “things” in different mediums — film (animated and live-action), comics, TV, and more!

These Are a Few of My Favorite (Batman) Things, Part 1

These Are a Few of My Favorite (Batman) Things, Part 2

FILM SOUNDTRACK SONG – “The End is the Beginning is the End” by The Smashing Pumpkins from BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)

This was another tough one because I dig “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by U2 and “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal from BATMAN FOREVER quite a bit.

However, I’ve gotta go with this rocker by TSP as my fave.

Why?

Well, regardless of how I feel about B&R (which I’d watch in a 12-hour loop over 1 viewing of BATMAN RETURNS and BATMAN v SUPERMAN), I just like this one the best and it’s as simple as that.

 

VIDEO GAME – BATMAN: THE VIDEO GAME (1989)

Yeah ARKHAM games fan, come at me bro!

Look, I absolutely enjoyed playing all the ARKHAM games to various degrees (ORIGINS is underrated AF and KNIGHT is overrated AF), but I loved playing the NES video game tie-in to BATMAN ’89.

While I’ll readily admit that my age and nostalgia probably plays a role in this pick, it was still fun as hell to play this game and I stand by it.

And lest we forget, ZELDA, SUPER MARIO BROS. 2, TECMO BOWL.

 

ANIMATED FILM/HOME RELEASE – BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (2012)

Another tough choice.

While I came *this* close to going with BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD, ultimately, I had to go with the animated (and straight-up) adaptation of the Frank Miller classic graphic novel.

While I prefer that the filmmakers do the “inspired by” thing when turning a classic Batman comic/graphic novel into a film (animated and live-action), THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is maybe the only one that was an absolute MUST that it be adapted straight-up (and BATMAN: YEAR ONE too).

For me, Peter Weller’s voice performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman not only ranks as one of the best ever (no disrespect to Kevin Conroy and Olan Soule), but it pretty much is what makes the film awesome.  Weller was a perfect fit to voice the 55ish-year-old Mr. Wayne…and Batman too.

I have a limited number of live-action and animated films that I watch on a fairly regular basis. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is in my Batman on film rotation.

 

So, what are you’re favorites of these 3 categories?  Post ’em in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the city of Austin, his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns and...THE BATMAN (fan for 50+ years)! He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel"), his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.