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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 May 2023 3:32 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Time to Retire Batman?

43% said "yes, no more Batman movies"
25% said "no, keep making more Batman movies"

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2023 7:20 p.m. PST

If you are going to do superhero movies they need to be made annually, with the same cast in the same universe. Superheroes don't make good stand alone movies.
By the time you get the background and origin, and their powers the movie is over.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Stryderg20 May 2023 10:17 p.m. PST

I'm tired of "origin stories" and "reimaginings". We all know Batman's origin, give us stories.

Korvessa20 May 2023 10:23 p.m. PST

Strydberg +

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2023 9:09 a.m. PST

Could not agree more

Andrew Walters21 May 2023 11:58 a.m. PST

The very idea is repugnant.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2023 3:33 p.m. PST

Bunker sister is correct, the movies should be made with at least the same principal cast. Personally, I think the two best Batmen were Keaton and Bale. Batman is probably my favorite super hero, simply because he doesn't really have super powers.

SBminisguy21 May 2023 4:34 p.m. PST

Strydberg +1

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2023 5:01 p.m. PST

Bunkermeister, NOT Bunker sister!

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2023 7:56 p.m. PST

Strydberg +2

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2023 6:38 a.m. PST

The best Batman was the late great voice actor, Kevin Conroy, in Batman: The Animated Series (which was not actually the title— when aired, the show had no title! There was just an animated opening of Batman being Batman and fighting two bank robbers. No words, just the cape and cowl.)

The show didn't do an origin story; it began in media res, and kept going. There were a few flashback moments and occasional stories that linked to Bruce's past of training, but all of the action was set in the series' present. Batman needed no other explanation than that he was Batman; the viewers all knew the rest.
The show did do a flashback episode for Robin's origin, and an excellent episode featuring the origin of Two Face, as well as a few other villains (but never the Joker… though that would eventually be depicted in the theatrical release Batman: Mask of the Phantasm). In the case of the villains, the origins were shown largely to deepen their characters and to provide a point of sympathy for them— sometimes a point that Batman and the other characters never perceive.
Great show.

Oh, and for the record, Adam West's Batman never presented any origin story, except for an early statement by Bruce Wayne about the death of his parents. After that, it was ignored. Even the villains appeared fully grown, without explanation other than that they were dedicated crooks.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2023 1:09 p.m. PST

The Mask of the Phantasm animated Batman movie sort of has the origin story. It's also my pick as THE best Batman movie. The script is first-rate.

The animated Batman series to me kicks every other cinema version of Batman to the ground. It's truest to the original comics, but still with a contemporary grounding. Plus the original and best Harley Quinn. And the Ventriloquist/Mr. Scarface!

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