How ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Taught Kids About Death 

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark Batman: The Animated Series. Of all the incarnations of the Caped Crusader, including Christopher Nolan’s epic Dark Knight film trilogy, Batman: TAS is a favorite among many fans. What helped make it such a standout entry in the expanded Batman universe is how deftly it handles … Continued


Why Our Male Superheroes are Getting Physically Bigger

A recent infographic by The Economist tracks the changes in Batman’s physique over the last 50 years, showing that Ben Affleck’s Batman (6’4” and 216 lbs) is like a god compared to past versions of the Caped Crusader. But compared with other recent superheroes, he’s only a tall man; Affleck stands only a few inches … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

What Happens When Our Superheroes Lack Honor and Humanity?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a superhero movie for people who don’t believe in heroism. Moreover, it is a movie that tries to build a cinematic superhero universe, but one inhabited by no superheroes. The characters in this film named “Batman” and “Superman” are cynical deconstructions of the comic book heroes whose names … Continued

Comics, Entertainment, Movies

Why ‘Batman v Superman’ Was Better as a Cartoon

This weekend, Batman and Superman will…reunite? No, you did not miss a prequel to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. For though Warner Brothers has long sought to unite DC Comics’ Batman and Superman in film, they actually collided 20 years ago—albeit on a smaller screen. It happened in “World’s Finest,” a 1997 arc of … Continued

Entertainment, Movies, Television

A Brief Comic Book History of Batman v. Superman

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens today and the reviews are . . . not good. On the one hand this is surprising because Batman and Superman sound like two great tastes that taste great together. On the other hand, it’s not surprising at all. Because the entire history of pairing Batman and Superman … Continued

Comics, Entertainment, Movies

Why is Hollywood Pandering to Chinese Censors?

Watching The Dark Knight Rises in Shanghai in 2012, I wondered how the film had gotten past the censors. A leftist was running around a city decrying the rich, inciting a mindless mob to take over and steal individuals’ property, and convicting people without trial in kangaroo courts. It was as if Mao Zedong had … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Movies

How Multiculturalism Took Over Comic Books

Last week Marvel comics announced that it was replacing Bruce Banner (old, white guy) with Amadeus Cho (young, Korean guy) as the Incredible Hulk. This comes on the heels of Marvel recently turning Thor into a woman, Ms. Marvel into a Muslim teenager, and Spider-Man into a kid who’s half African-American and half Puerto Rican … Continued


Enough with the “Dark” Batman

I have a suggestion for a Batman story: A sunny, pleasant day in Gotham City. That’s it. Oh, Bruce Wayne may prevent a purse snatching, or save a stray dog, but most of the story will be Gotham on a sunny spring day. People are out shopping, playing tennis, falling in love. It would be … Continued