I miss the days of Batman. あなた might be wondering what that means, because there's plenty of new バットマン content. However, I'm not talking about the dark, violent, anti-social vigilante who fights a clown that was disturbingly violent. I'm talking about the bright, heroic, fun superhero who fought a clown that was delightfully goofy. When I see people talk about who バットマン is and what he's about, they usually describe the darker バットマン from 最近 decades. It's sad to hear that, because that's not the バットマン that Bill Finger created.
In Batman's first year, 1939, he was a dark vigilante. However, this was before the バットマン character had been properly figured out. In the 1940's, Bill Finger brought a lot of strong changes to the バットマン character. バットマン was 与えられた an origin story, a sidekick and a new set of morals. In 1939, バットマン did carry a gun. However, after the origin was thought up, バットマン was re-invented as a もっと見る noble hero who would never shoot any of his enemies. バットマン was disgusted によって the evil actions of his enemies. He wanted to be a symbol of hope for his city. He was strong, thoughtful, compassionate and inspiring. This lighter take of バットマン lasted throughout the 1940's and 50's.
In the 1960's, Bill Finger stopped being a writer on the comics. His departure, combined with comics being allowed to get away with more, led to a lot of changes. バットマン comics were starting to get もっと見る serious. The colorful campiness was being toned down. However, バットマン was still characterized as a noble hero, so a lot of the important elements were still there. The 1966 TV 表示する helped make the colorful, upbeat バットマン もっと見る 人気 than ever before. It helped バットマン become known for being a wholesome, sweet superhero who battled an entertaining group of gimmick-themed supervillains.
In the late 60's, バットマン comics were becoming darker. The stories were complex, the villains were もっと見る threatening and バットマン wasn't as upbeat as he used to be. This continued into the 70's. The stories were well done and still had a sense of adventure and fun. However, without Bill Finger and his vision, it wasn't the same.
A lot of バットマン ファン think that the definitive バットマン came from the 1980's. However, I believe that the 80's was the decade that led to Batman's downfall. The Dark Knight Returns is often considered to be the greatest バットマン story of all time. Frankly, I don't really like it. The Dark Knight Returns helped make the darker version of バットマン もっと見る popular. The colorful, campy charm of classic バットマン was replaced with a gritty atmosphere. The action became もっと見る intense. バットマン started feeling もっと見る like an action hero from an R-rated film than the family-friendly hero he used to be.
I believe the 1980's was also the downfall for Batman's biggest rival, the Joker. The Joker, who was created によって Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, was one of the most entertaining villains in all of fiction. He was wild, bizarre and had a unique style of humor. However, The Dark Knight Returns took the charm out of the Joker. He was turned into a violent murderer who had a creepy obsession with Batman. Things got even worse with the graphic novel known as The Killing Joke. In that story, Joker paralyzed Barbara Gordon! That story even shows Joker shooting her in the stomach. That's not all he does, but frankly, I don't want to go into further detail. I've spent enough time of my life being depressed and disturbed によって that story. To summarize, The Killing Joke is creepy, disturbing, depressing and it could be considered offensive. Yvonne Craig, the original Batgirl actress, was upset によって the story, and I completely relate to her reaction. It's true that Joker was a murderer in his first comics appearance. However, there was no blood または gore. Also, for a majority of the 40's and 50's, Joker was もっと見る entertaining than creepy. He was eccentric and goofy, not violent and sick.
The 80's also gave us a 人気 story called 年 One. While 年 One did introduce some interesting antagonists, like Carmine Falcone and Commissioner Loeb, it has some problems. One of them is that they made Catwoman an ex-prostitute. Also, Commissioner Gordon cheats on his pregnant wife. This makes me wonder why comics writers are so obsessed with taking Bill Finger's innocent ideas and objecting them to such dark material.
The 90's was もっと見る of the same, but was an okay decade. It certainly wasn't as problematic as the 2000's. The 2000's led to such stories as The Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star バットマン and Robin. Those stories are filled with cynical heroes, objectifying women, extreme forms of violence, バットマン being abusive towards Robin, バットマン referring to himself as "the Goddamn Batman" and スーパーマン being treated like a fool. In other words, those stories are offensive dribble that barely have anything in common with the classic バットマン that Bill Finger created. I'm sure that even Bob Kane would have some problems with those stories.
The バットマン franchise has done so much for me. There's been a countless amount of times where バットマン has 与えられた me entertainment, happiness and enjoyment during my darker moments. バットマン has been a hero that I look up to and get inspired by. There's been times where just hearing Batman's name makes me feel sentimental. The classic バットマン is a timeless treat to the world. Bill Finger's creations don't deserve to be turned into as many dark and twisted things as modern writers can think of. Bill Finger's creations deserve to be treated like the colorful, fun and wonderful characters that they were always meant to be. Gotham needs their hero back. Bring back the classic バットマン and have him fight the Joker. We've had enough cynical, violent stories. Let's have some good-natured fun.
In one of Adam West's last interviews, his アドバイス to future バットマン actors was to bring a sense of fun to the role. I believe the same should apply to the people who write Batman. バットマン might be called the dark knight, but if あなた ask me, Batman's the symbol of hope that the world of comics needs.