Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Batman Isn't For Kids? SINCE WHEN?! - Nostalgia Trip

I seem to recall Batman being aimed at kids...

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Basement...And this is our weekly Nostalgia Trip...

Let me first thank Lego Batman V Andrew (@Truly_Defective) for inspiring this

There is a issue among the more insane comic book fans out that out there that say, 'Batman was never meant for Kids'... to which I say the following...


In 1939, when Batman was created because Superhero were popular with the kids...  that is an out right FACT... and over the past 77 years... Batman has always been aimed at kids... from cartoons to toys to underwear to lunch boxes to coloring books to video games... the Caped Crusader has been apart of many children's childhoods. Hell the introduction of Robin less than a year later in 1940 was done with the SOLE PURPOSE of Batman appealing to kids.

Then came Frank Miller and the 'Dark Knight Returns'... now don't misunderstand me, among the large amounts of garbage Miller has wrote, The Dark Knight Returns is a entertaining elseworlds story... but it somehow warped the perception of Batman in that 'he isn't for kids', which has been further 'pushed' thanks to the  Christopher Nolan Batman films.

Now there isn't anything wrong with a dark and gritty Batman, but there is a right way to do it... and guess what... if you're over 25 years old you... you've seen the perfect way to of how to portray Batman for both kids and adults

Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures

That's right... the Emmy Award Winning, animated series that ran from 1992 to 1995 on FOX, and it's one season sequel series from 1997 on the WB. Nearly every episode saw Batman actually being Batman and living up the nickname of 'The World's Greatest Detective' while at the same time creating a fairly dark atmosphere that showed how dangerous many of the villains were and how with a slight change of circumstances, they could've won. The show treated everything seriously, but it wasn't so serious that it would alienate or insult its audience.

And keep in mind, that this show had some dark scenes... from the origin of Two-Face that saw Harvey Dent having a psychological trauma that saw his mind snap when an explosion tore up half his body (and this was shown ON SCREEN) to the origin of Mr. Freeze that re-wrote the book on how that character has been portrayed in all Batman related media... to implied and actual murder, abuse within a relationship (such as when The Joker's treatment of Harley Quinn), kidnapping, blackmail, terrorism (Poison Ivy's entire MO is eco-terroism) .... but this was a cartoon, airing weekdays for kids and those who were apart of the creative team went all out to give the best version of Batman there has ever been.

It was good enough for both and adults and children, and it's legacy carried over to the Superman Animate Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Young Justice... we continue to see its influence with shows Arrow, Flash, Gotham and Supergirl, that are popular with both kids and adults.

And it's why I say those say 'Batman Isn't For Kids' can kiss my ass.

Now if you want evidence of which episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures I say best represents what Batman should be I will give you a list.

"Nothing to Fear"

"The Underdwellers"


"Two-Face" Parts 1 & 2

"Heart Of Ice"

"Beware The Grey Ghost"

"Feat of Clay" Parts 1 & 2

"Dreams in Darkness"

"Almost Got 'Em"

"The Man Who Killed Batman"

"Harley and Ivy"

"Shadow Of The Bat" parts 1 & 2

"Harley's Holiday"

"Over the Edge"

"Girl's Night Out"

"Mad Love"

"Judgment Day"

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There are a couple of slight differences with the Vlog Version, since I tend to go stream of consciousness... but the spirit of what I'm getting at is the same...

Blue-Skying: Linkara At His Best

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Let me admit right off the bat, that I never paid much much mind to the Blue Beetle prior to this month. I was aware of the character, but never thought much of him.That has obviously changed

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Linkara, aka Lewis Lovhaug, and what he does over at Atop The Fourth Wall. I've stated multiple times that it's his show is the reason why I got serious about my online presence. Is he the best content producer out there on the web... I don't think it matters, particular when for the past four weeks, he was doing a massive retrospective on the Blue Beetle, from the character's origin as Dan Garret  way back in 1939 with Fox Comics all the way up  Jamie Reyes with DC comics and the New 52... plus the Convergence event series from last year.

Normally Linkara does a MS3K style review of 'bad' comics on a weekly basis, but this was something different. Okay not that different, he did something similar with the Teen Titans that I mentioned briefly when I was doing my review of the JLA Titans mini series (which you can read here: http://fredcasdensbasement.blogspot.com/2016/03/comics-from-basement-jla-titans.html).

No, what he did was tackle the immense 70-plus year history of a character that has changed publishers multiple times, has handled by different writers, and has gone up, down and around the bend in being used incredibly well... and incredibly poorly. What impressed me about these past four weeks with Linkara, was how he he approached this retrospective in putting a spotlight on perhaps a character that has been a bit 'forgotten' by DC lately, and showing why DC should be more mindful of how they do things.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Blue-Skying series these past four weeks, and because of it, I'm going to check out the Blue Beetle, to see for myself how his story was told.

And I encourage you all to head over to www.atopthefourthwall.com to check out Linkara's incredible work this past month, because even if you're not into comics, the craftsmanship of such a project has to be admired.

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Predictions: WrestleMania 32, NXT Take Over Dallas

How many of these predictions am I going to get wrong?

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With WrestleMania being this Sunday, live on the WWE Network and even on some traditional pay-per-view methods...I'd figured I'd give my thoughts and predictions on the matches

Roman Reigns defeats Triple H for the WWE Title... and I'm going to guess the WWE is going to try and salvage this by doing a double turn, Roman Reigns turning heel cause he doesn't have the ability to even get part of the crowd on his side. Triple H can look valiant in defeat while taking the ass kicking he deserves for being associated with Lemmy. And speaking of Triple H, here's a drinking game, go watch his promo from the March 28, 2016 episode of RAW, and take a shot each time he says obsessed or obsession

A Quebeccer will win the Ladder match, there's guys from Quebec in this match, and frankly, despite this match featuring superior talents like The Miz, Dolph Ziggler Sin Cara, Stardust and Zack Ryder, the WWE will most like going with winner to continue one of the most overrated feuds in the modern era of pro wrestling... just wish that the Quebeccers involved were Jacques and Pierre.

Shane McMahon defeats Undertaker in Hell in a Cell.... I'll admit this probably a toss up, but the WWE has to get away from the Authority nonsense... it's been going on for 20 years, it's time for a change from this status quo of 'evil' bosses in wrestling.

I was going to take Team Total Divas to win the 10-Diva tag match... but then Eva Marie ended up being the 5th member of that that... which so I'm picking Team Bad and Blond, with Lana getting the pinfall win on Brie, who is rumored to be retiring next week

I'm picking Big Show to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, it just makes sense for him to win, make this his match for a few years, and then when he's ready to retire, have the next big giant eliminated him as a passing of the torch. Just how I see things.

The New Day defeat The League of Nations in the 3 on 4 handicap match... with the rumor of Wade Barrett leaving, just makes sense for him to eat the pin and to be kicked out of the League of Nations as a result

Ryback defeats Kalisto for the US Title... since this storyline is based on Ryback being big and Kalisto being small, Ryback needs to go over and sqaush the luchador, but also allow him to have a nice little flury of 'hope' offense. Plus it's high Time the WWE gets serious about weight classes / divisions again. I'll touch on this again in a bit

Becky Lynch wins the Divas Triple threat match, though I won't be shocked if Sasha wins or even if Charlotte retains, because its too close to call, because there is no 'wrong' winner here. I just hope Ric Flair does not factor in any way in the match,

AJ Styles defeats Chris Jericho... because this is what Jericho does, put guys over, and I think it's high time Jericho starts touring with Fozzy again. If this was the third match in the series, it would mean something more, but it's just a jealousy fueled feud.

The Dudleys defeat The Usos because... lets with New Day going face, and the Dudleys going heel in recent weeks, a win gives them momentum to head for tag team title match

And in the main event match... Dean Ambrose beats The Vanilla Gorilla Brock Lesnar... because there is no logical way for Brock to out crazy Dean in a no-holds barred street fight.

So with that done... let's talk about NXT Takeover Dallas...

I'm taking Samoa Joe over Finn Balor for the NXT Title, for no reason other than I think Finn is moving to the main roster next week.

I'm taking the Revival to keep the NXT Tag Titles in a win over American Alpha... if they weren't going to lose the belts to the much more deserving Enzo Amore & Colin Cassidy, just means Dash and Dawson are keeping the belts for a long while.

As much as I love Bayley, she is the female version of John Cena in that she is a great character to create younger fans, I am picking Asuka to win the NXT Women's Title... probably via referee stoppage. Also this probably frees up Bayley to be a sudden replacement for Eva Marie in the 10-Diva Tag Match on Sunday

Since he's the new 'toy' in the NX-toy chest, Shinsuke Nakamura is making short work of the ginger haired Quebecer

I know I'll get this wrong outright, I'm picking Baron Corbin over Austin Aries... cause Baron is awesome, and there is no LOGICAL REASON a cruiser weight should beat a Super-Heavyweight just weeks after Nate Diaz smacked down the smaller Conor McGregor. Realism is key here and its time to bring back an the 'Big Guys beat the Little Guys' part of wrestling that was lost when WCW started having the five-foot nothing Rey Mysterio beating guys like the seven-foot tall Kevin Nash.

Also because he's fairly new, I'm picking Elias Sampson to defeat Apollo Crews, but I can see Apollo getting the win here as well, but I have a feeling he's going to be fast tracked to the main roster.

Now on to the WWE Hall of Fame...

Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds, Stan Hansen, The Big Boss Man, Jacqueline... are all deserving to be in the Hall of Fame... Joan Lundon is a great choice for the Warrior Award... however I consider The Godfather to be a 'border line' choice at best, and it really exposes just how idiotic the Attitude Era was, cause he's going in as a character from that period because his overall career doesn't hold up when compared with many other members of the WWE Hall of Fame... Then there is this years celebrity inductee... Snoop Dogg... I'm sorry but there are a few celebrities that needed to go in before him... one is Cyndi Lauper who without her there wouldn't have been a WrestleMania... and the other is Regis Philbin, who had a great association with Classy Freddy Blasse and had wrestlers on his his various shows all through out his legendary broadcast career.And of course there's Andy Kauffman whose exploits need no explanation.

So that was my break down of WrestleMania weekend... got your own? Post 'em below cause I'd love to see 'em.

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