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All of this Dark Knight talk as of late has caused me to dip deeply into everything Batman. Whether it’s comics, movies, or video games…Batman has left a mark in every imaginable form of entertainment medium. With the internet making all things pretty much at my fingertips, I was at a loss of where to begin. So I figured I’d write about it.

First of all, as I mentioned on our podcast, I’ve sunk some dollars into Comixology’s comicbook app on my iPad/iPhone. While I grew up with eyes glued to Wolverine and Spiderman comics, I rarely so much as glanced at a Batman one. This means I have a lot of catching up to do.

It’s so easy when it’s one button away.

I started out with Batman: No Man’s Land, Batman: Year One, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, The Batman Hush story arc, and the five issues of Batman Black & White. Am I missing anything? I believe the $.99 sale ends tonight, but I keep hearing I should pick up the issues that fall under the Knightfall story arc as well. There’s just such a plethora of storylines that all sound entertaining. Why didn’t I start reading Batman comics sooner? Either way, I can’t recommend enough that  you check out the Comixology app.  It works pretty flawlessly on most Android and all iOS capable devices.

*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze*

Annnnnd, damn you Netflix. Why don’t you have any of the Batman cartoons for me to watch? I have this craving that your on-every-device Instant Watch queue is suppose to fill.  See, I have fond memories of Batman: The Animated Series.  And somewhat fuzzier but still fond memories of Batman Beyond. I want to revisit these things but that means I might have to resort to picking up the physical copies. The digital download and streaming future has spoiled me. I would like these things at a click of a button. I would like them…now.

The one time I laughed at Robin.

And speaking of digital downloads, I’m rounding up some of my favorite and not so favorite Batman video games that have popped up over the years. I plan to write about them later this week whenever Andrew comes to experience the joy of being the Batman with me. He wants to be my Robin.

-Neil

twitter: @neilporche

What up, nerds.  Andrew here. Just when you thought you were done with the Batman garble, Nerd Takeout drags you back in.  We said we were going to spam you with Batman stuff, so we are spamming you with Batman stuff.

This will help: think of our spam as those cool little batarang-needle things that Batman throws at your neck to render you unconscious.  Pretty cool, right?  Right? No?  No one?

Hopefully if you are reading this, you have listened to our Dark Knight Rises podcast.  If not, then please do so now.  This blog will be here when you get back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86yWsIVgiOA&feature=plcp

Are you back?  Good.  Hopefully you didn’t fall asleep at your computer. (Just kidding, this is good stuff!)

So if you have seen TDKR, then I’m sure you will agree with me when I say: “BANE SCARED THE EVER-LOVING CRAP OUT OF ME!!!”

*looks over shoulder, checks underpants*

Also I know if you are reading this, then you HAVE in fact tried your best impersonation at Bane’s voice.  I know you have been walking around your house, work, etc. with your hands cupped over your mouth trying to squeeze out the best old-man voice you can.  I know you’ve done this, why?  Because I CAN’T STOP DOING IT.  I would be doing this now if my fingers weren’t typing away.

Seriously though he scared me more than Heath Ledger’s Joker.  The Joker was just fun to watch and in fact I found myself cheering him on.  But with Bane?  No.  We cannot have fun watching Bane (and I’m okay with this).

Anywho, my point is I, like Neil, was reminded of the old-school Batman villains from the nineties that were so terribad.  You know, the Tommy Lee Jones Two-Face, and the Jim Carrey’s Riddler…so terribad… *shudders*.  I just wanted to express my eternal gratitude to Chris Nolan for showing us the BEST portrayals of the villains that he gave us.  You can argue with me all you want, but Heath Ledger was the best Joker.  Shut up, Tim Burton.

Seriously?

And then:

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!

And then:

AWW COME ON!!!!!

This hurts.  This hurts so very much.  I just want Bane to come onto this blog and punch these pictures in the face.

I know that feel, bro.

Maybe Bane was so angry at the terrible portrayals of his best friends in the older films?  Who’s to know.  So as awesome as Bane was, he also had some pretty awesome one-liners, (I’m surprised they aren’t memes yet!) such as:

“Your punishment must be more severe.”

“Behold the instrument to your liberation!”

“Now is not the time for fear, that comes later.”

AND, OF COURSE:

“When Gotham is ashes…(beat)…then you have my permission to die.”

Great job, Tom Hardy.

ALSO, in the Batman world, Chris Nolan released this tear-jerking goodbye letter to the Batman franchise:

http://batman-news.com/2012/07/24/christopher-nolans-goodbye-letter-to-the-batman-franchise/

And I would like to say, Christopher Nolan, that we will miss it just as much as you will.  And thank you for this wonderful gift you have given to us.

Check back tomorrow for more Batman-y goodness!

-Andrew

Oh Batman. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching the late 80’s and early 90’s Batman films. They were cheesy, yeah, but as a kid they were fun to watch. It was one of the earliest exposures I had to superheroes…and at least for a while, Batman Returns was something I’d watch over and over when my parents asked me which movie I wanted to throw in the VCR.

*sigh*

So sitting here after just now finishing up Nolan’s dark and gritty new Batman trilogy, I can’t help but wonder if I’ll EVER be able to go back and enjoy those old movies again. Granted they got way out of the hand by the time Schwarzenegger was running around with his Freeze Ray, but is there anything in those films left to love?

-Neil

Twitter: @neilporche

“Why Do We Fall?”

The running theme in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, while very simple, opens the mind to thoughts almost too inconceivable.  The greatest question we as people could ask is “Why?”

I attended the midnight release of Nolan’s latest, The Dark Knight Rises.  (I will not be giving a full review as of yet.  You guys are going to have to listen in to the next podcast for our roundtable discussion of the final installment to Nolan’s Batman Trilogy.)

A phone call from a friend woke me from my nightmare (which was pretty much someone speaking to me in Bane’s voice over and over), and he asked if I had seen the news.  Rubbing my eyes and checking the time, I replied with a grunting “no”.

He proceeded to tell me about the events at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado where a gunman, donning a bulletproof vest, multiple firearms, and a gasmask, threw tear-gas canisters into a crowd of moviegoers and began to open fire.

I couldn’t help but think, “These are MY people”.  These are the late-night moviegoers that I know and love.  These are MY nerdy people and we are all awake at midnight celebrating the same event.  An event that’s so esoteric that, when we are older, we will reflect upon as one of the several instances that define our generation.

Of course after hearing this, the only question I could ask myself was “why?”

I spent the entire day watching the news and filing through the Internet to find an answer to that question.  The terrible part about all this is I still haven’t and probably won’t find one.  Then someone posted this quote on Facebook:

This weekend, go to a movie.  No, it’s not about keeping the bad guys from winning, or making a statement, although if you want it to be, that’s okay.  Go to the movies this weekend because it’s a joy.  One of the last great joys we have left these days, it seems.  Plant yourself in a theater, and see whatever you fancy.  It’s the place dreams come true.  It’s the magic land.  That screen isn’t a window – it’s a door.  An inviting door that lets in everyone.  All are welcome in that world, and we get to wonder in the power of imagination and beauty. – Nordling, aintitcoolnews.com

I’m putting this quote here because I definitely could not have said it better, and I don’t know anyone that can.  This reiterates why the word “magic” is often paired with anything to do with going to a movie. The movie theatre truly is “the magic land”.  A good movie will provide you an opportunity to escape. The emotions that encompass you when watching a great film are indescribable and should never be taken away from you by the hands of another man.

I sometimes wish we had a real-life Batman that could save us from events like these.

Christopher Nolan later released a statement on the tragedy:

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting, but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.

“The movie theatre is my home”, says Nolan.  I’ve never really thought about it, it must have just been a subconscious idea, that the theatre does sometimes feel like a second home.  We go to this place and are overtaken by such powerful emotions that we may never experience anywhere else.  It’s comforting.

What I’m trying to say is, don’t be afraid to go to the movie theatre.   Go enjoy yourself.  Don’t let someone replace your happiness with fear.  Why should we let someone take that from us?

We here at Nerd Takeout believe in living your life doing what you love.  If you enjoy going to the movie theatre to escape for a couple of hours a day, then please by all means do so.

Also, on behalf of our nerds here at Nerd Takeout I want to express our state of deep despondency for the friends and families of the victims of the Aurora tragedy.  Our thoughts are forever with you.

Life is about asking yourself, “why do we fall?”

“So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

-Andrew

I feel like I’m the only person not completely stoked for The Dark Knight Rises. I like Batman but maybe I’m just trying to unconsciously temper my expectations? Either way,  we here at NerdTakeout are interested in if/when you’re going to see the movie.  So please humor us by taking part in this little poll.


Oh, and as a thanks for coming by… I’ll leave you with this:

Thanks bunches. WE LIKE WHEN YOU LIKE US.

-Neil

Twitter:@neilporche

(EDIT: I have no excuse for misspelling “Opening”. But it can’t be edited. So life fail. Thanks Adam Arinder.)