I want to talk a little bit about myths and legends and our interpretations of them. Just gonna come straight out with this: I'm a big Batman fan, hence I enjoy sketching my own spin on this fictional character. Like the Greek gods or any other super human tales, I find comic book heroes to be our present day interpretation of this mythology. I'm no different from any other nerd who believes their favourite version is the best too. But what I find interesting these days is how the Internet loses its mind every time we get a new Batman. Did this ever happen in the days of Zeus? Well, certainly not at the speed we receive information now.
But enough about my take on the character, here are a few favourites I'd like to talk about...
Much of that badass-ness is due to Frank Miller's interpretation with The Dark Knight Returns. That graphic novel brought the Bat back to the mainstream after the campy Adam West version of the '60s. Miller's take later led to the 1989 Batman. Speaking of... that movie was a little, no, a lot off-base with regards to its source material. But this didn't matter because it made Batman cool again for my generation. Disregarding a couple of really bad Batman movies (you know which ones), we got a few good animated series' - one in particular, eventually three more great movies, and most recently some great video games as well which all tell great stories respectively.
One thing that I find really amusing is the internet uproar over which actor plays the role of the Bat. Most recently, of course, there is the fuss over Ben Affleck taking over the cowl. To this I just have to say he has the perfect bat-chin for the role. Personally I hope he nails playing Bruce Wayne because the majority of the time in the bat suit you will have a stuntman doing most of the cool stuff. But one really has to look at how comic book nerds lost their minds in the past. The manure hit the windmill when Mr. Mom, Michael Keaton, became Batman. Or a few years ago when Heath Ledger became the Joker. Nobody gave him a chance until that first trailer came out. As Christian Bale mumbled in the most recent trilogy, Batman is a symbol that is meant to inspire, etc. For the most part the symbol has inspired a lot of great interpretations. My personal favourite being the Bruce Timm/Paul Dini era of The Animated Series, with its distinct art deco style and classic performances from Kevin Conroy as Batman, and Mark Hamill (yes, Luke freakin' Skywalker) as my favourite incarnation of the Joker.
This is a symbol that will go on and on, and change over time with each successor creating their own interpretation. So I'm giving the next incarnation a chance. Until the next movie comes out, whenever they finally set a date, I'll happily keep drawing the way I like to see the Bat to pass the time.