What the hell were any of us thinking making the terrible Batman Forever a huge hit?

You can see how it happened. The executives at Warner Bros. didn’t set out to destroy the Batman mythos or to make unwatchably shitty Batman movies that would put both the character and the superhero movie genre at large into a state of prolonged stasis. They just wanted a hit. Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, from 1992,…

Tim Burton played fast and loose with the caped crusader in his visionary blockbuster Batman

For a little while there, people were shaving the Batman insignia into their hair. That’s the level of cultural dominance that Tim Burton’s Batman had going for it in the summer of 1989. Batman made a ton of money—over $400 million globally, in 1989 dollars—but that’s really only the half of it.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders fulfills her birthright, tweets joke that is both bad and untrue

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would probably do as well as Eric Gordon on an ethics exam, so it’s not much of a surprise that she’d use the official @PressSec Twitter handle to air personal information and complain about a consumer product from a company for whom her boss has little love. That’s…

The superheroes of Justice League deserve better than another misbegotten blockbuster

A blockbuster with more studio notes than script (underlined: “Be more Marvel”), Justice League attempts to inject some levity and rock ’n’ roll into Zack Snyder’s dinosaurian version of the DC Comics-verse; in many cases, it ends up with the worst of multiple worlds. Gone are the artistic pretensions and doofy…

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Oral history of Batman: The Animated Series reveals Mark Hamill didn’t want to voice The Joker

Batman contains multitudes, the Caped Crusader’s adventures having unfolded in various iterations throughout comics, TV, film, video games, and, in one of its most influential iterations, animation. Throughout the ’90s, Batman: The Animated Series not only carried on the dark tone Tim Burton brought back to the…