In the endless debate over “Who is the best Batman?” a strong case can be made for someone most people have never seen: Kevin Conroy. Conroy has been the voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, though all subsequent appearances of the character in the various Justice League series, and in the majority of Batman’s animated films (beginning with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in 1993). Conroy also voiced the character in the Batman Arkham video games, without a doubt, the best comic book video games ever made.
IGN has put together a list of the best of Batman’s animated exploits (most of which have been voiced by Conroy), and his batting average in animation is at least as good (if not much better) than his success rate in live-action films. My favorites are Phantasm, Sub-Zero, and Under the Red Hood, but which of Batman’s animated adventures are your favorites? What did you think of IGN’s list?
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings the last comic book film of the year to theaters and two other movies it will crush. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (11/17/2017): Justice League, Wonder, and The Star
In two days, the DCEU looks like it’s finally going to get the blockbuster, critical success it desperately needed. That success won’t come from Batman or Superman, but Wonder Woman, which at time of writing is holding at a stunning 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film that began DC’s shared super hero universe, Man of Steel, remains divisive (though not as much as Batman vs. Superman). Man of Steel is the only film I’ve ever reviewed twice on this site. I really loved Superman Returns so this was a radical departure, but I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did. It’s flawed, but nowhere near so the next two DC films, and it has truly great moments in it. My favorite scene in the film comes after discovering his suit and talking with Jor-El: his first flight. Henry Cavill is so likable in this role (one of BvS’ greatest sins is painting him as the villain and taking that likability away). I love how it’s not effortless for him. He has to keep trying. But when he gets it down, the pure joy on his face is priceless. It’s human. After all, how would you feel if you could fly?
Well, you have to say this: if Wonder Woman fails, it won’t be for lack of trailers. This is the fifth (plus a gazillion TV spots), which is kind of a greatest hits of all the other trailers set to some unfortunately chosen hair band rock. It also seems to imply that in addition to Ares as a villain, Diana will be fighting a meta connected with the poison gas that killed so many in World War I. I personally would have stuck with Ares. My take on Wonder Woman is that it looks phenomenal, I want it badly to succeed because a DCEU in trouble is trouble for comic book movies as a whole and the genre needs strong female role models (and btw, shame on Marvel for not giving Black Widow her own movie long before this). That being said, Gal Gadot has never carried a movie, Patty Jenkins is an unproven director, and I’m seeing the same scenes showing up in all five of these trailers which could either mean they don’t want to give away more (which is good) or this is the best they have (which is not so good). I’m rooting for it, and I’m taking the optimistic view that it can pull this off. Wonder Woman opens June 2, 2017.
Wonder Woman got a mini-trailer during last night’s episode of Gotham: it’s fourth, if you’re scoring at home. WW is film #4 in the DCEU, and hopefully a home run that can unite fans that have been divided over the first three installments. Personally, I really liked Man of Steel, despised Batman vs. Superman, was meh on Suicide Squad, but here’s why I’m rooting for Wonder Woman: the DCU is amazing. It’s less cohesive than the MCU, but that’s not been the problem with the film universe so far. The problem was a lack of an equivalent to Kevin Feige at Marvel: someone who knows the universe inside and out who can stand up to WB’s famous interference with its super hero properties and Geoff Johns is that person if one exists. Johns knows the DCU from his tenure resurrecting both The Flash and Green Lantern comic franchises, then the entire DC Comics line (which is better overall than Marvel’s confusing mess of a universe for my money), and now he’s basically in charge of all things DC….period. I’m rooting for WW and Justice League (still hate the last trailer, but I’m rooting for it and my dream Aquaman/Batman road trip movie). The comic book genre will suffer if the DCEU fails. The same goes for FOX and its X-verse, and any other movies in the genre. Even if you’re a Marvel person, rooting for the DCEU to fail is stupid, because it’s going to bring down the whole ship. So get behind both universes, and hope we get a winner when Wonder Woman opens June 2, 2017.