In honor of Wednesday’s "Batman Begins" release, Newsday‘s John Anderson (found off MCN) speaks to various psychologists about whether or not Batman is mentally ill, and invites them to speculate on what mental illness he might have. MTV gets past Batmen Adam West and Michael Keaton to give advice to Christian Bale on donning the cowl and all:
There is one essential accessory, however, that West reminds Bale to
pack whenever loading up the utility belt for an adventure: Shark
Repellent Bat-Spray. "Yes, the shark was rubber," West admitted of the
memorable scene in his 1966 movie, which had him spraying and hitting a
hilariously fake not-so-Great White clinging to his leg. "Some of the
guys on the set said, ‘You can’t hit the shark like that, because it
just sounds like rubber.’ And I said, ‘Keep it, make it sound the way
it is,’ because later it explodes anyway, and really it was kind of the
feel, the tenor of the show to have a rubber shark on his leg, and not
a real one."
Marc Lee in the Telegraph is gleeful about how little CGI is in the movie. He attributes the empty feel of the new "Star Wars" trilogy to an enormous overdose of CGI, which we’d agree with, but only because Lucas neglected story, pacing, dialog and acting in favor of gorgeous computer-generated backdrops.
The London Times‘ Martyn Palmer talks to director Christopher Nolan about how his Batman will be the most realistic, least frilly of them all, while Gerard Jones digs into the murky history of Batman’s original comic book creators.
And in the Guardian, John Patterson has a somewhat snide piece on Hollywood’s current obsession with the origin stories and adolescence of superheroes. He goes on to say that the obvious next steps are the "’missing’ 17 years" of Jesus, and George W.’s feckless youth. Yes, v. funny, John. But we’d like to suggest that perhaps the infallible, wise, black/white moralistic full grown hero has no appeal to us, even in the escapist world of summer films…considering the times, maybe we just like to see even fantastical figures doubting and learning from mistakes.
+ Is he really batty? (Newsday)
+ New Batman Gets Advice From Adam West, Michael Keaton (MTV)
+ The computers that ate Hollywood (Telegraph)
+ Christopher Nolan: bringing the bat back (Times)
+ Behind the mask (Times)
+ The wonder years (Guardian)