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When Batman comics meet courtroom dramas

From Jimmy Stewart’s captivating performance in Anatomy of a Murder to the shocking reversals in Witness for the Prosecution, from the noirish colonial atmosphere of 1940’s The Letter to the underdog-getting-his-groove-back formula of 1982’s The Verdict, from the gripping climax … Continue reading

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Collections of Batman stories – part 1

Among the countless Batman books out there – old and new, classic or disposable – there is a whole subsection that strikes me as an ideal gateway for those who have heard of this Bruce Wayne fella but are still … Continue reading

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Remaking The Case of the Chemical Syndicate

As far as remakes go, I’m of the school of leave-good-works-alone-and-remake-the-bad-ones-instead. To use John Carpenter’s oeuvre as an example (as I often do), I can understand the financial urge to bank on title recognition, but artistically I see no point … Continue reading

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6 villains you definitely won’t find in Batman v Superman

This is Gotham Calling’s 100th post, so I’m celebrating by focusing on one of my favorite aspects of Batman lore, namely the unbelievable amount of obscure, silly villains the Caped Crusader has faced over the years. In Gotham City, it … Continue reading

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The Mark of Zorro

The Dark Knight Returns It’s been fully established by now that Bruce Wayne’s parents watched The Mark of Zorro with him shortly before they were killed. Well, at least in the comics – on the big screen, Tim Burton changed … Continue reading

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Batman comics and World War II

          Although nowadays movies set in World War II have become mostly synonymous with tearjerker melodramas or grim military epics, this wasn’t always the case. The gravitas of that conflict and the overwhelming consensus about who the heroes and villains … Continue reading

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Cool Catwoman stories

From straight up baddie to crimefighting partner, (anti-)heroine, love interest, sex object, feminist role model, femme fatale, damsel in distress, dominatrix, thief, spy, killer, prostitute, mother, you name it – Catwoman has been around almost as long as Batman and, … Continue reading

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Underrated Batman stories – part 2

If you read the last post, you know what’s going on. Here are another 5 accessible, self-contained Batman stories that usually don’t make it to the big lists but are nevertheless worth tracking down: ‘Black Masterpiece’ (Batman Annual #18) When … Continue reading

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