Over the last twenty-five years, starting in 1989, the seven Batman movies have served as a faithful mirror of America's political evolution, presenting a narrative, and a system of metaphors, that identify the cultural changes that underlie tectonic shifts.
I've been following the film's development pretty closely, and I've seen both trailers put out so far about half a million times. That being said, I've seen some red flags go up.
Now, with "Michelangelo 2020" Perucchetti reimagines another of the most universally known Renaissance masterpiece -- the classic David sculpture -- in female form, as a tribute to gender equality.
It was all a cover: The reality TV show. The bimbos and bankruptcies. The bad comb over. It was all designed to distract from the truth: that Donald Trump, playboy billionaire, is in fact the masked vigilante known as Batman!
As much as I have mocked the idea, and tweeted jokes about it, in a weird way that I am reluctant to admit (which is why this sentence is going on for so long) the idea of a Donald Trump presidency is starting to grow on me. Like fungus maybe, but growing nonetheless.
Mashup culture has jumped the shark. Straight Outta Gotham shows how much this artform has entered into the mainstream, and how it will increasingly lose its soul.
The highest-grossing movie franchises measure their earnings in the billions of dollars -- and that is often just from the box office ticket sales. Here is a look at some of the most successful 17 film franchises in history based on domestic gross box office earnings reported by Box Office Mojo.
Media is a mirror of how we see the world, and increasingly venues for experiencing that media seem to be the targets of individuals who would wage the culture war in a more literal fashion. It makes me afraid.
Birds mesmerize humans with their melodies, colors, feathers and most prominently, flying. Of all created life forms (except angels), only birds aviate with sustained beauty. Most life forms are detainees of the earth's surface, but birds are free, living and breathing above the ground.
The conception of superhero fandom is wholly mischaracterized and is borne of a misunderstanding of the values that these superheroes aspire towards, embody, and try to inculcate into the value system of its readers.
Most fanboys will go to their grave swearing up and down Batman is. He's certainly been shown in the comics to be capable of devising schemes to defeat all of Earth's most powerful superhumans time and time again. But when you look at the evidence, there's a more than strong enough case to be made that Superman has the superior intellect.
Holy Adios Amigo & An-Ego, Batman, the Mayor of Gotham City has finally cut ties with their newest nemeses-- no, it's not "The Penguin." This is a bird of a different feather who has become known as "The Donald," an angry orange-faced fowl with a hideous hair-do (or hair-don't?).
The DC Cinematic Universe is beginning to take shape. While it's still in its infancy there are already stark differences between the DC movies and what we see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the differences are positive, but they are also more risky.
Google thinks it's so great. That it's the best search engine in the world. Then why can it not answer any of my simplest, most pressing questions?
In 2013, the family of a little boy named Miles, suffering from cancer, made a request to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He wanted to be Batman. From that simple hope of a sick child, an entire social movement was born: Batkid had begun.