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Trevor Smith
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Posted: 24 June 2020 at 6:35pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

...again. Per several news outlets, a story I thought
HAD to be a joke when I first started hearing it:

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Posted: 24 June 2020 at 7:12pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Pause for a moment to remember fandom exploding in apoplectic horror when his casting was originally announced.
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I mean I just don't see how it's *not* played for
laughs, just one long wink at the audience and callbacks
to 30 years ago, but I guess it's not fair to judge
before it's even confirmed to be happening, let alone
actually seen.
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When the fans started writhing in agony over Keaton's casting, Don Thompson, in THE BUYER'S GUIDE, dismissed all such concerns with towering contempt. Batman/Bruce Wayne had been drawn by so many artists over the decades, who could say what he "really" looked like.

Sure, I said, there had been stylistic differences between, say, Dick Sprang, Carmine Infantino and Neal Adams, but NONE had ever drawn Bruce as a short, skinny guy with thinning curly hair, buck teeth and no chin.

(Keaton seemed a fairly typical example of "Last Guy I Worked With" casting. Burton had just worked with him on BEETLEJUICE. Same principle gave us Ian McKellan as Magneto.)

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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 7:51am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

(Unless I'm wrong, Neal Adams was the first to render
Magneto without his helmet. Looked nothing remotely like
Ian McKellan.)
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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 7:58am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I dunno. Is nostalgia for the 1989 Batman even a thing?
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(Unless I'm wrong, Neal Adams was the first to render Magneto without his helmet. Looked nothing remotely like Ian McKellan.)

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For reasons beyond my comprehension the Holocaust-survivor baggage was brought into the movie. Now, that barely worked in the comics, forty years after the fact, but at least there Magneto had been de-aged, so he didn’t have to be old to have been an adult with children in the camps.

Singer made him a child when incarcerated, but that still left a lot of years between the liberation and the first X-Movie. Hence, Magneto becomes an old guy.

(Some fans already thought he was old. White hair. I’ve argued with fans who insisted Storm was also old, same reason.)

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(Quicksilver also old!?)
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Oddly, I have not once heard Quicksilver called old. Perhaps being Wanda’s twin forced fans to accept the white hair as something other than an age marker.

(My mother’s hair went white when she was 18.)

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"I dunno. Is nostalgia for the 1989 Batman even a thing?"

Is this a serious question?  Were there not kids in the movie theaters in 1989?



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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 4:29pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Is this a serious question?  Were there not kids in the movie theaters in 1989?

I was a kid, just getting into comics and was crazy about the film and the hype machine that surrounded it. Had the comic version (great Ordway pencils!), the Batman movie action figure, the Batmobile and everything and rented it on video I'd say +20 times.

Strangely, as an adult I hardly revisit it and don't feel very "nostalgic" about it. Can't really explain why.
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(It’s not Batman.)
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