Is the Penguin the Batman Character Who Trump Resembles Most?

There is perhaps no narrative referenced more in today's pop culture than that of Batman. It makes sense: Batman is omnipresent. He first appeared in 1939, and has subsequently been in eight live action films, two live action television shows, countless animated films and television series, and thousands of comic books. The ninth and tenth live …

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What We Failed to Learn About Terrorism from The Dark Knight

Or, "Stop Calling Them Gunmen and Start Calling Them Terrorists" One of the most notable elements of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is that, despite being made by a British writer and director and set in the fictional Gotham City, the films capture the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 America in a frightening, realistic way. But there’s …

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The Most Dangerous Way in Which Trump Resembles Batman

The Economist (and this blog) might liken him to The Joker, but Trump disagrees. I am Batman, he told a young boy and the world. The obvious response is to say that Trump isn't Batman. Or, there are those who have said that yes, he kinda is Batman. I won't point out the obvious, like …

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Why Ben Affleck could be the best Batman ever

People like to predict that Ben Affleck will fail as the Batfleck. But what this blog post presupposes is, maybe he won't? The fact is, Ben Affleck is a good actor who is actually positioned better than any of his predecessors in terms of his ability to play Batman. Here are some of the reasons …

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How accurate is The Economist in comparing Donald Trump to The Joker?

This is one of many articles on this site comparing the current state of American politics to the world of Batman. Read more here, or buy D. F. Lovett's debut novel here for only $4.99. In an editorial published on 7/23/15, The Economist likened Donald Trump to Heath Ledger's Joker: Mr Trump's lust for attention, …

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Why Tim Burton’s Batman is the Worst Batman Movie Ever

People are still complaining about the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman. But, based on the trailers alone, and a few released still images, it's already obvious that, even at its worst, the new Batman and Superman movie can't be worse than what has come before it. Batman has bottomed out plenty of times before, …

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Six Months of Search Terms: Wolverine, His Beard, and The Strange Searches That Lead People Here

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called The Maramduke Fart Paradox, in which I discussed the strange search engine terms that lead people to this website. Among them was "keanu reeves girlfriend 2011," "mob bosses with sunglasses," and a wide variety of questions about the '90s film Blank Check. Well, the search terms …

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Do You Believe in Harvey Dent?

Remember The Dark Knight?  Who can forget Harvey Dent's tragic line, the one which foreshadowed both his own downfall and the character arcs of so many of those around him: you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. The question I have often come back to is whether Harvey could …

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Can Batman Really Be Rebooted After Bale?

No.  No, you cannot reboot the Batman film franchise again.  The Dark Knight Rises hasn't even been released and as we all know, Warner Brothers has been talking since March about how to keep squeezing money out of the Caped Crusader, with a tentative release date for the next next Batman movie being 2015. But …

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More Thoughts on Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle as Catwoman as Sarah Palin

The idea that Selina Kyle will be a metaphor for Sarah Palin in The Dark Knight Rises has already been previously discussed here, in the post Why Catwoman Will Be Sarah Palin.  There is little left to say on the matter, aside from these key points: 1.) Anne Hathaway will be an excellent Selina Kyle, …

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