Debriefing #20: ‘Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth’

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Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dave McKean
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino

After Joker takes over Arkham Asylum, Batman comes in for a visit unlike any other. As he tries to negotiate with the madman, the events in Amadeus Arkham’s life are recounted, what led him to make the asylum and his ultimate fate. As Batman ventures through the madhouse, he’s forced to confront his own past and his own sanity is brought to the brink as he faces the house of horrors. Continue reading

Debriefing #19: ‘Batman’ (1966)

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Batman (1966)
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Writer: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith and Frank Gorshin

Edgar: Back in the swinging 60s, Batman and Robin were one of the hottest pop cultural figures. The comics were still being sold, but a brand new television series made its debut around the middle of the decade. Light, colourful, amusing, the show was a smash hit. The natural progression from that point was, of course, to make a film, which they did in 1966 with the same cast as the show (for the most part). Now, people can debate all they like about whether this interpretation of Batman is worthy. What we can’t do is change the past. The show and the film exist as parts of Batman lore. James, I guess my question to you is, considering how, huh, different this Batman is, do you accept it as a legitimate interpretation or is this film more of a curious if ultimately inconsequential blip on the radar? Continue reading