Re: The Official Batman (1989) Thread - Part 3
Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises
Yeah, but a lot of that 70s stuff got lost by the time Sam Hamm got around to doing his final draft.
I see what you're saying, but I guess for me when I think 70s Batman I think of the more Bond-like Bruce Wayne, exotic villains like Ra's al Ghul, international in scope plots, Bruce living in a penthouse in Gotham, etc. The influence seems more overt on the Nolan films.
To me Batman '89 felt like the Batman of the 40s fused with the modern grittiness of the Batman of the 80s. Not that some 70s stuff didn't creep in there, it just didn't pop out to me as much. I'm not criticizing the movie, that's just how I see it.
Yeah I get ya. I guess when i say 70's, I mean the tone of the early 70's. It was, after all, the 70's when Batman became dark after the 1969 return of "The Dark Knight" with Secret of the Waiting Graves. The globetrotting hairy chested love god (as Morrison calls him) didn't appear until about 1975.
Jerry and Joe were gentlemen. Bob Kane was a thief and a glory-hound who was more concerned about profit and prestige. I cannot bring myself to believe the same things about Stan Lee in regards to his two main contributors, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. I'm inclined to believe Stan's version of events as he has usually been very willing to credit his co-conspirators, but the truth is because different versions of credit exists, we will never truly know.