Trench reviews Batman: The Killing Joke


Normally I don’t review things that are bad. I don’t believe in spreading negativity about a project that a creative team probably poured their hearts and souls into. However, The Killing Joke was such an iconic comic that I felt I need to do a review of it that’s not your typical internet nerd hate-fest.

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Review of Batman: Year One DVD


It’s been a while since I read Year One. I probably haven’t read it since shortly after it came out however I’m sure this is still pretty faithful to the comic since the DC Animated series of movies are either as good or in some cases better than the comics. I really think they should let Bruce Timm run the comics and the live movies as well but that’s another rant.

Anyway if you were looking for lots of grappling hook and ass kicking action from Batman this is not the movie for you. The title of this movie really should be James Gordon: Year One as it focuses on his first year with a corrupt Gotham PD.

Now don’t get me wrong, this still makes for a good story as James Gordon is a badass in his own right. However this is basically a crime drama with occasional glimpses of Batman.

I didn’t care for the animation style of this feature though. It reminded me too much of Scooby-Doo Hannah Barbera.

I recommend this one but it’s not for the fanboys and definitely not for the kids as it does have mature situations. For the fanboys I recommend Under the Red Hood.

3 fedoras out of 5.

Batman: Brave and the Bold is pretty grim


My favorite cartoon currently on TV is Batman: The Brave and The Bold. I love how it mixes the 50s and 60s style Batman with their modern counterpart.

It was supposed to be more light-hearted fare for the kids but it has had its grim side lately. In recent weeks they’ve had the Doom Patrol being ‘blown up’, the subject of Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle, being killed, the mention of Jason Todd’s demise and Batman being repeatedly killed by a near omnipotent Joker.

I would even go as far to say the BBatB is even more grim than BTAS.

Sixteen Bat-Candles

Little Jay was doing some web surfing the other day when he told me some information about the next Batman movie. We were pretty excited when we found out that the villain in the movie will be the coolest Batman villain ever Raas Al Ghul. Raas is going to be played by Ken Watanabe from The Last Samurai. We thought how funny it would be if Raas Al Ghul was played by Gedde Watanabe who played Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles. We came up with this conversation…

Batman: Raas, where is my automobile?
Raas: Batman, no yankie my wankie.

Well, we thought it was funny.