“Ladies and gentlemen, attention please! Come in close, so everyone can see! I got a tale to tell. A listen don’t cost a dime.. ..And if you believe that, we’re gonna get along just fine!”
Heh.. heh.. heh… Welcome back to my Fear Fair of Fear Fare, my abominable audience! Today’s Father’s Day, so I’ve got a twisted exhibit that’ll make you cry for your daddy! It’s a putrid parental potboiler we call… Father’s Day!
Sound familiar, Fear Freaks? Well, it should! Father’s Daywas adapted from Creepshow,the clas-sick of sick sin-ema from professional sickos Stephen King and George A. Romero. The comic was written by King and illustrated by Bernie “Swamp Thing” Wrightson. Their chiller-diller is about the worst kind of deadbeat dad… the kind who won’t stay dead! Remember, carnage carnies… father knows BEAST… even if he’s been living under a headstone! For your amusement and DEADucation, Here’s Father’s Day:
Sorry, Folks! The Carnival is closed. All Out and Over, All Out, All Over!
(You asked for it, and you got it, fiends!! Kinky Kudos to Mr. Anton Phibes for putting together this complete -save for one dude we couldn’t figure out- list of all the random rogues in Lego Batman…You’ve done the Lord’s work here kind evil villainous sir. xoxoxo)
Greetings, fair citizens. The Lego Batman Movie recently came out and was a Bat-Smash Hit. One of the absolute joys of the film was its clear love for all things Batman. The Dark Knight Detective has been around for over 75 years, constantly changing to thrill new audiences and reflect the current cultural climate. This also applies to his villains. From the very beginning, Batman’s rogues tended to be a reflection of the character. Like like the Caped Crusader himself, they’ve ranged from menacing to goofy, sometimes doing both at once. If you are a fan of any iteration of The Bat, The Lego Batman Movie has at least one villain cameo to put a smile on your face, without the use of Joker Venom. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of nearly every Batman rogue to appear in the film for your convenience and pleasure.
We wish to express our gratitude to the friends of Batman and his fabulous rogues. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre— To funlovers everywhere— This post is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize.
The Joker First Appearance: Batman #1
The Clown Prince of Crime headlines this Carnival of Crime. Thankfully, he had that ‘Damaged” tattoo removed before shooting.
The Riddler First Appearance: Detective Comics #140
Riddle me this: what do this Lego-ized puzzle plunderer and The Dark Knight Returns’ David Endocrine have in common? They were both voiced by Conan O’Brien!
Harley Quinn First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series: Joker’s Favor
We have nothing but Mad love for psychotic psychiatrist here at Kinky Horror!
Catwoman First Appearance: Batman #1
“Life’s a brick… now so am I”
The Scarecrow First Appearance: World’s Finest Comics #3
Gotham’s Master of Terror! Dr. Johnathan Crane uses his “fear toxin” to force victims to face their worst fears. Oh, Scarecrow… I think I’ll fear you most of all!
Two-Face and Captain Boomerang Two-Face’s First Appearance: Detective Comics #66 Captain Boomerang’s First Appearance: The Flash #117
We finally got to face Two-Face… portrayed by Billy Dee Williams, Tim Burton’s Harvey Dent. As for Captain Boomerang, he just came back around after Suicide Squad.
The Penguin First Appearance: Detective Comics #58
This crafty criminal has always played fowl.
Killer Croc First Appearance: Detective Comics #523
Born with a Crocodilian appearance, this criminal has teeth.
Clayface and Bane Clayface’s First Appearance: Detective Comics #40 Bane’s First Appearance: Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1
Bane is the man who broke the Bat’s back and would be great in an El Santo biopic.
Much like a diabolical Gumby, Clayface possesses a clay-like body and shape-shifting abilities
Poison Ivy First Appearance: Batman #181
This florid fiend is one with nature. Her kisses are killer.
Mr. Freeze First Appearance: Batman #121
A cold-hearted villain known to give his enemies the cold shoulder.
March Harriet First Appearance: Detective Comics #841
Curiouser and curiouser.. this Wonderlandian crook made an appearance… but the Mad Hatter is missing… Guess he was late for tea.
Gentleman Ghost First Appearance: Flash Comics #88
A notorious highwayman and robber, the ghastly motivations of Gentleman Ghost are transparent.
Clock King First Appearance: World’s Finest #11
Time is on his side. Yes, it is.
Calendar Man First Appearance: Detective Comics #259
This guy is up to date when it comes to dates. A more sinister Calender Man played a role in the classic storyline, The Long Halloween.
Zodiac Master First Appearance: Detective Comics #323
I wonder what his sign is?
Condiment King First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series: Make ’em Laugh
This criminal will surely relish your defeat.
Orca First Appearance: Batman #579
After suffering a spinal cord injury, Grace Balin had it partially repaired with a Killer Whale’s spinal cord, transforming her into a whale monster. I hate it when that happens!
Cat-Man First Appearance: Detective Comics #311
This villain has a clear case of Cat Scratch Fever.
King Tut First Appearance: Batman ’66: The Curse of Tut
From the Adam West series comes this Phreaky Pharaoh.
Eraser First Appearance: Batman #188
His inability to do well in school led to a life of eraser-based evil.
Zebra-Man First Appearance: Detective Comics #275
Despite the name, his stripped appearance was the result of magnetic powers. Frankly, I was hoping it had to do with a radioactive zebra.
Kite Man First Appearance: Batman #133
This gentleman is exactly what he sounds like. Go fly a kite!
Crazy Quilt First Appearance: Boy Commandos #15
This colorful crook canonly see in blinding, disorienting colors. His whole life is a Dario Argento film!
First Appearance: The Dark Knight Returns
From the Frank Miller’s gritty classic, this dude knows how to slice and dice.
Tarantula First Appearance: Nightwing #71
You wouldn’t want to get tangled up in this master assassin’s web.
Mime First Appearance: Batman #412
The daughter of a fireworks salesman, her father’s noisy profession and the fireworks-based death of her parents led her to become a crime mine. If I had a nickel…
Polka Dot Man First Appearance: Detective Comics #300
Looking rather like a sentient game of Twister, this felon has the ability to pull weapons from out of the polka dots on his costume.
Killer Moth First Appearance: Batman #63
Known as the “Batman of Crime,” this crook is enemy to justice and clothing alike.
Doctor Phosphorus First Appearance: Detective Comics #469
This skull-faced goon is radioactive! He has a bright career in crime ahead of him.
The Red Hood First Appearance: Detective Comics #168
An alias used by many, the first Red Hood was actually the Joker! Talk about seeing red…
Calculator First Appearance: Detective Comics #463
A calculating crook like no other! Does he know how to write 80085?
Man-Bat First Appearance: Detective Comics #400
Part Man! Part Bat! All Terror!
Hugo Strange, Magpie, Kabuki Twins, and Egghead Hugo Strange’s First Appearance: Detective Comics #36
Magpie’s First Appearance: The Man of Steel #1
Kabuki Twins’ First Appearance: The Batman: Call of the Cobblepot
Egghead’s First Appearance: Batman ’66: An Egg Grows in Gotham
Hugo Strange is one of the earliest Bat-enemies and the first to deduce Batman’s identity. The doctor is in… SANE!
Magpie is villain obsessed with shiny things… She and This Guy would certainly get along
The Kabuki Twins are martial arts experts who only appered in The Batman. I’m seeing double!
A villain originated by Vincent Price! How egg-cellent is that?!
Unfortunately, this post is only nearly complete because of the winged gentleman on the right. If anyone has any ideas, we’re all ears! 🙂
That’s it for now! Keep checking in… Same Kinky time, same Kinky website!
(Submitted by Mr. Prince Adam…Thanks for this write up, Heroic Ho-mie. I’ve been wondering whether or not this lived up to your Bat-spectations! 😉 xoxo)
“In the irreverent spirit of fun that made ‘The LEGO (R) Movie’ a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure: ‘The LEGO (R) Batman Movie.’ But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.” (Warner Brothers)
While this is a follow up to The LEGO Movie, in that if features the same Batman and voice actor playing him, other than that, there are no real callback’s or references to that movie.I look at this movie as a Batman film that is set in the multiverse. Specifically on a DC Universe made entirely of LEGO’s. The plot is simple, yet isn’t very far off from your typical Batman Vs Joker encounter. Joker tries to destroy Gotham City in an effort to finally one up and get victory over Batman.In his first attempt The Joker loads a plane with bombs and grenades, and plans to detonate it, unless the mayor is handed over to him. Little does he know, Batman is disguised as the Mayor and intercedes. During their standoff Joker demands Batman admit that Joker is his greatest enemy. When Batman insinuates repeatedly that the Joker doesn’t mean enough to him to make that declaration, the Joker ignites the timer on the bombs forcing him to choose between capturing him, or rescuing Gotham. Of course, Batman chooses Gotham. The Joker laughs with maniacal glee as he escapes, while Batman is cheered and given a heroes salute for defusing the bomb. While our hero emerged to accolades and praise and our villain escaped free, their euphoria is shown to be a façade. Batman returns home to an empty Batcave, spending his night eating alone, watching a movie in his home theater alone, and brooding over the picture of Thomas and Martha Wayne, wondering if they’d be proud of his Batmaning accomplishments. In these moments, Alfred reveals that Bruce Wayne’s greatest fear, is being part of a family again. Batman is also struggling with devoting all of his time to being Batman. Meanwhile, the Joker sits in his lair with a who’s who of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, miserable that Batman didn’t validate the specialness of their hero/villain dynamic. In a room full of his villain brothers and sisters, who look to him to lead, there’s a moment where Joker feels utterly useless and alone. This movie is flashy fun and funny, but there are deeper themes and messages they’re trying to get across, especially to their younger audience. These include the importance of family, being aware of your self-worth, but also placing your trust in others. The importance of being strong and independent, yet knowing when to work with others to achieve something greater. This is as story of relationships. Different types of relationships, both functional and dysfunctional.
Batman gets his chance to be Bruce Wayne, during the announcement of the New Commissioner of Police for Gotham City. Jim Gordon is exiting the position and the reason being is he is retiring. Taking his place is his daughter, Barbara Gordon. In most comic book incarnations, she’s a librarian. Here she is a well-established officer of the law, who transferred over from Bludhaven. Sure they changed things from her comic book background, her being a police officer to start and having fighting training from the “Harvard of Police,” made her becoming Batgirl palpable in this version. Especially since Batman is adamant about working alone. While Batman may not want partners, Bruce Wayne is infatuated with Barbara Gordon. So much so, that the song “Died in Your Arms” played the first time, and several times after he sees her. While there is romance inferred between Barbara and Bruce, it is in its beginning stages. I definitely don’t see this iteration of the relationship pissing fans off like The Killing Joke animated film did. We also see the first meeting of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. While Dick Grayson’s comic book origin is kept intact, some changes are made. His parents are killed in the trapeze accident, he’s sent to an orphanage and eventually adopted by Bruce Wayne, before becoming Batman’s partner Robin. However, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson meet at the party announcing the new Commissioner Gordon. Bruce Wayne was so enamoured by Barbara that he was randomly saying yes to whatever Dick asked him. One of those things he said yes to, was adopting Dick Grayson. Given the arrogant, narcissistic nature of this version of Batman, this outcome is picture perfect. Meanwhile, the Joker has hatched his next plan. He and the rest of Batman’s rogues will turn themselves into the GCPD, thus being sent to Arkham Asylum. This leaves Batman without any supervillains to fight and in a way, proves that without Joker Batman would be rendered moot. Batman is left lonely, and rather than admit he desires a family and spend time getting to know Dick or even Barbara, he gets fixated on putting the Joker in the Phantom Zone, to get rid of him once and for all. Dick Grayson is brought into Batman’s world and the identity of Robin is created. Batman enlists his help to steal the Phantom Zone projector from the Fortress of Solitude. They manage to get the Phantom Zone projector, but when they make their way to Arkham Asylum, the Joker and his crew make an escape stealing the phantom zone projector, and releasing the worst criminals, not only of DC, but many in the Warner Brothers film library. It was great seeing the likes of Lord Voldemort, the Eye of Sauron, King Kong, and Godzilla. Even some non-WB IP make cameos, including Dracula and the Daleks from Doctor Who. Those two aren’t mentioned by name because of legal reasons. With these new villains unleashed, Gotham City is ravaged, burned, broken and nearly torn apart. It is here where Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl. Even Alfred joins the fray. The finale involves, everyone from Team Batman, the rogues, and even the citizens of Gotham joining together to save the city. I won’t tell you how exactly. For that you must see the film.
I’m literally amazed at the character growth our hero goes through. Batman starts out, as I’ve mentioned, an arrogant loner, who thinks he’s the best at everything he does. He is, but we as the viewer see that this behavior is part of an act to hide his pain of losing his parents and being alone. I actually teared up, when he was looking at the image of his parents and having a conversation with them. Yes, a LEGO movie made me cry. Don’t judge. When he meets Robin that characters youth and hopeful outlook begins to break down Batman’s walls. You see when he’s training Robin that he’s feigning sarcasm to keep up his “persona.” Barbara Gordon further changes Batman’s opinion on working with a team. You really sees how much he cares, when he programs his vehicle the bat scutter to take Batgirl, Robin and Alfred away from Gotham, while he dealt with the Phantom Zone escapees. They think he’s doing it so he can have all the glory for saving the day, when in reality, he does it out of fear of potentially losing his new Bat family, the way he did his parents. He further shows them how much he truly cares, by giving them their own personal Bat-Signals and then reveals himself to Dick Grayson to be Bruce Wayne In case you’re wondering, yes, I got emotional during both these scenes. What can I say, I’m an emotional fanboy when it comes to Batman.
Yes there’s character evolution and emotion but make no mistake, there is a Batcave full of humor here. It starts right in the opening credits. Batman comments on the fact that all great movies start with a black screen and terrifying music that make studios and parental groups nervous. He then comments on the company logos. He mistakenly calls Warner Brother’s Warner Bra’s. When the DC comics logo appears, he refers to DC as the house that Batman built. He then tells Superman; “Come at me bro”. When the Rat Pac logo appears, Batman wonders what exactly they do, but remarks how cool their logo looks. This intro reminded me of Deadpool’s intro. Granted this one was PG. It was also better because it featured Batman and Batman will always be better than Rob Liefeld’s rip-off Deathstroke character. 😉 In its humor, the film finds ways to make nods to past Batman incarnations. In the scene where Batman stares at his parents portraits, Alfred mentions that Bruce is going through one of his brooding fazes, like he has in 1989, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Not only was Alfred name dropping years that Batman films were released, but a montage of Lego posters of those films were shown. Except for Batman and Robin and Batman ’66. For Batman and Robin, they flashed a picture of Clooney’s Bat-Nipples. Yes, that still scares the piss out of me. Adam West got much more respect and deservedly so. The film actually showed a clip of him doing the Batusi. When the Joker tries to blow up the Gotham City airport, the air traffic controller remarks that Batman will stop him; just like he did that time with the balloons and the Prince music, as well as that other time with the two boats. These are obvious callback’s to both Batman ’89 and The Dark Knight. At her announcement ceremony, Barbara Gordon shows a video for how long Batman’s been cleaning up Gotham City’s crime ridden streets. Here, the animations on the monitors reflect imagery from the Superfriends, Batman the Animated Series, even the black and white film series from the 40’s are featured. This film is very much a love letter to every Batman era. It continues to make fun of itself. For instance, when the Joker proclaims himself to be Batman’s greatest adversary, Batman responds by saying Superman is! Joker then retorts that Superman isn’t a villain. Barbara suggests to Batman, that they use his rogue’s gallery to battle the Phantom Zone escapee’s. Batman responds; “You want me to use a team of bad guys, to fight bad guys? That’s stupid!” This funny Suicide Squad dig wasn’t my favourite though. That distinction belongs to two nods in particular. The first is when Batman visits the Fortress of Solitude. He rings the doorbell of the giant door and the John Williams Superman theme begins playing. As a Superman fan that had me laughing and smiling joyously. The line that had me in stitches, was the password to enter the Bat Cave. That phrase being; “Iron Man Sucks.” As a lifelong fan of DC Comics, and someone who feels that while the Marvel films are good but many are highly over-rated, I can’t express in enough detail how much joy this line of dialogue brought me.
The voice acting was very strong by all but one of our lead actors. Will Arnett once again gives Batman a gravely, cocky arrogance that, while it would be annoyingly frustrating from any other character, is positively endearing and adorable coming from LEGO Batman. Michael Cera’s Robin was higher pitched and had a more youthful tone then I’m used to for Robin. Shockingly I wasn’t annoyed by it, even when the character was singing. For the story being told, Robin’s role in it and the fact that the character is clearly appealing to a younger audience, having him sound younger makes absolute sense. Ralph Fiennes sounded great as Alfred. He brought a great mix of compassion and classic English droll that is synonymous with the character. Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is a standout. She has a commanding authoritative presence in her voice as the police commissioner, but is kinder and gentler when dealing with Batman and Robin. She sounded somewhat like a big sister with them. Zach Galifianakis was just okay as the Joker. Neither his voice nor his laugh really stood out or made me take notice. Far more disappointing then that was Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn. There was no distinct accent and she didn’t utter the word “Puddin’” once. It was just Jenny Slate reading her lines. As a super fan of Batman ’89, it was great to have the look and voice of Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. However, it was such a letdown that he only had one line. Zoe Kravits was wasted as Catwoman, only uttering the word “Meow” twice in the film. The only supporting rogue whose voice entertained me was Doug Benson as Bane, who sounded exactly like Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises. Also, Superman sounded like a douchebag in this movie. Then again he was played by Channing Tatum, so that explains it. No wonder I was hoping Batman would kick his ass! Visually, the animation looked great! The opening action sequence stopping the bomb at the Gotham City airport was so action packed it felt like it belonged in a live action film. There was so much detail and so many levels to the Batcave. You see the various Batmobile’s as well as the Dinosaur and giant penny. I just wish we got more close up shots of these things, so I could inspect the details of each. Oh well, guess that’s what freeze framing the Blu-ray will be for. Seeing the crystak Fortress of Solitude was a great bit of nostalgia, as was the word effects popping up during the third act fight, to evoke Batman 66. The fight was even framed, positioned and shot, like a fight sequence on that show. I never thought I’d see Godzilla or King Kong in a Batman film. The fact that I saw both in this film, makes this film visually breathtaking. Also, those Lego recreations of the Burton/Schumacher and Nolan era Batman film posters were so incredible. I didn’t know that I wanted them, but now that I have them, they will soon be a profile picture or banner, on every one of my social media outlets.
Given all the drama surrounding The Batman live action movie, specifically who will direct it and if Ben Affleck will star in it, The LEGO Batman Movie is exactly what we need right now. A fun, entertaining love letter to this incredible character and his history. I don’t think it would be fair to rate this amongst live action Batman movies. They’re vastly different entities. I will say it’s the Batman movie I’ve had the most unadulterated fun watching. As far as animated Batman films, it’s definitely one of the best. It stands right alongside Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker. I loved The LEGO Batman Movie. It’s fun for Batman fans of all ages and an absolute treat no matter what era of Batman you may be partial to!
(This long-awaited adaptation has caused a bit o’ controversy ’round these parts. I know there’s at least one more take on The Killing Joke cumming at ya, but to start things off on a pretty positive note, here’s Prince Adam‘s thoughts on this controversial cartoon…Thanks, Superfiend!! 😉 xoxo) “Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, take a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker sets out to prove that one bad day can make anyone just as insane as he is. Featuring the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as The Joker and Tara Strong as Batgirl.” (Warner Brothers)
When DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers began making these direct to DVD/Blu-Ray animated films, fans have been clamouring for The Killing Joke to be made. Well, fans’ wishes have finally come true. Warning to all parents who may buy this for their kids; just because it’s an animated film and has Batman in it, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for kids…IT’S NOT! The film comes with an R rating for some bloody images and disturbing content. It absolutely warranted this rating. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 one-shot story was 48 pages long. To fulfill Warner Brothers Animations 75 minute run time for these DC’s animated movies, the producers of this film decided to add a brand new 30 minutes of story. Despite the new 30 minutes, this film is one of the most faithful adaptations from its source material to date. Firstly, I enjoyed the added 30 minutes, and thought they added to Barbara Gordon/Batgirl’s arc in the story and adds to the emotional weight of what happens to her. The extra story essentially features Batgirl working with Batman to take down Paris Franz, the nephew of a prominent Gotham mob boss. Paris becomes obsessed with Batgirl on many levels, one of which is sexually. Batman is concerned with the fact that Batgirl isn’t taking this seriously enough, so he takes her off the case. Naturally she gets angry, and starts to verbally and physically fight him on a rooftop. This altercation gets heated in a different way, which sees Batman and Batgirl have sex. The next night, Batman is nearly killed after a surprise attack by Franz. Batgirl ignores Batman’s warnings and comes to his aid, however loses her cool and nearly beats Paris Franz to within an inch of his life. Shell shocked by what she was doing, she believes she has gone too far and retires from her role as Batgirl. Yes, you read that right…Batman and Batgirl have sex in this movie and have a romantic nature to their relationship. Thus inclusion has caused some online members of fandom to run amok and spew hatred towards this film. As if the film-makers have committed some sort of sacrilege. First of all, Barbara Gordon isn’t 15 in this film; she looks to be in her mid 20’s. So it’s not like Batman is taking advantage of one of his under age pupils or anything. Also, a romantic history has been hinted at with these two characters in the comic books and animation before. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman hints at it, and the Batman Beyond animated series, and comic book take it even further. In that iteration, Bruce & Barbara had a sexual relationship that breaks up Dick Grayson and Barbara’s relationship and causes the rift between Batman and Robin/Nightwing. Honestly, I was 100% on board with this additional 30 minutes. It made me want a full 75 minute Batgirl animated film. Also, the little ending, mid credit tag hints at Barbara Gordon’s future as Oracle, something the comic book never did.
The last 45 minutes are truly an exact translation of The Killing Joke source material. Shot for shot; beat for beat and every bit of dialogue exchange is literally word for word from the comic book. My favourite scenes were the Batman/Joker confrontation inside his cell in Arkham Asylum and all of the Joker flashbacks. The Arkham Asylum scene highlights the fact that both Batman and the Joker realize their war can only end in death. While we see a Batman that seems to be at his wit’s end, I think it speaks to Batman’s character that he’s willing to try to rationalize with The Joker, one more time. The Joker flashbacks tell us about a man who was a failure as an engineer and as a comedian. This forces him into petty crime to earn money to support his pregnant wife. An accident occurs, causing his wife and child to die. These flashback work to make you sympathize with The Joker, However, when you see him shoot, paralyze, take creepy and naughty pictures of Barbara Gordon, all to torture and break Jim Gordon, you quickly lose that sympathy for him. The animation in this film really captures Brian Bolland’s comic book artwork. Once again, the Arkham Asylum sequence and The Joker flashbacks are the strongest comparisons. The scene where The Joker emerges from the vat of acid holding his head and laughing hysterically is creepy and is a perfect rendition of that splash page. There’s a scene where Batman is investigating The Joker and on the Bat-Computer we see imagery of The Joker. The cool thing is this imagery is animated renderings of The Joker in different incarnations. We see an animated version of Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Cesar Romero’s Joker, Heath Ledger’s Joker, the Joker of the comic books, and even the Joker of the animated series. Plenty of awesome fan service here.
The voice cast once again reunites the cast of Batman: The Animated Series. Kevin Conroy plays a far sterner version of Batman to date. As I said, he’s nearing his breaking point. Mark Hamill as The Joker was great, as always. What was especially noticeable was the change in his voice in his characters pre-Joker transformation. It’s as if he was voicing two different characters and in a way, he was. I thought that while the act of seeing the Joker paralyze and take inappropriate pictures of Barbara Gordon was creepy and disturbing, Mark’s voice as the Joker sounded creepier in the Arkham games, over these scenes. In addition to voicing Batgirl, Tara Strong has found herself voicing Harley Quinn in the past. However, there’s no accidental crossing the vocal streams here. She’s all Barbara/Batgirl all the time. She sounded more assertive and older from her vocal work in Batman: The Animated Series. It makes the film feel like an extended episode of the animated series for adults. My biggest problem with this film is the ending, which also holds true for the comic book as well. In the comic, the book ends with Batman and The Joker laughing hysterically in the rain, at one of the Joker’s jokes. In the comic book, the art is drawn in a way where the ending is ambiguous. Either you view Batman as laughing with the Joker, or you view Batman as choking the life out of the Joker for what he did to Barbara Gordon. I choose to believe that Batman is choking the life out of the Joker. In the film, there is no ambiguity. Batman has his hand on Joker’s shoulder, and is laughing with Joker. I’m sorry; I just can’t get behind this. No way would Batman share a laugh with the man who paralyzed someone he cared for. It’s one of the worst endings to a film I’ve seen, and even to a comic book I’ve ever read.
As mentioned above, despite 30 minutes of new footage, there’s no denying that Batman: The Killing Joke, is an incredibly faithful interpretation. While I enjoyed the new material, and didn’t mind the Batman/Batgirl sex scene, I can understand people not liking that portion of the story. All I’m saying, whether you like it or not, let’s not pretend it’s never been done before. This film may not have the repeatability factor of some other films due to its tone and particular subject matter, but it definitely deserves one view. If you loved the book, you’ll love most of this movie, but if you’re unfamiliar with the graphic novel, it truly is a tossup as to whether you’ll like this.
Happy New Comic Book Day, Ho-mies!! Here’s a look at some recs from my pull list, as well as an enlightening look at SyFy’s Dominion, courtesy of Adam. I must confess, I had completely overlooked this show, but after reading Mr. A’s review I am totally on board for it. (You had me at Anthony Stewart Head, sir!! <333333 ;)) Hope you’ve had a very Happy (Ass) Wednesday, Kinkbots…Now go forth an get yo freaky geeky on!! 😉 xoxo
This Week’s Recs (according to moi ;)):
Dominion Proves To Be A Dominant Show For SyFy! (by Adam)
The movie Legion had some good moments, but is largely a forgettable film. So I was surprised to hear that SyFy intended to set a television show after the events of that film. Sometimes though, a concept is better suited for television then it is for film, and I believe that is the case here. The basic story of Dominion is, “God vanishes and in his absence the archangel Gabriel and his army of lower angels wage war against mankind, believing them to be the cause of God’s absence. Although most higher angels remain neutral, Gabriel has convinced the lower angels, the ‘dogs of Heaven’, called ‘eight-balls’ by humans for their black eyes, to fight alongside him. 25 years later, mankind survives in a few fortified cities. The Archangel Michael has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel, living among humans in the fortified city of Vega (once Las Vegas) until the time a prophesied savior appears to save mankind.”
What I like about this show, is that despite having religion as the backdrop to their story, the show never gets preachy. It focuses more on the mythology and the battle that ensues. The show uses the most recognizable angels in this conflict in Gabriel and Michael. As far as name recognition, they’re like the Batman and Superman of the angelic world. I really like that there are two classes of angels on this show, the archangels, and the aforementioned “dogs of heaven”. I think it’s smart to have the archangels have more power and complete use of their powers, while the lesser angels have to posses humans in order to use their abilities. They’re somewhat of a cross between spirits and zombies in a way, at least in look. Speaking of, the savior that Michael teams up with is Sgt. Alex Lannon, who is unaware at first that he is the “Chosen One” He represents the viewer in a way at the start of the series, and he graduates into his role as a savior, and by season’s end isn’t fully comfortable with it! I like the sub plot of the mysterious tattoos that he has which only he can decipher. This plot point isn’t resolved by season’s end, and will definitely be explored in another season. There’s is a moment where he uses it to try and save the soul of a possessed human but ultimately fails. This moment was important, because even though he has a divine purpose, he is still human and fallible.
In addition to being, full on action and sci-fi heavy, this show also acts as a political drama. Following the “Extinction War” in the film Legion, humans now live in fortified cities. The main one, which is also the setting of the show is Vega, which was once upon a time Las Vegas, Society is broken up into a sort of caste system. The two main players at the forefront of the political scene in Vega are Gen. Edward Riesen and Sen. David Whele. Gen. Riesen is the Lord of Vega and the military leader of Vega. David Whele is essentially Gen. Riesen’s second in command; He’s the secretary of commerce and a chief administrator of Vega. While they work hand in hand with each other in public, they are constantly trying to undermine and usurp each other. All the while, they have arranged a marriage between their children, each hoping the union will give their individual family a political strangle hold. These two are both so slick, seedy, dastardly individuals you don’t know which one two cheer for. In a cast full of unknown’s, these two roles are in habited by veteran actors. Alan Dale plays Gen. Riesen. Of course, we’ve seen him on the likes of Entourage and The OC. Meanwhile, Anthony Stewart Head plays Sen. David Whele. Even though David is the more “evil” of the two characters, my allegiance lies with him. Why you may ask? Well because Anthony Stewart Head played Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Also, his last name is Head, and that has sexual connotations attached, so it’s automatic that I side with him. He does do some dastardly deeds, which prompted me to yell; “You can’t do that. Shame on you Giles!” at my TV. Alan Dale has made a career of being a prick on television, and continues that tradition here.
One of the aspects that surprised me about this show in the first season was all the twist and turns. Granted, they’re not on a Game of Thrones level, but they kept me on my toes. One of those twists involves the marriage of Gen Riesen’s daughter and Sen. Whele’s son. On paper, these two seem like the perfect match. Claire is a teacher in the beliefs of Saviorism, while William Whele is the religious leader of the Church of the Savior. What is revealed early on is that Claire is in love with the chosen one himself, Alex Lannon, while William is secretly the leader of the Black Acolyte cult devoted to Gabriel. So even though there is a love triangle of sorts, it isn’t hyped up like it would be on a CW show. The focus is William’s dark dealings, and Alex’s responsibility as the chosen one. That’s the true source of the tension in this love triangle. There’s also another person vying for political control of Vega. Arika is an emissary of another fortified city of Helena. She claims to want to broker a truce and broker peace, but like most things on this show, everything is not as it seems. If I had to explain the inhabitants of Helena, imagine Wonder Woman’s Amazonia sisterhood, minus their armor and much hornier. Another cool twist is that both archangel’s Michael and Gabriel have angel’s have secret emissary’s amongst the humans doing their bidding, and when those people are revealed, it’s really surprising and unexpected. There’s also a game changing scene mid way point of the season revealing one of the character’s mother’s has been possessed by an “8 Ball.” It’s a totally unexpected WTF moment. All the twists in this first season would make Christopher Nolan proud.
With SyFy shows I find the visual effects to be hit or miss. Well, I’m happy to report that in this case they are an absolute hit. I love the look of the angel wings and how the angels look in flight, I really liked that the show made a point of having the wings be multi-functional. Not only are they for flight, but they come in handy for fighting too. The wings are used when an angel goes on the offensive, and also in defensive postures to deflect bullets. Having bullet proof wings seems like a pretty unfair advantage, but it looks pretty damn cool! This being Kinky Horror, I’m sure you want to know about the nudity/violence and gore on Dominion. There is no frontal nudity but there are several backside shots. And the ladies on this show have backsides that would serve the #asswednesday hash tag well. I’m sure female viewers will appreciate the male contingent as well. In terms of violence, there’s a scene with severed limbs, plenty of stabbing, someone loses an eye, and someone’s head gets lobbed off. It’s never done in excess, but definitely when warranted.
I wasn’t sure what I’d make of Dominion, but I enjoyed it a lot. If I had to describe this show, it’d be like putting Supernatural and House of Cards together in a blender, and this would be the result. With a healthy mix of mythology, sci-fi, politics and a love subplot the show has it all. At a smaller episode count of 10, the show has no time for filler, hooks you in immediately, and gets better every episode.