One of the current viral videos floating about is Gotham Begins, a parody of the new pre-Batman series Gotham. That alone is worth a post — it’s funny and points out one of the flaws of the show — but it also gives me a reason to talk a little about the show.

First things first. Here’s the trailer:

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Friday YouTube: Holy Savings Bonds, Batman!

When he’s not saving Gotham City from evildoers like the Joker and the Penguin, Batman is doing his part to support the war effort, as evidenced by this 1966 television commercial.

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In this video for “Batman Evolution”, The Piano Guys spared no expense to perform a medley of Batman theme music on impressive sets.

Enjoy!
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Now at Kirkus: Gotham Central

This week over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at two books which may have inspired the new Fox TV Show: Gotham.

From the post:

With Gotham premiering September 22nd on Fox – and with all the positive buzz about the show – I couldn’t pass up on the chance to talk about Batman here at Kirkus. Especially considering my love for the character and the mythos. But Gotham isn’t really about Batman. It’s about the city which gave birth to him, and to so many other characters we’ve come to know so well. A city that breathes all on its own, and is, for all intents and purposes, a character in its own right. How do I tackle that one?

Want to read more?  Of course you do! So click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog and check out the rest of the post…

I grew up watching reruns of the 1960’s Batman television series starring Adam West, Burt Ward and a host of celebrity villains. The show appealed to me on a superficial level because it had…superheroes! Fights scenes! Evil villains! It was a must-watch every day and it killed me — killed me! — when they ended it on a cliffhanger, like they usually did. How dare they make me tune it to the show tomorrow at the same bat-time on the same bat-channel. Those bastards.
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Friday YouTube: Batman Teaches Robin The Heimlich Maneuver

It’s a slow day in the Hall of Justice. What better time for Batman to teach his young ward how to save someone’s life?

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Red Queen will make you re-think the phrase “just a fan film”…

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Interested in a crime drama steeped in comic books? Then you’ll like this trailer for Gotham

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Here’s a brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

Don’t miss “Batman: Strange Days” and other unique DC Nation shorts Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CST) on Cartoon Network during Teen Titans Go!

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Friday YouTube: Banecat!

Pretty much what you’d expect…but still funny.
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Short Film: Batman vs. The Terminator

Here’s a decent fan film mashup that’s worth a look. It’s Batman vs. The Terminator by Tony Guerrero, Noir Deco, and Mitchell Hammond. The plot here is more teaser than story, but I like the animation style and I have to admit that the idea of the dark Knight fighting terminator is appealing.

But you decide…

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Friday YouTube: Batman vs. Superman (in Lego)

In case anyone was wondering how Btaman might fare against Superman, well, this Lego animation pretty much summarizes it.

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Superman, Batman and The Doctor Walk into a Cafe…

No, seriously…

The folks behind How It Should’ve Ended and Superhero Cafe, bring us a special video for Doctor Who Week – Who’s A Hero – featuring Superman, Batman and the Doctor.

Favorite line?

“What would a bat do with a screwdriver?”

“You could’ve saved Rory and Amy!”

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What happens when the voice of Batman goes up against the voice of Superman?

Watch this video and find out

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VIDEO: Batman vs. Superman

Here’s another one of College Humor’s Batman videos…this time bringing in Superman amdidst scuttlebutt of the pending Superman/Batman film.

File under: NSFW, but funny.

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REVIEW SUMMARY: A decent offering marred by an art style so grotesque as to be horribly distracting.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After battling a menagerie of his enemies, The Flash (Barry Allen), wakes up to find the world has changed. Atlantis is at war with the Amazon’s of Themyscira, who have destroyed Europe, and claimed the United Kingdom as their own. In this alternate world, it’s up to Barry Allen and this world’s version of The Batman to set things right again, or die trying.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Decent story; nice to see Barry’s version of The Flash in an animated feature; this Batman is interesting (not all alternates have been); another fun romp through the ‘what if’ catalogue of stories.
CONS: The physical representations of the heroes (the art) is weird, grotesque and distracting; even without having read the original comics, the twist was predictable.
BOTTOM LINE: As a fan of the animated movies DC has been pumping out, this one is much better than the previous few and well worth your time.

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Friday YouTube: Honest Trailers Takes on “Batman & Robin”

I love “Honest Trailers”. Take away all the in-the-moment hype and the buzz and you’re left with an honest assessment of a film…brilliantly seen using the wisdom of hindsight! Oh, and they’re LOL-funny.

I just have one question: Does this mean Batman & Robin is the new Waterworld?

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Superman and Batman on the Upcoming “Superman/Batman” Film


You didn’t think that Superman and Batman were going to let the recent Superman/Batman film announcement go unmentioned, did you…?

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Friday YouTube: Batman in Classic Movie Scenes

How might some of your favorite films looked if the Dark Knight starred in them?

Watch this video to find out!
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Friday YouTube: Batman’s Bad Day

Life is not always a bed of roses just because you are a superhero, as this episode of Bad Days shows us…

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