I have thought about where the direction for this blog post should head for a while, and started to think about other stories that are classics and that have been redone many times. We looked at Cinderella’s many different versions–from the original children’s story that the masses know to a more recent cartoon rendition. One of the first things that we talked about was how nearly everyone has, at a minimum, heard the story of Cinderella. I have personally seen five movies based on the story over the years.
The character of Batman is widely known, even for those who have not seen the movie or other renditions since its release in 1989. Just like Cinderella, most people can explain who Batman is and have most likely seen one of the movies or spin-offs. I recently started watching Gotham on Netflix, and immediately saw the strong ties to the Batman movie, The Dark Night. The dark scenery and dramatic music can best be shown in the screenshot below.
What comes to mind first when I envision Batman are the intense, dark scenes that constantly drive the plot. This screenshot shows just that—an eerie and powerful show. The show follows the young Bruce Wayne and so far has given a closer look at what made him who he is. It is interesting to take a closer look at his time spent at Wayne Manor, and although I am only 1 episode in, I look forward to watching him grow. Watching this spin-off so far has been even better than the original movie in 1989. The comparisons to the Batman series—Bruce Wayne and what I have read online for a potential Joker character—lead me to believe that it will be similar in many ways. Kayla Hawkins discusses how Jerome may end up taking the role that the Joker had, in her article online. I cannot wait to keep watching, and hope to continuously see the similarities to the original Batman story.