January 31-February 5, 2011

It’s Batman Week on The Idler!

Mike Vincent traces the surprising depth of the catalog of cover versions of the theme song from the 1960s Batman TV series. Including one by a pug. Read “Bat-tunes”

Kevin Mattison watches all of the big screen Batman feature films, so you don’t have to. Even though you should. Even Batman and Robin. Just once. Read “What kind of man dresses up like a bat?! More to the point, what kind of director puts nipples on that man’s bat costume?”

There have been a lot of Batman comics, and arguably, a lot of Batmen. Ana Hoguin and Matt Dyer help you find your way around with their “Encyclopedia Batannica”

Kate Sloan reads Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and finds beyond the surprisingly dated 80s references a homohero for the ages. Read “Gaying up Gotham”

Gavin Craig plays the first, great Batman video game. No, not that one. LEGO Batman. Really. Read “Worth the wait”

The Gamers’ Club will return next week.

Rosemary Van Deuren watches the film that inspired the creation of the Joker, sort of. Read “Joker Veidt: He who laughs last, laughs best”

There’s been a lot of the Caped Crusader since we were kids. Lindsey Malta traces a lifetime of the Batman in “Batman: a memoir in media”

The Batman is (or should be) sneaky, smart, and a little bit crazy. Read Gavin Craig’s take on how to make the best Batman in “What makes the Bat?”

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