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Thanks for the read!!! Always open to critique! In 1992, an animated series focused on the DC comics hero Batman, debuted on television. After 23 years, and countless awards and praises, it’s still celebrated as one of the greatest cartoons to ever grace the small screen. Four years later in 1996, a spinoff of Batman: The Animated Series premiered that followed the adventures of The Last Son of Krypton. Superman: The Animated Series was a worthy follower to its DC animation predecessor as it faithfully depicted the Man of Steel. The DC animation train didn’t stop with these two powerhouses as Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited all followed and ushered in a cohesive DC animated universe (Dcau). These shows not only set a precedent for animated superhero cartoons, but all cartoons as they exemplified great television. The person responsible for spearheading and »
Batman has aquired a rather extensive rogues gallery over the past 76 years. His rotating stable of villains includes everything from mass murderers, serial killers and thugs to the rejected, disfigured and often misunderstood. Which of these categories, then, does a certain Mr. Waylon Jones, known more affectionately to fans as Killer Croc, belong in? This character, though created over three decades ago, found his largest fanbase as a somewhat bumbling brute on Batman: The Animated Series and has appeared regularly in the comic books since that time, but how much do we as fans really know about the complex history of this character? His inclusion in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, alongside fellow Bat-Rogue Harley Quinn, has generated a lot of buzz around his portrayl as a disfigured man, rather than a hulking mutated monster. This being his very first appearance on the big screen, we thought this would be »
- Matt MacNabb
Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.
As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »
- Mark Young
The Top 5 Coolest Animated Incarnations of Mr. Freeze!by Matt MacNabb
Mr. Freeze is one of the most enigmatic and emotional villains in the Batman's rogues gallery. Orginally dubbed 'Mr. Zero' when he was first introduced to comic book fans back in 1959. His appearances on the 1966 Batman television show altered his name forever to Mr. Freeze! The real birth of this once one-dimensional character, however, came in the Batman cartoons. Legions of Gotham will now countdown the top five animated appearances of the tragic Dr. Victor Fries!
The Young Justice cartoon ended too quickly after just two seasons, but Batman fans were treated to a few appearances by the king of cold before it was done! Mr. Freeze appeared in three episodes of the popular series, voiced by Keith Szarabajka. This beefed up older version of Freeze was captured by Batman and Robin and transported back to Arkham Asylum, »
- Matt MacNabb
4 items from 2015
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