Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s Batman character has gone through nearly as many cinematic and television incarnations, perhaps, as Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The Adam West Batman TV series of the 1960s showcased a colorful world of campy characters, stereotypical comic-book affectations (ZAP!) and obsessively-labeled Bat gadgets and devices (like the Batcave’s clearly marked “Lighted Lucite Map of Gotham City“).
Contrarily, Christopher Nolan’s currently in-vogue interpretation of the mythos adopts the opposite tack, grounding absolutely every aspect of Batman’s universe in kitchen sink, War on Terror Age reality. Here, the Batmobile is more Hummer than hot rod, an all-terrain military vehicle adapted by the Dark Knight for urban use. The Caped Crusader’s costume, according to Batman Begins (2005) is actually a “Nomex Survival Suit” not a mere “costume,” and Gotham City appears to be a very real, very grounded metropolis (actually Chicago in The Dark Knight , if memory serves).
Between these opposite poles of….READ MORE: John Kenneth Muir’s Reflections on Cult Movies and Classic TV: 28 Years Ago: Batman (1989)