This week the hosts talk about the one… the only… The Dark Knight! James and Giselle dive into this superhero classic and discuss what makes it stand out, their own experience seeing it when it premiered, how it changed and legitimized the genre, and generally just gush about how it’s such a good freaking movie (pssst, it’s because he’s Batman). ;)
Ya’ll know I love crossovers. As someone who daydreams about all these fun fictional worlds it’s such a pleasure to see them intertwined so well. Today I present to you a crossover that was just waiting to happen. Ever wonder how everyone’s favorite hothead Elliot Stabler from Law and Order: SVU would react to meeting Batman? Well, look no further because I have it right here!
This week’s story is A Tale of Two Gothams by Alexander Dregon of Fanfiction.net. It never before occurred to me that Elliot Stabler and Batman needed to meet until I read this story. I am a huge Law and Order: SVU fan and I freaking love Stabler. He is such a hothead and uncompromising, even when that behavior becomes self destructive. And who else is uncompromising and by God will get the job done? The God Damn Batman, that’s who.
The Lady Geeks discuss Hollywood’s attempt at “whitewashing” Akira, Bill Finger’s uncredited work on Batman and a shipwreck unleashed by Canada full of cannibal rats. Fandom Word of the Day: Tokubetsu na kibun.
Recently the Space Pirate Queen posted a blog with all these wonderful Lord of the Rings parodies. Being quite the “Ringer” (that was one of our nicknames) back in the day, it brought back some wonderful memories. It made me think of funny parodies I enjoy from other fandoms, so naturally Batman came to mind.
I decided to join the parody bandwagon and post some of my favorite parodies from when The Dark Knight came out.Â It’s always fun to go back and enjoy these parodies, but now their nostalgia factor has been amplified with all of theÂ The Dark Knight RisesÂ excitement.
Here is one of the most popular ones. A spoof of the interrogation scene:
I’ll defend Batman (and his voice) to a tee, but that doesn’t mean this video isn’t bloody hilarious.
Batman fans may remember back in 2007 when the viral campaign for The Dark Knight started. There were campaign sites for Harvey Dent, and many times there were opportunities for fans to get involved, like going to instructed areas to support Harvey Dent (as seen in this Gotham Cable News website) or following directions given by the cryptic site WhySoSerious.com and after completing the task the fans were rewarded with new pictures of characters, sound bites, and other clues to what the movie would have in store for us.
I can say with complete honesty that I had never had so much fun anticipating a movie in my entire life. The viral campaign was a wonderful interactive experience and many times let us into the minds of the characters from the upcoming film. I’ll never forget getting a phone call from 000-000-0000, but then once I answered I realized it was a phone call that was happening during one of the Joker’s bank robberies. The whole experience put a huge smile on my face (something I’m sure the Joker would approve of). A list of all of TDK viral sites.
Now it’s happening all over again. For months fans were wondering when the viral campaign would start for The Dark Knight Rises, and a couple of weeks ago it finally did. It started with the official site. If you go there you hear this cryptic chanting, but no images. One of the fans, God bless them, put the sound file through an audio visualizing program and what came up was a hashtag: #TheFireRises. Using this hashtag revealed a mysterious twitter account by the same name. After enough tweets it finally revealed the first official picture from The Dark Knight Rises.
Now there is a channel on YouTube with the same username that’s releasing vague videos alluding to an escape from Arkham Asylum. There is debate as to whether or not the channel is legit or simply the makings of a zealous fan, but either way I recommend checking it out because the videos are neatly crafted.
A video called “Outbreak”.
I am excited to see what the rest of the viral campaign has in store for us. If you didn’t have a chance to be involved with TDK viral campaign (and if you’re a creepy obsessive fan like myself) then you really ought to keep an eye out for this one. The people in charge of the campaign make being a dedicated fan a very rewarding experience. Since this is the last Batman movie that Christopher Nolan is directing I’m going to make sure to enjoy this to the fullest capacity. Even though my anticipation for this movie is borderline psychotic, I’m going to appreciate this time of waiting and enjoy it while it lasts.
So for now, kids, let’s sit back and see how this viral campaign unfolds. I’m sure, no matter what, it’s going to be a great ride.