The Batman… again!

The Batman. Publicité France. 2022. Var Matin.

Today I went to see the film The Batman. Again. This is my second viewing, and it allowed me time to focus more on some of the many details I loved in the headrush-mind-blown-euphoria of my first viewing… like… just how awesome is every nuance of the soundtrack (Michael Giacchino for an upcoming Oscar anyone?); how hypnotic is the cinematography in its scale and lighting; how much creepier (and excellent acting kudos once again to Paul Dano) is The Riddler? The Batmobile car chase scene… Selina Kyle… The Nightclub scenes…

Bah. I could be a fanboy all day about this movie and bore you to bat tears (fair warning: I’m hoping to see it a third time before it exits the cinemas here). Instead, I’ll leave you with a couple of French publicity items I found – which have been a bit thin on the ground here since the pandemic in terms of the free goodies I usually pick up. As a bonus, I’ll make a quick rummage through my Batman archives to present some wonderful toy and advert images you may have missed last time around.

If you haven’t seen The Batman yet, what are you waiting for? Hurry.

Cover – Cinemateaser N° 110. Mars 2022. France.

The Batman is released by Warner Brothers in March 2022. All images in this post courtesy of Warner Brothers and DC Comics.

From the TVTA Batman archives:

As always, thanks for looking!

The Batman movie no spoiler TVTA review

“A film so dark, I had to put my sunglasses on when I left the cinema.” – TVTA

I rarely do reviews here at TVTA, but you know, I’m gonna make an exception today, because I’ve just had my all-senses blown away by the dark cinematic juggernaut that is The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/the Riddler.

Shoutouts too for the supporting cast of John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson and Andy Serkis among others. The acting dynamics behind this film is nothing short of chemical poetry.

At just shy of three hours running time, you might be put off by venturing to your cinema to see it – but don’t be… The Batman is a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat and caters for all your sensory needs. Before you know it, you’ll be wondering where those three hours went.

The film is pitched in the darkest noir tones you could imagine; from the brooding architecture of the almost non-stop rained-upon Gotham City, to wild and ornate gothic interiors that would have Tim Burton nodding in appreciation, to the dank and murky Batcave, to the pulsating nightclub, to gloomy apartment windows and helicopters patrolling a Bat-signalled black sky. Fellow blogger Paul Bowler pointed out that the film’s look has a certain Seven vibe to it, and I would agree with that. I would also add the film has a few Edward Hopper ambient moments, maybe too Metropolis.

Robert Pattinson in the role of The Batman is by far my favourite take on the Caped Crusader. A brooding, sullen and sympathetic figure who is clearly at odds with his persona as billionaire Bruce Wayne, and more keen to get on with some honest detective work. Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman is introduced to us at the seemingly entry level of her persona – a spirited and fearless would-be assassin. Watching her character grow in any further instalments is going to be a treat.

An unrecognisable Colin Farrell in the role of the Penguin is a joy to watch. As is Paul Dano who plays Edward Nashton/the Riddler – a villain completely unhinged from reality. In costume, the Riddler horrifies us, but it’s when he’s out of costume in his seemingly unassuming, bespectacled self that his creepiness factor truly comes into play. For me, I haven’t seen a creepier villain since Kevin in Sin City.

Let’s hear it for the sound! The soundtrack is just phenomenal; from Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’ to the classic ‘Ave Maria’ to the sound of Batman’s bootsteps sploshing in the rain-soaked sidewalks of Gotham City.

What else can I say… there are some cool Bat vehicles, a superb car chase, a hint of romance, violence and action galore, a delightful cameo by one of Batman’s arch foes, and black oodles upon black oodles of dark, twisty, black, shadowy noir to keep you feeling darkly noir-ish until next time…

Me, I can’t wait to see it again!

The Batman is released by Warner Brothers in March 2022. All images in this post courtesy of Warner Brothers and DC Comics.

’95 – ’15 – DC Comics Formidable Females

DC Girl Frenzy. 1998.

Artemis Requiem. 1996.

Supergirl and Batgirl. 1998.

Supergirl. 1998.

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My Second Barbie – she’s a Wonder Woman!

Presenting, my second Barbie… (first one here)

Dear readers, I am thrilled to add my second Barbie to TVTA’s toy collection – the 2003 Mattel Barbie DC Comics Playline Edition Wonder Woman doll.

My Barbie as Wonder Woman came mint in her original box, complete with accessories and a mini lunchbox keychain. A display stand is also included.

The reverse of the box shows an uncredited Wonder Woman comic artwork (possibly by Bruce Timm from Justice League Unlimited era, anyone?), and an image of the three DC Playline Edition Barbie dolls available at the time: Catgirl, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl.

She’s Wonder Woman, and she rules, but she’s also Barbie… therefore she must strike her glamour poses…

I was tempted to get one of the many exquisite Barbie Wonder Woman dolls based on the modern Gal Gadot version, but hesitated for the moment in favour of a more traditional comic book Wonder Woman + traditional Barbie look.

Honestly though, examples like the one below are going to be hard to resist!

In other Wonder Woman news…

Here is my freshly scanned copy of Odyssey of the Amazons – a ‘Before Wonder Woman’ tale. I’m hoping to jump into this epic story during my two days off before the weekend slog at work.


And finally, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Wonder Woman…

Look out for TVTA’s upcoming Wonder Woman tribute post, scheduled for this October in time for a very important film release 😉

Thank you for being Wonderful with us 🙂 

’46-’93, comic book art and covers

Good evening, vintage mates…

and good evening, Dr. Manhattan…

In this instalment, we showcase 1940s and 1960s covers for French comic Lisette; a fistful of DC war story comics including three excellent Weird War Tales covers; a 1979 Look-In magazine; some MAD from 1993; and one of the greatest graphic novels ever created – DC’s Watchmen.

Featuring artwork by Roger Bussemey, R.J. Sornas, Neal Adams, Russ Heath, James Warhola, Joe Kubert, Ross Andru, Romeo Tanghal, Dave Gibbons, and others.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Lisette N°26. 1946. France.

Weird War Tales 74. 1979. Cover by George Evans.

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