Saturday, April 20, 2013

LoEB: First Impressions

I can't believe it's been two months since my last League of Extraordinary Bloggers post. But fear not as there's no time like the present to jump back in! This week's topic:

"You never get a second chance at a first impression–what moment in pop culture had you saying “Now, that’s how you make an introduction!”

Well, for me, the most memorable introduction belongs to the Dark Knight!

When Tim Burton's Batman was released in 1989, I was seven years old and to say the film made an impression on me is an understatement. However, the most memorable moment came when the Caped Crusader first appeared in full on the big screen. He confronted two armed robbers, shrugging off a hail of gunfire, then dispatching one quickly before terrorizing the other.

Dangling the scumbag over the edge of a building, he instructed the thief to tell all his friends about him and in response to the criminal's query of "what are you?", the masked vigilante pulled him in closer and replied...

"I'm Batman."
Impressed I was, and that moment was permanently ingrained in mind as I'm sure it was for many young fans watching the film for the first time.

Of course, to counter that very positive first impression, I have to include a negative first impression of the Batman that came several years later in the pages of a comic that was supposed to reintroduce the Dark Knight to a new generation of readers...

Thank you, Frank Miller.

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