3 for Fans of The Batman

Today we have a two for one!

Comics

Are you a fan of the latest film depiction of Gotham City’s caped crusader? Take a look at these comics that helped influence the film’s style and story.

Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
This 1987 revamping of Batman’s origin story has become a central part of the Batman mythos in the 35 years since its initial publication. It features a young Bruce Wayne with a determination to protect Gotham City from crime, but there will be plenty of bumps along the road before he truly becomes Batman. There are no costumed criminals to be seen here (with the exception of one Selina Kyle), but the gangsters and corruption that plague Gotham City make excellent adversaries for a young hero finding his footing.

Batman: The Long Halloween, based on the graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
This animated adaption of a 13-part series of the same name released in 1996-97 is a sequel to Year One (albeit by different creators), featuring some of the same characters, including the Falcone criminal organization and Catwoman. The story focuses on a mysterious serial killer, dubbed “Holiday,” and the attempts of the team of Batman, Captain James Gordon, and D.A. Harvey Dent to find Holiday and bring down Carmine Falcone’s criminal empire. You can also read the original comic on Hoopla.

Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Released in 3 parts from 2012 to 2021, this graphic novel posits a new origin for Batman, placing him in a 21st century context and a world that could conceivably be our own. In this story, Bruce Wayne is new to the job of costumed crimefighting, far from the hypercompetent Batman that we are used to reading about. Although it covers some of the same ground as Year One in that sense, many of the classic Batman tropes are reimagined here. Notably, some major plot points from The Batman came directly from this story.

Movies

Did you enjoy the latest big-screen version of Batman? Watch some of the classic films that influenced the movie’s style!

Chinatown
A private detective (Jack Nicholson, 15 years before he would be in a Batman film of his own) finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy involving water rights in Southern California. This classic noir film from 1974 also stars Faye Dunaway and John Huston.

Klute
Jane Fonda plays Bree Daniels, a call girl who becomes involved in the investigations of private detective John Klute, played by Donald Sutherland. As the case continues, the two fall into a romance, but Bree is unsure of whether she wants the emotional baggage of a relationship. Fonda won the 1972 Oscar for Best Actress for her role.

Taxi Driver
This classic Martin Scorcese film from 1976 stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a Vietnam veteran and cabbie who, troubled by the crime-ridden streets of 1970s New York City, starts to indulge violent fantasies about dispensing vigilante justice. This critically-acclaimed film also stars Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and Harvey Keitel.