- Posted March 21, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ever want to be Batman?
The Other Boy Who Loved Batman....
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
My first exposure to the character came in the mid 1980s' as a small child watching reruns of the 1966 television series starring Adam West. My parents would buy me the comic books at the local supermarket despite my not yet being able to read. By the time I was 6 years old came the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton. That's where I truly became a "fan." The film launched a craze that was known as the second coming of "Batmania", a term used in the mid 60s' when the success of the television series first took off. There was everything available on the market from Batman action figures, clothing, lunch boxes, and cereal, and believe me, I had it all too. So many children however go through different phases of interest in life and rarely stick to just one thing. In my case it was different because Batman has never left me. While I was introduced by way of the 60s' version, interest peaked by the '89 film, the point of no return came in the form of Batman: The Animated Series debuting in the 1992. It encouraged me to go deeper into the world of Batman learning about as much of the rich history as I possibly could. In the past two decades I have amassed a huge collection of memorabilia honoring the Dark Knight Detective. To this day there is a constant debate as to what is the true version of the character. Many purists believe that it's meant to be a dark story only wishing to omit the campy satire of the 1960s'. Other also debate about which series of films has portrayed the most accurate take between the work of Tim Burton and the more recent Christopher Nolan. However my philosophy is very simple, it's all relevant. As long as an artist's work remains faithful to the origin of Bruce Wayne and what his ultimate mission is, Batman can be interpreted in a variety of ways. I mean honestly how many fictional characters have the sort of range that Batman has? You can find a place for him in almost any genre from drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, etc. etc. You name a category and I can almost guarantee there's been a Batman story told that fits it. It's always been a personal goal of mine as a fan to educate new and old fans alike to appreciate all unique adapations. After all, it's the constant evolution of changes that's made this character a lasting staple in history and a pop-cultural icon.
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