Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Batman Begins, All Over Again

This past weekend, I saw Batman Begins, in a theater that was about half-full. Considering that the theater I was at was showing BB every hour, I took this as a good sign for the movie.

Now, Batman has never been one of my favorite comics characters. In fact, most of the DC Comics characters don't do it for me, with a few exceptions (Nightwing, The Flash, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman). Looking at that list, in fact, it seems I only like the characters that are of more modern origin, or have been kept up-to-date with the times. DC's marquee characters, Superman and Batman, have never really kept my attention. In particular, I don't like Batman. I've found that Bruce Wayne is usually way too arrogant for me, and I just don't like either side of the character--Bruce or Batman. As such, I'm not as up on the Batman chronology as others.

However, Batman Begins did a great job of presenting the origin of Batman, showing how a man can become a legend. I loved the fact that the "bad guys" in this one aren't over-the-top villians, as seen in the past movies. Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow was genuinely slimy and distasteful. Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard was a great choice--he should get a trademark on playing these older mentor-type characters, but this definitely wasn't a rehash of Qui-Gon. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine were fantastic as the support in Bruce/Batman's work and life. And while I didn't care much for Katie Holmes, at least her role wasn't that big in the movie, relatively speaking.

However, it's the work of Christian Bale that really stands out. I can remember watching him in Newsies, waaaaay back in 1992, and I had no idea that he'd come this far. His work in this movie is truly outstanding, and really breathes a lot of life into the Batman franchise.

For patrons who enjoyed this movie, definitely point them towards the Batman graphic novels in your collection. Frank Miller's work is certainly an ideal launching point, with Batman: Year One or The Dark Knight Returns. But I'd also recommend The Long Halloween and Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb. For a look at one of Batman's most famous villians, try Batman: The Killing Joke, focusing on the Joker and his infamous attack on Barbara Gordon, aka the original Batgirl.


  • At 6:54 AM, Blogger Christine said…

    I found yesterday that we don't own Arkham Asylum. I was horrified. I put it on a rush order list immediately (I ordered one for PX).

  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger melissa said…

    Gah! Definitely a bad thing. Thanks for including PX in the order!

  • At 10:22 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    Christian Bale...now I have a strong desire to watch Swing Kids.


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