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Our Favorite Batman story!

Short Box Podcast #5 is a our final classic book review for Batman month.

Adam and Nick give they’re thoughts on 3 of they’re favorite books, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales Batman: Hunted Knight, Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory.

 
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I decided to watch the episode of Batman The Animated Series (the later episodes dubbed “The Adventures of Batman and Robin”) that introduced Bane. I looked into it and Bane first appeared in Vengeance of Bane #1 in 1993 and this episode aired in 1994. At the time, I had just read Knightfall, Knightquest, and Kinghtsend a few months before this. I didn’t think it was weird but now…man! How often does that happen? A comic book character appears and a year later he’s in a cartoon?

They must have known they had an instant classic with Bane. Except, they didn’t. I read into it and Paul Dini and Bruce Timm thought Bane was a one hit wonder. They were pressured into using him because of the recent success of the character.

How does this version of the character stack up to the Bane of the comics? Well, in a few years we would see a far worse version of the character who appeared on he big screen (in Batman and Robin) but this version is not perfect. You can tell Dini and Timm didn’t totally GET what makes this character cool. They did get some things right, however. Bane was in prison and he was experimented on with venom.

Bane was hired by the Rupert Thorne (the big mob boss of Batman TAS) to eliminate Batman. Before he goes after Batman he wants to studies his strongest opponent, Killer Croc. This is exactly what he did in Knightfall. The problem with this version of the character is that all Batman needs to do is mess with his venom feed and he becomes instantly deflated…like a balloon. Bane isn’t so easily defeated. This simplistic storytelling device is probably because they only had a half hour to tell stories. It would take almost another 20 years till Bane saw true justice in another medium.

- @NickBorelli

The Dark Knight Trilogy Reviewed

**The following podcast contains spoilers. Please listen at your own risk or return after seeing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ -Thanks **
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Nick and Adam talk about Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, discussing Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. We also answer some listener questions.

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Adam and Nick do a review on 4 classic Batman stories starring Bane. Vengeance of Bane, Knightfall, Knightquest, and Knightend. Enjoy!

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