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Underrated: Batman And Robin. Yes, The Movie. No, I Am Not Joking

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Batman And Robin.

You all know the general reputation of this movie. So bad that it ended the original run of Batman films. Nipples on the Batsuit and enough ice puns to chill a bottle of whiskey.

And let us not forget the Bat-credit card.

The last of the movie series that began with Tim Burton’s Batman is not thought of fondly, but I want you to think about a couple of points regarding the movie next time you want to hate on the only George Clooney Batman appearance.

  • It paved the way for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
    Alright, so this isn’t necessarily a good thing about the movie, but at least the follow up Batman flick led to one of the strongest movies featuring the Dark Knight we’ve had yet.
  • It’s the only film in which Batman does purposefully or accidentally kill somebody.
    When I say accidentally kill somebody, I mean those moments where he doesn’t seem to care what happens to criminals after he’s run them off a bridge. Or shot their vehicle with missiles. Or left a man on a train.
  • Think of it as a continuation of the Adam West Batman.
    All of a sudden the movie takes on an entirely new look when you see it as being an homage to the biffing and powing of the 60’s.
  • Once you accept it’s not a great movie, it’s surprisingly fun.
    This will never place highly on any comic fans order of Batman movies – at best it might be in the bottom two or three – but it’s always going to place high on the silly and goofy list. Sometimes, after imbibing some mind altering substances, that’s exactly what you want. Don’t take this movie seriously, and you’ll find it a very ice film.
  • Arnold’s ice puns are awful.
    Seriously, they’re very uncool. And yet… you can’t help but laugh at the sheer delight Arnold has in delivering them.
  • It really is so bad it’s great.
    There’s only a few movies that are so shit that you enjoy them, and this is the best of the ones featuring Batman.

You didn’t really think I’d claim this as a good movie, did you? It’s awful. But it’s so awful that it’s really enjoyable (unlike the theatrical cut of Batman V Superman which is considerably worse than the extended version). So enjoyable that it’s almost an underrated gem – which makes it the perfect movie to rewatch when you’ve got a spare moment and want a laugh.

Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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It’s a new week and though a holiday is later in the week and we’re a bit focused on that, we’re also packed with interviews, previews, reviews, and more! It’s a pretty normal week here and we’re kicking it off with some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – George Clooney Still Isn’t Down With the Critical Reappraisal of Batman and Robin – There’s some things that are just bad. Uncle Alfie would agree.

Copyright Lately – No Fair Use Defense for Dr. Seuss/Star Trek Mashup – That’s not good.


Games Radar – Reckless
Laughing Place – Star Wars: Darth Vader #8

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It was new comic day yesterday! What’d everyone get? If you’re still undecided check out all the links to numerous reviews below.

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GamePolitics – Report: YouTube finally taking game streaming seriously – Maybe we’ll start streaming?

Kotaku – Please Stop Putting Stan Lee’s Name on Things – Amen.

iO9 – 9 Batman Knock-Offs That Utterly Miss The Point Of Batman – Have any to add to the list?

The Huffington Post – Charlie Hebdo To Receive PEN Award – Congrats!

Bleeding Cool – ‘It’s About Ethics In Comic Book Publishing’ – All conflicts should be disclosed at all time, and free items should be disclosed as well.

The Outhousers – Interview: Erik Larsen Goes In-Depth on CostumeGate, Costume Design, and the State of Comics – Great interview.


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Comic Vine – Amazing X-Men #18

Comic Vine – Aquaman #40

CBR – The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #5

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #40

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #51

Comic Vine – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

Comic Vine – The Black Hood #2

The Outhousers – Chew #47

Bleeding Cool – Curb Stomp #2

Comic Vine – Daredevil #14

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #3

Comic Vine – Deadpool #44

Comic Vine – The Flash #40

ICv2 – The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins HC

Comic Vine – Gotham Academy #6

Bleeding Cool – Gotham Academy #6

Comic Vine – Gotham by Midnight #5

The Outhousers: Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3

The Beat – Hit: 1957 #1

Talking Comics – Hit: 1957 #1

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #1

Comic Vine – Jem and the Holograms #1

CBR – Miami Vice Remix #1

CBR – The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

Comicsgirl – Part-Time Princesses

The Beat – Past Aways #1

Bleeding Cool – Providence #1

Comic Vine – Rumble #4

Comic Vine – Wytches #5

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It was new comic book day yesterday! Anyone have issues getting theirs due to the snow?

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Lifehacker – Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Comic Book Artist – Nice to see!

AZ Central – Phoenix mom and pop comic shop ‘forced out of lease’ – BOOOOO!


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Comic Vine – All New Captain America #4

Bleeding Cool – Batgirl #39

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #39

Bleeding Cool – Bitch Planet #3

Comic Vine – Goners #5

Comic Vine – Justice League #39

Comic Vine – Legendary Star-Lord #9

Comic Vine – Manifest Destiny #13

Comic Vine – Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #10

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #12

Comic Vine – The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Comic Vine – Rumble #3

CBR – Secret Identities #1

Comic Vine – She-Hulk #12

Talking Comics – Silk #1

Comic Vine – Silk #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #31

Comic Vine – The Valiant #3

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What have you all read so far and enjoyed?

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iO9 – 10 Public Domain Characters That Are Overdue For A Reboot – Do you all have any picks?


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Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #13

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #38

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #42

Comic Vine – Black Widow #14

The Beat – Burning Fields #1

Comic Vine – Elektra #10

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #642

The Spire – Find #1

Comic Vine – Green Lantern: New Guardians #38

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #23

The Beat – Holy F*ck #1

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Three #17

The Outhousers – Ivar, Timewalker #1

Comic Vine – Justice League #38

Comic Vine – The Kitchen #3

Comic Vine – Millennium #1

Comic Vine – Spider-Verse Team-up #3

Comic Vine – Spread #5

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #42

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The weekend is fast approaching. And there’s lots of new comics yesterday to keep folks busy. What has everyone enjoyed so far?

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CBR – Hot Toys announces ‘movie accurate’ Little Groot – Want!


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Talking Comics – Alex + Ada #11

Comic Vine – All-New Captain America #2

CBR – Batman #37

Comic Vine – Batman #37

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #37

Comic Vine – Manifest Destiny #12

Comic Vine – Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #8

Comic Vine – Ms. Marvel #10

Comic Vine – The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures

Comic Vine – Scarlet Spiders #2

CBR – Wytches #3

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It was new comic day was yesterday! What did you all get?

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The Beat – Thanks, Obamacomics! – Got my copy! Probably should read it now.

ICv2 – White Fox Joining Marvel Universe – Very cool!

The Beat – Which job at West Coast DC are YOU going to apply for? – Hmmm, maybe a career change?

The Spire – The British Comic Award Winners 2014 – Congrats to all!

Kotaku – When Superheroes Fight Game Characters, Things Get Painful – Ha!

Kotaku – ​LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham: The Kotaku Review – Can’t wait to play it.


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Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #10

Comic Vine – AXIS: Carnage #2

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #36

Comic Vine – Batwoman #36

Comic Vine – Black Widow #12

Talking Comics – Black Widow #12

Comic Vine – Daredevil #10

Comic Vine – Deadpool #37

Comic Vine – Elektra #8

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #13

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #21

CBR – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #9

Comic Vine – The Multiversity: Pax Americana

Comic Vine – New Avengers #26

Comic Vine – Teen Titans: Earth One HC

Comic Vine – Wonder Woman #36

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #36

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #30

DC Comics Reveals More Details on Convergence

Last week DC Comics revealed the cover to their big event next year Convergence. Now, They’ve revealed even more details about what we can expect during the event including plot details, creative teams, and teaser images. Check out below for what you can expect.


Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city. Dan Jurgens (W), Lee Weeks, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund (A).



Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists. Tom Peyer (W), Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens (A).



After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service.Alisa Kwitney (W), Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington (A).



Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman & Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes. Gail Simone (W), Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons (A).



Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them. Tony Bedard (W), Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons (A).



Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter. Fabian Nicieza (W), Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan (A).



When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick’s baby shower, they didn’t expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman. Frank Tieri (W), Vicente Cifuentes (A).



Two-Face is fighting another world’s Harvey Dent, and it’s up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds. Greg Rucka (W), Cully Hamner (A).

The Question


Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack. Ron Marz (W), Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson (A).

Batman and Robin


Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot. Steve Pugh (W), Phil Winslade and John Dell (A).


(via iO9 and CBR)

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It was new comic book day yesterday! For those that got their new comics, what books stood out to you?

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BBC – Belgian comic books turn over a new page – An interesting article.


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Comic Vine – Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #2

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #35

Comic Vine – Deadpool’s Art of War #1

Comic Vine – Death of Wolverine #4

The Beat – Drifter #1

Comic Vine – Edge of Spider-Verse #5

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #11

Comic Vine – Green Lantern: New Guardians #35

Comic Vine – Hulk #7

Comic Vine – Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #6

Comic Vine – New Avengers #25

Comic Vine – Prometheus: Fire and Stone #2

CBR – Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #1

Comic vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #39

CBR – Thrilling Adventure Hour: Beyond Belief #0

Comic Vine – Trinity of Sin #1

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The weekend is here! I’m debating on seeing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, opinions if it’s worth it?

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Robot 6 – Marvel honors 3-year-old Jacoby Latta, ‘a fallen Avenger’ – Very nice to see them do this.

The Mary Sue – New York Comic Con Has Asked Us To Help Draft Their Harassment Policy! – Great to hear!


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Talking Comics – Batman and Robin #34

Talking Comics – Daredevil #7

CBR – The Delinquents #1

Talking Comics – Peter Panzerfaust #20

Talking Comics – Sensation Comics #1

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