Posts Tagged ‘Riddler’

The Riddler

Posted: September 29, 2014 in Character
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Edward Nigma is the most clever of all Batman’s rogues. Most people do the bad comparison and put him up against Joker and think they’re the same. They aren’t. The Joker character is a clown, chaotic and with an off sense of humor. Riddler is a thinking man, preparing riddles to perplex The Dark Knight to his endeavors, trying to out think the Great Detective.

A good Riddler story keeps Batman and Robin on their toes trying to solve the clues left behind and see the bigger puzzle, while not having the Dynamic Duo have a tremendous logic leap that makes you feel like you missed a step.

I like when The Riddler is involved. It give a chance at their being some good riddles that end up in some crazy over arching scheme.

Riddler has been a part of some big events in Batman, he was the one behind the Hush and Zero Year story lines. I’m sure the only villain with more appearances in the Adam West Batman television show other than The Riddler was Penguin.

Not every time Mr. Nigma showed his face it was because he was behind some large scheme. Their was a time, about a year or two before DC decided to reboot the whole universe, that Edward went as straight as he could. The Riddler started being a private detective. That little twist opens up a whole other side of Nigma rarely, if seen at all. He became a puzzle solver not a puzzle maker.

Now, of course, comics being what they are The Riddler is back to his old tricks.

All in all, I like The Riddler, he brings some fun stories.


Batman Forever

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Movie
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Sometimes, the third time is not a charm. This isn’t the worst batman movie, but it did follow the better of the two Tim Burton directed films. New director, new direction, news Gotham, and new Batman was well, different. And hey, let’s throw in a Robin origin, and let’s skip his time being a young ward and make him eighteen so we can have that unearned student-mentor conflict right off the bat.

Individually, there’s nothing wrong with the main actors. Val Kilmer Is an okay Bruce Wayne/ Batman, Chris O’Donnell’s Robin is mediocre, and feels forced. Nicole Kidman as the psychologist love interest to Bruce is never as good as it could be. Then there are the villains. Jim Carey did what mid nineties Jim Carey was gonna do with the Riddler. He’s over the top and maniacal, and try’s to steal every scene he’s in with that green suit and red hair. To this day, I still don’t understand the red hair. No other Riddler is portrayed like that, not that I’ve seen anyway. It’s mind bogglin’. Finally Tommy Lee jones is an awesome actor, I like him I other things, but he’s not what the previous two movies were leading up to. That being a Billie dee Williams Two-Face. Jones acting against the monster that was Jim Carey he has to become this ever approaching beast that comes close to going over, but just kind of ends up acting silly.

The serious tone of the first two films are almost all gone, and what little dark the Dark Knight had before now has weird neon lighting. Instead of letting Gotham have this eerie sense of delusion, seclusion, and corruption. It’s now looks like a cartoon version of the Las Vegas strip.

The story is lame. Batman is an established character, so the Robin origin is kind of thrown in there because that character wasn’t there, but instead of having Robin as a young teenager, he’s an adult. Like, they could have just made him Nightwing, it would have made just as much sense. And they try an origin story with The Riddler, but he comes off as less than fantastic, and borrows some of the same details as the previous movie’s Catwoman. Edward Nigma’s boss doesn’t like him, and Bruce Wayne is less than thrilled with his invention, so Edward wind up going crazy.

With those to sub-plots intertwining each other Two-Face’s origin gets demoted to a video on a t.v. screen, a bit uninvolved in anything. Two-Face has no place in the movie, except he hates Batman, because he didn’t save his face from acid, and Harvey is the one that kills Dick’s parents, because Robin needs a reason to join Batman.

Plus, don’t forget, the super forgettable love interest to Bruce. Dr. Chase Meridian, who has Bruce as a patient. inevitably goes and dates Bruce. Because their needs to be a love story angle somewhere.

Batman Forever is the point where the nineties Batman movies went from being worthy comic book movies, to terrible hollywood movies based on a television show someone took the wrong impression from. Watch it, only if you have a weird curiosity for this. Also, this is the movie where the nipples on the batsuite started, so yeah.