First off since this is another Batman related post, (Cause there aren't enough of those everyone) I'd like to start off by letting you guys know that the official title for Man of Steel 2 has been announced; Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Not too bad, I don't have a problem with it, it is definitely better than the rumored Man of Steel 2: Fight or Flight, am i right?
Anyways, my title is a little misleading, because this is more of a theoretical article than a fact one, so no, I don't know who actually liked these movies. Don't worry it does relate to these films though so pull through if you're interested.
What I mean to talk about is about something that has been rattling around in my brain for quite some time now. The question I pose is "Are these movies really as terrible as people say, or are did they just fall victim to wrong timing?"
Think about it, back in the sixties Batman went through what I would call, a very low point in his career. He was the poster boy for the very definition of camp. Batman, in the 60's has little resemblance to the Batman we have learned to love since his creation in the 30's and his reemergence in the 80's. This Batman was goofy, silly, and incredibly unrealistic (The bad kind of unrealistic). Yet many people look back at Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin with fond memories and childhood nostalgia. Even people who never watched a single episode of the show and have only seen pictures/memes/gifs say he's their favorite Batman (Yeah hipsters, I'm calling you out!)
Here's Schumacher's Batmen...
Now let's compare the two versions..
Not many people know this but Jim Carrey's Riddler is actually an imitation or heavily influenced version of Frank Gorshin's Riddler from the 60's Batman show. (Do you see it now?)
So this brings my to my final questions. Would these two films really be just as hated if they had been released before Tim Burton reintroduced Batman as the Dark brooding character? Would people hold and cherish these films as nostalgic treasures as they did the 60's show if they would have been released in 89 instead of Batman? They may not be well written films or even stories (most people who worked on the film admitted that these films were created with the intention of selling toys), then again the 60's show was also flooded with terrible writing and god awful plots and sketches. I know i don't love these movies but as nostalgic memories I will hesitantly admit, I hold a special place for all four Batman films. Let me know what you guys think!