ByTrent Tofte, writer at Creators.co
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Trent Tofte

To mark today's 10 year anniversary of Batman Begins, I thought it might be appropriate to tell the story of how it came to exist. Actually, that last statement might be a bit misleading. What I'm trying to say is, this is the story of why the character of Batman still existed to even be *IN* Batman Begins. Because there was a time when he almost disappeared from existence entirely. Now, imagine a world without Batman. A world that has been without Batman for the past 50 years. A world where the Dark Knight was erased from existence in 1965. Sounds like a horrible prospect, doesn't it? Well, as awful as it sounds, it very nearly happened. Now you're probably asking yourself, "How could such a terrible thing become reality?" I had the same question. I recently discovered, much to my horror, that the Batman franchise as a whole was very nearly expunged from existence in the mid 1960's. The Dark Knight's comics had become extremely dark and gritty, much like the critically-acclaimed Batman films we know and love today (the first of which, ironically, was Batman Begins). However, back in those days, such things were frowned upon, especially for small children to be reading in the dark hours of the night, hiding under the covers with a flashlight. Because of this, the Caped Crusader's comic book sales had suffered from a drastic decrease and the entire character had a sudden lack of popularity. Hoping to breathe some new life into the character, DC greenlit a Batman tv show. But this show was different. It took the character from the dark and gritty extreme to the opposite extreme: it made the entire franchise into one big joke. And not just any joke. I mean it became a joke that even the Clown Prince of Crime himself would have turned up his nose at. And you know that when The Joker hates it, the joke has to be really, really, REALLY bad. But really, how bad could it be, right? Well, to answer that, just imagine Batman in tights wearing a rubber mask and telling Robin to fake a headache so he can leave school early to come help Batman capture the Joker. Yep, that actually happened in this series. The whole thing is one giant gimmick. Every Bat-gadget is labeled, including his animal repellents.

Image source: io9.com
Image source: io9.com

However, the show was not without aspects that have become a permanent part of pop culture. For instance, the film based on the series includes one of the greatest, most quotable lines in cinema history. That line is...

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Image source: dodadue89.deviantart.com

First, let me explain the context of this line. Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman, have left a lit bomb in their headquarters, which the Dark Knight finds and immediately attempts to dispose of. However, his efforts are thwarted at every turn as he runs in all directions to get rid of the bomb, only to be greeted by a marching band, nuns, ducks, young couples in love, and angry dockworkers who point out the "no smoking" signs to the guy with a giant bomb in his hands. Is it cheesy? Yes. Does it make a laughing stock of the Caped Crusader? Absolutely. But it's also the only reason that the Dark Knight still exists, so I'm not gonna throw stones!

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