Continuing my reignited fascination with Batman, I was burning through movies based on the character thanks to DVD, Blu-ray and Netflix back in December and January. So here I’ll toss out my thoughts on the original movie franchise, the Nolan movies and a few animated movies. I know there’s tons of animated Batman movies now but I’m only discussing the earliest ones that I recently re-watched.
The other week I discussed the live-action Superman movies. So be sure to check that out!
Batman: The Movie
1966, 20th Century Fox
I grew up watching the ’60s Batman TV show on The Family Channel every afternoon. I was obsessed with it and this was then Bat-mania was sweeping the nation thanks to 1989’s Batman movie. When I realized the TV show had spun off it’s own movie, I nearly went insane.
I thought it was a great idea to bring together the four biggest villains (Catwoman, Joker, Penguin and Riddler) to take on Batman & Robin. This movie is a super-sized version of the TV show, but I mean that in a good way because I LOVE the TV show. It was great to see the villains teaming up and interacting. I don’t think that was ever done on the TV show.
You may remember this past August when I discussed some of my favorite Sega Genesis games. Or probably not. I know I barely remembered it myself. Here’s a handful more that I have fond memories of playing a lot of during the mid-90s.
Some of these games aren’t even that good but the internet was still young and luxury for most people at the time so even if there would have been a million video game review sites, I had no way to access them to warn me about some of these titles. Of course, renting games was a good way to go but in those days. Sometimes though I would buy a game and just hope for the best.
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994, LJN)
“Maximum Carnage” is easily one of the worst Spider-Man story lines ever produced. Now here’s a bad game to go with it. The game is a repetitive and uninspired side-scrolling beat’em up but the character design is really cool and the game does a great job of feeling like a comic book. The biggest draw of this game for me was the chance to play as Venom. There will never be a Spider-Man game that matches up to the greatness of the arcade classic Spider-Man: The Video Game!
Landstalker (1993, Sega)
Originally released in Japan in 1992 under the cooler title of Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole and featured cooler box art as well.
See? Much cooler.
I guess they were going for more of a Legend of Zelda look with the U.S. release (probably the reason I bought it) and the game isn’t too far off from being that in my opinion. Except for the fact that I didn’t find it to be very good. The game has gotten fairly decent reviews, but I could never figure out what to do exactly and the isometric perspective and gameplay resulting from it was extremely annoying to me. I picked this one up used from a rental place called Video World.