And last but not least ;x
Lyrics: ‘Good Life’ by Kanye West ft. T. Pain.
Art: Yanick Paquette
Jemma is the best.
It’s a smorgasbord of couples!
AHH PACO AND BRENDA ARE PERFECT
Selina & Sue: Best Friends Forever.
MegaCon. Orlando. 2011. Exhibit Hall. Yaya Han Booth.
Do you think that, for all their superficial campiness, the Adam West Bat-villains are actually the least likely to reform or even feel bad about the crimes they've committed?
Asked by lego-joker
Yes. My actual favorite moment in Batman ‘66 — aside from the Joker declaring his goal to become king of the surf and all the surfers — is in an episode with Catwoman where Batman implores her to turn her life around so that they can be together. I think it’s in “Catwoman Goes To College,” an absolute favorite of mine. The show was pretty up front about the idea of an attraction between the two characters (probably because I don’t know anyone who isn’t attracted to Julie Newmar, regardless of sexual orientation) and they played up to it. Even though they never really got out of the “campiness,” it was played straight, as this temptation for both characters, if one of them could just give up what makes them them, they could actually be happy together.
Batman asks what they’d do about Robin if they were together, and Catwoman stops for a second, thinks, and goes “Oh. We’ll kill him.”
It’s so matter-of-fact and bluntly stated, and Newmar plays it as the most logical solution to the problem. The way she delivers it, it’s that she can’t even comprehend why there would be a problem with ostensibly killing Batman’s son. She wants to be with him, he wants to be with her, they don’t want some kid hanging around ruining their romance, and murder gets him out of the way. She’s not even malicious about it, it’s just a simple necessity.
West, who doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the acting he did on that show, just sags when she says it. It’s the moment where he realizes it can never work. She’s a criminal, he’s a crime-fighter. She can no more stop breaking the law than he can stop upholding it — it’s in the fabric of who they are. They’re doomed in that way, stuck with these immutable personalities.
Related: I think this is why they could get away with only mentioning the Wayne murders once in the entire three-year run. They made Batman such a square because he’s the embodiment of upholding the law — he’s such a cop that the cops call him when there’s trouble. He can’t get out of that, and the villains can never get out of being villains. It’s fatalistic, but in a morality-play sort of way that I think often gets lost in the perceived hokiness of it.
PS: This should’ve been an Ask Chris. I coulda gotten like eight thousand more words out of it!