As you might know, I've went to my best friend's wedding last week which kept me from updating very much during NYCC. I was hoping to get caught up on thing this week, but an extremely busy work schedule has kept me hopping more than I would have preferred with several labor intensive shows demanding long hours. Still, I did manage to get some work done on the News Page Sunday, so you can check that out for many pieces of Bat relevant news.
For the home page today, I thought I'd share some fun Bat Family videos you might have missed.
Batman Vs. Superman NSFW
This one is from the same team at College Humor that has been bringing the "Bad Man" videos to us for over a year. I'm not the biggest fan of these videos; the guy who plays Batman hams it up to such an extent that jokes move from funny to eye roll inducing, and they also let some jokes linger too long so that a good concept becomes tired by using it multiple times in the same skit, but still, this has some pretty funny moments as Superman tries to recruit Batman for the Worlds Finest...and Batman rejects him.
I just wish College Humor would pare these down a bit and tighten up the series. If they would, these skits would be great instead of just okay.
Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short
I doubt there will be many who missed this considering how much this video has been hyped. Zack Snyder directed this short which debuted at NYCC. It features Superman being amazing throughout the ages from Action Comics #1 to the DCNU. I was a bit taken back at first because I had the idea that the finished product was going to be ten minutes long: I'm not sure where I got that idea, but when I saw it was merely a two minute video, I was greatly disappointed, but my disappointment evaporated upon watching the finished product because it is really well done.
Batman - Arkham Origins - TV Spot
This is also a cool piece, but I can't quite say it's awesome as much as I wish I could. The motion capture on the face is great, the song at the end is haunting and I like that someone who never heard of Batman could see this trailer and totally understand Batman's motivation, but a couple of things annoy me about it. Admittedly, I'm totally nitpicking, and if you have not seen the trailer yet, you should probably do that before you hear my thoughts.
When Bruce's parents were killed, it was a mugging gone wrong, yet in this video, Bruce goes from being starry eyed happy to witnessing a murder in zero point two seconds. There is always a confrontation before the murder, and I don't think Bruce would be all sappy looking when a mugger had a gun pointed at his parents. Also, the pearls immediately go flying which makes no sense since the mugger clearly didn't grab them unless we are suggesting that the bullet snipped the line on the pears which is, I suppose, possible. Also, I found it rather anticlimactic that the big ending scene was Bruce facing down a generic thug. Facing a major threat or a recognizable face would have left a better impression I think...or saving another family's life. I get that in a thematic way, it all tracks. The point is to show Bruce's transformation in that moment, and we end with a moment of rage, defiance and battle, but I would have seen Batman as a fearsome hero at the end rather than Bruce as merely an angry warrior, but an angry warrior is what we are promised in this game, so...
I also found it interesting that we see Bruce in full Batman gear...minus the cowl in one scene. I'm guessing this is Bruce training with the League of Assassins, and I wonder if this will be part of the training days DLC recently revealed.