Posts tagged #dctv

Batman Incorporated (Would you like a side of justice with it?)

It was towards the end of 2010, Bruce Wayne had just come back from certain death (a body had been discovered at the end of Final Crisis that Superman verified was Batman).  Dick Grayson (NIghtwing) had taken on the role of Batman in his absence.  So how do you decide who’s Batman?  You don’t!  If you're  Bruce Wayne you not only have 2 Batmans (Batmen?), you hold a press conference to announce that you are the financial backer behind Batman.  You also announce that “Batman” is starting an international crime fighting force under the banner of “Batman Incorporated”.  All this, the brain child of writer Grant Morrison, took place in the final pages of Batman & Robin #16 (November 2010). 

Stephanie Brown (She’s not spoiled)

Stephanie first appeared as the costumed vigilante Spoiler to foil a plot by her newly released from prison father who was known as the Cluemaster.  Stephanie would keep going out at nights even after her father’s return to prison.  Batman had objections to “amateurs” working in Gotham, but Stephanie had started to develop a crush on the Robin at the time, Tim Drake.At the time, Stephanie’s advances were not returned, as Tim had a girlfriend he went to school with.  Eventaully, feeling scorned and rejected...

The Joker

I’ve already written about my thoughts on the Joker way back in the 2nd week of this blog, but I’ve never discussed his history, which has been coming up more and more (maybe) on Gotham.

The Joker was created by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and Bill Finger.  Elements that inspired the idea of the Joker include actor Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine (a man with a disfigured face), the 1928 film, The Man Who Laughs, and an image in Steeplechase Park at Coney Island.  The Joker first appeared in Batman #1 (1940).

The Riddler (Q:When is a criminal like a mystery?)

Alright Gotham fans, let’s get to the one you’ve been waiting for, Edward Nigma (sometimes spelled Nygma, like on Gotham), aka The Riddler!  The Riddler first appeared in Detective Comics #140 (October 1948). Young Eddie’s obsession with riddles began as a child when while still in school, upon learning there is a contest to see which child can put a puzzle together the quickest, Eddie sneaks into the classroom the night before and puts the puzzle together over and over until he can do it within seconds.  After easily beating all the other kids, Eddie receives his prize, a book about riddles.  This would steer the course for the rest of his life...