Geekology 101: My love affair with Batman knows no bounds

Gary Darling

So everybody knows I?love Batman, right? I?think I have made that perfectly clear in the few months I?have been doing this column.

I have Batman shirts, Batman toys (some in the box still), Batman comics and even a Batman sticker on the back window of my car.

The reason I bring this up is that the new Batman film is coming out this weekend, and I?couldn’t be more excited. The end of the Christopher Nolan saga will finally be seen by the masses.

Though I?must confess, I saw it Tuesday at a press screening in Kansas City. It was fantastic.

Anyway. ...

Upon viewing the Nolan trilogy of the Bat, it made me take assessment of what makes this pivotal DC?character so important in my eyes.  

Batman - aka Bruce Wayne - has no super power but still is one of the most popular superheroes out there.

Why wouldn’t I have chosen Captain America or Superman??They are just as cool as Batman, and they actually have abilities that set them apart.

For me, though, it was about the fact that Batman could be anybody. It could be you, it could be me that are wrapped up in that Dark Knight costume.

The concept gave the character that reachability aspect. That if we wanted to, we could actually become Batman.

I wouldn’t recommend it, but it's cool nonetheless.

I?mean, how many of us could afford the amount of research and development that would be needed to come up with an arsenal of toys that he has at this fingertips? I?would think it would be safe to say, none of us.

Plus, I really couldn’t see Donald Trump dawning the cape and cowl, could you? Though it would hide his horrendous haircut.

Another reason why I have this love affair with Bats is that he relies so much on his intelligence. It isn’t always about brawn versus brawn. Outwitting a villain can be just as satisfying.

Also he has one great outfit.

This brings me back to the Bat films. Though I wasn’t a big fan of the Tim Burton films and hated, absolutely hated the George Clooney Batman, Christopher Nolan and his plan to bring the Bat back from movie purgatory intrigued me.

I?was a big fan of Nolan and his previous work. When I found out he was behind the relaunch I was curious to see what he had in store. I knew it was going to be a new telling of the mythos and was excited about it.

Now, here we are, several years later and are about to witness how this incredible director will wrap up the series. It is bound to be (and is) a wonderful bookend to the trilogy.

He has brought the Batman back from the dead, and hopefully his direction and attention to detail will rub off on some of the other directors who have beloved comic book characters they themselves are bringing to life.

Joss Whedon ("Avengers") learned that lesson, as did Jon Favreau ("Iron Man"). We can only hope and pray that Zach Snyder ("The Man of Steel")?will be able to do the same with Superman.

Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum. His online blog address is, and his email is Drop him a line sometime!