Finally Watched It: Batman: The Killing Joke

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Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this feature was touted mainly for its R rating.

And I don’t think that rating was even earned. To me, this is PG-13 level curses here. And the very random sex scene wasn’t even graphic!

First off, I was not impressed with the animation quality. It was fairly standard. With all those other DC animated movies out there, I expected better.

Secondly, this isn’t so much “Batman: The Killing Joke” as it is “Batgirl: Batman: The Killing Joke.” I do NOT understand why the first half an hour or so of this exists because it would have been overall better to cut the whole damn thing.

Thirdly, this is the most sexist portrayal of Batgirl I’ve seen. According to the movie, she’s been at the vigilante scene for three years, right? Three years and she still feels the need to whine to Batman that she needs to prove herself? She still gets triggered by some random trash talk a lowly mobster throws at her? He asks”Where’s your boyfriend?” so she can squawk “He’s not my boyfriend!”, he makes jokes that she’s on her period, they write her so she gets mad when he calls her cute… This isn’t Batgirl. She’s every lazy female and sidekick stereotype poured into a batsuit. I was screaming at the screen and rolling my eyes.

Fourthly? You snagged the “swear to me” line? *sigh

And lastly, the back story of why those freaks in the carnival were working with the Joker would have been a bajillion times more interesting than this Bats in the City nonsense that filled the first half hour. They even gave Barbara a pet gay best friend; which was a trope I thought we had thankfully grown out of.

If you skip all the Batgirl stuff, it wasn’t bad, it was just ok. Mark Hamil and Kevin Conroy are of course as excellent as always and the adaptation of what was actually IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL was entertaining. But by the time they got to the story in the book, I was so pissed, I found it hard to enjoy the rest.

Next time? Stick to the book, guys.

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August Loote Crate!

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Not that I needed another mug but this month’s LooteCrate was very awesome! I’d been thinking about getting an apron but I usually don’t spill things on myself when I’m cooking so I put it off. But now I have one! πŸ˜€

I guess there really isn’t much to say about this other than once again, I’ve been sent some awesome stuff!

Comic Con Day Two and Three Wrap-up

Ah, as the bruises and soreness of NYCC fade away (no really, it’s insane), I am left with fond memories. ^_^ First of all the epic costumes!!!

Bane and Batman

Lady Scorpion… WOW. 0.0

My little kiddo as Batgirl with Joker.

The demon seed with Merryweather. This woman is my hero. Still going to cons dressed up. You are never too old! πŸ˜€

The whole Bat-Family! The hubbz as Michael Keaton Batman, the kiddo as Batgirl, and me as Poison Ivy. Basically I was wearing a booby bucket with some vines on it. XD I made a lot of men (and possibly some women) happy that day.

On Friday, I got to shake hands with Ross CampbellΒ and tell him how much I love his books. I didn’t think I would get the chance to do this so I didn’t have anything for him to sign. But the chance was cool enough. Saturday I had no time to meet ANYONE as every ten seconds we were stopped for pictures or interviews. One of them was from a really nice man who just thought it was awesome for families to go together dressed up. ^_^

That Saturday we didn’t get back till 9pm then I had to work on Sunday, then my road test on Monday so you can see why it took me so freaking long to get these up so you could see them.

One year, I would love to have a table in Artists Alley for all my fan(s) to come and get books or have me sign theirs. πŸ˜€ Who’d come to see me? πŸ˜‰