Swell dudes Rob and Eric are going to run a marathon, sort of. They're going to watch all eleven Marvel Studios movies --- including the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron --- back-to-back, and live-stream the experience, and just like the best marathon runners, they're going to raise funds for charity along the way.
Watching a lot of good movies isn't exactly hard work, of course, but that's not the point. The point is to encourage donations to Capes4Heroes, an organization that helps inspire sick kids to be brave and strong by turning them into superheroes. Rob and Eric's marathon is a way to take something that a fair number of comics fans will be doing anyway and give it positive consequences for people in need.
As part of the marketing blitz for the movie, the comic version of Batman naturally sold batloads [Editor's note: we apologize for nothing] and is a fixture of many a 30-something's comics collection. In an effort to extort as much as they could from the fanbase, DC Comics made the book available in two formats: a newsstand-friendly comic that set readers back a mere $2.50 and a prestige format version) with a painted cover and spine) that retailed for $4.95. Personally, the cheaper version’s cover has always appealed to me more, but I’ll admit that Batman kicking a clown has a visceral appeal to me than Batman standing on a gargoyle, even if it's nicely rendered. No matter what version you bought though, the interiors were the same, and they were among the best drawings of Jerry Ordway's already distinguished career.
Unfortunately, even with scripter Denny O'Neil's bonafides as one of the people behind the 1980s version of the caped crusader that inspired the film and Ordway's extraordinary ability to render likenesses, the comic is inert and suffers from a complete inability to be compelling on its own. That's something that can't be said about Burton's movie, as scattershot and disorderly as the final product is. Even if you're not a fan of the movie (and I'm not), if it's on a screen, you're going to watch its weirdness unfold — you can't say that about the comic version, no matter how pretty it is.
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