Saying Goodbye to Bat-Fleck and remember past Batmen

With the news that Matt Reeves’, The Batman, will be released in 2021, fans also discovered that Ben Affleck will be stepping away from the role as the caped crusader. As Affleck steps away, the long list of actors who have taken on the role grows. Now Batman has been portrayed by eight different actors, more than any other superhero in movie history. As fans wait patiently to learn who will be next to dawn the dark knights duds, let’s take a look back at those who have gone batsy.

1. Lewis G. Wilson

The first actor to tackle the role, Lewis Wilson, didn’t fare well amongst fans. As the youngest actor to play Batman, the 23 year-old Wilson didn’t appear to have the right physique for the 15-part 1943 Columbia Batman serial. Critics complained he was, “thick about the middle” and that his high voice combined with his Boston accent didn’t fit the character. When this series ended so did Wilson’s career as Batman.

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2. Robert Lowery

The more seasoned, 36 year-old, Robert Lowery would be next to play Batman in the 1949 series, Batman & Robin. While his suit was well fitting and his experience made him a better fit for the role, he never appeared in another Batman movie. Still Lowery would make history in uniting two of the most pivotal DC characters when he made a guest appearance as Batman in an episode of, The Adventures of Superman.

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3. Adam West

One of the most memorable representations of the Batman has to be Adam West. His campy approach and exaggerated style of acting accounted for the most time on screen for one actor as Batman. Appearing in several animated series and a 1966 movie, Adam West became synonymous with Batman. After a long hiatus from the screen, West would return to the role in 1977 as Batman’s voice in The New Adventures Of Batman and later on Super Friends. He would make a couple more appearances in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader and Batman vs. Two-Face. West passed away in 2017, leaving behind a massive body of Batman work that will continue to be revered.

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4. Michael Keaton

When Michael Keaton was announced for 1989’s Batman, fans were in an uproar as Warner brothers received around 50,000 protest letters over this casting. Luckily Keaton lived up to the role, and Batman performed well at the box office. Keaton was championed by Variety magazine as they reported, “Michael Keaton captures the haunted intensity of the character, and seems particularly lonely and obsessive without Robin around to share his exploits”. Keaton would reprise the role for one more film in 1992’s Batman Returns and once again received favorable reviews.

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5. Val Kilmer

When the Batman franchise changed directors, the character went through an actor change also. The new director, Schumacher, casted Val Kilmer for the role in Batman Forever after seeing Kilmer in Tombstone. The New York Times gave Kilmer mixed reviews, stating that, “The prime costume is now worn by Val Kilmer, who makes a good Batman but not a better one than Michael Keaton”. Kilmer would not appear as Batman in 1997’s Batman & Robin, hanging up his cape for good.

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6. George Clooney

Looking back, Kilmer might be happy that he passed on the role to George Clooney for 1997’s infamous Batman & Robin. The movie was a flop, receiving 11 nominations at the Razzie Awards and preforming the worst at the box office among modern Batman movies. Clooney went on to explain that, “Joel Schumacher told me we never made another Batman film because Batman was gay”. Batman needed saving.

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7. Christian Bale

Director Christopher Nolan helped pull Batman out of the grave, casting Christian Bale for the role of Batman in 2005’s Batman Begins. His portrayal of the caped crusader was deemed by Nolan as, “exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for”. Going on to complete the trilogy that began with Batman Begins, Bale would also hang up the cape, leaving behind a trilogy that some would consider the benchmark for Batman.

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8. Will Arnett

The LEGO Movie used Will Arnett’s voice for their Batman character that filled more of a comical role then the dark role fans were accustomed to. The younger audience the film targeted embraced the performance and Arnett secured the role once more for The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017.

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9. Ben Affleck

Some fans argue that Affleck was the perfect Batman due to his physique and charming nature. This representation received some pushback however due to his more brutal style crime fighting. Batman was less of an altruistic hero when played by Affleck and more of a vicious vigilante. The release of Justice League helped redeem Batman’s reputation as a defender of justice rather than a punishing figure. It will be interesting to see who replaces Affleck for Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman solo film releasing in 2021.

Batman has seen a lot of turnover but it seems that the character now represents something that the fans can connect with. If the next actor to enter the Batcave embodies the same persona we will likely continue to see Batman’s popularity rise. In the meantime we would like to thank all the actors who have played this iconic role! Also thank you to Den of Geek for being the source of this post. If you would like to read more about each actor and character you can take a look at their post here.  To get a sense of the costumes they wore you can take a look at our Batman Collection here! We have some awesome pieces that can help you transform into the Dark Knight just like these actors. Enjoy!

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Who Is Aquaman?

 

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Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman, hitting theaters tonight, signifies the end of Aquaman the quasi Ken Doll with an ever-changing back story, and the beginning of Aquaman the badass. In the past it would be difficult to find a kid that prefered Aquaman to other members of the Justice League. Depictions like the one you see above, coupled with multiple origin stories, made it hard for kids to connect with him. Tonight, director James Wan sets the record straight. But before we say goodbye to the old Aquaman, let’s take a look back at Aquaman’s history and how we got to where we are today.

During the Golden Age of comics, Aquaman first revealed his origins to us in a simple paragraph. He described himself as the son of a famous undersea explorer that had discovered Atlantis. He goes on to explain how his father used the lost records and technology of Atlantis to transform Aquaman into a superhero. However, this origin story would change dramatically during the Silver Age of comics.

In this time period writer Robert Bernstein established that Aquaman’s name was Arthur Curry. He explains that Arthur was the son of a lighthouse keeper named Tom Curry, and an Atlantean named Atlanna. As a child Aquaman discovered his abilities to communicate with sea life and survive underwater. He eventually developed to become the protector of Earth’s oceans. What he did not know is that once again his back story would develop into something different.

The Modern Age origin story retains a lot of what we had learned about Aquaman from the Silver Age with more detail. In this era, writer Robert Loren Fleming represents Aquaman as the son of a mysterious Atlantean wizard named Atlan and Queen Atlanna. Blond hair was seen as a curse to the suspicious Atlanteans so Aquaman was left abandoned. Eventually Aquaman would be discovered as a feral child by a lighthouse keeper named Arthur Curry, who named Aquaman “Arthur Curry” after himself. But when the lighthouse keeper disappears one day Aquaman sets off for adventure, leading to many of the Aquaman stories we know and love.

Aquaman’s origin story goes through one last rendition years later in the Brightest Day event, where he revealed to Aqualad that the narrative portrayed during the Silver Age is accurate. Aquaman is the half-human son of Tom Curry and an Atlantean queen. This is the narrative the Aquaman movie will be affirming tonight. For the rest of the story you will have to catch it in theaters.

Rubie’s is proud to offer a full collection of Aquaman costumes and accessories. With this fresh take on an old classic, Aquaman is bound to be a very popular dress up option for people of all ages. Take a look at the full collection here and enjoy the movie!

The Spider-Verse Explained

 

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If someone asked you to describe Spider-Man, what would you say? Most would say he wears a blue and red suit, and he uses his proportionate strength and speed of a spider to fight crime. A fitting description for some of those web slinging heroes in the Marvel Universe, but what about the others? That’s right, Peter Parker is not the only Spider-Man to consider, there is a whole multiverse of spider-like heroes out there. Hitting theaters tomorrow, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, plays on this concept of crime fighting collaboration amongst spidey powered heroes from multiple dimensions. To prepare you for tomorrow, here is a quick recap on the history and characters of the Spider-Verse.

The concept of a multiverse is nothing new. There are an infinite number of timelines accounting for an infinite number of realities all vaguely similar to one another. The same rules apply to the Spider-Verse. In some realities Peter Parker is almost identical to the Spider-Man most of us are familiar with. In others Peter Parker might not be the one who was bitten by a radioactive spider at all. In certain circumstances where the bad guys are just too powerful to defeat alone, some of these spider-heroes can break their interdimensional barriers and join forces. Here are some of the main characters of the Spider-Verse that frequently appear when the spidey squad assembles.

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Miles Morales – In Miles’ universe, Peter Parker gave his life in a battle against the Green Goblin. Miles took on the role of Spider-Man in Peter’s place and fights for the same values. Now Miles has joined the traditional Marvel Universe and receives guidance from that world’s Peter Parker.

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Spider-Gwen – On Earth-65, Peter Parker is not a hero at all. In this universe Gwen Stacey is bitten by the spider and Peter Parker is her jealous boyfriend accidentally turned lizard monster. As a high school student and daughter of the police chief, Gwen struggles to balance her civilian life with her hero life.

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Spider-Man Noir – With an infinite number of universes, there are bound to be some pretty dark realities. This is where Spider-Man Noir comes from. In a Great Depression-era world riddled with crime, this version of Peter Parker sticks to the shadows and totes a twin set of pistols.

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Spider-Ham – Peter Porker’s character is simple. He’s just a spidey powered pig from a universe where all the characters we know and love are anthropomorphized versions of themselves.

There are many, many more. Thankfully, Marvel began connecting these characters in 2014 when they brought together hundreds of spider characters to protect the Web of Life and Destiny. Since the genesis of the Spider-Verse, the concept has gained popularity. The potential for spider people to team up became the crux of the animated Ultimate Spider-Man, and various Spider-Man video games have toyed with the same premise. Now the Spider-Verse is hitting the big screen, allowing more people to become familiar with a much larger Marvel world full of possibilities and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

Happy Holidays

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Winter officially starts in 22 days bringing cold and snowy weather. For most of us this entails a quicker pace when walking to and from the car, but for those who are homeless winter spells hardship. Warm clothes can be their only defense against the elements and for those who lack warm clothes there is no defense. That is why this winter Rubie’s is teaming up with Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to conduct a coat drive.

Originally founded as the Nassau-Suffolk Partnership for the Homeless in 1985, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless seeks to eliminate homelessness on Long Island and improve the lives of Long Islanders who are homeless or facing homelessness. Efforts put forth by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless results in over $10 million in funding each year. While this is a herculean achievement they can still use your support!

Getting involved is simple. At Rubie’s, we have set up a series of collection bins throughout our Melville office adorning the sign you see above. The bins will be in place until December 20th, just in time to be distributed for Christmas. We encourage you to do the same! Get in contact with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and see if they can collect your donations. In the meantime start spreading the word that you will be collecting warm clothing for the homeless this December and start encouraging others to follow your lead. Happy holidays.

Star Trek House For Sale?

Star Trek fans have paid a considerable amount of money to get their hands on original memorabilia from the show. Items that make it to auction can sell for thousands, sometimes even hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, one of Captain Kirk’s original tunics sold at auction for 72,000 in the summer of 2016. Still, nothing compares to what could be the most expensive piece of Star Trek history to hit the market; a futuristic-looking house worth about $5.7 million.

Originally airing in the 1964, Star Trek attracted the public’s attention by addressing the issues afflicting people of the 60’s in a unique way. As described by the series’ creator, Gene Roddenberry, “[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles”. Audiences were enthralled by this approach and the show initially boasted high ratings. When the average rating of the show dropped by the end of the first season, NBC cut Star Trek’s budget and moved it to an undesirable slot. Roddenberry resigned in protest and Star Trek was canceled after three seasons and 79 episodes.

Luckily for all the Trekkies out there Star Trek found success with the release of the second movie, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. With this second film the cult following was established and primed for the franchise’s return to television with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now, almost 30 years later, one of the houses from season three of Star Trek: The Next Generation has hit the market.

Located in Malibu, California, this piece of Star Trek history comes with four “eclectic” bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an ocean-view terrace, and a “chef-inspired” kitchen. The house can be seen in the third episode of season three when the USS Enterprise answers a distress call from two survivors of a destroyed world living in the house. The home is just as beautiful today as it was thirty years ago in that episode, and it is clear the surrounding area is anything but destroyed.

Star Trek is undeniably awesome and this home is stunning, but $5.7 million?! Like a lot of Star Trek fans, this figure is a little out of our price range. Luckily, our Star Trek costumes offer Trekkies an opportunity to be a part of the star fleet for much less. You don’t have to live in a million-dollar home to live long and prosper, show your love for one of the worlds most popular sci-fi franchises with one of our Star Trek costumes! Go boldly friends, over and out.