Posts tagged "Batman The Animated Series"

Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire, Pt 6C

Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire, Pt 6C

It is not without some sadness that we post this final installment in Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s epic Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire series. He has taken us so far beyond what any of us – even in our wildest dreams – could have imagined possible when it comes to Batman: The Animated Series, uncovering its remarkable philosophical depth, artistic daring and emotional umph, not to mention a set of psycho-spiritual parables that outshines almost all of its live-action competition. Seriously! If you’ve been reading this final chapter (on salvation), you know that…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6B

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6B

Alright, Bat-fans, we’ve just about reached the end of Jeremiah Lawson’s fantastic journey through The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire. This installment deals with a lesser known character, but one whose story happens to be  one of the most striking (and explicitly Christian) instances of grace and redemption in the Gotham canon. To catch-up on this chapter, go here. Or to check out the full–and let’s face it, incredibly impressive–Table of Contents for the entire project, go here. 

PART SIX: CROSSING THRESHOLDS, or Stories of Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham City

During the life of any heart this…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 5D

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 5D

Our Bat-train keeps rolling on! We’re proud to bring you the fourth and final portion of chapter five of Jeremiah Lawson’s prodigious look at the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Batman: The Animated Series. I think it’s safe to say we’ve crossed over into unchartered territory…! To begin at the beginning, go here. To catch up on this particular chapter, which deals with those characters who occupy Gotham’s moral no-man’s land, go here.

PART FIVE: AT NIGHT ALL CATS ARE GRAY

D. The Weapon of Empathy: Harley Quinn in Gotham’s Depraved Duo

Empathy, unmixed with sympathy, can be a dangerous tool in the…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 5C

Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 5C

Happy Dark Knight Rises Day! While the rest of the world goes insane debating the merits of the film, Jeremiah Lawson soldiers on with the real Bat-event of the century, his Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire series, detailing the equally if not more profound depiction of Gotham and its curious inhabitants found in Batman: The Animated Series. Maybe if we’re super nice, we can convince him to share his thoughts on the Nolan films as well… [UPDATE: We’ve just heard about the horrific shooting in Colorado. We hope that you will join us in praying for the victims…

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Another Week Ends: Fans and Debtors, Reverse Psychology, Brooks on Merit Power, Batman and Walter White, Spousal Surveillance and Christian Technology

Another Week Ends: Fans and Debtors, Reverse Psychology, Brooks on Merit Power, Batman and Walter White, Spousal Surveillance and Christian Technology

1. From The Atlantic comes “Why Being an Obsessed Soccer Fan Can Make You Really, Really Happy,” a look into the camaraderie of fandom–which seems simple enough–but not only does fandom give purpose and an unusual chance to breach the confines of self-interest, it also provokes inclusion by way of exclusivity. People have the opportunity, despite their level of fandom, to be fans, together—to identify with something that’s not themselves, together.

The Penn State Nittany Lions Paternoville “White Out”

Trying to rationalize fandom can be a complicated, even futile process. But studies by psychologists have shown that identifying yourself with a…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 5B

Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 5B

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and hey, there are a lot of nice rocks out there), you know that we’re in the final countdown to The Dark Knight Rises, which hits theaters on July 20th. We thought we’d feed the frenzy by bringing you the next installment of Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet’s appropriately epic look at the full Gotham constellation of characters, both animated and otherwise. To begin at the beginning, go here. Or to read the most recent installment (on the myth of pure evil), go here.

PART 5: AT NIGHT ALL CATS ARE GRAY

B. The…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 5a

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 5a

We’re back! And just in time to lead up to a certain major blockbuster, we bring you the next installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s epic treatment of the moral, philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Batman mythos, in particular as they play out in what many consider to be the most authentic and inspired incarnation of the Caped Crusader in the past 20 odd years–seriously–Batman: The Animated Series. To start at the beginning, go here. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show:

AT NIGHT ALL CATS ARE GRAY: Tarnished Heroes and Lovable Rogues in Gotham

PART 1: CARTOONS AND THE MYTH OF PURE…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4F

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4F

Well, Bat-fans, we’ve come to the end of the six-part “Wounds of Discovery”, Jeremiah Lawson’s dazzling excavation of the inner life of Gotham’s criminal population. While there’s still much more to come, this marks the end of a significant chapter in our survey of the DC Animated Universe. As always, to begin at the beginning, go here. For the very beginning, here. 

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

6. The Prison of the Self

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. – Proverbs 14:10

Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4E

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4E

Ka-Pow! When we last checked in with Bats, his back was being broken by Bane (say that five times…). Now we come to the softer, but no less dangerous end of the spectrum with the fifth post in Jeremiah Lawson’s six-part Wounds of Discovery series, which explores the parables of idolatry that inform the various members of Batman’s rogues gallery, particularly as they are depicted in the brilliant and groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. To begin at the beginning, go here. The very beginning, go here:

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

5. Feet of Clay, Heart of Stone

Bad! Bad! says the…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 4c

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 4c

You guessed it, Bat-Fans: this time The Riddler is our subject. As always, to start with, er, year one of Jeremiah Lawson’s soon-to-be-definitive exploration of Batman mythology, go here. Or to simply catch up on the current arc, the villain-themed The Wounds of Discovery, go here.

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

3. The Life and Death of the Mind

All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise” — but this was beyond me. Ecclesiastes 7:28

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4b

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4b

Hey there, Bat-Fans! We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to bring you the next installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s expert look at Batman mythology. As the last entry indicated, these next few posts will look at the (utterly fascinating) psycho-spiritual motivations of the Dark Knight’s various villains.

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

2. Idols of the Heart

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

It’s not uncommon for a person to start down the path of wrong-doing through an obsession with a certain kind of relationship. We all know why restraining orders exist and we…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 2

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 2

The wait is over! We proudly bring you the second installment of Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s series exploring the mythology of Batman, particularly as it relates to the Caped Crusader’s landmark animated series. To read part one, go here.

PART TWO: Enter the Dark Knight

When the pilot episode of Batman: The Animated Series aired on September 6, 1992, the show introduced itself, famously, with a somber, hyper-stylized depiction of Batman defeating two bank robbers. Opening credits of children’s cartoons normally did not tell stories and when they did, we were told everything we needed to know via the theme…

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