But I'm back and hopefully to stay! And as a show of good faith I am going to try to faithfully update this blog every two weeks (way to set the bar low, right? But it means I've got a better chance of actually updating and not feeling guilty, so work with me here.
Batman Begins was a game changer for me. Always a comic book geek, I was deeply put off by Burton's 1989 effort (and its subsequent disastrous sequels) ~ so much so that I initially refused to go watch the reboot. But I couldn't resist the extraordinary cast (Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, and Michael Caine were ultimately too much to resist). I've been an unapologetic Nolan Batfreak ever since.
Which is not to say I don't love other incarnations of Batman ~ in comic books, cartoons, and even the video games. All of which contribute years of grist for making paper dolls! And if you think Batman can't be interesting as a paper doll (hasn't he pretty much been the same for the last 75 years?), think again! 75 years and probably twice as many interpretations has given the Dark Knight a long and storied wardrobe.
Let's start with some base dolls to get the collection going! Today I give you Bruce Wayne and, er, a doll to play the Robin of your choosing, I guess. Since I am using likenesses from the Nolan Batman films, Bruce Wayne is represented with Christian Bale's likeness and Robin is represented with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's likeness.
Which leads me to say I'm going to assume the known world has seen these films already if they had any interest in doing so ~ so expect spoilers. In the Nolan films, Gordon-Levitt plays a character named John Blake who is revealed to be Robin (in a manner of speaking) at the end of the trilogy.
Without going into the whole history (which I'll probably do later), there have been six Robins in Batman's 75-year career (two of them girls!). I probably won't be making paper dolls of the girl versions or Batman's son Damian who also was Robin (more on that later also), but in the meantime, Joseph Gordon-Levitt can stand in for at least Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake , who were the first three (now Nightwing, Red Hood, and Red Robin in the comic books).
Download the .pdf, print on cardstock, color, and cut out ~ their costumes will be coming soon!