Friday, February 18, 2011
Man-Bat has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. He had a great visual and you never knew if he was going to be Batman's ally or enemy in a given tale. I had the Power Records book and record set featuring "Robin Meets Man-Bat!" and that was about the coolest thing ever to me at the time, with the Neal Adams art and cool Man-Bat sound effects. Check it out here: http://powerrecord.blogspot.com/2007/12/batman-robin-meets-man-bat.html
I was kind of hoping that Christopher Nolan would go with Hugo Strange as the villain in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. With Strange's tinkering with Monster Men formulas, we might have seen a way to introduce more animalistic villains like Man-Bat and Killer Croc into Batman's world. That's probably too out there for Nolan, who prefers the more street level villains - but maybe a director for a future sequel will do something along those lines.