Sunday, February 10, 2019

Batman In Westworld



Not being a subscriber to HBO, I have yet to see any of the new Westworld series (or Game of Thrones for that matter), but I was a fan of the original 1973 movie featuring Richard Benjamin and Yul Brynner.  I recently watched it again to see if it held up, and it did! Michael Chrichton's tale of man-made machines revolting inspired a lot of other science fiction movies since it was released.

17 comments:

AirDave said...

AWESOME!
The original Westworld is one of my favorites, too!
I think Yul Brynner was The Terminator before Schwarzenegger...

Anonymous said...

WOW! If not Bruce Wayne, then who is this Masked Manhunter?

Or should I say "Masked Man-droid?"

Wolfhammer said...

Great! WESTWORLD is a classic and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is one of the greatest movies ever made, due largely to the the amazing Yul Brynner. I haven't seen the new WESTWORLD series either, but Ed Harris seems like a worthy replacement for Yul, but I'M not sure if he's actually playing that same character.

Reg Aubry said...

WestWorld is some of the best science fiction they've managed to put on television in the past few years. Deeper than Altered Carbon ( the book was WAY better, but the show had some great moments, especially with Poe!).

Bob Greenwade said...

I checked the HBO Westworld series out of the library, and I'm glad I went that route. I found it somewhat interesting, and of course Jeffrey Wright is one of the best actors around, but nudity and profanity were so pervasive that it quite spoiled the experience for me. I never got past the first episode, and it was an effort to even finish that. It's far inferior to the movie, or just about anything else I've seen.

For the story on this cover, I think I'd make Batman turn out to be not a robot all along, but a robot duplicate of Bruce Wayne who uncovers enough information that the real Batman, who is currently en route, doesn't meet a fatal fate.

Mike Shirley said...

There was a great episode of the Batman Animated Series where Batman finds out he's actually a robotic duplicate. "His Silicon Soul"

Ross said...

One of my favorites mike, and one that inspired this cover. Hmm... I may have to pop that episode in tonight!

Cary Comic said...

You'll love it, Ross. It's a sequel to the two-part classic "Heart of Steel" which first introduced Barbara Gordon to the WB/DCAU.

Daviticus said...

@Bob Greenwade: So...is he a robot or not? :/

Simreeve said...

Bob Greenwade said...
"For the story on this cover, I think I'd make Batman turn out to be not a robot all along, but a robot duplicate of Bruce Wayne who uncovers enough information that the real Batman, who is currently en route, doesn't meet a fatal fate."

A 'Bruce Wayne' LMD, courtesy of SHIELD, perhaps? Wayne Enterprises surely has to be one of their main suppliers of technology, alongside Stark Industries, and they gave Tony Stark at least one LMD (which decided that it was was him...) in the comics.
Or did they eventually decide that LMDs were organic, rather than robotic?

Bob Greenwade said...

@Daviticus: The one shown is. The one we've been following elsewhere, no.

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

Yul never find an android quite like that 'un.

Anonymous said...

That's a bald-faced lie! What about a "Fistful of Datas?"

Cary Comic said...
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Cary Comic said...

@Anon: technically, those were glitched-up holograms.

Richard S. said...

What makes Westworld work is that once you get past the ridiculous premise (how can that place actually *work* from a financial standpoint), it actually does have something relevant to say about what it means to be a "Man".

"...it is not the "rugged individualist" who survives and triumphs, but the thinker – the one who proves capable not just of resorting to violence once it is necessary, but who can keep his head under pressure and plan his course of action. Conversely, it is the "action man" who is the first one taken down in each story. This implicit celebration of the cerebral man is almost startling when viewed across nearly three decades of what are generally referred to as "mindless action movies"." - Lyz Kingsley, And You Call Yourself a Scientist
http://www.aycyas.com/liz_westworld.htm

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

Three Cheers For The Rugged Individualist Thinker HuP HuP HuzzaH!

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