I’ve been a fan of Batman and read comic books my entire life. Well, except for this 10 year period of time starting in the late 1970s on up to the days before the release of BATMAN ’89.
Why? Because I had become “Too cool for school, dude!” Well, at least too cool to read these “childish” comic books.
But in reality, that wasn’t the case.
See, I was an athlete – a football player – and part of the “in crowd.” As a result, I hid my love of Batman and comic books once I hit junior high in fear of being ridiculed by my peers of my self-chosen clique. Reading comics and nerding-out over Batman was simply not acceptable behavior by anyone who was, ahem, “cool.”
“Cool?” No. “Fool” is more like it!
So, how did I keep up with Batman in comics during this “confused” period of my life? Well, I’d go the mall and visit the bookstore that sold comic books and graphic novels. No I didn’t buy them, I’d spend hours – and I mean HOURS – reading them right there off the rack. This modus operandi of mine is how I discovered and read both THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, WATCHMEN, and scores of other great comic book stories of that time. Hell, I could’ve had the original issues of both of those previously mentioned classics if I just had had the guts to take ‘em to the checkout counter and buy ‘em. UGH!
No, that is not me...but it is how I once read comics!
If I was granted one “do-over” in life – to be able to go back in time and change one thing – I’d zip back to 1977-ish and shout to the world (or at least my schoolmates), “I’M A BATMAN FAN AND PROUD OF IT DAMMIT!” And I’d wear Batman gear to school every day and tell anyone who might make fun of me to “Stick it where the sun don’t shine!” Alas, that’s not possible. BUT…
We can make amends for our youthful displays of ignorant behavior. Life “seasoning” and becoming more mature is a better (and more realistic) way of changing our ways – as opposed to stumbling upon a time machine to take care of such things.
At the LA press screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, July 2012
For me, once the hype for BATMAN ’89 started to roll in back in late 1988, I came out of the Bat-closet and said, To heck with it!” From that point on – basically a quarter of a century later now – I’ve wore my Batman heart on my sleeve and never looked back!
The moral of this here story? If you love something, flaunt it, don’t hide it.
A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
He likes Elvis, The University of Texas,
Dallas Cowboys Football, and of course...
He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.