If Time Magazine was honest, then it'd admit that there's only one man to whom 2008 belongs to, and that he has two pointy ears. This was Batman's year, and we've loved every minute.
We admit it; while we worried that The Dark Knight was overhyped, but that was before the movie made more money than Star Wars. In our defense, such skepticism didn't stop us from giving you the 10 Batman Books You Must Read, or reviewing the movie twice (I still say I was right). While the comic book Batman may have ended up in some uncertain death-state thanks to the much-hyped Batman RIP storyline - complete with equally teased replacements (even if they're not telling you just who said replacement is), there's no way of getting around it: This was the year of The Dark Knight. Here are the ten most popular Batman stories of 2008 - and look at how many of them are related to Christopher Nolan's blockbuster.
5 Villains Batman Should - But Won't - Face In The Next Movie:
When it comes to discussion about what should happen in the follow-up to The Dark Knight, all of the (so far entirely baseless) rumors seem to be centering around all the old familiar characters: Catwoman? The Penguin? The Riddler? Come on, people. Batman's been around for almost 70 years, can't he deal with some other bad guys on-screen for once?
Batman Sues Christopher Nolan Over Success Of The Dark Knight:
It's not a dream or an imaginary story - The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan really is being sued by Batman over unauthorized use of the "Batman" name. But before we all start celebrating the first proof that, as we all suspected all along, let's face it, Bruce Wayne's troubled crimefighter is actually real, I should explain: the "Batman" in question is actually a little-known a city in Turkey. And they're pissed.
Dark Knight Inspires Copycat Crimes, Over-reactions:
It's taken four weeks, but it's finally happened - Fans of The Dark Knight have started to take some of the Joker's methods into the real world, and are paying the price. But, considering what was actually done in the Joker's name, the price being paid may be far too high.
Will The Dark Knight Return?:
With The Dark Knight continuing to rule at the box office, passing the $400 million mark and still going (relatively) strong, it's not surprising that everyone is talking about the next movie even before director Christopher Nolan has agreed to do one. But what's slightly more surprising is the new speculation that a third movie from Nolan would be his first straight adaptation... and that it would be adapting Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
Dark Knight DVD Psychoanalyzes Itself for You:
Virals, bat-suit extras and behind-the-scenes snippets are packed onto the 2-disc Dark Knight DVD. Spanish site PlanetaHD is reporting on all the DVD goodies that you'll find when Dark Knight comes out, including a documentary that psychoanalyzes the man behind the mask himself.
Catwoman In Batman 3? Depends Who You Listen To:
Will we see Maggie Gyllenhaal's Rachel Dawes in any potential sequel to The Dark Knight? Certain rumors are saying that we will, although she may be going under a much more familiar guise than we've seen her so far.
A Video Peek Into Batman Gone Anime:
The animated Batman DVD will look amazing, judging from the clips you can see in this promo reel. Batman: Gotham Knight will come out when Batman: The Dark Knight hits the big screen.
You Could Become Batman, Says Scientist:
Sure, Batman is cool and all, but he's a work of pure fiction, right? Well, a Canadian scientist and lifelong Batman aficionado has examined the Dark Knight's skills and figured out how regular people could transform themselves into real-life Batmen and Batwomen. There are only six not-so-easy steps to a Bat-enhanced you. Better start training now, because it's going to take about 20 years before you're ready to mete out justice on the mean streets of Gotham City... or Boise.
Meet The Stars Of The Next Knight?:
The Dark Knight's sequel will feature Catwoman, the Riddler and Harley Quinn, as played by Marion Cotillard, David Tennant and Kristen Bell - or, at least, that's the dream of one particular artist who's come up with posters for his version of Chris Nolan's third Batman movie.
Bruce Wayne's Backstory, Dateline-Style:
Gotham Cable News brings us the full tabloid report on playboy Bruce Wayne. Taking a note from flashy entertainment news shows, this detailed report on the scion of the Wayne family catches us all the way up to the new penthouse digs of the billionaire.
Not on the list, sadly, is my personal favorite Batman post of the year - but then, I could always slip this in at the end of the post, and then remind you that it's NSFW. Considering that he's "dead" and all, here's hoping that Batman's 2009 is a little quieter... The other superheroes need some time to shine, after all.