From Batman to Birdman…

25 years ago today (I will always remember the date), I had one of my happiest filmgoing experiences from my childhood as I saw Tim Burton’s Batman on the day of its release. I remember spending that whole summer at camp with everyone wearing the Batman logo ubiquitously used to market the film and kids grabbing each other by the shirt, with the grabbed exclaiming “Who are you?!” and the grabber whispering, “I’m Batman”. This was formative stuff.

Reminiscing about this anniversary today, I was pointed to the upcoming film Birdman, in which Michael Keaton apparently is going to play a parody “down and out” version of himself.

The trailer is really cool:

And while we’re on the subject of Batman, I’d might as well take the opportunity to point readers who haven’t read them yet to my articles on Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, which I published the day after Dark Knight Rises opened up.

Justice, Order, and Chaos: The Dialectical Tensions In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight

On The Themes and the Quality of The Dark Knight Trilogy (WITHOUT Plot Spoilers)

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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