Batman: Films, Comic and Literature.
Checking today’s trending topics –yes, we all know there’s just literature in this world- we’ve found that The Dark Knight Rises will be opened this Friday. I love Christopher Nolan’s films but I won’t see it because you cannot smoke in theatres. Then I must wait some months to see it but I can play at least my favorite videogame –yes, Batman-.
I remember my University years and the one thousand and one nights I spent listening to the others speaking about comics. No, I didn’t use to read them but I know comics have many fans around the world and their structure has influenced films and, even –my white goodness!- literature. I had a friend who lent me some comics about Milton’s Lost Paradise. It was a great adaptation but I was still a literary man –not the stupid ‘joker’ I am now-. And… yes, I am a sinner and I read the comic that inspired my favorite videogame. In those years –reading Joyce with my monocle, of course- I had one curious feeling thinking of Joyce’s epiphany and comic language: isn’t it a crucial relationship between this frozen time of epiphany and the frozen time in comic narrative? Yes, we all know that comics are just for kids but… isn’t the literary Impressionism a kind of frozen time of feelings, characters and situations? Aren’t the Proust’s moments like frames that recall ashes of time, remains and, finally, leave us to a clear image impregnated of feelings and pictures?
Remember Joyce’s Ulysses final passage, the light sleep of Nora, the image of her day, her last final scene: frames, frames… the comic language drinks from fountains of Classicism and makes a final approximation to films, the art of the 20th century. It’s like watching a Caravaggio’s nightmare and converts it into a story, into words and images. The comic brings us the opportunity to deconstruct three languages and watch its structural threads, the same that we can see when we take a look to Ulysses and its comparisons with Homer’s Odyssey.
Yes, it seems to be very sophisticated to be speaking about Schopenhauer all day –believe me, it is not- and you just need to take a look to San Diego’s Comic convention to see that the influence of this art is even greater than before and only one thousand and one nights of fans know it. I loved Christopher Nolan’s films like Inception or Memento, but with these Dark Night series, Mr. Nolan can arrive to more and more people.
I must confess I’m embarrassed I haven’t read enough comics because they contain the roots of this 20th century cultural movement and people, readers, writers and cultural people might know this language as people in the 19th century had to know Victor Hugo’s novels –or maybe not: I don’t think that the rural people that took the Bastille knew even Hugo’s name-.
To finish I will recommend you something. Can you believe that anyone can be so daring to make an adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses for comic? Yes, these people exist and they have a site and here it is: http://www.ulyssesseen.com/. I hope you enjoy it!