As we grow and evolve as comic book readers or fans, we tend to drift away from the Adam West version of Batman and fall into the more adult version of Batman, and that’s all fine and dandy, but we have to think about the kids that go to Toys “R” Us or watch Cartoon Network, where’s their introduction to Batman?Are we expecting kids to be introduced to the Batman universe with Nolan’s version of the character? I’m sorry but that would be stupid. Kids, for the most part, like colors and fun, Nolan’s Batman is everything but colors and fun; so that’s out of the question. The Batman animated series from the 90′s were amazing but yet again, they drifted away from the kids and started going towards a more mature audience; and kids are left in limbo.
We already had our childhood and it was awesome, we had Super Friends, Looney Tunes, Thundercats, Mazinger, G.I.Joe, Transformers, Voltron and dozens of cartoons geared for children, why can’t our kids have the same thing??? Why are comic book fans so selfish that whenever they see a version of Batman that’s geared for kids they go up in arms on the interwebs and do their best to try and get the series cancelled? Why??? If we don’t change this mentality, our medium will truly die in the long run because it simply won’t be profitable enough for publishers to put out books for people who are getting too old to buy the product or simply die of old age. And don’t come to me with the argument that kids aren’t buying comics or watching cartoons because that’s just a matter of promotion, it’s always been the case. If you have 100 comics and 98 are for adults, if a parent takes a kid to a comic shop, in order for the parent ot find those two comics geared for his son/daughter, he/she has to surf through a sea of adult books and 9 times out of 10 parents won’t come back because it’s not worth it to make a trip to buy 1 or 2 books IF they can find them. I hope things change and I’m able to find toys and comics that are appropriate for my son because it’d be a sad thing to have our kids grow up without being able to play with Batman toys and read Batman comics meant for them.