The Morning Read: Doofus Batman, Joss Whedon on Indy and Time Traveling Racism

By  · Published on August 29th, 2013

The morning’s best writing from around the movie website-o-sphere.

Just leave a tab open for us, will ya?

“Bring Back Doofus Batman” – Noah Berlatsky at The Atlantic lobbies for an end to serious Bruce Wayne being all serious all the time. It’s broody billionaire versus colorful cock-up artist, but even if Affleck can’t make this a reality, we’ll always have The Brave and The Bold and our statues of Adam West.

“Big Question: When did you fall in love with movies?” – Drew McWeeny continues his series at HitFix, earning a few surprising answers from prominent filmmakers (but mostly a metric ton of love for Star Wars).

“Joshua Reviews Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent” – Over at Criterion Cast, Josh Brunsting celebrates a singular vision and a unique monster movie.

“Black to the Future” – Devin Faraci critiques Back to the Future III’s approach (or non-approach) to racial politics for Bad Ass Digest.

“Eric Rohmer’s influence on 2013 film, from Before Midnight to Frances Ha” – Leo Robson draws a keen stylistic parallel while wandering around beautiful city streets and wondering about love.

“The underselling of the movies” – The Dissolve’s Keith Phipps sighs against a tsunami of bland movie marketing, but he manages to find the silver lining.

“Joss Whedon Points at Temple of Doom Scene as Example of Cultural Problem” – Is self-referencing clever or just playing with yourself? Whedon jabs and /film’s Germain Lussier defends Indy.

Related Topics: ,

Movie stuff at VanityFair, Thrillist, IndieWire, Film School Rejects, and The Broken Projector [email protected] | Writing short stories at Adventitious.