Adam West’s campy Batman was a joy. Modern superheroes – why so serious?

 

Adam West and Burt Ward.
Adam West and Burt Ward. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

We all know that the character of Batman is the 21st-century version of Hamlet. It’s a given. Every great Hollywood actor must at some point attempt to put their own spin on the enigmatic crime-fighter. If Laurence Olivier were alive today he would have dressed in the cowl, given a hammy monologue about the duality of man, all while beating up Killer Croc (played by John Gielgud).

With each rendition, Batman’s humanity gains another dimension: Christian Baledemonstrates Man’s tortured soul, Michael Keaton reflects Man’s extravagant showiness, and George Clooney represents Man’s desire to get a lucrative sideline selling Nespresso.

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The intro sequence for 1960s Batman.

In this cavalcade of Batmaniacal acting talent, one is always dismissed out of hand. Adam West, the original screen Batman, who died last week, is remembered not as the grandfather of all Batmen, but rather as a doddery, camp uncle. With his over-the-top punches and ridiculous plotlines – a surprising number of which involve surfing competitions against the Joker, West is seen by some as the man who undermined Batman’s credibility, who defiled this great character for years before it was finally claimed from the clutches of kitsch by Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. To those people, I say “FLRBBBBB!” (the sound of West punching someone). I put it to you that not only is West’s Batman the most fun, it is also the most subversive and truthful Batman we can hope to ever witness.

People looking back at the old Batman show, which ran from 1966 to 1968, say that it has aged horribly. “It’s so camp and ridiculous! Batman is supposed to be SERIOUS,” they rage, before going to Comic-Con and getting into arguments over whether Joseph Gordon Levitt was Robin or Nightwing while dressed up in a full-length DKR costume. In reality though, a comparison between the two will never work because one is an action film and the other is an out-and-out comedy. From watching old episodes of 1960s Batman, it’s clear the show is genuinely hilarious: take a scene where Batman is holding a massive novelty explosive – he looks around twice before sighing: “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.” Or the time he presses pause on catching up bad guys to correct Robin’s grammar.

The whole thing makes the current incarnation of Batman baffling – how did we go from this likeable punning idiot to Ben Affleck killing 21 people, all while wearing a face like a slapped Batbutt? It’s the equivalent of doing a dark and edgy reboot of Fawlty Towers, where Basil is played by Michael Fassbender and his years of poor customer service have led to him becoming a brooding drug addict, whose only joy in life comes from beating up his small Spanish sidekick (played broodingly by Javier Bardem).

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Trailer for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman.

The problem is that Batman is an inherently dumb character. He’s a billionaire socialite who goes around dressed up as his least favourite animal, and beats up poor people in his spare time with a bunch of homemade gadgets. Put that in the real world – it would be as if Paris Hilton started dressing up like a sloth and attacking people with a toaster superglued to a blender. Now I’m not saying I don’t want to see a film about that – in fact, oh god, how can we turn that into a film? – but it just might be best to play it as a comedy.

In fairness to a lot of superhero movies, their fundamental silliness is being played for laughs more often these days – Marvel movies in particular, with 25 releases per year, now have an obligatory number of jokes in each film. Iron Man will joke around about shawarma for a good 15 minutes before discovering the evil villain’s plot, while even Thor, the Philip Hammond of superheroes (ostensibly powerful, really dull, but has a huge six pack), looks like he gets to make a few jokes in the new trailer. But there’s still the issue of all of these films having to interconnect and “matter” – comedy director Edgar Wright was down to do Ant-Man before he quit, supposedly because the studio’s demands that he fit in with the cinematic universe didn’t allow him enough free rein.

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Wave – Wooden Flooring Collection

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Inspired by non-rectified planks of Nordic Countries. Wave is a creative pre-finished European Oak flooring inspired by non-rectified planks typical in Nordic Countries that in the past used to be laid respecting the irregular and natural trunk shape.

The look of the wavy planks, the three elegant colors (black, grey, white) and the alternating of supernatural Matt and high Glossy finishes, make the wood flooring so new and modern. It’s a high sophisticated parquet, where the combination of colors and refinements emphasizes the wavy lines on the floor, almost like an optical effect.

 

 

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Sofa with Delicate Curves – Valentim by DAM

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Valentim is a newest product of DAM, sofa that refers to the nostalgia of the serenades dedicated to a maiden at the balcony. Be in walnut or oak, the Valentim sofa is available in key colors to make sure you feel sheltered by exceptional fabrics in inspiring and relaxing colors. Let’s take a look at the four colors of the Fame fabric by Gabriel for the upholstery.

The color Baby Blue evokes the sky and reflects a sense of order and peace. The Shy Blue enhance the idea of freshness and wellness. The color Retro Pink is a reminiscent of the sunset, carrying us to a mystical atmosphere. The Elegant Gray is a serene and sophisticated color. Select the Valentim sofa according to your mood and attitude and blend with other colours into a pleasing combination.

 

 

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SOHO by Ronda Design – The Sideboard That Hides Your TV

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Stylish and extremely practical, the hidden TV system solves various problems tied to unsightly wiring and cables, freeing up space and making the scenic impact of the screen less invasive in your home. Also available with Bluetooth audio system, the concealed TV compartment supports a maximum screen size of 42 ’’ but it can be customized for larger screens upon request. Also, the sideboard is also available in the version with a back-lit system.

The sophisticated clean look of steel
Modern interiors for Soho represented by three compartments with glass shelves and the possibility of adding small drawers. The doors are made of stainless steel with a Scotch-Brite finish (with a slight horizontal satin finish) and anti-fingerprint treatment. The impeccable color combination of the sideboard with steel doors and black lacquered wood TV unit, along with the game of volumes created makes for a piece of furniture with a strong personality that retains clean-cut silhouettes.

 

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Komorebi – Candleholder Designed by Piero Lissoni

Light and nature: aspects that determine a change of state and relationship with ambient and objects are explored by Porro in Komorebi, vase-candleholder designed in limited edition by Piero Lissoni and presented the 15th December in the Porro showroom, in Via Durini 15.

The continuous game of contrasts and dualisms is indeed expression and peculiarity of the Komorebi’s project nature, a term which expresses the visual phenomenon of light through the tree’s leaves in Japanese.
Changeable in use, on one side candleholder and the other flowerpot, it interprets the different aspects of light and nature trough the movement change of its function condition, determining their union and undoing their duality. Realized entirely in turned-wood, the choice of finishing revokes the juxtaposition between different shade of colours: the soft and warm tones of canaletto walnut and the cold and decisive ones of natural maple are alternated to lacquered rosso cina or denim interiors, while remaining perfectly in balance and harmony thanks to the aesthetic simplicity of Komorebi lines and shape.

An exercise of style that, once again, confirms the Porro’s mastery in working with wood and realizing objects characterized by a clean aesthetic and an essential language, based on consistency and simplification, following a continuos research on finishings, refinement of line and the technical quality of its details.

The setting of the presentation a unique set-up in the Porro showroom defines by the company’s products formal cleanness accompanied by the simple lines of Komorebi, together with the windows shop that proposes the graphic sign of the vase-candleholder.
Proposed in the set-up some of the novelties of Porro 2016 collection, among which the bed Makura by Piero Lissoni, interpretation of domestic warmth between rationality and sensuality. Lightly suspended with its welcoming and inviting form, it is embellished with soft cushions and a sinuous covering in leather or fabric that ends in a light volute.

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Corolle – Double Bed with Removable Cover by Bolzan Letti

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Bolzan Letti collections are enriched with new designs, characterized by simplicity and softness, and the use of different materials such as metal mesh, surprising use of the yarns and the soft, ecological padding enriched by excellent craftsmanship. The bed Corolle with its accessories is a model from a purely feminine character with the soft, warm shapes. Corolle is a stylish model characterized by the handicraft finishing the spiraling embroidered motif on the headboard, designed following a slight curve that takes into account ergonomics, improving well-being and comfort. Ottoman or bench reproduce the original embroidery and enrich the room unique and innovative way.

 

 

 
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Carpet Trends 2015 – Colors, Forms, Materials and Innovations

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We are definitely looking forward to January 2015 when in Hannover, Germany will open doors the new edition of DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings. Here the newest trends, colors, forms, materials and innovations in floor covering and carpets fashion will be presented to the public and the feel that floor covering is an essential part of the interior decoration, not just some small detail, will become a fact. As we have written before there are many new trends that turn the floor into an exciting and even defining design factor: the rich variety of stimulation for senses, the graphic and artistic solutions that will compliment any space or the innovations that will ease the cleaning and maintaining of floors – all does it counts.

An artistic jigsaw – the new collection of Vorwerk “Elementary Shapes” is created from the master of collages and honeycombs Werner Aisslinger – this virtuoso with creative hands follows honorably the footsteps of Hadi Teherani’s highly successful carpet tile collection. We expect that Aissilinger will ingeniously develop the artistic tendency, and he does not disappoint combining six basic geometric shapes (four end pieces and two rectangular connecting pieces) into a one-meter-wide patchwork, – which can be transformed into different designs of varying lengths depending on how the tiles are combined – the designer creates a masterwork in rich variety of color and materials.

Thanks to the artistic differences in color, shape and materials this custom-made jigsaw carpet can become a wonderful focal point in any space – bringing fresh look to long corridors, defining a soft spot in every stone or concrete floor and much more. Redefining the traditional rug, with very important innovation for practical house owners – an anti-slip underside that prevents the jigsaw of moving around – Aisslinger offers fresh, colorful, artistic and incredibly flexible flooring solution.

 

 

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Sofa with Delicate Curves – Valentim by DAM

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Valentim is a newest product of DAM, sofa that refers to the nostalgia of the serenades dedicated to a maiden at the balcony. Be in walnut or oak, the Valentim sofa is available in key colors to make sure you feel sheltered by exceptional fabrics in inspiring and relaxing colors. Let’s take a look at the four colors of the Fame fabric by Gabriel for the upholstery.

 

The color Baby Blue evokes the sky and reflects a sense of order and peace. The Shy Blue enhance the idea of freshness and wellness. The color Retro Pink is a reminiscent of the sunset, carrying us to a mystical atmosphere. The Elegant Gray is a serene and sophisticated color. Select the Valentim sofa according to your mood and attitude and blend with other colours into a pleasing combination.

 

Valentim is a sofa that refers to the nostalgia of the serenades dedicated to a maiden at the balcony. The sofa was designed to be attractive from any angle, and the structure leaves the upholstery suspended. Its delicate curves welcome us and express the ideal serenity that makes any environment unforgettable.

 

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Sibast Chairs – Furniture With Retro Inspiration

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As we mentioned at the design trends 2017 a furniture with retro inspiration are so fashionable and chic nowadays. Example for fantastic furniture pieces designed in the 1950’s and 60’s and sold around the world are those chairs Sibast No 8. and Sibast No 7. Now more than 60 years later the chair is the first to be relaunched put into production.

In 1953 Helge Sibast designed the chair Sibast No 8. A Danish design classic, which was part of the Danish design wave in the 1950’s and 60’s, and was sold around the world. Now more than 60 years later the chair is the first to be relaunched by the grandson and his wife, Ditlev & Anna Sibast.

The characteristic y-shaped legs, the floating seat, and the press molded backrest of the chair demands high-quality craftsmanship to be able to create the unique expression and sustainable design; where functionality meets aesthetics – the re-launch of a real Danish Design Classic.

Sibast No 7 is the second chair re-launched by SIBAST The chair was designed in 1953 by Helge Sibast. The characteristic press molded backrest defines the head and gives an excellent seating comfort. It makes the design unique however still with clear relations back to the 1950’s where Helge Sibast challenged the ways of working with wood in his designs.

Being a skilled cabinetmaker, he did the manufacturing of his designs himself. The bag legs of the chair are slightly narrowed which brings simplicity to the design. The seating construction lifts the seat free of the legs and gives lightness to the chair.

 

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

Beachyhead – Elegant Home with Stunning View by SAOTA Architects

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South Africa always has been a beautiful scene for the development of new ideas and stunning projects in the sphere of contemporary architecture and interior design. So this project of the renowned studio SAOTA Architects (which work we had presented you before) is yet another example of an elegant home with stunning views and modern dynamic approach towards eclectic architecture and design.

Wooden sliding shutters and beautiful local stone walls hide the fragility of the glass constructs that composes the house design and introduces its modern ingenuity and characteristic architectural presence. Fallowing the brief of the client the architects firm SAOTA Architects had secured free open spaces for entreating guests and more privet, cozily arranged zones for the family.

The interior design is dominated by the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and its infinite blue. The decor is composed of natural materials and earthly organic colors and textures with a domination of the beige, a reference towards the sandy dunes which host the entire house project. The entwinement of wood and stone, glass, and soft light textures invites the imagination into a cozy, luxurious space composition. A mixture of modern and classic colonial furniture, bespoke fittings and designers details make the interior decor so unique and entertaining that time and close consideration are necessary for full appreciation. Although the luxury and the grand scale of the project are visible, its unique charm and unostentatious organic composition are elegant and invitingly homey.The masters bedroom located on the upper (suspended) level of the house secures fantastic view towards the ocean and its rich, soft textural arrangement, and the romantic touch of the two knitted osier chairs situated in front of the panoramic wall makes the interior composition so inviting and relaxing.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]