People who travel in geek circles are already aware of the Batman / Iron Man comparison and where you fall on that divide basically depends on a handful of factors. But, truthfully, in the early days of comics, you couldn't throw a rock without hitting a super hero with a large bank account that he used to fight crime. Green Arrow was basically a direct rip-off of Batman. He had an Arrowmobile, people. AN ARROWMOBILE.
I took the opportunity to address the concept of the idle rich using their deep pockets to better society once before - back when Batman Begins was in theaters. Personally, I find it funny that Cami still has to take pause and verify Batman's character arc in both the previous strip and this one - just to make sure she's right.
I like that strip a lot and I wish I could have reused the joke. Because, truthfully, I had a hard time picking a direction in regards to my week's worth of comics for The Dark Knight.
I guess what I'm saying is that it's really hard to make fun of The Dark Knight. It's easily the most anticipated movie of the summer, looks excellent and features amazing, much buzzed about performances. Really my only "in" is to poke fun at the over-the-top natures of The Joker, but after Heath Ledger's passing, that would just look tasteless.
So, in turn, I decided to use The Dark Knight as the background of a larger story and Tom's established history as a hard core Iron Man fan as the catalyst that kicks things off. It's nothing epic, mind you. But these comics will be more about Tom and his geeked out brain than they will be about The Dark Knight specifically.
Trust me, it's going somewhere. That's why I put that little "To Be Continued!" in the corner. See? I'm always thinking of you!
That does it for me today. But if you're looking for more grist for the mill, watch these videos that outlines the differences AND similarities between Batman and Iron Man. It's all part of the hilarious series of "I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC" clips that can be found on YouTube.