The San Diego Comic Convention has people dressed up in all sorts of Costumes from a variety of media. However, the Comic Book theme is still very popular, particularly with all the movies based upon Comic Books. Comic Books used to be looked down upon as the lowest form of literature. Now, they inspire and influence our way of life.
A man haunted by the murder of his parents when he was a child dedicates his life to bringing justice to the world. Batman is the troubled vigilante who has fought madmen and villains for over 70 years. He’s inspired movies, television shows, and hundreds of children to put on capes and want to be heroes. What makes Batman so fascinating is that the villains are as troubled, complex, and unusual as he is.
Of all the many villains that opposed Batman, the Joker is as notorious as Batman is famous. In the movies from Jack Nicholson’s scene-stealing madman in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ to Heath Ledger’s riveting psychopath in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, The Joker has gotten the best lines. It’s no wonder that of all the villains that wandered the halls of Comic Con, The Joker was the most popular male costumed character.
When it comes to Villainesses, Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn was the most common of the costumes I photographed.
Of course, one of the most famous of Batman’s female troublemakers is Catwoman.
But of all the Batman and Villain Cosplay performers at Comic Con, the one that impressed me the most was a man wearing a Penguin costume who looked like he had just walked off the movie screen of Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns.’
It’s obvious from Comic Con that Batman will always be an iconic figure in American Culture.