Holy Weeding, Batman

Be a Cosmo Woman!
Doctor's Orders

Batman
Gardner
1989

Submitter: …not only did we have one copy but we had two copies of Batman. This novelization of the 1989 movie of the same name I am sure was popular at the time. But on reflection we have many different variations on the Batman story since this version. Additionally, the two copies just truly captures my library’s past philosophy on keeping pretty much everything, forever.

Holly: This was found in a rural public library. Superheroes are extremely popular, but people are more interested in the newer iterations. Movie novelizations do become dated, so keep your eye on them! In my library, patrons are definitely more interested in DC comics than movie novelizations for superhero stories.

Batman back cover

Batman - two copies

Batman back cover - two copies

7 comments

  1. I miss movie novelizations. Other than Junior Novels, they seem to have largely vanished in the last five years or so.

    A good novelization can actually make the movie better. Reading Peter David’s novelizations of the Ang Lee Hulk or the Battleship movie before seeing those movies helped me see a lot of stuff that was otherwise blink-and-you-miss-it, as well as giving greater depth to antagonists whose inner thoughts never made it to screen.

  2. I can see why the library had two copies. At the time, the movie was such a blockbuster that my boss took our whole department out of the office to see it one day. Needless to say, our company was wealthier than a library.

  3. I’ve always hated novelizations. One of my proudest possessions, however, is the novelization of “Friday the 13th Part three, in 3d.” It’s worth it just for the dedication.

  4. Batman ’89 was tremendously influential. Its full-on 180 from Adam West’s version set the tone of the dark, brooding ’90s anti-hero and the grimdark feel that DC movies are only now starting to get away from with Aquaman and Shazam.
    That being said , if people want to watch it now, they’ll *watch* it. Novelizations were already starting to drop away in 1989 which was well into the VHS era and I’m not sure if there are any interesting scenes cut from the movie that survived in it like there is in Star Wars.

  5. I have always loved both Movie and TV Shows!! They are like having new episodes of classic Movies and TV Shows !! The first such novels that I bought were some of the eleven books in the MARVEL Novel Series!! I now have an nice collection of Tie – In novels!!

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