I have a question: if the nearly universally despised prequel movies “ruined” Star Wars, how is it that the 1960s-era Adam West show didn’t ruin Batman? People keep telling me that the new Batman movies, especially The Dark Knight, are great. I wouldn’t know, having never seen them. The only Batman thing I’m really familiar with is the ’60s show, and I can see at a glance that its tone is utterly incompatible with the grim new movies.
If Jar Jar Binks is so damaging to the franchise that includes The Empire Strikes Back, then surely Vincent Price’s Egghead cannot exist in the same franchise that includes Heath Ledger’s Joker. Is the difference simply that The Dark Knight series came after the Adam West series? So, franchises are only permitted to get thematically darker as they go on, never lighter; is that it? Or is it that the Batman thing is a “reboot”, whereas the prequels aren’t?