Why so serious, “Star Wars” fans?

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?


    1. I really like all six of the movies, and some of the books and games; but I can’t understand the people whose whole lives revolve around it. Especially when most of what they do is complain about the newer movies.

      I heard that in some countries, people have put down “Jedi” as their religion on the census. I think most are just joking around, but you never know…

      1. There is a Church of the Jedi…in England, I believe? I remember hearing a public radio report about it, but can’t quite remember where it was. They had a liturgy with texts about the Force and everything, so yes, some of those people were serious 🙂

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