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  • When Blago Met Batman

    So, what happens when your political career is over, you are a national laughing stock and you've just been convicted of misleading investigators with a retrial for your other charges? Why, you go to Comic Con of course.

    The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con this past weekend saw Rod Blagojevich pitch up at the show with news crews in tow. And he found a mostly appreciative local audience, people flinging themselves into his arms. With just the occasional "Go to jail!" bellowed in the back.

    He pressed the flesh with a variety of comic book dignitaries, spending the most time with one Mr. Adam West, star of sixties Batman TV show and most recently Family Guy. I'm not sure if Rod thought that Adam West actually was mayor of Quahog or not, but he got an appreciative audience.

    The former executive officer of Illinois sold signatures for $50 and photo ops for $80 — well, he's got a lot of lawyers' salaries to pay — but he still couldn't come close to The Shat. William Shatner is charging $75 for a scrawled signature and $100 for a photo. But then Blago never actually captained the USS Enterprise, so that's fair enough.

    I asked him — considering the fact that he was at Comic Con — if he wanted his future career to be as a comic or as a con. I got an appreciative chuckle — no answer, but he did find the question "comical." I was then ejected by a security guard. Lesson learned. Disgraced politicians may have a sense of humor. But personal security guards never do.

    More photos of this historic meeting of superhero and supervillain after the jump.

    Rich Johnston writes for

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    Tags: Batman, Illinois, Rod Blagojevich
  • Is Dick Cheney the Lex Luthor?

    A little while ago, we linked to a story in which conservative pundit Glenn Beck attempted to justify the egregious atrocities inflicted on the Constitution by George W. Bush by way of comparing his actions to those of a comic book character in the wildly popular and awesomely awesome movie The Dark Knight. (And, no, not The Joker.)

    Well, Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy — who happens to be a huge Batman fan and actually has a bit role in The Dark Knight as a guy who supposedly looks like The Joker's father — has responded to Glenn Beck's very-well-thought-out argument

    Sorry Glenn but that's not just a stretch, it's a hoot. But I do grant the parallels between Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor and the Vice President.

    Hear that? It's a "hoot." Vermont representatives don't get much more scathing than that.

    I'm not sure about that Lex Luthor comparison, though. I think I would'a gone with Darkseid.

    And, for Bush, I've have gone with Gleek.

    Tags: Batman, CNN, Dick Cheney, FISA, George W. Bush, Glenn Beck, Lex Luthor, Patrick Leahy, Senate, The Dark Knight, Vermont
  • Is George W. Bush the Batman?

    If you saw The Dark Knight (and, if you haven't, why not?!) and noticed some similarities between the film's titular character — a psychotic outlaw who dresses in a costume and uses his vast wealth to exact his own form of justice — and President George W. Bush, then you're not alone.

    Lots of right wing pundits feel the exact same way. In fact, here's radio host Glenn Beck on CNN

    But Batman goes into another country and with a C-130 snatches a guy out, and then throws him back here into Gotham. So there's rendition. At one point the Morgan Freeman character says to Batman, wait a minute, hang on, you're eavesdropping on everyone in Gotham? And Batman says, yes, to stop this terrorist.

    Morgan Freeman says, I can't be a part of it. And yet Morgan Freeman does become a part of it, and they find the Joker. One of the ways they find the Joker is through eavesdropping. I mean the parallels here of what's going on is to me stunning…

    Beck also said that Bush's willingness to "die as the worst president ever because of the war on terror" is "exactly the message that Batman carries."

    Well, at least he got the "worst president ever" part right.

    Anyway. So, what? Now we're drawing our collective morality from blockbuster movies with fictional characters about completely made-up events instead of from best-selling Bibles with fictional characters about completely made-up events? I suppose it's a fair trade off.

    But you know what? I think the conservatives are choosing the wrong movie at which to look for guidance. I think we should be looking for the deep meanings and lessons of Step Brothers.

    Yes, what I'm saying is that George Bush should go over to Iran and rub his sweaty balls all over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's drum kit.

    Tags: Batman, CNN, FISA, George W. Bush, Glenn Beck, Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, The Dark Knight
  • Who Said It: Bush or Batman?

    Can you guess which of these quotes — provided by Philadelphia sketch group, Secret Pants — belong to our president, George W. Bush, and which belong to Batman from his 1960s TV series?

    It's harder than you think…

    The old guy came closest to getting a perfect score.

    Update for all citizens of Diggachusetts: Yo! Be a paison and check out the Secret Pants website for lots more fantastic videos, including one of my personal favorite sketches of all time.

    Tags: Batman, George W. Bush
  • How We Ruined the New Batman Movie for Everyone in the World

    Somebody just made a really good point about this Batman-related post from earlier today…

    I had avoided seeing what Two-Face was going to look like in The Dark Knight because it was something that I thought would be much more enjoyable to see only when and how Christopher Nolan & Co. wanted to present it on the big screen… Until exactly two minutes ago. When it was ruined for me. By Comedy Central's Indecision 2008 blog.

    Thanks a lot, jerks. Seriously, you couldn't have waited three days for this mediocre joke?

    Oh my God, this is so embarrassing! We didn't think about that at all!

    When we called up our good friend Christopher Nolan and asked if he could send us an actual still of the highly-guarded make-up effects for Two-Face from The Dark Knight, we didn't even consider the possibility that we might completely ruin the movie for everyone in the world. Our bad.

    Jeeze! Why didn't we just type the phrase "two face" into Google (not Google Image Search, but Google) and find the first picture that some 14-year-old kid photoshopped in his bedroom and use that? Some people just aren't very smart, I guess.

    By the way, since we already blew the lid off this one, I might as well tell you that the image comes from a scene in which the recently-mutilated character Harvey Dent is sitting at a picnic table in front of a perfectly white glacier, having a head shot taken at the request of his supervillain agency.

    Update: Sometimes, I can be a jerk. (And by "sometimes," I mean "usually.")

    Tags: Batman