Bruce Wayne warns wealth tax on billionaires could result in fewer crimes foiled via jet-powered cars: “When asked whether a wealth tax could help curb costumed murders by investing in public schools, job retraining, and community mental health initiatives, Wayne responded, ‘Sure, but do any of those programs involve a 7000 pound car that can drive up walls? I think not.'”

Do Bats Tweet?

Potentially interesting additions to people I’m following on Twitter:

* [The Joker][1]
* [Harvey Dent][2]
* [Rachel Dawes][3]
* [Commissioner Gordon][4]
* [Lucius Fox][5]
* [Bruce Wayne][6]
* [Harley Quinn][7]
* [Edward Nygma][8]
* [Dr. Jonathan Crane][9]
* [Two Face][10]
* [Gotham Cable News][11]
* [Gotham Police Department][12]

[1]: “Twitter: the_JOKER”
[2]: “Twitter: Harvey_Dent”
[3]: “Twitter: Rachel_Dawes”
[4]: “Twitter: James_Gordon”
[5]: “Twitter: Lucius_Fox”
[6]: “Twitter: _brucewayne”
[7]: “Twitter: _Harley_Quinn”
[8]: “Twitter: the_R1DDLER”
[9]: “Twitter: dr_crane”
[10]: “Twitter: TW0_FACE”
[11]: “Twitter: GothamCableNews”
[12]: “Twitter: GothamPD”
[13]: “Twitter: miranda_dent”

I found [the Joker][1] through a Wired article yesterday (I think). Today [Rachel][3] started following me, and I found most of the rest directly and indirectly through her, except for [Edward][8], who added me while I was exploring.

I’m not sure _exactly_ what’s going on here, but it’s intriguing so far. While it could be a tie-in to the current movie, it’s obviously working at least somewhat on its own chronology, as (slight spoilers here) a couple of those people are no more as of the end of the movie. At the same time, a couple more of those characters haven’t popped up in the current movie timeline, so perhaps there’s some long-term advance campaign for the next movie, whenever it comes along?

In any case, they’re actually savvy enough to have some sort of actual people behind the personas; there’s been some interaction with other Twitterers that they’re not solely advertising ‘bots. They may not stay on my Twitter list long-term, but for the moment, they’ve peaked my curiosity enough to keep an eye on them.

Possibly related accounts that just appeared on Twitter in the last few days:

* [Kendra Luehr][14] appears to be a [prolific fan][15], but she’s had a lot of back-and-forth with many of the personas.
* [Miranda Dent][13] seems to be a fanfic character, possibly one of Kendra’s?
* [Nada Shatila][16] doesn’t have much of a [web footprint][16], but is also chattering with the people listed above.

[14]: “Twitter: KendraLuehr”
[15]: “Google for Kendra Leuhr”
[16]: “Twitter: xxnadsxx”
[17]: “Google for ‘Nada Shatila'”

tv and films


I told you I’d get around to this. ;)

In brief — it rocked. There are a select few movies that were a successful translation from the comic book medium to the silver screen (Superman, Batman, and X-Men — all IMHO, of course), and Spider-Man just rocketed straight to the top of that list.

Plot — well, okay, it’s a summertime comic book movie, but for what it was, it worked quite well. Cast — spot-on. Effects — a bit shakey here and there, but overall quite impressive. Directing — Sam Raimi kicks much booty.