A mother learns the hard way that when you order a Batman for your child’s birthday party, you need to specify which Batman you want, and if you want “the fun one,” the you don’t want “the Christopher Nolan one.” Obviously, ’60s Adam West Batman would generally be considered the most fun of all the Batmen, but I say you order ’89 Michael Keaton Batman, because then he might bring Prince along, and when it comes to throwing Batman-themed parties, no one does it better — or at least funkier. Thanks to Doctor Oddfellow for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.