Another Dark Knight Rises TV spot emerged over the weekend, and happily it’s one of the ones that makes DKR look exciting. But the two main points of the spot as far as I can see are 2) at some point Batman and the Gotham City PD fixed everything, which is maybe why Bruce Wayne is content to just chill with his cane (at least until Bane shows up) and 2) Lucius Fox is really, really shitty at naming things. “Really, Lucius? ‘The Bat’? You don’t think that’s a little on the nose? You understand that even at WayneTech, these projects are heavily documented and leave paper trails. You don’t think anybody is going to be slightly suspicious in a town where a mysterious dude dresses like a bat to fight crime that Bruce Wayne has ordered a personal flying vehicle called ‘The Bat’?”
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.