I've been sick as a dog until just a week ago and had a lot going on (still have a lot going on), and DZ had a big conference recently. Yet despite the frenzy of life I can at least tell you that part 3 in my essays about Batman: the animated series should be going up pretty soon. DZ and I were able to catch up and discuss part 3 in the BTAS series and he's a fantastically helpful editor.
I know there have been huge gaps and delays in this set of essays about the DCAU but the struggle to write about this wonderful series has been worth it. I am extremely excited about part 3. DZ has taken something I thought was very good and made it even better. It is always better to do something slowly and well than to do something quickly yet poorly. Unity and clarity of thought is more valuable and lasting than grasping for a quick but ultimately facile insight, which is something that can be all too common in dealing with the comics medium and cartoons. It is one the paradoxicaly tragedies of film criticism in the West that a medium so dependent on the continual development of narrative art in its most literal form is so often considered with so much disdain by fans of "real" film.
I have written here about how in Christ there is no slave or free, Jew or Greek, male or female and how the significance of this plays out in approaching music. Well, it can be said not just about "high" and "low" musical art, it can also be said about the distinction between live action "grown-up" film and animated film that is so often relegated to the category of "kid stuff". Art, where we find it, is worth championing even if we find it in paradoxical or unexpected places.
If we consider how Christ is reconciling all things to Himself and recognize this to be true, then we recognize this in all sorts of realms where people would not necessarily look. I've already written earlier this week about a way in which the nature of Christ's reconciliation of all things to Himself can be explored in music; yet this reconciliation and unification of things under Christ's authority and rule can also be observed in the elimination of the gap between "grown-up" and "kid stuff" in film. One of the most childish things grown-ups can do is imagine that they are too grown-up for the things of childhood. As Chesterton put it, we may have grown too old at heart and have lost the childhood ability to enjoy things as God enjoys them. There's a difference between not wanting to grow up and being ashamed to think that ideas and words shared with children couldn't be that important compared to "grown-up" concerns. Consider that the disciples, the ones who wanted to know when Jesus would finally overthrow the Roman empire, tried turning away children who wanted to see Jesus.
Anyway ... stay tuned to Mockingbird for "Heart of Ice, Heart of Wrath". You should be able to spot it on Mockingbird some time this week. I'll make sure to link to it here.