Transmedia: Batman

written by: Nuraine Ebrahim, Chris Zhang and Bridgette Zhou

Film requires one to know a lot of terminology, the term we are discussing today is transmedia.

“Transmedia storytelling uses multiple media platforms tell a narrative across time. Each media piece—whether it’s a comic, novels, video games, mobile apps, or a film—functions as a standalone story experience—complete and satisfying. Like a giant puzzle, each piece also contributes to a larger narrative. The process is cumulative and each piece adds richness and detail to the story world, such as character backstories and secondary plotlines.” (Rutledge, 2017)


The transmedia seen above translates from a comic book to a film. Here two platforms are used.


In addition to the representation of Joker in two dominant mediums, comic and films for superheroes stories. Arkham trilogy which contains Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Knight. The representation of the Joker has not only been inherited certain plots from the comic series of Batman also with the voice acting of Mark Hamill, and the back story of the comics The Killing Jokes, it can be deemed as a great piece of transmedia narrative across various platform for consumers and fan community. 


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