Well, bat-fans, the wait is nearly over. For fans of Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan dishes out the second gritty take on a cultural icon: The Batman. At the end of Batman Begins, Batman comes across an ominous playing card–the Joker. Fans in the audience have inside knowledge concerning the origin of this card and are stoked for the grand appearance of Batman’s arch-nemesis the Joker in The Dark Knight releasing on July 18. Movie theaters around the country are already selling out for midnight showings. Since Batman Begins features an origin story of Batman, we are to assume that Batman is yet to learn of the devious and ultimately insane threat of the Joker. And we get to watch it all over again. Many fans got a taste of the Joker through Jack Nicholson’s take on the character back in Tim Burton’s Batman with Michael Keaton in the title role. Some may even remember Cesar Romero’s Joker portrayal in the campy television series Batman in the 1960s. If you can’t wait to see the Batman on the big screen come to SJCPL to check out the many Batman-related titles in our comics, graphic novels, book collection, and on DVD.