If you spend any time in nerdy circles you get exposed to plenty of obsessive collectors. I know guys who have sunk unholy amounts of money into Lego, or NECA action figures, or Warhammer models, or comics, or… well, you name it, really. But even for a geek of my vintage, the obsession that led Melbourne guy Darren “Dags” Maxwell to assemble, at no small personal cost, a simply collection of Batman memorabilia.
Not every iteration of the Dark Knight, though: Dags’ beat is the 1989 movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, plus its three sequels. He has no truck with the comics or the animated series or even the old ’66 TV show – it’s just those four flicks. Dags doesn’t love Batman, he loves that specific version of Batman.