Whenever the Best Wife Ever watches something adapted from a comic book or reworked for the kids today, inevitably she will ask me “is that how it really happened?”
Accordingly, I was watching the Midwest’s most gifted repeat offender get the snot beaten out of him — yes, another viewing of Star Trek ’09 — and thinking, no, that’s not how it happened. It is now, of course; but it wasn’t then; and that is not an insignificant distinction.
See, then it wasn’t necessary to come at James T. Kirk from Year One, let alone Day One. Back on September 8, 1966, it was enough to see Kirk fully formed as Captain of the Enterprise. For that matter, it was enough to introduce “the Bat-Man” as a mysterious urban vigilante; with the shocking! twist at the end of “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate” being that he was really bored playboy Bruce Wayne. Batman’s origin was told a few issues later, in a two-page vignette which had nothing to do with the main story’s Dirigible of Doom.