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For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
What seemed like an impossible idea before last year’s financial victory over fellow terrorism thriller White House Down is closer to becoming a reality. The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just locked in a director. Fredrik Bond, who last shot Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, will marshal the madness.With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of our Prime Minister. World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a seismic change to the world order. Only Banning, the Prez and a distrustful MI »
Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond is said to be in talks to direct the follow-up to Olympus Has Fallen which has been named London Has Fallen. He takes over from the first movie’s director Antoine Fuqua. Bond was recently linked to a number of projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie, and as you can probably guess from the title, the sequel is set to bring the action to London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances.
As you might expect however, his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world, but what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash what is described as a terrifying vision of the future. »
- Josh Wilding
The 2013 blockbuster, Olympus Has Fallen, was not without its charms. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it had a dark grittiness to it, setting it slightly apart from the standard, cookie cutter action films that essentially take the premise of Die Hard and change the setting and circumstance. Inevitably, it was a box office success, too, which meant a follow-up was immediately discussed. The sequel was already named as London Has Fallen, and now it has a director – in the surprising form of Fredrik Bond.
Bond is an unexpected choice to take this franchise forward, as he is relatively inexperienced behind the camera. He has one feature-length credit to his name – Charlie Countryman – which was not exactly an action-packed movie. However, it is Bond that is in the process of stepping up to this plate, looking to call the shots on a script whose final draft was delivered by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart »
- Sarah Myles
I was pleasantly surprised by 2013's Olympus Has Fallen. I guess going in with low expectations pays off sometimes. While it didn't break any box office records, the film did make a tidy little profit and producers decided to move ahead with a sequel.
The new film is titled London has Falllen and sees the return of Olympus' three main characters.
This time around Secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself in London once again protecting President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and the Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while they attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. At some point the shit hits the fan and it's time for Banning to go into John McClane mode.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) has signed on to direct the sequel.
London Has Fallen is set to hit theatres on October 2, 2015. »
- Philip Sticco
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all returning for the upcoming "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel, called "London Has Fallen." And now comes word that the film is close to signing a director. Fredrik Bond, who directed Shia Labeouf's "Charlie Countryman," is in final negotiations to helm "Landon Has Fallen." The plan is to begin filming this October and to have the movie ready for an October 2nd, 2015 release. Plot: The three main characters . a Us Secret Service agent (Butler), the Us president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the Us House of Representatives (Freeman) - are attending the funeral of the British prime minister when all hell breaks loose. »
London Has Fallen sees the Us president (Eckhart), secret service agent (Butler) and speaker of the Us House of Representatives (Freeman) attending the funeral of a British prime minister after his mysterious death.
The funeral becomes central to a plot to kill the world's most high-profile leaders.
London Has Fallen will arrive in »
Olympus Has Fallen came out at the same time as White House Down (Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx) and was probably easily dismissed if you saw the latter, like I did, as another one of those patriotic America Yeah! movies. But in reality it was a completely different animal and with the rumours that Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all set to returns to their roles for the sequel, they’ve wasted no time pinning down a director to take it to the next stage.
Going for the imaginative London Has Fallen, fallen down, fallen down…the new director has been announced as Fredrik Bond, the man who also directed the Shia Labeouf-starring Charlie Countryman, as they move events from the White House to London.
This time around, the three main characters, U.S. Secret Service agent (Butler), U.S. president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the U. »
- Dan Bullock
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fredrik Bond, the director of 2013′s Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, has been tapped by Millennium Films to helm London Has Fallen, the sequel to last year’s Olympus Has Fallen, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman – who played a Secret Service agent, the U.S. President, and the speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively – will all reprise their roles for the sequel, which takes the action from the White House to… London. Obviously. The trio are attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister when “all hell breaks loose.” Again.
A Man Apart scribe Christian Gudegast penned the most recent draft of the script for London Has Fallen. Cameras are expected to start rolling in October, with Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, and Matt O’Toole producing.
Bond’s directorial debut was Charlie Countryman, »
- James Garcia
Filming can't be too far away on the sequel to last year's surprise action hit, Olympus Has Fallen. We already know that the follow-up is going to be called London Has Fallen, with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman all down to reprise their roles from the first film.
However, director Antoine Fuqua, currently putting the finishing touches to The Equalizer, won't now be back. In his place? That'd be Fredrik Bond, currently best known for the Shia Labeouf movie Charlie Countryman. Bond is said to be in negotiations to direct the movie, with filming set to begin in October.
London Has Fallen is expected to be released in late 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter.
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Olympus Has Fallen was a big, chubby hit last year, getting director Antoine Fuqua back on the director A-List. But when the time came to put together a sequel, Fuqua got busy, and is currently following up the upcoming The Equalizer with Southpaw. That left the director's chair open for the upcoming sequel, London Has Fallen, and now it can be filled. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that filmmaker Fredrik Bond will the director of London has Fallen, which will feature the continuing adventures of Agent Mike Banning. Gerard Butler returns to essay the Banning role, and he'll be rejoined by President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), aka the toughest Oval Office in the history of movies. Now there's also a synopsis for the film, which involves another disaster that strikes while the aforementioned trio are in London at the funeral of the recently-deceased Prime Minister. No »
Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman") is in negotiations to direct "London Has Fallen," the upcoming sequel to last year's White House action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," at Focus Features and Millennium Entertainment.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are reprising their roles for the film which moves the setting to the United Kingdom. In the follow-up, the U.S. president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Freeman) are attending the funeral of the British prime minister when all hell breaks loose and it's up to Butler's Secret Service agent to save the day.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, President of the United States Benjamin Asher and Speaker of the House Trumbull, who all head to London to attend the funeral of the U.K. Prime Minister. A plot unfolds, using this event to kill all of the world's leaders and "unleash a terrifying vision of the future."
Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart, Sequestro) wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was originally crafted by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt. Production is slated to begin in October.
The Olympus Has Fallen sequel now has a director. THR reports that Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond is in negotiations to helm the follow-up London Has Fallen, taking over for Antoine Fuqua who directed the first film. Gerard Butler reprises his role as a U.S. Secret Service agent with a penchant for stabbing people in the head, as he accompanies the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) and Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while attending the funeral of the British prime minister. Obviously, things don’t go as planned, and Butler’s character must once again stab more people in the head save the day. Christian Gedegast wrote the most recent draft of the script and producers are eyeing an October production start date. Bond got his start in the music video world before making his feature film debut with 2013’s Shia Labeouf-fronted Charlie Countryman. Though the pic garnered a mixed response, »
- Adam Chitwood
After being shortlisted for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 last year, and ultimately losing the job to Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, director Fredrik Bond has lined up his next project. THR has learned that Bond is in talks to be at the helm of London Has Fallen, the sequel to one of the two White House thrillers from 2013. Olympus Has Fallen doesn't need a sequel, but that's not stopping Millennium Films from making it, complete with the return of principal cast members Gerard Butler (doing his best John McClane), Aaron Eckhart as the U.S. President and Morgan Freeman as Speaker of the House. This time, Butler is back in the ranks of the Secret Service, accompanying the president across the pond while he and the Speaker attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. And as you might guess, some kind of terrorist attack crates absolute chaos in the titular British city. »
- Ethan Anderton
To recap: With “Independence Day 2” still in development in the spring/summer of 2013, two studios went head to head with dueling bad-guys-get-inside-the-White-House movies. Sony Pictures had “White House Down,” and released a few months earlier, FilmDistrict (now known as Focus Features) had “Olympus Has Fallen.” The conventional wisdom tended to favor Sony; their film had stars like Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and made $205 million worldwide (some notable critics enjoyed its ludicrousness). But at a costly $150 million, “White House Down” only made $73 million at home. In comparison, the cheaper to produce “Olympus Has Fallen,” featuring the cut-rate stars of Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (sorry guys) made $161 million worldwide against a $70 million budget. The smaller film has the greater profit margin, thus a sequel is born. So unless you’ve blocked it out of your memory, Focus Features has already announced a sequel titled “London Has »
- Edward Davis
The story follows the three main characters to London as they attend the funeral of the British prime minister. The trio is suddenly caught in the middle of plot to kill all the world leaders who are in attendance at the funeral.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Fredrik Bond is in negotiations to direct the “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel “London Has Fallen” for Focus Features and Millennium Films, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Gerard Butler is set to return as a U.S. Secret Service agent tasked with stopping a terrorist threat — this time overseas. Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles as the U.S. president and Speaker of the House, respectively. Also read: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart to Save London Next The trio attend the British prime minister's funeral when a deadly plot to kill powerful world leaders reveals itself. »
- Jeff Sneider
Fredrik Bond, who directed the Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, is in negotiations to direct Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen for Millennium. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are reprising their roles for the feature, which moves the action from the lawn of the White House to London. The three main characters — a U.S. Secret Service agent (Butler), the U.S. president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Freeman) — are attending the funeral of the British prime minister when all hell breaks loose (again). Christian Gudegast wrote the most
- Borys Kit
The Dark Knight (2008) reunites director Christopher Nolan ("The Prestige") with star Christian Bale ("Empire of the Sun"), who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. The Dark Knight (2008) was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a script written by Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer and of course Christopher Nolan himself. The film starred: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Michael Caine as Alfred, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel, Gary Oldman as Gordon, »
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