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Happy 75th Anniversary to the world's favorite f***ed-up orphan billionaire!
Hit Me With Your Best Shot returns on the evening of July 15th with a special free-for-all episode in which you choose whichever Batman feature film you want to look at and post your choice for its Best Shot. We link up. It's our way of celebrating Batman's 75th birthday. I opted to start at the beginning. No, not Tim Burton's high gothic smash but the special feature edition of the 1960's TV series, which was filmed after season 1 wrapped (the props were reused for follow-up seasons)
Batman (1966) has a ton of sight gags. I'm not claiming that any of them are particularly well-executed but my favorite bar none is Batman's lunatic run holding a lit bomb that he can't find a place to dispose of. It's what would happen if you crossed Batman with a Mr Bean skit. »
- NATHANIEL R
Yesterday Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen caught up with Marlon Wayans to discuss the upcoming release of the comedy sequel A Haunted House 2, during which he spoke about whether he had any regrets about missing out on the opportunity to play Robin in the Batman franchise (Wayans was cast in Batman Returns before the character was omitted, and was also set to appear in Batman Forever before Joel Schumacher succeeded Tim Burton in the director’s chair), as well as whether there’s any other superhero characters he’d like to portray:
Marlon Wayans: Nope, not at all. I have never regretted anything about any movie. Because there are too many rewards for you when you don’t regret things. »
- Gary Collinson
As the headline says, Tim Burton's Batman came out 25 years ago today and some might say it was the film that led us to the point we've reached today where we have upwards of 22 new superhero movies already laying claim to release dates over the next four years. That said, the superhero/comic book movies have come a long way as it's just as much a result in an advancement in technology as it is anything else. Well, that and the fact they are natural franchise starters, easy to sequelize, market, turn into lunchboxes, etc. Speaking of marketing, just below is the first teaser trailer for the film and to call it a trailer, especially compared to what we get today, is a bit of a stretch as it's simply a series of clips from the film, one of which features Jack Nicholson as The Joker and it freezes »
- Brad Brevet
- Sharon Knolle
Daniel Radcliffe has said that he’d love to take on the role of Robin in 2016’s upcoming superhero epic Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Harry Potter star has been trying to move away from his role in the blockbuster wizarding franchise but seems ready to go mainstream again after roles in more niche films such as beat poet based murder caper Kill Your Darlings and dark Canadian thriller Horns.
When asked by Buzzfeed if he’d like to return to a franchise the British actor said: “Batman. If they do that again, I’ll do that too. It’s happening isn’t it?” He added:“With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin. I’m perfect.”
Dan certainly has the slightness required for the role but may be a little late in declaring his intentions as the movie has already started shooting – with Henry Cavill reprising his role »
- Mark Worgan
Now that Joss Whedon is something of an unofficial "showrunner" for the Marvel cinematic universe, reportedly wielding some degree of influence over all the studio's scripts following the game-changing success of The Avengers, it's hard to remember that there was a time he literally couldn't get a movie off the ground.
But Whedon's had a number of projects that haven't panned out over the years, and while there's nothing uncommon about that in itself, his devoted fan base has meant that his mooted ventures are more widely publicised than most.
To mark Whedon's 50th birthday today (June 23), Digital Spy lists five of his most promising projects that never saw the light of day.
1. Wonder Woman
Still the best known of Whedon's close-but-no-cigar projects is his long, long, long brewing Wonder Woman adaptation, which was officially announced by Warner Bros in 2005. Whedon was set to write and direct, but only got »
Directors who've made maybe one interesting, successful small film soon get snapped up by the system. But at what cost to the industry?
Director Marc Webb put together the guts of (500) Days Of Summer, his debut feature, in his house. He worked on it behind closed doors, and by the time he got to the point where he was filming it, he knew what he wanted, he'd made key decisions, and could get on with it. Interference was in short supply, and the result felt like a breath of fresh air in a very crowded genre.
Then there's Gareth Edwards. When he came to make his first film, Monsters, he sat in his bedroom and did the visual effects work on his own computer. He didn't have much budget to play with, but he had his brain, and nobody looking over his shoulder offering 'creative input'. We suspect his computer wasn't a bad one, »
Jim Gianopulos is riding a big wave of success.
The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox — who oversees the motion picture divisions of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., which include Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios and Fox Intl. Prods. — has presided over the release of such hits as “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (which recently opened as the top grossing film in the world), “Life of Pi,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Taken” and its two sequels, “12 Years a Slave” and — of course — record-breakers “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
Gianopulos will receive the Taormina Film Festival’s Arte Award »
- Peter Caranicas
Warner Brothers Pictures
Hollywood’s infatuation with comic characters has led to some iconic and outstanding successes; Robert Downey Junior’s Iron Man is amazing; Heath Ledger’s Joker is iconic; Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is captivating; Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is incredible. But for each of these successes there are examples of interpretations that are shamefully painful to watch; recent years have seen adaptations reach new heights, but in the early 2000s there was a visible struggle within Hollywood to turn comics into live action.
This struggle is essentially a fight between adhering to the comics, which can work, but more often than not it leads to childish films, or adapting elements of the character; this is what enabled Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy to succeed where others had failed. On the way to discovering the sacred recipe of adapting heroes there have been a number of characters »
- Samuel Clements
As we gear up for the long-awaited Blu-ray release of the 1960s Batman TV series this year, stars Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) were at the Phoenix Comic Con this past weekend to take part in a Q&A about the classic television show. During the panel the stars were asked for their thoughts on the evolution of the Batman character through the Tim Burton / Joel Schumacher movies of the 80s/90s through to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“We come from light and funny times in the sixties when there was a lot of hope and we were living in a marvelous world,” said Newmar (via Comic Book). “There was Kennedy. There was great art and everything. And then we have now. And then we had the dark ages. And then we had the dark Batman. »
- Gary Collinson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Save Yourself first details, a new clip from The Well, a look at the first four minutes from Discopath, the teaser trailer for Bestseller, and much more:
New Clip from The Well and Screening Details: “At the edge of an expansive barren valley, all that remains of The Wallace Farm for Wayward Youth is a few hollowed-out husks of buildings. Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when the Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. Kendal and the few others that remain barely scrape by, while dreaming of escape. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether »
- Tamika Jones
The Batman franchise is notorious for its scripts, and not always in a positive way: going back even as far as Adam West’s ludicrous, cult-classic version of the character, good writing never seemed to be paramount for the character who traded more on iconic design and immediate mythology. And you could be forgiven for thinking that some of the later directors took that as a guide – particularly Joel Schumacher, whose mud-dumb sequels sprinkled as much verbal manure across the visuals as the director did day-glo paint.
But it hasn’t always been so bad: thanks to the need for punchy action and irresistibly quotable moments in a genre that relies on heavy punches, Batman has also been responsible for some of the most enduring lines in cinema history.
In celebration of those beats that left us swollen with heroic pride, or agog with delight, we’ve put »
- Simon Gallagher
The movie adaptation of the hit Wing Commander videogame series came out in 1999. We find out whether time's been kind to it...
It’s easy to forget just how greatly visual effects shifted in the late 1990s. Techniques that had survived more-or-less unchanged since the dawn of cinema - scale models, matte paintings, stop-motion, to name a few - were suddenly joined by a new generation of jaw-dropping computer graphics.
Such groundbreaking movies as Tron, Young Sherlock Holmes and The Abyss paved the way, but the digital revolution pretty much exploded in the 1990s, starting with the eye-popping morph effects of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the dinosaur shots in Jurassic Park and the CG-assisted bullet time of The Matrix in 1999.
In the midst of the CG revolution sweeping through cinemas by the close of the decade - as seen in The Matrix and the year’s other gargantuan release, »
"The "Bat-Man", a mysterious and adventurous figure, fighting for righteousness and apprehending the wrong doer, in his lone battle against the evil forces of society... His identity remains unknown."
Those exciting words started off a story in Detective Comics Issue number 27 in May of 1939, and the world was introduced to one of the most well-known and most recognized superheroes - The Bat-Man, as he was first called. National Comics (now DC Comics) was enjoying comic sales due to Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel's latest creation, Superman, and they were in the market for another caped crusader. Created by Bob Kane, he was little more than crude sketches until Bill Finger gave some suggestions that would make him iconic: The bat cowl, the color of the costume (Kane originally planned on having Batman wear a red union suit with black trunks and cape), and putting gloves on the hero.
Our Batman week rolls on with a look back at some of the music video tie-ins from the Caped Crusader's past.
Christopher Nolan's recent Dark Knight trilogy may have brought some credibility back to Batman on the big screen, but there was nary a chart-topping single in sight. This wasn't the case with the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher films, which spawned new music from the likes of Prince, U2 and Seal. We take a look at 6 of them below...
1. Prince - 'Batdance' (1989)
Prince recorded an entire album for Tim Burton's Batman as Warner Bros pulled out all the stops for its big budget relaunch of the character in the '80s. The LP spawned five singles in total, the lead being this Us number one 'Batdance'. It's a crazy, anarchic track that throws together rock, dance and funk... we imagine Jack Nicholson's Joker would approve.
To mark Batman's 75th anniversary, we've revisited each of the nine theatrically-released movies to come up with our definitive ranking from worst to best.
We've taken into account not only the films themselves, but also how they fit into the wider context of the character's cinematic legacy. Read our verdict on each below, and we hope the choice for number one gets you talking...
The men behind Batman's mask: Keaton, Bale, Affleck, more
9. Batman & Robin (1997)
Occasionally a film's astronomical budget and hype can overwhelm it on initial release, prompting the critics to sharpen knives and audiences to switch off. Sometimes it takes time for a film to breathe and marinate, it can fare better when revisited after the dust settles. Unfortunately this isn't the case for Batman & Robin - 17 years down the line it's still a steaming pile on repeat viewing. »
For a while now, many have deemed RoboCop to be popular culture’s most recognisable crime-fighting characters of all time. In line with its Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD release on 9th June 2014 from StudioCanal, we count down – not only the 10 most recognisable crime-fighters – but best ten the entertainment world has had to offer…
Played by: Clint Eastwood
It’s quite impressive that Clint Eastwood has played Harry Callahan, his defining cop not afraid to cross ethical boundaries to serve justice, a total of five times over his illustrious career. An Inspector with the San Francisco police department, his primary concern is to protect and avenge the victims of violent crime by any means necessary.
Played by:Gene Hackman
Based on real-life New York City police detective Eddie Egan, »
- Phil Wheat
It was a little over 20 years ago that Michael Douglas, memorably accoutred in thick-rimmed Clubmasters and a flat-top military crew cut, got a little too hot under his starched white collar in the middle of a midsummer morning commute and abandoned his Chevy Chevette in gridlocked traffic to head out on a one-man rampage against the iniquities of the modern world.
Much has changed in the two decades since the release of Joel Schumacher's Falling Down, but, as The Angriest Man in Brooklyn flatly reminds us, the grievances of America's petulant middle-class men apparently have not. It seems life is still unendurable for those who feel entitled to absolute comfort from it. Robin Williams plays a graying, slackly jowled lawyer named Henry Altmann, who has frowned and »
A lot has been said about Ben Affleck’s casting in Batman vs Superman, as Christian Bale left some big ol’ Batboots to fill. This week, finally, fans got a look at both the new Batman and the new Batmobile, courtesy of director Zack Snyder’s Twitter account. The new suit is designed by Michael Wilkinson – which comes as no real surprise as he was the costume designer for Man of Steel, although he also worked on Watchmen, 300 and Terminator Salvation.
As for the Batmobile, they decided not to go with Hr Giger’s frankly odd design for the vehicle that he cooked up for Batman Forever (seriously worth a Google if you have a minute) and instead went with something whose parts will seem very familiar to comic book and film fans. In fact it is obvious from both designs that there are many subtle references to »
- Brian Chapman
The Flickering Myth writing team share a few thoughts on the first look at Ben Affleck in the Batsuit….
DC fans haven’t had much to shout about over the best part of the past year, having to sit twiddling their thumbs waiting on news while Marvel Studios, Sony and Fox laid out their superhero plans for the next few years, as well as delivering the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, since the announcement of a Justice League movie, we’ve had the DC shows The Flash, Gotham and Constantine all picked up, and yesterday Zack Snyder sent the internet into meltdown by releasing the very first image of Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman. So, what did our writers make of the new Batsuit? »
- Gary Collinson
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