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A Batman Falls: R.I.P. Adam West

  • Cinelinx
Adam West, who was beloved for generations as the man under the crimefighting cowl in the 1960s Batman TV series, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West had an acting career going back to the 1950s. Today, Cinelinx pays homage to a gentleman who loved his fans, as we say goodbye to Adam West

Adam West loved playing Batman. Beginning with the Batman Tv show (1966-1969), he continued being involved with DC Batman projects, including Batman: the Movie (1966), The Super Friends (or Super Powers Team), the New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super Seven, The Legends of the Super heroes, Batman: the Animated Series, the Batman: New Times video game, The 2004-2006 Batman cartoon, Batman: the Brave & the Bold, Robot Chicken, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Through all these projects, for over five decades, West voiced either the Batman or one of his supporting cast.
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Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman

Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman
What's this? Could this be the end for Batman? Rest in peace, Adam West, the one and only Caped Crusader who truly defined the role. There have been so many incarnations of Batman over the years – on the page and on the screen – but Adam West was the one flesh-and-blood actor who ever did justice to the cape, on the Sixties TV series Batman.

West, who died of leukemia Friday at the age of 88, brought deadpan humor and old-school gallantry to the role, week after week; same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.
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Wonder Women: The live-action appearances of the Amazon Princess

Gary Collinson looks at the actresses who have portrayed Wonder Woman in live action…

With the release of All Star Comics #8 in October 1941, William Moulton Marston and DC Comics introduced the world to Princess Diana of Themyscira, better known as Wonder Woman, who would quickly go on to establish herself as the most iconic female comic book character of all time. And now, some 76 years later, the Amazon Princess is about to headline her very first feature film, as Gal Gadot reprises her role from last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

While her appearance in Batman v Superman marked the character’s big screen debut, there have been several other live-action incarnations of Wonder Woman over the years, and here we take a look at the actresses who’ve had the honour of portraying the legendary superhero…

Ellie Wood Walker / Linda Harrison

The first attempt to bring
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Batgirl: who is she, & where will she fit in the Dceu?

Rob Leane Apr 5, 2017

Batgirl is the latest DC hero to be touted for a solo movie, with Joss Whedon at the helm. But who is Batgirl? Let's take a look...

Holy déjà vu, Batman! Only last week I was writing about the announcement that a new member of the Bat-family has been given their own movie among Warner Bros’ already-jam-packed DC Extended Universe slate. Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, was the chap under discussion then.

Last week, on top of that, the news broke that Joss Whedon is writing, directing and producing a Batgirl movie as part of the Dceu. Warners is clearly serious about expanding out from Ben Affleck’s Batman to tell other stories about cowl-loving caped crusaders.

Here’s everything you need to know about Batgirl, mixed with some possibly-useless fan speculation about casting, villains and more...

Who is Batgirl?

As with most major superheroes, a few different
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Joss Whedon Will Direct DC's Batgirl Movie

  • MovieWeb
Joss Whedon Will Direct DC's Batgirl Movie
Nearly two years after his Marvel Studios blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, filmmaker Joss Whedon is jumping ship to Warner Bros. and DC Films. The director is close to finalizing a deal to write, direct and produce a standalone Batgirl movie, which will be part of the studio's DC Extended Universe (Dceu). This new project is said to have originated over the past month, but there hasn't been any indication regarding where this movie may fit on the studio's Dceu slate over the next few years.

Variety broke the news on this project, which doesn't have any other producers lined up as of yet, but the project will be overseen by DC Films presidents Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, along with Warner Bros. Picture Group president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich. This will mark the first time that Batgirl has ever gotten her own stand alone movie,
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Joss Whedon Set to Write and Direct ‘Batgirl’ Standalone Feature for Warner Bros.

  • Indiewire
Joss Whedon Set to Write and Direct ‘Batgirl’ Standalone Feature for Warner Bros.
Batgirl is coming to the big screen, and Joss Whedon is helping her get there. The “Avengers” helmer will write, direct and produce a standalone film for Warner Bros. about the superheroine, reports Variety. The movie, to which no one else is yet attached, will be part of the DC Extended Universe and follow this summer’s “Wonder Woman” as the second project in that franchise to center around a female lead.

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First appearing in 1967, Batgirl has previously been portrayed onscreen by Yvonne Craig in the campy “Batman” series and Alicia Silverstone in 1997’s “Batman & Robin”; more recently, Rosario Dawson voiced her in “The Lego Batman Movie.” Toby Emmerich, who serves as president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, will be shepherding this new project alongside Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.
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Gloria DeHaven, MGM Musical Star of the 1940s, Dies at 91

  • The Wrap
Gloria DeHaven, MGM Musical Star of the 1940s, Dies at 91
Gloria DeHaven, star of countless classic MGM musicals of the 1940s and ’50s, died Saturday at age 91, TheWrap has learned. According to her daughter, Faith Fincher-Finkelstein, DeHaven suffered a stroke about three months ago and passed on Saturday while in hospice care in Las Vegas, surrounded by family. DeHaven was one of the few stars remaining from Hollywood’s Golden Age of film, when no problem couldn’t by solved be tap dancing through it and every broken heart could be healed with a song. Also Read: Emmys Obit Segment Neglects 'Batman' Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and
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Will 'The Neon Demon' director give us the Batgirl movie we deserve?

  • Hitfix
Will 'The Neon Demon' director give us the Batgirl movie we deserve?
Critics aren't quite sure what to make of Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film The Neon Demon, but it's safe to say he's got vision. And now he's apparently turned his sights to the DC Comics' character Batgirl. Could he make a live-action film happen? The Danish director (who also did Bronson, Only God Forgives, and Drive) was speaking to Business Insider to promote The Neon Demon, which stars Elle Fanning, and spoke about how he once wanted to tackle DC's biggest female superhero: But this isn't the first time the Danish filmmaker has wanted to make a movie with a strong female lead. After the release of his popular 2011 thriller "Drive," Refn said he really wanted to make a Wonder Woman movie. That's not going to happen quite yet. When Gal Gadot stars as the superhero in her standalone movie, out in the summer of 2017, Patty Jenkins ("Monster") will have the reins.
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Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More

  • PEOPLE.com
Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More
This Friday, a little movie titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Perhaps you may have seen an advertisement or two about it. The film marks the first official pairing of Bats and Supes in a feature film. Surely there are longtime fans eager to see them pec-to-pec, but some fans will be excited about the film's other big debut: Wonder Woman. Ever since Gal Gadot was cast in the role, comic book (and TV) fans have been eager to find out how Wonder Woman would be realized on the big screen. Shockingly, the character has never had
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Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More

  • PEOPLE.com
Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More
This Friday, a little movie titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Perhaps you may have seen an advertisement or two about it. The film marks the first official pairing of Bats and Supes in a feature film. Surely there are longtime fans eager to see them pec-to-pec, but some fans will be excited about the film's other big debut: Wonder Woman. Ever since Gal Gadot was cast in the role, comic book (and TV) fans have been eager to find out how Wonder Woman would be realized on the big screen. Shockingly, the character has never had
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New This Week: Batman: The Animated Series & Classic '66 Batman Busts and Statues!

It’s a DC kind of week at Diamond Select Toys HQ, as comic shops are receiving eight new collectibles from the world of DC Comics-based television! Batman: The Animated Series, the Batman Classic TV Series, iZombie and Superman: The Animated Series all get new products this week, including busts, statues, action figures and banks! Read on for more info, then find your nearest comic shop and see what they have on hand! If they don’t have it, ask them if they can order it! Batman The Animated Series Catwoman Resin BustCatwoman just got busted! The master thief, who has been perpetrator, partner and paramour to Batman, is now the newest resin bust in Dst’s line of busts based on Batman: The Animated Series. With her feline companion perched on her shoulder, this approximately 6-inch bust of Selina Kyle features detailed paint applications and a purr-fectly formed sculpt atop an art-deco base.
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Happy 50th Birthday to the Batman TV Show: the Best Super Hero Parody Ever

  • Cinelinx
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show (1966-68) starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and his teen partner Robin the Boy Wonder. The show was a huge hit when first released and still has a loyal following today. The show was a clever satire, not only on super heroes but also on 1960s pop-culture in general. Cinelinx celebrates ABC’s Batman at 50.

In January of 1996, a mid-season replacement show debuted on ABC and became an unexpected hit. It was originally planned to be produced for the fall ’66 season but it was moved up to January. ABC’s Batman was part of its 1966 “second wave” programming, being one of 4 shows that debuted during the mid-season. (Along with The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Blue Light and The Baron.) While the other three are mostly forgotten, Batman became the sensation of the season—airing twice each week,
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Jim Perry, Host of Game Shows in ’70s and ’80s, Dead at 82

  • The Wrap
Jim Perry, Host of Game Shows in ’70s and ’80s, Dead at 82
Jim Perry, who hosted the popular ’70s and ’80s NBC game shows “Card Sharks” and “Sale of the Century,” died Friday at age 82. He began as host of “Card Sharks” in 1978, and then took on the same duties for a reboot of “Sale of the Century” in 1982, which aired for six years on the network and also had a syndicated version. A native of Camden, New Jersey, he served in the Korean War before teaming with Sid Caesar on the comedy circuit. Also Read: Emmys Obit Segment Neglects 'Batman' Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper His other.
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Wedding bells ring and growing up happens in ‘Batgirl’ #45

  • SoundOnSight
Batgirl #45

Written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher

Art by Babs Tarr

Colors by Serge Lapointe

Letters by Steve Wands

Published by DC Comics

Batgirl #45 is a shining example of when a superhero comic takes a break from the punching, kicking (Even though there is some slick acrobatics featuring Batgirl and Dick Grayson in the middle part of this comic.), and bad guy fighting to focus on the hero and the important relationships in his or her life. In Barbara Gordon’s life, she gets to celebrate the marriage between her friend, old roommate, and the longest tenured member of her civilian supporting cast Alysia and her girlfriend Jo, start to develop a relationship with her wedding date Luke Fox (formerly Batwing) through bowtie flirting and little kisses, and in the main development of this issue, come to terms with her feelings for Dick Grayson. Writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden
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Emmys Obit Segment Neglects ‘Batman’ Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

  • The Wrap
Emmys Obit Segment Neglects ‘Batman’ Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
As the In Memoriam segment at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards proved, the last 12 months have been a death-filled year. So much so, in fact, that a number of notable deaths were omitted from the segment. Among those missing from the list: Yvonne Craig, whose television roles included Batgirl on the 1960s series “Batman” and died in August at age 78, pro-wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died at 61 in July. Another prominent omission: Acting legend Christopher Lee who, while primarily known as a film actor, had dozness of television credits to his name, including “How the West Was Won,”...
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Funko unveils Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz figurines for Batman, Robin, Batgirl and The Joker

Funko has announced that it is set to release a series of four Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz collectible figurines this October, offering up 8-inch versions of Batman (Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) and The Joker (Cesar Romero). Check out the promotional images here and click on any of the figures for larger versions…

Funko’s Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz will hit shelves in October, priced $19.99 apiece.
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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – Sinister 2, Hitman, Yvonne Craig, and More!

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Jim Batts, Michelle McCue, and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Sinister 2, Hitman Agent 47, American Ultra, and Learning To Drive. We’ll also preview No Escape, We Are Your Friends, and Mistress America, discuss movies based on video games and pay tribute to the late Bat Beauty Yvonne Craig

We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.

Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/wp-content/uploads/WAMG082415-54.mp3

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Yvonne Craig obituary

Actor who as Batgirl joined the popular American TV show Batman at the start of its third series in 1967

In 1967, William Dozier, the creator and executive producer of the Batman television series, concerned that the show’s ratings were falling, decided to introduce a female character on the side of law and order in an attempt to attract new viewers. He came up with Batgirl, who would help Batman (Adam West) and his adolescent sidekick, Robin (Burt Ward), in their crusade against the malign forces of “guest villains”. For this role, on a par with the caped crusader and the boy wonder, Dozier cast Yvonne Craig. Although Craig, who has died aged 78, had then been acting in films and television for a decade, she had Batgirl to thank for any fame she attained.

The Dynamic Duo became the Tremendous Trio when Craig first appeared in Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin, aired
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Yvonne Craig: Batgirl star was a caped crusader for equality and fair pay

She was sexy, smart and tough in her role as Batgirl, and both teenage boys and girls fell for Yvonne Craig, sometimes for different reasons

Related: Yvonne Craig, the original 1960s Batgirl dies, aged 78

She was the object of countless boys’ lust as the original sexy sixties Batgirl, but for a generation of girls, actor Yvonne Craig was much more: a smart role model in high-heeled boots and an early campaigner for equal rights and fair pay.

Related: Yvonne Craig – a career in pictures

Batgirl: I’ve worked for you for a long time, and and I’m paid less than Robin.

Robin: Holy discontent!

Continue reading...
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

U.N.C.L.E.: Will International Moviegoers Save WB's Domestic Box Office Flop?

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake:
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