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Do you know what Christopher Nolan’s first exposure to Batman was? It wasn’t Frank Miller’s grim ‘n’ gritty comic books The Dark Knight Returns or Year One, the latter of which was drawn on heavily by the director. It wasn’t Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum, the first truly deep psychological analysis of the character and his enemies. Not the gold standard Batman: The Animated Series.
“I think like a lot of people my age, my first memories of Batman were from the television series with Adam West,” he says. Yes, the sixties Batman, with all of its high camp, go-go dancing, and sound effects popping up on screen. So pretty much the polar opposite of Nolan’s grounded, realistic take on the character in his Dark Knight trilogy. Right.
Well, don’t be so sure. “Still, I think that for something »
- Tom Baker
Artist SalBa Combé created this extremely awesome fan art for Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. The character designs that he came up with are so freakin' cool. I'd love to see these brought to life in some kind of CG animation. That Batman armor just looks excellent. Here's what the artist had to say about the designs:
"Some time ago I made these three designs based on 'The Dark Knight Returns' by Frank Miller, and some people asked me if this Batman was who fights against Superman in the end of the comic? No, that was a Batman older, rougher and more realist than Batman with spandex and micro-kevlar suits. But this batman yes it´s that armored batman. I hope you like and thanks for this visit." »
- Joey Paur
We had some small news about The Joker’s role in Suicide Squad previously due to some early script leaks (he will take a Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs type role), and now we have some new details.
According to the good folk over at JoBlo, the idea of The Joker in the Suicide Squad is to tease previous battles with Batman before the two theoretically collide in a Batman solo movie which is said to take on the Joker section of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. The website claims that “The Joker is scarred all over his body because of his battles with Batman, he plays mind games with people and twists [their] minds, [and] everyone is afraid of him.”
- Luke Owen
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Black Cat, Powers and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave us a new shot (well, new angle) of Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight thanks to an image of Batman alongside the previously released promo shots of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess, as well as some promotional artwork of the World’s Finest squaring off, »
- Gary Collinson
Not since Ivan Drago squared off against Rocky, have we awaited such a battle. Batman and Superman going toe to toe, cape to cape. Readers of the Frank Miller graphic novel will be all too aware of how this goes, and it's not how you'd think. Guillermo Grispo is the fight choreographer for next year's over hyped (and probably fucked up badly) Batman v Superman. Personally, I have very little hope that they'll get this movie right as it, like other DC movies have been surrounded with more problems than you'd expect. However, we may be in for a treat when it comes to the finale. Speaking about how Bats and Supes square off, Crispo says“There’s a thought that Batman has no chance, that the Superman will squash him like a bug. But when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there’s a very »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
According to a new report from Forbes.com, new rumors are floating about, claiming that Ben Affleck's Batman from the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" super hero/action flick, might be making a cameo appearance in the upcoming "Suicide Squad' super hero flick. They went on to say that there are reports claiming Batman's scene will likely be at the end of the movie and focused on certain circumstances involving the Joker. From there, that would set up the Joker to be a possible/likely antagonist in the solo Batman movie that’s planned to come out in the next few years, which they've heard will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book series The Dark Knight Returns — the third issue of which is a story about Batman facing off against an escaped Joker. They've also heard that Gotham City Police Commissioner ,Ellen Yindel, »
A couple of days ago some potential plot details leaked for David Ayer's Suicide Squad, and now there is an even more interesting rumor that you're gonna want to hear. According to Forbes, Ben Affleck's Batman could appear in the movie, and his appearance will set up a solo film in which he will face off against Jared Leto's The Joker.
We've already heard that Batman will briefly appear on video monitors, but it sounds like his inclusion is going to be bigger than that. Apparently, The Dark Knight will show up at the end of the movie when The Joker escapes from prison, and this could essentially be the start of a Batman Vs. Joker movie. The site reports that it "will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book series The Dark Knight Returns — the third issue of which is a story about Batman »
- Joey Paur
In case you clicked on this by accident, or somehow are unclear about what you're stepping into...ahem...*Spoiler Alert*
Last week, our editor-in-chief published an exclusive report that offered an inside look at WB/DC's Suicide Squad. In that report, we touched on many subjects, but one was the prospect of Ben Affleck's Batman making an appearance. At the time, our source had informed us that it would be something small, not in-the-flesh, and limited to him being shown as part of some footage that one of the characters plays in the film. Now Forbes has stepped in and added their own two cents on the matter.
The report states:
"I’ve heard for weeks that Batman will appear in Suicide Squad, supposedly in an in-story scene, likely at the end of the film and focused on certain circumstances involving the Joker."
The sequence he mentions would likely »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Warning – could be spoilers ahead…
There were a few rumours reported a couple of days about the script for Suicide Squad that indicated Batman would be mentioned by Amanda Waller, but not featured. Well, according to new rumours, that’s all false.
According to Mark Hughes of Forbes (who does know his stuff), Batman will feature at the end of the movie. Not in video, not just mentioned, but in-story. Hughes claims that Batman will make an appearance after The Joker escapes from Arkham and this will kick start his solo movie, which will take inspiration from the Joker section of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
“This would set up the Joker as a possible/likely antagonist in the solo Batman movie that’s planned in the next few years, and which I’ve heard will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book series ‘The Dark Knight »
- Luke Owen
There’s been a bit of trouble surrounding Tom Hardy leaving David Ayer’s ensmeble DC villain movie Suicide Squad (apparently due to scheduling issues, though also allegedly down to rewrites reducing is Rick Flagg character), but here’s a bit of positive buzz coming from Forbes/ Latino Review. The publication(s) say that Ben Affleck’s Batman, to be seen in next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, may make an appearance in the movie in scenes revolving aroud Jared Leto’s Joker. The scene in question may potentially be at the end of the movie, setting up a Batman stand-alone in the near-ish future.
This from Forbes.
This would set up the Joker as a possible/likely antagonist in the solo Batman movie that’s planned in the next few years, and which I’ve heard will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book »
- Paul Heath
With the various upcoming films in the DC Cinematic Universe set to be linked, it seems the most outside film of the group may be getting adjustments to better fit into this new family.
Following on from new rumored plot details about David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" film earlier this week, Forbes magazine reports that "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" star Ben Affleck will make an appearance at the end of the 'Squad' movie.
Potential Spoilers Ahead
According to their source, Batman appears in a " in-story scene" and deals with "circumstances surrounding The Joker". Yesterday's report indicated that The Joker spends most of "Suicide Squad" in his cell, ultimately breaking free in a major prison riot at the end and killing several people on the way out.
Thus the scene with Affleck's Batman would set up a potential standalone film in which Batman squares off against an "escaped Joker, »
- Garth Franklin
This story continues potential spoilers for Suicide Squad.
Warner Bros, back when it announced its plans for DC movies through to 2020, admitted that it also had standalone Batman and Superman films yet to slot in. And it looks as if a couple of strides are being taken towards Ben Affleck getting his own adventure as the Dark Knight.
According to a piece at Forbes, Affleck's Batman is set to make an appearance in Suicide Squad, in a moment that features "certain circumstances involving The Joker".
That, in turn, is said to set up The Joker as the 'likely antagonist' in the Batman film. Furthermore, whatever the »
Among the juicy tidbits from yesterday.s plethora of Suicide Squad news was that The Joker, being played by Jared Leto, would be one of the three most important characters in the film. It was also mentioned, however, that his main nemesis, Batman, would only be referenced - which made sense considering that supervillains in the story are the main players. Now new information has come out, though, suggesting that Ben Affleck's Dark Knight will fill the 2016 blockbuster.s superhero void, and his presence will involve his white-skinned arch-villain. According to a report from Forbes, Batman might appear at some point during an "in-story" scene concerning The Joker. This would then set the stage for the Clown Prince of Crime being a possible villain for the Batman solo film, which would be partly inspired by Frank Miller.s 1986 story The Dark Knight Returns, a work that is also strongly »
With David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film gearing up for production, plot details are starting to spill out. We’ve already heard about what the script might involve, and now we’re hearing another intriguing tidbit of information, and that’s that The Caped Crusader himself may have a role.
Forbes is reporting that Bats will have an “in-story scene” at the end of the movie and it will have something to do with the Joker, likely in the hopes of setting him up as an antagonist for future Batman films. After all, Ben Affleck’s first solo outing as the iconic superhero is said to be inspired somewhat by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book series, which does feature the Joker.
Now, while this does sound very likely and definitely plausible, I wouldn’t get too excited just yet. Suicide Squad is still in the early stages of development, »
- Matt Joseph
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most anticipated films of next year and now, the DC Cinematic Universe Fb page has revealed a t-shirt that the crew received while working on the film. The image comes from Frank Miller’s classic comic The Dark Knight Returns, which the film supposedly adapts albeit in a very loose way and shows the two titular superheroes fighting against each other. Check out the image below:
The caption of the image reads, “Remind them that giants walked the Earth” probably as a morale anthem. Recently the film was subject of some rumors that it’ll be split in two with the first installment (called Enter the Knight) coming this October followed by Dawn of Justice next March. However, Warner Bros. Pictures hasn’t confirmed or denied these rumors but stay tuned for additional details.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Yesterday, we reported some new plot details that surfaced for Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, which revealed that Viola Davis' Amanda Waller has been tracking down every hero and villain with super abilities, even Batman, although he never makes an appearance in the film, except for a brief glimpse on a surveillance camera. Today, we have a new report from Forbes, which claims that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck will make an appearance at the end of Suicide Squad. Obviously, this hasn't been confirmed, but if it proves to be true, there will be Spoilers that follow below, so read on at your own risk.
The scene in question, "supposedly an in-story scene" that comes at the end, reportedly focuses on "circumstances surrounding The Joker." Yesterday's report revealed that The Joker (Jared Leto) spends most of the movie in his cell, until »
Some new story details about Suicide Squad found their way online yesterday (you can find those by clicking here if you missed them), and it was mentioned that Batman may make an appearance via some security footage being viewed by Amanda Waller. Forbes have now weighed in on that by claiming to have heard about an actual appearance by Ben Affleck's Caped Crusader. Batman will apparently turn up at the end of the movie when The Joker escapes from jail, possibly setting up The Clown Prince of Crime as the lead villain in the planned solo movie for iconic DC superhero. The site adds that it, "will take some inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic book series The Dark Knight Returns — the third issue of which is a story about Batman facing off against an escaped Joker. I’m also told that Gotham City Police Commissioner Ellen Yindel (who »
This is one of those stories where someone's secret 'sources' are possibly just pandering to the dearest wishes of fandom. Tread carefully as we proceed then, since there's obviously no official basis for the following information. But a reasonably credible-sounding rumour emanating from Forbes suggests that Ben Affleck's Batman may show up for a cameo appearance in DC/Warners' developing Suicide Squad movie. That in turn, the story goes, will lead into a standalone Batman film in which Affleck will face off against Jared Leto's Joker.According to Forbes' intel, Batfleck will appear in an "in story" Suicide Squad scene (presumably as opposed to a scene where he appears brielfy on video monitors, as others have suggested will happen). Said cameo would focus on "certain circumstances involving the Joker", which remain un-spoilered.In this version of events, there then follows a solo Batman outing in which the Joker is the main antagonist. »
A new image of a Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice crew member shirt has been making waves online today, and for good reason.
Not only does it offer up a great illustrated look at an armored Batman facing off with Henry Cavill’s Superman in what’s very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, but it uses a quote from that seminal comic as well: “…Remind them that giants walk the Earth.”
Interestingly, the quote is actually only part of what Miller originally wrote: “We must not remind them that giants walk the Earth.” If the actual quote is in Batman V Superman at all, perhaps Snyder is paraphrasing or reworking it. Or maybe it’s just included here because it looks badass on the T-shirt.
- James Garcia
Don't worry, there is nothing in this article that will spoil Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for you. We have a new promo photo for the film to share thanks to JoBlo, and it gives us a slightly different look at Ben Affleck as Batman. There's also an interview with the fight choreographer of the film, Guillermo Grispo, who talks about the epic fight sequence between Batman and Superman that we'll see in the film. This is what he said to Los Andes Diario (via Batman News):
“There’s a thought that Batman has no chance, that the Superman will squash him like a bug. But when you see the movie, and how it all comes out, there’s a very intelligent explanation as to why they would have a firsthand confrontation, though it seems to be totally to Batman’s disadvantage.”
Grispo has worked on over 30 films in his career, »
- Joey Paur
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