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Though it was greatly rumored before Comic-Con 2014 that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was going to be partially based on Frank Miller' seminal work The Dark Knight Returns, everyone agrees that the footage shown in San Diego was heavily influenced by this iconic work.
Star of the movie Ben Affleck has been making the press rounds in support of Gone Girl, and he's dropped a few hints about the movie along the way. Talking with MTV, he addresses the Frank Miller inspiration apparent in the film.
Ben Affleck doesn't think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the only movie to be affected or influenced by Frank Miller's work. He believes that all of the movies that have come in its wake have, in some way, played off those aspects apparent in The Dark Knight Returns.
Before answering the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice question, though, »
Sin City “Hard Goodbye”
Originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents #51-62
Written and drawn by Frank Miller
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Full spoilers for the “Hard Goodbye” Sin City story
If you’ve read any of Frank Miller’s comics, you’re probably familiar with some of his most beloved tropes found in his work from Daredevil to Holy Terror, including pudge-faced, long coated wearing anti-heroes, prostitutes, a crapsack urban setting, and hardboiled voice-over narration that ranges from unintentionally hilarious (“ Sin City, she’s a big, bad broad flat on her back begging for it and I take her for all she’s worth and then I take her again and still she’s begging.”) to tight and poignant (“Worth dying for. Worth killing for. Worth going to hell for. amen.”) In “Hard Goodbye”, Miller plays with these tropes and devices like a kid with his favorite action figures, »
- Logan Dalton
Get More: Music News Thanks to the leaked Comic-Con footage from back in July, we already know that Frank Miller's criticaly acclaimed The Dark Knight Returns will heavily influence Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in a new interview, star Ben Affleck has addressed the impact he believes that will have on not just this movie but each of the Caped Crusader's past big screen adventures. "Yeah, I don't want to answer too many Batman questions because it is a Gone Girl thing, but I will say that I think Zack [Snyder] was heavily influenced by that," Affleck tells MTV News in the video interview above. "I think everyone's heavily influenced by that...that's the seminal work. So, I don't think that there's any of these which have been made that haven't drawn from that book because it's so good. So, you know, I think if you're smart you steal from the best. »
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Internet pranks seem to be all the rage nowadays. YouTube channels like VitalyzdTv, RomanAtwood, MagicofRahat, Lahwf, fouseyTUBE, and others are raking in millions of views on the video sharing site by making themselves or somebody else look quite the fool.
However, an ever growing pranking sub-genre features pranksters incorporating some of the most popular comic book characters of today into their videos. Everybody from Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, and others are getting into the pranking game. Though, today we will be focusing strictly on the Dark Knight himself… Batman.
Though Frank Miller, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer and others have taken the once ridiculously campy Batman and dragged him growling into the darkness, there remains something inherently silly and preposterous about a man dressing up and pretending to be a bat, flapping about in a big black cape. Ever observant, the internet has noticed this, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Gotham, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Arrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America 3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, The Defenders, Avengers Assemble, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Powers and more….
Fox got the new small screen superhero TV season underway this past Monday with the premiere of the hotly-anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham, which enjoyed strong ratings, pulling a 3.2 rating with adults aged 18-49, and 8.2 million viewers from its highly competitive time slot. The pilot episode seemed to have a lot of admirers, although Flickering Myth’s Anthony Stokes and Anghus Houvouras were both unimpressed – check out their reviews here and here. And looking ahead, we’ve got three promos for the second episode entitled ‘Selina Kyle’, which you can see here and here, »
- Gary Collinson
Watchmen #1-12 (Sept 1986- Oct 1987)
Written by Alan Moore
Art by Dave Gibbons
Colored by John Higgins
Edited by Len Wein & Barbara Kesel
There isn’t a media outlet, comic book site, book review page or esteemed magazine that has not delved into the world of the Watchmen and highlighted its brilliance, its depth and its profound impact not just on the comic book medium but the written word itself. So what should make this column any different when examining this seminal piece of art? Will I be able to cull some new insight from the pages that so many have pored over, looking for symbolism and significance? More than likely not, but that’s not my job here. My job is to recommend a particular story in the comic book world that I »
- Jessie Robertson
There are many, many things that make up the Batman persona; and as a night-stalking dispenser of justice with a penchant for broken bones and holding people over the edges of rooftops, he’s able to do all of this thanks to an unmatched plethora of all-purpose gadgets.
Now whilst we’re not going to start wishing for some Adam West-style Bat-Shark Repellant, it’s safe to say at this point in development Rocksteady still have a few tricks up their collective sleeves to make sure this final chapter is the best. The two previous iterations were incredibly solid and are both some of the most successful video games of all time, let alone in the superhero genre; it’s safe to say the ever-mounting pressure will be reaching incredibly high levels as they attempt to do what Christopher Nolan couldn’t; deliver a final chapter that satisfies everyone. »
- Scott Tailford
Give me a brief snapshot of how the parallel storylines work between Rise of an Empire and the first film.
Deborah Snyder: Well this film takes place on the same three days as the battle of Thermopylae — We just get to see a different perspective. We’re not from the Spartan perspective, we’re from the free Greek perspective, and we’re following this leader Themistocles, who is a naval commander.
Zack Snyder: The other thing we get to see that’s different in this film is it jumps forward and backward a little bit, and because it also paints the origins of Xerxes. So you get to see Xerxes’ birth, and what caused him to become the character that you saw in the original film. »
- Gary Collinson
DC Comics continues its latest Earth shattering event with Batman and Robin: Future’s End #1. The one-shot gives readers a look into what’s to come for the Dark Knight as he continues his crusade against crime. By his side is another partner who’s picked up the red and green mantle of the Boy Wonder. It’s an action-packed piece of a bigger puzzle that still serves as entertaining for those who aren’t completely up to speed with the whole story.
Five years in the future, Bruce Wayne still dons the cape and cowl and stalks the streets nightly as the Batman. He’s also continues to be obsessed with the death of his son, Damian. Old wounds are opened when a monstrous assassin resembling the Heretic shows up. Could he be the same Heretic or another creation of the league of Assassins sent to rid the »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Harry Lennix has been a busy man. His nearly twenty year career has landed him straight in the center of the pop culture zeitgeist, being part of both a blockbuster film franchise and a buzz-worthy TV series. The actor appeared in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, and is part of the cast of NBC's The Blacklist. You may recall that Lennix was called upon, at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, to read the passage from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" that would serve as the big reveal for WB/DC's plans.
The actor is currently making the rounds promoting season 2 of The Blacklist, and was asked a couple of questions about both of the big projects he's a part of these days.
Regarding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actor was unsurprisingly tight-lipped:
"Anybody who's a fan of the '86 graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Returns, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Back in July 2013, Man of Steel star Harry Lennix took to the stage at the San Diego Comic-Con International where he quoted lines from Frank Miller’s seminal comic book Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as part of the official announcement that Zack Snyder would be bringing the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight together for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, during an interview with Moviefone, Lennix has offered up a few words on the DC Comics ensemble, stating that fans of The Dark Knight Returns will be “well pleased” by the “historic event”.
“Anybody who’s a fan of the ’86 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, I think will be well pleased by [Batman v Superman],” says Lennix, who will reprise the role of General Swanwick in the team-up. “This is a historic event. Clearly, Zack Snyder is on the cutting edge of directing movies of this scope and scale. »
- Gary Collinson
Gotham, which debuts this week, is one of Fox's most-buzzed-about new shows - and for good reason. I saw the first episode of the Batman-inspired series, and there's a lot to love. The show revolves around James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as a young detective working his way up the ranks in Gotham. We meet him right as he and his partner Harvey (Donal Logue) take on the murder of Bruce Wayne's (David Mazouz) parents. The series premieres Monday, and if you like what you read below, you should definitely check out the trailer. It starts out with a bang . . . literally. Let's be clear about one thing: Gotham isn't the story of Batman. It's the story of James Gordon attempting to clean up the crime-ridden streets of Gotham before a superhero rises up to clear the scum away, and Gordon's story begins with the death of young Bruce's parents. I'm not giving much away here, »
A man who decides the best way to fight crime in his native city is to dress up as a giant bat has to be a severely damaged individual on some level. But think about how damaged the city itself has to be for the man to think that the bat costume is necessary. Fox's new drama series "Gotham" (it debuts Monday at 8) wants to dramatize the crumbling infrastructure of Gotham City, which would eventually lead to Batman patrolling its streets. And it wants to play with the many wonderful toys available in that corner of the DC Universe, even if Batman himself can't be one of them, since the series begins with a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) witnessing his parents' murder in a dark downtown alley. DC been down this road before with "Smallville," a show that took 10 seasons to let Clark Kent put on the red cape and blue tights, »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the comics, Stick has the abilities of radar sense, acute hearing, taste, touch, smell, telepathy,and the ability to drain life energy from another person.
"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television.
"There are few actors who could bring the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such »
- Michael Stevens
In another move that shows how much inspiration the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series will draw from Frank Miller’s run in the comics, Marvel has cast Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October, Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, the mysterious martial artist famous for training both Elektra and the titular Man Without Fear.
Stick was created by Miller in 1981, where he’s depicted as a blind master martial artist who not only teaches a young Matt Murdock how to fight, but how to control his senses and develop his “radar sense.” Stick is also revealed to be the leader of a warrior order called The Chaste that regularly fought with a mercenary group known as The Hand.
- James Garcia
Despite its constant appearance in the news cycle, we still don’t know very much about Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, especially when it comes to the version of the Caped Crusader that we’ll see on screen. No two Batman interpretations are completely alike, and from the sound of it, Ben Affleck will play a far different Batman than Christian Bale did in the Dark Knight trilogy.
We’ve already heard reports that this version is in his mid-40s, making him a bit older than previous versions of the character, and that he’s likely been operating in the shadows of Gotham for quite some time. This darker, more seasoned crime fighter will draw inspiration from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and even has a massive and powerful Batmobile to prove it.
Affleck recently sat down with »
- James Garcia
Marvel Studios is planning on revealing lots of new details about their upcoming Daredevil series at New York Comic Con next month, but showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight already shared a few things about it with Paste Magazine. In a recentinterview he offers a little tease of their vision for the man without fear.
"With this version of Daredevil we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. In every aspect, he's a man that's just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he's one »
- Joey Paur
Unsurprisingly, Netflix's "Daredevil" series is set to be a darker and more grounded than a network comic book show ala "Marvel's Agents of Shield". Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has now given an extensive interview with Paste Magazine about the new series, how it is progressing, and what take he's bringing to the material:
"With this version of Daredevil, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the s--t beat out of him.
That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. In every aspect, he's a man that's just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human.
The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he's one »
- Garth Franklin
The fall TV season is about to get under way in just a few short weeks, but, for many Marvel fans, the show they're eagerly awaiting won't debut until next year. Marvel and Netflix joined forces to produce Marvel's Daredevil, the first of four shows along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage that will culminate with the mini-series The Defenders.
Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight is serving as the showrunner and executive producer on Marvel's Daredevil, revealing in a new interview that the show will be as grounded, gritty and realistic as possible.
"With this version of Daredevil, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. »
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