10 items from 2014
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
Photo by Barry Brown Comic-Con
Comic-Con International has released the schedule for Sunday July 27th. This is the last day of Comic-Con, and they will be closing it out with some big TV panels like Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy and The Strain. There's also a panel for the Batkid documentary that was made. I rarely stay for the whole convention on Sunday, but I think I actually might try to stick around this year and enjoy myself. You can go through the full schedule here, but you'll find some of the highlights listed below.
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A - Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store »
- Joey Paur
When the Harry Potter series came to an end in 2011, Batman became the undisputed crown jewel in the Warner Bros. movie catalog, a notion that was only reinforced by the multi-billion dollar success and critical adoration that adorned Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Refusing to rest on their laurels, the studio are bringing the character back to the big screen with no less than three movies planned for Ben Affleck’s iteration of the Caped Crusader; Dawn of Justice, Justice League and then a standalone Batman movie, all of which are due in the next five years.
A full 75 years after the character’s first appearance in the 27th issue of Detective Comics, Batman still remains one of the biggest icons in popular culture. Whether it be through comic books, feature-length movies, animated and live action television shows or video games, the Dark Knight has retained his »
- Scott Campbell
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. »
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We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »
- Gary Collinson
American screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. - best known for his work as co-creator of the classic 1960s Batman television series - has passed away from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, California, aged 91. Born in New York City in 1923, Semple began his career in the 1950s, writing short stories and stage plays, including the comedy The Golden Fleecing which was produced for the screen by MGM as 1961's The Honeymoon Machine, starring Steve McQueen.
After moving to Hollywood, Semple collaborated with William Dozier on a pilot entitled Number One Son, which was ultimately shelved due to concerns about having an ethnic lead. However, he would reunite with Dozier in 1965 after being approached to write the pilot episode for a Batman TV series, and subsequently served as story editor on the resulting first season of the series, which proved to be a huge success, as well as the 1966 feature »
- Gary Collinson
Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (1923-2014), legendary screenwriter of Batman: The Movie (1966), the Batman television series (1966-1968), Papillon (1973), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), [the vastly underrated] King Kong (1976), Flash Gordon (1980), and Never Say Never Again (1983) passed away today from natural causes in his Los Angeles home. When any current filmmaker makes a movie that even has a hint of political intrigue or conspiracy, people almost always cite Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View as influences. It has become a bit of a shorthand, but it also speaks to the quality of those movies and how few movies since have lived up to the standard that Semple set. And while we live in a modern world in which our perception of Batman is largely defined by Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, and Frank Miller, from 1966 to the mid-80s thoughts of Batman immediately went to the 1966 movie and television series. It »
- Matthew McKibben
For some, Christian Bale is the definitive on-screen Batman. There were numerous Batmen before him, though, and first among them was Adam West. West played the Caped Crusader in the campy, over-the-top Batman 1960s TV series (which also spawned a movie), and was… let’s just say… not quite as intense and brooding in his performance as Bale was.
Back then, comic books still weren’t taken very seriously, and so the Batman TV series was done firmly tongue-in-cheek with a knowing “Oh yeah, this whole guy-dressed-up-as-a-bat-business is pretty ridiculous.” There was no angst. There was no moral ambiguity. The Joker had a painted-over-mustache, not a terrifying scar. Oh, and the low TV budget made for a pretty silly-looking Batcave.
Well, for those who yearn for the days of a simpler Batman, the classic TV series is finally coming to DVD in a full box set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. »
- Jeremy Clymer
If you're a fan of the 60s Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo, then you'll no doubt be delighted to hear that the series is finally heading to DVD this year, at least according to Conan O'Brien, who has revealed the news on Twitter.
Despite being one of the most popular shows in TV history, the Batman series has been unavailable on home video (yes, even VHS) due to complex rights issues between 20th Century Fox, ABC, Greenway Productions and DC's parent company Warner Bros., while it's also been suggested that some of the Bat-cameos weren't cleared for home video release.
Whatever the problems were, these now look to have been cleared, so Bat-fans will soon be able to place the entire 120 episodes next to Batman: The Movie on their DVD shelves. »
- Gary Collinson
The new year may be here, but new movies are not. January is typically a dead zone for anything other than big studios burying genre pictures while rolling out potential Oscar nominees across the country. This weekend, there is only one new release and it's pretty strictly for horror fans. Everybody else should look into the amazing specialty screenings we've got on hand over the next week and maybe make a run to Vulcan Video or I Luv Video to ease into 2014 from the comfort of your couch.
You don't want to stay at home all weekend, because then you'd miss some very special local bookings. The Austin Film Society is launching a "Godard vs. Truffaut" series with Godard's Breathless (pictured at top) this weekend at the Marchesa. It screens in 35mm tonight and again on Sunday afternoon. I don't know why you'd want to take sides in this battle, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
10 items from 2014
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