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You know when you’re casually walking down the street, and some lunatic drives past you at an obscene amount of miles an hour? You think, that driver is a moron, right? Well, Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed is a movie full of morons. These people just have a total disregard for road safety and it’s immensely irritating. Even if you can see past this fact, regrettably there remains a lot to be desired in this somewhat underwhelming thriller.
Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul takes on the lead role of Tobey Marshall, a talented racer in his spare time, who runs a car repair shop. However when he is challenged to a race from an old foe Dino (Dominic Cooper), a close friend of Tobey’s is killed during the contest, following a collision with Dino’s car. Tobey is framed for manslaughter however and spends some time in confinement. »
- Stefan Pape
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Assemble, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
With the announcement that Batman: Arkham Knight is set to hit next-gen gaming and PC systems in the later part of 2014, rabid fans of the Rocksteady franchise have been speculating who will turn up for an appearance in – what the company is calling – the final chapter in the Arkham trilogy (the last Batman outing, prequel Arkham Origins, is considered a one-off, stand-alone game).
If you have been living under a rock or have recently escaped an Amish upbringing, take a look at the official trailer below.
Thanks to the trailer, it is confirmed that we shall see the returns of Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and The Penguin to wreak havoc on Gotham City. In the early part of the trailer, it is also assumed that The Scarecrow is the one threatening to unleash everyone’s “greatest fears” unless the citizens of Gotham evacuate the city. While the trailer has everyone talking, »
- Tommy Bobby Watanabe
Terry Gilliam is making a comeback this year. In July, the ex-Monty Python animator will reunite with his Flying Circus colleagues for an O2 residency. Before then, though, Gilliam returns to dystopian sci-fi with The Zero Theorem, a film whose patchwork aesthetic can't help but recall his 1985 masterpiece, Brazil.
Apt really, considering how prescient his visionary fable has become. Never mind the imminent World Cup. Gilliam's Brazil – a land where the authorities wield information as a weapon and where dreams are shackled by callous austerity – is even more pertinent to life in 2014.
What is Brazil? It's the story of clerk Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), whose diligence in resolving a messy, fatal paperwork trail brings him into contact with Jill (Kim Greist) – the girl who haunts his dreams of combat with a giant baby-faced samurai, and who may or may not be a terrorist.
Where is Brazil? "Somewhere in the 20th century, »
The internet was sent into uproar last year when Ben Affleck was announcing as the next Dark Knight for Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman, with the backlash harking back to the late 80s when Warner Bros. received over 50,000 letters of complaint about Tim Burton hiring Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton for 1989's live action movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton told The Today Show, via Metro. "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
- Gary Collinson
Keaton said on Today show that he doesn't follow the superhero series much but he doesn't know why people get excited about things, Metro.co.uk reported.
Affleck's casting attracted a lot of negative attention from the fans, after it was revealed that he would play the role of the masked crusader in the film. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
DC Comics awards those who haven't read the graphic novel Batman and Son another chance through the release of a new edition. Some may find the title a bit misleading after ingesting the rather thick fifteen chapter book. Only a few of them actually feature Damian Wayne or anything relevant to his storyline.
Batman discovers his romantic liaison with the daughter of the Demon, Ra's al Ghul, has given the super hero an heir to his cowl. The boy's name is Damian and he has been trained from birth by the League of Assassins and his ruthless and vengeful mother, Talia. While the Dark Knight is coming to grips with this new information, he finds himself confronting three lethal individuals who fashion themselves after the Caped Crusader, an enigmatic murderer called the Black Glove, and the man who killed his parents. Will Batman cross the moral line he's drawn for »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
During an appearance on Today on Tuesday (March 4), Keaton said that he was confused by negative reaction to Affleck's casting in the superhero movie.
"He's going to be great," Keaton said of Affleck.
He added: "I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of... I don't know why people get excited about things. Frankly, I don't understand it."
Affleck previously received the support of Dark Knight franchise star Gary Oldman, who advised the actor to ignore criticism from fans.
Director Snyder made headlines this week by revealing that his upcoming movie won't be entirely tied to the DC Universe mythology.
Batman vs Superman will open in cinemas on May 6, 2016.
Batman actors: A »
While doing the press rounds for Need for Speed, Michael Keaton opened up more about his time working with director Tim Burton on 1988's Beetlejuice and 1989's Batman. As he's said in the past, he does want to return for Beetlejuice 2. But only under the right conditions, and if Tim Burton returns to helm this long gestating follow-up. Now, he claims its the only sequel he's ever wanted to do, despite having donned the bat cowl a second time in 1992's Batman Returns.
"I've been talking about it for years and I've been saying if I ever did anything again, it'd be that. I want to do that. The rumors, they've risen before and fallen away. Now, if Tim is involved, and I think he might be involved, I'd be more than interested. I mean, he's so original, and he's an artist. It's unique. There's nothing like it. You can't compare it to anything. »
Before Johnny Depp came along and became Tim Burton's ever-odd muse, the director with a taste for the dark side was fixated on Michael Keaton. The pair made Batman, Batman Returns and Beetlejuice together, but haven't collaborated on a film since. Even though more than twenty years have passed between now and their last joint effort, Keaton is game to reunite with Burton for the oft-rumored sequel to Beetlejuice. In promotion of his upcoming vehicle Need for Speed, Keaton appeared on The Today Show where he was subjected to the awkward interview stylings of Savannah Guthrie. Asked about if he's be game to return to the green wig and rot makeup worn by the devilish ghost with the most, Keaton offered: "I.ve been talking about it for years and saying it.s the one thing . if I ever did anything again, it would be that, or I.d »
Even when he has new work to promote, Michael Keaton can't escape two of his most iconic past projects.
The actor sat down for an interview with "Today" to discuss his role in the "RoboCop" reboot, but the subject quickly turned to "Batman" and "Beetlejuice." Keaton gamely answered questions about both, including giving his assessment of new Batman (and scourge of fanboys) Ben Affleck.
"He's going to be great," Keaton told "Today" when asked to comment on Affleck's casting, adding that he didn't see why there was such an uproar.
"I don't follow it much, but I guess there was some sort of ... I don't know why people get excited about things," Keaton said. "Frankly, I don't understand it."
Keaton added that there was similar pressure when he donned the Batsuit for the very first "Batman" film in 1989, revealing that filmmakers were nervous about getting the character (and his iconic suit) right. »
- Katie Roberts
No matter where Michael Keaton goes, he’s constantly asked about Beetlejuice and Batman. So it must have been refreshing to appear on this morning’s Today show to promote Need for Speed, his new action movie based on the popular video game. And then Savannah Guthrie asked him about Beetlejuice and Batman, God bless her.
Tim Burton, who directed both 1980s movies, has never hid his enthusiasm for another Beetlejuice, and last fall, he seemed ready to produce or direct a sequel based on a script from screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) and David Katzenberg. It’s sad to »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Oscars have come and gone once again, but there are still some long overdue awards to handout. This list will honor those whom, save for one case, the Academy has generally overlooked.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman franchise has been the beneficiary of some brilliant performances over the past 25 years and it’s about time the very best were highlighted. This list will honor those who left an everlasting mark on one of Hollywood’s most iconic and most historic franchises.
The stars have already walked the virtual red carpet and taken their seats. There’s no longwinded monologue to get through. Let’s begin the fun with our first honoree.
- Sean Gerber
It began last week when producer Joel Silver took the film to task, claiming in an interview that "Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material." He went on to praise an earlier incarnation he was involved with, boasting a script by Sam Hamm (1989's "Batman") and Charles McKeown ("Brazil") along with director Terry Gilliam.
In that version, Doctor Manhattan went back in time to stop himself being created. The ending sees him succeeding, with Rorschach, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre appearing in Times Square - the events of Watchmen had become a comic and they were now like those people who dress up in character on the street.
Snyder has now hit back at the comments whilst out doing »
- Garth Franklin
He’s been called the greatest comic book villain of all time and one of the greatest characters ever created. From his inception in 1940 to his continued existence in 2014, the Joker remains as popular as ever both for both comic book and non-comic book fans alike, with his Glasgow smile, green hair, and startling white skin being instant symbols of recognition.
The Joker debuted in the Golden Age of comic books as a mass murdering serial killer Batman has to stop. His appearance in nine of the initial twelve issues established himself as the caped crusader’s archenemy, and he continued to play the sociopathic role till the comic book code authority took control of the industry and ushered in the silver age, resulting in many characters becoming family-friendly caricatures of their former selves. In other words, the Joker literally became a gimmicky clown.
Luckily, all that changed »
- Red Stewart
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Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
Back in 2009, Zack Snyder achieved what many thought impossible when he brought Alan Moore and Dave Hibbons seminal comic book Watchmen to the screen. However, things could have been different had Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard) had his way, with the producer spending much of the late 80s and the early 90s attempting to get his own adaptation off the ground alongside director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Zero Theorem). And, speaking to Coming Soon, Silver has spoken about his plans for Watchmen, stating that their take on the material would have been "Much better" than that of Snyder:
"It was a Much much better movie. Oh God. I mean, Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. [We were working from] a Sam Hamm script--who had written a script that everybody loved for the first Batman - and then [Gilliam] brought in a guy who'd »
- Gary Collinson
Hey, remember Watchmen? Yeah, that was a movie that existed. For years, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. landmark DC comic was considered unfilmable, flummoxing a number of people who attempted to bring it to the screen. Ultimately, Zack Snyder did, literalizing it in a way that preserved a chunk of the interesting stories within, but ultimately deadening the subtext and sacrificing key points for the sake of spectacle. Heck, people are still apologizing for it. It.s not the worst Watchmen adaptation we could have had. And it wasn.t the strangest, given the intentions of original producer Joel Silver. Silver purchased the property in the 80.s and got to work with Terry Gilliam on adapting the material, which Gilliam later conceded was best left to a miniseries instead of a film. Ultimately they recruited Sam Hamm, the writer of Batman, to pen a script that deviated far from the »
Exactly what film to credit with the success of today’s run of comic book movie blockbusters will vary from one cinephile to the next. Some will say Donner’s Superman deserves the credit, while others will say Tim Burton’s Batman did most of the heavy lifting (after all, it roped in Jack Nicholson for its Joker). Some even give the credit to as late an entry as Blade. And while those three films probably are the most to blame for kicking off this film phenomenon, Sam Raimi’s Darkman, which followed just one year after Burton’s Batman and stars Liam Neeson in its leading role, showed that you didn’t need a major studio to produce a respectable superhero film. Far more low key in spectacle than Batman and closer to the vein of the pulpy 70s action flicks like Death Wish, Darkman is one of those »
- Lex Walker
While doing press for his upcoming action-thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver revealed new details about an earlier version of Watchmen that was worked on by director Terry Gilliam and writer Sam Hamm, which was much different than Zack Snyder's version. If you haven't seen Watchmen or read the original graphic novel, there will be spoilers throughout the rest of this story.
While the producer felt that Zack Snyder approached the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore in the right way, he revealed that the director was too slavish to the source material, and Terry Gilliam's take was a much better movie.
"It was a Much much better movie [...] I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it Back from the studio at that point, because I ended up with both V for Vendetta »
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