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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, dear readers. By which we mean that today is Batman Day, the one 24-hour period in this whole year of celebrations where we honour the Caped Crusader, who celebrates his 75th anniversary in 2014. That’s pretty old for a guy to be running around in his underpants, wrestling clowns and the like. That’s old enough to know better. Whatever, the Dark Knight is still a total champ in our book, even if he does regularly endanger the lives of civilians, orphans and rubber sharks. To do all that and still flourish – seven decades after he was originally introduced! – means he must be doing something right.
So we thought, why not do right by Batman, too? What with this being his special day, and with us wanting to give thanks for Bruce Wayne and his 75 years of loyal service »
- Tom Baker
We should have seen it coming. The questioning of Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises may not have reached the heights of Batfleck, but there were certainly people out there who questioned whether Princess Mia really was the perfect person to play Batman’s femme fatale thief. But, just as with 10 Things I Hate About You’s Heath Ledger and his appointment as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, we needn’t have worried. Director Christopher Nolan knew exactly what he was doing.
Hathaway’s Selina Kyle proved to be one the best things about Nolan’s trilogy ender, at all times both smart and seductive, desirable and deadly. Some may have baulked at her role in (spoiler, if you haven’t seen this two year old movie) Bane’s death and that she (second spoiler) ultimately ran off to live the quiet life with Bruce Wayne, »
- Alex Leadbeater
It’s no secret that studios like to surprise and delight fans at San Diego Comic-Con, and they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars cutting special footage and first looks to debut in Hall H. While the Variety staff likes a good surprise as much as the next person, we’re going to hedge our bets because there are just some things we can’t imagine not being dropped at the fest. A few studios have announced at length what they’re planning, while others have remained hush-hush.
In order of most to least likely, here are our best educated guesses:
1. The Avengers - The trifecta of Con gods, better known as Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon and all things Avengers related, specifically those in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” are coming to San Diego. Simply put, how could they not? Last year Whedon and Feige blew the roof off Hall »
- Alexandra Cheney
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Batman – 7″ Action Figure – 1989 Video Game Appearance
Batman (1989 Video Game Appearance) is the sixth figure in our highly successful line of classic 8-bit video game tributes. Following Michael Keaton’s iconic portrayal as Batman in the movie, the side-scrolling game was released in late 1989 for the super popular 8-bit home console, and is a true ’80s classic.
Batman stands 7″ tall, with over 25 points of articulation for great poses, plus removable cape, Batarang and Spear Gun accessories. The paint deco takes a stylized approach to reproduce the game’s original cel-shaded look.
This limited edition figure comes in special window box packaging with opening flap to re-create the look and feel of the classic 1989 video game packaging. »
- Matt MacNabb
People were a little surprised at the choice of villain for the final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The previous installment in the latest series of Batman films had made a (sadly posthumous) star of Heath Ledger, who delivered a barnstorming performance as psychotic supervillain The Joker, whose chaotic cunning and lack of limits placed Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne on the back foot from the off. Rumour had it that, with Ledger passing away between films, the third movie would see a similarly cerebral, psychological bad guy take his place.
When Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast, the scuttlebutt is he would be playing The Riddler, who has some similarities with the Clown Prince Of Crime. Nobody was expecting the announcement that followed Jgl’s addition to the ensemble: that fellow Inception star Tom Hardy was on board, and would take the part of lead antagonist Bane. »
- Tom Baker
Those who have seen the pilot of Gotham agree: TV fans are going to be tweeting about Robin Lord Taylor this fall. The young actor and relative newcomer nabbed the role of Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) on the upcoming Fox series, which details the origins of iconic characters in the Batman universe. In the first episode, we meet Cobblepot as an abused but ambitious underling for gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Taylor brings a desperate, jittery energy to the role that’s far more compelling than his campy predecessors—and with a first name like “Robin,” the actor »
- James Hibberd
Lego fans and Dark Knight fans rejoice for the kings of the plastic brick have joined together with Warner Bros. to bring you one of their best creations yet, The Dark Knight Lego Tumbler. As seen in the Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy of movies, Lego have spent four months creating a 2Kg, 1869 brick Tumbler that is ‘as close to the Christopher Nolan’ design as possible. A brand new tyre has been created for the set and inside it’s as close to the movie design as possible with a seat for Batman, for Rachel, a special steering wheel and controls. It also has the red gear lever to push the Tumbler over the jumps as seen in the movie. You’ll also get two special characters which are only available in this set – The (Heath Ledger) Joker and Batman.
The set which has the exact title ‘76023 – The Tumbler’ goes »
- David Sztypuljak
Batman is pretty spry for a 75-year-old super hero. It’s easy to explain away Superman staying so fit and young over three quarters of a century: he’s an indestructible alien powered by our sun. Bruce Wayne and his alter ego are perfect examples for the phrase, “You’re only as old as you think you are.” As far as he’s concerned, he’s still the same guy who pulled on the cape and cowl back in June of 1939 to solve “The Case of the Crime Syndicate.”
I won’t deny that Superman is the most powerful super hero in the world. He also stood tall as the greatest Boy Scout and patriot of the U.S.A. Until recently, however, I’ve never been able to fully connect to the Man of Steel. He was too perfect and too strong. Now, DC Comics has given the character »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes—Batman—will be in full swing.
On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings to Hall H three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year’s Con:
Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Wachowskis’ original sci-fi actioner “Jupiter Ascending,” also from Warner Bros. »
- Michelle McCue
Thanks to USA Today, we’ve got our first look at the upcoming Lego Tumbler set, which comes with two minifigures from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker (the first time Ledger’s Clown Prince of Crime has appeared in Lego form). The set will be on display at Comic-Con this week, and consists of 1,869 pieces, with the armored Batmobile measuring 15 inches long by 15 inches wide. Here it is in all its glory…
The Lego Tumbler will be available from September and is priced at $199.
The post First look at Lego Tumbler and The Dark Knight minifigures appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
The superhero films have been around for decades from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton's Batman to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For years, the superhero genre would be mocked, laughed at and shrugged by the naysayers who believed it was a genre meant for little kids. Now, it's become a respected genre that has captivated audiences worldwide and has become a phenomenon. Ranking in billions of dollars at the box office. The evolution of this started years ago when it was a black and white serial and due to the popularity of the characters, they reached the big screen with Richard Donner's Superman. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. The genre was known for being campy thanks to the Adam West Batman. Even to this day despite it's campiness, I have seen episodes for myself and they're »
Chills and thrills: will Gotham City be put on ice? George Clooney is Batman as the dark knight battles his greatest threat yet: cold-hearted Mr. Freeze (Schwarzenegger) and venomous Poison Ivy (Thurman). Batman has more than Gotham City to protect: the youthful eagerness of crimefighting comrades Robin (O'Donnell) and Batgirl (Silversone) puts them frequently in harm's way. Batman & Robin (1997) was directed by Joel Schumacher, from a script written by Akiva Goldsman. The film starred: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy, Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl, Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, Pat Hingle as Commissioner James Gordon, Elle Macpherson as Julie Madison, Vivica »
Over the weekend, Bleeding Cool posted some images from the pilot episode of Fox’s Gotham, showing a stand-up comedian (played by relative unknown Jon Beavers) who the site speculated could potentially be our first look at the future Joker.
If you’ve been following the development of the Batman prequel series, then you may be aware that executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have suggested that we’ll see a few red herrings before we discover the real Clown Prince of Crime, and if the latest rumour from Bleeding Cool is to be believed, we’ll be getting a possible Joker in each episode of the season.
According to the site, “every episode in the first season will introduce a character that might be a future Joker, each emphasising aspects of the character’s iconography, a card sharp, a flower seller, a clown, or just a guy with a very big grin. »
- Gary Collinson
Fox have released a new TV spot for Gotham titled “The Good, The Evil, The Beginning”. Though it doesn’t feature any new footage from the series, the creative new promo gives us an idea of what to expect in terms of tone and the issues that the young Detective Jim Gordon will face when he returns to the city.
We get to see a number of characters here, with a lot of hints at their futures, particularly for Gotham’s early versions of Catwoman and The Riddler. Who could it be that’s welcoming Gordon back to the city though?
One villain we know it isn’t is The Joker, as an interesting report indicates that the series will very much take its time when it comes to introducing the Clown Prince of Crime.
In Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke”, it was revealed that the villain was a »
- Josh Wilding
Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham won’t only be an origin story for future Gcpd commissioner Jim Gordon, but will explore the origins of the Dark Knight’s extensive rogues gallery. In the pilot alone, we’ll be introduced to the Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. We’ve also heard that the showrunners have plans to introduce Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker at some point as well.
Bringing the Clown Prince of Crime to the small screen before he becomes the iconic psychopath we all know and love is a risky proposition, and one it seems the writers of the series are not taking lightly. We’ve heard from executive producer Bruno Heller that we should keep our eyes peeled for the Joker, and that he may be subtly introduced over time. Now, according to Bleeding Cool, we have a clearer picture of what that slow-introduction will entail. »
- James Garcia
Last week, a series of screencaps from the Gotham pilot offered what many thought were our first look at The Joker. This character played by Jon Beavers was an unnamed stand-up comedian who performs in gangster Jada Pinkett Smith's nightclub, but, according to a new report, this is just the first tease fans will get of a potential Joker.
Bleeding Cool reports that every Season 1 episode of Gotham will introduce a new character that may be The Clown Prince of Crime, with, "each emphasizing aspects of the character's iconography, a card sharp, a flower seller, a clown, or just a guy with a very big grin." One of these characters will ultimately be revealed as The Joker.
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
Tom Huller look at this amazing commissioned poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Black Maria the nuance of silence in Ida
Stage Buddy reviews the cast album of the Tony Winning "Lady Day"... won't someone please make it into a movie so Audra McDonald can have an Oscar?
Cinema Blend Stan Lee getting greedy in his old age - wants to cameo in DC movies, too
- NATHANIEL R
From a suburban werewolf to a farmer who plants people, Scream Factory will continue to deliver cult horror films to viewers’ doorsteps throughout this Summer of Fear. Those attending Sdcc next week will get a taste of their terror treats firsthand at booth #4248, where a number of Blu-rays will be available, as well a limited edition t-shirt, posters, and an “inside look” panel that will include special announcements and sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
The panel, titled An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, will take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7pm in Room 23Abc. In addition to exclusive panel announcements, a Comic-Con exclusive blood-red Scream Factory t-shirt will be available at their booth, as well as a free 2014 button pack, collectible keychains, screen wipes, and more. Also available at booth #4248 will be the following batch of Scream Factory Blu-rays, each one coming with »
- Derek Anderson
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