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Matthew McConaughey may have had a McConaissance, but Michael Keaton is having a renaissance of his own this year. The actor best known for playing Beetlejuice and Batman won the People Magazine Award for Movie Performance of the Year - Actor for his role in the dark comedy Birdman. "I am extremely appreciative. I can't believe my fans hung in there this long and I am grateful to anyone who has ever given me a helping hand," said Keaton, 63, as he took the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday night. "I'm going to buy Jeff »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Tim Burton was one of the first director to venture into superhero movie territory, and he did a great job! I love what he did with Batman and Batman Returns, and with those films he kind of laid the foundation for what was to come. During an interview with Yahoo, he was asked about what he thought of the movies Marvel was making, and he didn’t seem very impressed.
“How many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”
With a statement like that, I’m not even sure if he’s seen any of the Marvel movies. No one ever really says “you’re wearing a funny costume,” in those movies. As for the whole happy superhero comment, »
- Joey Paur
Now that superhero movies have become extremely popular, Yahoo! reached out to "Batman" director Tim Burton to get his thoughts on how the genre has changes over the years. "Marvel, they have their thing and there's a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working," he said. "But how many times can you say 'you're wearing a funny costume' with the tights and stuff? That's been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?" Burton's "Batman" movie wasn't really about a happy superhero. But according to the director, things have become much darker. "I remember 'Batman' getting so much flak and criticism at the time for being too dark," he explained. "And now 20-30 years later, it now looks like a light-hearted romp, it's such a strange thing to go through. »
It was director Tim Burton's 1989 monster hit Batman that arguably ignited several blockbuster obsessions. It showed - for the first time since Superman - that comic book movies could be big hits. It also set out the template for the drive to get a huge opening weekend at the box office. And it changed the way blockbuster movies were promoted.
Burton would return for 1992's Batman Returns, but he's not been near a comic book movie since (save for dabbling with Superman Lives, before dropping out of that project). But is he tempted?
Chatting to Yahoo!, he said that "Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working, but how many times can you say ‘you’re »
In Jp Valderrama’s Batman franchise melding poster, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne is asked by Alfred, “Who will you be tonight?” But the question isn’t whether he’ll be Batman or Bruce but, rather, which version of The Caped Crusader he’d like to be. The suits in front of him don’t just include the suit Bale wore in the last two films in The Dark Knight trilogy, but also suits worn by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney in other live action iterations of the character. Oddly enough, for Bale’s screen test for Batman Begins, he actually did wear Kilmer’s suit from Batman Forever. I've embedded that video below in case you haven't seen it already.
You can order 24" x 18" Giclee prints of this poster at Hero Complex Gallery. They are $40, and there were only a limited edition of 50 made. So »
- Eli Reyes
Was Peter Parker going to listen to music through his web shooters? Is The Rock ready to play Black Adam? Will Alfred be different in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? How did Michael Keaton respond to questions about Ben Affleck playing Batman? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Hot Toys […]
- Germain Lussier
Tim Burton‘s Batman movies aren’t exactly what you’d call cheerful, but even he thinks the modern-day superhero could stand to lighten up a little. “Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?” he suggested. Or maybe he just wants to see the genre change altogether. The filmmaker also criticized the Marvel formula, and predicted that […]
The post Tim Burton Tired of Marvel Formula, Thinks We Need a Happy Superhero appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
In some respects, Tim Burton is the godfather of this current superhero movie craze. Burton, along with Richard Donner, succeeded in making comic book movies of substance, and the success of Burton.s Batman films (as well as Donner.s Superman) planted the seed of what potentially could be accomplished by a major studio. Christopher Nolan might have escalated the process, but Burton laid the foundation. So now that he.s critiquing the formula, it.s interesting to see how (and if) contemporary filmmakers might react. Tim Burton has shifted genres multiple times since directing Batman, dabbling in the macabre . as usual . but also attempting musicals (Sweeney Todd), sci-fi epics (Planet of the Apes) and unusual kiddie fare (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). While out promoting a new biopic, Big Eyes, Burton spoke with Yahoo UK about the Marvel movies, and the director was less than impressed, »
Tim Burton is a man who paved the way for the modern day superhero movie since 1989’s Batman and its sequel Batman Returns. However, the director thinks its time for the superhero genre to have a change of pace.
“Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working,” he told Yahoo! Movies. “But how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”
Burton, whose movie Big Eyes is out soon, added that his Batman movie doesn’t compare to the current superhero movie product. “I remember Batman getting so much flak and criticism at the time for being too dark,” Burton adds. “And now 20-30 years later, »
- Luke Owen
Tim Burton is doing the rounds for his upcoming period drama "Big Eyes," which features no creatures, Johnny Deep or gothic overtones. It's a tonal shift for the filmmaker, released during a holiday season generally filled will blockbuster movies or family fare. But then again, Burton has always been a bit out of step, going all the way back to "Batman," a comic book movie which at the time was seen as a risk. And looking at today's climate, Burton thinks it's gotten a bit out of hand and stale. "Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working," Burton told Yahoo Movies. "But how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe »
- Kevin Jagernauth
No matter how much people lauded Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy or how good Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice turns out to be, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman will forever have a place in film history. It was the first true superhero movie since Superman: The Movie but also the first to give us a damaged comic book story translated perfectly for the big screen. Fast-forward 25 years and the world is flooded with all sorts of superhero movies, all inhabiting shared cinematic »
- Alex Maidy
Director Tim Burton has been making the press rounds of late to promote his new film Big Eyes, which arrives on Christmas Day, and he has also been offering new details on the highly-anticipated Beetlejuice 2. The director revealed just yesterday that the project is closer than ever to happening, while star Michael Keaton said that he wants to make sure the script is just right before returning as the Ghost With the Most. During a new interview with MTV, Tim Burton confirmed that he is set to direct, and that another original Beetlejuice star, Winona Ryder, will be back as Lydia Deetz. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below, when asked if the actress will be returning.
"Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah. I worked with [Ryder], I hadn't seen her in awhile, and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. »
"...in this final issue, where will the 'Batwoman' and her 'anti-team' 'The Unknowns' go next. What's in store for 'Kate Kane'?..."
'Kate Kane' aka 'Batwoman' is a wealthy heiress inspired by 'Batman' to put her wealth and resources towards funding a war on crime in her home of 'Gotham City'.
Created by Bob Kane and Sheldon Moldoff with writer Edmond Hamilton under the direction of editor Jack Schiff, 'Batwoman' debuted in DC Comics "Detective Comics" #233 (1956), introduced as a love interest for Batman.
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- Michael Stevens
With the new year comes a slew of new movies and TV shows on Netflix, and everyone's favorite streaming service is adding some great titles in January 2015.
On the movie side, a bevy of box-office heavyweights are being added to the instant mix, including Disney's live-action "101 Dalmatians," Jim Carrey's "Bruce Almighty," and Michael Bay actioner "Bad Boys II." Some smaller favorites are also coming to Netflix: Internet obsession "Mean Girls" returns (to stay?! Please!), Reese Witherspoon dark comedy "Election" gets a run, and this past summer's little-comedy-that-could, "Chef," makes its subscription service debut.
But wait, there's more!
"Friends" fans have been dying for the series to come to Netflix, and now that dream is coming true! Beginning January 1, subscribers will be able to watch every single episode, catching up with Monica, Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, and Phoebe whenever and wherever they want. Other great shows being added in January »
- Tim Hayne
"No," he told Shortlist. "Do you know why?
"Because I'm Batman. I'm very secure in that."
Keaton recently played a washed-up superhero actor in acclaimed comedy Birdman, which opened in the Us last year and will arrive in the UK on January 1.
During a recent interview with MTV, Tim Burton ("Batman") confirmed that he will direct Beetlejuice 2, and he also confirmed that Winona Ryder ("Star Trek") will reprise her role as 'Lydia Deetz.' “Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah,” Burton said when asked if Ryder was coming back for the sequel. Last year, Ryder hinted that she would be included, even so, it is much nicer to have the director confirm it. “I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great,” Burton said. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.” In a separate interview with Coming Soon, Burton was asked about the possibility of working with Michael Keaton ("Birdman »
DC Comics is taking inspiration from the silver screen for its March 2015 superhero lineup - launching 22 variant covers that pay homage to iconic movie posters from the past 75 years.
All of the special edition covers are viewable below, and scroll down further for a complete reference list if you're struggling to identify the comic with the movie poster.
View the complete list of comic book covers, with artists and film companion, below:
Action Comics #40 inspired by Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, with cover art by Joe QuinonesAquaman #40 inspired by Free Willy, with cover art by Richard HorieBatgirl #40 inspired by Purple Rain, with cover art by Cliff ChiangBatman #40 inspired by The Mask, with cover art by Dave JohnsonBatman & Robin #40 inspired by Harry Potter, »
While out promoting her new film, Big Eyes, Amy Adams has fielded a few questions about her role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The questions are unavoidable, of course, considering the anticipation and curiosity surrounding the project. Amongst the topics covered are just how much of a part Lois Lane plays in the story for Batman v Superman, and whether or not we should expect any kind of rivalry between her character and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in the film.
On the subject of Lois's role, some have wondered how large a part she'll have in a film with as many moving parts as Batman v Superman. She was fairly integral to the plot of Man of Steel, so what is Adams saying on the subject?
"Lois is still sort of like the key to the information, you know? She’s the girl going out and getting »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A couple of weeks ago Christian Bale admitted that he was jealous of Ben Affleck playing Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It seemed like Bale would have actually liked to keep playing the character. In a recent interview with ShortList Magazine, Michael Keaton was asked if he felt that way about other actors playing Batman, and his response was as perfect as perfect can get.
Boom. He drops the mic drops and walks off stage. Keaton is a badass.
- Joey Paur
Batfleck, schmatfleck. Ben Affleck may be the latest Hollywood star to don Batman's horned mask and black cape, but he certainly isn't the first. Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Michael Keaton — among others — have all played the Caped Crusader on the big screen, and Keaton, for one, feels pretty confident that his legacy will go on. Asked whether he's envious that Gone Girl hunk Affleck, 42, gets to steer the Batmobile in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Keaton told [...] »
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