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Watch the New ’Batman Beyond’ Animated Short by Darwyn Cooke

9 hours ago | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

With Batman‘s 75th Anniversary upon us, it’s only natural for the spotlight to linger on the DC comic books that have defined the caped crusader and his rogue’s gallery, as well as the cinematic adaptations that have both pushed comic book movies forward (Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and the Nolan trilogy) and moved them back (Batman and Robin). But while it doesn’t get the same attention, the character’s animated legacy is equally impressive and still growing.

Launched in 1999, Batman Beyond followed the legendary Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures to the small screen, pushing the story out to the year 2039 and a time long after Bruce Wayne’s health had betrayed him, thus making ...

Click to continue reading Watch the New ’Batman Beyond’ Animated Short by Darwyn Cooke

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- Jason Tabrys

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Flash Gordon getting a reboot courtesy of Star Trek 3 screenwriters

18 April 2014 1:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gordon’s alive! It looks like pulp sci-fi hero Flash Gordon is heading back to the big screen, with Film Divider reporting that Star Trek 3 screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are working on a reboot of Alex Raymond’s classic character.

According to the site, the duo’s pitch “goes right back to the original Raymond comic strips and sidesteps any association with the [1980] movie, and even the serials. The idea, I’m told, is to reclaim Flash Gordon from his current reputation in the way that Tim Burton redirected the public conception of Batman.”

There have been numerous adaptation of Flash Gordon on the screen, dating back to the 1930s, although the character is best known for the 1980 movie starring Sam J. Jones as Flash and Max von Sydow as his arch-enemy Ming the Merciless. He was last seen back in 2007-2008, with Eric Johnson (Smallville) playing »

- Gary Collinson

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'The Lego Movie' Is Coming to Blu-ray and DVD June 17th

17 April 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Everything will be awesome when The Lego Movie arrives onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, and Digital HD on June 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is the hilarious story of a nobody who saves everybody.

The Lego Movie stars Chris Pratt as the voice of Emmet, an ordinary Lego minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, and Will Ferrell as the voice of President Business, aka Lord Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. Voicing the members of Emmet's rebel crew on this heroic mission are Morgan Freeman (Oblivion) as the ancient mystic Vitruvius; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) as tough-as-nails Wyldstyle, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides »

- MovieWeb

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15 Cinematographers Turned Directors

17 April 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This weekend, the Johnny Depp-starring “Transcendence” opens in all its technophobic glory, across the nation, and while the reviews, ours included, so far, have ranged from mildly poisonous to all-out toxic, the proof will as ever be in the box office pudding. But not only is it a litmus test for whether or not Depp’s star power can carry a film outside the Disney/Tim Burton blockbuster ghetto he’s painted himself into, the film is also the testing ground for the tricky horse-change pulled by its director, longtime Christopher Nolan Director of Photography (Dp) Wally Pfister. Pfister is immensely respected in his previous role, and is indelibly associated with the noirish grit of the Nolan Batman movies, as well as the slick effects-driven sheen of “Inception,” which have become something of the styles du jour for big Hollywood movies — the gold standards that others must try to emulate. »

- The Playlist Staff

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Wait, Huh? Jerry’s Most “Wtf” Double Feature Experiences!

15 April 2014 3:27 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Growing up in the ’80s, my childhood was filled to the brim to double features. Whether in the local multiplex, or at the drive-in, there wasn’t a single thing that I enjoyed more than giving the box office my couple of bucks, and seeing whatever weird ass double features they programmed. I wasn’t around during the wonderful grind-house double feature days of the 1970′s (which happens to be my favorite era of horror), so my experiences were usually limited to films of the ’80s and ’90s. Usually, the theaters in which I frequented typically tried to pair similar movie together, but every once in a while, even as a kid, I ended up wondering, “What is going on here?” with their choices. So, because nostalgia is always oh so fun for me, I thought I’d give y’all a glimpse into four experiences from my childhood, that even today, »

- Jerry Smith

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Flash Gordon Being Written By Star Trek 3 Writers

15 April 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A new big screen adaptation of Flash Gordon has been in and out of development for years. Back in 2008 Sony Pictures was moving forward with the project and even had Breck Eisner attached to direct it. For one reason or another the project fell apart and never happened. It seems like there's been no movement since. 

Now Film Divider is reporting that there's a fresh attempt to bring Flash Gordon to the big screen, and that Star Trek 3 writers Jd Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to pen the script. Nothing these two guys have written has made it to the big screen yet, but they did write a script for Bad Robot called Boilerplate, which hasn't been produced yet. Apparently these guys are supposed to be a couple of hot up-and-coming writers. 

They’ve apparently developed a new take on Flash with producer Jon Davis and are »

- Joey Paur

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15 Greatest Spider-Man Movie Moments

15 April 2014 1:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sony Pictures

As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starts to spin its way to a cinema near you this week, our Spidey sense is telling us that it is a perfect time to reflect on the previous four films starring the wondrous webhead.

As one of the comic book world’s most enduring and beloved creations, Spider-Man was hotly sought after for a film adaptation for many years, and was stuck in development hell until Titanic director James Cameron took hold of the material around the turn of the century. Even when Cameron dissociated himself with the project, Hollywood bosses knew that Spidey would make a splash on the silver screen – and right they were. The original film trilogy that spanned 2002-7, directed by Sam Raimi, did not disappoint, breaking numerous box office records and even winning an Academy Award. Such was the character’s popularity that just five years later »

- Christian Bone

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Marc Webb interview: Spider-Man, hidden set cameras

14 April 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Simon Brew 15 Apr 2014 - 06:49

The director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marc Webb, tells us about the film, and the lengths people go to to find out what's going on...

Marc Webb's third film as director - following (500) Days Of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man - sees him return for the second part of his webslinger trilogy. He was in London last week to talk about the film, and we chatted to him about the first film, directing action, Statham, and the day a drone camera landed on set...

I was a bit torn on your first Spider-Man film, if I'm being truthful with you, but I enjoyed this one a lot more. I couldn't help but think back to Tim Burton, when he made Batman and Batman Returns. He always said that his second Batman film as being far more of his film than the one before. »

- sarahd

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10 of the Worst Superhero Movie Directors

13 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Even as we enter what seems to be the golden age of the superhero movie, there are still more bad comic book movies than good ones when looking over a list of what’s been released in the past 30 years or so. Why? Well, some may blame a poor choice of actor and others may point to a badly written script, but a lot of issues ultimately come down to the choice of director.

Regardless of whether it’s an obvious lack of understanding when it comes to how the source material should be handled during the transition to live-action or a complete inability to handle action sequences as the larger than life superheroes come to blows with their foes, more than one director has ultimately ruined what could and should have otherwise been a great movie.

We’ve narrowed that list down to ten of the worst superhero movie directors. »

- Josh Wilding

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Michael Keaton Superhero Drama Birdman Gets October 2014 Release Date

13 April 2014 9:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the strangest and most exciting films of the year, and though we’re still not quite sure what to expect, we now know when we can expect it. Fox Searchlight has assigned the dark comedy an October 17th, 2014 release date, which may give it a fighting chance on the awards circuit.

Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero, who battles his ego and attempts to recover his family and career while struggling to mount a Broadway play. Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts will round out what looks to be a very strong supporting cast.

Personally, I’m enjoying Keaton’s little career resurgence that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, and this film sounds right up his alley. I think many people forget how comedic he can be and »

- James Garcia

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Watch Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th anniversary short Batman: Strange Days

11 April 2014 1:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

On Wednesday Cartoon Network celebrated the 75th anniversary of Bob Kane (and Bill Finger’s) Dark Knight Detective as Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm reunited with the Caped Crusader for a three-minute animated DC Nation short entitled Batman: Strange Days.

Recounting a lost tale from Batman’s past, Strange Days sees The Dark Knight tracking a strange giant to the mysterious lair of one of his longest-serving villains, Dr. Hugo Strange, who made his first appearance way back in Detective Comics #36.

If you missed the short, or you’re not from the States, then fortunately it has now made its way online, and it’s really rather splendid. Take a look for yourself…

The post Watch Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th anniversary short Batman: Strange Days appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Superman II'

10 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Superman’s first big-screen outing convinced audiences and Hollywood bean counters alike that a man really could fly — and in that pre Comic-Con culture, Superman had the skies all to himself. There was no Spider-Man movie or Batman movie to hold fans over until Superman was ready to fly again, a full three years after the original. So when Superman II was finally released in the United States — a full six months after it had premiered in Australia and Europe (!) — it was like the second coming.

In the original film, Superman (Christopher Reeve) merely had to dispatch a megalomaniacal real »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Daring and Delightful Genderswap Art Series

9 April 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Genderbent Jack and Sally

I’m not sure what the official term is, but "crossplay" or rule 63 cosplay seems to be all the rage. I think gender bending interpretations of characters hit its pinnacle the other day with Batman as a pretty princess, which was a male cosplayer dressed as a female Batman, maybe? I’m not quite certain what the point of it actually was, I just know it was funny.

While rule 63 art is no more uncommon than all the femme/male twists we see in cosplay, it is rare to see genderswap art that can firmly straddle being faithful and accurate to the character while also being totally inventive. Artist Sakimi Chan does just that with this spectacular series of genderswap fan art.

We’ve previously featured Chan’s more traditional takes on a couple of these characters, like Princess Mononoke and Ariel, as well as some »

- Eli Reyes

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Sr Giveaway – Win A Catwoman Sixth Scale Figure From Sideshow Collectibles!

9 April 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

While Batman is returning to the big screen in 2016′s Man of Steel followup alongside Wonder Woman – who’s finally making her cinematic debut – no one can forget the powerful female character we’ve already met in the DC Comics movies. Selina Kyle, the iconic femme fatale played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, and re-introduced 20 years later in the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy played by Anne Hathaway, is one of the most interesting and iconic comic book characters of all-time.

And for every onscreen portrayal of Catwoman, there are many more variations of the character’s look and costume on the pages of DC Comics and in other mediums (see: Click to continue reading Sr Giveaway – Win A Catwoman Sixth Scale Figure From Sideshow Collectibles!

The post Sr Giveaway – Win A Catwoman Sixth Scale Figure From Sideshow Collectibles! appeared first on Screen Rant. »

- Rob Keyes

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Batman ’66 Puts the Biff, Bam Pow Back Into Comics

8 April 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Batman ’66 Vol 1

Written by Jeff Parker

Drawn by Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover

Published by DC Comics

Is there another fictional character who has so many clearly identifiable and distinct incarnations as Batman does? There’s the original, Silver Age Batman, Neal AdamsBatman, Frank Miller, Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Christopher Nolan and so many other clear and different visual and narrative approaches to the character, each one signifying a distinct vision to the character. It’s all Batman, from the Dark Knight to the urban vigilante to the sleek animated hero. But then there’s the version that embarrassed comic fans for years, the Adam West version from the 1966 Batman television show. Growing up, we called it campy and silly. We called it a humiliation of a comic character that was maybe taken a bit too seriously for a bit too long. »

- Scott Cederlund

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Inside 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' -- And Sony's strategy to supersize its franchise

8 April 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

This appeared in the April 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

With Great Marketing comes great responsibility. In December, Sony released its first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the idea, as always, being to spill exactly the right number of secrets and not half a secret more. “I was nervous about it,” says director Marc Webb. “But we wanted to raise the stakes. We want people to appreciate the scope of what’s to come both in this movie and in subsequent films.” So fans saw their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) swinging exuberantly between the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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So let's talk about Captain America and Black Widow...

7 April 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

So we all saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Seriously, we all saw it.) And we’ve all had a good, long, thoughtful conversation about the deeper themes lingering under the surface of the paranoia-inducing, wiki-leaking, surveillance-state-exploding superhero sequel. But there’s a  more obvious thing we need to address — a question hovering over the whole movie that remains unanswered. Captain America. Black Widow. Question mark?

To recap, with spoilers. At the start of Winter Soldier, Cap and Widow’s relationship has evolved a little since The Avengers. But only a little. They’re co-workers. Widow’s mildly concerned that »

- Darren Franich

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The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

6 April 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Christopher Nolan has gone Interstellar.

It’s a half-hearted pun that many have made since last August, when the title and basic premise of Nolan’s latest film was first announced. With a November release date set, and only the most teasing of teaser trailers put forward, little is known of the project beyond its startlingly starry cast. Anticipation couldn’t be more feverish, an indicator just how much the English filmmaker has grown in the 14 years since Memento, his first cinematic effort and instant classic. In many ways, he has replaced the listless Ridley Scott as one of the movie business’ most exciting exponents, his every release dripping in not just hype but substantial promise.

He may have lost essential and trusted cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has enjoyed Transcendence into the realms of directing himself (another half hearted word play), but this has not diminished Nolan as a force. »

- Scott Patterson

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‘X2' Tops ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ in Jeff Sneider's Marvel Movie Rankings

5 April 2014 5:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In honor of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” dominating the box office this weekend, I decided to list my favorite Marvel movies. There have been 36 films based on Marvel comics and I've seen 24, or exactly two-thirds of them. Now, I didn't grow up reading comic books, and other than “The Crow,” my four favorite comic book movies are “The Dark Knight,” Tim Burton's first two “Batman” films and “Watchmen,” so I'm clearly more of a DC fan than Marvel. That said, I appreciate everything the McU has to offer, especially Bryan Singer's “X-Men” sequel “X2,” which stands superior to every. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Film Nerd 2.0: Indy and Batman and X-Men, oh my

4 April 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We live in an age of franchises. One of the simple truths of modern pop culture is that there is nothing a studio values more than the ability to get a series off the ground where they can constantly count on fans coming back for more of the same. My kids are on the hook for so many ongoing series at this point that I have to sometimes remind them that films that aren't part of a series are also worth watching. There are some series that they're not ready for yet, like "Lord Of The Rings" or "The Terminator," and Toshi is constantly pushing to see the things that have been on the "not yet" shelf for a while. Recently, we've dabbled with a few series, and the reactions from both of the kids have been interesting, and not what I expected. For example, one would think that based »

- Drew McWeeny

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