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Since Tim Burton’s brooding, black-as-oil Batman hit theaters in 1989, the cinematic world of Bob Kane’s iconic detective has drawn invariably from the comics of Frank Miller. Miller’s 1986 The Dark Knight Returns, a four-part story about Batman’s return from retirement and self-imposed exile, seeped into the crevices of every subsequent comic book movie, from Sam Raimi’s Darkman to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy; but it most notably acted as a template for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which practically owes alimony to Miller. The brooding, hulking, neo-fascist Batman favored by Burton and Nolan stems from Miller’s Reagan-era creation, which erased memories of Adam West’s campy Caped Crusader from the minds of an entire generation.Now Miller will return to pen a new Batman comic, according to The Verge. The comic, called The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (hopefully an ironic title), is »
- Greg Cwik
Predictably, our first look at The Joker has been met with a mixed reaction. Some love the direction that Warner Bros. are going in for this new take on the iconic Batman villain with actor Jared Leto, while others hate that they're not getting a faithful take on their favourite member of the Caped Crusader's rogues gallery. It's worth bearing in mind that this is an imprisoned Joker and not one who is out in the world making life difficult for Batman, and when he is in that classic purple suit, he'll no doubt look a lot more like the classic Joker we all know and love! Let's take a closer look... Click here to take another look at the first official image of The Joker! The Smile Lacking the exaggerated smile from the comic books, Jared Leto's mouth is also extremely different to both the deformed version given »
Ayer's design for the Joker is a striking image of a modern deranged man riddled with tattoos, rings, silver teeth and green hair. Unlike the anarchist Heath Ledger Joker from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight before him and the gangster Jack Nicholson Joker from Tim Burton's Batman, Leto's makeup depicts a man who is a full blown psychopath from head to toe.
There are rumors that the reason the Joker is imprisoned and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad is that he killed Robin, former sidekick of Ben Affleck's Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is no firm evidence to support this claim so for now take it with a grain of salt. »
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- Michael Stevens
The legendary Batman foe the Joker made his first ever comic book appearance on April 25, 1940. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics' greatest villain, Suicide Squad director David Ayer offered up the first real look at actor/musician Jared Leto in the Joker role for the upcoming blockbuster film.
In addition to the Joker's trademark green hair and red lips, Ayer's version of the villain also features blackened teeth, dozens of "Haha" tattoos across his body and ink on Joker's forehead that reads "Damaged."
The new Joker photo, »
Suicide Squad director David Ayer took to Twitter on Friday evening to offer up the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming DC Comics Multiverse feature, as the Oscar winner is sporting several tats including the word "Damaged" across his forehead. I'm not necessarily familiar with the variety of Jokers found in the comic books, but this definitely has the appearance of being far afield Heath Ledger's version in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and even appears to be far more zany than Jack Nicholson's portrayal in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In fact, they appear to be going a whole new route, almost the permanently psychologically damaged version if I'm reading this look correctly... am Ic That said, while I've never read a "Batman" comic book in my life, I'm well aware of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke", which seems to be the »
- Brad Brevet
So we’ve seen vague pictures of Leto going through the make-up process for his role as The Joker in the upcoming film Suicide Squad, but we’ve just been given the first complete look at the Clown Prince Of Crime, and it’s truly something to behold. Taking a completely different route, the look adds dentures, jewellery, and tattoos…lots and lots of tattoos, to a fairly classic look. This is obviously a Joker who has been active for quite some time, in-line with Affleck’s Batman.
It’s certainly a look that is going to divide opinion, but I really like that it’s going in a different direction. However, I just can’t imagine The Joker sitting down to get his ink done. This also goes further to establishing the darker world of DC, which contrasts with Marvel’s lighter superheroic action, which is something that has »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
As often bemoaned, the series of Batman films started by Tim Burton's 1989 effort went out in the late 1990's as a kitschy pastel calamity. 1995.s Batman Forever was the beginning of this downhill slide for the once-magnificent movie series. Now, closing in on the 20th anniversary of the film.s release, Cinema Sins gives you 167 reasons why. Giving Batman Forever a thorough comb-through, Cinema Sins surprisingly gives star Val Kilmer a bit of a pass. However, they not only point out the obvious flaws of the film, like its vacuous vixen of a leading lady played by Nicole Kidman, and the unnecessary, lackluster levity, but they also point out some interesting minor plot holes and anachronisms, giving you even more excuses to hate the film. The video properly grills the ludicrous flick that gave us Bat butt implants and took the brilliant cityscape designs of Burton.s Gotham City »
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.
Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »
- Gary Susman
Batman ‘66 #25
Written by Jeff Parker and Gabe Soria
Art by Jesse Hamm and Ty Templeton
Cover by Michael Allred
On sale July 22 • 32 pg, Fc, $2.99 Us • Rated E • Digital First
Driven mad by the Clown Prince of Crime’s “Joker Wave,” The Joker’s former prison doctor enters the Caped Crusader’s Rogues Gallery as The Harlequin! Then, a team of Batman’s greatest enemies takes over an advertising agency to create a new public image for themselves. But the agency has a new temp working for them…none other than Barbara Gordon, young daughter of Gotham City’s police commissioner!
- Matt MacNabb
It’s no secret that Nicolas Cage is a big Superman fan —he named one of his sons Kal-El, Clark Kent's Kryptonian name. Way back in 1998, Cage was all set to star in a Superman re-launch moive directed by none other than Tim Burton. Not only that, but “Superman Lives” was to be an adaptation of the early '90s comic book arc “The Death of Superman.” Jon Schnepp’s new documentary “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” explores this film that never was, and there’s a brand new trailer below. In the doc, Schnepp interviews Burton, costume designer Colleen Atwood, Kevin Smith (who wrote the first draft of the script), production designer Rick Heinrichs, Wesley Strick (who wrote later drafts), and many others involved in pre-production on the failed flick. Cage apparently only appears in the documentary in archival footage. According to the film's producer Jon Peters, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Official: Enhanced: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature: Director: Zack Snyder Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman Amy Adams as Lois Lane Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg Diane Lane as Martha Kent Laurence Fishburne as Perry White Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves Harry Lennix as General Swanwick Christina Wren »
The greatest movies never made is up for debate. Depending on your cinematic oeuvre, you might be more inclined to champion Vincent Ward’s ‘wooden planet’ concept for Alien 3. Or Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman. For some fans, there’s only one unmade movie to contest. A movie that over the years has accrued such mystery and intrigue that the story of its unmaking has now been turned into a documentary: The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?
In case the spoiler-ridden title didn’t clue you in, the Jon Schnepp-directed piece revolves around Tim Burton’s Superman Lives reboot that never saw the light of day. Burton cast Nicolas Cage as the former resident of Krypton and completely rewrote the lore of the iconic character. The somewhat iconoclastic approach to Superman was considered a major departure from Burton’s earlier work on WB’s Batman movies, and »
- Gem Seddon
The “What If’s” of Hollywood are endlessly fascinating to consider, especially when they concern massive, radical projects that never made it to production. The very definition of such a film was Superman Lives, a proposed Superman reboot to be directed by Tim Burton with Nicolas Cage in the starring role. The film was to be a fairly different take on the Superman from the comics, and was all the more interesting given that it was coming from the same filmmaker who ushered Batman into the modern era just a few years prior. If you never tire of hearing about this scrapped project, then the independent documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? is of interest to you. Today, a new trailer for the film was unveiled, teasing interviews with the various Superman Lives screenwriters (including Kevin Smith and Dan Gilroy), costume designer Colleen Atwood, and even Burton himself. »
- Adam Chitwood
The next DC animated adventure is Bruce Timm's Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Warner Bros. have given fans their first look at the blu-ray release with a trailer and details on the bonus features coming with it. Come inside to learn more!
Having just gotten back from Star Wars Celebration, there's understandably a lot of things I need to catch up on. Last week, the first trailer and details on the Justice League: Gods and Monsters blu-ray were revealed...but I couldn't get to it at the time. Even so, with as impressive as Batman vs. Robin was, I simply Have to show this to you guys.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment present an all-new animated feature film from the innovative vision of renowned producer and animator Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods & Monsters, on July 28, 2015. The DC Universe Original Movie, which will include never-before-seen bonus content, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Ahead of the special IMAX trailer event on Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first official posters for The Caped Crusader and The Man of Steel for the upcoming film Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Monday night’s event will include a special message from director Zack Snyder, as well as a first look at the IMAX trailer.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man Of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter.
Set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice »
- Michelle McCue
Just like Batman v. Superman, the new Fantastic Four trailer has been leaked before its officially planned debut (Update: and now Fox has officially released it). Bully for us! In it, we get our first glimpse of Doctor Doom (played by Toby Kebbell), as well as a much better look at Jamie Bell's The Thing. The new trailer also really lays out the movie's plot, and shows that in addition to a lot of action, there's some humor, too. You can watch the full trailer here and see for yourself: Regarding Doom; in an interview with Collider last November, Toby Kebbell revealed a different backstory for the character: Kebbell: He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites »
- Allison Keene
"...and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is based on 'Superman' characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster,'Batman' characters created by Bob Kane and 'Wonder Woman' created by William Moulton Marston appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment..."
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- Michael Stevens
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