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Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
Our weekly round-up of the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Legion of Super-Heroes, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Iron Man 4, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Sinister Six, Venom Carnage, X-Men: Apocalypse and more…..
After a selection of photos arrived online showing the new Batmobile on the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter to give us a high-resolution image of Ben Affleck’s ride from the 2016 DC superhero ensemble. Be sure to read the thoughts of our writing team on Dark Knight’s new wheels in the latest Flickering Myth Reaction, and check out Luke Owen’s feature where he looks at the Evolution of The Batmobile »
- Gary Collinson
Here’s an exclusive first look at veteran comedy actress Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Girls) playing the mother of Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. The Penguin, a.k.a. actor Robin Lord Taylor). Her character name is Gertrude Kapelput and she is described as “a proud and faded beauty; an old European character with delusions of grandeur.” Doesn’t she look a bit like Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess gone batty?
Kane guest stars in the second episode »
- James Hibberd
Now, that's a ride!After a series of unauthorized photos of Batman's wheels from the set surfaced online, Zack Snyder took to Twitter to share an official photo of the Batmobile from the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." "Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile," the director captioned the pic of Caped Crusader's car.Snyder's version definitely looks part Christopher Nolan, part Tim Burton -- pulling elements from both vehicles.Even though we got a partial look at the car in the first shots of Ben Affleck in costume, this is a much better photo of the vehicle -- complete with guns and lights. The highly-anticipated flick doesn't come out until March 25th, 2016, but Snyder has been sharing photos from the set to tide fans over. Back in May, he posted a sneak peek photo of Affleck as Batman, writing, "I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. »
- tooFab Staff
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” —the second entry into the Andrew Garfield-starring reboot of the early 2000s franchise— didn’t swing to great heights this summer. Reviews were generally lukewarm and box office returns were far lower than what Sony brass had hoped for. The film opened with $91.6M and managed to cobble together close to $203M domestic (of a $708M global total), which might not seem so bad until you put it in perspective. Of recent superhero films, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” clocks in at 25th lifetime domestic gross —and that includes the 1989 Michael Keaton "Batman" at 17th. That $203M cumulative domestic haul also places the film dead last of the five Spider-Man flicks to hit theatres since Tobey Maguire first put on the spandex in 2002. So what went wrong for the wall crawler? Perhaps the film was competing an over-saturated marketplace. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” kicked off »
- Zach Hollwedel
When J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder signed on for the latest installments of the Star Wars and Batman franchises, respectively, they didn't just inherit billion-dollar brands. They also inherited the Millennium Falcon and the Batmobile. Now, thanks to some leakers and a British guy who accidentally flew over the Star Wars set, we've got brand-new glimpses of the toys.Here's the reborn Falcon, courtesy of an English flying instructor who located the Episode VII set at the former Raf base Greenham Common. It looks ... pretty much like the Millennium Falcon. (The left half of the spaceship, we assume, will be filled in with lens flares.) To avoid his own leaks, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder took marketing into his own hands, releasing another preview image of the Batmobile on his Twitter account. The full view is more Nolan-y than Nolan — any Tim Burton influences we might have detected »
- Nate Jones
With the announcement of a new Batmobile via some leaked photos and then Zack Synder’s Twitter account, we at Flickering Myth decided to look at the various incarnations of the The Dark Knight’s most iconic of accessories….
The Batmobile first debuted in DC Comics’ Batman #27, a red convertible with nothing overly special in its functionality. But in an interesting piece of trivia, the term “Batmobile” was not used until Detective Comics #48 in 1941.
Moving into the live action realm on our list is one of the most well-loved looks for people of “a certain age” of the Batmobile, courtesy of the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo. With great gadgets like an anti-theft switch, Bat Beam, Mobile Batcomputer and the Emergency Bat-turn lever, this version of the Batmobile is well respected and has been used by many as their transport on their wedding days. »
- Luke Owen
Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. http://t.co/47beaZqr6f pic.twitter.com/Ez1ILa8JeE
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 11, 2014
The movie 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 in a role newly created for the film.
- Michelle McCue
Earlier this week photos started to surface of the new Batmobile, the one that will eventually appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (When you're shooting outdoors on public streets, chances are that photos of a giant armored vehicle will get out.) Well, Warner Bros and DC have decided to one-up these leaked photos by unleashing the first photo of the new Batmobile in all of its high-tech glory.
When "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder first teased the new iteration of the iconic vehicle, we noted that it looked like a cross between the more classic Batmobile design (last seen in the two Tim Burton "Batman" movies) and the militarized "Tumbler" design from Christopher Nolan's recent "Dark Knight" trilogy. But the actual design is far, far crazier.
To us, it looks like there were six designs of the new Batmobile and Snyder said, "Do I have to choose one? »
- Drew Taylor
Director Zack Snyder is currently filming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in Detroit, where the Batmobile was recently spotted. Even though Snyder already released two teaser photos of the vehicle many months ago, all the leaked shots apparently prompted him to show fans an official look at the Batmobile. It looks like a combination of Christopher Nolan's Tumbler and the Batmobile from Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film. There are also similarities to the Batmobile from "Arkham Knight." Check out the photo below. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is set to hit theaters on March 25th, 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Earlier today we posted some set photos of the batmobile from Zack Snyder's highly anticipated "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Seems that Snyder was too thrilled about the set photos, so he went on Twitter to reveal the official photo for Bruce Wayne's ride and yes it looks pretty awesome.
Set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016, “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.
Check out the photo below.
Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. »
- Kellvin Chavez
The spy pics just keep on coming!
Hot on the heels of a sweet overhead shot of the Millennium Falcon out on the town from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, we now also have a bunch of shots of another iconic Hollywood vehicle- The Batmobile.
Batman's legendary ride is seeing some action on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice lately, so it was only a matter of time before photos flooded the net. What's interesting about the design of the vehicle is how it fuses together different design philosophies from Batmobiles past and present. When the initial teases came out, some people speculated it would look like a cross between the Burton Batmobile, and Nolan's Tumbler. It would appear that anyone that thought that was right on the money.
Here, see for yourself:
New Image of the Batmobile! pic.twitter.com/tIp5hq4R »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Warner Bros. Pictures
The legacy of Jack Nicholson’s Joker has taken a bit of a beating as of late. For so long his gangster-cum-theatric psychopath from Tim Burton’s Batman was viewed as the definitive take on the iconic Batman villain, but then in 2008 The Dark Knight brought something excitingly new to the table. Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance totally overshadows Nicholson’s version of the character and while it is objectively the weaker of the two, there’s still a lot to enjoy in what Jack did.
Giving the Joker an origin story (something that hadn’t been attempted on screen before) and implicating him in the murder of Batman’s parents, Tim Burton’s take on the character is in many ways unconventional, but Nicholson off-set that with something more typically over-the-top and dramatic, making some of the more blatant meddling with the mythos more palatable. »
- Alex Leadbeater
As with Batmanthe X-Men, the journey to casting any comic book movie leads can be a complicated one, subject to some complex considerations: does the studio go with an established star and runt he risk of audiences bringing something of their past into the role – and of course the added financial requirements of going with fame – or do they cast unknowns and hope to mould them into a star. Both Marvel and DC have taken both approaches, and in both cases have enjoyed mixed success: for Marvel, Robert Downey Junior was an inspired move, but so too was casting Tom Hiddleston as Thor, while DC’s greatest casting successes have come with established stars (though not necessarily the most expected ones).
It’s a mine-field, and the bigger issue for casting directors is that fandoms come into any comic book movie with entrenched expectations of the character: that’s »
- Simon Gallagher
The last panel I attended was the Dynamite pulps one on the last day of the con. It was an informal discussion about the history of pulp stories and comics, and how they’ve evolved and changed over the years while also being responsible for the superhero genre. The panel was full of pulp comics creators and fans, like Michael Uslan (Justice Inc), Matt Wagner (The Shadow Year One), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), and Mark Waid (Green Hornet) and opened with the friendliest sentiments as Michael Uslan, who produced all the Batman films and taught the first college course on comics, saying, “I’m a comic book geek” before launching into a list of his geek credentials, like attending the first comic convention in New York City, hanging around comics companies, and even meeting the creator of The Shadow, Walter Gibson.
The panel began with Uslan asking the other panelists (except Mark Waid, »
- Logan Dalton
Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. It really wouldn't be until 1982 that the actor would break out in Ron Howard's "Night Shift," and a few years later, his career went into overdrive. After collaborating with Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice" (1988), the director cast him as the legendary Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in.
2. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. »
- Jonny Black
Just as Alejandro González Iñárritu's peculiar drama Birdman hits festivals, featuring Michael Keaton as a washed up former star of superhero films, another former man of the cape is getting a documentary. Adam West was the first on-screen iteration of Batman to become a pop culture phenomenon, and he rode that wave to worldwide fame, even if it's become more of a joke than anything now. But the Starring Adam West takes a deeper look at the man's struggle as a typecast actor, doing his best with the fame that both crippled and then revived his career as he has embraced the good and the bad of his superhero past, usually with great humor. And now we have a trailer looking at the documentary on the veteran actor. Watch now! Here's the first trailer for James E. Tooley's Starring Adam West from FilmBuff (via SlashFilm): In 1966 Adam West »
- Ethan Anderton
There’s a funny scene in Neighbors where two drunk dudes argue about which actor is the definitive Batman. For 30something Seth Rogen, it’s Michael Keaton of Batman and Batman Returns. For college kid Zac Efron, it’s Christian Bale from the Christopher Nolan films. And in the future, for kids even younger than that, it could […]
The post ‘Starring Adam West’ Trailer: The Life and Times of a Superhero Icon appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
For a long time, in the wake of two disastrous Batman screen projects, it seemed like Batman might never get a fair swing at capturing the unlimited potential of the character on a Hollywood screen. The 1960s camp cult classic almost ruined the comic books, and pushed the idea of an adaptation off the cliff for almost two decades, and then another decade later, studio meddling and a wayward attempt to “toyify” a splendidly dark and gothic rebirth of the character meant we ended up swallowing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s despicable icy puns in the name of a more universally appealing Batman.
Meanwhile, the criticism of Burton stuck, and we ended up with the cookie, but ultimately candy shop version of the young pretender who helped rescue Batman with Michael Uslan in the ’80s. So we can probably blame Warner Bros. for that as well. But never let it »
- Simon Gallagher
I didn't even realize there was a problem. And, believe me, I understand that as problems go, this is not a life-threatening one or a world-altering one… but it's something that finally caught my attention as I realized how we were starting to instill some bad habits in the boys. Rather, they were starting to pick up some bad habits, and I was allowing them to take root. And based on the last column I published in this series, it's definitely something I've encouraged. I love that my kids have a fairly broad palette in terms of what they will or won't watch with me. One of my proudest moments as a film nerd dad was when Toshi had a friend over and I heard him trying to convince his buddy to watch a Charlie Chaplin film. Black and white has never been a problem for them. Abbot and Costello, »
- Drew McWeeny
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