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Emily S. Whitten: Sdcc’s Her Universe Fashion Show

10 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Tomorrow is the last day for the public to vote for a winner in the Her Universe fashion show that I was fortunate to see live at the San Diego Comic Con (and that you can watch as the finale of its own docu-series on the new on-demand streaming network Comic Con HQ). So what better time for my fashion show recap?

But first, a little background. The fashion show, now in its third year, was started by Ashley Eckstein of the women’s geek fashion company Her Universe to bring true haute couture to geek fashion. The show is very professionally done, with video clips of the designers talking about their inspiration and works-in-progress; models (who may also be the outfit’s designer, and who are of all different body types, which is cool) strutting their stuff on the catwalk; and a DJ to keep the party going. It »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Sound ace Roger Jay Pietschmann dies at 71

10 August 2016 6:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

It emerged on Tuesday that Roger Jay Pietschmann died in his Los Angeles home on July 26 after a six-year battle with multiple symptom atrophy. He was 71.

Pietschmann grew up in Los Angeles, attending University High School, Santa Monica Community College, and California State University at Long Beach.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Pietschmann worked as a boom operator, sound recordist and mixer.

He began his career as the sound recorder on Taxi Driver and assembled a roster of credits that included Batman Returns, Project X, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Honey, I Blew Up The Kid, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and The X Files.

Pietschmann’s work in television and documentary include sound operator on 60 Minutes, Dexter, Nature, American Masters, and Sleeper Cell

He received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Sleeper Cell and a Cinema Audio Society Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing nomination for the same show, as well as »

- govi2016@lawnet.ucla.edu (Alec Govi)

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10 times the Joker almost killed Batman

8 August 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Marc Buxton Aug 22, 2016

With the Joker back on the big screen in Suicide Squad, we celebrate the craziest plans of the Clown Prince of Crime...

He's the greatest villain of them all. He's the evil that tests Batman and makes the hero better. He's an uncontrollable force of chaos, more akin to a hurricane than a criminal, who strikes without warning. He believes that life is a chaotic farce and everything exists as part of a twisted game between him and Batman. He is the star of comics, television, cartoons, and film. He's the Joker, one of the most enduring symbols of evil in the last century.

The Joker is no match for Batman physically, so when he puts one over on the Dark Knight, when he 'gets' him, it has to be a masterpiece of chaos and violence. These are just some of the greatest moments where the Joker »

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Suicide Squad inspired Top 10 list: Villains We Love

3 August 2016 7:42 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Suicide Squad inspired Top 10 list: Villains We LoveSuicide Squad inspired Top 10 list: Villains We LoveScott Goodyer8/3/2016 9:42:00 Am

We here at Cineplex are very excited that Suicide Squad, the most buzzed about film of the summer is almost upon us!

Distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by David Ayer (Training Day), this is the third installment of the DC extended universe.

This action-packed blockbuster is about a secret government agency that recruits imprisoned super villains to take on extremely dangerous missions in order to save the world, in return for clemency.

The massive and impressive cast includes: Will Smith (as Deadshot), Jared Leto (Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Adeale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Jai Courtney (Boomerang) and Viola Davis as Secret Agent Amanda Willer, who brings this motely crew together.

With so many fun villains in this movie, we decided to make our own fun list of movie villains we love! »

- Scott Goodyer

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Gotham season 3: Robin Lord Taylor interview

29 July 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 3, 2016

We talk to Robin Lord Taylor about how he nabbed the Penguin role, and what to expect from Oswald Cobblepot in Gotham season 3...

Contains spoilers for Gotham season 2.

If you read my Gotham reviews on this site, you’ll know that – more often that not – they feature gushing praise for Robin Lord Taylor’s performance as Oswald Cobblepot. Over two seasons, he’s taken Penguin from a shuffling lackey to the king of Gotham and then down into a big ol’ personal disaster in season 2, with Oswald remaining the Mvp of the show despite his topsy-turvy, tumultuous peronal life. It was exciting, then, to chat to Robin Lord Taylor about all things Gotham back in June.... 

So I was noodling around on Twitter a bit this morning.

Uh oh. [Laughs]

And I was just wondering, what is it about being in London that makes you say ‘the C word’ so much? »

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Peter Parker May Get Generous Costume Upgrades In Spider-Man: Homecoming

27 July 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since the release of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992, we as a movie-going audience have grown accustomed to seeing superheroes undergo costume changes from movie to movie, be they minor alterations or radical overhauls. While Peter Parker’s onscreen costumes have had a connective thread in regard to visual similarities over the past fourteen years, we may see a few surprises in what has to be my most anticipated film from Marvel Studios in 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The folks over at ComicBook.com recently caught up with director Jon Watts, who stated something a bit obvious, yet quite intriguing:

“Well, the suit that Spidey was given in Civil War is a Stark suit, so you have to wonder with a Stark suit, what else can it do?”

That actually does raise a good point. Aside from the contracting lenses we saw in Captain America: Civil War, I’m most »

- Eric Joseph

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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Sdcc: Mondo posters for Batman Returns and The Rocketeer

21 July 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of days ago we brought you a look at two San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Mondo posters for Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man [see here], and now thanks to Collider we’ve got a look at two more of their Sdcc exclusive posters for Batman Returns (courtesy of Nicolas Delort) and The Rocketeer (by Kevin Tong); check them out here…

Both posters will be available from the Mondo booth (#835), with the Batman Returns poster limited to 375 and The Rocketeer just 150.

See Also: Follow all of our Comic-Con coverage here

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- Gary Collinson

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It’s Time To Meet The Suicide Squad

19 July 2016 6:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It seems as though we’ve been talking about Suicide Squad for a very long time, and for good reason. Having DC supervillains forcibly banded together to work for the government under threat of death by explosive implant is a brilliant concept. In the source material, the original Suicide Squad first appeared in The Brave And The Bold #25 in 1959, and has popped up in various media numerous times over the years.

Now, however, the third film in the burgeoning DC Extended Universe is among the most highly anticipated of the year – thanks to early images of the cast and, in particular, of actor Jared Leto as a very different kind of Joker. But, it’s not just the stellar casting and stunning production design that makes Suicide Squad such an exciting film prospect. It’s also the very fact of who these characters are.

Having the main characters of the »

- Sarah Myles

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Ben Affleck Is The Most Deadly Batman

4 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Batman doesn't kill. That has been a mantra for the comic character for many years, but the various screen incarnations have often either ignored that rule (1989's "Batman") or found loopholes (2005's "Batman Begins," the "Batman: Arkham Knight" game) to get around that rule.

Not so the version of Batman that Ben Affleck played in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". A new video is out from Mr. Sunday Movies which clocks up a kill count from the film's 'Ultimate Edition' disc release and it seems this Caped Crusader loves just killing the s--t out of bad guys.

In fact, Affleck's Batman directly racks up a bodycount of 21 people throughout the film, not including whomever was left in those hastily evacuated buildings that got torn to shreds in the final act. Is that a lot? Across all seven previous live-action movies and the 1966 TV show, Batman killed 45 people. »

- Garth Franklin

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The Week in Spandex – Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition reviewed, Justice League concept art, Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos, Fox and Marvel crossover rumours and more

2 July 2016 3:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batmam v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Suicide Squad, Batgirl, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Powerless, Teen Titans Go!, Gotha, Supergirl, The Lego Batman Movie, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, Justice League Action, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Squirrel Girl, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Fist, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6 and more…

The extended cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit Digital HD in the States this past Tuesday, offering up Zack Snyder’s R-rated Ultimate Edition of the divisive DC blockbuster, complete with an extra 30 minutes of footage. Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras shared a ★★★★ review of the film, stating that: “The Ultimate version doesn’t fix everything. »

- Gary Collinson

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Independence Day 2 and 2016's underperforming sequels

28 June 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A spluttering opening weekend makes Independence Day 2 the latest sequel to underperform in 2016. Ryan wonders what's going on...

By and large, critics didn't really like Independence Day: Resurgence. But then again, they didn't much care for 2012. Or The Day After Tomorrow. Or White House Down. Or pretty much any of the big, glossy entertainments director Roland Emmerich has brought us over the course of his long career. As Emmerich recently said himself, "If you went by the critics, I shouldn't make movies."

But as Michael Bay knows only too well, critical notices don't sell tickets, and Emmerich's films reliably sell at the box office. Away from the smaller-scale passion projects like Anonymous and Stonewall, Emmerich's effects-led disaster-adventure movies have made millions, even when their aggregate scores on Rotten Tomatoes have struggled to pass the 50 percent mark. So what's going on with Independence Day: Resurgence? Domestically, the invasion »

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Warner Bros. Reveals Cool New Posters For Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher's Batman Movies

26 June 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Ultimate Cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is released on Thursday, and Batman-News has spotted some cool new artwork for Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin. While they obviously use photos from the time the movies were released, you won't actually find any of these covers on your DVD or Blu-ray copies of the Caped Crusader's first four solo outings. We all know that Batman & Robin were terrible, but how do you feel about the rest? Let us know your thoughts below, and don't forget to check out ten amazing facts about the hero by clicking here. »

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Warner Bros. Reveal Cool New Posters For Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher's Batman Movies

26 June 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Ultimate Cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is released on Thursday, and Batman-News has spotted some cool new artwork for Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin. While they obviously use photos from the time the movies were released, you won't actually find any of these covers on your DVD or Blu-ray copies of the Caped Crusader's first four solo outings. We all know that Batman & Robin were terrible, but how do you feel about the rest? Let us know your thoughts below, and don't forget to check out ten amazing facts about the hero by clicking here. »

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New digital artwork for Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin

26 June 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for its Digital HD release this coming Tuesday, Warner Bros. has issued some new artwork for the digital releases of Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, along with Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Check them out here (via Batman-News)…

See Also: Zack Snyder says Batman v Superman backlash has changed the tone of Justice League

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

See Also: Follow all of our Batman v Superman coverage here

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out »

- Gary Collinson

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Lou Levinson Named Fellow of Colorist Society International

16 June 2016 6:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prominent colorist Lou Levinson, who has worked with the world’s top film directors and cinematographers, has been named a fellow of the Colorist Society International (CSI).

Over his long career Levinson has held senior positions at such companies as McA, Technicolor, and, currently, Apple. He has collaborated with Steven Speilberg and his go-to Dp Janusz Kaminski, and has helped craft the look of such films as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Batman,” and “Batman Returns.”

“The colorist is a person whose primary responsibility is to help creative authors of visual storytelling in all its forms further that storytelling with the ‘look,’” Levinson said. “This means dealing with color, density, texture, composition, and motion issues as prime involvement. Helping the industry recognize the value of the colorist is why I support CSI’s mission statement.”

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- Peter Caranicas

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Emily S. Whitten Interviews Gotham’s Penguin – Robin Lord Taylor

11 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Fox’s Gotham TV series has been going strong for two seasons and is now renewed for a third. The show began with a focus on (future Commissioner) Jim Gordon’s early career in Gotham, but has quickly expanded to include the early days of many Batman villains as well. One of the most striking of these is The Penguin; a previously cartoonish character (in screen adaptations) who has been masterfully portrayed in Gotham by Robin Lord Taylor as a complex young man who rises from being a minor player in Fish Mooney’s entourage to becoming the self-proclaimed “King of Gotham.” Taylor’s nuanced portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin, has made him a compelling, horrifying, and yet somehow still sympathetic character – one I’m invested in even while I’m despising what he does.

After having had the opportunity to speak with Taylor by phone in the week leading up to Awesome Con in Washington, DC, and to meet him at the Con, I can see where The Penguin’s charm and disarming manner originate; but fortunately for us, and unlike The Penguin, Taylor himself strikes me as a delightful human being; and he has a lot to say about his role in Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery.

Read on below for a most enjoyable interview; or listen here for the audio version.

Esw: Robin, your current role on Gotham is a big part of your career, and The Penguin, as we all know by two seasons in, has been called a “breakout character.” I love the nuances that you bring to the Penguin, who is a mix of pathos and viciousness. Are there any parts of his character that come from you, or that you identify with?

Rlt: Yeah; I mean, the thing that really got me into the human aspect of Oswald was, when I first got the job, I reached out to Geoff Johns, who’s the chief creative officer of DC Comics, and I was like, “Do you know any stories?” Because obviously I’d grown up with Batman, and Batman Returns was huge, and the Adam West series was also huge, but beyond that I really didn’t know very much about the character.

And he found some stories; he found one in particular which was Penguin: Pain and Prejudice; and in that story, they really went into detail about Oswald’s childhood, and how when he was young, he was horrifically bullied. Which is not something that I ever experienced, to that extent; but the fact that he had always felt like an outsider – you know, growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I definitely identified with that feeling. Like, just because you didn’t look like everybody else, or there was something different about you – like in my case, I was just not a “sporty” person, and I basically grew up in Friday Night Lights. So it’s just that feeling of outsider-ness, and also that feeling of being counted out just by things that are out of your control. So that was the first thing I really hooked in to. I was like, “Oh, I understand what this feels like,” and it just made him all the more human for me.

And on top of that, his ambition is something that – you know, obviously I don’t think I share quite the same amount of ambition, in the sense that I, you know, value human life! But out of all of the years of basically being rejected by everyone, and having that feed into his outsized ambition – that was another thing that I totally could identify with and understand.

Esw: I read somewhere that when you did the audition, they didn’t actually tell you it was the Penguin. Do you recall if there were any particular acting choices you made in that audition that still define the character or that rolled over into the actual on-screen character?

Rlt: Yeah; the scene itself that they gave us to audition for was a fake scene – it was not in the pilot at all, and the names were all different. But the scene involved, I believe, the Penguin character was named Paul or something, and he’s having this meeting with a Mafia don, and trying to get this person to do some deal for him. Of course the don is not into it, and that’s when it’s revealed that Paul has had the Mafia don’s daughter kidnapped, and she’s about to be “taken care of” unless he does his bidding.

And in that scene, all of that is the epitome of Oswald, and that ability to sort of play – you know, in the first part of the scene before it’s revealed that he has the daughter kidnapped, he’s very obsequious, and kind of meek, and deferring to the Mafia don; being lower status. And then there’s that switch halfway through where it’s like, “Oh no no no, actually I’m driving the ship right now; I’m steering the ship.” You know, “You’re going to listen to me.” So going from that humble, almost meek, low status attitude that he had, and then immediately switching to be the guy on top; that was something that I think I definitely carried through to the show that we do now.

Esw: Generally, in previous characterizations of The Penguin on screen he’s portrayed in a more cartoonish style. Can you talk about what you did to make him more real in the Gotham show sense, and yet keep him defined as he is in the comics so that he’s still recognizable as the character?

Rlt: First of all, I give so much, if not all credit, to Bruno Heller, and Danny Cannon, and our other producers and writers on the show. It started with Bruno and Danny, this vision and this treatment of the character. It starts with them, and then I step in and we collaborate. Again, going back to what I said before, learning how he was bullied – it was more about finding…you know this is a fantastic world. It’s being able to see this character as an actual person who could exist. Which is actually kind of the allure of Batman itself in the sense that of course it’s still a comic book, and crazy shit happens that would never happen in the real world, but it’s always rooted in the fact that Batman is not supernatural, that Batman is a human being.

And that even though it is this gothic, noir, colorful, crazy world that we inhabit in Gotham City, it’s still all rooted in reality, in the sense that, like, gravity exists, and these are human beings, and there is real pathos behind everyone.

And it’s about justifying every choice that this character makes so that every action he takes, there’s a reason behind it; it’s not just being evil for the sake of being evil. Also what I love about the character is that – at one point in the second season, Galavan is trying to get him to help him get some real estate deal going, and that would require tearing down a big chunk of Gotham City, and Oswald is not into it. He says, “Look, I’m a builder, I’m not a demolition person. I’m not interested in tearing everything down.” He’s interested in controlling everything, but also building alliances and making connections and using that to his advantage. So I guess it would be making sure that everything he does and says comes from a real place – a real desire for Oswald to be – I don’t know if it’s accepted, or feared, or both!

Esw: You mention that Oswald is a builder and has these particular goals. He’s a monster in many ways, but he seems to have his own moral code. How would you define his moral code?

Rlt: I would say: Oswald is all about – do not come for him. If you do, you will pay. He remembers every single slight against him, every person who ever hurt him or tried to hurt him. All that, again, stemming from a childhood where he’s an outcast in so many ways, like being a first generation immigrant, for example, in our show. I guess his moral code is just: “Don’t tread on me.” But that’s the thing – with the exception of the poor fisherman in the pilot, and maybe the guy who delivered the flowers from Maroni – a couple of people who really didn’t deserve what they got – for the most part, everyone whom he attacks, it’s motivated by revenge, and it’s all strategy for Oswald. He is anti-chaos. Chaos is not interesting to him; that’s not a place where he can get the power that he needs to survive. He wants order.

Esw: Anti-chaos. It makes me think that perhaps we’re playing Dungeons & Dragons. He’s a lawful evil – not chaotic at all.

Rlt: Yeah, totally!

Esw: Now in the second season, trying to rule Gotham, Penguin needs some worker-bee villains who will be loyal to him; and then we get Butch’s betrayal in that second season. It’s a very tricky proposition, getting those loyal worker-bees and knowing that he can rely on them. What traits about the character do you think would believably cement a henchman’s loyalty and how do you establish that?

Rlt: In a way, I think even though, you know, he chopped off Butch’s hands, you know, big deal – but even those things have happened, I think that Penguin himself, and it goes back to his anti-chaos attitude, I think he is actually also interested in being loyal to people as well. I think he knows that if you treat people well, you get more from them. You get more loyalty; and ultimately, that can be exploited as well.

You see this very, very clearly in his relationship with Jim Gordon, in the sense that for all intents and purposes they should be arch-enemies. But for some reason, it’s this delicate dance and a push and a pull between the two of them that is important to Oswald. Because that keeps Jim in his world and again, that can be exploited in the future if need be. So I think he does reciprocate loyalty to the people that he is trusting and that’s ultimately how he can get people to join his side.

And also, this goes into – because his actions are justified, and because we understand why he does the things he does, there’s a sympathetic side to this character. And I think that comes through to the other characters as well; in the sense that there’s something enigmatic about him that draws people in.

If I had to root this in the character’s history, I would say that this is something he learned as a survival instinct, when he’s being bullied or when he was being basically tortured by his peers when he was younger. This is what you learn; you learn to ingratiate yourself to people. You make yourself seem more meek and sympathetic, and then eventually they come around, and that’s when you stick the knife in.

Esw:  Speaking of that, he’s a pretty dark character, and you seem like a nice guy. Do you have difficulty getting into and out of that character?

Rlt: I really don’t, actually! I know that sounds crazy, but… Look, I’ve never played a character that physically is so different from who I am in real life. And so with the hair, the makeup, the costume – all of those pieces coming together every day that I have to work, is – and this is generally how I work as an actor too – is I generally start from the outside and I go in. I let the physicality and the costuming help me get into character so I’m ready. And also, again, it goes to the sets that we shoot, and the locations that we use. With all of these things, it’s like I’m stepping into Oswald, I’m stepping into Gotham City. And at the end of the day, the nose comes off, and the hair is different, and I take these beautiful suits and I put them back in the closet and then I’m back to me. It’s great to have that physical transformation that gets you into character; and from that it’s generally pretty easy.

Esw: He does have some really cool suits!

Rlt: God, they’re amazing. The sucky thing is they’re not quite my, Robin Lord Taylor’s, style, so it’s not like I could ever really wear them anywhere. But also – as you can probably tell, I’m one of the least confrontational people that ever lived. And so it’s actually therapeutic in a way. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s really fun to step onto the set and step into the character and then all of a sudden I’m the guy who’s pushing everybody’s buttons, and I’m the guy who’s messing with everybody and starting shit. And it’s liberating, and it’s fun in a way.

Esw: I can understand that. So Oswald has been through a huge journey in season 2 – he was on top; he lost his mother; he convinced Gordon to murder somebody; he was messed with by Hugo Strange; he met his father; fell back into murder; now he wants revenge and all of Strange’s monsters are out there, and Mooney is back… Can you talk about how you think season 2 changed him, or what you think he’ll be doing in season 3?

Rlt: I think that in season 2 – it happened twice for him, with the loss of his mother and then the loss of his father – and there’s that lovely speech that Cory Michael Smith as Nygma gave Oswald. It was after his mother died, before he knew his father existed – Nygma says, “You’re free now.” The gist is – and this is a continuing theme throughout our entire show – to love is to be vulnerable. You see throughout the show, characters are falling in love, or they have love in their lives, and then they lose it; and then in a way they are liberated to do whatever the hell they want to do and not feel any pressure. Because what’s left to lose.

So I think that was hugely formative, and then that it happened twice – I think going into season 3, it’s all guns blazing. And also, he’s learned, having been at the top for the brief period. He learned now how much more difficult it is; and he severely overestimated his own abilities, and he didn’t take into account the fact that when you’re the “King of Gotham” you have a giant, giant target on your back in a way that you never did before. I think that’s the most valuable lesson that he learned this season; and then going forward, I think we’re watching his transformation from someone who’s finding their way in this world to someone who now has the wherewithal and the knowledge to basically, kick ass and take names. And not fear the repercussions because, again, having lost all the love in his life, going forward, he’s just going to be completely unhinged – which I’m really excited about!

Esw: So Gotham is obviously a very villain-heavy show, and we know many of Batman’s villains are way ahead of him in development – he’s still Bruce; he’s still young. How do you think this will affect the future seasons in the show, or how do you think you’d like to see that happen? Do you think it will shift to being a more heroic focus as Bruce matures?

Rlt: I don’t know; I think our show is about how the city corrupts. Bruce Wayne – Batman – comes from one of the most corrupted acts that could ever happen, one of the most horrific acts; the execution of his parents in front of him. And I could see heroic moments coming through, because obviously you need a balance between the light and the dark, but at the same time, I just think it’s so much more interesting seeing even someone as virtuous and good-hearted as Bruce Wayne – seeing him get swept up into, or sucked down into, the morass of Gotham City and its questionable moral fiber as a city; I think that’s ultimately what’s really interesting to me. And I just think that the villains are where it’s at.

Also, going forward, what I find most interesting, as someone who is a fan of the Batman world, and what I think our show does very well, is show how all of these characters interact, and come in and out of each other’s lives. It’s like seeing how the Penguin’s and Gordon’s connection evolves over time, and also eventually, I’m sure, Bruce Wayne is going to come into Penguin’s life, and all of the other characters’ lives. I love that alliances are formed and then broken; and the re-formed with someone else; some other canon character. I just think that’s fascinating.

Esw: I’ve heard Gotham compared to a soap opera, and it’s not too far off!

Rlt: Yeah, except we’ve got monsters and bazookas; it’s As The Gotham Turns.

Esw: So what experiences have you had working with the other Gotham actors? Do you have any fun stories, or any stories about having to work with actors that then the Penguin kills?

Rlt: Yeah! Well we get along, as a cast, just smashingly. In fact, early on in the first season, Ben McKenzie had a barbeque; and all the cast members came, and we were all there having fun, dancing, and drinking, and at one point I said to Ben, because this is my first rodeo as it were, and he’s been doing this for longer than I have in a big way; I said to him, pointing at everyone having a ball, “Dude, is this normal? Do casts get along like this? Because I’ve guested on shows, and you can definitely feel the vibe, and it’s not this.” And he said immediately, “Nope. This is not normal. God willing, we can keep this going for the rest of our run,” because it just makes the environment more pleasant, and we all just truly have love for everyone, and it’s so nice. It’s all I’ve ever wanted in a job.

Esw: That seems to come through the social media where I’ve seen you and Cory and Ben and everyone interacting; seeing everyone talking to each other on Twitter and wherever else.

Rlt: That’s so nice to hear. And the other thing too is that we’re from all over the place, and everyone’s had such different experiences growing up; and the fact that I can, you know, meet Sean Pertwee, who could not have been from a more different place than me, and have had a more different childhood than I did – and yet, he’s now one of my very best friends. And I just love it, that people can come together and find – in this show, we found a community, which is really great.

So then on the other hand, people have asked me, “What’s the hardest thing about Gotham?” and honestly, it is when a main character dies. And especially if I have to do it. It’s one thing if it’s a movie or a play, because that’s such a contained work. You know when someone’s going; you know the whole thing is going to be over in two-and-a-half hours anyway. It’s not as cathartic as when you’re on a television show. You really do feel that loss. Like when Carole Kane’s character is killed. It was honestly devastating for everybody. It was like, “Oh, God, she’s not going to be here.” Even though she wasn’t there all the time to begin with, it was the loss of that potential for her to be there. I can’t say enough amazing things about her.

And then of course also the same with Paul Reubens. With both of those characters, it really is devastating. You just keep thinking, “If they had written something different, we could have been working together for years now.” I think that’s the hardest part of the job.

Esw: So what’s been your experience with fans and conventions and this role; do fans ever blur the line and call you the Penguin; or what do you like and dislike about that? Have you had any crazy experiences?

Rlt: I mean, the whole thing is generally pretty crazy. Even if you think just logically, what I do is, I’m an actor. So ideally I would just sort of disappear – Robin Lord Taylor would disappear – and the character would live in people’s imaginations and that would just be it. But you know that’s not how it works. You become public people; and that’s been probably one of the most challenging things about the job. Just going from relative obscurity to being in peoples’ minds and consciousness – that’s definitely been intense.

For the most part, everyone has been incredibly, incredibly nice, and kind. I’ve been doing conventions now for the last two years, and, like, I signed someone’s ankle, and she went and got a tattoo, and that’s kind of crazy. Honestly, the tattoos, I think, are the craziest thing! Someone also tweeted me a photo of their leg, and it’s my giant face on their leg. I find that so unsettling; I mean, compared to most other things. Like, “Oh God, you did that?” You defaced your body with my face.”

Esw: They will never forget you, ever ever!

Rlt: I know. I know; that makes me really uncomfortable! But I will never be forgotten. There’s something to be said for that.

Esw: So are you looking forward to Awesome Con? And do you follow other comics? Do you have a favorite character or storyline, or something you want to see or pick up while you’re at the show?

Rlt: I’m totally psyched. This is going to be super. I’ve never been to Washington for a con before; I’m really excited to see what the vibe is like at Awesome Con. From what I hear, it’s an amazing experience. For me it’s always very strange. Obviously I love all of the other DC Comics properties, especially the ones that are on television, in particular The Flash and Arrow, and Supergirl as well. Because we’re all the Warner Bros. family, and we run into each other at San Diego Comic Con and all these other things. So that’s always really exciting to see those folks.

But then at the same time, with the actors who played characters from my childhood –  for example, I was at a convention and I was in the green room, and sitting across the table is Denise Crosby who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and when I was a kid, that was my jam; and it’s always so fun to feel the way that people feel when they come to my line or when they come up to say hello. Everyone’s so sweet and so excited to be there, and then some people are really excited and they can’t speak, and that was me talking to Denise. And that’s someone I grew up watching, and that show was so important to me at the time. So experiences like that – just seeing anyone from something I grew up watching – that’s where I really fan out, for sure.

Esw: I know that you recently made a foray into voice acting in Dishonored 2, and you just wrapped a movie, The Long Home; anything you’d like to share about those or other projects?

Rlt: Well – Dishonored 2 – when they told me that I was going to come in and be part of it, and read, especially, that character, the Outsider, that was amazing. An amazing experience, and also reading all about what the game is going to be like; I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a video game in a long time. The only thing I’m a little worried about is when I get it and I start playing it, I have to hear my own voice… But yeah, that was a brilliant experience. And then The Long Home, I would just encourage everyone to look for it on the festival circuit and show it some love. It’s an independent film, directed by and starring James Franco, with Josh Hutcherson, and Courtney Love, and there are just amazing, amazing people in it. It’s a low-budget, independent movie; so we’re really hoping to get some momentum behind it and I’m just really excited to see what the final product is.

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So there you have it, folks. Thank you to Robin Lord Taylor for sharing his time and thoughts with us here at ComicMix!

And until next time, Servo Lectio! »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Gotham Season 2 Coming to Blu-ray August 16

25 May 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (May 24, 2016) – Building on the momentum of its wildly successful first season, Gotham turned up the heat with a villain-centric second season that has elevated the series to No. 2 among Fox shows*. Fans have the chance to prepare for this fall’s suspenseful third season with the August 16, 2016 release of Gotham: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe).

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Men 12-17 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <2 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

The Wbhe release of the Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray including Digital HD ($54.97 Srp) and DVD ($49.99 Srp) includes all 22 episodes of the series’ thrilling second, as well as fascinating featurettes, Gotham’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel.  Gotham: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers. »

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Gotham Season 2 Blu-Ray Release Date And Featurettes Revealed

25 May 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that you have had a few days to come down from the season finale of Gotham, you may have started wondering when you can own the home video release. Thankfully, Fox and Warner Bros. opted to not wait very long at all to announce that the complete second season will arrive on Blu-Ray on August 16. One would also expect a DVD release on that very date, but it remains unclear whether or not it will contain all of the featurettes included on its mighty Blu-Ray counterpart.

Speaking of featurettes, a full rundown can be found in the official press release, along with a thorough synopsis and cast details. We also have the front cover art to share with you, which bears what may be the coolest piece of promo art circulated for this past season.

Darkness saturates Gotham in its triumphant Second Season as the city’s villains continue to rise from the shadows, »

- Eric Joseph

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Michael Keaton May Be Ready To Play A Marvel Villain, Get The Details

20 May 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Michael Keaton has already cemented his place in superhero movie history playing Batman in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, a.k.a. the Tim Burton-directed features. He could have been content with this contribution to DC’s cinematic endeavors, but last month, it was reported that he was in talks to join Spider-Man: Homecoming as its main villain. A week later, we learned that he wouldn’t be part of the project, but now it looks like the Spotlight star may be jumping back into the Web Slinger’s first solo McU adventure. Despite the previous talks breaking down, Variety has learned that Michael Keaton is closing a new deal that will see him playing Spider-Man: Homecoming’s antagonist. Although the movie’s producers looked at other actors following the initial Keaton discussion, they went back to him, and the negotiations seem »

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