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Simon Brew Brendon Connelly Feb 14, 2017
If you stick around for the end credits of The Lego Batman Movie, you might notice the names of two people credited as executive producers on the picture. They are Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker. Nothing odd there, apart from the small matter of them having absolutely nothing to do with the film. To the best of our knowledge, they had no conversation with director Chris McKay and his team at any time before, during or after the production. But they did pick up a cheque and a credit for their troubles.
Having people listed as executive producers who are ‘hands off’ is nothing particularly fresh, and we looked at just what an executive producer does in this article here.
But what’s interesting »
13 February 2017 11:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The news that War for the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves is in talks to take over the next Batman movie is heartening, and not merely because it brings in a big name replacement for the outgoing Ben Affleck. Additionally, Reeves' background in big-scale sci-fi movies might mean that we can finally get a big-screen live-action Batman that isn't "grounded" or "realistic" once again.
If there's been one constant in the Dark Knight's big screen adventures — with brief, glorious, exceptions like 1992's absurdist Batman Returns or this year's animated Lego Batman Movie — it's that »
- Graeme McMillan
David Crow Feb 13, 2017
The movie, TV show, cartoon and comic references of The Lego Batman Movie...
This article contains major The Lego Batman Movie spoilers.
Holy plastic building blocks, Batman! Almost everything really was awesome about The Lego Batman Movie. After years of dark nights and grim glares at other superheroes, the newest adventure of the Caped Crusader, as voiced by Will Arnett’s perfectly overdone gravel, was a breath of fresh air. Not afraid to let Batman’s sidekicks have fun - even if our cantankerous main guy still prefers to wear only black and sing about “darkness” - The Lego Batman Movie is poised to entertain Bat-fans of all Bat-ages.
Still one of its best gags is its shameless (and relentless) use of references, cutaways, and in-jokes to overstuff its narrative with more meta-humor than the most unwieldy episode of Community. As a consequence, it’s easy to »
One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.
“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »
- Tony Black
When it comes to movie concepts, this flick may have the oddest, most tangled roots of all. But somehow things just snapped together (excuse the pun). Three years ago the movie world was stunned when a little kids’ flick, starring a beloved toy, became a box office (ahem) blockbuster! That may be because the WB folks thought outside the (toy) box and enlisted film makers and writers who brought something totally unexpected to the project: satire. Oh, and parody, and a big dose of zany anarchy. It was inevitable that The Lego Movie would spawn a sequel. But this is more of a spin-off. That earlier flick focused on the journey of everyman Emmet Brickowski and the folks he encountered. Since the Lego company makes themed toys around classic licenced characters, Emmet and his pals teamed up with Batman, whose gravelly voice was supplied by the great comic actor Will Arnett. »
- Jim Batts
Several of the seemingly endless supply of movies about Batman have made note of the superhero’s duality. But the likes of Batman Returns and Batman Forever focus primarily on the duality of Bruce Wayne and his cowled, crimefighting alter ego. Batman has plenty of other dualities, some of which are almost paradoxical: He’s a fearsome, lone vigilante who has often been surrounded by a cast of colorful friends and family; he frequently appears in dark, gritty stories that are just as often consumed and beloved by children; and he’s an object of audience wish fulfillment who spends a lot of time being obsessive and miserable. These are aspects that The Lego Batman Movie touches upon, using its irreverence for the character to formulate an original take on him.
- Jesse Hassenger
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at The Batman, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Powerless, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Logan, Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Cloak and Dagger, Runaways, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain Underpants and more…
It’s starting to become a bit of a trend for Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe to lose its directors; first up was Michelle MacLaren on Wonder Woman, followed by Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa on The Flash, and now we can add Ben Affleck to that list. Yes, after weeks of suggesting he may not direct The Batman unless he was certain he could make it great, Batfleck has now vacated the director’s chair »
- Gary Collinson
Billy Dee Williams is a man familiar with losing out on iconic parts. In 1989, Williams famously played Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s first Batman movie, on the assumption that it would lead to a role as the villainous Two-Face somewhere down the line. Instead, when the franchise finally got around to the character (after a detour into Penguin-land for Batman Returns), Tommy Lee Jones took on the bifurcated role. Now, the actor is watching as Donald Glover takes over the part of Lando Calrissian, the smooth-talking space pirate that has been a core part of Williams’ public identity for the past 30 years, in the upcoming Han Solo. Needless to say, he’s feeling ambivalent about the change.
“I don’t know…I just see myself as Lando,” Williams told The Hollywood Reporter, in a recent interview intended to promote his upcoming chance to finally play Two-Face in ...
- William Hughes
3 February 2017 11:59 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In 1989, Billy Dee Williams starred as Gotham City district attorney Harvey Dent in director Tim Burton's seminal Batman. The plan, as legend goes, was for Williams to return in subsequent Caped Crusader sequels as the dastardly, dichotomous villain Two-Face, but it never came to fruition.
Instead, for 1992's Batman Returns, Dent was replaced with Oswald Cobblepot, better known as the Penguin, and when Burton exited the franchise as a director, the role of Two-Face went to Tommy Lee Jones in 1995's Joel Schumacher-helmed Batman Forever.
Now, 28 years down the line, Williams is finally getting the chance to »
- Patrick Shanley
Michael Keaton’s batsuit from Batman Returns was up for auction on the Nate D. Sanders website and just sold for the hefty price tag of $41, 250. The Batsuit is set to come mounted on a Michael Keaton mannequin, mounted on a special Batman Returns base:
Michael Keaton’s Batsuit from Tim Burton’s hit superhero film ”Batman Returns”, which smashed box office records when it opened in 1992. Body of batsuit is in formed black rubber segments covered by the textured integral cape and cowl style mask, with long black leather gloves, boots and gold plastic belt and bat symbol. Original parts of the costume worn in the film are the cowl, cape and body; the gloves, belt, insignia and shoes are replicas for the display. Costume comes displayed dramatically on a mannequin with chiseled face of Keaton, mounted to a 2′ square gray-white base with ”Batman Returns” at front center. Batsuit »
- Robert Kojder
27 January 2017 2:26 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Pieces of the costume worn in the 1992 film sold at auction Thursday night for $41,250.
According to the Nate D. Sanders Auction website, the costume is displayed on a mannequin with the chiseled likeness of Keaton. It stands at approximately 6-foot-5 and is displayed on a 2-inch gray and white mounted base with Batman Returns titled on the front center.
Original parts of the Batsuit that were featured in the film include the cowl, cape and body. The gloves, »
- Elizabeth Gulino
This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we're finishing out tour by going back to 1992.
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On December 26th, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. This signalled the formal end of the Cold War, which left the United States as the sole remaining superpower, but did not necessarily usher in an era of peace at home and abroad. This shift in power instead opened a void in eastern Europe and the middle east which would come to be a source of conflict for the next two decades and beyond. A deadly civil war »
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Whenever a new actor is cast as an iconic character, there will naturally be comparisons of the new actor, and those who have come before. Fans engaged in heated debates over which Batman was better, Christian Bale or Ben Affleck, and which Joker delivered the definitive performance, Jared Leto, Heath Ledger, or Jack Nicholson. These comparisons started sprouting up again when Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man, making his debut in last summer's Captain America: Civil War, leading into this summer's stand alone adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland just threw some new fuel on this comparative fire, claiming that his Peter Parker could beat up those Peter Parker's who came before him, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
After a successful debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland will return as Peter Parker in the upcoming standalone adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actor is joined by a diverse cast of characters as Peter heads back to high school following the events of Captain America 3. New villain Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture (Michael Keaton), emerges as a new threat for the young superhero. While we've caught brief glimpses at Adrian in his Vulture costume thanks to the recent trailers, much has yet to be revealed about the iconic Marvel character's transition to the big screen. Michael Keaton recently opened up about his role, offering some interesting insight.
Variety caught up with Michael Keaton to promote his new film The Founder, which expands nationwide January 20 after debuting in an awards-qualifying run in December. When the site mentioned that it's been quite some time since he's played a true villain, »
16 January 2017 7:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Can anyone spot us a few bucks over here at Heat Vision? We promise we're good for it.
The listings for the amazing costumes are at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, and, needless to say, they are going to fetch a pretty penny. In fact, you can't even throw your cape into the bidding ring without tens of thousands of dollars out of the gate.
Let's start with the Superman costume donned by the late, great »
- Ryan Parker
It's time for fans to decide once and for all who tops in the DC superhero world ... by bidding on vintage Batman and Superman movie costumes. Michael Keaton's Batsuit from the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns" and Christopher Reeve's iconic Superman costume from the eponymous 1978 film are both on the auction block. Check out the pics ... there's even an up-close shot of the original tag still intact and labeled for Reeve. The Man of Steel »
- TMZ Staff
Michael Keaton will forever be etched in the memories of millions of fans worldwide as the original film Batman, having starred as the Caped Crusader in 1989's Batman and then again in its 1992 sequel Batman Returns, but this summer he's primed to leave behind a whole new kind of legacy, this time a much more menacing one. The Academy Award-nominated actor will of course star as Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be the beloved wall-crawler's official entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following his debut in the 2016 blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Keaton will star opposite up-and-comer Tom Holland (The Impossible), who is headlining the Jon Watts-directed film as everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood web-swinger. Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) and 2x Academy Award-nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) will also feature in key roles. In a recent profile on Variety, »
Many DC fans won't know who Jon Peters is by name, but they will probably know his work, since he produced movies like Caddyshack, Batman and technically Man of Steel. Though, he didn't actually work on that latter movie. He started out, oddly enough, as a hairdresser and eventually wound up as a bit time Hollywood producer. So how successful is he? Well, he was good enough, or at least smart enough, to make about $80 million for doing absolutely nothing on both Superman Returns and Man of Steel.
After spending quite a long time away from the limelight, Jon Peters recently granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter. Just to give an idea of the kind of reputation Jon Peters has, the THR report noted that he had a loaded gun on the table during the interview. The publication reported a while back that he was paid somewhere between $10 and $15 million for Man of Steel, »
Rob Leane Jan 18, 2017
Longer, darker and closer to what came before, the extended version of Batman Forever sounds interesting at the least...
Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever was a divisive movie, to say the least, and one that we’ve debated the merits of before on this site. But even those of us who like the film (this writer included) would be quick to admit that it’s nowhere near the brilliance of the preceding brace of Bat-movies from Tim Burton.
It’s intriguing to hear, then, that the original cut of Batman Forever weighed in at 2 hours 40 minutes. That’s 38 minutes of extra footage that never made it into cinemas; enough missing minutes to significantly alter the film. Would the original version of Batman Forever have garnered more love?
The fine folk at BatmanOnFilm.com have painstakingly procured information from every available source - earlier drafts of the script, »
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