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Following the mess that was Batman and Robin, Batman Begins was obviously just what the franchise needed back in 2005. Providing a grounded take on the Dark Knight, it led to a trilogy which has since been hailed as one of the greatest of all-time, but that hasn't stopped it from getting the Honest Trailers treatment! While the video below has plenty of good things to say, it also doesn't shy away from the fact that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's Batman was something of a killer. The hero's decision to leave Ra's al Ghul to die in that train is one which fans have talked about nearly as much (well, maybe not) as Superman breaking General Zod's neck in Man of Steel, and yeah, I guess it technically was manslaughter! Anyway, check out this Honest trailer below and then feel free to let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section. »
Gob and George Michael are back together. According to The Wrap, there's a hidden homage to Arrested Development in the new film The Lego Batman Movie.The animated movie stars Arrested Development cast members Will Arnett and Michael Cera as Batman and Robin, respectively. The voice cast also includes Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, and Conan O'Brien.Read More… »
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 »
“The Lego Batman Movie” is here, and everyone loves it. But where does it stand in the annals of theatrically released Batman movies? We have the answer. “Batman v Superman” may not be all everyone hoped it would be, but the Bat’s record on film is hardly perfect. Let’s see where the new film ranks in the annals of theatrically released, live-action “Batman” movies. 14. “Batman and Robin” (1949) is just an abysmal experience, with a bad lead actor wearing a floppy-eared Batsuit. Though The Wizard, a villain original to this serial, is admittedly cool looking, it’s not enough to stem the. »
- Phil Owen
Green Arrow and Black Canary are among the most popular and prolifiic comic book duos in history. They are the Batman and Robin for the uber nerds who knew who Green Arrow and Black Canary were before Arrow. Yet for the entirety of season 5 on Arrow, Oliver has been without his feathered friend. Now that looks to change as "Second Chances" begins the Green Arrow's quest to find his new Black Canary. Even though some fans will always rebel at one who doesn't have the name of Dinah Laurel Lance, the newest potential addition to Team Arrow, Tina, makes a great first impression.
Toy store shelves have already been flooded with new Lego sets featuring characters and vehicles from the upcoming Lego Batman Movie, but that was only the beginning. Lego has has revealed (via THR) a host of new sets that will be arriving this June, this time featuring the likes of Harley Quinn, Bane, Scarecrow, and Two-Face going up against the Dynamic Duo in a handful of wacky vehicles. Check them out below!
First out the gate is Scarecrow Fearful Face-Off, featuring Batman (with a new buildable wing jetpack) going up against the Scarecrow and his Gyro-Copter, which itself features some fear gas bombs. Will retail for $14.99.
We’ll also be getting our first Bane figure from the new movie, in Bane Toxic Truck Attack. It comes with a 6-wheel truck, a Whirly-Bat vehicle for the Caped Crusader, »
- James Garcia
In the very near future, DC’s oldest title – the one that the publisher is named for, in fact – will hit a milestone that few in the comic book industry have done thus far when Detective Comics celebrates 950 issues. Think about it: Batman (and others) have helped keep this series in continuous publication since the Great Depression. That’s quite a feat.
Serving as a prologue to the upcoming “League of Shadows” arc, this can’t miss issue of ‘Tec is set to contain three stories that not only observe what has come before, but speak to the current direction of the series. A gallery of unlettered interiors can be viewed below, but nothing really treads into spoiler territory.
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Thankfully, current series writer James Tynion IV has shed a little light on the subject: »
- Eric Joseph
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Even though some have been hit with difficult times and others have had to face certain controversies and mergers there are companies out there that have still managed to find a loyal customer base and have continued to be able to provide their online patrons with the very best that the virtual casino market can offer.
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They offer all sorts of gambling-based action whether it’s arcade, casino, virtual sports, slots, bingo or sportsbook features and they frequently manage to offer players the chance to pick up free bets, special bonuses and very tempting jackpot prizes.
The Betfair casino app and online site utilise Playtech, one of the largest gambling software development companies in the world, »
- James Smith
Coming out of March’s ‘Superman Reborn’ event, the Man of Steel is set to unveil an updated costume in the pages of Superman #20 this April, and thanks to Comic Book we’ve got our first look at the revamped suit thanks to Patrick Gleason’s cover for the issue. Gone are the blue boots, metallic cuffs and impractical belt, but it looks like those red underpants have been consigned to history…
“Superman Black” Part One! A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! As the smoke clears the Kents are faced with leaving Hamilton to go back to Metropolis, but someone or something doesn’t want them to leave! Batman and Robin discover something is mysteriously wrong with the son of Superman—he’s losing his powers!
Superman #20 goes on sale on April 5th, priced $2.99. »
- Gary Collinson
Though it's not really a radical departure from his current Rebirth look, The Man of Steel is set to debut a new costume in the pages of Superman #20 and Action Comics #977 this April. As you can see from the covers below (via Comibook.com), this outfit sports a few subtle differences around the collar, cuffs, boots and belt, which give Supes a more classic appearance - though those divisive red shorts are still absent. Check out the covers below along with the solicitations for both issues. Superman #20 Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason • Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray • Cover by Patrick Gleason • Variant cover by Tony S. Daniel “Superman Black” part one! A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! As the smoke clears the Kents are faced with leaving Hamilton to go back to Metropolis, but someone or something doesn’t want them to leave! Batman and Robin »
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, »
Tim Burton’s “Batman” was the highest-grossing movie of 1989. The sequel, “Batman Returns,” was the third-biggest film of 1992. So why did the star of the first two installments, Michael Keaton, turn down the third part of such a successful trilogy? Simple: The script “sucked.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the 65-year-old actor explained why he decided to pass on the film once director Joel Schumacher took over the franchise.
“It sucked”, the actor said of the script. “The script never was great. I didn’t understand why [Schumacher] wanted to do what he wanted to do.”
According to Keaton, he attended “many meetings” to discuss the film, and was “polite up to a point about things.” However, he did not agree with the direction Schumacher wanted to take with the film. “I knew it »
- Yoselin Acevedo
In many ways we should be thankful to Joel Schumacher for Batman And Robin. The late-90’s opus put a nail in the Bat’s coffin until Christopher Nolan decided to bring him back from the dead. Who knows how much sillier the movies would’ve gotten had it succeeded? It’s hard to picture that kind of hell. The movie has its ironic fans, but the movie is truly terrible, and many... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Here's everything you need to know about the last week in movie news: Remade Movie Trailer of the Day: Check out the latest sweded trailer from CineFix as they recreate the action of Captain America: Civil War: New Year Greeting of the Day: Batman and Robin wish you a happy new year in this extra teaser for The Lego Batman Movie: Meme Resurrection of the Day: Speaking of DC superhero movie treats, Shia Labeouf returns to torment and motivate Supermand in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (via Geek Tyrant): Mashup of the Day: Disney artist Brian Kesinger drew a new Calvin and Hobbes-style Star Wars cartoon, this one of Jyn and K-2So from Rogue One: I'm auctioning off this...
- Christopher Campbell
Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever sits at a weird place on the scale of Batman movie quality. Sporting the early signs of the neon cartoon madness that would turn Schumacher’s later Batman And Robin into a frequently cited cinematic whipping boy, the film is somewhat validated by a strong performance from Val Kilmer, following in Michael Keaton’s footsteps as an obviously damaged Bruce Wayne. Of course, those footsteps were only free to be followed in because Keaton turned the film down, choosing to end his tenure as The Dark Knight with Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.
Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter—centered on The Founder, the latest step in his ongoing career renaissance—Keaton has elaborated on why he passed on Forever: “It sucked.”
- William Hughes
There's been a lot of chatter lately about a certain, present day star having reservations about his involvement with a new Batman movie; Reservations that have to do with the quality of the script. This isn't the first time a Bat actor has had to choose between fight or flight, of course, as Michael Keaton famously came to that fork in the road when Warner Bros. asked him to do Batman Forever.
The actor had just finished working on two Batman films with Tim Burton, and now he was asked to do a third, but with a different director. Joel Schumacher was hired to direct Batman Forever, and Keaton was seemingly going to don the cowl again...until a key moment occurred. Similar to where we find ourselves in 2017, Keaton says that script issues were why he bailed, and then he got even more specific than that:
"[The script] sucked. The script never was good. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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