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For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
“What are you?’ That question has been on many a criminal’s mind for numerous decades. Out of absolute fear, these evildoers stare into the face of darkness personified, a creature of the night that is a true symbol of justice. I’m talking of course about Batman, the Dark Knight, a crimefighter who strikes fear into the hearts of those deserve it. He is a highly complex character and throughout his 75-year history, many talented (and some not so talented) actors have brought him to life on the silver screen.
Lewis Wilson Batman (1943) The first film appearance of the Caped Crusader occurred at the height of World War II in 1943, four years after the character’s creation. Lewis Wilson portrayed Batman in a 15-chapter film serial released by Columbia Pictures, in which he and trusty sidekick Robin go head to head with Dr. Daka, a demented Japanese scientist who »
- Randall Unger
By this point, I would have been entirely unsurprised if "The Expendables 3" was somewhat lazy, unfocused, and entirely too pleased with itself. That is, after all, the way the series works. The second film may have improved on the first film, but that didn't make it a "good" movie suddenly. It was just an agreeably not-good movie. And by now, I figured that was what I would expect any time they squeezed out another one of these. And, to be clear, I think this new chapter in the series also has some weird issues, but it does indeed feel like each time they make one of these, they get closer to getting it right. I'm impressed that this is the direction they're heading, instead of just getting lazier and more diluted. None of the films have the same tone, and none of them really feel like part of a series. »
- Drew McWeeny
It suffered a 63% box office drop in its second week of cinematic release. It was nominated for eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, winning one. It has been singled out as a source of massive regret for much of its cast. It effectively ended two A-list film careers, signaled the decline of Hollywood’s most celebrated guilty pleasure strongman, and doomed its helmsman to a pantheon of lingering disgrace. It torpedoed a multimillion dollar franchise, wiped out two green-lit blockbusters and put one of pop culture’s biggest names into the dark for eight years. It is often cited as one of the worst movies ever made, and was crowned number one by Empire. Years later, its director would be compelled to actually apologize for it. When you collect your wits at last and begin to look at the mess with something approaching rationalization, you will be hard pressed to find a »
- Scott Patterson
We are incorporating two elements here in the Caped Crusader’s universe: applying the Batman 60′s ABC-tv show (1966-1968/3 seasons) with the Batman film franchise (1989 and beyond). The link that we are looking for to connect Batman’s cheesy television past and its current and future filming state of mind is the conception of repackaging the Dynamic Duo’s cartoonish villains from the small screen and giving them new life on the big screen in the millennium. Let’s examine this line of reasoning, shall we?
As any Batman enthusiast (or casual observer) knows about the campy TV series back in the late 60′s is that the main off-kilter charm was the colorful and wacky regular guest star villains that populated the program many times through the three-year broadcast on the network. Household hooligans such as Catwoman, the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler would return and become the routine »
- Frank Ochieng
Written by Scott Snyder
Pencilled by Greg Capullo
Inked by Jonathan Glapion
Colored by Fco Plascencia
Even if it is drawn like (a dark opening scene from the Joker’s Pov as he cracks Gotham police officer’s necks) and plotted like a slasher film, “Death of the Family” is a love story. A long, lost lover returns to get his love’s attention by changing his appearance and generally putting on a show. Familiar haunts are visited, an intimate candle-lit dinner is had, and dances happen. But to be with the man he loves, the lover must get rid of the family of the object of his affection. The previous two sentences are actually the plot of “Death of the Family”. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo play up the Joker’s romantic feelings for Batman in “Death of the Family” while also showing him carefully and methodically »
- Logan Dalton
In summers past, Hollywood used to give audiences a break from all the action-packed sequels targeted to teenage boys. Usually, that came in the form of counterprogramming known as the romantic comedy. For most of the late ’90s, Julia Roberts carried the genre: she opened 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, against the disastrous “Batman and Robin.” She was also the star of such summertime hits as 1999’s “Notting Hill” ($364 million worldwide), “Runaway Bride” ($309 million) and 2001’s “America’s Sweethearts” ($138 million), which marked the end of her reign as the queen of romantic comedies.
One of the reasons that the summer of 2014 has been so catastrophic, with box office grosses down 18 percent, is the glut of indistinguishable product. Every movie, from “Transformers 4” to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” feels like a photocopy of something that came before it. But the biggest profit margins aren’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
(Cbr) Batman, Robin and Catwoman took over Hall H, and fans couldn't have been happier. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar headlined Thursday's San Diego Comic-Con International panel celebrating the Nov. 11 launch of "Batman '66: The Complete Television Series" on Blu-ray. "Fans always ask me, 'When can we own the series? When is it coming to [Blu-ray]?'" West told the Hall H crowd, adding that he is now very happy to have an answer for those patient fans. Moderator and Los Angeles radio personality Ralph Garman introduced the panelists -- Newmar was escorted on stage by two "Henchman" wearing masks -- then West surprised fans by giving a shout out to another Catwoman in the crowd -- Lee Meriwether -- and then treated the excited crowd to both behind-the-scenes stories and clips from the remastered episodes. As much as fans were excited to see the celebrities on stage, »
- Philip Pirrello, Comic Book Resources
Dark Horse, the elder statesman of independent comics, continues to show no signs of slowing down during this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Even though Marvel now holds the rights to Star Wars, its biggest licensed comics property, Dark Horse struck back by announcing a several creator owned titles in different genres as well as an expansion to the Mignolaverse and a sequel to one of the most beloved novels of the past century. Dark Horse also won some Eisners in a wide variety of categories showing the company’s comics appeal to many types of readers from kids to people who wouldn’t normally read comics.
1. Hellboy and the Bprd Miniseries
Even though Batman has gotten most of the publicity, another comics character is celebrating a big anniversary. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Hellboy’s first appearance in the Seed of Destruction miniseries by Mike Mignola and scripted by John Byrne. »
- Logan Dalton
With San Diego Comic Con in full swing at the moment, it makes sense that Warner Bros. would have some new footage of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham to show off this weekend.
In the newly released trailer, the Justice League is summoned in order to save Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter from The Joker and his partners in evil. The traditional humor of the Lego series of games is on full display here, as Superman and Wonder Woman are pulled from their date and Batman and Robin roast some ducks in order to make the journey to space.
While this trailer helps set up the first part of Lego Batman 3, there is more to the story here than the traditional battle between good and evil. A threat from intergalactic foe Brianiac will require the Justice League and the Legion of Doom to form an uneasy alliance. While the »
- Eric Hall
Earlier tonight, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment held a panel and a world premiere screening for their upcoming animated adventure Batman: Assault on Arkham at Comic-Con. During the panel, the studio announced the new titles that will debut in 2015, Batman Vs. Robin and Justice League: Gods and Monsters.
Bruce W. Timm will return to direct Batman Vs. Robin, which will also feature the Court of Owls. While no story details were given, it's believed that this will be an origin story featuring Talon and the Court of Owls, possibly adapted straight from Scott Snyder's comic book. In Court of Owls, Batman and Robin don't actually square off against one another, although there is a bit of tension between the duo and Nightwing. It's believed that this may also be a completely original story based on those characters, but that has not been confirmed.
Here's what we've just learned from the Batman: Assault On Arkham panel at Sdcc: DC/WB's next animated feature films will be Batman Vs. Robin, which will also feature the Court Of Owls, and an original story by Bruce Timm who'll also return to direct -- Justice League: Gods And Monsters. Now as anyone who's read Scott Snyder's Court Of Owls arc will know, Batman and Robin don't square off in the story (although there is a bit of tension between he and Nightwing) so this will probably be either an original story featuring Talon and the Court Of Owls, or just a very loose adaptation. The next movie is Gods And Monsters, and will definitely be an original, which Bruce Timm will write and direct. We're fresh out of details on 'em for now, but please speculate in the usual place. »
The new image appeared on the Batman 75 Anniversary wall.
Photo - ©Melissa Howland/We Are Movie Geeks
DC Entertainment is hosting all-star panels, can’t-miss events, and exclusive reveals, all to celebrate the milestone 75th anniversary of the world’s most popular Super Hero – DC Comics’ Batman. Celebration highlights include a pair of panels that will bring together a spectacular collection of Batman talent, a once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit, and a rare look at some of the most famous Batman film costumes in history.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are »
- Michelle McCue
Marvel’s Ant-man hits theaters next summer July 17, 2015 and as this is the week of Comic-Con, Marvel has unveiled the first poster for the film.
For more on the history of this super hero, read Here.
Although the character of Ant-Man is somewhat overshadowed by Spider-Man and the mutants of X-Men he predates all of them and is one of the cornerstones of the ever-expanding Marvel universe. A few months after the debut of the Fantastic Four, the forerunner of Marvel, Atlas comics, published “the Man in the Ant Hill” in Tales to Astonish number 27. The title was frequently the home of invading giant “beasties” and monstrous creatures, »
- Jim Batts
It’s an argument forced to the fore every time a mindless blockbuster reaps a bucket-load of cash – movie critics are woefully out of touch with what audiences really want.
Now it is a little rich. The “leave your brain at the door” argument holds little water and really only serves to show how a good chunk of the film-going public have little objectivity. Nevertheless, the issue does raise a very good point; even if the critical body savages a film it does little to dent its box office potential.
People tend to make their film-going choices long before release, letting notoriously manipulative marketing and the endorsement of friends influence their decision over anything else. The members of the audience who are more receptive to the ratings presented on the likes of RottenTomatoes are the more film-literate fans (us). We eye-up projects years in advance, but will steer clear »
- Alex Leadbeater
It has taken quite a while, but over time science fiction has become one of the most respected genres in movie history. Of course this has not been an easy journey and there has been more than one pitfall along the way (cough cough…Batman And Robin). However, there have been many films, directors, stars and characters that have paved the way for the golden age of Hollywood blockbusters that we currently live in.
To celebrate the release (and already-enormous success) of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, we will be counting down some of the greatest allies Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots have to thank for their box office victories. Yes, I am of course referring to their bionic brethren that have weaved a legacy throughout cinematic history in some of the most brilliant (and in some cases underrated) science fiction films of all time. Although the classic »
- Ben Read
It’s safe to say the first annual Batman Day was a success for Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Parks Mall in Arlington, TX. Crowds of children and their parents were in attendance to celebrate the anniversary of the Dark Knight’s 75th birthday. Although the super hero’s first appearance was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics, its publisher DC decided to postpone the big celebration until July 23rd.
Participants at Barnes and Noble were given a bag featuring the 75th anniversary Batman logo on one side and the cover image of the limited edition Detective Comics #27 being handed out at the event. The issue featured a reprint of the original debut of the Caped Crusader and a modern re-telling of the story as well.
Each bag included the comic, one of four different masks the child could choose from, bookmarks, and two posters that featured important graphic »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
On July 23, comic book stores everywhere will celebrate Batman Day as part of DC Comics’ yearlong celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. In anticipation of the big day, EW conducted separate interviews with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Batman the Animated Series creator and producer Bruce Timm, asking each to pick the most memorable and significant Batman stories of the past 75 years.
Both Lee and Timm have be heavily involved with Batman throughout their careers. Apart from being co-publisher of DC (alongside Dan Didio), Lee has illustrated several Batman comics including Batman: Hush with writer Jeph Loeb »
- Chancellor Agard
10. Aquaman #35 - Paul Pelletier The shocking truth is revealed: The tomb of Aquaman’s mother is empty! But there’s something sinister about this development that will change Arthur’s life forever! 9. Batman #35 - Greg Capullo From the superstar creative team that brought you a new start to the Caped Crusader comes the story that could end him. Be there in October for the biggest, deadliest and most epic story yet from writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo – “Batman: Endgame” begins here! 8. Earth 2 #27 - Gary Frank World’s End is here! Everything the Wonders of Earth 2 have fought for stands to be destroyed. Be here as their powers are tested and hard choices are made! 7. Batman And Robin #35 - Chris Burnham “Robin Rises” continues as Batman begins his trek on Apokolips to recover his son’s body. But will he walk alone? 6. Batman/Superman #15 - Jae Lee »
The hunt for Robin is over, and the battle joined! But Batman’s family feud with Ra’s al Ghul is about to erupt into something bigger when it’s interrupted by the forces of Apokolips! This epic story continues in this month’s Batman And Robin #33! Robin Rises Exclusive Preview Robin Rises: Omega #1 Written by Peter J. Tomasi Pencils & Cover by Andy Kubert »
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