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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
Which is bad for her, because apparently her husband played by Colin Firth may or may not be who he claims to be, and that could prove dangerous for our confused gal. Plus, Mark Strong is all up in her business and such, and maybe he wants even more than just to be her friend. All of that in director Rowan Joffe’s psychological thriller “Before I Got to Sleep.” Check out a trailer, poster, and some images for the flick below. It kinda looks like Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” only with fewer tattoos. A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything »
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going. Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release. Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.
I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released. Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great. So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it. From the press release:
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Disney movie revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star »
- Michelle McCue
Fueled by engaging performances from Golden Globe® nominee Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) and what Variety calls "a career-redefining performance from Robert Pattinson" (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis), The Rover arrives on Blu-ray™ Disc (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) September 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The tension-filled film, which was released theatrically by A24, was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Rover, directed by visionary writer/director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), also stars Scoot McNairy (TV's "Halt and Catch Fire," upcoming Gone Girl). Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When »
- Pietro Filipponi
[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2014) – Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets »
- Pietro Filipponi
Christopher Nolan likes to play games. His first film proper, Memento, was purposefully presented out of chronological order, so it worked like a puzzle the audience had to piece together. The latter two of his Dark Knight trilogy came bundled with a complex viral marketing campaign that sent fans scrambling to solve further head scratchers in return for trailers and photos. He’s a dab hand when it comes to hide and seek at family gatherings, too (citation needed). For his next trick, he’s got us poking around and entering secret codes to get the brand new trailer for his upcoming sci-fi thriller Interstellar.
As is his way, Nolan has been particularly coy when it comes to giving up any info about Interstellar – and this is after we’ve already seen two separate trailers for the Matthew McConaughey-starring blockbuster. This third teaser for the movie, originally »
- Tom Baker
Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...
It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.
Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.
Not that anyone told this lot...
For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.
This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »
We’ve heard this was shown at Sdcc on Nolan’s first visit to Comic Con and now it’s here for everyone, it looks like another perfect addition to his truly impressive work so far. Interstellar focuses around a team of explorers who use the discovery of a wormhole to go beyond what humans have achieved so far in space, thus stripping away the limitations that we’ve known for all the years so far.
Nolan obviously has his Batman universe in his filmography but he’s also got such tremendous films as Insomnia, The Prestige, Memento and Inception and this new one will surely be his masterpiece – I’ve got so much hope for it!
- Dan Bullock
Over the course of his career, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for a filmography that includes Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception. With his last film coming in 2012, many were excited to hear that he was working on a new feature, excitement that was heightened by the announcement that this would be another original property. Titled Interstellar, Christopher Nolan takes on directing duties, along with co-writing the screenplay with Jonathan Nolan, and working with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
"Rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light." Paramount has unveiled the astonishing third trailer for Christopher Nolan's ambitious science fiction journey Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey. This trailer does show quite a bit, so if you want to stay completely fresh it's better to just enjoy the images for now. Everything about this looks spectacular, from the emotional journey to the visuals and progress through the wormhole. The Oscar caliber cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley and John Lithgow. If you're prepared for the experience ahead, then fire up this trailer right away. This is my most anticipated this year. Here's the third trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, direct from the website - code 7201969: Or watch by visiting the new Interstellar website and entering the code pertaining to the Moon landing. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, »
- Alex Billington
We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission. It's small piece of swag, it's nerdy, but it's also kind of awesome. In full below. Here's the mission patch that was handed as a prize for those who were at Paramount's Comic-Con panel. Recap our coverage of Interstellar at Comic-Con here, including quotes from Nolan and McConaughey. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, »
- Alex Billington
When Christopher Nolan speaks, it makes sense that the film industry should listen. Long before reshaping Batman.s cinematic legacy, Christopher Nolan was pioneering somber storytelling methods with twisty narratives like Memento and moody police procedurals like Insomnia. In between Batman movies, Nolan pushes the technological envelope in vast epics like Inception. And he even explores the power and presentation of IMAX in his last two Batman films, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan is expected to be at the forefront of the theatrical-presentation conversation when his sci-fi drama Interstellar reaches multiplexes in November. Ahead of that curve, the filmmaker took to the Wall Street Journal for a fascinating, sobering conversation about the state of modern cinema and the direction of the major studios. There.s so much to chew on regarding what Christopher Nolan had to say about this industry, and this storytelling method, that we »
The film is set in the Australian outback, ten years after a global economic collapse. Pearce plays Eric, a hardened loner who pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car.
During his journey, Eric captures one of the thieves' brothers (Pattinson), and the pair form an uneasy bond.
In an interview for next month's edition of Total Film, Pearce describes working with the Twilight star.
"He's had a very different existence as an actor than I did," Pearce said. "He's just this megastar.
"I don't know if he struggles with feeling like a valuable actor, as I did, but he shouldn't. He's amazing."
Pearce described watching Pattinson in a scene on their second day of filming, when he turned to director David Michôd and said, 'Wow, he's really good, isn't he? »
Studio Canal UK have released the first trailer and poster for Before I Go to Sleep, the movie based on the best-selling mystery novel by S.J. Watson. It stars Nicole Kidman as a woman who loses her memory every time she wakes up, and who must solve a dark riddle related to her condition.
Why can’t she retain her memories? Well, when Kidman’s character discovers some terrifying new information, everything she thinks she knows about her life is thrown into question.
Before I Go to Sleep was written and directed by Rowan Joffe, and the Memento-like project looks set to be a very different to his last adaptation, Brighton Rock. Talking of the Christopher Nolan helmed movie, there’s no denying that there are some obvious similarities between Before I Go to Sleep and Memento, but that’s far from a bad comparison, especially as that helped »
- Josh Wilding
Following in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan's breakout thriller Memento, and, oddly enough, the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates, Nicole Kidman plays the latest victim of anterograde amnesia in the first trailer for Before I Go to Sleep. Nicole Kidman stars as Christine Lucas, a woman who had a terrifying accident in her past, resulting in anterograde amnesia, where her mind is wiped clean each day, remembering nothing from her past life. Colin Firth plays her husband Ben, who must remind Christine who she is every day of her life, with Mark Strong starring as the mysterious Dr. Nash, who is trying to help Christine get her memory back. Written and directed by Rowan Joffe, based on the international best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep hits theaters on September 12.
There’s a reason that amnesia is so often used as a storytelling trope: it not only offers a straightforward outline for a mystery tale as the protagonist tries to learn about their past and how they lost their memory in the first place; it also means that backstory and exposition can be spread out over the course of the story as new facts are gradually uncovered. Not to mention, it also provides plenty of opportunity for twist endings.
Perhaps the best known example of anterograde amnesia in cinema to date is Christopher Nolan’s film Memento, which was told using a mix of chronological and reverse chronological sequences that left a lot of viewers scratching their heads after the initial viewing. Now it’s Nicole Kidman’s turn to face the perils of memory loss in Before I Go to Sleep, a new thriller executive ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
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