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If we go back before the huge success of The Dark Knight (2008) and the media-hyped excitement of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), there still lives a pure gem from Christopher Nolan in the shape of Batman Begins (2005).
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) brought our cave and mansion dwelling hero to the big screen in a way no-one had ever expected and those two movies, very specifically, still stand up to the endlessly changeable tests of time. When Joel Schumacher took up the reigns for the likes of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), none of us ever thought that the Bat-man would make such an ambitious return some years later when Christopher Nolan turned up with an absolute game-changer for both his back catalogue and the superhero film industry.
Batman Begins remains one of the best of the last 11 years with a truly tremendous origin story that’s swathed in truth, »
- Dan Bullock
In a new interview with Empire, Bale – arguably one of the best Batman portrayers – admitted to being "jealous" of Affleck's casting in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled for a March 25, 2016 release.
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"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on … Let's do another,'" Bale said in the interview, excerpted by Comic Book Movie. "So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."
More than a year after Affleck landed the role, Bale seems to finally be coming to terms with the fact that his days as the Dark Knight are behind him. (He »
One thing that a handful of studio development executives and some very hardcore Marvel fanboys have in common these days is an adamant belief that a "shared universe" is the only way to go with adapting certain material.
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly lent weight to the argument, but in its case it had decades of comic book source material, years of planning and plenty of careful world building across individual works before fully unveiling its wider ambitions.
Others who're attempting to jump on the bandwagon don't seem to be anywhere near as organised or patient with the process. "Guardians of the Galaxy" filmmaker James Gunn has now weighed in on his Facebook page with his thoughts on the topic, and hopes studios will become more concerned about making a good base product than concentrating on wild plans to spin it off before audiences have had »
- Garth Franklin
After the success of "Iron Man," Marvel moved forward with lots of other movies based on its superheroes. These superheroes eventually became part of a bigger cinematic universe with a shared storyline that gave the studio the ability to use Iron Man (for example) in a "Captain America" film. Today, we have Universal Pictures attempting to build a shared universe with its classic monsters, despite the fact that "Dracula Untold" wasn't much of a hit. And Sony, meanwhile, is trying to replicate Marvel's model using Spider-Man characters, even though the last two "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments were the lowest-grossing out of the last five films. James Gunn, the director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," has now updated his Facebook page with a few words about shared cinematic universes and how he believes studios are making big mistakes. He wrote: "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. »
Director: Rob Bailey
Writer: Bruno Heller
Synopsis: As violence between Maroni and Falcone continues to escalate, Penguin reveals a new element of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare his life.
Carrying on from the momentum of last weeks jaw-dropping conclusion, ‘Penguin’s Umbrella’ takes place moments after Jim Gordon’s secret is revealed to the entire Gcpd. With Oswald Cobblepot’s survival now public knowledge, it should come as no surprise that Gordon finds himself in the cross-hairs of near-enough everyone on the mobs payroll in Gotham City. This takes us to some very interesting and pulse-pounding places that the series had not dared to enter until it felt confident enough at a tender seven episodes. »
- Ben Read
These days studios seem to be falling over themselves to replicate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. all looking to develop their own “shared” superhero universes, and even Universal Pictures getting in on the act with its iconic Monsters. Taking to Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shared some concerns over the business model, accusing studios of trying to “grow trees without a strong seed.” Here’s what he had to say:
“Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. But I’m a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from – or in some cases, No base film to grow from. Star Wars had the original Star Wars, the Marvel Universe had the original Iron Man, the Dark Knight series had Batman Begins, »
- Gary Collinson
As many of you know studios have begun pushing out more shared universes and Franchises to varying degress of success and if you are one of those worried about the recent influx then don't worry you are not alone. In a Facebook post titled “Carts Before Horses & Hollywood’s New Love of Shared Universes.” James Gunn voices his skepticism saying studios are“trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.” "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. But I'm a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from - or in some cases, No base film to grow from. Star Wars had the original Star Wars, the Marvel Universe had the original Iron Man, the Dark Knight series had Batman Begins, even movies like Transformers and Twilight - »
Over the past decade, Lee Smith has worked alongside Christopher Nolan as the director has climbed to the highest peaks of Hollywood, with "Batman Begins," "The Prestige," "The Dark Knight," "Inception," and "The Dark Knight Rises." I recently had the chance to speak to Smith about his approach to editing, Nolan, their relationship, and their change of pace (both literal and figurative) that is "Interstellar." Coming from an Australian family deeply involved in the film industry, Smith started his career working in sound. In the editing realm, he cut his teeth on genre films like "The Howling III" and "RoboCop 2" and soon began a collaboration with Peter Weir on titles such as "Fearless," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination). While working in Hollywood on "Master," Smith was first asked if he was interested in meeting Nolan, »
- Gerard Kennedy
There’s always a lot of back n’ forth’ing going on between film and video games. Most of the time it’s the latter imitating the best feelings the former can provide by making you dictate everything from character choices to general camera placement – but occasionally all it takes is a push in the right direction for video games to go that extra mile.
Getting action right in film is something many directors struggle with, as you need only think of how something like Batman Begins’ overly-frenetic combat sequences were shot to get an idea of what not to do.
In games the whole process is seamless, as not only can programmers craft intricate camera movements and tracking shots literally impossible in the real world, but most of the time it’s going to be you who’s landing that knockout blow, disarming the bomb at the »
- Scott Tailford
Looks like the wheels are churning once again over at Summit Entertainment on their long-gestating Highlander reboot/remake, in that reports have come in now that the filmmakers are hoping to court Tom Cruise to play the mentor role of Ramirez, previously brought to life by Sean Connery. Come inside for the details!
The Highlander reboot over on Summit Entertainment has been in the works for a Long time. Sadly, after changing directors a few times, it still hasn't seen much movement in a while. So imagine my surprise when last night, The Wrap dropped a scoop last night pertaining to Highlander:
At this point, the interest appears to be one-sided, as Cruise has been busy shooting “Mission: Impossible 5” and isn't focused on future projects at the moment. Should Cruise decide to engage with the project, it's possible that the mentor role could be beefed up to accommodate a star of his magnitude. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Comic books fans have never had it so good.
After Joel Shumacher turned the Dark Knight into tacky trite, it looked like superhero movies had been killed off forever, that there was no place left for them in a world where films like Titanic and Men In Black ruled the box office. However, like a phoenix from the ashes, X-Men arrived a few short years later to prove that comic book movies still had potential and that rubber nipples were no longer necessary to keep the genre afloat. In 2005, Batman Begins took superheroes to a darker place, where gruff shouty voices and batmobile killing sprees were all the rage, but it wasn’t until Marvel released Iron Man that the comic book renaissance got into full swing.
Never before had a company meticulously planned out their release schedule quite like Marvel Studios, who gradually built up their cinematic universe with each release. »
- David Opie
We got our first glimpse of Gotham’s coin-flipping mildly-psychotic Harvey Dent this week. Here’s Rob’s review…
This review contains spoilers.
1.9 Harvey Dent
Holy elaborate plan to steal explosives, Batman! This week’s Gotham was of the disappointing variety, failing to do much with the aftermath of Bullock’s game-changing rallying-the-troops moment from last week. While we had our hopes up for the newly-invigorated Gcpd to start properly digging into the Wayne murder case, instead we got a disjointed selection of narrative strands that didn’t really settle into a cohesive whole.
Things didn’t exactly get off to a dynamite start, when convicted-explosives-expert-turned-plot-device Ian Hargrove enacted the most predictable in-transit break-out of all time. The revelation that someone else other than Hargrove was causing trouble was incredibly tame, and anyone who tuned into that segment with no prior Gotham knowledge would surely have thought the show was »
Walk down the wrong alleyway in Gotham City and you're in for a nasty shock. Nobody has found this out more frequently (or violently) than Thomas and Martha Wayne, the most murdered people in all of film and television history apart from Sean Bean.
This event proves to be a formative moment in the life of a young Bruce Wayne, the turning point that spurs him on to a life of fighting crime as a masked vigilante.
The first big screen depiction of the Waynes' death happened in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster. Here there's a twist in the tale as it's not Joe Chill but Jack Napier (later reborn as The Joker) who ambushes the millionaires.
Though there are plenty of people out there who have some discrepancies with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, one of the more unanimous points of praise has been for the block robot Tars and his colleague Case, both of which assist Matthew McConaughey on his mission to save the planet. The robots are fitted with incredible artificial intelligence which allows them to have a sense of humor and even a judge of how honest to be (though it's all regulated by the astronauts themselves). Well, Vulture liked the robots so much that they imagined what it might be like if Tars was a movie star, and it's great. Look now! Here are the posters for some of the biggest movies Tars has starred in before Interstellar: See a couple more of these faux movie posters starring Tars over at Vulture right here. Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
The death of Thomas and Martha Wayne at the hands of a gunman in an alley and in front of their young son Bruce Wayne is so iconic that many who've never picked up a "Batman" comic are well aware of it. On screen it has been portrayed numerous times from 1989's "Batman" and 2005's "Batman Begins" to the various animated series and movies, video games, and this year's "Gotham".
Now, reports and video from the Chicago set of Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" indicate that a version of the famed scene has been shot for the movie. Not only that, it has been done in IMAX as well.
An IMAX spokeswoman has confirmed to Variety that at least some of the film will be shot with IMAX cameras, the first time Snyder has worked in the format.
A glimpse of the filming of the scene is available below. »
- Garth Franklin
If Christopher Nolan is not the most popular, talented, influential or even interesting director working today, then he is certainly the most important.
The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’s Interstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s work is intensely debated and scrutinized in a way no other filmmaker receives for even one film, let alone all of them.
In fact, the wild, ranting, nitpick-y plot hole posts that were previously confined to IMDb message boards have this week migrated to real entertainment news sites. This one found 21 things that didn’t make sense about Interstellar, this one made objections to the science and plot on the whole, and this one found only 13. For whatever reason, »
- Brian Welk
Batman had his origin story in Batman Begins, and Gotham has its origin story in... Gotham. But what happened on the streets of Bruce Wayne's city even before Gotham? A new parody trailer from The Warp Zone highlights just how silly the idea of a prequel series can seem. While Gotham has done reasonably well, the initial idea was met with skepticism, and some of that skepticism has been warranted. To prove why a prequel series can be so problematic when trying to set up so many beloved characters and relationships, The Warp Zone has put together a trailer for »
- Jonathon Dornbush
If you went to see Interstellar this weekend, chances are you didn't know much about the movie beyond "Matthew McConaughey in space." That's intentional—Christopher Nolan is famously tight-lipped about his films, and the trailers that accompany them are pretty good about leaving large chunks of the plot untouched. This makes Nolan something of a unicorn: an Internet-Age blockbuster director who actively strives to preserve of the filmgoing experience as he can. But he's not alone in this, either—which probably makes him less of a unicorn. (Maybe he's more like a white antelope.) J.J. Abrams, Hollywood's biggest sci-fi steward, »
- Joshua Rivera
"Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader 'Moses' (Bale)...
"...as he rises up against the Egyptian 'Pharaoh Ramses' (Joel Edgerton)...
"...setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Exodus: Gods and Kings"...
- Michael Stevens
Heading into last weekend’s box-office battle royale, the big new movies in wide release arrived as heavyweight contenders from opposing ends of the pop-cultural spectrum. In one corner, you had Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s $165 million sci-fi mind-trip—a 169-minute movie freighted with Big Ideas, serious actors, and sky-high commercial expectations thanks to months of mounting buzz. In the other corner: Big Hero 6. The CG-animated film, based on an obscure Marvel comic book, hit theaters with less name-brand recognition but substantially bolstered by its Disney pedigree—drafting on the blockbuster success of the studio’s 2013 smash Frozen. One film was family-skewing, »
- Chris Lee
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