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Liam Neeson has an encyclopaedia of badass characters in his extensive filmography, however one of his most well known on-screen persona’s is easily that of Ra’s Al Ghul. Neeson portrayed Ra’s Al Ghul in the first chapter of Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking Dark Knight Trilogy, before returning for a small (but memorable) cameo in 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises.
It is no secret that Nolan’s acclaimed work on the Batman series has sufficiently influenced television’s Arrow in terms of tone and storytelling. However, in the upcoming third season of the show, Arrow will finally secure its long-running Bat-connection by reintroducing Al Ghul to audiences of the small screen. Although we are currently unaware of which actor will take on the highly coveted role, Neeson’s scene-stealing portrayal of the character in Batman Begins will be an incredibly tough act to follow. Now however, in a »
- Ben Read
With Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy over, Liam Neeson has essentially hung up the role of Batman villain Ra's Al Ghul which he played in 2005's "Batman Begins" and briefly reprised in a cameo in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises".
With Ra's Al Ghul set to serve as the lead villain in the upcoming third season of The CW's "Arrow," Neeson was asked by MTV this week if whether he's been approached about reprising the role to which he responded:
"No, I haven't, I haven't at all. I would, in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so."
The question was admittedly garbled by a nervous interviewer so it sounds more like Neeson was being polite or thinking he was referring to something else. Clearer though was his advice to whomever lands the role be it on the series or in future projects featuring the character:
- Garth Franklin
We've already seen Liam Neeson play Ra's al Ghul in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," and now the character is set to be the main villain in the third season of the "Arrow" TV series. It has yet to be revealed who will play Ra's a Ghul, but there's already an actor who is more than interesting in taking on the role. That actor is Liam Neeson. While promoting his "A Walk Among the Tombstones" movie, MTV asked him if he has been approached to reprise his role on the TV series. "No, I haven't," he replied: adding: "I would [do it] in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so." But if it doesn't happen, Neeson has some advice for whoever ends up taking the role. "They have to believe in their philosophy. Ra's al Ghul absolutely believed what he was doing was ultimately saving civilization, and it »
At Comic-Con 2014 this year, The CW Network revealed that the primary villain in Season 3 of Arrow will be none other than Ra's al Ghul, although the character hasn't been cast yet.
The villainous League of Shadows founder was most notably played on the big screen by Liam Neeson in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. MTV recently asked the actor if Warner Bros. or The CW Network have approached him to play the villain on Arrow. While he hasn't been asked to reprise the role yet, the actor did say he would play him again in a heartbeat.
"No, I haven't (been approached), I haven't at all. I would, in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so."
Ever since its debut episode, the comparisons between The CW’s Arrow and Christopher Nolan’s most recent reboot of Batman have been impossible to miss. But since then Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his surrounding cast of DC Comics heroes and villains have grown out of the Dark Knight’s shadow, adopting a similarly grounded style, but incorporating characters from the realm of “Batman” comics that even Nolan left off the big screen.
And with Season 3 of the series promising to introduce a brand new take on ‘League of Assassins’ leader Ra’s al Ghul, the pressure is on to live up to the strong performance Liam Neeson first delivered in Batman Begins. However, the showrunners ...
- Andrew Dyce
We’re still waiting to hear who will portray Ra’s al Ghul for his starring role as the main villain of Arrow season 3, but it seems that Liam Neeson is more than willing to reprise his role from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, should the opportunity present itself:
“No, I haven’t [been approached], I haven’t at all,” Neeson tells MTV during a promotional interview for his new film A Walk Among the Tombstones. “I would [do it], in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so.”
While Neeson is keen, it is of course unlikely that we’ll see him joining The CW show, but he did offer up some advice for whoever ends up suceeding him in the role:
“They have to believe in their philosophy. Ra’s al Ghul absolutely believed what he was doing was ultimately saving civilization, and it »
- Gary Collinson
We can debate all day which comic book hero is cooler: DC or Marvel? Superman or Spiderman? Justice League or The Avengers? Batman or anyone who isn’t cool enough to be Batman? But it’s no question that Marvel has a serious leg-up on DC in the movie business.
Outside of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, DC has had a harder time making their characters stick and is even behind the ball in planning their lineup of films. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was one of the highest grossing films of last year, but it was forgotten as a dour, colorless, over-important mess as soon as it arrived. And yet this model may be the template DC is pursuing with all their future projects.
- Brian Welk
If you watched the second season of Arrow then you no doubt heard the mention of supervillain Ra's al Ghul. Unsurprisingly he will be the main antagonist of the third season which is set to premiere on October 8, 2014. While people are still waiting to hear which actor will portray Ra’s al Ghul for the starring role, Liam Neeson has mentioned he is more than willing to reprise his role from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises. He said to »
- Graham McMorrow
With more superhero films being greenlit every hour, Wesley Snipes is reportedly about to commit to making Blade 4. Rumors of another Blade sequel have been floating for a few years, but things stalled when Blade 3 unperformed critically and financially.
In a recent interview with MTV, Snipes was asked about the prospect of returning to the character.
“I'd be open to it,” Snipes said. “I think we've got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude left for us to build on and I'd love to get back in the suit again and do some things I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then.”
The Blade Trilogy
The first three Blade movies were released in 1998, 2002 and 2004. David S. Goyer wrote all three films (along with Batman Begins, Man of Steel and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). The first movie, »
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 9 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fxx is airing "The Simpsons Movie." Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon. And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'n'a Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though! Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites... Katie Hasty Recommends: "My Fair Laddy" (1:30 a.m.) Episode #368 Why you should watch it: There are characters in the Simpsons universe that should be sprinkled, »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty
Drew McWeeny at HitFix is reporting that no fewer than five sources have told him that Warner Bros. has a strict “No jokes” rule for all DC superhero movies in development. McWeeny posits that the rule is likely a reaction to the failure of Green Lantern, a terrible movie that was chock-full of jokes. It seems likely that the huge success of the very, very serious Dark Knight Trilogy also played a role in the formulation of the No Jokes rule, but I think they have learned the wrong lesson from their failures and successes.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy took itself very seriously, exploring fear and pain and chaos. Batman Begins was an exciting departure from the lighter, brighter superhero movies we were used to, and the sequels plunged us even deeper into the darkness. The Dark Knight was probably the best, most important superhero movie that has ever been made, »
- Mily Dunbar
Tentpole movies get kind of a rough ride in terms of public perception. In the realm of cinematic releases, the term has become synonymous with the Big Bad Movie Studios sucking all the air out of the box office, and suffocating smaller, independent fare. They are associated with a bland, focus-group tested, homogenized type of filmmaking that blindly draws in the masses and force-feeds them pointless narrative junk food. Everything that’s wrong with the modern film industry can be blamed on the over-inflated budgets of the tentpole movie – isn’t that right?
Well, not really. First of all, tentpole movies serve a purpose. In theory, it is the job of a tentpole movie to hold up, balance out and support the financial performance of a studio in any given year. The tentpole movie is supposed to give the smaller productions breathing space by giving the studio the financial confidence »
- Sarah Myles
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Big Hero 6, The Sinister Six, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman Lives, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Powers and more….
Marvel Studios kicked off production on the Phase Three launching Ant-Man this week in San Francisco, with director Peyton Reed taking to Twitter to officially announce the start of filming, which was followed by the first official shot of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a couple of behind-the-scenes images of Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and a few FM exclusive set photos and a scene description of the first day’s shoot [see here]. And to coincide with the start of production, Marvel released an updated cast list – which also includes Michael Douglas »
- Gary Collinson
However, the actress looks set to change all of that as she takes on a very different role in Miss Meadows. The movie will see Holmes play a sweet and inspirational school teacher…who just so happens to spend her evenings as a ruthless vigilante wiping out her small town’s scum, particularly those who harm children.
It’s a strange looking film in some ways, but one which has the potential to be something truly special. Based on some of her past roles, Holmes seems like an unexpected choice, but that too should help to separate Miss Meadows from any other similar normal person by day, vigilante by night type of releases.
Miss Meadows was »
- Josh Wilding
While her most well-known role to date has been on the long-running tv series Dawson’s Creek, actress Katie Holmes is no stranger to the big screen, having been seen in movies such as Go, The Gift, Batman Begins, and Mad Money. While her last movie appearance was in 2011′s Jack and Jill, the actress has been busy, and one of her upcoming features is Miss Meadows. Focusing on a schoolteacher who spends her nights as a vigilante, the film is written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, and James Badge Dale and Callan Mulvey join Holmes onscreen. The first trailer for the movie has now arrived, giving the audience a look at what makes the titular character tick. The trailer for the film, which doesn’t have an official Us release date yet, can be seen below.
The post Katie Holmes dishes out her own brand of justice in »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Is Katie Holmes the most unlikely vigilante yet? In Miss Meadows, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year and will be arriving in theaters this November, the Batman Begins actress steps up to fight some crime herself – albeit while clad in tap shoes and garishly flowery dresses. The first trailer for the pic paints it as a bizarre cross between Mary Poppins and Hobo with a Shotgun – though the thriller doesn’t totally appear to have mastered that tonally bizarre combo.
The brief trailer shows Miss Meadows as a prim and proper elementary school teacher who enjoys teaching manners to her pupils… when she’s not blowing out the brains of her town’s miscreants. It’s a one-joke premise (how’s that for a split personality?!), but with James Badge Dale and Callan Mulvery in the supporting cast, perhaps Miss Meadows will be enjoyable from an acting standpoint. Then again, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Every once in a while we writers are fortunate to discover a story of determination and passion that inspires us, and reminds us of why we wanted to write about film.
For that reason is to bring experiences and stories such as the one behind the making of Shockwave Darkside 3D to the forefront so that they don’t go untold.
What better way to hear the stories and experience than through the personal reflections of writer-director Jay Weisman and producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and their own creative war that mirrors the last great war raging on the moon in their contribution to a grand genre.
Right now I’m looking at my Marvel Comics passport holder that I found in the Super Hero Island gift shop at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. My wife and I had just rode the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D ride for probably the thirtieth time, »
- Jon Lyus
Oh you read that that right! Today we’ve got our first look at Miss Meadows that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and stars Katie Holmes as a kind kindergarten teacher, who’s also (seemingly) some kind of vigilant as well!
Written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, it’s probably about time that Holmes took something different on and surely this leap will garner her a little more respect in the field. She’s considered to lack a little conviction with her roles but I actually didn’t mind her at all in Batman Begins, but it’s been a long time since Go (1999), when all that raw talent bubbled to the surface.
In Miss Meadows, Holmes plays the title role, an elementary school teacher (Primary School for the UK) who helps the community and loves her garden. However, at night she’s seeking retribution and keeping the »
- Dan Bullock
Hello again, dear readers. There are only two weeks left in August, and the summer movie season has started winding down. With that in mind, it’s time to start looking ahead to what’s coming out in the fall and winter. And this week’s Trailer Trashin’ examines what looks like a very promising November release – Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar.
Premise: When a wormhole – which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of space – is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel. Among the travelers is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a widowed engineer who decides to leave behind his two children to join the voyage with the goal of saving humanity.
- Timothy Monforton
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