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For any of us who grew up with the Power Rangers (which is likely a majority seeing the number of years they have spanned) have either already seen the movie, or are looking to check it out upon its release on DVD. Below I will give an overview of the movie itself followed by a review of the special features included on the different DVD releases:
The film opens with a large exposition introducing the audience to the teenagers with attitude. Each individual fits some type of the cliche high school student, and while some have been put off by this, it actually is a strong reflection of the 1990's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which gave a nostalgic feel to a modern take. I did feel that there was a bit too much focus on the "attitude" of each individual. Yes, the original series »
- Mark Cook
Now a days when a trailer or even opening/closing sequences hit the web, it's common for people to take the music and/or visuals and re-create them using other films. A great example of that was done a while back with the opening sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and was re-imagined using the airport fight sequence for Captain America: Civil War, which in my opinion was fantastic, it fit very well (you can check out the link below).
Also See: Captain America: Civil War Scene Re-imagined With Guardians Vol. 2 Intro
A new re-imagined trailer has been created using the the style of the Black Panther trailer that was released on June 9th for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy using scenes from Warner Bros. Picture's Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. This was created and uploaded to YouTube by The Unusual Suspect. You »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Josh Harnett is opening up about his decision to pass on playing Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, as well as showing some regret. An interesting fact: Harnett has turned down to play three of the biggest superheroes in the universe. Nolan's Batman trilogy, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. Nolan ended up casting Christian Bale to play Batman in all three of the Dark Knight movies, and now Ben Affleck is doing his own version of the Caped Crusader for the Dceu.
"It wasn't about not doing studio films. At the time, what I was interested in was... the film that I did instead of that film was a tiny film about a guy with Asperger's Syndrome, falling in love with a woman with Asperger's Syndrome. It was a true story, Mozart and the Whale. It was more a question of what I wanted as opposed to what I didn't want to do, and I always try to look at things that way."
Now that makes complete sense and it's a respectable decision. But one has to think back to what Batman was at that time and that was a joke, thanks to Joel Schumacher. Go do a role that means something to you or go jump around in tights with a suit that highlights your nipples. Seems like a no-brainer at that point in time even with Christopher Nolan on board.
Harnett also went on to talk about his regret for not working with Nolan. Hartnett likes to keep creative relationships. Read what Hartnett had to say below.
"I would welcome the opportunity to be in a relationship with a great artist in our film culture, no matter where they're making films. For instance, I think my regret mostly was not forming the friendship or the creative partnership with that director, more than it was (not) doing Batman."
Josh Harnett was simply not interested in playing Batman, or any superhero for that manner, no matter whom the director was. But he does seem to wish that he would have started a friendship up with Christopher Nolan. Christopher Nolan's trilogy started with 2005's Batman Begins and went until 2012 with the release of The Dark Knight Rises and all three movies are considered to be a high mark for all comic movies that have come before and afterwards. Nolan took the work of previous Batman director Joel Schumacher and destroyed it, took away all of the silliness and the bloated crap, to bring a more refined, dark version of the character. Some have criticized Christian Bale's portrayal to lack emotion, but people always find something to whine about, even a trilogy as great as Nolan's is.
Christian Bale is Batman to many after his powerhouse portrayal of the character so it's hard to imagine someone else stepping in. Even Ben Affleck who has been Batman for years is still running into comparisons. But one can't help but wonder what Josh Harnett would have done with the character or how the chemistry would have been between Harnett and Heath Ledger. Let the debates begin. »
Perhaps more so than any other category in Hollywood cinema, when it comes to casting, the superhero genre is filled with remarkable stories of near misses and almosts. Think of how close Tom Cruise came to landing the role of Iron Man, or Tom Hiddleston testing for Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before ultimately landing the role of his scheming step-sibling, Loki.
When it comes to the Caped Crusader, one actor that came awfully close to donning the cape and cowl is Josh Hartnett. Back when Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was still in its infancy, Hartnett was linked with the title role in Batman Begins, but as is often the case, was ultimately forced to pass up the opportunity due to issues with scheduling.
For Josh Hartnett, losing out on the chance to play Gotham’s Dark Knight wasn’t even the biggest disappointment; instead, the actor laments his decision to pass up the opportunity to collaborate with Christopher Nolan.
I would welcome the opportunity to be in a relationship with a great artist in our film culture, no matter where they’re making films. In that instance, I think my regret mostly was not forming the friendship or the creative partnership with that director, more than it was [not] doing Batman.
It’s a missed opportunity that Hartnett has spoken about in the past, and here, the Black Hawk Down actor goes on record to clarify previous comments.
It wasn’t about not doing studio films. At the time, what I was interested in was… the film that I did instead of that was a tiny film about a guy with Asperger’s Syndrome, falling in love with a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. It was a true story, Mozart And The Whale. It was more a question of what I wanted to do as opposed to what I didn’t want to do, and I always try to look at things that way.
As for Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck’s muscly new incarnation of The Batman, he’ll help form the mighty Justice League when Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s long-anticipated ensemble movie swoops into theatres on November 17th. »
- Michael Briers
It’s become incredibly popular to hate on the 1997 film Batman and Robin (Who am I kidding? It’s always been popular), and for good reason. The movie is complete and utter garbage. Based on everything Schumacher has said in the past, it was the perfect stew of the studio wanting to go forward no matter what, them having to gear the film towards selling toys, and Schumacher having a slight case of hubris on the heels of several successes.
All of this culminated in what many fans think may be one the worst superhero films of all time. While Batman Forever was at least tolerable in its camp, Batman and Robin was on a whole other level. Of course, it’s only because it was such a mammoth failure that the studio put Batman on ice before resurrecting it with Batman Begins, so every cloud has a silver lining. Had things turned out differently, who knows how many more camp-fests we would have gotten?
Related: Joel Schumacher Explains The Bat Nipples
"I always wanted to do a whole Arkham movie, and did a scene at the end of Batman Forever when Jim is in a straitjacket and Nicole [Kidman] comes to see him. And it was just a nod to back to Arkham Asylum which I love, and I thought it would be fun to put the other villains up there.”
Of course, we never got to see that film, and only ended up with the stupid Batman and Robin instead. Not exactly a good tradeoff. However, given the immense power the toymakers seemed to have, it sounds like something that would have ended up in the dumps to begin with. At the end of the day, Batman and Robin may not have been the movie we deserved, but it was the one we needed to eventually allow Batman Begins to happen.
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- Joseph Medina
It may very well be the most heavily demanded home video release featuring the Dark Knight since fans clamored for complete volumes of Batman: The Animated Series on DVD about a decade and a half ago, and now we finally have word that yes, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will finally make its way to the Blu-ray format this summer.
For those unfamiliar, this animated film was especially noteworthy because not only was it the first full-length motion picture featuring Batman of its kind, but also because it remains the only one to see a wide theatrical release. Sure, we’ve experienced “one night only” limited engagements put on by Fathom Events for offerings such as The Killing Joke, but that’s far from the same situation.
- Eric Joseph
After a fantastic opening weekend and even better follow-up (where it only fell 45%), Wonder Woman was finally knocked off the top of the Us box office this weekend by Cars 3. However it wasn’t all bad news. The movie earned another $40 million and its worldwide total is now $571 million. It’s currently the second biggest movie to be directed by a woman, and will easily pass Mamma Mia‘s $606 million next week. Read more here.
Fifty Shades Of On-set Bust Ups
Given that Sam Taylor-Johnson didn’t return for this year’s woeful Fifty Shades Darker, it should come as no surprise that the director has spoken out issues she had on-set of Fifty Shades of Grey with creator E.L. James. “With the benefit of hindsight would I go through it again? Of course I wouldn’t. I’d be mad,” she told The Sunday Times. It »
- Luke Owen
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Back when Christopher Nolan was putting together his cast for 2005’s Batman Begins, the shortlist for the new Dark Knight was apparently whittled down to three names. Christian Bale was one of them, of course, and he would eventually take the role, playing Batman across a trilogy of films. Cillian Murphy was in the running too, and he would instead take the role of Dr Jonathan Crane in the movies.
And then there was Josh Hartnett, who in his career has also been linked with, and apparently passed on, playing Spider-Man and Superman.
He passed, too, on the idea of playing Batman, but in a new interview, he concedes that he has a regret there.
“I would welcome the opportunity to be in a »
Josh Hartnett has the distinction of passing on the opportunity to play the three most iconic superheroes of all time, having turned down the leads in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.
Speaking with the Associated Press (via The Playlist), Harnett has explained his decision to pass on the role of The Dark Knight, stating that his biggest regret from the experience is missing out on the chance to work with Christopher Nolan, rather than not donning the cape and cowl.
“I would welcome the opportunity to be in a relationship with a great artist in our film culture, no matter where they’re making films,” he said. “In that instance, I think my regret mostly was not forming the friendship or the creative partnership with that director, more than it was [not] doing ‘Batman.’ It wasn’t about not doing studio films. »
- Gary Collinson
Superhero movies are filled with all sorts of what-ifs. The development process is such that directors and actors will circle projects and roles but sometimes, for whatever reason, the stars won’t align. However, its the rarer instance in which someone flatly turns something down, but such was the case when Josh Hartnett said no to starring in Christopher Nolan‘s “Batman Begins.”
A couple years back, the actor said that, at the time, the franchise revival “wasn’t for me,” but it was a decision he came to regret, because “relationships were formed in the fire of that first Batman film and I should have been part of the relationship with this guy Nolan, who I felt was incredibly cool and very talented.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Five mood-boosting ways to celebrate this day (June 15th) in movie history
2005 Batman Begins opens, taking Christopher Nolan from critical darling to mainstream sensation, particularly for the fanboys. It also reignites the Batman franchise which we'll never be free of. In short: it's a good movie but it basically doomed us to countless retellings of origin stories we already sat through and reboot culture. Thomas and Martha Wayne have now died so many times... (sigh) »
- NATHANIEL R
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Even if you’re yet to see Wonder Woman light up the silver screen in all her spellbinding glory, by simply viewing the trailers and high-res screenshots, it doesn’t take long to reach the conclusion that, yes, Patty Jenkins and her team have crafted a true visual treat.
From the sun-kissed Themyscira and its picture-perfect beaches to a wartorn Europe – the No Man’s Land scene is arguably worth the admission price alone – Jenkins ought to be commended for her direction, and another member of the Wonder Woman production team deserving of praise is cinematographer Matthew Jensen. Indeed, just prior to Wonder Woman‘s theatrical release earlier this month, Jensen went on record to compare Diana Prince’s origin story to that of Batman Begins, and now that the Dp is able to »
- Michael Briers
"Squirt? Squirt." - Peter O'Toole as Zaltar in Supergirl (1984) Wonder Woman continues to dominate the box office both domestically and abroad, adding a disproportionately low second-weekend drop (for this genre, the best since Batman Begins) to its list of achievements. It's weird and sad to keep condescending to the film as the ultimate in superhero movie edge cases - "look, a movie about a woman can make money!" - but media's incessant need to compare like against like leaves few alternatives in the desert-like "female superhero movie" sub-genre. So, I might as well throw my hat into the ring, and point out that most of the commentary around Wonder Woman only seems to have cultural memory going back to the Catwoman/Elektra days, and in...
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Following the tragic passing of Adam West over the weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about Batman ’66, the TV show that entertained millions of children at the tail-end of the swingin’ sixties. Like many, it was my introduction to the character, and it genuinely might be my favourite iteration. I adore Tim Burton’s Batman ’89 and have mixed feelings about Batman Returns. I’m one of the few who likes Batman Forever, and I recently wrote about my appreciation of Batman & Robin. Batman Begins is one of the finest comic book movies ever made, I can take or leave The Dark Knight and I have no time for The Dark Knight Rises. I may not be keen on the direction Zack Snyder took The Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Justice, but I will admit that Ben Affleck was great in the role. »
- Luke Owen
Joel Schumacher feels really bad about abomination that was 1997’s “Batman and Robin.” He’s publicly spoken about before about the film that put an end to the franchise before Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” reboot in 2005, apologizing to fans who felt slighted. In a new interview with Vice, the filmmaker revisits the disaster again, saying, “After ‘Batman & Robin,’ I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby.” “Look, I apologize,” added Schumacher. “I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.” Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' and the 5 Words That Saved DC Movies. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
While everyone seems to be preoccupied with wondering if Armie Hammer will end up starring in either Green Lantern Corps or Shazam – it certainly didn’t help when Dwayne Johnson, Black Adam himself, fanned the flames when he told us exclusively that he’d like to see Hammer play opposite as him in the role of Shazam – it’s important that we not forget he remains an important part of DC on film trivia.
You see, ten years ago at this time, Hammer and a cadre of other young actors were readying themselves for Warner Bros.’ first attempt at bringing DC’s premier team of superheroes to the big screen. Set to be directed be George Miller, Justice League Mortal would have united the Caped Crusader with other icons such as Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern John Stewart, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter in a battle against Talia al Ghul and Maxwell Lord, »
- Eric Joseph
Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” had another great weekend at the box office — so great that just two weeks into its theatrical run Forbes is calling the Gal Gadot-led blockbuster an “unqualified smash hit.”
The superhero pic earned another $58.1 million in 57 markets this weekend, bringing its cumulative foreign numbers to $232 million. Combined with its domestic total, $205 million, Wonder Woman and her Golden Lasso have taken home $435.2 million worldwide in under two weeks of screening.
In the U.S. the superheroine story’s ticket sales dropped 44.6 percent compared to its opening weekend. As far as movies about caped crusaders go, that drop off is quite low: “Iron Man’s,” for example, was 48.1 percent, “Captain America: The First Avenger” 60.7 percent, “The Avengers” 50.3 percent, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” 69.1 percent, and “Suicide Squad” 67.4 percent.
According to Forbes, “Wonder Woman” “has already surpassed the total grosses in Asia (including China) of ‘Suicide Squad’ (which didn’t play in China), ‘Man of Steel,’ both ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies, ‘Thor,’ ‘Iron Man,’ and the last two ‘Wolverine’ movies. It earned $4.9 million in France, which was 83 percent better than ‘Captain America’ and 17 percent ahead of ‘Ant-Man.’ It has earned $68.4m in China, surpassing the totals of ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘Iron Man,’ and ‘Captain America.’ It fell just 31 percent in the United Kingdom ($4.4m weekend/$16.1m total) and Brazil ($5.2m/$15.8m).” The pic opens in Germany this Thursday, and is set to bow in Spain and Japan in June and August, respectively.
The Diana Prince-centric movie has “already surpassed every DC Comics movie that isn’t a Chris Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ sequel or the last three Dceu movies,” the source writes. “Whether it crosses ‘Man of Steel’ ($668m in 2013), ‘Suicide Squad’ ($745m in 2016), and ‘Batman v Superman’ ($873m in 2016) is arguably trivia, but it has already topped (inflation notwithstanding) the likes of ‘Captain America’ ($371m), ‘Batman Begins’ ($374m), and ‘Star Trek’ ($385m) and ‘Superman Returns’ ($391m).”
“Wonder Woman” is a huge success at the box office, and as significant as these numbers are — the movie business is a business, after all — the film is also incredibly important beyond the cash it’s drawn in. This story will shape a new generations of girls — and boys — by showing them a kick-ass female leader onscreen. Just yesterday Jenkins posted a lovely Tweet about a letter written by someone who works in a kindergarten classroom. Check out the influence “Wonder Woman” is already having on kids:
My producer just sent me this... Absolutely Incredible! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Halloween is over four months away, but we’re already counting down the days until thousands of trick-or-treaters take to the streets with shields, headbands, and Lassos of Truth.
“Wonder Woman” Continues to Soar at the Box Office was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
“The Mummy” has been buried.
This weekend, Universal’s latest opened at No. 2 domestically behind the second weekend of “Wonder Woman.” With Tom Cruise in the lead, the revival was poised to be a beat-the-heat, popcorn-flinging summer blockbuster, a nostalgia grab for millennial fans of the 1999 title, and the launchpad for the studio’s “Dark Universe” of monster movies.
With $174 million worldwide, “The Mummy” is far from the summer’s biggest flop. But the breakdown — $32.2 million domestic, $141.8 international — indicates that whatever “The Mummy” is selling, American audiences aren’t really buying.
What happened? Here are five takeaways that might do some of the explaining:
“Wonder Woman” is the movie of the moment
Between its first and second weekends, “Wonder Woman” saw only a 45% drop in ticket sales. That’s a feat matched by only a handful of superhero movies including “Batman Begins” in 2005, “Spider-Man” in 2002, and “The Amazing Spider-Man” in »
- Seth Kelley
Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means. Note: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow did not air new episodes this week.
Gotham season 3 finale
Batman begins | So much happened in the two-hour season three finale this week, but perhaps the biggest moment of the series arrived in the final moments when a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) stopped »
- Sydney Bucksbaum
Although Bruce Wayne has yet to fully mature, Gotham has wasted no time when it comes to utilizing the greatest villains the Batman mythos has to offer. Having already been introduced to the likes of Riddler, Penguin, Mr. Freeze and a series stealing proto-Joker, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Demon’s Head join the party.
In fact, next Monday’s highly anticipated season finale will mark the debut of the man behind the Court of Owls and League of Shadows, Ra’s al Ghul. Played by veteran actor Alexander Siddig, this version of one of the Dark Knight’s deadliest foes may be the most comic book accurate depiction to appear in live action – even more so than Matt Nable’s portrayal on Arrow. Well, except for his lack of sinister-looking points on his beard. To date, only Liam Neeson and the faux Ra’s in »
- Eric Joseph
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