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Comic Books 101: DC Comics-reading Batman PT2

22 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Comic Books 101: DC Comics-Reading Batman Pt 2

Previously I wrote an article helping new readers figure out the best places to pick up Batman from DC Comics . For those confused or still uncertain about major events in DC Comics (which connect to various “jumping on” points for Batman) I wrote an article detailing the big company altering stories in my history of the DC Universe article. This time around I am going to open up a bit more on the adventures of The Dark Knight, and take a look at some of the bigger, and in my opinion, best stories for potential Batman readers. This will include small and big story lines that exist in various continuities within the DC Comics publication history for the character. There won’t be any set “this is better than that” to the stories listed, simply moments in the characters publication where a »

- Jeremy Scully

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8 Great Comic Book Characters Who Were Completely Wasted In DC Comics Movies

22 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

var l_ttlPages = 8; var l_url = location.pathname.replace(location.hash, ""); var qs = (function(a) { if (a == "") return {}; var b = {}; for (var i = 0; i 2 && l_page The DC Films Universe may be getting a tough time of it thanks to the mixed response to movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but Warner Bros.' adaptations of DC Comics properties have always been pretty hit and miss. For every Batman Begins and, er, Batman, there's a Superman Returns and Green Lantern. As a result, a lot of characters have been let down in a big way. For whatever reason, it seems like the studio just struggles when it comes to the best way to portray their most iconic heroes and »

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8 Great Comic Book Characters Who Were Completely Wasted In DC Comics Movies

22 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

var l_ttlPages = 8; var l_url = location.pathname.replace(location.hash, ""); var qs = (function(a) { if (a == "") return {}; var b = {}; for (var i = 0; i 2 && l_page The DC Films Universe may be getting a tough time of it thanks to the mixed response to movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but Warner Bros.' adaptations of DC Comics properties have always been pretty hit and miss. For every Batman Begins and, er, Batman, there's a Superman Returns and Green Lantern. As a result, a lot of characters have been let down in a big way. For whatever reason, it seems like the studio just struggles when it comes to the best way to portray their most iconic heroes and »

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John Lithgow Was Almost the Joker in Joe Dante's Canceled Batman Movie

14 September 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are many stories in Hollywood of potentially great superhero movies that never got made, and now we have yet another one to add to that list. Gremlins director Joe Dante, as it turns out, had been approached prior to Tim Burton to direct a Batman movie for Warner Bros. Not only that, but he revealed that he had plans to make John Lithgow The Joker in what would have been his version.

Joe Dante recently talked a bit about the project in an interview with Psychotronic Cinema. The screenplay for this Batman movie that never was would have been based on a screenplay written by Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the Roger Moore Bond movie Live and Let Die. In terms of tone, the movie would have been darker than the 1960s Batman TV series, but not as gritty as the Christopher Nolan movies. Here is what the director had to say about it. »

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Could Catwoman Appear In The DC Universe? Anne Hathaway Entertains Thought Of Reprising Role

10 September 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a strategy that in many ways defined Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the prestigious filmmaker brought Catwoman to the big screen for The Dark Knight Rises in a way that felt grounded, tangible and ultimately, consistent with both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Slinking into the role of Selina Kyle circa 2012 was Anne Hathaway, who has now entertained the thought of one day reprising the Catwoman role in an interview with Variety (via Cbm). First and foremost, the actress acknowledged that there would be certain creative roadblocks to overcome, given that Nolan’s tenure in Warner’s DC toy box has drawn to a close following the release of Tdkr.

“I loved that character and I had such a blast playing her. I’m not sure how it would work because I think the Chris Nolan chapter of the Batman story has been wrapped up and I’m part of that, »

- Michael Briers

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Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire: the first trailer

9 September 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Sep 12, 2016

Ben Wheatley's new film, Free Fire, opens the London Film Festival next month. Here's the first trailer...

The first (red band) trailer for Ben Wheatley’s (Kill List, High-Rise) upcoming crime film Free Fire has been released, and it promises to be a violent and brutal film.

“It's all guns, no control in the electrifying first trailer for Ben Wheatley's Free Fire.,” reads the official synopsis. “A broker, Irishmen, and a gang are thrust into survival when shots are fired during a transaction of guns, forcing them to band together to survive.”

Free Fire, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening Midnight Madness screening.

Free Fire stars Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for her turn in Room and was recently cast in Captain Marvel. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Sharlto Copley »

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See Captain Marvel's Brie Larson In A Very Different Kind Of Role In This First Red Band Free Fire Trailer

9 September 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Before Brie Larson suits up as Captain Marvel, she'll play a far more ruthless character in British director Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, with the likes of Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), and Jack Reynor (Transformers) along for the ride. Wheatley's (High Rise, A Field in England, Kill List) films are certainly an acquired taste, but they are always interesting at the very least. His latest star-studded effort is a '70s-set shoot 'em up with a comedic tinge, and knowing Wheatley you can probably expect quite a few twisted surprises. Check out the first red band trailer below, and let us know what you think. Free Fire premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will serve as the closer of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival on 16 October 2016. The film is then scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 31 March, »

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Why Dark Knight Rises Ending Is Perfect According to Joseph Gordon-Levitt

30 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before the term "cinematic universe" was born, Christopher Nolan delivered the Batman movie fans had been waiting years for with 2005's Batman Begins. When the sequel The Dark Knight broke box office records in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just getting started, and the finale The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters just a few months after The Avengers shattered box office records left and right. The Dark Knight Rises was still a hit, taking in $448.1 million domestically and $636.8 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $1.08 billion, but many fans were disappointed with the ending. According to one of the film's stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this franchise finale had the "perfect ending."

When Joseph Gordon-Levitt first signed on as John Blake, many fans thought he would eventually be revealed as The Dark Knight's sidekick, Robin, which was proven to be true, since his full name was revealed to be Robin John Blake. »

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Review – 31 (2016)

28 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

31, 2016

Written and directed by Rob Zombie

Starring Sheri Moon ZombieElizabeth Daily, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, Torsten Voges, Lew Temple, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, David Ury, Pancho Moler and Malcolm McDowell


Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Rob Zombie has certainly had a fairly up and down track record when it comes to his movies, but you can’t argue that he doesn’t have a style. The second a movie starts, you know it’s directed by Zombie. 31 is absolutely no different, but is it at the higher end of The Devil’s Rejects, or the lower spectrum of Halloween II?

In typical Zombie fashion, 31 sees a group of carnies in the 1970s captured by »

- Luke Owen

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Comic Books 101: Batman -- Where To Begin Reading (Part 1)

25 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

So, you want to start reading Batman but are completely lost due to the character being around for over seventy-five years, and hundreds of issues and iterations on the character.

Where do you start? What If you only like some of the movie versions? Or maybe the video games?

What’s the New 52? What’s Rebirth?

It can be daunting if you are completely new to the world of comic books or maybe a returning fan that’s been away for a long time. While hardcore fans have probably stuck around for all the various Bat books, most maybe only keep up via Wiki or maybe random postings on sites like Cbr or IGN. Well, fear not, as I will be doing my best to give some insight on iconic Batman storylines essential to the character, along with a brief update on the current state of the character!

So without further ado, »

- Jeremy Scully

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Great Job, Internet!: Batman Begins is just a darker, more violent remake of Richie Rich

23 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

When they were crafting a screenplay for 2005’s franchise-rebooting Batman Begins, writer David S. Goyer and director Christopher Nolan drew heavily on such DC-published titles as Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One as well as Batman: The Long Halloween and “The Man Who Falls” from Secret Origins. But a new YouTube video suggests that maybe the blockbuster’s biggest inspiration was something else entirely, something completely outside of the canon: 1994’s Richie Rich, directed by journeyman Donald Petrie and starring Macaulay Culkin as an impossibly wealthy child.

The video, “24 Reasons Batman Begins & Richie Rich Are The Same Movie,” comes to us courtesy the YouTube channel Couch Tomato, which specializes in comparing films point by point and discussing their similarities and differences. Its series 24 Reasons is devoted to the former. “All movies are the same,” the channel claims, “so you can’t hate a movie for ...


- Joe Blevins

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Cate Blanchett Questions Our Existence in First Trailer For Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey’

19 August 2016 4:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier this summer we got the first trailer for Terrence Malick‘s long-gestating Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, a 45-minute version narrated by Brad Pitt that features “more awestruck and explanatory” narration. For a different, expanded experience, there’s also the 90-minute cut, titled Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, which is narrated Cate Blanchett, featuring voice-over that is “more searching and poignant, an urgent inquiry from a child of earth to the mother of all.” Today, the gorgeous first trailer for the latter has arrived.

“As a scientist, I saw nothing that seemed wrong; the simulations of the early universe and of star and planet formations are consistent with my understandings,”theoretical physicist Lee Smolin says of the film. “It is beautiful and inspiring … The interweaving of contemporary scenes with the history of the universe seems very appropriate. It raises the question of what we value, and how we decide what we value, »

- Jordan Raup

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Ben-Hur Review

18 August 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s a moment at the very end of Ben-Hur that almost wrecks everything that came before; as two characters ride horses, spurring them on, galloping into a warm desert sun, a neo-soul singer named Andra Day is suddenly crooning in the background. It’s jarringly anachronistic, side-splittingly funny, and absolutely awful, the kind of last-second studio-executive decision that will ensure the last minutes of Timur Bekmambetov’s already risky remake of the 1959, Oscar-dominating classic will be accompanied by peals of incredulous laughter at each and every screening.

Choices like that soundtrack addition would seem to belie any claims that this Ben-Hur was greenlit for any reason other than to run a cinematic classic through the grubby Hollywood-blockbuster grinder, turning out something that could capitalize on the brand name, show off some pricey special effects, and easily sell audience members on an inferior update of a film universally regarded as one of the best. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jack the Ripper Returns in “Razors” from Breaking Glass Pictures

18 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Breaking Glass Pictures will release Razors, the first installment in a new horror franchise, on DVD and On Demand this October. Staring Kelby Keenan, Josh Myers (Antisocial), and the late Kan Bonfils (Skyfall, Batman Begins), Razors follows a group of young writers who come face-to-face with the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper in the modern …

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3 Ways DC Can Beat Marvel – Hint: Don’t Be Marvel

13 August 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace with three ways that DC can beat Marvel…

1) Know Your Strengths

This would seem obvious, and it is, just not to DC. They know good and well what they have going for them and just as importantly, what they do not, but instead they are going for what they think everyone wants, which is just playing into the hands of Marvel and therefore making themselves look bad. They need to stop, that is if they want to start winning.

Disney is playing the smart game right now, they, unlike their rivals, are actually playing to their strengths, not a clever strategy, just a sensible one. This strength being that Marvel has a more appealing roster of characters. Their B list of heroes and villains is mighty impressive, as is their C list. Strength in depth is the name of the game here and they are running with it. »

- Samuel Brace

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Trends and the Lack of Originality in Hollywood

13 August 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Eric Bay-Andersen on trends and the lack of originality in Hollywood…

At the beginning of this year I went to the cinema and saw a preview of all the big films coming out in 2016, and it really depressed me because almost every upcoming ‘event’ film was a sequel, a re-boot, or a prequel to the re-imagined spin-off of a TV show adaptation! It’s gotten to the point where I even get disheartened by book adaptations, which is silly I know because there are so many great published stories out there that are worthy of being adapted for the big-screen. I guess I just find it sad that most film-makers these days seem to look to the best-sellers list for their inspiration, rather than their own imagination. I mean, if a new book comes out and is a big success, then of course someone will make it into a film at some point, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Man Of Steel Sequel Reportedly In “Active Development”

8 August 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly explored the fallout from the events depicted in Man of Steel, many argue that it wasn’t a true sequel. Technically, those folks are right, because BvS qualifies as a team-up movie.

According to TheWrap, who were spot on with many of their Suicide Squad casting scoops, Warner Bros. now have a Man of Steel sequel in “active development.”

Here’s what they had to say:

Despite Superman’s battle with Batman, DC has been silent on a sequel to “Man of Steel” featuring Superman solo, leading many frustrated fanboys to believe that another film wasn’t going to happen. But a person close to the project told TheWrap that Superman is a top priority for the studio and getting the character right for audiences is of tantamount importance.

Warner Bros. did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Despite BvS »

- Eric Joseph

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Cillian Murphy on the current state of superhero movies

8 August 2016 11:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Aug 9, 2016

"I don't know where they're coming from anymore", says Cillian Murphy of superhero movies, as he looks back at The Dark Knight Trilogy...

More than any genre, the superhero movie has dominated Hollywood blockbusters in the 21st century. 16 years since X-Men, we’re still getting X-sequels, as well as third-tier villains like most of the Suicide Squad dominating the summer box office. But like a good many people, Cillian Murphy appears to have some reservations about all that. Having appeared in all three installments of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Murphy is experienced with the caped and cowled set. But even after squaring off with Batman himself, he thinks the environment is changing around Hollywood.

“Have they exhausted every single comic book ever?” Murphy asked Vulture during an interview for his new movie Anthropoid. “I don’t know where they’re coming from anymore.”

Murphy, »

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Suicide Squad review – in dire need of real evil

7 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It’s the latest comic book wheeze: an all-villain fighting team. But too many crooks spoil the plot

One of the main factors in the making of a truly great comic book movie is the quality of the villain. It’s no coincidence that the most favourably reviewed superhero movie of all time, The Dark Knight, also contains the definitive bad guy: Heath Ledger’s chillingly demented Joker. Likewise, the most satisfying comic book heroes are never the squeaky clean, morally unimpeachable do-gooders. They are troubled individuals with closets overstuffed with skeletons: they are the tortured Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins; Iron Man wrestling with his tainted entitlement; Black Widow, so lasciviously in touch with her own treachery.

So, the logic follows, how about a film in which even the good guys are bad? Surely a movie that is entirely populated by the most nefarious rogues from the grubbiest corners »

- Wendy Ide

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Are Batman v Superman and Iron Man 2 Basically the Same Movie?

6 August 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One enterprising comic book fan has set out to prove that the critically derided Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is essential the exact same movie as the critically bashed Iron Man 2. And s/he offers a stirring new video on Youtube as proof that DC pretty much curbed from one of Marvel's lesser sequels in bringing their epic clash to the big screen. In fact, this visual essay from 'Couch Tomato' delivers 24 different reasons to ponder and think about in making the declaration.

DC and Warner Bros. actually got a head start when it comes to turning their comic books into big screen entities that bring in billions of dollars. It all started way back in 1978 with Superman: The Movie, which spawned 4 sequels, a Supergirl spin-off and a reboot of sorts with 2006's Superman returns. They also launched a successful Batman series in 1989, and again in »

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