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Batman: The Long Halloween #1-13 (1996-97)
Written by Jeph Loeb
Penciled by Tim Sale
Inked by Tim Sale
Colored by Gregory Wright
Published by DC Comics
Not only does Batman boast one of the greatest rogues’ galleries in all of comics, his villains have become so iconic that his rogues’ gallery rivals that of Andrew Jackson’s, Axl Rose’s, and that of the 1978 New York Yankees. The villains that torment the Dark Knight are so impressive that any one of them can carry a compelling story by themselves. However, something as monumental as the heavy hitters like Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and eventually Two-Face all coming together during the events of The Long Halloween is only a small part of that story’s overall success. There are so many things that make The Long Halloween the seminal Batman story that it becomes impossible to try and isolate one specific facet »
- Andrew Doscas
Hello again, dear readers, and I hope a lot of you have gotten out to see Ant-Man at this point. To help make up for my recent absence, this week’s return of Trailer Trashin’ brings you my looks at both of the big DC Comics movie trailers to come out of San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month. Now, I use my X-ray vision on the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Premise: Gotham City’s own vigilante, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), travels to Metropolis to take on Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill), fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked. As Batman and Superman confront one another, a new threat arrives to put mankind in greater danger than it has previously known.
My take: Before we start, I’ve decided to again change the format I use for these columns. In order to »
- Timothy Monforton
It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey. Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »
- tooFab Staff
Interstellar was another amazing movie by The Dark Knight Trilogy’s Christopher Nolan, and moviegoers have been waiting since the day it was released to find out what his next project will be. Well, now we know, and it’s fair to say that it’s most likely not what you expected! It’s been revealed to be a
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- Josh Wilding
Christopher Nolan recently completed a script for his next feature film and naturally we have no idea what the movie is actually about. But that doesn't mean the world has to wait all that long to see a new Christopher Nolan movie. In fact, there's a new Nolan movie world premiering in August. But it's probably not the kind of movie you're expecting from the guy who makes megabudget blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Interstellar. What's it called?...
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Christopher Nolan recently completed a script for his next feature film and naturally we have no idea what the movie is actually about. But that doesn't mean the world has to wait all that long to see a new Christopher Nolan movie. In fact, there's a new Nolan movie world premiering in August. But it's probably not the kind of movie you're expecting from the guy who makes megabudget blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Interstellar. What's it called? Quay. Just Quay. Quay? Sounds like it might be sci-fi Nope, it's a documentary. A short documentary, to be precise. What's it about? Identical twin filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay (Aka the Brothers Quay), who have made features, including The Piano Tuner of...
- Peter Hall
Last season was a big year for Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics as they premiered several new DC TV shows, including Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham, which tells the origin stories of Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) and of Gotham’s most iconic villains before The Dark Knight became the city’s protector. One of the people that is a major part of the creative team behind the show is John Stephens (The O.C., Gossip Girl), a staff writer as well as an executive producer on the series, who helps bring Gotham to life each week. TVOvermind was fortunate enough to participate in Gotham Press Room at San Diego Comic-Con with other news outlets at roundtables where stars and producers from the show discussed what is coming up in Season 2. Stephens was one of the people we got to talk to, and you can watch his entire »
- Andy Behbakht
Last season was a big year for Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics as they premiered several new DC TV shows, including Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham, which tells the origin stories of Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) and of Gotham’s most iconic villains before The Dark Knight became the city’s protector. One of the most iconic Batman characters in the mythology is Selina Kyle (played by Camren Bicondova on the show) who is also known as the famous Catwoman. In the Gotham world, we get to follow her origin story before she becomes one of the Dark Knight’s most complex allies of all time, as she forms her relationship with a young Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz). TVOvermind was fortunate enough to participate in Gotham Press Room at San Diego Comic-Con with other news outlets at roundtables where stars and producers from the »
- Andy Behbakht
According to TribecaFilm, the British filmmaker has quietly put together a short entitled Quay, which is a documentary about stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay.
The short is set to receive its world premiere on August 19th as part of Film Forum’s The Quay Brothers – In 35Mm, a celebration of the twins’ work, which will also include screenings of their films In Absentia, The Comb and Street of Crocodiles.
If you’re in New York and want to grab some tickets for the screening, you can do so here.
- Gary Collinson
Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein gave us Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and this weekend's Vacation. I'll allow you to come to a conclusion on their body of work on your own as I'll have more to add with my review of Vacation later this week, but for now realize these two are signed on to write the screenplay for the upcoming Untitled Spider-Man Reboot, which is said to be approaching the webslinger with an eye for humor in the vein of John Hughes. It's definitely a new tact when it comes to tackling these comic book movies as the common theme for so long seemed to be a "dark and gritty" approach with celebs saying, "It's going to be a lot like The Dark Knight," in all of their pre-production interviews. Marvel, however, has taken the light and frothy, »
- Brad Brevet
Capitalizing on the fever pitch hype coming out of Comic-Con, Empire has debuted the cover of its soon-to-be-released issue, which features a rather striking shot for Zack Snyder’s upcoming blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Pitting the two titular titans against one another, the outlet promises an exclusive look behind next year’s anticipated showdown, including a detailed look at their respective alter-egos, too. Then again, judging by the show-stopping Comic Con trailer, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor appears to be pulling the strings behind the epic brawl, as he harnesses the legendary power of kryptonite to place a wedge between the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight.
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Even from the cover spread alone we can get a sense of the distinct personas within Dawn of Justice. Superman, hated and adored in equal measure, is almost defiant in his stance, embracing the »
- Michael Briers
Last season was a big year for Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics as they premiered several new DC TV shows, including Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham, which tells the origin stories of Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) and of Gotham’s most iconic villains before The Dark Knight became the city’s protector. One of the new players that came in during the second half of Season 1 was Dr. Leslie Thompkins (played by Firefly’s Morena Baccarin), who formed a great bond with Jim, but also went through some big adventures of her own by the end of the first year. TVOvermind was fortunate enough to participate in Gotham Press Room at San Diego Comic-Con with other news outlets at roundtables where stars and producers from the show discussed what is coming up in Season 2. Baccarin was one of the people we got to talk to, and »
- Andy Behbakht
Twin animators Stephen and Timothy Quay have done shorts and full on features for several decades.
On top of that, Nolan has directed the short documentary "Quay" about the animators, with the short to premiere in New York on August 19th. Nolan along with the Quay brothers will appear in conversation at the two screenings to discuss their work.
- Garth Franklin
Last season was a big year for Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics as they premiered several new DC TV shows, including Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham, which tells the origin stories of Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) and of Gotham’s most iconic villains before The Dark Knight became the city’s protector. One of the main characters is Barbara Kean (played by Erin Richards), who started out as Gordon’s fiancé and who will later become the mother of Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, in the future. However, Barbara went down a very dark path in Season 1, and near the end of the season, she endured horrible mental trauma that left her in a very bad place. TVOvermind was fortunate enough to participate in the Gotham Press Room at San Diego Comic-Con with other news outlets at roundtables where stars and producers from the show »
- Andy Behbakht
Despite being the second-lowest opening for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie behind The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man has managed to pass the $200 million mark in its second week of release.
The movie dropped 56% on its domestic opening weekend, but still topped the Us box office with $24 million, beating out competition from Adam Sandler’s Pixels, Southpaw and Paper Towns. The movie passed the $100 million mark in just ten days domestically, and its global earnings of $120.4 million has pushed the movie past the $200 million milestone.
Ant-Man will face competition against Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation this coming weekend, but experts say that the movie is tracking low. So if it can maintain its current box office trend, it could make it three weeks at the top of the Us box office.
See Also: Read our reviews of Ant-Man here and here
- Luke Owen
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Once again, mass shootings have cast a pall over the summer box office, provoking debate about what safety measures need to be instituted to ensure these tragedies do not become commonplace. However, those concerns appear to have a limited impact on ticket sales.
Gun violence erupted in a darkened movie theater at a Thursday night screening of “Trainwreck,” killing two audience members and injuring nine others in the city of Lafayette, La. — nearly three years to the day after James Holmes opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 patrons and wounding 70.
Major movies like Sony’s “Pixels” failed to connect with audiences, but that appears to be more attributable to Adam Sandler’s dwindling fanbase than it does to fears about violence or copycat shooters. In a summer already marred by a stream of senseless killings, from the slaughter of nine churchgoers in Charleston, »
- Brent Lang
With Aquaman finally coming to the big screen, a mere 75 years after his comic debut, DC now has to make the Atlantean hero interesting and entertaining to casual fans, as well as comic readers. They have a lot of damage to undo since Aquaman’s image has suffered over the years. Here are 5 ways that Zack Snyder and Jason Momoa can make the King of the Seas cool again.
Aquaman, Aka Arthur Curry, was created in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941. Since then, he’s been seen in several animated series, most notably the Filmation studios Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour in 1967, and the Super Friends (1973-82). He’s also appeared in live-action form in Smallville, and the pilot film for a TV series, Aquaman: Mercy Reef, starring Justin Hartley. Now he’s making his way to the big-screen.
What most non-comic readers remember about Aquaman is that he’s a »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
During an interview with Film School Rejects, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has spoken about the inclusion of Thomas the Tank Engine in the memorable climactic battle of the Marvel superhero blockbuster, discussing how the scene came about, and the conditions that were imposed by rights holder Mattel in order for Thomas to be included.
“I believe in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original drafts it was a train set,” states Reed. “At some point in the process that predated my involvement it became Thomas. As I came on, they had not secured the rights to Thomas. We had to do this whole thing where we did this presentation for the people who own the rights to Thomas. Thank God they agreed and found it funny, but there were definite stipulations. For example, nobody could be tied to the tracks and run over by Thomas. Thomas couldn’t be doing »
- Gary Collinson
Having showcased its 18-foot long 1/6th scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon collectible at Hong Kong’s An-Com and Games Convention [see here], Hot Toys has now turned its attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, releasing some official promotional images of its Ant-Man on Flying Ant miniature collectible…
Ant-Man sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play) as Paxton, Michael Peña (American Hustle) as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson »
- Gary Collinson
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