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A Dame to Kill For: A Chat with Frank Miller

31 July 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

The reverence comic book readers hold for Frank Miller is understandable when one contemplates the depth of his influence on popular culture. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy drew heavily from Miller’s reimagining of the iconic superhero in his 1986 series The Dark Knight Returns and 1987’s Batman: Year One. You can see shadows of Miller’s signature artistic style in the films of Zack Snyder, who directed the film version of Miller’s graphic novel 300 before taking on Watchmen and Sucker Punch.

But while his takes on classic DC heroes such as Batman and Daredevil were singular, Miller’s original creation, his hyper-noir Sin City graphic novels, may be his most celebrated work. Set in the deeply cruel and corrupt town known as Basin City, its vignettes paint portraits of tough men with tender souls, and women who are sexy, sinister and controversial… but never simple, »

- Melanie McFarland

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staypuffed's Five-Star Batman: Zero Year Review; "It’s The Best Batman Story In Years"

28 July 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Origins stories are a necessary evil. Many feel that the most famous comic book conceptions don’t require retellings, but with DC’s 2011 reboot shifting the universe in a big way, it was time to dust off the Batman alpha and dive into his first adventures. After two stellar storylines, The Court of Owls and Death of the Family, as part of the New 52, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo were tasked with crafting another origin, but rather than a generic rehash, they offer one of the most complex, personal and engaging Batman tales in years. As Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One tackled the issues of the time, this twelve-issue event incorporates modern themes and fears — terrorism, climate change, random violence, cataclysmic events, identity crises. Separated into three parts, Zero Year is less about mobsters and corruption and more about exploring the man behind the pointy mask, who »

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Dear Hollywood: Stop Using Frank Miller’s Batman Stories As Source Material

23 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the mid-1980s, writer/artist Frank Miller crafted two of the most influential Batman stories ever told: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One. It's not hard to see why they've had such a potent legacy. Even today, three decades after they were published, they remain thrilling and insightful. But I swear to God, if one more filmmaker uses them as a source text for a Batman movie, I'm going to smash my face into a concrete wall. Today is a great day to reassess Miller's twin graphic novels' influence on the multibillion-dollar Batman movie industry, because today is Batman Day. Batman Day is, of course, an entirely made-up holiday that DC Entertainment declared to celebrate its ever-lucrative Caped Crusader's 75 years of publication history (as well as move product and build buzz in advance of this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con). Take a look at the initial announcement of »

- Abraham Riesman

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The Batman movie you'll never see: Darren Aronofsky's Year One

23 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first few pages of Frank Miller's script for the shelved Batman: Year One have a disturbed Bruce Wayne waking up from chronic nightmares, some nameless prostitutes being slapped around by their pimp, and Jim Gordon putting a gun in his mouth.

You can see why Warner Bros didn't ultimately go for the project, which was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky and would have rewritten the Bat mythology even more radically than Miller already had in his comic book arc of the same name.

"Our take was to infuse the Batman franchise with a dose of reality," Aronofsky has said, citing The French Connection and Taxi Driver among his influences. "We tried to ask that eternal question, 'What does it take for a real man to put on tights and fight crime?'" It's an approach not far from the one ultimately taken by Christopher Nolan in Batman Begins, »

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Batman at 75: Jim Lee and Bruce Timm talk most memorable comic stories

22 July 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

On July 23, comic book stores everywhere will celebrate Batman Day as part of DC Comics’ yearlong celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. In anticipation of the big day, EW conducted separate interviews with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Batman the Animated Series creator and producer Bruce Timm, asking each to pick the most memorable and significant Batman stories of the past 75 years.

Both Lee and Timm have be heavily involved with Batman throughout their careers. Apart from being co-publisher of DC (alongside Dan Didio), Lee has illustrated several Batman comics including Batman: Hush with writer Jeph Loeb »

- Chancellor Agard

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Press tour: ‘Gotham’ team tries to balance Batman-less world

20 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fox's "Gotham" is one of this fall's most intriguing pilots, but also one of its most confounding. On the one hand, it has the full weight of DC Comics behind it; an interesting cast that includes Benjamin McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as his cynical partner Harvey Bullock and Jada Pinkett Smith as local crime boss Fish Mooney; and a fascinating look created by director/producer Danny Cannon that evokes '70s cinema classics like "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The French Connection." On the other hand, it is a Batman show that is never going to actually feature Batman, since the story begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, with Bruce played by 13-year-old David Mazouz, while the show will feature origin stories for classic Batman villains like the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), making it a story »

- Alan Sepinwall

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10 Unique Visions Of Batman

19 July 2014 5:14 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Batman has been depicted many different ways and by many different artists during his 75 year publishing history. He’s run the gamut from scrappy urban vigilante, to paternal establishment figure, from cartoon character, to globetrotting adventurer, from dangerous borderline psychopath to a wizened hero of noble spirit and much more besides.

The important thing, however, is that, in any era, any incarnation, The Batman is always recognizable and familiar to his readers…

“…Then I heard giant wings flap. It flew down from the sky—Its wings were about thirty feet across. It bellowed like…Well, I’ve never heard anything like it…One of the felons I had not yet disarmed produced a .357 magnum. He fired –point blank range at the creature –and the bullet passed straight through the creature like it wasn’t there –and it started laughing…”

That was Jim Gordon’s former partner Detective Flass, »

- Chris Quicksilver

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Devilish Fun: Sid Kotian talks about Apocalypse Al

16 July 2014 2:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Sid Kotian about encountering a chicken library, superheroes and a smoking hot redhead known as Allison Carter

My uncle was interested in art,” recalls Sid Kotian who is an illustrator from Mumbai, India.  “There were always books lying around; they focused on works by the old masters like Goya and Turner so I was exposed to art at an early age.  Also I used to steal his watercolours to paint stuff.”  Kotian delved into the world of comic books.  “Archie comics, Tintin and Asterix were always available plenty so that was what I thought comics were. I became aware of superhero comics in school and completely by accident. Back then we didn’t have the Internet or chain book stores. But there were a few lending libraries around the neighbourhood. This particular one was right behind the school I used to go to. I called it »

- Trevor Hogg

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'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"- Who Will Play 'Commissioner Gordon' ?

12 July 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" recently filmed in Michigan, with sources reporting that DC Comics' character 'Commissioner Gordon', a close ally of 'Batman' could appear in the new film. If the rumors are true, fans agree the role should go to an Emmy Award winning actor, who previously played the character in a DC Universe Animated Original Movie:

The campaign is on again to have three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, who previously voiced 'Lt. Jim Gordon' in the 2011 DC Universe Animated Original Movie "Batman: Year One", to appear in the new film, this time not as 'Lex Luthor', but as 'Jim Gordon'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Bryan Cranston in "Batman: Year One"...


- Michael Stevens

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10 Marvel Graphic Novels You Must Read Before You Die

11 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Comics

You can’t swing a dead Robin without hitting an excellent DC graphic novel, but when it comes to the House Of Ideas it’s a different story. Marvel characters tend to be better known for single issues (like Spider-Man’s The Night Gwen Stacy Died), long runs on a title by a certain creative team (like Ed Brubaker’s Captain America), or simply as ongoing series themselves. There isn’t really the same canon of classic, trade paperback-length storylines in the same vein as, say, Batman: Year One. Plus most of the more well known miniseries, crossover events or classic stories – Civil War, Infinity Gauntlet, The Dark Phoenix Saga – are so well known as to be part of the collective pop culture consciousness. You probably know what happens in them before you’ve even read them.

They also don’t really work as standalone graphic novels. Civil »

- Tom Baker

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Ben McKenzie Talks Gotham And Playing Gordon As A Hero Forced To Compromise

12 June 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Fox unveils its Batman-inspired crime drama series Gotham, surely this fall’s most anticipated new show, it will have to face the inevitable question: how do you make a show about the Caped Crusader’s beloved city without him? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ben McKenzie, who stars as a young detective named Jim Gordon (left), touches on that very question and discussed the struggle in playing a white knight surrounded by compromised cops who often aren’t much better than the criminals they chase.

When Gotham opens, Thomas and Martha Wayne have been gunned down in Crime Alley in front of their young son Bruce (David Mazouz). The investigation into their murder becomes Gordon’s first case in Gotham City. Discussing Gordon’s struggle to remain pure even in the crime-ridden metropolis, McKenzie said:

He’s a truly honest man. The last honest man in a city full of crooked people. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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"Batman v Superman": Who Will Play 'Commissioner Gordon' ?

6 June 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" continues filming in Michigan, with sources reporting that DC Comics' character 'Commissioner Gordon', a close ally of 'Batman' could appear in the new film. If the rumors are true, fans agree the role should go to an Emmy Award winning actor, who previously played the character in a DC Universe Animated Original Movie:

The campaign is on again to have three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, who previously voiced 'Lt. Jim Gordon' in the 2011 DC Universe Animated Original Movie "Batman: Year One", to appear in the new film, this time not as 'Lex Luthor', but as 'Jim Gordon'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Bryan Cranston in "Batman: Year One"...


- Michael Stevens

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Graphic Review: Batman Volume 4: Zero Year - Secret City

27 May 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

DC Comics takes another opportunity to update the origin of the Dark Knight for the New 52 with Batman Volume 4: Zero Year - Secret City. The book collects issues 21 through 24 of the monthly title and Batman Zero Year: The Director's Cut #1. If you're worried about getting a repeat of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, you can leave your reservations at the door.

Gotham City is entering a new era shrouded in mystery. A masked vigilante dubbed the Batman has declared war against the criminals overrunning the metropolitan. A gang led by a crook calling himself the Red Hood rise up to wreak havoc and take control of the corrupt underground.

Writer Scott Snyder takes the origin of Batman in a different direction that proves to be as entertaining as Frank Miller's critically acclaimed Year One. It's hard not to make comparisons, but the two stories do have different atmospheres. »

- (Eric Shirey)

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What To Read Before You Watch Gotham

20 May 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fox has recently unveiled the new trailer for their upcoming series Gotham. The series takes place just after the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and years before he becomes Batman. Episodes will focus on the Gotham Police Department, particularly a young Jim Gordon, as they confront early incarnations of classic Gotham baddies. Judging by the trailer and the hype surrounding it, the show has quite a bit of promise.

Most people know very little about Jim Gordon, a character always playing second fiddle to Bruce Wayne’s Batman. Over the years, however, DC has released a number of series that truly highlight the commissioner, as well as what Gotham was like before the arrival of the Dark Knight Detective.


Black Mirror

The story here focuses on Jim Gordon and his son, James Jr. The play between Gordon and his son is rather interesting throughout this story. Jim Gordon Junior is crazy; Certifiable. »

- Doctor Cory

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Watchmen's long journey from page to screen

17 April 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 22 Apr 2014 - 06:46

Alan Moore always said his graphic novel was unfilmable, and for a while, that almost looked true. Mark looks at attempts to adapt Watchmen

It's now been just over five years since Zack Snyder brought Watchmen, the acclaimed comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, to the big screen. Whatever you think of the final film, you could hardly say that the source material was easy to adapt.

Moore's thought-provoking script and Gibbons' detailed artwork came together to make one of the most acclaimed comic series ever created- frequently referred to as comics' answer to The Godfather. Some argue that the comic book movie genre got its Godfather with The Dark Knight in 2008, but studios were trying to adapt Watchmen long before that.

In fact, Hollywood's flirtations with the material date all the way back to the period when Tim Burton's Batman became a huge hit, »

- sarahd

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Darren Aronofsky Explains Why He Didn’t Direct ‘The Wolverine’ & ‘Man Of Steel’

31 March 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After years of being a celebrated indie, relatively non-mainstream filmmaker, director Darren Aronofsky has the number one movie in the country with his biblical epic “Noah” (and it should be noted it’s a pretty dark, non-mainstreamy tentpole). And while he’s flirted with many super hero movies over the years, perhaps the Russell Crowe-starring movie will finally get him there. “In reality, our original super heroes were characters the Bible so these were the original super hero stories. People have forgotten how amazing these stories were,” Aronofsky said in a recent Epk interview. But for the traditionalists out there, Aronofsky could go down as one of the biggest “what-ifs” in super hero comic book history. The “Black Swan” filmmaker tried, failed and eventually gave up on adapting Frank Miller’s “Batman: Year One” (you can read more about on our feature: 20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The »

- Edward Davis

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Darren Aronofsky held discussions with Warner Bros. about directing Man of Steel

31 March 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having topped the U.S. box office this past weekend with his latest film Noah, director Darren Aronofsky has been doing the press rounds in promotion of the Biblical epic, and during a chat with MTV the subject of comic book movies was brought up. As we know, Aronofsky came close to rebooting the Batman franchise in the early 2000s with an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, while he was also set to link up with The Fountain star Hugh Jackman for last year's The Wolverine.

Well, it turns out those weren't the only two superhero movies that could have had Aronofsky's name on the credits, with the director revealing to Josh Horowitz that he held "a few conversations" with Warner Bros. and producer Christopher Nolan about helming last year's Superman reboot Man of Steel, and that he would have "absolutely" taken the job under the right circumstances. »

- Gary Collinson

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Aronofsky On Almost Directing "Man of Steel"

31 March 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Noah" filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has twice come close to directing a superhero movie. First it was an ambitious hard-r interpretation of Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One," an idea rejected with the studio which ultimately opted instead for the now legendary Chris Nolan Batman trilogy.

Then it was the more recent "The Wolverine," a job that Aronofsky dropped out of with filmmaker James Mangold filling his shoes. Yet did you know there was potentially another one he could have been a part of - Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel".

Speaking with MTV, Aronofsky revealed that he had "a few conversations" with both producer Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers about the film but was ultimately happy with Snyder's selection and approach:

"I thought Zack was a great choice, and I loved his 'Watchmen' movie. I thought it was great. I thought that as a fan of the comic, »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben McKenzie's Detective Jim Gordon in latest Gotham character image

27 March 2014 12:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We've already seen a few set photos featuring Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Batman: Year One) as a young Detective James Gordon in Gotham, but now we've got an official look courtesy of Fox's latest character image from the Batman prequel series....

And if you've missed any of them, we've also got the character images for Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot and newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle.

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? »

- Gary Collinson

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First Official Image Of Ben McKenzie As Jim Gordon In ‘Gotham’

27 March 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Warner Bros’ and Fox Televisions’ upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham, is currently filming over in the Us and we are beginning to get a feel of what the show will eventually turn out like. From the dark, gritty atmosphere of the official logo and the few set photos that have surfaced online, it definitely seems as if the show will (at least partially) take inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy in terms of tone and realism.

Over the past week we have seen the first official images of the shows principal cast including Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot and Donal Logue’s Detective Harvey Bullock. Now we have our first official look at the star of show, who is of course Jim Gordon played by Ben McKenzie (The Oc, Southland, Batman: Year One). You can check out the image below:

As a huge fan of the actors previous work, »

- Ben Read

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