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Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This entry will look at what into relaunching the Batman and Superman franchises, and more. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today.
Last week, we left off in 1997. Batman And Robin came out and was a huge black eye for Warner Bros., effectively turning what was a once promising franchise into a punchline. It was the fourth installment of that series, and it killed Batman almost as definitively as the fourth Superman film had grounded the Man of Steel exactly 10 years earlier.
But before we can look at how Warner Bros. planned to rebound its DC properties post-1997, we have to »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
We all know Zack Snyder is a big Frank Miller fan and took a lot of inspiration for Batman v Superman from Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. But what does Miller think of Snyder's work? He was recently asked and gave some ideas on where the Batman franchise should go. Variety did an interview with the famed creator whose latest work includes another Dark Knight installment - The Master Race - and asked him about Snyder's homage. Have you seen the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”? Yes. And what did you think? I’ll just say: ‘Thanks.’ What can I say? — he laughs — no, actually I’ll withdraw that; I’ll say: ‘You’re welcome!’ Was that a burn? It's hard to tell without hearing his voice, but it reads to me as if he had nothing nice to say and therefore said nothing at all. At »
- Jill Pantozzi
After Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy came to an end in 2012, fans weren't sure what the next step was for the Batman franchise. This spring, Ben Affleck portrayed The Dark Knight in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the actor returning in Suicide Squad and next year's Justice League. Comic book legend Frank Miller recently explained how he would approach this character in a new movie.
Variety spoke with Frank Miller at Lucca Comics & Games, where he said he wants to make a "much smaller" Batman movie. He previously praised Ben Affleck's work as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was partially based on his own work. But it's clear he would take a different approach, if he were to take the helm on a solo outing for the caped crusader. Here's what he had to say.
"My dream would be to make it much smaller. »
Frank Miller, who wrote the “Dark Knight” series of comics that helped shape Christopher Nolan’s three Batman movies, was asked about his thoughts on the current state of the character — and how he might alter it — in a new Variety interview. “My dream would be to make it much smaller,” he said, “to lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more.”
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The city in question is Gotham, which Miller said Batman has “a loving relationship with.” This strikes a contrast to Superman, as the Caped Crusader’s “connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. So it would be a different take. But it will never be in my hands, because it would »
- Michael Nordine
Starting Nov. 1, HBO subscribers can watch nearly every modern Batman movie leading up to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which becomes available on Nov. 26. Fans of the famous Caped Crusader can watch in sequential order, starting with 1989’s “Batman,” starring Michael Keaton as Gotham’s disguised crime fighter. Or, if you want to follow the story sequence, start with the animated “Batman: Year One” — as 2005’s “Batman Begins” isn’t in HBO’s new suite of Bat-tastic offerings. Also Read: Evan Rachel Wood Says 'Westworld' Finale Will Leave 'Your Heart Broken and Your Mind Blown' Here is the list of Batman films. »
- Meriah Doty
Mike Cecchini Oct 30, 2016
The man who brought us Dark Knight Returns has some smart thoughts on what Batman movies should be like.
Frank Miller's status as a legendary comic creator was locked in stone 30 years ago, with character-defining work on Daredevil and his industry changing The Dark Knight Returns (with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley). So much so that the mixed reactions to his more recent work on Batman, such as the possibly unnecessary sequels to The Dark Knight Returns or the unintentionally hilarious All-Star Batman and Robin (not to mention the tone deaf Holy Terror, which was bizarrely intended to be a post-9/11 Batman story before thankfully becoming something else) will never be able to tarnish that.
Having penned a number of seminal Batman tales including The Dark Knight Returns and Year One, influential comic book creator Frank Miller almost got to make his mark on the Batman movie franchise back in the early 2000s, teaming up with Darren Aronfosky to write a version of Year One, although it was ultimately scrapped in favour of Christoper Nolan’s Batman Begins.
Speaking to Variety, Miller has briefly spoken about the aborted Year One project, as well as revealing where he’d take the movie franchise if he had his own way:
“That screenplay was based on my book Batman: Year One, and yeah it was much more down to earth,” said Miller. “In it a fair amount of time is spent before he became Batman, and when he went out and fought crime he really screwed it up a bunch of times before he got it right. So it was 90-minute origins story. »
- Gary Collinson
With Batman now having endured continuous publication since 1939, it comes as no surprise that so many different interpretations exist. I mean, just look at how many directors and actors have brought a different slant to the character in movies alone, the medium from which most people likely know The Dark Knight. And here’s the thing, not one take has actually been “wrong.” Few icons prove to be so malleable while also managing not to stray from their intrinsic characteristics, something that no doubt contributes to the character’s longevity.
One of the most influential creators to ever touch The Batman is undoubtedly Frank Miller, who not only shifted the paradigm for the Caped Crusader in the mid-1980’s with his seminal work The Dark Knight Returns, but also turned an entire industry on its head in one fell swoop.
Even if you haven’t read that graphic novel or any others related to it, »
- Eric Joseph
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Fans all have their own opinions on which Batman film is their favorite, or which interpretation of the Caped Crusader is the strongest. Many like Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, but there's whole lot of love for the Tim Burton original, and don't even get me started on the fans who think Kevin Conroy can do no wrong as the voice of Bruce Wayne. Of course, no fan is wrong. All storytelling and film is ultimately subjective, so something that works for one person may not work for someone else. Any interpretation of Batman -- or any other DC hero -- should be perceived in a similar fashion.
The amazing thing about all these comic book characters, however -- especially on the DC side of things -- is the sheer number of interpretations we've been given. Take a look at the CW interpretation of Superman and put »
- Joseph Medina
Highly influential U.S. comics writer, artist and film director Frank Miller is the creator of the “Dark Knight” Batman comics series, and also “Sin City,” and “300,” among others. He spoke to Variety at the largest geek meet in Europe, Lucca Comics & Games, about his European idol, Hugo Pratt, where he would take the “Batman” movie franchise if he had his way, and his plans to explore Superman’s Jewish origins.
First off, we’re in this medieval town at a pretty unique event. So I wanted to ask you about your relationship with Lucca Comics. As I understand it you’ve been here before, quite some time ago.
When I first came here, I believe it was 1985, it was much earlier in my career. I’d just done my book “Ronin,” which had not been that well received in the United States. I had studied European and Asian comics from New York, »
- Nick Vivarelli
DC in the 80s is a Webzine for the DC Comics Fans with an affinity for 80s comics. It’s fun, upbeat and engaging. Justin Francoeur and Mark Belkin keep the fan fires burning with wit and a great degree of nostalgic professionalism. I’m fascinated by the their endeavor, so I reached out to discuss it with them.
Ed Catto: Can you tell me a little bit about the site and how it came about?
Justin Francoeur: My formative years of comic book reading were during the early 80s to the early-to-mid 90s. Roughly six years ago, there wasn’t much on the Internet about DC Comics from the 80s (or it was scattered all over the place and not easy to find) so I decided to make a tumblr blog specifically spotlighting the house ads of that era. There were a lot of ‘buried gems’ in that time »
- Ed Catto
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
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
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
Ever since his comic book debut in 1939, Batman has emerged as one of the most culturally relevant and beloved superhero characters of all time. His adventures have spanned films, animated series, video games and assorted other multimedia platforms that have expanded his popularity to virtually every demographic, and accordingly, Gotham City has been reimagined as everything from the “Bam! Pow!” campiness of the 1960s TV series to the brooding Dark Knight trilogy. Yet, despite the Caped Crusader’s ubiquity across popular culture, few of his stories have become as controversial as Batman: The Killing Joke.
The 1988 one-shot graphic novel — written by Watchmen genius Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland — attempts to shed some light on the Joker’s mysterious past, exploring the very concept of what could lead a person to madness. For years, the possibility of an animated adaptation seemed like nothing short of a pipe dream, especially »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
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Let me preface by saying that I really did like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice when I saw it in theaters. Never one to be influenced by the opinions of others, I found myself pleased with Zack Snyder’s uniting of three of DC’s most iconic characters for the first time in live action. But despite my affinity for the film, I fully admit it had its flaws, chief among which was its editing. Fortunately for us though, the newly released Ultimate Edition remedies many of those problems.
Now, we all have our stance on this movie, which was quite divisive amongst critics and general moviegoers; some said it was great, some really hated it, and even fewer seemed to be lukewarm. That’s kind of an issue with today’s landscape: it »
- Eric Joseph
In 1988, DC Comics released the one-shot graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke,” written by the legendary Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. “The Killing Joke” provided an origin story for The Joker and had an enormous influence on the Batman franchise. Now, there’s a new R-rated animated adaptation of “The Killing Joke” coming soon, and we have our first look at the masked avenger and his psychotic foe. In the clip below (starting at 3:57), Batman meets Joker in the Arkham Asylum to reason with him, only to be faced with stony silence.
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The film is directed by Sam Liu, best known for directing animated films and showsG for both Marvel and Warner Bros. Some of these include “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Justice League: Gods and Monsters,” and “Batman: Year One. »
- Vikram Murthi
An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us […]
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- Jack Giroux
Burbank, CA (June 3, 2016) – Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
- ComicMix Staff
Now that the solo Batman project from Ben Affleck has officially been confirmed, attention has turned to what story will be told in the movie. We know that Affleck has been working with DC's Geoff Johns on a screenplay for "the definitive Batman film," which may feature a variety of villains Johns has been writing for DC Comics since 2000 and has served as Chief Creative Officer for the company since 2010. He has written a wide variety of comics over the years and may be best known for his work featuring The Flash and Green Lantern. Of note, he collaborated with artist Gary Frank on Batman: Year One, a graphic novel published in 2012 that was out of continuity for the character. Recently, he was named as one of two executives to be given control of a dedicated film...
- Peter Martin
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