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The Week in Spandex – Batman v Superman, Justice League, Batman: Year One, Green Lantern, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Daredevil, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Old Man Logan, Venom, Big Hero 6 and more

5 March 2016 6:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman: Year One, Justice League, Green Lantern, Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Venom, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Fantastic Four, Legion and more…

With twenty days to go until the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (where it is said to be tracking a global opening of $300-$340 million), Warner Bros. has been working overtime with its marketing for the DC Extended Universe team-up. This week’s promotional material includes a clip from the rooftop fight between the Dark Knight and Man of Steel »

- Gary Collinson

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Frank Miller talks Darren Aronofsky’s aborted Batman: Year One movie

5 March 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Before Christopher Nolan relaunched the Batman franchise with Batman Begins, Warner Bros. had enlisted Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) for an adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic Batman: Year One, with Miller himself helping to pen the script.

Aronofsky’s plan was to “toss out everything you can imagine about Batman” and start afresh, with the duo collaborating on a dark and gritty script that would have seen a radical departure from the traditional Dark Knight continuity, and one which ultimately proved too dark for Warner Bros., who pulled the plug on the project.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Miller has spoken about his work on the project, stating that:

“It was the first time I worked on a Batman project with somebody whose vision of Batman was darker than mine. My Batman was too nice for him. We would argue about it, and I’d say, »

- Gary Collinson

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Here's Why Darren Aronofsky's 'Batman' Movie Never Happened

4 March 2016 10:14 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Batman too dark? Don't tell the rabid fan base that, they'll never believe it. Over the years, with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy and this month's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even Tim Burton's 1989 Batman to some degree, the caped crusader has edged closer and closer into the abyss, with each take darker than the next. But apparently director Darren Aronofsky, best known for his gritty critical hits Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, was set to take Gotham's iconic vigilante to the depths of depravity. And that's why his Batman movie was doomed!

Batman has a very long and distinguished history on both the big and small screen. And he's been a fan-favorite since he was first introduced in the pages of Detective Comics back in 1939. But 1997's god awful Batman & Robin brought his silver screen career to a screeching halt. Before »

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According To Frank Miller His Batman Was “Too Nice” For Darren Aronofsky

4 March 2016 6:25 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Before Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was even a glint in Zack Snyder’s eye, Darren Aronofsky was plotting to make a big screen version of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. Over the years we’ve seen many proposed superhero movies fail to make it past the development stages, and sadly, this is one of those. In a new interview with THR, Miller himself drops tons of details on why this project burned out.

According to Miller, the main problem between the pair was in how they viewed Batman. Most folks would agree that he’s a troubled, unorthodox, crime fighter, but for Miller, Aronofsky took that too far:

“It was the first time I worked on a Batman project with somebody whose vision of Batman was darker than mine. My Batman was too nice for him. We would argue about it, and I’d say, “Batman wouldn’t do that, »

- Gem Seddon

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The Incredible '66 Batman Lego Set is What Dreams Are Made Of

12 January 2016 12:17 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Adam West starring Batman TV series, one of the most beloved incarnations of the DC character. Lego is celebrating with an amazing looking new set that will have fans and collectors rushing the stores.  Come inside for your official, high-res, look at the set! 

I need this.  Despite the fact that I do my best to keep my toy purchases limited to my Star Wars collection (otherwise there's No room in my house), I can't help but pine for this new Lego set.  While eager collectors have spotted this previously, today brings the official confirmation from Lego...and it looks better than any of us could have imagined.  Here's what all it comes with:

Help Batman and Robin to drive the villain intruders from the Batcave, featuring a Bat Lab with Batcomputer, plus the Batmobile with stud shooters, Batcopter with flick missiles and the Batcycle. »

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