Very few people speak ill of Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy. The series shattered box office records, earned multiple Oscar nominations (and wins), and is often considered the greatest superhero trilogy in movie history. And yet, deep down in my heart, I’ll never be able to forgive Nolan for wasting precious years of Christian Bale’s productive career, when the versatile actor could have been making more passionate, provocative films like Werner Herzog’s stirring RESCUE DAWN — airing tonight at 10P on Sundance Channel.
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Amazingly, Bruce Wayne has donned his Batsuit for the seventh time in a little over 20 years. The role of Batman has become a nouveau-James Bond of sorts, with a grand total of 4 actors portraying him thus far, in films directed by three different men. When the original BATMAN came out in 1989, comic book and superhero films were far from guaranteed successes, since effects and makeup hadn’t quite risen to the standards of what the deliriously imaginative comic creators could come up with. Nevertheless, Tim Burton’s BATMAN was a commercial and (mostly) critical success, enough to ensure delivery of the arguably better sequel BATMAN RETURNS three years later. Fast-forward (remember that?) to 2005, and MEMENTO director Christopher Nolan resuscitated the franchise with the much darker — and more realistic — BATMAN BEGINS, which in turn was also followed by a superior sequel, THE DARK KNIGHT. Pretty much across the board, the newer Batman films are considered to be the most relevant and successful, but there remains a small and embattled contingent of film fans who actively miss the old days of (pre-SLEEPY HOLLOW) Tim Burton.
“When we take a few moments away from horror and tragedy — not to mention politics and anger — to prove that humor and fantasy survive, there will be one question on moviegoing America’s mind this month… Who would win a fight between Spider-Man and Batman?”
DC Comics is celebrating 75 years with a new coffee table book by Taschen documenting their existence. Written by Paul Levitz, the book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, starts with Superman and ends with the Green Lantern movie. The Hollywood Reporter has a great slideshow of the work. It’s so…
As a bookend to my recent Batman entry, Metafilter unearthed what may be the best campy issue of Batman ever thanks to its (intentional? unintentional?) over-usage of the double entendre “boners.” One blogger (bless him) scanned and posted every page of Batman number 66, titled “The Joker’s Comedy of Errors.” This is admittedly a bit…
Scene from classic Batman episode Take a nostalgic trip back to Gotham City with this batty online collection of all the onomatopoeias from the old classic 1960s Batman TV series (including episodes of when each one was used) starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Also, check out this video of the evolution of the Batman…
The Los Angeles Times has caught up with the artist responsible for those Obama/Joker posters popping up around your local healthcare town hall. And shockingly, he’s not a Republican. He’s a Kucinich supporter.
Thanks to the folks over at World of Wonder we finally have proof of what most gays have presumed for years. Now if only someone somewhere would make this movie.