The year is 1995 and Tim Burton’s vision of Batman has twice pleased life-long fans of the Caped Crusader as well as bringing in some huge box office numbers. The third entry in the franchise is ready to hit and fans everywhere are a bit confused with the replacement of Michael Keaton as the man behind the bat but they are still on board with Batman Forever. After all, casting Jim Carrey as The Riddler was a master stroke and audiences are very curious as to just what sort of life Tommy Lee Jones can breathe into lawyer turned psycho madman, Two-Face and, holy sidekick, audiences are finally going to get a Batman movie with the Boy Wonder, Robin! The movie was released and, unfortunately, it was nothing like the previous two entries, and audiences didn’t love Joel Shumacher’s vision of the Dynamic Duo as much as Burton’s stories. One thing that many agreed on, however, was the fun relationship between Two-Face and The Riddler. They may have seemed like the perfect alliance on screen but if Jim Carrey is to be believed, there may have been a bit of behind-the-scenes animosity on the set between Two-Face and The Riddler during the production of Batman Forever. (more…)
Michael Keaton surprised and amazed when Batman came out in 1989. Although he had made his bones as a comedic actor, he was able to fill the role of the Dark Knight with the right amount of darkness and intensity while also bring something more, like the feeling that Batman was just a little bit disturbed and had a hint of malevolence. After two Batman movies, Keaton called it a day and avoided the latter, zanier entries in the series. But as his Batman days are recalled in the semi-true life inspired Birdman, Keaton recalls the reasons why he didn’t continue on in the cape and cowl, and who could convince him to come back. (more…)
It can help you evade goons and save damsels in distress across three centuries, but it won’t go for less than $25,000 at auction. The hoverboard prop used by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II is one of hundreds of Hollywood props up for bids in what’s been called the largest auction of its kind in U.K. history. (more…)
Ten years before Batman Begins hit theaters and jump started the ailing Dark Knight film franchise, Warner Bros released a decidedly different Batman movie called Batman Forever. The film was the first directed by Joel Schumacher and attempted to “lighten up” the darker Tim Burton movies with a convoluted storyline about The Riddler and Two-Face turning the people of Gotham into TV watching zombies… Or something. But that wasn’t what Michael Keaton wanted.
The Batman/Bruce Wayne role was taken over by Val Kilmer in Forever, but originally Keaton was supposed to return. In a new interview with the WTF podcast, Keaton recounted meetings with the studio where he wanted to take the character next, as well as his admiration for what Christopher Nolan’s done with the Caped Crusader.
“The guy who’s doing them now, Chris Nolan, he’s so talented, it’s crazy. [Christian Bale] is so talented. It’s so good.” he enthused. “But I say that like I’ve seen them, and I actually haven’t. I didn’t even see much of the second one that I did.”
“You look at where he went, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I was having meetings about the third one,” he continued. “I said you want to see how this guy started. We’ve got a chance here to fix whatever we kind of maybe went off. This could be brilliant.”
Keaton’s portrayal of Batman and Bruce Wayne in Burton’s Bat-films still holds up and it remains some of the best, out-of-left-field casting ever in the history of blockbuster movies. Some of you young people might not remember, but there was once a time when the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman was highly controversial. He was, at the time, most famous for being Mr Mom and Beetlejuice after all.
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We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.
Yes, the moment we’ve been dreading is here. After Batman two weeks ago and Batman Returns last week, we’ve arrived in the Dark Ages of the Dark Knight: the Schumacher Era. Granted, of the two Joel Schumacher Bat-films, Batman Forever is definitely…well, less awful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to stomach, especially after two weeks of competent (if contentious) Burton films. But as I was taking in this disastrous flick this week, something interesting happened. I had an epiphany. Oh don’t worry, I still hate this flick. The epiphany came when I realized, for the first time, why it is that I really hate it.