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When I read reports of DC going with an “older Batman” in the Warner Bros. head scratcher ‘Batman v Superman,’ the first thing I hoped for was a Nightwing appearance. It didn’t dawn on me that this caped crusader would lean more toward the Frank Miller version, immortalized in the comics series ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’ In truth, I saw the release of the Miller costume like everyone else and just didn’t put two and two together. So it kind of makes sense that, along with the more grizzled Dark Knight, female Robin, Carrie Kelley, wouldn’t be far behind. And now we sort of have proof that she’s gonna be in the movie starring our ‘World’s Finest.’
Gotham‘s 4th episode is a good example of something viewers like me need to keep in mind: This ain’t your daddy’s Batman.
Not that that’s a bad thing, indeed the whole purpose of the series is to show a side of the Batman universe fans haven’t seen yet–and in that sense, “Arkham” is a strong episode. Just don’t make my mistake of letting the title fool you into getting ahead of where we are in the timeline. There are no imprisoned supervillains to be enjoyed here (and I doubt if Harley Quinn is even a gleam in Mr. Quinzel’s eye yet).
Instead, what we have here is a power play between the syndicates controlled by Mob Bosses Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and Sal Maroni (David Zayas).
Btw, am I the only one who thinks their respective outfits should be referred to colloquially as the ‘Conies and the ‘Ronies? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (more…)
When her appearance was first announced most fans were worried more about who would be cast to play the Amazon princess. Now that most have decided to give Gal Godat a shot, their attention should naturally turn toward how her origin story would turn out on the big screen. With an already bursting at the seams amount of additional characters being shoved into the Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, would there be room to tell any origins at all? (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…)
While director Zack Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Let’s Hope They Don’t Eff This Up is still a year and a half away from hitting theaters, the rumors surrounding the movies don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The latest such rumor revolves around Jena Malone (American Beauty, Donnie Darko), who recently posted a pic on her Instagram account with dyed red hair and the tag, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.” With this development viewed in context with her visit to the set of Batman V. Superman: A Basket for All of Warner Bros.’s Eggs back in August, the question is: Is Jena Malone playing Robin? (more…)
Michael Keaton was never my first pick for the role of Batman, but I was so happy to see my favorite hero on movie screens that I got over it. It was the forehead. And the distinctive voice. And he’s only 5’10. I kept it moving, drank the Kool-Aid, and thoroughly enjoyed myself during both his runs as one half of the ‘World’s Finest.’ A couple decades or so later, he’d trade in his cape for feathers in his newest flick ‘Birdman.’ In promoting the film, Keaton sat down with EW and shared his views on the Christopher Nolan Batman films and whether or not ‘Batfleck’ was a good idea. (more…)
In my review of last week’s installment of Gotham: “Selina Kyle”, I discussed my main objection to the series thus far: That the first two episodes seemed overwritten and unmanageably complex.
I’m not arrogant enough to even consider the notion that the Gotham writers heard my complaints and wrote “The Balloonman” specifically to address them, but if I could have asked them to, this is precisely the episode I’d want them to make. It’s streamlined, straightforward, and easy to follow–and if the rest of the season follows The Balloonman’s lead, Gotham has a real shot at being a truly great show. (more…)
Everyone in the world seems to have an opinion on whether or not Ben Affleck is the right guy to don the cowl and cape and step into the weighty shoes of Batman. As one of the comic book world’s most iconic and beloved characters, there’s a lot to live up to. And there are plenty in Internet-land that find The Batfleck to be a sign of the end of days. While promoting his new movie, Gone Girl, Affleck spoke to NPR and, naturally, the subject of Batman came up. Scroll on to hear Affleck talk yet again about his failure as Daredevil and the confidence he has that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be bad-ass. (more…)