Kevin Smith likes to refer to the Frank Miller version of Batman from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ as “Fat Batman.” So I found the image above to be very appropriate when referencing the term “Batman Heavy.” But in the meantime, let’s talk about this teaser trailer. Now that The Avengers have everyone talking, stepchild DC/Warner Bros. understandably wants in on some of that comic book movie chaos. All of a sudden there’s talk about a teaser/trailer starring our ‘World’s Finest.’ One actually appeared at San Diego Comic Con months ago. This one is reportedly starring Batman. In a Superman movie. Which is just ‘Justice League Lite.’ Check out the video, shot bootleg from inside an orgasmic geek’s armit. (more…)
One of the things I love about watching certain television shows is that after watching the latest episode I can go online and join discussion groups, Instant Reaction podcasts, or just join the comments section from one of Nerd Bastards’ reviews to discuss the episode and series as a whole. Gotham is one of those shows that has a very active fan base of discussion. Now there is an interesting, and far-fetched Gotham idea that is making the Internet rounds. Imagine this, Cobblepot becomes the not the Penguin as everyone expects, but instead becomes… wait for it…. the Joker. (more…)
Gotham‘s fifth installment: “Viper”, follows a standard plotline for comic book television, as well as many similar genres–the “Magic Drug” episode. Arrow, for example, has already explored this topic on several occasions.
While the basic story might be a little familiar, the execution is strong, largely due to a superior “B” plot: The developing story of the clandestine gang war between the Falcone (John Doman) and Maroni (David Zayas) syndicates. For more, hit the jumpy-thingy: (more…)
It seems not everyone is happy to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary, at least not in the world of stamp collecting. The Bat-stamps released by the U.S. Postal Service in celebration of the Dark Knight’s mark on pop culture has been met with some negative feedback from traditional stamp collectors for what they see as the prostitution of their hobby. The USPS, they contend, is degrading their passion all in the name of a quick buck. (more…)
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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…)