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The 2016 Presidential Election was one for the ages. No matter your political affiliation, you can’t deny that this was one of the most contentious, antagonistic, and downright nasty campaigns in recent history. Given the results of the election, it doesn’t appear that the current divide is going to be healed anytime soon. This was the ultimate “Marvel vs DC” campaign, times 1000, and this country will be feeling the effects for it for years and years to come. One thing that many people keeps saying about the two headliners was that they were the least liked candidates in recent memory and voters had to hold their noses and vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Some members of the electorate either opted not to vote, others had another idea in mind: the write-in candidate, and there were some interesting choices.

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There are plenty of people and plenty of websites that have ranked the numerous actors who have played the Joker over the years. To give you some insight, earlier this year, Variety ranked these Jokers from worst to best in this order: Jared Leto, Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero, and Heath Ledger. Screenrant actually had Ledger as their number two Joker while Hamill was their number one. There’s no doubt that Hamill is one of the best Jokers out there. Some would argue that he is definitely the best animated version of the villain. So what do you think the man, himself, had to say about Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad? Leave it to Hamill to give a fairly neutral answer.

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It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton’s Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy and now, of course, Affleck’s Batman. However, you don’t get Nolan’s Batman –  heck, the very idea of Batman, his modern age personification, might never have been realized had it not been for 1989 Batman. Despite Frank Miller’s The Dark Night Returns and other defining Batman comics of the time, for most children of the 80’s, and for fans of yesteryear, their idea of Batman was predominately localized to Batman 66 reruns and Hannna Barbera’s Superfriends. Burton’s Batman came along and forever changed the identity of the caped crusader. Burton effectively echoed the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a Gothic world of his own. His vision for Gotham and its ranged cast of characters is impeccable. It set the standards for Batman and modern comic book films.

Batman 1989 holds a very special place for many a Bat-stalgic heart, and to it, are open wallets.  While there is a treasure trove of goods, old and new, commemorating the landmark superhero film, consider what the fine folks at NECA Toys are offering. For one of the biggest superheroes of all time, NECA decided to go, well, big.  (more…)

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Just the other day, a rumor spread like wild fire. That rumor being, that the script for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie was terrible and the studio execs at Warners Bros couldn’t give a hoot, with “too big to fail” type rhetoric. This story came from American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis who’s comments were pulled from a lengthy online interview. The story was initially blown out of proportion with online media citing that Ellis was at a dinner with some Warner Bros execs who were ignoring concerns and practically laughing their way to the box office. Bret Easton later clarified  that he didn’t talk with any executives directly involved in Batman, it was just some loose round the table gossip. This, however, didn’t ease minds. His follow-up remarks didn’t clear the rumors that the script is a mess – and given the poor critical response for Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, it’s very easy to believe Warner Bros aren’t too keen on enforcing a quality product.

So, now, a surprise figure comes to reassure fans that all, in fact, is well with Batman.  (more…)

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It seems, with increasing certainty, that Warner Bros has a devil may care attitude when it comes to making superhero movies, emboldened by the fact these properties are too big to fail, that fans are going to see them no matter how good or bad they are. If a succession of critically flawed movies wasn’t proof enough, there may some actual evidence of this thanks to an off the record Hollywood dinner where execs were heard talking Ben Afflecks’s solo Batman movie, what a mess it is, and how they blatantly don’t care.   (more…)

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When it was announced that Ben Affleck was going to play Batman, the internet nearly folded in on itself. Some were willing to give it a chance. If Heath Ledger could come out of no where, why couldn’t Ben Affleck do the same thing. Of course, the doubters out numbered the willing. According to some, Ledger was a once in a million event, or Affleck was just too terrible to be given an opportunity. However, it’s been several years since then. Who knew back then that Affleck would turn out to be a good Batman? And now it’s time to start talking about how his solo Batman film will start filming in 2017.

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On a list of some of the scariest clowns, you could easily include: Pennywise, the Killer Clowns from Outer Space, and Bozo the Clown. For whatever reason, 2016 has seen an increase in clown sightings. Reports of clown activity has ranged from just standing on the side of a road to actually attacking individuals. In rare cases, some of these clowns have been scaring little children. Some of it may have been unintentional, but the kids who see these clowns have been frightened by them. So of course it would make sense that they would need someone to step up and protect them. Someone to let them know that they’ve got their back. Cue Batman.

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It’s been a fairly dour year at the box office overall, but the it was the most dour for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. At least that’s the narrative. It’s a bit bizarre for a movie that made over $873 million at the worldwide box office to be considered a flop, but that’s the niche that BvS has been shoved into, and there’s no getting around it. Well, Ben Affleck wants to get around it. Affleck probably has more of a right than most to change the narrative on BvS since he was pilloried personally for years before the movie came out, so what did he think of the backlash?  (more…)

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Yes, it is #BatmanDay. If you didn’t buy Batman a present, you’ve still got a couple of hours, but it looks like today it’s Zack Snyder that’s handing out the gifts. As you may have heard, there’s presently a Justice League movie in production, and while it features the Dark Knight as a key figure within it, it also features one of his main allies, Commissioner Gordon. Gotham City’s top cop has a small but pivotal role in the Justice League film, and it will be up to Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons to bring him to life again, and now we know what Simmons will look like in the film. (more…)

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It looks like Justice League is about to finish wrapping up production. The follow-up film to this year’s Batman v Superman is due to showcase Batman putting together a team of metahumans as they have to band together against a new foe is due next year. The heroes forming together include Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and most likely Superman as they take on Steppenwolf. The film has been in production since April and it looks like they have finally wrapped up shooting.

To celebrate the end of filming, director Zach Snyder took to twitter and gave us a juicy picture from the upcoming film. (more…)