If you happen to have a spare $40,000 lying around right now, you can get in on the bidding and grab yourself a couple of iconic pieces of vintage film memorabilia, before they undoubtedly get snatched up. The original Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve in the first Superman film from 1978 has just gone up for auction online, along with Michael Keaton’s original Batsuit from the 1989 Batman movie. Which classic superhero costume will go first? Get bidding!
After a few months of wild speculation, sourceless rumors, and multiple postings of that same old ‘Sad Batfleck’ picture, we have an actual update on the semi-confirmed forthcoming Ben Affleck written-directed-staring solo Batman movie.
Matt Damon’s better half was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (Jan 9) promoting a sadly non-Batman related film, Live By Night (come on, the title is sooooo close,) and offered a brief statement on the status of the much-scrutinized DCEU production. (more…)
Director Kevin Smith is a lifelong Batman fan and all around professional geek. Most of his films have some sort of Star Wars reference, he has written Batman, Green Arrow, and Daredevil comic book issues. Needless to say, his geek cred run deep. While he has been in a little bit of a slump for his experimental films, he has been killing it on the small screen. Smith directed two of the best episodes of The Flash (“The Runaway Dinosaur” and “Killer Frost”) and his Supergirl episode (“Supergirl Lives”) airs January 23rd. The lifelong Batman fan has never directed anything associated with his favorite comic book character Batman, until now.
Once upon a time, when the world was shinier and newer and less depressing, the biggest casting news to come out of the DC Cinematic Universe was the casting of former Daredevil star Ben Affleck as everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The internet came close to shaking itself down to its apoplectic foundations over such a perceived misstep by Zach Snyder and company, the Boston accent memes were many, and the future of the Justice League seemed more threatened than it ever had by the likes of Darkseid. (more…)
Whatever you thought of the movie, there is no denying that Suicide Squad was a commercial success, raising almost $750million at the box office. When a film makes that much money, it doesn’t matter how many bad reviews it receives or angry blog posts it inspires, the industry makes sure to create more of it, to see how long it can remain lucrative. In the case of the baddest of the bad, it seems like the team behind the movie have taken into account fans’ opinions about what they really liked in this movie, as it has been recently announced that Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn in a screen adaptation of Gotham City Sirens. (more…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)