Relax, this is comic book news, not TV news. You’re first reaction, like mine, might have been that the idea of a Sin City TV series was a bad one given how the last movie, A Dame to Kill For, turned out. But more Sin City comic books? Sure, why not? That’s another piece of news that’s come out of New York Comic-Con, which is currently going on through Sunday at the Javits Center. While at a press conference for the new, highly anticipated The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Miller reveled that he’s still working daily, and is ready to revisit a hive of scum and villainy worse than Gotham, Basin City. (more…)
The Dark Knight Returns
Without reservation, we can say that Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns is one of the most seminal graphic novels ever published. The sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Back, not so much. The latter book, published in 2000, is largely seen as part of an overall decline in quality from Miller in the last several years, including heavily critiqued works like 300, Holy Terror, and All-Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder. Now those books may have their good points too, but Miller criticism will go to a whole new level if the following piece of art is a hint at what we might be getting with the upcoming The Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race. (more…)
It appears that Hollywood stars not only have to worry about their phones getting hacked, but also having pictures taken of the pictures on their phone while out with friends. That’s right, it wasn’t a hack, as much as an over the shoulder fanboy photo grab that gives us a look at what could be Jerad Leto in full Joker costume for the first time. (more…)
The great thing about a shared universe is having characters not necessarily a part of the comic book a hero is based on, pop up in movies that all take place in the same world. You know what I mean. Like when Tony Stark rolled up to General Ross at the end of The Incredible Hulk, or when Loki did a very authentic Captain America cosplay in Thor: The Dark World. Of course, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are thinking along those same lines as they construct an interconnected world for the DC Comics-based characters. Exhibit A is the team-up of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And now it looks like that Exhibit B is going to be 2016’s Suicide Squad, which, according to rumors, may want to be called Batman V. Suicide Squad. (more…)
There is no doubting that Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns – which focused on an older military-esque, hard-as-nails Batman set against the zeitgeist of contemporary society at the time – is one of the most seminal comic books (along with Alan Moore‘s Watchmen) of the 1980s. The Graphic novel inspired Tim Burton‘s vision of his 1989 movie adaptation Batman, and also inspired the darker moody tone of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy – particularly The Dark Knight Rises, furthermore, looking set to be a major influence on Zack Snyder‘s upcoming tent-pole (the movie that is setting up the Justice League), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (more…)
What did I get myself into? The idea was simple: create of list of the most important Batman stories across all media – comic books, TV and movies. More than that, it should be a list of suggestions. If someone asked you about Batman having never engaged with the character before, where would you tell them to begin?
Easier said than done.
After a lot of hand wringing, soul-searching, and suggestion taking, the following list of 12 items spans Batman stories culled from the pages of several comic books to the celluloid dreams of his finest big and small screen adventures. They all tell us something about Batman, but they also tell us something about how to do Batman right, which is no mean feat in and of itself. Some of these choices may be obvious, some of them you may (vehemently) disagree with, but if you had never heard of Batman before, and were looking for a good place to start with your understanding of the man and his mission, can you really do better than these 12 items listed below? You be the judge. (more…)
When they first announced the film, before all of these crazy rumors and even crazier castings, the Man of Steel sequel was teased by a classic monologue from The Dark Knight Returns. Instantly, fans ran wild with speculation on just why was this line in particular was chosen from Batman’s many encounters with Superman, and what this would mean for the movie. It’s been more distant from our minds as of late, as we’re all still in the wake of Jesse Eisenberg being announced as Lex Luthor, but Zack Snyder has finally given us some insight on just what relation TDKR will have to Batman Vs. Superman. (more…)
It was one of the biggest announcements to come out of San Diego Comic Con, and was really all Warner Bros. brought with them in an effort to unseat Marvel’s dominance of Hall H. Was it big enough? Watching video of the reveal would sure make you think so, but since then opinions have wavered on a Batman vs. Superman film (that’s still only a rumored title, by the way) being a good decision.
At their panel, Harry Lennix (Man of Steel‘s General Swanwick) read aloud an excerpt from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s a pretty famous quote and comes from the climactic show down between an old and battered Bats and government thug Supes. Since then, fans have been in absolute tizzy! Jumping to conclusions this Batman vs. Superman flick would be, in some way, an adaptation of Miller’s classic. Which the recent news Miller is meeting with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder only fueled.
And the fuel for the fire only grows. Today, Batman on Film are reporting Warner Bros. is looking for an older actor to be the new Batman. Someone roughly in their 40s, a “grizzled veteran who has been on the job, if you will, for several years.” So, definitely no rookie, which I think is a smart move. Fans aren’t looking for another Batman Begins.
If this comes true then a lot of fan favorites casting choices – like John Hamm, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, etc. – begin looking a lot more likely. (Psst! If you haven’t already, check out our Top 10 list of who should be the next Batman.) And since Armie Hammer, the once Batman of that failed Justice League movie, has let everyone know he’s in no way interested, you can at least cross his name off the list.
What do you think of this development? Of course this is only more rumor since I don’t believe David S. Goyer have even finished the script, but maybe there have been some leaks hinting this is the direction he’s going. Will Batman vs. Superman be more like The Dark Knight Returns than we initially thought? Will it be enough to knock Marvel and Disney off their high horse?
When it was first revealed at SDCC 2013 that Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel sequel would be a Batman/Superman crossover called Batman vs. Superman, we also learned that this epic superhero team-up would draw heavily from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns.
This comic series, later complied as a graphic novel, redefined our image of the caped crusader. And now The Independent is reporting that Miller and Snyder will be meeting to discuss the project.
The quote used to announce the new film:
I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come. In your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.
Is one of Miller’s most famous pieces of dialogue from The Dark Knight Returns. While it’s unknown how much input the comics legend will have on Zack Snyder’s sequel, far as I’m concerned, Miller’s involvement can only benefit this project, and help the filmmakers achieve the proper aesthetic.
On Sept. 24, Warner Bros. will be releasing The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray Box Set–six discs for the fairly reasonable MSRP of $99.97. The collection contains the 3 films, naturally, as well as all the extras included in the standalone Blu-rays, some new featurettes, and artwork by Mondo (no Chris Nolan director’s commentaries, sadly).
Here’s the press release from Warner’s regarding the Box Set:
Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success.
Now on September 24, Nolan’s three Batman films – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.
Here’s exactly what the “UCE” will include:
- Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features
- Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature
- Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features
- Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature
- Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features
- Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)
NEW Special Features:
- The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy – The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever. Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
- Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation – For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
- IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises – See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio
Exclusive NEW Memorabilia:
- Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler
- Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul
- 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies