Candid Keaton on Why He Bailed from Third ‘Batman,’ And Who He’d Come Back For

- 10-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

James Bond Actor Could Have Played Batman for Burton

- 08-21-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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At this point, Batman is the American equivalent of James Bond with eight actors having donned the cowl (SDCC footage and moody grey snapshots give Affleck full membership status prior to the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), but if Pierce Brosnan had less defined opinions about grown men in their underwear, his career could have gone in an entirely new direction. Yes, Pierce Brosnan could have starred in Multiplicity(more…)

‘The Death of Superman Lives’ Lives with New Trailer, But Needs More Money

- 08-20-14Comics, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Younger nerds may not know this, but there was once this thing called “Superman Lives.” It was based, however roughly, on the “Death of Superman” story arc from 1992/93 and was primed to be the smash hit of the summer of 1998, in theaters, in time, for Superman’s 60th birthday. It was also supposed to be the Man of Steel’s epic return to cinemas, 12 years after the epic failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Of course, Superman Lives was an epic failure in its own right, torn asunder by a rabid fan culture and a suddenly spending shy studio. And that’s where Jon Schnepp comes in. A veritable collector of Superman Lives lore, he decided to crowd fund a documentary to examine its making and eventual unmaking, and he needs a little bit more money to get the film in front of the eyes of fans… (more…)

SDCC14: A New Documentary Reminds Us All That Burton’s ‘Superman Lives’ Was the Worst Idea Ever

- 07-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Today at San Diego Comic-Con (is anything else happening in the world at the moment?), the first full-length trailer for Jon Schnepp’s documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (the question’s rhetorical, obviously) debuted and has now been released online. One of the weirder “what if” films of all time, Schnepp’s documentary digs at the “whys” behind the collapse of Tim Burton and Kevin Smith‘s potential superhero shitstorm. (more…)

Watch Burton’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ Get the Honest Trailers Smack-Down

- 07-02-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Whatever feelings you may or may not have for the latest incarnation of Planet of the Apes, there are few people on this or any monkey-ruled planet that would exchange the rebooted franchise for another visit to Tim Burton’s 2001 version. As is befitting a turd of this caliber, the folks over at Screen Junkies have decided to give it the ‘Honest Trailers’ treatment. Scroll on and click the video thingy for a more accurate look at the Apes movie we have tried so hard to forget. (more…)

Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Batman’ – 25 Years Later

- 06-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Here’s something to make some of you feel old, Tim Burton‘s Batman was released 25 years ago today! The film marked a turning point for comic book films specifically and blockbuster level films generally. Batman was a game changer, and it seems fitting that we not let that anniversary pass without notice. I guess others felt the same way because someone went to the trouble of digging up this gem, a behind the scenes look at the production of Batman made in 1988 as the film was in pre-production in England. Apparently Burton’s dark tone for Batman was so in doubt that the studio, Warner Bros., wanted to assure fans and investors that they knew what they were doing with the production. Now, it’s just a quirky little time capsule. (more…)

Helena Bonham Carter to Return to Wonderland as “The Red Queen” in Upcoming Sequel

- 03-13-14Film Posted by James Daniels

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While Tim Burton will, sadly, not be returning to helm the sequel to his 2010 Alice in Wonderland adaptation, according to Variety: Helena Bonham Carter is in negotiations to reprise her role as The Red Queen.  Johnny Depp will also return as The Mad Hatter–making this possibly the only time Carter and Depp have been in a movie together without Tim Burton directing.  (more…)

Micheal Keaton Screams: ‘Beetlejuice 2′ ‘Beetlejuice 2′ ‘Beetlejuice 2′ But Will it Work?

- 02-14-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Even the craziest odds makers in Vegas wouldn’t take a bet about Micheal Keaton getting asked about Beetlejuice 2 in just about every RoboCop reboot publicity interview he’ll do this opening week. It’s what they call a “Sure Thing,” but we still want to hear him talk about the possibilities. (more…)

Nic Cage Says ‘Superman Lives’ Was Too “Gutsy” for WB

- 12-10-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As movie nerds, I think we all have a perverse fascination with Superman Lives, the woulda/coulda/shoulda Man of Steel movie that was once meant to be made by Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage. Maybe it was the burgeoning internet film culture of the time, or maybe it was Kevin Smith‘s hilarious remembrances of his time on the project, or maybe it’s been the leaks of concept art and other details in the intervening 15 years, but we all have a morbid curiosity about the project. I’m not sure if Cage, the film’s would have been star, has ever commented before about Superman Lives, but he has something to say about it now in a new interview with Metro, and to sum up his thoughts, Warner Bros just wasn’t ready for the “mind-blowing experience” the movie would have been. (more…)

Lydia Deetz Could be Resurrected for ‘Beetlejuice 2′, Says Winona Ryder

- 11-19-13Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

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As Nerd Media has been eagerly reporting, Beetlejuice 2 is well on the way to being summoned forth into the land of the living. Star–and ONLY actor who could possibly play the “Ghost With The Most”–Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton have both essentially confirmed their presence.

(and please remember my use of the word “essentially” if/when this information is denied/disproved)

Now it appears Winona Ryder is following suit.  (more…)