It’s a Clown Prince of Crime Thunderdome when ismahawk YouTube channel brings us a look at what might happen if two versions of Joker ever came to blows. On one side is Heath Ledger‘s Dark Knight Joker going up against Jared Leto‘s Suicide Squad gangster Joker. Who do you think would come out on top? Check out the Minute Match-Ups video below. (more…)
With lines such as “I’ll take my Science over your magic anyday,” and “you do not know the power of the dark side,” the 14th Episode of Super Power Beat Down is an uber treat for nerd enthusiasts the world over. Pitting Batman against Darth Vader in this epic web-series has made it a candidate for the “one” to beat hitherto. The production quality of the Super Power Beat Down’s are always top-notch, but this episode is a tour de force. (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…)
You know, I wasn’t sure how to feel about this official subtitle when I saw the logo pop up in my Twitter feed today (though the rest of Twitter has seemingly decided that the subtitle somehow spells doom for the movie). So, instead of rushing to snap judgements, I thought I’d call up one of my top sources…Batman himself. In this EXCLUSIVE (WORLD STAR!) interview, I get good ol’ Bruce Wayne’s feelings on the new title to his upcoming movie.
Movie fans may (and should) already know about the hilarious series of YouTube videos, called How It Should Have Ended. Well, while they’ve done a video for both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, we were never treated to how Batman Begins should have ended… until now! (more…)
It’s like peanut butter and chocolate, no matter how you combine the two, it’s going to be magical. Who better to score a movie that combines Superman and Batman, than the man who successfully scored both in their individual movies, but has anyone bothered to ask Hans Zimmer yet? (more…)
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.
The burning question for most DC Comics fans wasn’t will there be more Batman or Superman films, the real question was would the two ever appear in the same movie? Would Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight ever team up with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel?
The Dark Knight Riseswriter David Goyer was recently grilled on the red carpet and had this to say about Nolan’s Batman and Snyder’s Superman joining forces:
“The ‘Dark Knight’ films do not exist in the same universe. Zack [Snyder] has gone on record. The fact that we have Wayne Industries on the satellite, Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. Lex Luthor exists in this universe. Other metahumans do exist in this universe, so the hope is, depending on how the film does, that we’ll be able to roll into some other films.”
Goyer also goes on to hint at what other heroes might pop up, mentioning Star Labs and Cyborg. One interesting note was when asked if he was interested in taking up the script writing duties for a Justice League movie Goyer said:
“If I were offered it, I wouldn’t say no. Well, what are you going to do after Batman and Superman? How do you top yourself? I can’t go back to Metamorpho after this.”
Goyer would be a great choice to script the Justice League movie, he’s got the experience of bringing the two big tent-pole Justice League characters to the big screen already.
Let’s face it though, trying to fit Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy into the Man of Steel and Justice League continuity would be a twisted affair. Better to take the spirit of Nolan’s Batman and not the specific storyline.
Now we get to start figuring out how they introduce a new Batman, not to mention who might play the role.
Heath Ledger‘s passing is still an emotional touchstone for me. I’d always enjoyed his work and his performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knightwas bitter-sweet; arguably the best work of his short career. A German documentary television show Too Young To Die has completed a look that examines Ledger’s life and death.
The video below is Ledger’s father, Kim Ledger, discussing Heath’s last role and the ‘Joker Diary” Heath used to prepare for the role. Heath mentioned the diary back in an interview with Empire:
“I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary.”
While Kim Ledger goes through the scrapbook/journal, we get a first look at revealing clippings from images from Batman comics, Stanley Kubrick‘s A Clockwork Orange, the trademark Joker playing cards and other various clowns. The Hospital Monologue is also in there.
In a chilling final note, the last page features the words “BYE BYE” scrawled across the page by Heath.
The voice over sometimes walks over what Ledger’s father is saying, making it a little hard to catch everything Heath’s father discusses. Below is what he says during the voice overs.
This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.
The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie. This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.
Damon Lindelof has a knack for dividing fandom, think Lost or Prometheus, but he’s also got a reputation for being a fixer, like he did with the climax issues around the upcoming World War Z. Well, if Lindelof is so smart, why doesn’t he tells us how he get Justice League in front of the cameras finally? Well, the Hollywood Reporter put that question to the writer/producer during a recent round of press for Star Trek Into Darkness.
“The Justice League problem? I think a lot of that depends on Man of Steel,” Lindelof explains. “The Justice League problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They’ve been struggling with launching their own tone.
Tell us more Lindelof, and cite specific examples.
“The tone of Green Lantern is very different from the tone of The Dark Knight,” Lindelof says. “They clearly inhabit two entirely different worlds. You want to feel like someone is establishing a world where the Justice League can exist, maybe Man of Steel is that movie. If Man of Steel works, and it’s great, I think it starts to make sense where Paradise Island is in that world. Because that’s an entirely different world than the one [Dark Knight director] Christopher Nolan introduced.”
He’s right, but I don’t think anyone was ever looking at Nolan’sBat-films as part of a shared universe situation. It can be done, obviously, but the studio needs to ask itself: do they want to create good films whether or not they fit into a larger schism, or push hard for Justice League not caring whether they’re producing anything of quality or not. Lately, it’s seemed that Warners has been eying the latter and not the former.
Before signing off, Lindelof did talk about another matter concerning Man of Steel, its PG-13 rating. Let’s let the man himself explain:
“It should be PG,” says Lindelof. “In the spirit of not throwing stones from the glass house in which one resides, the same should be said of Star Trek. The limitation between PG and PG-13, particularly as it pertains to violence — there’s no sex in Star Trek. There are a couple of ‘s-words,’ but only because we already knew we were going to get PG-13. They are easily excisable. I always loved that moment in ‘Temple of Doom’ when Indy says, ‘s—.’ Because that’s exactly what he would say. You don’t use it to be gratuitous, but it’s what a character would say in that moment. Donner’s Superman is a very adult movie. It doesn’t feel like it’s being whitewashed or watered down in any way. It feels real, cool, fun, escapist and upbeat. The larger thing for Man of Steel is like, ‘Yes, we all are consuming darker stories.’ Again, glass house. But it’s like, ‘Is there any way we can get the word dark in it?'”
What do you Bastards think of Lindelof’s comments? Feel free to disagree, I know how much love there is out there for the man.