Everyone has their own favorite Batman. Every Nerd worth their salt has an opinion on who was the best Batman, who was the best BruceWayne, and who was the best at both. And every Nerd’s ranked list differs just a little from the Nerd standing next to them. So here’s our favorite Batmen, ranked best to worst. But this time, we want to hear from YOU. Which Batman was the best? Who didn’t cut it, in your not-so-humble opinion? How wrong were we? Post in the comment below and let us know which Batman stands where in your list. If this post does well and you opinionated (nerd)bastards comment like hell, there could be some Bat-related prizes for future posts…
Quick! What was your favorite action/fantasy adventure from the 80s starring Val Kilmer? If you said Willow, then you are correct, although Top Secret! would also have been an acceptable answer. Yes, this heart-warming, George Lucas-penned tale of a Nelwyn’s (basically a Hobbit) journey to become a sorcerer while protecting an orphaned infant from the evil Queen Bavmorda taught us all a little something about life, about love, and most importantly about ourselves. For thirty years, many of us have been hoping for a return for the mystical lands of Nockmaar and Nelwyn Valley. Fortunately for the trajectory of this article, director Ron Howard was recently on hand to talk about just that!
There’s been some talk about Top Gun 2 with Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer attached to the project, but now it seems that the long-awaited sequel is starting to ramp up a bit. Earlier today a very excited Val Kilmer posted an announcement on his Facebook page that will have Top Gun fans ready to get back to theaters. It seems that Kilmer received an offer for Top Gun 2. That’s right, the Iceman cometh! (more…)
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way is teaming with Warner Bros to take us all back to The Island Of Dr. Moreau.The production has hired writers Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy ( Hemlock Grove writers) to update the classic H.G. Wells novel into a combination of Sci-Fi and ecological science and conservatism.
Now the first thing that is going to pop into everyone’s head is Marlon Brando’s 1996 remake, which should immediately ring warning bells. That movie was a train wreck. Who could forget mini-brando? Brando and Val Kilmer were reported as hating each other vehemently and the production was caught between the two super egos.
I’m right there with anyone gathering Internet torches and pitchforks if the plan is to crank out another turd fest like that 1996 version, but for those of you lucky enough to have caught the Burt Lancaster and Micheal York 1977 version on some lazy Sunday afternoon, you know what The Island of Dr. Moreaucould be with today’s technology and effects.
Here’s the 1977 version’s trailer, just to give you a taste.
Today, we’ve got ourselves a fictional sequel I know I desperately wish was more than just a clever comedy bit about two forgotten actors trying to regain some relevancy in Hollywood.
Below is the trailer for the series finale of Life’s Too Short–the semi-autobiographical HBO comedy series created by and starring Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis. The show is apparently based around Davis’ daily trials and tribulations…I wish I could say more about it, but I don’t get HBO–looks awesome, though. The trailer features Davis and Willow co-star Val Kilmer attempting to pitch Willow 2 to investors.
Ten years before Batman Begins hit theaters and jump started the ailing Dark Knight film franchise, Warner Bros released a decidedly different Batman movie called Batman Forever. The film was the first directed by Joel Schumacher and attempted to “lighten up” the darker Tim Burton movies with a convoluted storyline about The Riddler and Two-Face turning the people of Gotham into TV watching zombies… Or something. But that wasn’t what Michael Keaton wanted.
The Batman/Bruce Wayne role was taken over by Val Kilmer in Forever, but originally Keaton was supposed to return. In a new interview with the WTF podcast, Keaton recounted meetings with the studio where he wanted to take the character next, as well as his admiration for what Christopher Nolan’s done with the Caped Crusader.
“The guy who’s doing them now, Chris Nolan, he’s so talented, it’s crazy. [Christian Bale] is so talented. It’s so good.” he enthused. “But I say that like I’ve seen them, and I actually haven’t. I didn’t even see much of the second one that I did.”
“You look at where he went, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I was having meetings about the third one,” he continued. “I said you want to see how this guy started. We’ve got a chance here to fix whatever we kind of maybe went off. This could be brilliant.”
Keaton’s portrayal of Batman and Bruce Wayne in Burton’s Bat-films still holds up and it remains some of the best, out-of-left-field casting ever in the history of blockbuster movies. Some of you young people might not remember, but there was once a time when the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman was highly controversial. He was, at the time, most famous for being Mr Mom and Beetlejuice after all.
We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.
Yes, the moment we’ve been dreading is here. After Batmantwo weeks ago and Batman Returnslast week, we’ve arrived in the Dark Ages of the Dark Knight: the Schumacher Era. Granted, of the two Joel Schumacher Bat-films, Batman Forever is definitely…well, less awful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to stomach, especially after two weeks of competent (if contentious) Burton films. But as I was taking in this disastrous flick this week, something interesting happened. I had an epiphany. Oh don’t worry, I still hate this flick. The epiphany came when I realized, for the first time, why it is that I really hate it.
Every movie has a conflict point…Just like every rose has its thorn?….Never mind that. I find that even the saddest scenes in a hardcore drama can affect you sometimes worse than real life drama. For example, In “Boys Don’t Cry” (Not on this list), Tina Brandon is raped by her friends when they find out he is a girl. Terrifyingly brutal. Even after you left the the theater it resonated so deeply, years later, the tuning fork vibrations of silently thunderous realism hit home too closely to an uncomfortable level. THESE movies are the moments in SCI -FI /FANTASY films that made you sad. To say that real drama is dramatic just screams of an easy tear jerk. I’m talking when a NerdBastard type film can get you moving, get the eyes all welled up, THAT, my friends, is brilliant work.
Not to say that these films aren’t kinda terrible (Lets face it, alot of them are, and we love them REGARDLESS of poor quality), because, well, they are a little. If an Ewok can make you sad. This is the site for you, and just the list to get you thinking. (more…)
I would like to take this moment to deliver a message personally and explictially for the people involved and responsible for the making of one of the greatest and still underated fantasy films ever made…Willow. (more…)