Batman Television and Film
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By Rob Payne | Posted Under Seriously Random Lists | Comments (0 View While many of us were stuffing ourselves into digestive comas, the Philippine Daily Inquirer was out doing real journalism and interviewing Christian Bale . Pointedly, he talks about very recently wrapping Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises , and how that will be the last moment he’ll ever take don or doff the famous Bat-cowl.
Titan Books has just released an excerpt from David Hughes' Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made?, which details the stories of the numerous Hollywood projects that never got off the ground. Among them include Neil Gaiman's feature adaptation of Sandman, the many iterations of Lord of the Rings (one version featured The Beatles), James Cameron's Fantastic Voyage, and the countless variations on Indiana Jones 4.
As The Cabin In The Woods premiered at the South By Southwest Festival in Texas, Joss Whedon took part in a panel discussion about the film, and several other projects, too. Amongst the highlights? Well, prior to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins movie coming together, Whedon went to Warner Bros to pitch a Batman movie of his own. “My heart was on the table”, he said. “I was so into it.
At this point, there’s no doubt that Joss Whedon has done really, really, really well for himself with The Avengers . As of today, opening day, the film has a domestic opening weekend estimate of $172.5 million and an impressive 93% Rotten Tomatoes score, making it a smash hit both critically and commercially. But before he was Team Marvel, Whedon was very nearly a DC man. I’m not just talking about that failed Wonder Woman film — once upon a time, before Christopher Nolan ever got his hands on the franchise, Whedon also pitched a Batman movie that never got off the ground. Like Nolan’s Batman Begins , Whedon’s version would have focused heavily on the origins of the Caped Crusader. However, Whedon was more interested in following Bruce Wayne’s time as “a morbid, death-obsessed kid.”
Joss Whedon may have signed his soul over to Marvel, but the director recently recalled his own idea for a Batman movie before the franchise was eventually given to Christopher Nolan . Not unlike Batman Begins, Wedon's film would have focused heavily on the origins of the Caped Crusader. However, Whedon noted that he was more interested in following the early years of Bruce Wayne as "a morbid, death-obsessed kid." Explained Whedon, "He's like this tiny 12-year-old who's about to get the s#!
Feb 8th 2012 By: Lauren Davis With Christopher Nolan finishing up his third and final Batman movie, some folks are already wondering which director will be next to turn his or her camera on the Caped Crusader. Each director brings their own flavor to Gotham's defender, from Tim Burton's cartoony, gothic take to Nolan's crime movie sensibilities. The LA Times' Hero Complex imagines how other directors might reinvent Batman once Nolan is through. Geoff Boucher, the Hero Complex head writer, teamed up with artist Sean Hartter to create these imaginary movie poster collages. Hartter is known for his stellar alternate universe movie posters , which mashes up familiar media with unlikely actors -- Marilyn Monroe in Kill Bill , Watchmen starring Lenny Bruce as the Comedian and Paul Newman as Dr.
My variant of that idea would have Gene Hackman as Magneto, and he runs a rival private school in Massachusetts that follows a rigid British-inspired tradition that starkly contrasts with Xavier's beatnik, borderline negligent, attitude towards formal education. The movie takes place during an annual 'game week' where the students from both schools face off in superpowered sports and academic challenges. Of course romance and rivalries end up bringing the eccentric students from both sides together in unforeseen ways.
As it’s a slow news day this Friday and as there has been almost nothing new to report on The Dark Knight Rises for the past several weeks, we thought we would revive an old interesting debate (and you have to say problem for Warner Bros this summer) when Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale leave the Batman franchise for good. We will talk about the intimidating shoes of Christopher Nolan that some filmmaker out there has to try and fill when the Batman franchise is inevitably rebooted or re-imagined next time out on a later date… but which actor out there do you think is the perfect match for the next Bruce Wayne? Read What Culture writer Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum’s article from late last year and debate below;
The current iteration of Batman comes to an end in this summer's Dark Knight Rises. Since Christopher Nolan's films have made such a large impact with their unique style, it would make sense for there to be a bit of a cooling off period before the franchise went through yet another reboot. There is, however, too much money to be made.
Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures Christian Bale may not be ready to hang up his Batman suit, after all. Time and again, the star of the Christopher Nolan-directed "Dark Knight" movies has said that the third installment of the Batman trilogy will be his last. Fans have been having a hard time saying goodbye. " The Dark Knight Rises, " out this summer, is said to be the last of the Bale-Nolan dynamic duo.
The New 52's Batman and Robin may be heading to the big screen Even though The Dark Knight Rises is still in the midst of principle photography, it hasn't stopped fans from speculating on where this franchise may go after director Christopher Nolan completes his trilogy. There's been rumors that another big name director may step in and create an all-new trilogy from scratch, and that Bruce Wayne may also lead a TV series sometime in the near future. No one in the Bat camp is talking at this point. And it's all conjecture until the powers that be reveal their secret plans for keeping the Batman franchise afloat. Today, however, we did get a hint at the direction Bruce Wayne's cinematic side may take after The Dark Knight Rises plays out at theaters.
Batman has the greatest set of villains of any superhero, but not every character can be a Joker or a Two-Face. Or even a Penguin. It turns out that the only thing one needs to qualify as a member of Batman's rogue gallery is being insane and knowing how to sew a costume. We all know that sooner or later, the Batman movies are going to run out of interesting villains to feature and will be forced to start scraping closer to the bottom of the barrel. Whoever they end up choosing, we hope it's not someone like ...
Mar 16th 2012 By: Lauren Davis Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may have broken the hearts of superhero-loving theater goers with its uninspired take on New York's webslinging photographer, but American audiences are in for a delightfully insane consolation prize. Batman Live , the live-action stage show that's been touring arenas in Latin America, Europe and the United Kingdom, is finally making its North American debut, with a full complement of Bat-foes, and effects that dazzle the eyes rather than maim the actors.
Michael Keaton. Christian Bale. Val Kilmer. George Clooney. Even, yes, Adam West (he did a Batman film during the TV show's run). All of them have donned the bat-ears, the billowy cape, and the pointy gloves for one movie or another, to varying levels of success.
Photos courtesy of Scott Schwartz and Putsch Racing This car replicates the Batmobile from the 1989 movie starring Michael Keaton as Batman that was directed by Tim Burton. This film is significant in that it is the first of the modern Batman movies that changed the direction of the character as it was portrayed in the campy 1960’s TV show.