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DC FanDome 2021 Will Deliver a Historic Batman Moment

If you’re tired of Batman, DC FanDome 2021 will have plenty to share about all the other superhero projects in the pipeline at Warner Bros. and DC Comics, including the upcoming Black Adam and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movies. But if you’re like me and can’t get enough of the Dark Knight, then you should be doubly excited for this year’s virtual DC showcase, which will feature a series of projects with an unprecedented amount of live-action Batmen. I count four Bruces at this year’s FanDome, and that’s without even factoring in the upcoming Batman: Caped Crusader animated series.…
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Val Kilmer on Batman Forever: ‘It’s So Bad, It’s Almost Good’

Val Kilmer is back in the public conversation. It’s easy to see why after the premiere of the documentary Val, a new release from Amazon Studios and A24. Melancholic and wistful, the film documents Kilmer’s eclectic career as a rising movie star in the 1980s and ‘90s, and his more recent battle (and victory over) cancer. Hence the film must must talk about his time as Bruce Wayne in 1995’s Batman Forever. Yet as good as the doc is, its impressionistic view of the actor’s life tends to leave some of his sardonic musings and general conviviality off the screen.…
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How Matthias Schoenaerts Almost Became Zack Snyder’s Batman

Director Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe debut, 2013’s Man of Steel, may have delivered respectable global box office numbers ($668 million) in showcasing star Henry Cavill, but it wasn’t an acclaimed watershed pop culture moment that guaranteed Warner Bros. a money-printing, Marvel Cinematic Universe-style operation. Thus, 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw Snyder expedite an introduction to a new Batman—just four years after the end of Christopher Nolan’s beloved trilogy—on the stardom of Ben Affleck. However, Snyder’s revealed backup Batman proves that he was all in on the idea, Affleck notwithstanding. While Snyder has been doing a plethora…
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How Cillian Murphy’s Batman Screen Test Turned into the Scarecrow

Batman Begins was a curiosity before it became known as the launcher of director Christopher Nolan’s genre-transformative trilogy. After all, it arrived in the ignominious aftermath of 1997’s Batman & Robin, making it a reboot for which few were asking. Of course, the film proved to be a solid foundation for a franchise off the dualistic performance of lead Christian Bale and—no less significantly—the villainous, literally-gaslighting performance of Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane, a.k.a. the Scarecrow. Interestingly, Murphy was close to donning the cape and cowl himself; a process he now looks back upon. Murphy has fielded a successful…
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Batman 89: Billy Dee Williams Finally Becomes Two-Face in Burtonverse Comic

The Batman Burtonverse is coming back in a big way. Not only is Warner Bros. bringing back Michael Keaton as Batman in the upcoming Flash movie but DC Comics is set to publish a 6-issue limited series that explores what happened next after Tim Burton’s first Gotham City outing rolled credits. Batman ’89 brings together the movie’s original screenwriter, Sam Hamm, with artist Joe Quinones, who has been tied to a revival of the Burtonverse in the comics for quite some time. Quinones previously pitched a similar miniseries to DC, at the time to be written by Kate Leth (Hellcat).…
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Zack Snyder Confirms Watchmen’s Batman Connection

Zack Snyder’s name remains prominently connected to the controversial topic of his recent lengthy redux of Justice League and its preceding DC Comics movies. However, the director took his first key genre step toward establishing that connection in 2009 with Watchmen, a DC comic-adapting movie that, despite its disconnect from the main DC Universe, bore a Batman-referencing scene that has long been the center of speculation. Interestingly enough, Snyder has just confirmed the premise of said speculation. In the process of promoting his recently-premiered Netflix gore-fest, Army of the Dead, Snyder takes viewers to “Snyder School” in an analytical video…
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The Batman Riddler Photo Leak Sheds New Light on the Villain

Matt Reeves’ new take on the Dark Knight doesn’t hit theaters until next year, but fans are already hard at work trying to uncover The Batman‘s mysteries. The central mystery? The Riddler’s creepy new look. As first revealed in the trailer released at DC FanDome last summer, The Batman brings a brand-new Riddler to the big screen and he looks unlike any version of the character we’ve ever seen in live-action. With a disguise more closely resembling masked villains like Batman archnemesis Hush or Birthday Boy from the Earth One comics by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Reeves’ take on…
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Batman: Caped Crusader Could Be the Spiritual Successor to The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series is often lauded as the best encapsulation of the Bat mythos ever put on screen. And for good reason: no other movie or TV show has ever captured the essence of the Dark Knight quite like the noir-inspired ’90s cartoon that turned Gotham into an art deco nightmare full of criminals, monsters, and laughing fish. That series, which was spearheaded by Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett, went on to spawn a whole universe of animated DC TV series, including Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League Unlimited, and others. It also…
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Batman v Superman Writer Describes Post-Release “Mood of Fear”

Now that Warner Bros. has seen consistent success with its line of DC superhero movies, the future of the DCEU seems assured with a healthy slate of films on the horizon, and with the Snyder Cut of Justice League finally released into the wild, you would think it might be time to finally stop worrying about the franchise’s early missteps, notably the difficulty that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had getting out of the gate and the subsequent effect it had on Justice League. But then screenwriter Chris Terrio comes along and delivers a bombshell interview to Vanity Fair…
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Link Tank: Jensen Ackles Is Finally (the Voice of) Batman

After years of talk amongst fans, Jensen Ackles will finally be (the voice of) Batman in the upcoming Batman: The Long Halloween: Part One. “At long last, a collective dream has come true and Jensen Ackles is playing Batman. Yes, after literal years of jokes and connections to Bruce Wayne on screen and off, Ackles will voice Batman in the upcoming animated feature Batman: The Long Halloween: Part One.” Read more at The Mary Sue. Prince Albert Victor, grandson of Queen Victoria, was a Jack the Ripper suspect thanks to an article by one Dr. Thomas Stowell. “In November 1970,…
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Batman: What Miracle Molly and the Unsanity Collective Mean for the Future of Gotham

The Dark Knight is on the verge of losing Gotham, according to writer James Tynion IV, who is kicking off his second year on Batman with his most ambitious story yet, one that is as much the epic tale of an entire city as it is an intimate look at its heroes. Gotham is changing rapidly, rebuilding itself in the wake of the Joker War, and several factions, including the mysterious transhumanist gang known as the Unsanity Collective, are vying for control of the city. Lurking in the shadows of this new war for the soul of Gotham are the…
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How a Batman 1989 Deleted Scene Cost Sean Young the Co-Starring Role

1989’s Batman is widely regarded as a time-tested, transformative entry for the comic book movie genre, and its $411.5 million worldwide gross ($872.8 million adjusted for inflation) certainly shook an unsuspecting film industry to its core. However, for actress Sean Young, who was initially set to co-star in the film as Vicki Vale opposite Michael Keaton’s Caped Crusader, it represents a point in which misfortune pulled her away from a prospective mainstream breakthrough. Not only did a pre-production accident force her off the film, but the scene for which she was preparing ended up getting cut from the movie! Director…
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Deathstroke Scene Sets up Lost Batman Solo Movie

This article contains Zack Snyder’s Justice League spoilers. Joe Manganiello was supposed to make numerous appearances in the DCEU as Deathstroke, a noted villain, antihero, assassin, and all around badass. His appearance in the post-credits scene of the theatrical cut of Justice League was little more than a cameo, one which explicitly stated that Lex Luthor wanted Manganiello’s Slade Wilson to be the first of a team of villains that could match the Justice League. In other words, it was a setup for a Justice League 2 that would never arrive. But the version of that scene in Zack Snyder’s…
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What Did Batman Do Between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises?

The Dark Knight not so much glided back onto cinema screens in 2012 as he hobbled across them. With a scraggly, unkempt beard and a bathrobe acting as his cape, Bruce Wayne appeared more like how one imagines Christian Bale exists between gigs than Batman at the start of The Dark Knight Rises. He appeared like an invalid whose great adventures were behind him. In retrospect, this is probably not the version of the Caped Crusader fans expected to find after The Dark Knight’s thrilling finale. At the close of what many still consider to be the high water mark…
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Space Jam 2: LeBron James Will Encounter Batman, King Kong, and Other Warner Universes

LeBron James, currently the greatest basketball player on the planet (all differing opinions, feel free to be mad and wrong in the comments), is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated upcoming film Space Jam: A New Legacy. James recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his team-up with the Looney Tunes, a follow-up to the massively successful original Space Jam, which starred then-greatest player Michael Jordan and earned $230 million at the box office, spawned a billion-dollar merchandise empire, and inspired a soundtrack that went six times platinum. In an interview with the magazine, James, director Malcom D.…
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What If These Fake Batman Movies Happened?

Who hasn’t dreamed of making their own Batman movie? Getting to play in the ultimate superhero toy box of Gotham City has long been the fantasy of DC comic book fans everywhere. What if Batman were to face off against vampires? What would have happened if Bruce’s parents never died and someone else became Batman? What would happen in a Batman Beyond movie? The scenarios fans have come up with for dream Batman movies are endless. In the last few hours, Twitter has turned into a particularly fun pitch meeting for fans who want to see the Dark Knight in…
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How Batman #14 Became a “Very Serious Book” in The Lost Boys

“Actually, I’m looking for a Batman #14.” In the vampire-killing continuity of The Lost Boys, that intriguing humble-brag by Corey Haim’s Sam Emerson could very well be the definitive way to declare yourself amongst the elite of geekdom. Yet, while the 1987 film—notably from future Batman film franchise director Joel Schumacher—was rife with riffs directed at the hitherto untapped masses of comic book fandom, this shout-out to a Golden Age issue would, indeed, make it “a very serious book, man,” as Corey Feldman’s Edgar Frog famously replied. Moreover, the reference would pay emotional dividends in a made-for-video sequel. The scene…
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How Godzilla vs. Kong Beats Back Batman v Superman Comparisons

When Godzilla vs. Kong debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31, it marks the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, along with the third appearance of this American iteration of the swole lizard, and the second for this hairy ape from Skull Island. In terms of franchise team-ups, it’s a couple films shy of an MCU phase, but director Adam Wingard said he set out to create a “legitimate sequel,” and avoid the problems of Toho’s 1962 film, King Kong vs. Godzilla—as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though Wingard is known for R-rated horror films…
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What DC’s Infinite Frontier Means for Batman and Joker

James Tynion IV has been writing Batman in some form or another for his entire career. He began his time at DC Comics by writing backup stories for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman during the New 52 era, fleshing out the history of the villainous Court of Owls before landing his first owl-centric series titled Talon. Tynion was one of the lead writers on Batman Eternal and Batman & Robin Eternal, two weekly series that mainlined years of Batman continuity back into the New 52. And following the Rebirth reset, he got a long run with the Bat family…
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