A few months ago, the Internet celebrated the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ as the Internet is wont to do: retrospectives, lists about things we may or may not have known about ‘Batman,’ embeddable clips from Prince’s ‘Batdance.’ So it’s kind of fitting that both the director of ‘Batman,’ Tim Burton, and its star, Michael Keaton, currently have movies out that are considered respective departures. Burton, for dropping his signature style to make the Margaret Keane biopic, ‘Big Eyes,’ and Keaton for playing off his own persona as Batman in ‘Birdman’—a movie Burton has yet to see, but that fact doesn’t stop Burton from saying many wonderful things about Keaton.
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One of the chief criticisms of ‘Man of Steel’ was the way that Superman dealt with his epic battles—primarily, that he wasn’t concerned enough about ensuring the safety of the citizens of Metropolis, and how he recklessly used the entire city as his battleground. Thanks to the outspoken dissatisfaction with the film’s climax, it seems as though the script for ‘Batman vs. Superman’ will address those complaints and try to make Superman a more likable and cautious hero.
Just last month, ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy star Christian Bale admitted that he was jealous of Ben Affleck’s casting in ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ But now another former Batman has spoken up about his feelings on the matter: ‘Birdman’ star Michael Keaton asserts that he is not jealous of Ben Affleck at all. He actually doesn’t even watch superhero movies, to be honest.
Every week or so it seems that we’ve been reporting on more cast, character, and plot additions to ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ a film that we’re starting to assume is at least four hours long—which is why the latest report regarding Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero showdown film is pleasantly surprising. As it turns out, there will be at least one major Batman character (no, not Bruce Wayne’s parents) who is already dead when this movie begins.
You may find this difficult to believe, what with the already overstuffed cast of characters in ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ but there’s yet another comic book character who will be making an appearance—however brief—in Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero super-face-off film. In addition to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, Lex Luthor, and the rumored appearance of Doomsday, it’s now being reported that an old Batman foe will also be making a cameo.
ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, watch Batman and Darth Vader duke it out, dive into the classic Adam West ‘Batman’ series, and learn the full title of the ‘Now You See Me’ sequel.
FOX’s ‘Gotham’ detects its tenth installment in “Lovecraft,” as Bruce and Selina find themselves the target of contract killers, forcing them to go on the run as Fish Mooney worries that Falcone may have caught on to her duplicity.
Every generation has their Batman. Depending on the age of the person you ask, you’ll discover Adam West fans, Michael Keaton fans, Kevin Conroy fans and, if you stare into the darkness long enough, a George Clooney fan. For a certain group of fans, Christian Bale’s take on the Dark Knight always be the definitive interpretation, with his gravelly growl and trademark intensity instantly beating out whatever Ben Affleck brings to the character in ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ Some of these people are going to resent Affleck no matter what. And, in a surprising turn of events, it looks like they can all rally around Bale himself.
We're still over a year away from the big-screen debut of the amazingly titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which your two favorite DC Comics heroes will be v-ing each other alongside other...
FOX’s pre-Batman era origin story ‘Gotham’ remains as divisive a series as ever. On the one hand, legions of fans remind us each week to give the prequel drama time to breathe, yet howls of laughter can be heard from the same corners when ‘Gotham’ makes yet another attempt to set up characters it can’t rightly use for decades to come. Enter the latest effort, as ‘Gotham’ producers confirm Robin’s “prenatal origin story” is on the way! Yeesh.