It’s been awhile since we’ve had to debate the pitfalls and the promise of FOX’s ‘Gotham,’ but with the second half of its inaugural (and surely not final) season kicking off in early January, it’s time to shine a pre-Bat-signal on the newest episodes. Head inside Arkham Asylum with the first photos and clips from ‘Gotham’'s 2015 premiere “Rogues’ Gallery,” featuring ‘Firefly’ favorite Morena Baccarin!
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ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Marvel finds its Luke Cage, ‘Daredevil’ may have a release date, and the ‘Ant-Man’ trailer is almost here.
When Warner Bros. announced their big slate of upcoming DC superhero films a few months ago, we all pretty much assumed that these movies and characters would operate in a shared universe. Given the ‘Justice League’ connection, how could they not? What we haven’t been clear on is whether some of the other DC heroes, like Shazam and Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Dark Universe’ characters, would also inhabit the same universe. As if sensing the little question marks over our heads, DC Comics has confirmed what we all assumed: Yes, their WB superhero movies will operate in a shared universe.
Let’s return to a fun time in the Batman franchise, when Tim Burton was at the helm of both ‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Returns,’ sharing his vision of kooky superhero action. Why didn’t Tim Burton make a third Batman film and save us from Joel Schumacher’s black light and Bat-nipple-adorned hell where bad puns went to die? As Burton makes the press rounds for ‘Big Eyes’ (a film that looks nothing like a Burton film—for better or worse), he’s giving us some answers about why he didn’t direct a third Batman film for Warner Bros.
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.
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.