Back in 1989, Tim Burton introduced audiences to a new version of the caped crusader with his 'Batman' film, starring Michael Keaton as the dark hero and Jack Nicholson as his foe, the Joker. The film was, of course, a massive success, spawning three sequels (though Burton and Keaton only returned for the first) and paving the way for the darker, more serious superhero films we have today. Twenty-five years later, we revisit the cast of this comic book movie classic and see what they're up to now.
A few weeks back I was watching TV with friends who don't follow movies that closely. On came the ad for 'RoboCop.' They were baffled. “Who needs this?” they asked.
Forget that we were all old enough to remember the first one. This wasn't just defending our childhoods. If you want to step on a classic – and 'RoboCop' is something of a classic – you better come correct. What's this new one going to offer? The original's action and sly satire aren't dated. Who needs this?
I am afraid I must report that nobody needs this.
The original 'RoboCop' remains a classic for a number of reasons, and one of them is the film's wonderful cast of memorable character actors. Since the remake needs as much help as it can get to live up to the gold standard of the film it's rebooting, it has followed suit and jammed as many high-quality thespians into the production as humanly possible. A new gallery of images has premiered, and rather than show off fancy CGI or action, they serve as a reminder that 'RoboCop' inexplicably has one of the best casts of 2014.
Apparently if Tim Burton says 'Beetlejuice 2' enough times, it'll actually happen ...
Rumors have long been circling about a potential 'Beetlejuice 2,' most of them coming from the original director, who's been vocal about a sequel. Well, as crazy as it might sound, Burton is actually in talks now to join the project for Warner Bros.
When it comes to comic book movie castings, this sort of outrage is nothing new. Just about every announcement comes with some sort of protest, as comic book fans have their own preconceived notions of what the big screen version of their favorite hero or villain should look and sound like.
We've been tepidly curious of HBO's forthcoming original movie 'Clear History,' which to date has only shown us a brief teaser and photos of stars Jon Hamm ('Mad Men') and an unrecognizable Larry David ('Seinfeld'), but now the full trailer has shown us the light. In addition to an army of celebrity guests, the full 'Clear History' trailer has Larry David back on HBO at his 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' finest.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has knack for attracting impressive names to his movies and his upcoming 'Birdman' is no exception. Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis have all joined the project, which sounds like an interesting left turn for a filmmaker usually known for his pitch black dramas.
With a premiere date currently set for August 9, 2013 and a star-studded cast, including Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, the 'RoboCop' remake, helmed by Jose Padilha, is already well on its way. Production began back in mid-September and we've already seen what Joel Kinnaman will look like once he's all RoboCop-ed up. So, how would you like to see even more shots of our hero in action?