Archive for August 2011

Top posts of the week: DC Comics Relaunch gets traction with Times Square Johns, Lee event

For weeks, DC Comics and Arkham City have been striving in vain to break The Dark Knight Rises’s stranglehold on trending topics.  Rebooting their entire universe was not enough to get DC Comics noticed, but the company heads Geoff Johns and Jim Lee appearing at a Times Square comic shop where lucky shoppers can purchase the #1 issues of the relaunched titles has finally done what mere YouTube ads for the relaunch could not: broke into the Top 10 of Batman-related news.

  1. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  2. The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane
  3. Jim Lee and Geoff Johns in NY Times Square for a New 52 Event August 30th
  4. DC Reboot Catwoman #1 – Wrong costume is a warning sign to fans but characterization sounds like an improvement
  5. The Dark Knight Rises Location Photos: Batman/Batsuit #TDKR
  6. Batman at Comic Con: First look at Joker, Batmobile from Hot Toys Batman ’89 Collection
  7. Bane Mask, Other Batman Items coming up for sale in Movie Memorabilia Auction
  8. Overheard on the Social Networks: That’s not Catwoman, it’s Anne Hathaway in fugly sunglasses
  9. Batman Merch: Riddler Converse
  10. Batman at Comic Con: Catwoman of the DC Comics Reboot, not apologizing for sexy!

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Batman director Burton the centerpiece of two LA Museum Exhibitions | LACMA

original-conceptual-artwork-catwoman-costume-tim-burton-museum-exhibitionsThe Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents two major exhibits centering around Batman director Tim Burton:

A major retrospective exploring the full range of Tim Burton’s creative work, both as a film director and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer.

Tim Burton was born in Burbank in 1958. After studying at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), he worked as an animator at the Walt Disney Studios before breaking out on his own. Taking inspiration from popular culture, fairy tales and traditions of the gothic, Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of a personal vision.

The exhibition brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects. Many of these objects come from the artist’s own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton’s collaborators. Hundreds of never-before-exhibited artworks and sketches will be joined by a selection of film posters accompanied by music composed for the exhibition by Burton’s longtime collaborator Danny Elfman.

Two large-scale outdoor artworks are also installed on campus: a topiary inspired by Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Balloon Boy, an enormous figure based on an amalgamation of characters that Burton first introduced in his 1997 book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.
via Tim Burton | LACMA.

But perhaps more interesting still

In conjunction with the exhibition, Tim Burton, LACMA invited the filmmaker to fill a gallery with works of his choosing from the permanent collection. Tim Burton Selects brings together an idiosyncratic array of graphic works chosen by Burton in consultation with the curatorial staff.

From childhood to the present day, Tim Burton has expressed himself through drawing. Since the early Renaissance, drawings have been considered to be especially revealing of the artist’s individual genius and style. Prints, by extension, can distill the hand-drawn line to its essence and reproduce it for mass distribution. Certain periods of art history have especially strong resonance with Burton’s vision. Mannerist artists of the mid-sixteenth century reacted against the orderly grace of the Renaissance with exaggerated, stylized figural concoctions. At the turn of the twentieth century, Symbolists created hallucinatory worlds filled with outsized eyeballs and insects. Japanese art has traditionally featured ghosts and demons to represent irrationality, while in Mexican culture the skeleton has both spiritual and political significance. Above all, German Expressionism, which flourished in the 1920s and 30s, brought intuition and anxiety to the fore. The stark, powerful prints of the Expressionist era seem to presage the haunted interiors and emotive creatures found in Burton’s feature films.

via Burton Selects: From LACMA’s Collection | LACMA.

Written by Gotham Trending

08/27/2011 at 12:20 am

Christian Bale considers Oldboy, A Star is Born after Dark Knight | Quickflix® DVD & Movie Blog

christian-bale-whats-next-after-the-dark-knight-risesChristian Bale’s biggest role of the last decade is about to come to an end. With filming nearing conclusion on The Dark Knight Rises, Batman will be looking for new employment.

Bale will have plenty of roles to choose from according to Variety, who list the Spike Lee remake of Oldboy at the top of possible projects. Bale has been touted to play the villain in the film, based on the cult Korean flick directed by Park Chan-wook.

Also on the slate is Clint Eastwood’s A Star is Born remake, though we’re more than a little curious as to why Bale would want to star opposite Beyonce in such a film.

Other films said to have tickled his fancy are Michael Mann’s Gold, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, and Darren Aronofsky’s epic Noah.

Bale’s first post-Batman role will be in Terrence Malick’s next, as yet untitled, project.

via Christian Bale considers Oldboy, A Star is Born after Dark Knight | Quickflix® DVD & Movie Blog.

DC Comics: Batman METALLIC BLOX Figure (SDCC 2011) – New Release | animeharu

batman-merchandise-comic-con-blox-figureIt’s very odd, but an anime Batman as a metal block would have to be.  It is rather cute.

List Price: $24.99

Manufacture : Funko

Type : Action Figure

This is Anime Figure series of Batman. DC Comics: Batman METALLIC BLOX Figure (SDCC 2011)

via  Anime Store,’s blog.

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08/27/2011 at 12:15 am

TDKR Oldman and Hardy in New Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy New images released

Dark Knight Rises stars Gary Oldman will be leading an all star cast in the remake of  Tomas Alfredson’s adapatation of John Le Carré’s Cold War thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  The film’s amazing all-star cast also includes TDKR co-star Tom Hardy, along with Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds.

Optimum have released eight new images and as our source at Culture Me Badd put it, “It doesn’t get much better than that!”

Gary Oldman is reprising his role as James Gordon, now Gotham City’s  police commissioner, and Tom Hardy plays the villain Bane.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is scheduled to be released September 16 in the UK and November 18 in the US.

Ahead Of The Curve: Bane Tattoo | Awe Chasm

With filming still underway and nearly a year before release, The Dark Knight Rises is alreadyhaving an impact on fashion.  No, nothing to do with Anne Hathaway and those “fugly sunglasses” that were too evocative of the disappointing Catwoman costume.  Not even close it’s

Tom Hardy's Bane from The Dark Knight Risesas tattoo art

Tom Hardy's Bane from The Dark Knight Risesas tattoo art


I talk about, or at least reference, Batman and the Batman universe a lot on here. It’s just something I like to sprinkle into everything I talk about and create because I’m a boy and boys have a tendency to want as much Batman in their lives as possible. Therefore I enjoy Christopher Nolan’s recent Batman movies and I am very much looking forward to the next installment, The Dark Knight Rises. On an excitement scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “UGGHHH” and 10 being “TATTOO BANE ON ME”, I’d say I’m around an 8 or even a 9 when I’ve had a lot of sugar. As much as I love Batman, the Batman universe and the Nolan movies, I don’t think I’ll ever quite be a 10. It’s nice to know that someone else is already there though.

We’re almost A YEAR away from the new movie coming out and the only way someone even managed to create a Tom-Hardy-As-Bane tattoo is due to sneaky paparazzi footage of the film’s filming. I mean, I definitely have faith in both Christopher Nolan and Tom Hardy that the movie and character will be decent but…yeah, like I said, I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to get to 10. I’ll wait until I actually see The Dark Knight Rises before I get my Bane tattoo, just like all the other sellouts. That being said, I am planning on getting a tattoo this weekend that’s inspired by a classic Nintendo game. I’m just much more comfortable living in the past than the future.

via Ahead Of The Curve: Bane Tattoos. « Awe Chasm.

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08/27/2011 at 12:07 am

Another TDKR star with a movie on deck: many new Contagion stills “For Your Creepy Fix!”

Another Dark Knight Rises star will soon have a movie to promote.  Marion Cotillard will appear as Dr. Leonora Orantes in Contagion, starring Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishbourne, and Steven Soderbergh.

Contagion is an action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Contagion, opening September 9, has just released a massive number of still images.  Click below:

Marion Cotillard in Contagion

Photo by Claudette Barius – © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Marion Cotillard is playing Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises.  She is best known to Christopher Nolan fans from Inception where she played Mal Cobb.