Archive for April 2012
After Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman brought the Dark Knight from the comic shops into a new age of mainstream popularity unseen since the 60s, Batman: The Animated Series was launched, infused with and visual and style of Burton’s, and borrowing elements of Michael Keaton’s performance. Its early years so reflected the sensibility of the movie, it achieved its own iconic status. Not so The Batman, which launched at the same time as Christopher Nolan’s rebooting of the franchise with Batman begins. The Batman reflected none of Nolan’s vision and was rejected by fans of both the classic depiction of the characters and of the new movies.
Now Christopher Nolan is poised to catapult the franchise even beyond the heights of Begins and its sequel The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight Rises is the most keenly anticipated movie of 2012, and the internet buzz has been building for over a year. It is clearly time for a new cartoon based on this definitive and iconic 21st Century view of Batman.
Is Beware the Batman it? This brief teaser trailer looks promising, as does the absence of Paul Dini or Bruce Timm, whose Batman-related efforts since those glory days of the early 1990s have been disappointing.
Tom Hardy’s Bane, what would the muscled monstrosity possibly have in common with the creator of Facebook? Both get shot down when they text the wrong ladies in the latest Internet Meme, Texts from…
Texts from Catwoman was the parody that simply had to happen. Internet denizens have been enjoying the hilarious tumblr “Texts From Hillary” for weeks when its subject, Secretary of State Clinton herself, decided to get in on the fun. The blog pictured Hillary Clinton checking her cell phone on a military plane, juxtaposed with other famous figures from President Obama to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on theirs, captioned with the texts being exchanged. When Secretary Clinton herself decided to submit a picture, the meme made the jump from the internet to national offline media, receiving coverage on MSNBC, NPR and elsewhere.
At almost the same time, The Dark Knight Rises released a new series of promotional photos for an upcoming article in Entertainment Weekly, showing Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy as Batman, Catwoman and Bane. Cat-Tales author Chris Dee decided these have to go together, and “Texts from Catwoman” is the result.
The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012
Cat-Tales is a fan fiction series which depicts a fascinating version of the Batman universe where the stories told in comic books are understood to be the lies and distortions of a tabloid called The Gotham Post. It is unaffiliated with Warner Brothers, DC Comics, DC Entertainment or Texts from Hillary.
Texts from Hillary is the brainchild of Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe. Absolutely nobody is affiliated with Hillary Clinton.
With all the excitement and speculation about The Dark Knight Rises, it’s a great time to revisit its predecessor. The movie IGN called “the most sophisticated and ambitious work of its kind” didn’t have to make an effort to promote its release on Blu-Ray, but it did. With thedarkknightpuzzle.com a beautifully rendered web version of the secret room inside Wayne Tech R&D where Batman set up the means for Lucius Fox to monitor the entire city via cell-phone generated sonar. Remember the thrill and be Lucius for a spell to whet your appetite for the story to continue, and conclude, this summer.
The real life Batman pulled over in his Lamborghini certainly got everyone’s attention, as did a new round of photos released from The Dark Knight Rises. But overall, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, Batman and Catwoman, Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are still the overwhelmingly popular keywords. Bane and Tom Hardy made a showing, although interest seems to wane after the push of a photo is over. A pity Arkham City didn’t understand that also rans like Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman never make it into the top 50.
- Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne / Batman in The Dark Knight Rises
- Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
- Batman and Catwoman in full costume on the set of The Dark Knight Rises
- The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane
- Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume
- Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
- The Dark Knight Rises Catwoman – New Promo Pic
- Christian Bale said Anne Hathaway had the hardest job as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises
- Catwoman should be sexy, not practical. Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises
- Batman of Maryland’s Batmobile Bust A Real Hero | NPR
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It’s always fascinating seeing what projects actors pursue after being part of “Legend” movies like The Dark Knight Rises is sure to be.
Morgan Freeman, who plays Bruce Wayne’s CEO Lucius Fox and Batman’s Q-equivalent Lucius Fox, has a Tom Cruise vehicle lined up, according to Deadline.
Morgan Freeman will bring his regal presence to Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed film for Universal Pictures that stars Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko. Cruise plays the last man on a post-apocalyptic and nearly uninhabitable Earth, who stays behind to repair ships that hunt down and blast a virulent alien species. I haven’t yet been able to figure out what role Freeman will play, but I’m told it’s a critical part.
Michael Arndt is currently rewriting a script that had earlier drafts by William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek. Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing through Chernin Entertainment along with Barry Levine and Kosinski. Jesse Berger and Dave Morrison are executive producers. Freeman’s last starring role in a Universal film was Wanted, and before that he twice played God in Bruce Almighty and the spinoff Evan Almighty. He’s repped by CAA and attorney Jason Sloane.
It’s always interesting to see what actors do after starring in a record-breaking blockbuster. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to the experience, after his role in director Christopher Nolan’s last tour de force Inception. So what’s he planning after The Dark Knight Rises? According to Deadline, he’ll be taking a turn at directing himself, and has already cast Scarlett Johansson as his costar.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his feature directing debut on an untitled comedy he’ll star in with Scarlett Johansson. Gordon-Levitt wrote the script, and Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures will finance the film and sell international rights in Berlin. Ram Bergman is producing for Ram Bergman Productions in association with Gordon-Levitt’s hit Record Films. Shooting will start April 16.
While Gordon-Levitt would not give up too many details, I got this much: the film is a sexy comedy about about a modern-day Don Juan, and his quest to become less of a “selfish dick.” He plays that character, and there is another female lead role that will be filled shortly.
The move into the directing chair comes at a time when Gordon-Levitt is coming off the lead role as a cancer-stricken man in 50/50, and when he has a killer dance card for 2012. He stars in The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper and Lincoln, all opening this year.
Getting behind the camera on a feature is hardly a lark. Gordon-Levitt, a child actor whose credits included 3rd Rock From The Sun, became burnt out in his teens and left the business to attend Columbia University and experience life. Lucky for him, when he came back he’d grown into a cross between Heath Ledger and Keanu Reeves, and has turned in strong adult performances in films including The Lookout, (500) Days Of Summer, and Inception. Despite his success, Gordon-Levitt tells me that all along, his major motive for returning was a burning desire to direct.
A collection of spoofed conversations between Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman on the set of The Dark Knight Rises has been getting some light buzz on youtube. The humor is inconsistent across the 7-video series, but the highs are very high, and while the Morgan Freeman impression is only so-so, the Christian Bale voice has received raves.
“Morgan, just between us, were you asked to be in Inception?”