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Before Miller, Before Moore, Before Burton, there was Tom Mankiewicz’s The Batman

In the early 80s, DC comics and Warner Bros were riding high off the one-two punches of Superman and Superman 2, both of which had been massive hits at the box office. Much can and has been said elsewhere about how that franchise quickly derailed, but it led the publisher/studio duo to finally sit down […]

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Sympathy For The Devil – Man Of Steel? Or Man Of Straw?

With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, everyone seems to have got their knickers over their unitards into a twist over Superman’s (Henry Cavill) “killing spree” in Metropolis at the end of Man Of Steel, referenced again in BvS‘s ground zero eye view from an appalled and angry Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). […]

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Dance with the Devil: Tim Burton’s Batman

Rising from the ashes of a camp legacy that had long “gone West”, Tim Burton’s Batman took The Caped Crusader into very dark territory – shades of blue and grey were replaced by shadows and smoke. Surfer guitar music was swapped out for themes of pure gothic horror, this was to be like nothing seen before, this was […]

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Batman: The Making Of A Hero, And Shadows Of The Bat

We couldn’t let #89BatWeek go by without a couple of great making of videos. And what’s even better, The Making Of A Hero, produced by Mindseye Films, isn’t even on the DVD release.  Enjoy, and as a bonus, on Shadows Of The Bat, you can practise your Spanish with the subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WzbqFq0nw Originally posted 2014-06-26 […]

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Batman Begins -“Beautiful Lie” Alternate Opening

One of the strongest elements of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the visual style created by director Zack Snyder and cinematographer Larry Fong. That, and elements of Hans Zimmer and Junki XL’s score. With that in mind, Anton Volk has decided to edit an alternate opening to Christoper Nolan’s Batman Begins along the same […]

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Birdman Or (The Unexpected Vertigo Of One Seeming Take)

With Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) director  Alejandro G. Iñárritu seeks to examine, in a comedic “Noises off” way, the psyche of what it is to “act” – within a free flowing, fluid, seeming one-shot take that also touches on themes of validation, parenthood, criticism, stunt celebrity casting, virtues of stage vs screen, […]

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Toyetic: A Look Back at Batman & Robin

With the massive commercial success of Batman Forever. Joel Schumacher was tasked with repeating the same feat with the sequel,  only this time he was told by Warner executives to make the next Batman film a bit more child friendly. The expression they invented to describe this task is enough to make you want to […]

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Into The Light: A Look Back at Batman Forever

  In Batman Returns Gotham had become a tiny sound stage full of extras from A Nightmare Before Christmas. It had also not performed as well as Warner Bros. had (rightly) expected it would. It was time to take Batman back into the mainstream. They wanted a third movie and most of all they wanted more light. […]

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Batman – The Suit

An element that would have to be 100% full proof if Batman were to be taken seriously at all in Burton’s dark world, would be the suit. Batman had come a long way since 1966 and it was time to bring him into the 1980s and welcome him into the dark. The basic design of […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

  Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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