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"Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?! This town needs an enema!" Good news, Batman fans! The original Tim Burton Batman series is returning to theaters this May. Fathom Events has announced a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Burton's Batman, first released in 1989. They'll be showing the four Batman movies from that series in theaters, one night only (each one), if you want to watch them on the big screen again. This compliments the recent 70mm screenings of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the DC character (by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger). Book your tickets.
"Is it me? Or is it getting crazier out there?" Warner Bros has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Joker, the new solo movie about The Joker, being played by the magnificent Joaquin Phoenix. This new take on the legendary Batman villain is being directed by Todd Phillips (of Old School, The Hangover, War Dogs), taking a step away from his comedic roots to make something a bit more, shall we say… intense. The only real synopsis so far just states: "A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer." But who knows how much we'll really learn about his roots? In addition to Phoenix, the cast of Joker includes Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Bryan Callen, Shea Whigham, Frances Conroy, Glenn Fleshler, Brett Cullen, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, Bill Camp, and Douglas Hodge as Alfred. This is a slick first teaser, gives us enough of a first look at this and how dark, gritty, and twisted it will be.
We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you this very important message. Warner Bros and IMAX have announced that Christopher Nolan's iconic Batman movie series, known colloquially as The Dark Knight trilogy, will be returning to IMAX theaters in 70mm this spring for a special one-time event. In celebration of the 80th birthday / anniversary of the DC comic book character Batman, first created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, they're bringing this particular big screen Batman series back to cinemas. But unfortunately it's only playing in five different IMAX theaters around North America. The reason being that these special presentations will include a Q&A with Christopher Nolan, who will be on hand for the first event in LA (which will be taped and replayed). This seems like a do-not-miss opportunity.
"His name is…! Captain Sparkle Fingers." Warner Bros has finally debuted the full-length second trailer for the Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. The first teaser trailer debuted last summer during Comic-Con, and we haven't seen much since then except for a promo spot on TV. With only one month to go until release, they're dropping a last minute look and it's a good one. Worth the wait, I'd say. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the full cast includes Asher Angel playing Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. Looks like the VFX still need some polishing, but overall seems like it's going to be a super fun movie. I dig the little Batman reference, and music choice.
Well, it is official. After over two years of speculation and rumors Ben Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week to make it official: he's out as Batman. No more Caped Crusader for him. This should come as no surprise to anyone that is familiar with Affleck's tenure as The Dark Knight. Regardless, it can't help but feel like a colossal disappointment. Despite three appearances over three movies: two leading roles in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and a small cameo in Suicide Squad (2016), Affleck never got a chance as Batman. With this official and with the DC cinematic universe heading in a new direction, there's no better time than now to explore why Ben Affleck was so underutilized.
"I'd like to purchase some of your finest beer please." Warner Bros has debuted a new extended TV spot for the Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. This aired during the big football game last night, and is now online for everyone to enjoy. We're still waiting for a full trailer, but between the teaser trailer and this new spot I'm already pretty much completely sold on this. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the cast includes Asher Angel as Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. This is looking like it's going to be a very fun movie to watch, I am excited to see this. The comedic tone and amusing kid-as-a-superhero vibe is just what we need from DC right now.
Created by Paul Norris & Mort Weisinger, Aquaman debuted in 1941's More Fun Comics #73. In his Golden Age appearances, Aquaman is described as a human being who lives and thrives under the water and can speak with sea creatures "in their own language." During the late '50s and 60s, Aquaman was established as a founding member of the Justice League and was a mainstay on Hanna Barbera’s Super Friends, which ran from 1973 to 1986. In the '90s, the wholesome seahorse-riding superhero was re-imagined as the brooding King of Atlantis. Fast-forward to 2011 and The New 52, DC's relaunch of their entire superhero line, and Geoff Johns' cutting-edge revival of the character, which serves as the basis for Aquaman, the third live-action movie featuring the character, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
"Legend has it that one day, a new King will come, who will use the power of the Trident to put Atlantis back together again." It's almost time. Warner Bros has debuted a final trailer for James Wan's Aquaman movie, their last major reminder that this is coming up soon and hopefully everyone gives it a chance. Not much longer to wait. The DC character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, first appeared in Snyder's Justice League movie, and this solo feature takes place after the events of that movie. Jason Momoa stars as the DC superhero Aquaman, with a huge ensemble cast including Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. That giant red crab invasion at the end looks crazy! I'm looking forward to seeing this, mostly to find out if it's as fun as it looks.
"In this trident resides the power of Atlantis…" Are you ready for this? Don't be so harsh on it. Warner Bros has debuted an extended 5-minute preview for James Wan's Aquaman movie, following the full trailer from Comic-Con this summer. This preview dives deep into all kinds of footage, and it looks like it's getting better as they get closer to release. The character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, first appeared in Zack Snyder's Justice League movie, and this solo feature takes place after the events of that movie. Jason Momoa stars as DC's Aquaman, with Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Temuera Morrison, Michael Beach, Ludi Lin, and featuring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Even though there's tons of CGI all over this, it still looks cool. The final epic action sequence in this preview is honestly quite awesome. Fire it up below.
"The only way to stop this war, is for you to take your rightful place as king." Warner Bros has released the first official trailer for James Wan's Aquaman movie, following its debut in Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego. This is another epic trailer, giving us a very exciting first look at this new DC movie, which fans have been waiting to get a look at for a while now. The character of Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry, first appeared in Zack Snyder's Justice League movie, and this solo feature takes place after the events of that movie. Jason Momoa stars as Aquaman, with Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Randall Park, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Temuera Morrison, Michael Beach, Ludi Lin, and featuring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. This is looking very good and action packed, with some big moments teased - an epic underwater war and lots of cool creatures. Dive in.
"If you want to save the world, say the magic word." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for the new Shazam! movie, based on the DC Comics character. This trailer comes straight from inside Hall H, where it was revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. They've been teasing this Shazam! movie for a while, with some funny photo reveals this week. Now we finally get a peek at the trailer and it looks surprisingly very good - described as Big meets Superman, and that certainly seems the case. Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, and the cast includes Asher Angel as Billy Batson, plus Mark Strong as the Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou. This really does look better than expected, even the humor. Levi has been enthusiastic about this role, and it shows in this first bit of footage. This looks fun. Do you agree?
"You've changed things… forever. There's no going back." On July 18th, 2008, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight opened in theaters worldwide and changed everything. The seminal sequel to 2005's Batman Begins would have an indelible impact on pop culture, the superhero genre, and movies in general. Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance and tragic passing would send shockwaves throughout the industry. With a groundbreaking marketing campaign leading up to its highly anticipated release, The Dark Knight became an unforgettable big screen experience. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, let's take a look back at how Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight changed things forever and remains a masterpiece to this day.