By Matthew Howe
Walking into the theater to see Godzilla, a trailer was already playing on screen. As soon as I realized it was for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, I did what I always do during trailers for movies I'm excited about: I shut my eyes tight, stuck my fingers in my ears, and hummed loudly. (Call me crazy, but I like to know as little as possible about a movie before I see it). As you may have guessed, I'm a big fan of Nolan. Inception is one of my favorite summer blockbusters of all time (and yes, he's still in). Not only did The Dark Knight accomplish what I once felt was the impossible task of making a truly great Batman movie, it's also the best film ever made about the war on terror.
Going back, though, we see Nolan, right from the start, has been making terrific movies. I'd like to take a look at three of them.
by Cookie N Screen
There is a whole plethora of Batman movies, just look at our extensive list. From the animated to the dark, the amazing to the horrible. Batman has been the topic of so many films, it is no surprise that a merry band of fans would get together in order to make their own Batman movie. Director Josh Crooks with the help of Kormorant Pictures, has created this short movie of our favourite caped crusader. The surprise here is that this film is pretty good.
by Max Bosshart
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a 1993 animated film, was the first animated Batman movie. Based in the nineties Batman cartoon universe, the film boasts much of the same cast and crew as the series. This includes the director Bruce Timm, writer Paul Dini, and the voice talents of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker.
The film follows the story of a new villain known as the Phantasm who is systematically taking out some of Gotham's gangsters. The media and police, sans Commissioner Gordon (Bob Hastings,) blame the murders on Batman. Meanwhile an old flame of Bruce Wayne's, Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany,) comes back into town bringing up old wounds for him.
by Paul Costello
Hoo-boy, this one has a reputation, doesn't it? A 3.6 star rating on the IMDb, a 12% score on rating aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and many individual reviews and reaction videos hating on Batman & Robin everywhere else. Those that defend it often do so in a manner that’s half apologetic ("Yeah, I know it's crap, but..."). Even Joel Schumacher himself publicly apologised for the film, and George Clooney said that this was the film that officially killed the Batman franchise. Due to this violently negative response, any and all plans for future Batman projects (such as the proposed Batman Triumphant, in which Scarecrow was to be the new main villain) were instantly cancelled. As far as mainstream cinema goes, only The Phantom Menace can hope to beat the legacy of Batman & Robin. Films cancelled, careers stunted, the Bat-signal decommissioned for almost a full decade… that’s a lot of hate.
by Josh Crooks
Due to what was essentially a rushed schedule, I regret to inform you that the short film One Bad Day will not be released today (25/10/13.)
by Hayley Charlesworth
This may be considered sacrilege, but I’m not really huge on Batman. I’ve read some of the most iconic comics, like The Dark Knight Returns and The Killing Joke, but I’m a Marvel girl through and through. I’ve watched most, if not all, of the films, but I found The Dark Knight Saga enjoyable yet hugely overrated, and my main memories of Batman in the late 80s and early 90s consists entirely of Seal’s Kiss from a Rose. (Maybe I’m due a re-watch of them all.) But there is one piece of Batman media that remains close to my heart, that I can watch over and over again and feel utter joy. That is 60s Batman.
by Jo Johnstone
Tim Burton's sequel to the original Batman outing, Batman Returns is a rare case of a sequel that surpasses its original.
Although the film caused some controversy and led to Burton stepping away from the franchise its the crown of the 90’s comic book genre. Batman goes head to head with an array of eccentric villains in a darker and more gritty take on the adventures of Gotham’s dark crusader.
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