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This Week's Cover: Superman at 75

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Time really does fly.

For three-quarters of a century, Superman has been fighting the good fight, keeping Earth and its inhabitants safe from all manner of villainy and disaster. As the DC Comics character turns 75, he’s also getting a major big-screen relaunch in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, opening Friday.

So for this week’s cover, Entertainment Weekly is taking a look back at all the critical moments in Superman’s evolution from dimestore hero to American pop-culture icon. We start with his first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1, and track him along every major step (and occasional misstep) up through his reemergence in the form of Man of Steel‘s angry, passionate, lost Superman, as played by Henry Cavill.

Here’s what you can find in EW’s obsessive history of the man in the red cape:

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Christopher Nolan reveals love of old, foreign films with Criterion 'Top 10'

Christopher Nolan has a thing for “desperate men.”

That’s the takeaway, or one of them, from the director’s list of top 10 Criterion releases, which includes Stephen Frears’ The Hit and Sidney Lumet’s Twelve Angry Men in the No. 1 and 2 spots.

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Nominated for Nothing: Why 'The Dark Knight Rises' deserved some Oscar love

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in director Christopher Nolan’s massive, box-office-record-busting, heretofore-oft-Oscar-nominated Batman trilogy. Featuring Christian Bale as a broken down Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman), Anne Hathaway as the (kinda) amoral safecracker Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman), and Tom Hardy as the (almost entirely) inscrutable masked villain Bane (a.k.a. Bahrjghalfragl) bent on destroying Gotham City once and for all.

Why It Wasn’t Nominated: One of the less explored ironies tucked inside this year’s Oscar snubs is the fact that the Academy chose to expand the field of Best Picture nominees to 10 in part because Nolan’s previous Batman film, The Dark Knight, failed to land a Best Picture nomination despite widespread acclaim. Four years later, The Dark Knight‘s sequel failed to land any Oscar nods at all. READ FULL STORY

10 things we learned from Christopher Nolan's 'Film Comment' interview

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In a new interview with Film Comment, the magazine for the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, Christopher Nolan responds to basically every question you ever had about his Dark Knight trilogy. The thinking behind Gotham’s notorious realism? Check. The maybe-maybe not presence of Occupy Wall Street in Rises? Check. The photochemical processes involved in IMAX film production? Count on it.

The thorough and immensely enlightening interview is worth reading in full, but in case you can’t spare the time we’ve gleaned some of the best bits. Check them out after the jump.

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Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt play Batman in 'Justice League' and 'Man of Steel'? Well...

The internet feels like such a cold and empty place without any Batman movie rumors. Fortunately, HitFix posted a report late last night that is at once totally crazy and entirely plausible. According to the site, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — who played John Blake, a.k.a. Twist-Ending Robin, in The Dark Knight Rises – is already set to play Batman in the still-evolving superteam film Justice League. Moreover, reporter Drew McWeeny claims that Gordon-Levitt might be appearing in Man of Steel for a quick continuity cameo, à la Downey Jr. in Incredible Hulk. READ FULL STORY

Who should direct new 'Star Wars' movie? Christopher Nolan? Joss Whedon? J.J. Abrams?

Breathe, Star Wars fans, breathe. Maybe lie down a minute.

Following Tuesday’s nerd-shattering announcement that the Walt Disney Company is buying Lucasfilm, and the plan includes Star Wars: Episode VII, in early development and hoping for a 2015 release, the speculative race is on for who should direct.

Should it be Christopher Nolan, who exploded open the Batman franchise?  Or Star Trek reboot master J.J. Abrams? Or Joss Whedon, riding the superhero tidal wave of this year’s The Avengers? Lucasfilm founder George Lucas, who wrote and directed the 1977 Star Wars original and the later prequels, will work as a creative consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII, so love him or hate him, he won’t be returning to helm the next film.

Here are our potential picks:
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After 'The Dark Knight Rises': Where does the Batman franchise go from here?

The Dark Knight Rises marks the end of a cinematic era, but not the end of films about Batman. Now that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is complete, it’s natural to wonder what comes next for the Caped Crusader. After an appropriate hiatus, Warner Brothers will return to the Batman franchise, but as Darren Franich’s cover gallery illustrates, Nolan’s approach to the final film has made following him increasingly difficult. Let’s put aside the iconic status of the Dark Knight trilogy for a moment and consider how Nolan used the source material to compose these three films.
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Entertainment Geekly: The epic 'Dark Knight Rises' podcast

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At two hours and 45 minutes, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is officially the longest superhero movie ever.* Appropriately, Rises has inspired our longest podcast yet. This week, Jeff Jensen and I do a deep, deep dive into the Bat-threequel. There are things we admire about it. There are things we don’t admire about it. There are some outright silly plots twists. There are themes…or should I say, THEMES! In short, it’s the most ambitious blockbuster movie of the summer, and it deserves careful consideration. A word of warning: There’s no way of talking about the meaning of Rises without talking about the film’s conclusion, so for god’s sake, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!!

Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store.


Listeners, we want to hear from you. If you have big ideas about Dark Knight Rises, or Christopher Nolan’s whole Bat-trilogy, or you just want to get into an argument about whether “No Man’s Land” was a better ongoing story arc than “Knightfall,” tweet at us at @EWDocJensen and @EWDarrenFranich.

*Unless you count Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Watchmen. But let’s not.

Read More:
Entertainment Geekly: The ‘Before Watchmen’ debate (Plus: Alan Moore does Harry Potter!)
Entertainment Geekly: Spider-Man on Film
Entertainment Geekly: The past, present, and future of ‘The Avengers’
Entertainment Geekly’s Guide to this Summer’s Geekiest Blockbusters

'The Dark Knight Rises': Its homage to... 'Good Will Hunting'?

From its comic book inspirations to a prominent excerpt from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Christopher Nolan’s saga-ending The Dark Knight Rises was chockablock with pop-culture references. While there were plenty of unexpected moments in the film’s 164 minutes, some of the biggest surprises weren’t plot developments but Nolan’s loving homages to (and occasionally strange riffs on) other films, books, and more. Below, we look into some of the influences of Rises, including one very unexpected shout-out to the speech that won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck an Oscar. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!) READ FULL STORY

Batman. Bane. Catwoman. That ending! Time to talk about 'The Dark Knight Rises' -- but only if you've seen it.

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“Don’t be afraid.” Those were the dying words of Thomas Wayne, said to his traumatized young son after being shot behind a theater by a thug named Joe Chill. The scene in Batman Begins resonates anew with eerie irony — and hopefully, a little inspiration — one day after the opening of The Dark Knight Rises and the tragedy in Aurora. Despite the terror felt nationwide following the violence in Colorado, and even in spite of it, moviegoers packed into multiplexes yesterday to watch the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman movies. And now, you have questions, opinions, quibbles, praises, and many other things to say about this heavy superhero spectacular – particularly the way it ended.

So let’s talk about it. Fearlessly.

And with a massive amount of detail… which is to say, SPOILER ALERT!

Seriously: If you have not yet seen Rises, STOP READING NOW. Because we’re not holding back on anything, beginning with…  READ FULL STORY

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