Who is Batman? Is he Christian Bale’s gravelly growl, Adam West’s non sequitur one-liners, George Clooney’s nipples? The answer is all of these things and much more. The video game Batman: Arkham City hits stores next week and so we at The No Doctor Cop Lawyer Show decided to dedicate our latest episode to explaining why we consider the Caped Crusader to be the greatest superhero. For those of you who don’t have the time to watch our well-reasoned arguments, this video sums them up rather succinctly. READ FULL STORY
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In response to Netflix’s recently released list of the “Top 10 Movie Rentals of All Time,” BitTorrent has release its own — albeit utterly illegal — list of the “Top 10 Most Pirated Movies” of all time. The usual suspects were there, with Avatar (21 million downloads) taking top (dis?)honors, and The Dark Knight tying for second place with Transformers at 19 million downloads apiece. And, yes, of course there’s a Pirates of the Caribbean installment on there. It’s only right.
Still, there is surprisingly little overlap between the lists (only Inception and The Departed). Apparently Netflix users favor Oscar bait while Internet thieves go for tentpole popcorn movies, with the Venn Diagram overlap between those two strangely being Leonardo DiCaprio. So what other movies made the list, and which were the most head scratch-inducing? See the full list after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Asking Joel Schumacher about his Batman films must be like asking Steve Bartman about the Chicago Cubs. But the director, who was blamed for nearly killing the franchise after 1997’s Batman & Robin, seemed to have a healthy perspective when an IFC.com reporter brought it up during press for his latest film, Trespass, with Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman. “I’m responsible for everything. I said, ‘yes’ and I took it on,” he said. “It’s not my favorite movie I’ve ever made, but I’m proud of my cast and I’m proud of all the artists who worked on it. I take full responsibility for Batman & Robin.”
Schumacher is much prouder of his first Batman film, 1995’s Batman Forever. “For me, Val Kilmer was the best Batman,” he said. “I thought he looked great in the costume, and I thought he brought a depth to the role. I thought the relationship between Val and Nicole Kidman was very sexy.”
Wait! What? Rewind. “For me, Val Kilmer was the best Batman”?! READ FULL STORY
It was Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne himself who said in 2005’s Batman Begins, “Well, a guy who dresses up like a bat clearly has issues.” Christopher Nolan’s two superhero films seem satisfied with a superficial glimpse of the mental stability of its hero, but a clever new faux trailer for The Batman Complex ventures deep into the brain of the man who thinks he’s the Caped Crusader, with the help of Nolan’s other blockbuster, Inception, Bale’s previous work on films like The Machinist, and several other mind-altering movies.
Is it wrong to think that this pretend plot is less confusing than the actual one in Inception? This time around, when Leonardo DiCaprio’s dream-thief says, “I’ve done it before,” he’s referring to the seed he planted in Michael Keaton’s brain back in 1989. And when he warns, “His subconscious is militarized,” he’s dealing with extremely deadly characters: Joker, Two-Face, and an oil-spewing Batman. Take a look below at the first (fake) collaboration between Christian and Leo. READ FULL STORY
Yesterday, we asked you to name your favorite superhero movie ever. Responses ranged far and wide, from box office bonanzas like Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight to beloved primordial oddities like Darkman and Unbreakable, to the big daddy that started it all: 1978’s Superman. Debates raged between various ranks of Batman fans: Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan? Live-action or Batman Beyond? One commenter argued that EW staff favorite Batman Returns isn’t even really a superhero movie at all, but just a weird movie about bizarre people that happens to occasionally feature a dude named Batman. (Hey, besides Hong Kong and the car chase, can’t you say the same about Dark Knight?) There was even a groundswell of support for Daredevil, which proves yet again that one generation’s travesty is another’s stealth masterpiece. We’ve tabulated the comments and come up with a definitive list of readers’ top 8 superhero films. It’s a diverse group — four DC movies, three Marvel movies, and one standalone wonder. Vote for your favorite in our poll after the jump… READ FULL STORY
When Thor hits theaters on May 6, it’ll kickstart a summer packed full of handsomely-costumed superpowered individuals fighting expensively CGI’d evil. June brings us the franchise preboot X-Men: First Class and the space-faring Green Lantern, followed by the Nazi-punching Captain America: The First Avenger in July. It’s a feast for comic book fans, and it’s very much the culmination of a decade that saw superheroes rise to the top of the summer box office season, with a host of new trilogies (X-Men, Spider-Man, Blade, Batman), fascinating curios (Kick-Ass, Superman Returns, Ang Lee’s Hulk), and plenty of outright disasters (Daredevil and Catwoman and anything called The Punisher, oh my!). But which superhero film is your absolute favorite? Has anything equaled Christopher Reeve’s Superman? Which Batman do you prefer: Tim Burton’s, Christopher Nolan’s, or Joel Schumacher’s? (Schumacher? Anyone? Bueller?) Do you prefer Iron Man‘s braggodocio or Spider-Man‘s nerdish lovability? Check out some EW favorites after the jump, then tell us your favorite superhero film in the comments. (Extra points if you include a cogent, coherent, and obscenity-free argument for your film.) READ FULL STORY
Wolverine and Batman share an unusual amount of superhero DNA. They’re both gritty, deadly serious, and brutal. With chips on their shoulders. In fact, you can Google “Batman versus Wolverine” and stumble into a wormhole of passionate nerd debate over which hero is superior. If you’re a comic book connoisseur, you’re practically required to have an opinion on which surly crusader would survive an imagined confrontation in a dark alley. So it’s revealing to see which comic book icon you initially recognize in this clever piece of art. Close your eyes, empty your mind, and make the jump: READ FULL STORY
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