VOTD: Jay Leno Drives Batman’s Tumbler

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What if Christopher Nolan cast Jay Leno as Batman instead of Christian Bale? Thankfully we’ll never see what that would look like — but for the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage webseries, Leno takes Batman’s Tumbler for a spin through Burbank California. We get to learn what exactly went into creating this custom vehicle and what kind of car technology is underneath all those black panels. How fast can the Tumbler go? Find out in the the episode, now embedded after the jump.

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Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Saga truly comes to a close this week with the Blu-ray release of The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Owning all three films, in one set, packed with extras feels like the final stage on a trip we took beginning in 2005 with the release of Batman Begins. Of course, Nolan’s journey started before that, when he made the important decision to cast Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.

A clip of an extra from the Blu-ray set is now online that shows footage from Bale’s audition tape. That’s cool enough in itself. But, because the Batman Begins suit had not been designed yet, the actor wore the Sonar Batsuit Val Kilmer wore in Batman Forever. And he acted against Amy Adams. Check that out below, along with an image of Begins co-star Cillian Murphy auditioning for the role. Read More »

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What did Darren Aronofsky, who almost directed The Wolverine, think of James Mangold‘s The Wolverine? Will Spider-Man have an ally in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What image has leaked from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy? How is Jeff Wadlow teasing X-Force? Which frame rate is Bryan Singer using to shoot Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is Scarlet Witch in the film? When can you see the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot this weekend? Who is the latest actor rumored for Batman vs. Superman and what are the names of the tracks on the Kick-Ass 2 score? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Last week, images of this set leaked and we asked the question ”Is This The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray Box Set?” The answer turns out to be…kind of. The official set, seen above, has now been revealed and it shares many features with last week’s images along with a few treats all its own. (Which suggests either those images were an international or preliminary version of the set). The real set is scheduled for release September 24 with an MSRP of $99.97.

Below, check the image out in high res and read the full details on the six disc collector’s edition Blu-ray which includes brand new special features and artwork from Mondo. (Unfortunately, no Christopher Nolan director commentaries, however.) Read More »

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From 2005-2012, Christopher Nolan reshaped the superhero world with his Dark Knight trilogy. Starting with Batman Begins, exploding with The Dark Knight and climaxing with The Dark Knight Rises, the director deconstructed one of our favorite superheroes in human terms, turning the whole filmed superhero genre on its head. As fans wait for another filmmaker to tackle the Caped Crusader, Warner Bros. is gearing up to celebrate Nolan’s achievements on the home market.

Last year it was revealed the third quarter of 2013 would see the debut of a Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition. A Polish website now has images that appear to be exactly that. Warner Bros. Home Video has yet to confirm or deny their legitimacy but these look so good, we figured they’re worth your time. Read More »

Magnus Rex

One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is that major movies use fake titles when they’re in production. The purpose of the misdirection is to throw the general public living and working around the shoot locations off the scent of a picture that might have huge fan interest.

Thirty years ago, Star Wars fans had no idea the Return of the Jedi was being filmed near them because it was called Blue Harvest. Even today the practice continues. People would riot if they knew Christopher Nolan was filming The Dark Knight Rises in their town, so the film goes by the name Magnus Rex. (Not that it takes long for people to realize what’s up.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are being referred to as Freezer Burn and London Calling respectively.

A Reddit user has made a gallery of movie posters using the film’s production titles and it’s quite funny. Check it out below. Read More »

Batman Begins ABC Family promo

Movie promos aren’t always as honest as we’d like, but even the more misleading ones are generally more fact than fiction. At the very least, they look like they were crafted by folks with a passing familiarity with the film in question.

But I’m not so sure that’s the case for this TV spot promoting the ABC Family premiere of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins. Or rather, a playful romantic drama that bears a striking visual resemblance to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Because surely this “legendary hero” who “fights for family and lives for love” can’t be the Batman, right? Hit the jump to check it out.

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With one Batman trilogy over and a new set of films likely to begin, the idea of casting the character has once again become a well-discussed subject. The name that keeps popping up is Joseph Gordon-Levitt (for good reason), but before Warner Bros. finally decides to cast a new actor in the cape and cowl, they’ll surely have met with plenty of people.

The last man tasked with casting Batman was Christopher Nolan and his eventual choice, Christian Bale, has long been praised for his work in the role. But back before 2005′s Batman Begins, Nolan met with lots of actors to discuss the role, and one of the actors was Heath Ledger. At the time, Ledger politely told Nolan he’d never do a superhero movie, only to change his mind a few years later to play Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, in 2008′s The Dark Knight. The now-iconic role won the actor a posthumous Oscar.

What made Ledger change his mind and what was discussed at that meeting? Read Nolan’s quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

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