A lot can happen in 25 years. When Warner Bros. was pushing Tim Burton‘s Batman, released on this day in 1989, changed the landscape for superhero movies. But at the time, the studio had to convince many people that there was good reason to make a Batman movie. More to the point, Warner Bros. put in a lot of effort to convince people that a serious take on Batman was a good idea, rather than a continuation of the Adam West concept for the character.
One tool used to make the case for this new Batman was a 20-minute documentary feature showing the history of the character, and detailing the thought and work that went into Burton’s film. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary that doc has been dropped onto YouTube, and you can watch it below. Read More »
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Living in Los Angeles, I’m often asked, “What should I do when I’m in town?” Every single time that question comes up, I point people to the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour. I wrote about it here a few years ago. It’s a two hour-plus, small-group tour through the Warner Bros. lot where you’ll see amazing iconic locations, drive by live shoots, walk on famous sound stages and see two full museums of one of a kind props.
To keep the tour fresh, those museums (which you can only see as part of the tour) are semi-regularly updated. So, for example, when I was there a few years ago, the entire second floor of one was themed to Harry Potter. It probably still is. But the latest update is just as exciting. Warner Bros. has installed a massive Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibit including props from all seven of their Batman films. Check out a slew of images below. Read More »
Mark Hamill appeared today at Star Wars Weekends 2014, the annual Star Wars celebration at Walt Disney World. While appearing on stage for a discussion, Hamill was asked if he could voice a conversation between Luke Skywalker and Batman villain The Joker. Many of you probably know that in addition to starring in George Lucas’ epic trilogy, Hamill voiced The Joker in animated television series and video releases.
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2014 is the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular superheroes: Batman. The character has been imagined, reimagined, rebooted, redressed and revered for the better part of eight decades. This year, DC has a lots of big plans for The Dark Knight. One of those was a big panel at WonderCon 2014 featuring some of the men responsible for carrying the cape and cowl legacy for the past few decades.
Below, check out a full 30 minute video of the WonderCon Batman 75th anniversary panel featuring Kevin Conroy, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Peter Girardi, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Read More »
Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys’ Batman and Robin 1960s TV Series Sixth Scale Figures. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Batman and Robin 1960s TV Series Sixth Scale Figures, alongside my thoughts on the product.
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Briefly: Later this year, you can finally bring all the “BAM,” “POW” and “WOW’s” from your childhood to your disc player. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment finally announced it will be releasing The Batman ’66 Complete TV Series on home video later this year. It’s a long time coming, after a years-long rights tussle between Fox and Warners that prevented a complete box set from ever being issued. At this point we don’t know a release date, or what format we can expect. (It’s got to hit Blu, right?) But the announcement is good enough for now.
Lego Cuusoo is a site where fans can create and show off any Lego project they can come up with. If 10,000 people like it a design, Lego will consider making it a reality. The competition is incredibly fierce as only one piece out of many that meet the criteria is picked for every session. To date only four projects have been created, with two more recently selected.
After a project gets 10,000 votes, it’s put into a pool with others and Lego decides which one to make depending on a bunch of factors. For example, Lego must deem the project commercially viable and financially possible. So while a certain project could be popular, it might be impossible for Lego to legally make it. Rights aren’t always available to franchises like Jurassic Park or The Legend of Zelda (though it did work for Back to the Future and there are several Ghostbusters sets now under review).
All that is preamble to explain why we’re highlighting this latest cool Cuusoo. It’s called Assault on Wayne Manor and is basically just a huge working version of Bruce Wayne’s house. Which is incredibly awesome. Plus, Lego has released Batman sets in the past. Read More »
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You don’t have to be a superhero fan to have been touched by the saga of Batkid. The San Francisco Make-A-Wish Foundation organized an incredible day-long adventure for 5-year-old Miles Scott earlier this month, allowing him to travel across the city and fight crime as the Caped Crusader. Besides global news coverage, Batman actors such as Ben Affleck and Christian Bale talked about the event and even President Obama got into the act. Everyone loves Batkid.
The saga recently continued on Good Morning America where Miles appeared, in full Bat-gear, to defeat his greatest villain yet: the Joker. Check it out below. Read More »