1989 Batman documentary

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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Sure, we’re looking forward to superhero movies from Marvel and DC in the coming months and years, but one of the most intriguing comes from a very unlikely source. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, best known for serious fare like Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, blends drama with heroics in Birdman.

This isn’t a conventional superhero movie. In fact, it’s not really a superhero movie at all. But it does use lots of those conventions to tell the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) who once played a superhero and is struggling to mount a new play. Co-starring Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach GalifianakisBirdman open October 17.

Check out the first Birdman trailer below. Read More »

Beetlejuice

After reviving one ’80s classic, Michael Keaton is ready to revisit another. The Robocop star confirmed he’s been chatting with director Tim Burton about the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel — though it doesn’t sound like he’s 100% locked in just yet. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.

That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »

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As remakes go, Jose Padilha‘s Robocop seems to be one of the more interesting ones. Not only does it promise a whole new spin on the core concept — by focusing far more closely on the toll that Robocopping takes on Alex Murphy for example — it’s assembled a great cast to help sell that story. Joel Kinnaman is the shining star, but he’s backed by the likes of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish.

The latest batch of photos highlight some of those talented supporting players, while also showing off how damn cool Kinnaman looks at Robocop. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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‘Robocop’ International Trailer: The Man in the Machine

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Most of the Robocop marketing so far has focused on, well, Robocop (Joel Kinnaman). But before he was Robocop, he was a plain old human known as Alex Murphy — and as the latest international trailer reminds us, Alex is lurking inside of him still.

While there’s more than enough action to go around in this new promo, the real focus is on the very human cost of Omnicorp’s new robot police force. It seems that being brought to the brink of death and then revived as a freakish android-man hybrid tends to take an emotional toll on a guy. Watch the video after the jump.

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“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” The first trailer for José Padilha‘s remake of Robocop is finally here. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, it’s scheduled for release February 7. Check it out below. Read More »

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We’re going to take a break from your regularly scheduled Superhero Bits to focus on what might be the biggest superhero story of the year: Ben Affleck being cast in Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel. (Provisionally called Batman vs. Superman.)

Below, you’ll read bits about how Affleck was cast, the crazy fan reactions, the similarity of this to other Bat-castings, Affleck’s physicality, the potential location of the new Gothan City and so much more. Check it out in today’s All-Affleck edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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