the dark knight michael mann influences

If you ask me, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a masterwork, not just as a superhero movie but as a film. But like most great filmmakers, Nolan wears his film influences on his sleeves, and it’s very evident in his work. We’ve talked previously about how Nolan’s love for the James Bond franchise has shown up in his films from time to time (For instance, The Dark Knight Rises opening sequence was clearly inspired by 1989’s Licence to Kill). A new video essay presents scenes from director Michael Mann‘s films side by side with sequences from Nolan’s work on The Dark Knight.

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Krzysztof Domaradzki the dark knight trilogy prints

Cool Stuff is your geek-a-rific Holiday Shopping Guide published all year round.

In today’s edition we take a look at an awesome three-poster screenprint for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy, the Egg Attack Darth Vader statue from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a limited edition fine chine tea set replicating Mrs. Potts and Chip from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, Gentle Giant’s very cute Rocket and Groot statue from the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series and a highly detailed Robocop 3 action figure which talks and comes with a remote control.

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LEGO Batman Movie Batmobile

Did Marvel receive bomb threats after James Rhodes became Iron Man in the old comics? What would the specs be on The LEGO Batman Movie‘s Batmobile if it were real? Should the recently ordered sixth season of Arrow be its last? What villain is rumored to be part of the animated Spider-Man movie? When is the new Logan trailer coming? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

storyboards compared to movies - The Dark Knight

It’s a long road for a movie to make it to theaters. A movie starts an idea that hopefully ends up as a series of images that combine to form some semblance of a story. But making that happen takes some meticulous planning during the phase of filmmaking known as pre-production. A big part of that process is storyboarding, where the filmmaker plans out all of the shots they need by piecing together illustrations of what they hope to eventually capture on camera.

Now we can see how some of the original storyboards for movies like The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back compare to what we see on screen in a couple key sequences. See storyboards compared to movies after the jump. Read More »

Doctor Strange Motion Poster

How much did the Batpod from The Dark Knight sell for at auction? What differences did FourSquare find that exists between Marvel and DC fans? Which Marvel Studios movie just got knocked out of the Top 50 Highest Grossing Domestic Films of All Time? How many things did CinemaSins find “wrong” with Captain America: Civil War? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Captain Marvel - Brie Larson

How much has Suicide Squad made worldwide so far? Which comic book movie was the most mentioned in Twitter’s trending #Fav7Movies hashtag? How did Angel inspire the shawarma scene after the credits of The Avengers? What item can you spot in every police station scene in The Flash? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Dark Knight Scott Pilgrim vs the World mash-up

Movie mash-ups are a dime a dozen on the web, and sometimes even though they can be good fun, they bring together two movies that fit together pretty easily. But did you ever think that a mash-up of Christopher Nolan‘s gritty, grounded Dark Knight Trilogy and Edgar Wright‘s fantastical, energetic Scott Pilgrim vs the World would make the perfect combo?

The YouTube channel Inventor Headquarters has taken footage from all three films in The Dark Knight Trilogy and spiced them up by editing them in the style of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs the World, complete with little animated fighting effects and onomatopoeias. This could be the most fun thing you watch today. Read More »

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When did Deadpool‘s mask get that little point on it? What if Disney Infinity made X-Men figures? How awful does The Asylum’s Suicide Squad rip-off look? When can you get your hands on Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Luke Cage comic series that’s been sitting around for nine years? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

power rangers movie suits

I wasn’t a fan of the Power Rangers television series when it aired — maybe I was a year or two too old for it, or maybe I was already over my Voltron days. Whatever the case, I haven’t found excitement for the upcoming Power Rangers movie. And then last month Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston signed on to the film as Zordon, a character that appeared as a giant floating head in a tube in the TV series. I thought, that’s interesting. And then a teaser poster for the film was released (you can see it right after the jump), which was not what I expected from this particular franchise. Okay, so maybe I am a little curious now to see what the Power Rangers movie will be.

And now we have Bryan Cranston talking about how the movie is wildly different from the 1990s television series, comparing more to a Dark Knight-style reimagining of the franchise.

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Steven Spielberg 700

I think we all like reading and watching interviews with legendary filmmakers discussing how they brought some of the most iconic movies to the big screen. But for me, I love to hear the rarer occasions when a legendary filmmaker will just sit down and talk movies like the rest of us. At the Cannes Film Festival premiere of his new film The BFG (read the early buzz here), Steven Spielberg was asked what his favorite comic book blockbusters are, and his answer may surprise you. Find out what Steven Spielberg’s favorite superhero movies are, after the jump.

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