Heath Ledger Joker

Of the many comic book movie villains we’ve seen paraded across the big screen in the past 15 years, one of the most memorable has been Heath Ledger‘s Joker from The Dark Knight. The young actor made the classic character entirely his own, imbuing him with an oddly charismatic menace that’s been impossible to forget.

The role was colored by tragedy, however, when Ledger passed away months before the film’s opening. It’s terribly sad to realize we’ll never get to see this talented star at work again, but at least we can continue to appreciate his contribution to the cinematic landscape. In a recently revealed clip from the German documentary series Too Young to Die, Ledger’s father Kim Ledger takes a peek inside his son’s “Joker diary” from the Dark Knight shoot. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Every great hero has a great villain, a nemesis that completes their existence. It’s a theme explored in films like Unbreakable and The Dark Knight, and later this weekend will be the centerpiece at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Their latest show is called Arch Nemesis, and is comprised of works depicting that topic. Some of the work is just of the bad guys, others show both sides, but each takes into account that core idea: “Without evil there can be no good, so it must be good to be evil sometimes.”

The show opens May 24 and remains on display through June 15. Check out a selection of work below, including the exclusive reveal of the variant editions of Laurent Durieux’s Peter and Wendy poster. 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 »

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Want to see Iceman filming X-Men: Days of Future Past? How does Joss Whedon say Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Why can’t you buy Iron Man 3 tickets yet at certain theaters? Who said the Captain America: The Winter Soldier script is the best Marvel movie yet? Are there big names in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a shining example of a what a comic book movie can be. It’s dark and exciting, and the performances are as rich as the story. In fact, the film is so well-regarded some fans put it on an unattainable pedestal and vehemently attack anyone who dare say anything negative about Nolan’s second entry in his Batman trilogy.

But the film has some problems. A plot hole here, questionable motivation there. While most people tend to forgive those for the sake of pure, well-made entertainment, the CinemaSins team is not among those people. They’ve done the unthinkable, and created a sure-to-be controversial video calling out everything wrong with The Dark Knight in four minutes or less. Read More »

Want to watch Russell Crowe talk about stepping into Marlon Brando’s shoes for Man of Steel? How about a gander at early concept art from The Dark Knight? Is there anything better than reading Christopher Nolan explain his thought process behind his Batman trilogy? What gift is Olly Moss making for the crew of Thor: The Dark World? How can you get your name in a new Mark Millar comic book? Does Joel Schumacher like Nolan’s films? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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 »

Where did this amazing Dark Knight promo image come from and where can you see more, including Heath Ledger as The Joker? Want to see Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the villain in Kick-Ass 2? Which characters are featured in a new image from Iron Man 3? When does Comic Book Men start again? Is George R.R. Martin going to work on Doctor Strange? Has an actor thrown his hat in to be cast in Guardians of the Galaxy? What do Aardman Animation and Batman have in common? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

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