The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Anthony & Joe Russo break down the Avengers: Endgame scene where we see a drastic change in Thor. Plus, a video essay that tries to change the perception of Joel Schumacher‘s approach to The Dark Knight in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and a couple more Stranger Things cast members partake in a lie detector test interview.
First up, directors Anthony & Joe Russo sat down with The New York Times for a new edition of Anatomy of a Scene, breaking down the introduction of a drastically different version of Thor than we’ve seen before. They focus on how Chris Hemsworth’s performance turns what could have been simply a goofy gag into a sharp turn from comedy into drama, and they also discuss the logistics of shooting a scene with one live-action actor and four characters created with visual effects.
Next up, Patrick (H) Willems has a new video essay that might shake things up for Batman fans who have long scorned Joel Schumacher’s approach to The Dark Knight. Is it possible that both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin have gotten better with age? Or should we merely appreciate these two movies for providing a shining example of the wrong way to treat comics? Could it be both?
Finally, Stranger Things duo Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer take Vanity Fair‘s patented lie detector test interview.What college did Natalia Dyer go to? Who influences Charlie Heaton’s musical style? What was Natalia’s best birthday present she had as a kid? Has Charlie ever purposefully trashed a hotel room? Get answers to all those questions and more.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman in comics. To celebrate the fact that The Dark Knight is now an octogenarian, Fathom Events is re-releasing four Batman movies back in theaters this summer, each for one night only.
Director Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns and Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will blast back onto the big screen, allowing fans to experience them in all of their proper glory once again. No need to break out your Bat-magnifying glass – we’ll give you all the details you need below. Read More »
Often when we look at movies that defined our youth, we attempt to cling onto some aspect of nostalgia that can repair any visible flaws. Maybe it saved you from the boredom of summer. Maybe it kept you company during a sick day at home. Everyone has that movie, the one they will defend against any sort of criticism, and for the longest time (until I turned into some form of grown adult), that movie was Batman & Robin.
Now, looking back on it 20 years later, it is quite clear that my tastes have changed since June of 1997. No longer am I entertained by Uma Thurman dancing in a gorilla get-up, nor do I accept that dumbed-down version of Barbara Gordon, and I can now completely confirm that I will absolutely, one hundred percent, never register for a Bat Credit Card.
But there is a much more deeper question to ask when it comes to this anniversary post: what can we actually learn from Batman & Robin? Is it an important film in the legacy of DC’s live action adaptation history? Well chill, because we’re going to examine this one from top-to-bottom. Let’s explore the good, the bad, and the Bane of Joel Schumacher’s “masterpiece” and what it has taught the comic book genre over the years. Instead of hating it, maybe we can thank Papa Joel for giving us a guidebook on what Batman movies shouldn’t be.
Batman & Robin is an objectively terrible movie, possibly still the worst superhero movie ever made. But it’s been 20 years now…can’t we all just relax?
It’s two decades later and director Joel Schumacher is still apologizing for the garish, neon-soaked nightmare that is Batman & Robin. And while I’m willing to forgive him on some things — the ice puns are unironically great — those bat nipples still baffle me and presumably everyone else. And Schumacher realizes this, explaining the thought process that led to him creating those infamous rubber nipples. And on that front, he’s not sorry.
Want to see new images from Ant-Man? How much comic book reference do the X-Men movie use? Has Frank Grillo finished filming Captain America: Civil War? Will there be a documentary about the George MillerJustice League movie? What did Michael B. Jordan say about the race issue of Fantastic Four? Would Emma Stone play Spider-Gwen? Is George Clooney still apologizing for Batman & Robin? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
In the realm of motion picture effects and make-up, Rick Baker is the name among names. A seven-time Oscar winner, he’s been making us believe the unbelievable for the better part of five decades.From Star Wars to An American Werewolf in London, Thriller, The Rocketeer, Men in Black, Ed Wood, Planet of the Apes, the guy has done it all. And now, you can purchase one-of-a-kind, original props from throughout his career.
On May 29, the Prop Store is hosting a Rick Baker auction featuring props, costumes, make-up effects and more from many of the films mentioned above, along with Hellboy, Gremlins 2, Harry and the Hendersons, Batman and Robin, Batman Forever and others. The stuff is stunning and, below, you can see just a few of our favorite pieces that are part of the auction. Read More »