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Apr 18, 2020. 17 comments

Darren Aronofsky wanted Joaquin Phoenix to be his Batman

Darren Aronofsky wanted Joaquin Phoenix to be his Batman

If there’s anything that the history of cinematic superheroes over the last 30 years has taught us, it’s that casting Batman is one hell of a tricky needle to thread. Unlike so many Hollywood issues, it’s pointedly not a problem you can just throw a big movie star at, as Ben Affleck’s

recent and unhappy tenure in the part made clear. It’s also a pain in the ass to cast because the character...

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Apr 08, 2020. 9 comments

Batman: The Adventures Continue expands the mythos of the classic ’90s cartoon

Batman: The Adventures Continue expands the mythos of the classic ’90s cartoon

Almost three decades after its debut, Batman: The Animated Series still stands as one of the best superhero adaptations across any medium, with stories that explore the full scope of Batman’s character and an aesthetic that ages remarkably well. (Read our recaps of the entire series.) DC Comics has returned to the animated universe for various digital-first series set in the future of Batman...

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Mar 18, 2020. 7 comments

It's time to ask ourselves if 2004's Catwoman is the worst superhero movie ever made

It's time to ask ourselves if 2004's Catwoman is the worst superhero movie ever made

Nowadays, it’s hard to remember a time when superhero movies could be bad in a unique enough way that they actually stuck out. The action movie subgenre, aside from

the occasional weirdo exception , has now been defined into a market-friendly template too formulaic to allow for the kind of unfettered creativity that leads to truly awful stuff like 2004's notoriously terrible Catwoman. It’s...

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Mar 08, 2020. 23 comments

Ben Affleck opens up about his discomfort with the whole Batman thing

Ben Affleck opens up about his discomfort with the whole Batman thing

Ben Affleck is having a bit of a career resurgence at the moment, with the positive response to his recent alcoholism drama

The Way Back giving him the opportunity to—as far as we can tell—have as much fun as he’s had being a public figure since at least as recently as Argo , back in 2012. Among other things, that renewed interest in the whole “being a famous person” thing has included...

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Feb 22, 2020. 12 comments

New Batman extremely pointy

New Batman extremely pointy

Batman has always been a pointy character. Even disregarding the work of certain artists—most notably Kelley Jones in the 1990s—who have drawn the Caped Crusader with ears more akin to a rabbit’s than that of a bat, he’s still a guy who spends most of his nights firing grappling guns, flapping his big ol’ pointy cape, and hitting various criminals with his extremely sharp (and personally...

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Feb 14, 2020. 8 comments

Wait, did the new Batman bolt the gun that killed his parents to his Batsuit's chest?

Wait, did the new Batman bolt the gun that killed his parents to his Batsuit's chest?

The Batman director Matt Reeves showed off the first look at the new Batsuit—and, to a lesser extent, the new Batman—

earlier this afternoon , reassuring anyone who was worried about it that Robert Pattinson does, indeed, possess a chin. The suit itself came under significantly more scrutiny, as it typically does, with fans noting its similarities both to the one favored by the Dark Knight in...

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Kevin Cortez Kevin Cortez Jan 16, 2020. 7 comments

Burt Ward says producers wanted him take pills to shrink his penis while filming Batman

Burt Ward says producers wanted him take pills to shrink his penis while filming Batman

Superheroes were a quaint thing in the ‘60s, with Adam West and Burt Ward leading the charge as a much sillier spin on Batman and Robin than we’re accustomed to seeing these days. Still, as boomers will remind you, Batman was a huge fucking deal, despite the show’s relentless campiness and infatuation with labeling every inanimate object imaginable. While the series’ popularity waned over the...

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Dec 10, 2019. 10 comments

Alfred taunts the Dark Knight in this Batman’s Grave exclusive

Alfred taunts the Dark Knight in this Batman’s Grave exclusive

Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch changed the superhero game when they debuted The Authority in 1999, bringing a widescreen cinematic aesthetic to the genre that would shape how superheroes were presented in the new millennium. 20 years later, Ellis and Hitch have reunited for The Batman’s Grave, a standalone 12-issue miniseries that spotlights how well these two creators work together. Featuring...

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Dec 03, 2019. 3 comments

The White Lantern traps the Dark Knight in this Batman Universe exclusive

The White Lantern traps the Dark Knight in this Batman Universe exclusive

The main line of Batman titles has been shrouded in darkness recently with the finale of Tom King’s Batman run and tie-ins to the “Year Of The Villain” event, but in the pages of Batman Universe, the Dark Knight has been on a much lighter adventure through space and time. Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Nick Derington, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Troy Peteri, Batman...

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Nov 26, 2019. 2 comments

A demonic Batman rises in this Creature Of The Night finale exclusive

A demonic Batman rises in this Creature Of The Night finale exclusive

The journey to Batman: Creature Of The Night #4 has been a long one. The series was originally announced in 2010 as a spiritual sequel to Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s Superman: Secret Identity, and health problems for Busiek and artist John Paul Leon resulted in a year-and-a-half delay between issues #3 and #4. But the series is well worth the wait, offering a chilling interpretation of...

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Nov 06, 2019. 10 comments

Colin Farrell in talks to play The Batman's handsome new Penguin, with Andy Serkis as Alfred

Colin Farrell in talks to play The Batman's handsome new Penguin, with Andy Serkis as Alfred

According to Deadline, Colin Farrell is in talks to join the cast of Matt Reeves’ The Batman as stocky, bird-like nightclub owner/organized crime boss Oswald Cobblepot—a.k.a. The Penguin. This would be, let’s say, a divergence from traditional depictions of The Penguin, the most famous of which is Danny DeVito’s fish-eating, sewer-dwelling maniac from Batman Returns, so this might be...

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Oct 22, 2019. 14 comments

This Batman/Superman #3 exclusive infects the Man of Steel with Joker's toxin

This Batman/Superman #3 exclusive infects the Man of Steel with Joker's toxin

Batman and Joker are two of the most popular characters in superhero comics, so it’s no surprise that DC would find a lot of success by combining the archnemeses into a single character: The Batman Who Laughs. This character has emerged as one of the big bads of the DC Universe over the last two years, and he continues to spread his poisonous tendrils in the page of Batman/Superman, following...

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Alani Vargas Alani Vargas Oct 21, 2019. 24 comments

Batwoman loses hope, but finally dons her most famous accessory

Batwoman loses hope, but finally dons her most famous accessory
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In its third episode, Batwoman finally delivers the flame-haired crusader we all came to see. Ruby Rose’s portrayal of the iconic character has left room for Kate to grow into the mantle, which she deserves—she’s a true hero that cares for those around her and family is always a top priority. That’s why it’s been a tad frustrating to...

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Oct 18, 2019. 22 comments

Michelle Pfeiffer has one specific piece of advice for new Catwoman Zoë Kravitz

Michelle Pfeiffer has one specific piece of advice for new Catwoman Zoë Kravitz

Matt Reeves’s big-screen take on Gotham’s favorite caped crusader is shaping up to be exciting, thanks to some seriously ingenious casting.

Robert Pattinson as Batman , Paul Dano as The Riddler , and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon are all fantastic, but Zoë Kravitz nabbing the role of Catwoman is downright thrilling. Even better, the Big Little Lies star is being welcomed with open...

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Oct 15, 2019. 24 comments

The cat's out of the bag: Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman in Matt Reeves' The Batman

The cat's out of the bag: Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman in Matt Reeves' The Batman

While the casting for the

Robert Pattinson -led Batman film has mostly been relegated to “early talks” or serious negotiations up to this point, today The Hollywood Reporter reports the first confirmed person to star opposite the Twilight alumnus. Big Little Lies’ Zoe Kravitz will be catsuiting up to take on the role of Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.

As one of Batman’s classic foes and...

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Alani Vargas Alani Vargas Oct 14, 2019. 23 comments

Batwoman shows how Kate's family can make—or break—her

Batwoman shows how Kate's family can make—or break—her
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The source of a lot of strife for Kate Kane so far has to do with her twin sister, and the grief that’s followed Kate since Beth’s supposed death 15 years ago. Even this early on, Kate’s ongoing struggle with those she’s closest to could feel redundant. To its credit, Batwoman manages to do the opposite, making the audience feel more...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Oct 02, 2019. 21 comments

Arkham Asylum houses some of Batman’s best villains—and ideas

Arkham Asylum houses some of Batman’s best villains—and ideas

In Grant Morrison’s critically acclaimed Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, there’s an internal monologue Bruce Wayne has with himself that encapsulates not only the character’s continual war between his dual sides, but also his relationship to Arkham Asylum, Gotham City’s notorious “home for the criminally insane.” Reflecting on...

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Erik Adams Erik Adams Oct 01, 2019. 22 comments

A deck of Jokers: Going deeper with The Clown Prince Of Crime

A deck of Jokers: Going deeper with The Clown Prince Of Crime

In addition to all of the things the Joker publicity cycle has assured us Todd Phillips’ Batman-adjacent Scorsese riff is not—not an incitement to violence, not an endorsement of its main character’s actions,

not subject to questions from red-carpet interviewers —there’s also this: Despite telling the story of an aspiring comedian who becomes an unhinged murder-clown, it’s not a canonical...

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William Hughes William Hughes Sep 22, 2019. 17 comments

Good news, orphans: It's Batman Day!

Good news, orphans: It's Batman Day!

It’s that time of year again, folks: Batman Day, the annual holiday in which one of the world’s largest corporations invites us to think about one of its most lucrative mascots, even more than we already do. (And let’s be very clear here: We think about Batman a lot.) To celebrate the event, DC Comics has decided to forego its usual means of commemorating the Dark Knight—murdering various...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Sep 04, 2019. 18 comments

Robert Pattinson expected way more blowback from his Batman casting

Robert Pattinson expected way more blowback from his Batman casting

Robert Pattinson opened up for the first time about his

casting as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, revealing that, ope, people found out about it way too soon. In fact, the conflicting reports saying that Nicholas Hoult was also up for the role were absolutely correct. “When that thing leaked, I was fucking furious,” Pattinson told Variety in a new cover story....

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