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Top 5 Batman Animated Films
DC has been known for their consistent and high value animation films. A lot of those films have centred around Batman because he is one of their most popular and well-known characters. There have been so many films released over the years, some are straight adaptations of classic stories while others take a more creative approach to adding something to the Batman lore that exists. It is very hard to narrow down a list of 5 but here we go.
Brutally Honest Review Of 'The Batman'
Matt Reeves’ The Batman is another dark and gritty take on Batman. That might sound familiar to anyone who has watched a Batman film in the last 30 years, but Matt Reeve’s take on the caped crusader does a lot to set itself apart from the previous films in Batman’s cinematic history. Not only does it stand out from the previous “grounded,” “realistic,” and “dark” Batman movies, but it also rises above them to be one of, if not, the greatest Batman films we have ever had.
- Top Story - March 2022
Review: "The Batman"
The character of Batman has been synonymous with film ever since he appeared in Tim Burton's take of the Caped Crusader back in the late 80s. It is easy to say that the character will forever be a staple in movie theaters, but many would argue that no film has truly captured what makes the great so great on the comic book panels. Until now. Burton's take on the character was much more cartoonish, Nolan's was more realistic and grounded in reality stripping away any of the larger-than-life elements of the character. Matt Reeves noir thriller film feels like it is straight ripped from the pages of many comic book fans' beloved stories. Reeves depiction of Gotham feels alive, and terrifying in its musty and moody crime-filled streets. It clearly draws inspiration from "The Long Halloween" and "No Man's Land", two stories that were loosely used even in Nolan's trilogy. Some may find fault in how each iteration of Batman has gotten darker and darker, but the character and the world he occupies need to be closer to what Reeves has crafted with this film for it to truly work.
'Flash' Stunt Crew Shirt Hints At Major Villain
Ezra Miller’s The Flash will finally make its way to theaters in November 2022. This film had a rough start but all seems to be on the right track now. While set photos have been leaked, the one thing that has remained on the down-low is the identity of the main villain of the movie. A photo released by a stunt crew member over the weekend showed a design of Supergirl, Batman, and an odd Flash design that may have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye. However, if you look carefully the design is less like The Flash and more akin to a certain villain.
Warner Bros. Drops Teaser Trailer With Footage From 'Black Adam', 'The Flash', 'The Batman' And 'Aquaman 2'
Last year was an odd year for Warner Bros regarding film releases. All of their movies were released simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max. As a result, the traditional way of measuring success, a box office metric, was out of the question. However, with theatre exclusivity returning in 2022 and the recent tease of all their big releases, Warner Bros sure has come out of the gate strong from a marketing standpoint.
- Top Story - February 2022
Which Director Understood Batman?
Batman is one of the best characters in fiction. Not just comic books. Fiction; a tragic figure with identity issues, post-traumatic stress, perhaps sociopathy. Batman’s popularity has outlasted most of the heroes that debuted in his day because you can take him, drop him on an alien planet and he’d still be Batman. At first, he was a pulp hero; a crazy masked guy with a gun. This was wisely retconned, making Batman more layered, the reason he’s one of the most popular comic characters ever. But what makes Batman…Batman? The costume, Bruce Wayne’s handsome billionaire playboy persona, martial arts expertise; a man in peak physical condition who’s also a genius. He fights extravagant psychotic villains. He has complicated relationships with his butler/father figure, Alfred, and his surrogate Bat Family. He has a strict moral code, refusing to murder even the most violent criminals, and finally his compassion, the core of Batman. I’ve obsessed over him my whole life. I’m not exaggerating. It’s bad.
- Top Story - February 2022
DC's Death of The Justice League
Earlier this year it was announced DC comics would be killing off all but one of the current members of The Justice League in the final issue coming out in April of this year. While speculation began on what this would mean for the larger world, writer Joshua Williamson has maintained that it is not permanent but will have dramatic impacts which we will get to see.
James Gunn Reveals Plans For Secret Future DC TV Project
When it comes to insanity you can count on one name, James Gunn. Some are very critical of his style while others love each and every frame that comes to life in his films. Gunn has directed for both Marvel and DC. It appears that after he is done with Guardians of the Galaxy 3 he will be heading back to DC for a secret television project.
"Watchmen": Film vs. Graphic Novel
It’s 2022 and I’m ready to tackle Zack Snyder’s 2009 Watchmen. What a time to be alive! I studied the DC graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons not only once, but twice (once in high school and again in university), so I’ve pretty much been ready to talk and write about the film for ages… so here we finally are! An important piece to note going forward as it wasn’t mentioned in my Batman piece “The Mind Blowing Aspects of Batman Begins & The Dark Knight”, is that I’m a huge DC fan and it’s DC > Marvel for me. But how did that come to be? Why do I just love the nitty-gritty dark and light of DC? Well, it all started seven years ago when I studied this graphic novel called… Watchmen. When I first read this graphic novel I found its message to be so real, and once I watched the film shortly after, I quite liked it. I then decided to watch Christopher Nolan’s Batman series again and noticed it held the same message, albeit with a slightly altered delivery. It is worth noting that I have yet to read the Batman graphic novels. When I finally read V for Vendetta I loved it just as much for the exact aforementioned reasons, but when I watched the film I wasn’t such a fan (but that’s a story for another time… keep a look out!). But Watchmen… something about this graphic novel truly made it one of my all-time favourite books/stories/graphic novels, and all this just begs the already asked question both by my high school English 12 Teacher and one of my university English Literature Professor’s: “how does the film compare to the graphic novel?”. Well today folks, we will find out!
Why DC needs Zack Snyder.
I'm sure most of us have heard of the Marvel cinematic universe. I'd be surprised if you didn't. Most of the blockbuster scene is taken up by their presence and they gross a ridiculous amount of money on a yearly basis. They are the reason Superhero movies are as popular as they are currently. Every time a Marvel movie comes out it's treated as a Big Event.
Pennyworth #5 DC Comics 2021 Written by Scott Bryan Wilson Illustrated by Juan Gedeon Coloured by John Rauch Lettered by AW’s DC Hopkins