‘The Dark Knight XXX’ Is The Craziest Damn Thing I’ve Ever Seen
By Chris Sims
Viewers are given a scene where Batgirl (Penny Pax) is forced to have sex with the Joker (Brendon Miller) to save her father’s life, which she does, looking absolutely (and understandably) miserable the entire time. And then he shoots her in the spine — with an actual gun, I mean. The whole thing’s so weird and wrong-headed that I had to double-check to make sure it wasn’t written by Judd Winick.
Christian Bale was in Aurora today visiting victims of Friday’s movie theater shooting.
Yeah, it’s nice that Bruce Wayne showed up, but that jerk Batman’s totally a no-show.
By Chris Sims
With the release of The Dark Knight Rises coming up on Friday, anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film has reached a fever pitch. Still, I don’t think anyone expected the media hype to get to the level of ridiculousness it managed to achieve this week, when political commentator Rush Limbaugh claimed that the character of Bane was included in the film as part of a vast media conspiracy against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s association with investment firm Bain Capital.
The jury’s still out on whether Limbaugh actually believes this or if he’s participating in some incredible trolling, but either way it comes as news to Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, who apparently orchestrated a Democratic conspiracy almost 20 years ahead of the election when they co-created Bane with Doug Moench in 1993 — especially since they’re two of comics’ most prominent conservatives.
Gen. Francis J. Grievous, 1863.
3-Year-Old Rocketeer is The Most Adorably Awesome Jetpack Nazi-Fighter You’ll See Today
We’ve had some good times today poking fun at store-bought Halloween costumes for kids, but once again, the Internet has proven homemade costumes are way more awesome than anything you can find at the store. Case in point: the fantastic Rocketeer costume made by Jim from Sweet Juniper for his three year-old son Gram. Not only is it a pretty amazing recreation of Dave Stevens’ high-flying, Nazi-fighting hero, but accoding to Jim’s list of materials, he was able to build it out of stuff he had laying around for about $20.
‘Justice League: Doom’ Gets First Promo Image And Voice Cast Details
If you were into the Justice League animated series, odds are you’ll be stoked for Warner Home Video’s animated adaptation of Mark Waid and Howard Porter’s JLA ”Tower of Babel” storyline, Justice League: Doom. TV Guide released the first promo image for the early 2012 release yesterday, reporting that many JL animated alums will reprise familiar roles in the direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray/digital download feature. Stars include Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), Michael Rosenbaum (Flash), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Carl Lumbly (Martian Manhunter), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman) and Bumper Robinson (Cyborg).
It might seem like Doom would have to deviate from its JLA 43-46 source material quite a bit to fit in Hal Jordan and Cyborg (who are both fixtures in DC’s “New 52” version of the Justice League), but given that the new story was written under the pen of the late Dwayne McDuffie, I’m sure fans are in excellent hands. Bruce Timm is working as executive producer, with Lauren Montgomery directing.
New York Comic Con attendees will have a chance to catch the first trailer for Justice League: Doom on October 14, with its official unveiling on the Batman: Year One DVD/Blu-ray on October 18.
[Via TV Guide]
Michael Rosenbaum as Flash in a story written by Dwayne McDuffie will make both me and my wife extremely happy.
ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Batman Begins,’ Part 3
Chris: Welcome back to Cinematic Batmanology! In our last installment, we were introduced to the Scarecrow, heard about the mysterious man he was working for, saw the arrival of the Microwave Emitter and witnessed the murder of Gotham City’s overconfident district attorney and watched as Carmine Falcone was committed to Arkham Asylum, setting the stage for the all-action third act!
David: You could say that this is where the movie… goes off the rails. (dons sunglasses) YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Chris: I wouldn’t go that far, but the last act is something that fits more in a traditional summer action movie blockbuster. Which, I should point out, is exactly what this movie was.
David: After the intensely strong second act, we get back to all the magic ninja mumbo-jumbo, and it still feels like an awkward fit with the rest of the movie.
Chris: There are awkward elements, but there’s still an awful lot to like. As you’ve said, the execution is what makes this movie so great.
David: Yeah, it is, but Dark Knight managed to transcend that by not having a ridiculous supervillain plot. And I don’t mean Batman supervillain, I mean, like, DC Universe supervillain. It all makes perfect sense within the world established in the first third of the movie, but with some of the reveals coming up, I feel like the movie hews dangerously close to Batman ’89 and having its primary villain kill Bruce’s parents.
Chris: There’s causality there — we talked about it with the first act — but it’s far more complex than just having a guy walk out of the alley, dish up a nonsense catchphrase and put two in the Waynes. But we’ll cross that high-speed elevated monorail when we get to it. For now, Rachel has told Bruce that she’s off to investigate Arkham, which, as Bruce learned from Flass is in the Narrows, the worst area of the city. And in Gotham, that’s saying something.
David: The Narrows were actually introduced in this movie, but it didn’t take very long for it to start getting referenced in the comics. I think it first showed up in Battle for the Cowl? Or it might have been Paul Dini’s Detective Comics, but that was going to show up eventually no matter what.
Chris: Bruce also knows that the shipments of weaponized hallucinogens were also heading to the Narrows, and he knows Dr. Crane is involved after getting dosed by the Scarecrow during his investigation. Throw in Falcone’s presence at Arkham (who, at this point, is probably Bruce’s likely suspect for being behind everything) and the fact that the crooks are still brazen enough to murder a DA during an investigation, and Rachel’s in a lot more danger than she realizes. Thus: It is now Bat-Time.
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