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Tim Burton's 'Batman' At 25: Watch Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Review & 'Entertainment Tonight' Report From L.A. Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 12:29 PM
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Batman Jack Nicholson
If you're of a certain age, by this point 25 years ago, you had already seen Tim Burton's "Batman" and perhaps were lining up to see it again. As we noted yesterday, Warner Bros. was slightly concerned about the shift in tone from the campier TV take most mainstream audiences knew, to the darker (yet fantastical) world Burton conjured for his version. But they didn't really need to be concerned. Audiences loved it, and most critics embraced it to, but not everyone did....

Watch: Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Of Tim Burton's 'Batman' With Vintage, 20-Minute Industry Promo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 10:20 AM
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Batman Michael Keaton
With 23 superhero movies planned for the next four years or so, it might be hard to understand that in 1989, the prospect of one comic book movie was causing some concern on a big studio lot. Tim Burton's "Batman" hit theaters on June 23, 1989, but even as filming had barely started, Warner Bros. were concerned.

Ben Affleck-Starring ‘Batman’ Solo Film Rumored For 2019

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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Batman Vs. Superman Ben Affleck Batman
The super heros arms race is on like it’s never been on before. Warner Bros. is trying to use their D.C. Comics properties and catch up with Marvel studios. Hell, every studio is trying to replicate their success with super team-ups of some kind. And hell, it’s working: look at “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” a storyline that teams the classic “X-Men” movie characters with the new rebooted “X-Men: First Class”-era of movie characters. That movie has easily gone on to surpass all the over X-Men movies at the box office by a huge margin ($210 million: ‘Days Of Future Past’ is on track to surpass the $700 million mark globally). So, really, why wouldn’t you try and do the same? Especially if you’re a studio suit watching the bottom line.

Josh Hartnett Says He Turned Down 'Superman Returns' As Well As Playing Spider-Man And Batman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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August Josh Hartnett
This spring Josh Hartnett returns to our collective consciousness in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," and it has been a long time since we've seen him anything. The past four of five years has seen the actor drift with indies nobody saw ("Stuck Between Stations," "August," "Girl Walks Into A Bar"), genre fare that no one saw ("Bunraku," "I Come With The Rain") and troubled international blockbusters ("Singularity"). But perhaps his career might've been different, if he had made some different choices.

Bond, Dracula, Batman & More: Who Played These 10 Iconic Characters Best?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 3:10 PM
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Bond, Dracula, Batman & More: Who Played These 10 Characters Best?
This past weekend saw the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," the latest film to feature Tom Clancy's CIA analyst. It's probably fair to say that the film didn't live up to Paramount's expectations as a franchise re-starter, opening in fourth at the box office with a disappointing $15 million, and is heading to a rather ignominious future as a film that you watch ten minutes of on cable before realizing that you've already watched it.

20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

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