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Does it Hold Up?: The Dark Knight Returns

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Does it Hold Up?: The Dark Knight Returns

I missed a lot from comics in the 80’s and early 90’s.  That’s why I decided to go back to the classics.  I’ll be writing a series of articles/reviews of classic comics and movies that I have never seen before.  I’ll be looking to see if they “Hold up” to the hype that they’ve accumulated over the years.

I’m starting with the seminal bat-book that helped mold Batman into the dark brooding hero that we know and love, The Dark Knight Returns. 

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Dark Knight Returns: Introducing Alfred

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Dark Knight Returns: Introducing Alfred

With less a week left until the film comes out on BluRay and DVD, Warner Bros. and DC has released another clip from the upcoming release of The Dark Knight Returns.  In the same fashion that each previous clip (here & here) has had this clip is low on action, but still interesting to watch.  Each clip has revealed some small aspect of this very different Gotham than we’re used to.

You may recognize Alfred as Radio Hall of Fame commentator and talk show host Michael Jackson.  Jackson previously provided the voice of the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet for the GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS.

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The Dark Knight Returns Presents: The Mutants

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The Dark Knight Returns Presents: The Mutants

Hot off the heels of the last clip released for the quickly-approaching Dark Knight Returns animated movie, we are again graced with more teases. Although the new clip lacks a certain “Bat” element, it offers a great look at Part 1’s protagonist, the Mutant Leader – and it greatly improves over its lackluster predecessor.

Oh, September 25, why must you take your time to get here?

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The Dark Knight Returns – Trailer

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The Dark Knight Returns – Trailer

Throughout Batman’s long history a handful of stories are considered pivotal and influential, such as “The Killing Joke”, “The Long Halloween”, and the “Knightfall” series.  However, Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” may stand head and shoulders above them all.

First released in February of 1986, “The Dark Knight Returns” was a critically acclaimed story looking at Batman and Gotham years after The Bat had retired. Now an aging recluse, Bruce is pulled back into action by the return of old enemies and then quickly met by new foes.

Peter Weller (Robocop), as previously reported, has been cast as the elderly Bat, along with Ariel Winters (Modern Family) as Robin/Carrie Kelley, Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Two-Face/Harvey Dent, Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, and David Selby (of the original Dark Shadows soap) rounds out an amazing cast we finally get to see in action today, as MTV Geek has the exclusive first trailer for  The Dark Knight Returns Part 1.

Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think of DC Comics and WB Animated’s adaptation of the story that changed everything for Batman.

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Movie Issues Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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Movie Issues Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Starting with 2005’s Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan gave the world a new-and-improved Batman. Gone were the familiar flashy comic book stereotypes, replaced by a dark, gritty hero of today’s world in a realistic noir vibe. Batman Begins captured the imagination of comic fans and proved Batman could be more than what he had (d)evolved into in prior cinema efforts.

Following that film was Nolan’s The Dark Knight, where Batman once again proved himself king of the comic book heroes alongside a new and more twisted Joker than ever before.  Now the third and final installment in Nolan’s Batman trilogy has come to an end with The Dark Knight Rises, and what an end it is!

The film is nothing but brilliant from start to finish. It ends an amazing film series with a bang that will be talked about for years to come by film and comic fans alike.

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Comic Issues #75 – Mass Effected

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Comic Issues #75 – Mass Effected

With the Dark Knight being released this week. Our heroes and heroine RISE to the occasion. Today we discuss the much anticipated finale to the Nolan franchise.

Then it’s onwards to space with the not-so-final ending of Mass Effect 3. We hit up the topic of artistic integrity and whether or not the fans should be able to decide. We even bring up Neon Genesis Evangelion while were at it.

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DC Animated casts The Dark Knight Returns

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DC Animated casts The Dark Knight Returns

Holy prime directives, Batman is Robocop!

The Hollywood Reporter has a story announcing the cast of this fall’s DC Animated movie The Dark Knight Returns, and Robocop‘s Peter Weller will play the aged and retired Batman/Bruce Wayne.  Also featured are Ariel Winters (Modern Family) as Robin/Carrie Kelley, Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Two-Face/Harvey Dent, Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, and David Selby (of the original Dark Shadows soap).

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Anne Catha…Woman?

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Anne Catha…Woman?

The wrath of the faithful is dire. And the wrath of the comic faithful is far, far worse. Nothing raises the blood pressure and sends the spittle flying like a divergent interpretation of an origin story, plot-line, or character redesign.

Enter the newly-minted shots of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

ANGRY GEEK RANT COMMENCE!!!

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Villians for The Dark Knight Rises Announced

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Villians for The Dark Knight Rises Announced

Warner Bros has just named the two villains that will face off against Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.

While it’s been known for some time now that Tom Hardy had signed on for the next Batman film, the role in question was still up in the air. Speculation was that he would be playing Dr. Hugo Strange. Thanks to today’s press release we can now confirm he will be portraying Batman’s villain Bane, possibly the most intimidating of Batman’s foes.

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Next Batman Film Release Date Announced

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Next Batman Film Release Date Announced

The next installment of the Batman series directed by Christopher Nolan has an official release date. Mark your calendars for July 12, 2012. With the film not being released until over two years from now, very little details have surfaced. However, Nolan has said this about it in a LA Times interview last month:

Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story, and in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story. I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters. My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.

He also stated that the villain will NOT be Mr. Freeze. Sorry Mr. Freeze fans if you’re out there. So who does that leave? Well it’s a long list with The Riddler definitely at the top.

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