Jack Nicholson

Aug. 01, 2012 | 7:32 p.m.

The Joker returns to ‘Batman’ pages, building on 72-year history

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The most famous supervillain in comic book history — the Joker –  returns to the pages of “Batman” in a big way later this year, DC Comics has announced on its website. The new story, “Death of the Family,” which begins in October with issue No. 13 of “Batman,” was planned long before the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. The timing of the Joker’s return to the pages of the bestselling DC comic may discomfit some in the wake of the shooting during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Suspect James E. Holmes reportedly referred to himself as the Joker during questioning by police. Representatives of DC Comics did not respond to questions about the timing of the Joker’s return to the Batman story line. DC Comics has more or less kept the Joker on a shelf in recent […]
Aug. 21, 2011 | 11:00 a.m.

‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Returns’ double feature in Santa Monica

Jack as Joker
In 1989, “Batman”  ushered in a new era of superhero cinema and one of the key behind-the-camera figures was Michael E. Uslan, a producer whose name has appeared in the credits of every Gotham City film released since that first landmark Tim Burton adventure. Uslan is the author of a new book,  “The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir,” and it’s packed with telling recollections and surprising revelations about the history of comics and masked-man films. Uslan will be in Santa Monica on Sept. 23 for a 6:30 p.m. signing at the Every Picture Tells a Story shop and gallery and that will be followed, right across the street, with the American Cinematheque screening of “Batman” and the underrated 1992 sequel “Batman Returns.” I’ll be interviewing Uslan on stage before the first films and plan to talk about his memoir and his long odyssey in […]
May 12, 2011 | 4:44 p.m.

Michael Keaton’s dark memories of ‘Batman’ and shining love for ‘Beetlejuice’

Michael Keaton (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
In cold, final weeks of 1988, there was plenty of hard labor on the London set of Tim Burton’s “Batman,” but actor Michael Keaton had it easy, at least as far as inspiration — the star was in a solitary mode, roaming the streets before dawn just like the haunted masked man of Gotham City. “It was a lonely time for me, which was great for the character, I suppose,” said Keaton, now 59, reflecting on the film that paved the way for the crowds of superheroes in cinemas today. “I would run at night in London just trying to get tired enough so I could sleep. I didn’t talk to people much. My little boy was a toddler, and the woman I was married to at the time, we were not together but we were trying to figure it out […]
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