May 20, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.
Long before superhero teams became a box-office staple, there was Batman and the Green Hornet. When the two heroes, along with their respective sidekicks Robin and Kato, teamed up in the second season of the “Batman” television series in the two-part episode “A Piece of the Action” and “Batman’s Satisfaction,” it marked the first time two masked avengers had joined forces on screen. To commemorate the landmark moment, DC is launching “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet,” a 12-part series premiering in digital form this week. Batman super-fans director Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman (“The Joe Schmo Show,” “Family Guy”) were tapped to pen the tale. Smith is no stranger to crafting a Batman story, having worked on the limited series “Batman: Cacophony,” which ran from 2008 to 2009 and the six-issue mini-series “The Widening Gyre” in 2010. He and […]
April 20, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
In 75 years of stories, Batman’s greatest obstacle has always been his humanity, Kevin Smith told an applauding capacity crowd in a Bat-cavernous space Saturday at WonderCon. “That’s the only thing that stops him,” the filmmaker said, “and you see the frustration as he’s portrayed throughout every medium…. It’s only when he hits the ceiling of his humanity that he can possibly be stopped. And, as we’ve seen, even then sometimes he overcomes it.” Smith, who hosts the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, was joined on the Batman 75 celebration panel by his “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” comic co-writer Ralph Garman, superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee (“Batman: Hush,” “All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder”), essential Caped Crusader animator Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”), longtime popular Bat-voice actor Kevin Conroy […]
Jan. 28, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Frank Miller’s genre-shaking graphic novel “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” is getting the movie treatment. The second installment in the two-part animated adaptation premieres Monday evening at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The premiere includes a panel discussion moderated by filmmaker and geek personality Kevin Smith, featuring director Jay Oliva, dialogue director Andrea Romano, executive producer Bruce Timm and screenwriter Bob Goodman. The panel will be live streamed from PaleyCenter.org beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. The film — which doesn’t stray far from Miller’s classic 1986 story — features the voice talent of Peter Weller (“Robocop,” “Dexter”) as a time-worn (and probably psychopathic) Bruce Wayne who becomes so disturbed by Gotham’s worsening crime that he decides to come out of retirement against the wishes of local and national government. The president turns to none other than Superman to […]
Feb. 16, 2010 | 12:15 a.m.
L.A. Now, our sister blog, has the latest twist on the awkward dust-up involving Kevin Smith and Southwest Airlines, here’s an excerpt: Director Kevin Smith has sparked a debate about airline policies toward obese passengers after he says he was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank this weekend for being too heavy. The “Clerks” director sent out a series of Twitter messages detailing the events and expressing outrage that he was told by airline employees to leave the plane even though he insisted that he fit in his seat. “I know I’m fat, but was [the airline] really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?” he wrote. “I broke no regulation, offered no ‘safety risk.’ “ Smith said the incident took place Saturday and that he was eventually able to […]
Nov. 17, 2008 | 7:50 a.m.
EXCLUSIVE: Dan DiDio of DC Comics talks about Superman leaving "Action Comics" (and Earth), the revival of "Adventure Comics" and major changes in Gotham City that will mean "a close to the existing lore … the last rites of Batman." I was in New York a week ago to work on a long feature about the singer Beyoncé but (just to prove what a hopeless fanboy I really am) I was more excited about making my first visit ever to the offices of DC Comics, which was no disappointment. After a tour, I sat down with Dan DiDio, the senior vice president and executive editor of the DC Universe, which means he oversees the bread-and-butter, ongoing comics titles. He had plenty of scoop to share, including this Andy Kubert cover above, which is the variant for the upcoming landmark Batman […]
Oct. 31, 2008 | 1:46 p.m.
Yesterday we had a link to Chris Lee’s great (and unflinching) feature on Kevin Smith, who may have his most commercial film of his career in theaters today but is also grappling with a weight-related heath crisis. That story ran on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section; today Lee went through his notebook and pulled out some more material from the interview that will be especially interesting to the fanboy crowd. Kevin Smith does not feel one iota of guilt about making Superman gay. That is to say, the New Jersey-born writer-director knows precisely how big a casting coup it was to land Brandon Routh — the studly star of director Bryan Singer’s 2006 Man of Steel update “Superman Returns” — to portray a closeted gay man. In Smith’s raunchy sex comedy “Zack and Miri Make a […]
Oct. 30, 2008 | 1:42 p.m.
If uber-geek Kevin Smith could be any superhero right now, sadly, it might be Matter-Eater Lad. The 38-year-old filmmaker says his weight problem is so out of control that he will be taking a break from work to slim down before his health is compromised. Here’s an excerpt from today’s Los Angeles Times story by Chris Lee, who talked to Smith on the eve of the Friday release of the New Jersey native’s new movie, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”: “I’m going away for a while,” Smith, puffing a menthol cigarette on the patio of his Hollywood Hills home, “to concentrate on myself. To save my life.” At a time when Smith has been heavily promoting “Zack and Miri” — perhaps the most commercially viable movie in his 15-year career as a multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director of crude comedies and […]
Sept. 08, 2008 | 3:29 p.m.
Kevin Smith already made Superman gay — now he wants to see Seth Rogen in spandex. Writer-director Smith gleefully cast Routh, the squeaky-clean star of "Superman Returns," as the closeted lover of a male porn star in the upcoming comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," which stars Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. (Have you seen the banned posted for the film? It’s after the jump.) Now, during a run through the Toronto International Film Festival, the always quotable Smith told Sci-Fi Wire that he wants to build an entire superhero film around portly comedic star Rogen. "First, I’m going to do a 180 turn and do a horror movie called ‘Red State,’ " Smith said in an interview Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival. "It’s going to be a total horror-political-psychological movie without a funny line in it. […]
Sept. 04, 2008 | 2:03 a.m.
Thirty years ago, the Man of Steel was flying high at theaters. But will he ever get off the ground again? Richard Donner‘s “Superman,” released in December 1978, was a box-office triumph and critics were, for the most part, cheering right along with the fans. Roger Ebert called the film “a pure delight,” while the late Jack Kroll wrote in Newsweek that Donner had pulled off “a major feat in filmmaking.” It was by nature a sunny film, sentimental and playful, never embarrassed while soaring with its John Williams score and (literally) with its special effects. But show it to a teenager today and he or she will snicker and roll their eyes. These are kids who have sat in dark theaters with Wolverine, Hellboy and Heath Ledger’s Joker. If they’re holding out for a hero, you can bet he’s […]
July 27, 2008 | 3:52 p.m.
"This show is so good that it’ll get you pregnant." And that’s what "Clerks" director and fanboy icon Kevin Smith brought to the "Battlestar Galactica" panel that he moderated Saturday. A bit of raunch, a scattering of F-bombs. And I don’t mean "frak." The panel included Jamie Bamber, Michael Trucco, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, creator Ron Moore and producer David Eick. Tahmoh Penikett came in later after having just appeared on the "Dollhouse" panel. No Edward James Olmos. No Mary McDonnell. No Grace Park. No Michael Hogan. No Aaron Douglas. Maybe I’m accentuating the negative, and many of them have been here before, but it would’ve been a nice way to say goodbye. They’ve definitely been making the farewell rounds already, and the cast may reassemble for next year’s Con, but the feeling of moving on seems to […]