The Dark Knight

June 26, 2014 | 4:10 p.m.

Batman 75: Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour unveils ‘The Batman Exhibit’

Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in "Batman Returns," flips the switch on the Bat-signal at the opening of the "Batman Exhibit," celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Props, costumes and vehicles from all seven of the Dark Knight's live-action feature films with the studio are on display at two locations within the tour. (Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press)
What does it feel like to flip on the Bat-signal? Or stand toe-to-toe with Christian Bale’s Batsuit? And what does Bane’s bomb from “The Dark Knight Rises” look like up close? Bat-fans can find answers to these questions and more at “The Batman Exhibit,” a new installation that opened Thursday on the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour in Burbank as part of the ongoing celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in Tim Burton’s 1992 film “Batman Returns,” was on hand to turn on the Bat-signal and kick off the festivities. The exhibit features suits and cowls worn in all seven of the Caped Crusader’s live-action cinematic forays with Warner Bros. and the costumes of classic characters from the Batman universe, including Robin, the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl […]
June 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Batman’s milestone year: 75 enduring images of the Dark Knight

This year, DC celebrates 75 years of the Dark Knight. (DC Entertainment)
Has it really been 75 years since Gotham first saw the Bat? Seventy-five years of vengeance, brooding detective work and campy shark fights? Three-quarters of a century of iconic introductions, gritty reboots and the ongoing vigil that Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s most iconic creation keeps over his city. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. (We’re still wrapping our minds around the fact that it’s been 25 years since Michael Keaton put on the cape and cowl.) Ever since Gotham’s winged creature of the night swooped down and cracked “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” the world — from the DC Universe to our own –  has never been the same. Although Superman made his debut a year earlier, Batman represented something truly new for comic readers. A tortured soul, a man driven by revenge yet committed to principles. […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:10 p.m.

Superman and Batman will unite on film, Warner confirms at Comic-Con

Superman and Batman will share the big screen for the first time, surprise guest Zack Snyder revealed to 6,500 fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. The announcement confirms the news Hero Complex broke this morning about the project. “I know there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’re doing,” the “Man of Steel” director teased the audience when he took the stage at the end of the Warner Bros. panel. “It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie.… I sort of pored through the DC universe to look for a way to tell this thing … and I came across a thing that I feel sort of sums it up.” Harry Lennix, who played Gen. Swanwick in “Man of Steel,” then took the microphone and read a famous excerpt from Frank Miller’s landmark comic “Batman: The […]
June 01, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.

Heath Ledger Joker diary offers fascinating look at ‘Dark Knight’ role

The diary Heath Ledger kept during the production of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed 2008 film “The Dark Knight” is the subject of a new clip from the documentary “Too Young to Die” making the rounds online. In the brief scene, the actor’s father, Kim Ledger, pages through his son’s journal, which offers an interesting glimpse into the reference points the actor used to help create his indelible take on Batman’s greatest foe. Malcolm McDowell’s cane-twirling Alex DeLarge from “A Clockwork Orange” figures prominently. Ledger’s death at age 28, months before the film’s release, didn’t dim the power of his performance — for many, Ledger’s twitchy, anarchic Joker remains the standard by which all other comic book villains are measured. He was awarded a posthumous Oscar for “The Dark Knight,” which was accepted by Ledger’s father; his mother, Sally Bell; and his […]
Aug. 01, 2012 | 7:32 p.m.

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

(Warner Bros., DC Comics, ABC, Warner Bros.)
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 […]
July 21, 2012 | 10:10 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan’s Gotham, back in black

Christian Bale as Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises."
The defining moment in the history of the fictitious city called Gotham is when a trembling young boy in a tuxedo — he’s dressed up for a night at the theater — kneels next to his slain mother and father as a gunman runs off into the night. The gun-metal grimness of that scene in the 2005 film “Batman Begins” echoes in every part of director Christopher Nolan’s bleak and bruising franchise. And now, after the shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., the record-breaking Hollywood franchise will be remembered in shades of funereal black and lurid tabloid red. Police said the 24-year-old suspect had “painted” hair and told them after the shooting that he was the Joker, the warped murderer played by Heath Ledger in Nolan’s previous Batman film, “The Dark Knight.” According […]
July 19, 2012 | 7:15 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’ primer: Going back to Gotham? Read our recap first

Batman is forced to question his own moral code and reckon with how far he’ll go to stop someone as deranged as the Joker. He finally apprehends the villain, only to learn that a now-unhinged Dent is on a killing spree in retaliation for Dawes’ murder. The situation culminates in a standoff involving Batman, Dent, Gordon and his young son, and ends in Dent’s death. (Photo credit: Warner Bros)
When director Christopher Nolan brought Batman out of the shadows seven years ago in “Batman Begins” and carried on the character’s adventures in “The Dark Knight,” he produced a hero and setting appropriate for the times: a grim, hard-nosed loner in a world racked by corruption, shaken by terrorism and standing on shaky moral ground. With the concluding chapter “The Dark Knight Rises” poised to plunge into blackness once again, here’s a refresher on what brought us to the brink: CLICK THROUGH THE PHOTO GALLERY ABOVE TO REVISIT KEY CHARACTERS AND EVENTS.  BE SURE THE “CAPTIONS ON” OPTION IS ACTIVATED. (And if you haven’t seen either film, just an obvious warning that spoilers lie ahead.) – Oliver Gettell RECENT AND RELATED Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice Christian Bale says goodbye to Gotham ‘DKR’: Where to see the IMAX […]
June 01, 2012 | 11:46 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’ hits the road

One of the fans on the Tumbler Tour (Warner Bros)
The concept seems almost quaint in this age of viral marketing and elaborate ARG promotions but the allure is undeniable for anyone who had dreamed of riding shotgun in Gotham City — the Tumbler, a.k.a. the Batmobile, is touring the country and drawing thousands of fans who come to point, grin and snap their photos with Bruce Wayne’s sweet ride. The Tumbler returns to theaters July 20 in “The Dark Knight Rises” but since May 12 it’s been cruising the country and parking at movie theaters, Wal-Marts, museums and stadiums. The Tumbler Tour will run through July and finish up in Southern California. The 15-foot-long vehicle has been described as “part-Lamborghini, part-tank” by Nathan Crowley, the production designer for Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City trilogy, which began with 2005′s “Batman Begins” continued with 2008′s “The Dark Knight” and wraps up with this summer’s much-anticipated […]
Dec. 12, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice

Christopher Nolan (featured image)
This post has been corrected, as indicated below  There’s nothing sentimental or soft about Gotham City, and that seems to suit Christopher Nolan just fine. The 41-year-old filmmaker fills the screen with grim architecture, hard-luck faces and gun-metal hues; tricks of the mind are his narrative specialty, not affairs of the heart. Still, last Thursday, eating his dinner standing up in a movie theater lobby, Nolan confessed that even he got a bit misty during the final shooting days of “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is  (by all appearances) his final visit to the world of Batman. “I tend not to be too emotional on the set, I find that doesn’t help me do my job,” the writer-director said between bites. “But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, ‘OK, this is going to be the last time we’re going to […]
Dec. 03, 2011 | 8:03 a.m.

Terry Gilliam on ‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Tintin’ and ‘Transformers’

Terry Gilliam
We’re still hearing a lot of response to our biggest article this week, “Terry Gilliam: The heir of Fellini and the enemy of God?,” but the story isn’t quite done yet. Gilliam, the director of “Brazil” and “Twelve Monkeys,” is a man of fiery opinions and during our two interviews (covering three hours and spread over two days) he lobbed a few Molotov cocktails in different directions. So, with quotes that didn’t make it into that first article, we bring you the World According to Gilliam: * On “Transformers: Dark of the Moon“: “The latest ‘Transformers’ movie was on the plane coming over to Los Angeles. It’s horrible and there’s all these phallic things going on. I just couldn’t even deal with it. C’mon, leave some room for me, as the audience. The audience is totally excluded, you just sit there and watch the explosions. […]
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