What’s Next for the Batman Series?

Finally the day has come. The Dark Knight rises is here.  Upon posting this question, we still haven’t seen the movie yet, but we’re just as excited as everyone else.  The final question: What’s next for the Batman franchise?

There’s a lot of speculation on what the future holds for the Batman series.  Will this be the end of the Dark Knight adaptation created by Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale? At this moment no one has any deals signed to continue and make any more films.  It doesn’t mean it’s not possible either.  Our 1st question of the week involved Joseph Gordon Levitt and the role he’ll have in this movie.  There are some theories out there saying he may be the next Batman. We also talked about the possibility of Batman dying, so is JGL the obvious replacement.  Will he play Robin in the future?   If that is the case; will it be directed by Christopher Nolan, or will we see a whole now reboot and series started up?  I’m also excited to see if they leave any hints as to the future.  Three movies is enough, don’t get me wrong.  I do want to see more villains though.  Imagine The Riddler, but he’s a more sociopathic version, darker, more mysterious and less goofy, like the bad guy from Saw.  How about Penguin and Mr. Freeze, can we expect to see them in the future?

People obviously liked these versions of Batman better than the over the top comic book versions Joel Schumaker directed.  If they continue to make them, people will go.  Keep any eye out for clues, hints or any tidbits too see where it goes from here.  Either way it’s not the end of Batman all together.  It’s one of the most beloved comic books and series in American culture.  It’s more  matter of time and if we have to wait ten years for a whole new reboot and series to start up.

Question #3: How Will Bane Compare Among Past Batman Villains?

We’re halfway through The Dark Knight Rises week, and it’s time to reveal question #3 leading up to the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.  How will Bane compare among previous Batman villains?


Well certainly Heath Ledger as the Joker set the standard pretty high.  Not only for Batman movies, but for movie villains in general.  Bane, although not as famous of a nemesis as Joker, The Riddler or Penguin is still pretty bad ass in his own right.  Played by another English actor, Tom Hardy, is certainly gaining notoriety in Hollywood racking up various roles recently in all different types of movies like Inception, Warrior and This Means War.  Bane is a lifelong inmate who serves the life sentence of his father.  While in prison he becomes very strong as a test subject  for an experimental venom he must receive every 12 hours in order to maintain his strength.

There certainly is a huge contrast between this Bane and the one we saw in 1997 release, Batman and Robin.  This Bane is a lead role instead of a goofy sidekick to Poison Ivy.  From the trailers and certain speculation he appears to give Batman a serious run for his money.  Not only does he lead what looks  to be a huge uprising in Gotham he also pushes Batman to the brink of mercy.   There are even some rumors leading fans to believe he is finally the one to kill Batman by breaking his back at the end of the movie.  We’ll find out on Friday where he ranks among the film versions of Batman villains, and if he’s the one to finally defeat the man in the black cape.

Question #5: How big of a role will Joseph Gordon Levitt play in the Dark Knight Rises?

TOP 5 Questions Leading up to the Dark Knight Rises

With the premiere of the newest Batman just 5 days away, Philm Critics has decided to countdown to the big day by asking the 5 most interesting questions surrounding the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Questions that may or may not be answered in the epic conclusion known as The Dark Knight Rises.

Question # 5

How big of a role will Joseph Gordon Levitt play in the Dark Knight Rises?

When the news broke Joseph Gordon Levitt would be involved in the Dark Knight Rises many questions arose as to how big of an impact he would have on the Batman character, and the series in general.  When we found out he would be a character completely new to Batman the questions seemed to multiply. JGL will be playing the role of John Blake; a young Gotham City police officer who at this point has only existed in the Christopher Nolan Batman universe.  The ambiguity of his character, and JGL’s prevalent appearances in almost every trailer  released has set off a firestorm of speculation. Some people are even going as far as suggesting he will be the next Batman.  Something that has obviously not been confirmed, and could just be a common case of over hype by the internet blogosphere. Whether you like Joseph Gordon Levitt or not, one cannot deny the mystery surrounding the John Blake character has added a great deal of anticipation to an already highly awaited film.

-Mark

10 Most Anticipated Movies of the 2012 Summer

Movies are something that us SITB writers really enjoy. Many hours and dollars of ours are spent on movies and when summer rolls around, we are in our happy place. As I’m sure you know, Hollywood uses the summer to release some of it’s biggest and best movies of the year. The summer of 2012 looks to be a huge one for moviegoers and I am beyond excited for it. Some of the biggest releases ever promise to come from this summer and you can bet your ass we are pumped! It seems like it is going to be a slow summer on the comedy front (unless you think The Dictator looks funny…which I don’t), but action, adventure and suspense promise to be present. Now although it is only January we decided to put together a list of our 10 most anticipated movies for this coming summer. Check out our list and see what you think. Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you are most excited for in the comments!

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10. Total Recall

Release Date: August 3

I know, I know Colin Farrell hasn’t been relevant since…well since ever, but that doesn’t make me any less excited. Honestly that’s probably because it’s called Total Recall. Every time I hear those words, I get chills up my spine because it just jogs my memory to the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. I am just hoping Colin Farrell and director Len Wiseman don’t just turn the timeless sci-fi classic into shit. (There is no trailer available yet, so there is a brief preview video below)

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9. G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation

 

Release Date: June 29

I saw the trailer for this movie and got so excited that I forced myself to sit through the shitty original. It looks like it is going to bring some much needed life to the series, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis joining the cast. Yeah, that dope Channing Tatum is still in it, but hopefully the awesomeness of The Rock and Bruce Willis will overshadow him.

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8. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Release Date: June 22

This movie is based off of a novel by author Seth Grahame-Smith, and the movies description according to IMDB.com is: “President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.” That right there is enough to get me interested. (No trailer available, behind the scenes video below)

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7. Men In Black III

Release Date: May 25

The Men In Black are back! Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as Agent J and Agent K, but this time their adventure is quite different. Agent J has to travel back in time to the agencies inception to save Agent K from an alien assassination! Sounds awesome right?! It will be available in 3D, which actually may be pretty cool in this movie (unlike the useless 3D that was present in Thor).

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6. The Bourne Legacy

Release Date: August 3

There is very little actual plot information available about the latest in the Bourne series. We do know that this will feature Jeremy Renner as the star, and no Matt Damon (sorry ladies). Renner will play Aaron Ross, a CIA operative perhaps taking on some of Bourne’s former duties…i.e. being his legacy. This will be an interesting release, seeing that both The Bourne Legacy and Total Recall come out on the same day. If I was a betting man, I’d say that this comes out on top of the opening weekend box office tally…by a lot. For whatever reason, I feel like the Bourne name still resonates with the American moviegoing public. (No trailer, an interview with Renner is posted instead)

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5. The Expendables 2

Release Date: August 17

The gang of Stallone, Li,Van Damme, Crews, Couture and Lungdren are reunited for the sequel to the 2010 action hit. This time, Chuck Norris is joining the cast, along with expanded roles for legends Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Again, it’s your cookie cutter “easy job gone wrong” story, but that doesn’t matter and it didn’t matter in the original film. What matters is insane, over the top action, coupled with a cast of legends. This time around though there are rumors that Chuck Norris’ inclusion may force the film into a PG-13 rating, which would suck…a lot.

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4. Prometheus

Release Date: June 8

This movie has all the right things going for it. Ridley Scott is directing. His resume includes Alien, Blade Runner and American Gangster to name a few. On top of that, it has a stacked cast. Noomi Rapace (of original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class), Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Idris Elba (The Wire) are all in this film. Couple these two factors with the fact that there hasn’t been a great sci-fi movie in quite some time and you can see why there is some excitement about Prometheus. There are also rumors that this film may act as a prequel to Alien. Yes, please.

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3. The Amazing Spiderman

Release Date: July 3

The Spider-Man receives a much needed reboot after how bad Spider-Man 3 was. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first two Spider-Man movies, but the third one left such a sour taste in my mouth. This time around Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and I’m pretty happy with their choice (although Donald Glover would’ve been awesome!). I’m excited because it focuses a lot more on Peter Parker as a youth and struggling with his new identity as the web slinger. It should be an interesting new chapter in the Spider-Man story and I, along with millions of others Spidey fans hope it doesn’t bear any resemblance to Spider-Man 3.

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2. The Avengers

Release Date: May 4

The 2012 Summer movie season kicks off with a bang! The movie nerds have been waiting for for years is finally coming and I could not be more excited. To this point, I have loved every movie in the Avengers series (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain American, The Incredible Hulk, Thor) and I find it hard to believe that this movie will not be amazing. Granted superhero ensemble movies haven’t blown us away (I’m looking at you Fantastic 4), this one just feels like it will be different. The actors and superhero characters are all too awesome to fail…right? I sure hope so.

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1. The Dark Knight Rises

Release Date: July 20

The movie we have all been waiting for is FINALLY coming. Ever since The Dark Knight blew us away in 2008, we couldn’t wait until Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman flick would hit theaters. 2012 seemed like light years away, but alas my friends the light at the end of the tunnel is visible! Will Batman die? Will Bane break his back? Will it live up to the ungodly high expectations I, and the whole world, have for it? Only time will tell, but honestly every day that passes is one less day we have to wait until July 20. I feel confident that this movie will be incredible. The actors, director and story line are too good to disappoint us with the finale of what may go down as one of the best “trilogies” of all time. After the official trailer dropped, I probably watched it at least 10 times within the first 24 hours. I couldn’t stop. In fact, I’m going to wrap this up now so I can go watch the trailer a few more times.