August 8, 2012
A Dark Knight Video Trifecta

I always love it when a few random videos pique my interest and then a third comes along and I can throw them all together into a single post.

Batman: Dark Knightfall

Directors Derek Kwok and Henri Wong created this impressive stop-motion animated tribute to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy using Hot Toys action figures. I’m not sure what’s more impressive the effort or the incredible detail of the figures.

Batman: Puppet Master

This fan film picks up where The Dark Knight left off. Batman is “is pushed to his limits as a new crime wave hits Gotham. Batman’s search to find who’s responsible leads him to a showdown with the masochistic serial killer Victor Zsasz. Meanwhile Gotham’s newest crime boss, a mysterious figure known as Scarface, has an meeting with Edward Nigma, an FBI agent, sworn to bring down Batman at all costs.” [via]

The 1930’s Film Noir Inspiration for Batman

According to Uproxx, The Bat Whispers, a 1930 noir thriller, is thought to have been Bob Kane’s inspiration for the Batman character. So of course, someone went and dubbed in Hans Zimmer’s score onto the existing footage of the movie to make it more Batman-y.

In all three videos, it is evident that Hans Zimmer’s compositions for The Dark Knight Trilogy was the real star.

July 29, 2012
Gotham’s Villains

Here’s all of Gotham’s villains, in one giant infographic from Pop Chart Lab. It can be yours for just $27.

This massive taxonomy charts the hundreds of villains who have menaced Gotham City over the past 70 years, breaking down by name everyone from big time baddies like the Joker and Bane to lesser known miscreants like the Walrus and Batzarro. A true rogues gallery of the superstitious and cowardly lot who have taken on the Dark Knight, this print is the definitive guide to Gotham mayhem.

I finally got to see The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, speaking of Batman. I liked it. It was the quickest three hour movie I’ve seen, but I’m not sure it made any sense and I think it could’ve used about three more rewrites to be truly great. Still, it was a fantastic ending to a fantastic trilogy.

July 24, 2012
Saying Goodbye to The Bats

We still haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet (we know, we know), but we couldn’t help but love Christopher Nolan’s goodbye love letter to his now-classic Batman trilogy as the foreword to the book The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy.

My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.

[via highdefinite]

July 19, 2012
The Dark Knight Trilogy

In case you haven’t heard, there’s this a new Batman movie coming out tonight. Here’s a really well-done Dark Knight ultimate trailer to get you amped for your midnight showing and for the weekend.

There’s inevitably going to be a bit of discussion about Nolan’s accomplishment over the weekend, but Grantland’s Zack Baron starts that discussion by calling Nolan’s trilogy “the greatest comic book movie trilogy of our time.” [via devour]

July 9, 2012
Super Golden Friends

Illustrator Kevin Bapp has given us a glimpse into the future when the Super Friends trade in crime fighting for the warm weather of Florida. Suffice it to say, I think Bapp nails it with making Batman a Dorothy and Superman a Blanche.

I don’t know much in life, but I know I would watch the shit out of a show that reimagines the Super Friends as the Golden Girls — especially if we got a George Clooney cameo as the befuddle next door neighbor.

I’ve already watched this approximately 97 times, haven’t gotten sick of it at all and can only lament it’s not longer. Congrats Mr. Bapp. You just won the Internet on Monday. [via browbeat]

July 8, 2012
New 13-Minute ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Featurette

July 20th is almost here, which means we’re just weeks away from summer’s second biggest superhero film. And, as if ya’ll weren’t excited enough for the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, reviews for the film have begun to surface and they are largely, overwhelmingly positive. One even called the movie Best Picture Oscar-worthy.

This new featurette won’t spoil much, but it’s just one more thing to watch that will prime the excitement pump ahead of the movie’s opening weekend.

June 20, 2012
Trailer: The Dark Knight Rises

For some reason, Nokia got the rights to cojoin the release of the last trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not really sure what the marketing people can do at this point to convince people they want to see this movie. Next to The Avengers, this is the movie people most want to see this summer, right?

May 1, 2012
Trailer #3: The Dark Knight Rises

I love how still and ominous this trailer is. It cuts across the conventional wisdom for how movies are typically marketed. It practically screams, “THIS IS A CLASSY SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER.”

It’s also probably the best released trailer for the film we’ve seen yet. I was already fairly excited for it, but now I’m even more amped up. Better look at Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman, Bane’s voice, and the Batwing. July 20th can’t come fast enough. [via devour]

March 29, 2012
Links

1. Patrick Hruby interviews former-agent Josh Luchs about his new book, which outlines a plan for reforming the NCAA. Lots of practical suggestions for blowing up the NCAA.

2. Apparently, Fifty Shades of Grey is hot, steamy, literature porn for suburban moms and it’s burning up the best-seller list. Never heard of the book until now.

But as a hot publishing phenomenon (Vintage Books has paid seven figures for the rights to a trilogy) that pours female-oriented erotica over a base of Twilight leavings and makes brilliant use of the discreet portability of e-books, Fifty Shades of Grey is in a class by itself.

3. New York Magazine tackles the phenomenon of young foodies. Do with this what you will:

Chang arrives at the tiny Thai place with her friends Jasmine, a stylist, and Marcos, a graphic designer. They, too, have their food bona fides: Marcos snaps quick photos of each dish as it is placed on the table; Jasmine’s phone holds carefully curated favorite-restaurant lists for New York and L.A. Both are a little older—30-plus to Chang’s 27—but Chang is clearly the group’s leader. She has picked the place, orders for everyone (shrimp salad, deep-fried catfish, and crispy pork off the restaurant’s “secret menu”), and generally steers the conversation toward the plates in front of us.

Petite and stylish, with a self-­consciously goofy smile, Chang works in online and social-media marketing. She is, in culinary parlance, a civilian—her job has nothing to do with New York’s sprawling food industry or with the chattering class that’s gathered around it. Her leisure time and modest discretionary income, however, are devoted almost entirely to food and restaurants.

“I’m not a foodie, I just like what I like,” she says. “Yes, I know, it’s just like hipsters saying, ‘I’m not a hipster.’ ” (The cliché cracks her up.) “But it’s like when my boss says, ‘Oh, you’re such a foodie.’ I’m like, Oh God. When I hear the word foodie, I think of Yelp. I don’t want to be lumped in with Yelp.” Just then, her iPhone goes off, and I glimpse her screen saver. It’s a close-up photo of a pile of gnarly, gristly pig’s feet, skin singed and torn, half-rendered fat and pearlescent cartilage beaming back the flash. The dish is from a tiny food stall in Taipei, she tells me. “It’s braised in a soy-based sauce, and they serve it on rice with pickled mustard greens.”

4. How ‘Hunger Games’ Built Up Must-See Fever. I’ll admit, the marketing for the movie couldn’t have been better. I also think, as much as I loved the movie and feel like it was the best possible version of the book they could have made, it’s not going to be a movie that ages well.

5. Lenny B. Robinson is a Maryland resident who occasionally dresses up as Batman and goes to visit sick children in hospitals. You may remember a few weeks back he was pulled over by police and became something of a viral sensation. His actual story is pretty amazing. More people like this please. [via @greatwhitesnark]

6. “As singularly epic as the Hogan-Andre match was, and as technically perfect as the Savage-Steamboat match was, if somebody asked me to show them one match off the WrestleMania III card that symbolized the whole night, and the whole era, part of me would be tempted to go with Jake “The Snake” Roberts versus The Honky Tonk Man.”

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