There have been five men to portray Batman in the character's eight live-action feature-length films, from Adam West in Batman '66 to Christain Bale in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. All five actors came with their strengths and weaknesses, but the best was Michael Keaton, who played the DC Comics superhero in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns.
In the first major scene of Batman '89, Keaton famously grabs a terrified mugger by the collar, holds him off the side of a building, pulls him close to his face, and hisses, "I'm Batman." As a 12-year old watching that moment on a VHS tape in my living room, I believed Michael Keaton. And I still believe him as a grown man watching it on DVD in my office 25 years later, even after having seen a half-dozen different Batman movies since.
I realize declaring Michael Keaton's performance as Batman to be not only my favorite Batman but the best Batman is a somewhat controversial statement, even (especially?) among my fellow writers at ComicsAlliance, but allow me to make my case.
In stores this week is The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition box set (which we're giving away a copy of). The set includes all three of director Christopher Nolan's Batman films on Blu-Ray, plus a number of extras, including, as revealed by Batman News in the site's review of the set, a video of Christian Bale's audition for the role of Batman, while wearing Val Kilmer's suit from Batman Forever.
In what's just the latest in a series of extremely kind and charitable acts, The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale took some time to chat on the phone with Zach Guillot, an 8-year-old Batman superfan who's undergoing intense treatment for leukemia. A sweet little boy whose love for the DC
In one of those "I can't believe none of us thought to do this sooner" moments, one fan of The Dark Knight Rises has merged the masks of Batman and Bane. In an ideal world, Christian Bale would put this on and combine his Dark Knight voice with the dulcet tones of Tom Hardy's Bane, leading to roughly 10 billion "such a lovely, lovely voice" jokes on the internet.Tom Howe
How great is Christian Bale? Wait, before you answer that based on his performances in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies or his recent trip to visit victims of the Aurora shootings, you might want to read this story about a four-year-old who really, really wanted to meet the man who played Batman.The four-year-old in question's name is Jayden Barber, and he's a brave kid who is currently fighting cancer for t
Hot Toys is usually associated with its famous 1/6 scale figures, which translate the likenesses of famous movie characters (among other subjects) into hyperrealistic toys that stand around a foot or so tall. In some cases,
It's no secret that that Warner Bros., like any movie studio, wouldn't mind having something like Marvel's Avengers in its portfolio: A whole family of blockbusters starring individual superheroes that can carry their own sequels, help sell the audience on related movies and unite for a massive team-up of a movie every few years that obliterates box-office records. But if Warner Br
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