In the endless debate over “Who is the best Batman?” a strong case can be made for someone most people have never seen: Kevin Conroy. Conroy has been the voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, though all subsequent appearances of the character in the various Justice League series, and in the majority of Batman’s animated films (beginning with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in 1993). Conroy also voiced the character in the Batman Arkham video games, without a doubt, the best comic book video games ever made.
IGN has put together a list of the best of Batman’s animated exploits (most of which have been voiced by Conroy), and his batting average in animation is at least as good (if not much better) than his success rate in live-action films. My favorites are Phantasm, Sub-Zero, and Under the Red Hood, but which of Batman’s animated adventures are your favorites? What did you think of IGN’s list?
We’ve all shared this familiar childhood moment: with a towel on our back that functions as our imaginary cape, and a cut-up cloth over our heads that’s supposed to be a make-shift mask, we run all over our house thinking we’re flying across a city that needs saving. On numerous occasions growing up, we imagined living the superhero and superheroine mythology ourselves even before fully understanding the fascinating comic book universe they come from and the captivating stories they hold.
Just by this virtue alone, you can expect the superhero genre to live on as it is deeply ingrained in our consciousness, more so in today’s culture, and will continue for many years to come. Not convinced? We’ve got five persuasive points to make you consider otherwise. Continue reading 5 Reasons Why the Superhero Genre Will Endure
What Culture put together a great list that I never would have thought of on my own, but is so true: the best performances by actors who just gave up. Sometimes you can tell, clearly, that an actor is not at all pleased to be in a film and the performance comes across (Marlon Brando in Superman; Brando appears TWICE in a nine person list). Sometimes, the actor knows the movie is truly awful and decides to steal it with a legendarily good performance in a legendarily bad film (Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves). Sometimes a great performance comes across despite an actor being miserable on-set (Chevy Chase in Community or Robert Shaw in Jaws), but whatever the reason, it’s always interesting to get a behind-the-scenes peak into what made a memorable performance so memorable.
In two days, the DCEU looks like it’s finally going to get the blockbuster, critical success it desperately needed. That success won’t come from Batman or Superman, but Wonder Woman, which at time of writing is holding at a stunning 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film that began DC’s shared super hero universe, Man of Steel, remains divisive (though not as much as Batman vs. Superman). Man of Steel is the only film I’ve ever reviewed twice on this site. I really loved Superman Returns so this was a radical departure, but I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did. It’s flawed, but nowhere near so the next two DC films, and it has truly great moments in it. My favorite scene in the film comes after discovering his suit and talking with Jor-El: his first flight. Henry Cavill is so likable in this role (one of BvS’ greatest sins is painting him as the villain and taking that likability away). I love how it’s not effortless for him. He has to keep trying. But when he gets it down, the pure joy on his face is priceless. It’s human. After all, how would you feel if you could fly?
Deleted scenes are sometimes more than just cool features on a Blu Ray; little gems that didn’t quite make the final cut. Sometimes deleted scenes are deleted swaths of the film that make a huge impact on the film’s tone, budget, and shooting schedule. Looper (which is a great channel to follow on YouTube for cool videos like this) has put together a piece on the most expensive deleted scenes in Hollywood history from recent films like World War Z and X-Men: Days of Future Past all the way back to The Wizard of Oz. I’m fairly certain the video was made before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s massive reshoots last summer. Though Disney hasn’t released a figure on how much it cost (and don’t expect them to), bringing in writer/director Tony Gilroy to help with the process cost $5 million before they even began reshooting 20-30 scenes, so it’s safe to say it would make this list as well. However, when you end up with the #7 grossing film in US history, fiscally it all balanced out.
The piece also mentions the $10 million original opening sequence to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns that was cut in which the film originally opened with a silent exploration of the ruins of Krypton by Superman in his ship. Superman Returns is a polarizing film, but it’s still my favorite Superman film of the bunch, but this was definitely a good cut. If you have never seen it, it was released back in 2011 in the Superman Anthology Blu Ray set, but thanks to the awesome power of YouTube, I can just plop it below.