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“I’m Batman…. At Thirty”

MV5BMjA3MzI3NjI2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjIzNjEwMzE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1512,1000_AL_.jpgTim Burton’s Batman did a lot of things. It changed the cultural landscape for superhero films, proved that Michael Keaton could be more than Mr. Mom, and kickstarted a whole new generation of comic book movies. It was also one of the first movies I remember watching over and over again, to the point where I almost burnt out the VHS tape it was on. As the movie hits the 30 year mark, I wanted to take a look back at a movie that stands as not only one of my all-time favorites, but one of my first instances of seeing a comic book brought to life as a movie. Read the rest of this entry

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Pop Culture Pick Me Ups

imageIt’s been a tough week, to say the least. Without going into things, we’re all in a weird spot as a country, and a lot of us are genuinely confused as to what to do next. In times like these, a lot of us turn to different things that remind us of good in the world, or that we remember from our childhood. Comics, movies, toys, even video games can all help to take the sting off of reality for a little while, and it doesn’t hurt to remind people of this every once and a while. So here’s a few of my “Pop Culture Pick Me Ups” if you need some inspiration on where to look. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

nNt2LWZThe Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015)

Directed by: Jon Schnepp

Superman Lives is a comic book film that lives in infamy. There’s been numerous stories about the aborted Tim Burton Superman film, from the fact that it ballooned over-budget, to producer Jon Peters clashing with the developers, to Warner Bros worrying about Nicolas Cage being the right actor for the part of Superman. It’s a movie that sits on top of my “What If” movie list, and I’ve wasted countless hours on the Internet reading up everything I could find on this weird movie. Luckily, Metalocalypse creator Jon Schnepp is just as interested by this move that never was as I am, and he decided to devote years of his life to creating this kick-started documentary. Schnepp interviews everyone involved with the film (except for Nicolas Cage), from producer Jon Peters, first drafter Kevin Smith, the leagues of concept artists, and even Tim Burton himself, and at the end of his journey he’s found an incredible story about just how difficult it is to create a giant blockbuster film. Read the rest of this entry

The Superhero Movies That Might Have Been

supermanlivesThe current trend going around these days is documentaries about comic book films that never made it to the big screen. Metalocalpyse’s John Schnepp has finally finished and started to release his documentary about Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage’s failed Superman Lives project, and after the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, another documentary has popped up, this time focusing on the failed Justice League film that was set to roll back in 2010. The halls of major studios are littered with the corpses of failed movies, and in the spirit of these two documentaries, let’s take a look at some of them. Read the rest of this entry