Hello readers, it has been a while since I’ve gone on a rant. Truth be told I have been thinking of different ideas to write about. I figured since most sites talk about what is out these days and what our dear readers played, I will go the opposite route in a segment called “What you should be playing”.
The idea is to look at whats been happening around us in the wild world of video games and then pull out a title from the past(or future if possible) and tell you why a certain game is worth your time and money. Read more…
Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? It’s something I ask of all my readers… I just like the sound of it.
And with that not-so-obscure reference, we begin our review of Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is the best game of 2009. Yes, I am saying that in October.
I have been drooling over this game for months now, and anxiously anticipating doing this review. Now, as much as I would like to give an unbiased and honest review of Batman: Arkham Asylum, that is impossible. I am a huge Batman fanboy (Batboy?) and although this will be a fair and balanced review, I am obviously biased in some respects. I mean, I am literally wearing a Batman T-shirt right now, and not even for the purpose of this review. Just ‘cause, suckers. Read more…
I know it’s been done in that whole Marvel vs DC series of comics and we all remember Amalgam comics (when DC and Marvel characters were combined in an alternate universe) but my point is this- I believe Batman to be the most lethal hero out there, simply put he is a man at the top of his game. It’s the same reason Lex Luthor is such a threat to humanity, in the end the most righteous and villainous characteristics emerge not from super human beings but simple human nature. Anyhow there are peeps out there who thought Wolverine could best Batman… sure… but why don’t we let the comic do the talking.
Oh and a special thanks to April and Staci for this one.
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Let me explain where this one is going… You see back a month ago or so there were rumors coming from Europe that Eidos had a disclaimer attached to all review copies of BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM. That disclaimer read that if you score the game 90% or had the cover of your magazine devoted to BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM that you can run an early review on this summers MOST ANTICIPATED GAME.
Naturally the game came out and despite its rumored controversy I can tell you its a BATMAN DREAM COME TRUE! SO since everything was proven wrong and the game was stellar I thought Id submit a work that I almost ran but decided not to until there further confirmations. Anyways Its ALL IN GOOD FUN! And expect more BATMAN COMICS Arkham Asylum spoofs in the future. HAHAHAhahahaHAHAHAhehehehehAhAHAHAH
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Batman vs. Punisher: Arkham Asylum vs. No Mercy Impressions
I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up by giving the impression this is a review of Batman: Arkham Asylum. It’s not. But I’ve been doing some research into the game, and wanted to rant a bit about the character of Batman as compared to other heroes, specifically the Punisher. A friend of mine recently compared Batman to the Punisher as being very similar, and I couldn’t disagree more. Why? Let’s take a look. Read more…
Zack Snyder is interested in bringing Frank Miller’s comic book “The Dark Knight Returns” to the big screen.
Snyder, who previously directed a film adaptation of Miller’s graphic novel “300,” told iFMagazine he has already approached studio Warner Bros. about the project.
The story, which the director says is his favourite comic book, follows an ageing Bruce Wayne who comes out of retirement to once again defend Gotham City.
Snyder added that it is unlikely he would be able to make the movie because of potential conflict with Warner Bros.’s highly successful Batman franchise starring Christian Bale.
“The studio has this massive franchise and I don’t think they’ll let me make a Batman movie where he’s 50 years old and Ronald Reagan is President,” he said.
Snyder also helmed the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead” and the comic-based movie “Watchmen,” which hits theatres March 6.
A bug-eyed robot has edged out the Caped Crusader for top movie of 2008 according to the Los Angeles Critics Assn.
The group chose Pixar’s “WALL-E” as the year’s best picture in its annual voting Tuesday, marking the first time in the association’s history that it has given the title to an animated film.
Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” fell just short of the honour, taking the runner-up spot instead. However, the blockbuster did earn a win in the best supporting actor category for the late Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker.
Penelope Cruz won in the supporting actress category for her work in two films: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Elegy.”
Overall, no one film dominated the winners’ list. Sean Penn was named best actor for his portrayal of late San Francisco gay politician Harvey Milk in “Milk,” while Sally Hawkins won best actress for her role as a free-spirited schoolteacher in “Happy-Go-Lucky.”
Best director went to Danny Boyle for “Slumdog Millionaire,” which was named best film of 2008 last week by the National Board of Review.
The awards will be presented Jan. 12 at the critics’ annual banquet.
Could Cher be the newest addition to the Batman franchise?
The UK Telegraph reports that the singer is in talks to star as Catwoman in the upcoming sequel.
“Cher is Nolan’s first choice to play Catwoman,” said an unnamed studio exec. “He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years. The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry’s purring creations.”
Johnny Depp is also reportedly being signed on as the Riddler for the sequal, tentatively titled “The Caped Crusader.” It should begin filming early next year in Vancouver.
“The Dark Knight” is expected to gross $530 million.
It seems that Ben Stiller can take down The Batman.
According to E! News, “The Dark Knight” finished the weekend box office in second place while Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder” took first place with an opening of $26 million – per studio estimates complied by Exhibitor Relations.
Although “The Dark Knight” failed to remain in the number one spot for the fifth weekend in the row, the Christopher Nolan film became the second all-time ranking movie by bringing in a total of $471.5 million dollars to date – beating out “Star Wars” which grossed $461 million domestically, including re-releases.
“Going in I would have been happy with $250 million,” Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman said today. “…We went for a ride like the public.”
The movie is expected to reach the $500 million landmark by the Labour Day weekend and it is likely to tap out at about $530 million – making it just about $70 million shy of Titanic’s $601 million domestic record.
“Titanic is king of the box office, and will remain that way forever,” said Fellan.
Christian Bale is a free man.
According to E! News, “The Dark Knight” star will not face any charges in regard to his highly-publicized arrest on suspicion of assaulting his mother and sister last month.
“We can today confirm that we have advised the Metropolitan Police Service that the actor Christian Bale should not face any charges,” the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement. The CPS also said there was “insufficient evident to afford a realistic prospect of conviction” on the charges and that “the police have been advised that no further action should be taken against Mr. Bale.”
Bale has denied the allegations set against him. After the star was arrested and questioned, he was released by police on July 22.
Even Hollywood’s newest potheads could not beat Batman.
“The Dark Knight” took in another $26 million this past weekend and finished in the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight weekend. Batman beat out the stoner comedy “Pineapple Express”—which opened in second place with $22.4 million, according to studio estimates, reports E! News.
The Christopher Nolan Batman sequel has made a total of $441.5 million domestically and is No. 3 on the all-time domestic box-office charts, behind only “Titanic” ($600.8 million) and the original “Star Wars” ($461
By this upcoming weekend, “The Dark Knight” is expected to surpass “Star Wars” and become No. 2 on the revenue charts.
Rounding out the top five box office movies were the following: “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” in third place with $16.1 million, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” in fourth place with $10.8 million, and “Step Brothers,” came in fifth place with $8.9 million.
Batman Forever Indeed.
The fastest-grossing blockbuster in Hollywood history took in another $43.8 million at the weekend box office, per studio estimates, reports E! News.
The Christopher Nolan film has already made $394.9 million in its three weeks of release and the movie is expected to easily break the $400 million within a few days.
The third sequel to the Mummy movies, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon” debuted in second place with $42.5 million and is estimated to finish second behind “The Dark Knight.”
But is Warner Bros. executive Jeff Goldstein thinking that Batman has what it takes to beat the all-time record setter “Titanic”, which brought in $601 million domestically? “That’s so far out of the realm,” Goldstein said, “it’s not even on our radar.”
“The Dark Knight” has struck gold the second weekend in a row by bringing in an estimated $75.6 million this weekend, reports E! News.
Christopher Nolan’s sequel to 2005’s “Batman Begins” has surpassed the $300 million mark domestically in record time and a $400 million overall take is around the corner.
“Certainly, $400 million, boom, that’s going to happen,” said Media by Numbers box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
“The trajectory it’s on has never before been seen. This is absolutely unprecedented.”
The movie’s second-weekend gross was, per studio estimates, the biggest ever, despite the usual 50 percent or so drop in business.
Although “The Dark Knight” has yet to surpass the $400 million mark, Dergarabedian predicts the movie will bring in that amount in about a week from now, or 18 days after its release. In 2004, it took “Shrek 2” about 43 days to reach $400 million— a mark that continues to be the Hollywood benchmark.
Coming in second place was Will Ferrell’s “Step Brothers” which brought in an impressive 30 million while “X-Files: I Want to Believe” brought in a somewhat disappointing 10.2 million.
Christian Bale had huge success at the box office this weekend – but his personal life may be falling apart.
The “Dark Knight” star is being sued for assault by his mother and sister, reports the UK Sun. Bale is said to have lashed out at his family members on Sunday at Park Lane’s Dorchester Hotel in London.
Bale faces questioning, but police are giving him the benefit of the doubt; they even held off their investigation to allow Bale to attend the huge premier of the new Batman flick.
A source told The Sun, “It was a very difficult situation but it would have been wrong to have wrecked the premiere over a complaint which we don’t yet know is founded in truth. But Mr Bale will be contacted at the earliest opportunity and be asked to provide an account of anything that happened.”
A Met Police spokesperson confirmed they had receive the allegations from Bale’s family.
“The Dark Knight” smashed box office records with a $155.3 million opening weekend total—beating “Spider-Man 3” as the movie with the biggest weekend opening— per Exhibitor Relations Co. estimates, reports E! News.
On Friday alone, “The Dark Knight” made $66.4 million, setting the record for biggest-ever single day.
“Some people probably stayed away [to avoid] the crowds,” Exhibitor Relations’ Jeff Bock told E! News.
“The Dark Knight” was also the late Heath Ledger’s last big role before his death in January. Curiosity and buzz surrounding the actor’s performance as the legendary foe The Joker probably brought many audience members to the theatres.
“This is really unprecedented, an actor in a blockbuster film dying before the release,” Bock said.
The Christopher Nolan film and the “Batman Begins” sequel continues to receive positive reviews from critics nation wide.
Batman has bested Spider-Man — at least at the box office — as “The Dark Knight” set an opening-day record Friday with ticket sales of $66.4 million U.S.
That’s almost $7 million more than “Spider-Man 3,” which held the previous record with $59.8 million when it opened last year.
The one-day haul of “The Dark Knight” also topped the entire weekend ticket sales of its predecessor, 2005′s “Batman Begins,” which took in $48.7 million in its first three days.
The sequel broke another record by taking in $18.5 million from midnight screenings, surpassing the previous record of $16.9 million set by “Star War: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith.”
“The Dark Knight” has been met with stellar reviews following much advance buzz, which grew following the death of one of the film’s stars, Heath Ledger, from an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January.
Ledger plays the maniacal Joker in the Christopher Nolan-directed blockbuster, which also stars Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman.
Big screen motion pictures have this terrible habit of ruining the entire film by revealing the movie’s best scenes in the promotional trailer. When Warner Bros. first teased “The Dark Knight,” viewers were bombarded with clips of a darker and a bolder re-invention of the iconic comic series which led many to assume the film was a vast improvement from its 2005 prequel “Batman Begins.”
But after the initial oohing and aahing, does “The Dark Knight” film truly bring something more to the screen than an impressive marketing campaign aimed at primarily showcasing the callous portrayal of the Joker by the late actor Heath Ledger?
It certainly does. And Ledger’s role as the crazed clown is nothing short of brilliant. The witty and clever one-liners the Joker delivers—along with his immensely terrifying presence as the movie’s villain— revitalizes my fear of clowns to unimaginable levels.
And although audience members will be easily captivated by many of the other actors’ performances, most notably with Aaron Eckhart’s character, the movie’s storyline is relatively well scripted and rather easy to follow. At no point in the film is the plot nearly as chaotic as Gotham City.
In this sequel, Batman (whose other alias is Bruce Wayne) struggles with deciding if he should continue living as Gotham City’s hero or whether he should return to his life as a “normal” billionaire and rekindle his romance with Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Since district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) has been cleaning up crime in the city with the help of Lt. Gordon (Gary Oldman), Batman believes that Dent is the hero his city needs—someone who doesn’t have to hide behind a costume. When a mysterious sociopath mastermind known as the Joker creates inconceivable chaos in Gotham, Batman must stop the madman’s campaign of destruction.
Not only has Christopher Nolan directed and written, along with brother Jonathan Nolan, a screenplay that will easily satisfy all DC Comic fans and fanatics, “The Dark Knight” will keep any audience member enchanted by its darkness, suspense and intensity. A few shots were filmed with IMAX cameras—bringing scenes in the film to extraordinary levels.
It’s fair to say that the Ledger’s performance easily steals the spotlight. Even before the actor’s untimely death in January, movie critics were raving about the actor’s performance and now many are predicting Ledger will receive a posthumous Oscar nod. And such positive words of appraisal are justifiable.
Although this movie is not a masterpiece, Nolan has potentially created the best of all comic superhero movies of the year. The film has its flaws but when watching Ledger as the distraught Joker, you just don’t give a damn.
Heath Ledger has been cast to play the Joker in the upcoming Batman film “The Dark Knight”, which is expected to start production early in the next year. Such an epic role would be sure to please Ledger as well as his fans, however there is one person who isn’t rooting him on – the original Joker himself.
In an MTV interview, Jack Nicholson admitted that he is anything but pleased so see that Ledger will be taking over one of his favourite roles. “It’s like, in any area, you can’t believe the reasons things do or don’t happen. Not asking me how to do the sequel is that kind of thing. Maybe it’s not a mistake. Maybe it was the right thing, but to be candid, I’m furious.”
After winning three Academy Awards throughout the course of his life, and with a definite Oscar runner on the way, starring himself as a cancer patient along side Morgan Freeman, why is he so torn up over a Batman flick?
“Well, the Joker comes from my childhood. That’s how I got involved with it in the first place. It’s a part I always thought I should play.”
Hopefully, everyone’s favourite menace (Nicholson, not the Joker) will move past his rage over the role and see the finished product.
“If it’s a good movie, I’ll catch up with it somewhere.”
THANK YOU FOR SMOKING star AARON ECKHART will play HARVEY DENT/TWO-FACE in THE DARK KNIGHT, a sequel to BATMAN BEGINS.
Dent is Gotham City’s district attorney and a Batman ally who goes insane after half of his face is disfigured by acid.
Known as Two-Face, he chooses to do good or evil by flipping a coin.
TOMMY LEE JONES played the character in 1995′s BATMAN FOREVER.
RAY Oscar winner JAMIE FOXX recently rubbished reports he would play Dent alongside CHRISTIAN BALE’s Batman.
The sequel, directed by CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, is set to be released next summer.
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JAMIE FOXX has rubbished reports he will play HARVEY ‘TWO FACE’ DENT in the next BATMAN movie.
The RAY Oscar winner insists he has never been approached about the villainous role alongside CHRISTIAN BALE’s BATMAN in CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’s sequel THE DARK KNIGHT.
Foxx’s publicist ALAN NEIROB tells website MovieHole.net, “(There’s) no truth to it whatsoever.”
THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING actor AARON ECKHART is tipped to take the Harvey ‘Two Face’ Dent role.
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