What was Gotham City like before Batman stepped in to always save the day? That’s the story of Gotham. Before the caped crusader and his Boy Wonder ran around in tights, only Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) was there to fight the villains. The Daily Quirk sat down with Danny Cannon, executive producer and director of Gotham, for a roundtable interview at New York Comic-Con! Watch the video below to see Cannon talk about the immense Batman universe and how it will be featured this year — and possibly the next two seasons — in Gotham.
It can be hard to play a famous villain, but Robin Lord Taylor isn’t too worried. “Every generation gets the Batman of its time,” says the actor who plays Gotham’s Oswald Cobblepot, the Batman character who will eventually become the infamous Penguin. The Daily Quirk caught up with Taylor for a roundtable interview at New York Comic-Con where he gave us the scoop on what’s to come! Watch the video below to see what Taylor thinks Cobblepot’s strength is, why DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has been instrumental to his performance and how Cobblepot will rediscover his love of umbrellas this season.
The role of Alfred Pennyworth from the Batman comics has been played on-screen by many iconic actors in the past. In the new television series Gotham, we see the beginning of Batman’s creation with Pennyworth, played by actor Sean Pertwee, juggling his duties as a butler and father figure to a young Batman in the making, Bruce Wayne. At New York Comic-Con, The Daily Quirk sat down with Pertwee where he shared some details on his relationship in the series with Wayne, how he takes on the role of Pennyworth differently than past portrayals and what we can expect to see in future episodes. Check out the video below.
We loved Ben McKenzie in The O.C., first got to see him wield a badge in Southland and now this smoldering heartthrob is back in Fox’s primetime slot starring in the hit show Gotham, in which he once again plays a lawman. The Daily Quirk sat down for a roundtable with McKenzie at New York-Comic Con where he discussed the show, his character James Gordon and his growth as an actor. Watch the video below to hear McKenzie share his thoughts on all this and more, and be sure to watch Gotham airing Mondays on Fox! Continue reading
You may be a little tired of hearing about the comic book film/TV casting updates that have surfaced over the past few weeks/months, but chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re not. Just as Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons were recently cast in the Man of Steel sequel, the world of D.C. (from comic to film, that is) continues to expand with the announcement of Southland’s Ben McKenzie as Commissioner Jim Gordon in Gotham, a new series set to air on Fox. Continue reading
Many would say superhero movies nowadays have certainly bounced back from their ‘90s cartoonish antics, having been (nearly) perfected in the drama department, by the likes of directors such as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon. Furthermore, other reputable film talents have decided to jump onboard – actors like Robert Redford (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man). And now, the genre can add two more acclaimed players to its game: Jesse Eisenberg (nominated for an Oscar) and Jeremy Irons (already carrying an Oscar). Continue reading
Marvel shippers everywhere are going crazy over the news: the two ultimate superheroes are coming together on the big screen for the first time ever with the production of the movie, Batman vs. Superman. The announcement was released at the 2013 Comic-Con with Harry Lennix’s The Dark Knight Returns famous quote “I want you to remember the one man who beat you”.
Not so fast though, because just a few days ago, Warner Bros. announced that they were pushing back the release date all the way to May 6, 2016—a full 10 months after its original release date on July 17, 2015.
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If you haven’t heard the explosive news already, late last night Warner Bros. revealed that Ben Affleck (Argo) would be taking on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Batman vs. Summer flick opening July 17, 2015. And everyone is freaking out. Continue reading
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced they would follow up this summer’s Man of Steel with a Batman vs. Superman sequel set to be released in 2015. It is unlikely that actor Christian Bale will return to his iconic role since The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan’s iteration of Batman takes place in a separate universe (as he’s specified many times), therefore Warner Bros. must put a new face to Bruce Wayne. So, below I’ve chosen a list of contenders I think would make a pretty decent Dark Knight. Continue reading
Ever since Marvel announced its intentions to create an Avengers film, superhero lovers and comic book fans immediately began to wonder about a movie for DC Comics’ parallel super-team The Justice League. Actually, tongues have been wagging about a Justice League movie since 2007-08 when whispers of the first attempt at a live-action Justice League film were floating through the media; however this attempt was eventually stalled and we’ve been waiting ever since. Several years later, the wait may soon be over. (Source 1)
Although concrete news and information regarding the (hopefully) upcoming Justice League movie has proven to be more elusive than a superhero’s true identity, rumors have been plaguing the internet and are culminating to an all-time high now that a release date, albeit an unofficial one, has been placed at June 2015. This release date has not been confirmed by DC Entertainment nor Warner Bros. Studio, however other hints and yet more rumors have been popping up that allow us just a grain of hope for a Justice League movie to be in theatres the same year as Marvel’s The Avengers 2. (Source 1 & 2)
Perhaps one of the latest and most promising of these rumors that may foreshadow an actual film is Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment’s partnership with Target, which released a line of Justice League merchandise with products centered on Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. Rumor has it that this is a clever consumerist ploy to promote the currently nonexistent Justice League movie years before its rumored release in 2015. The Target-exclusive line launched on May 19, 2013; however, we do not have any real proof or verification that this is a promotional tool for a Justice League movie per se.
There’s a very good chance that this line may be in conjunction with DC’s upcoming Man of Steel, a film that showcases Superman exclusively. Furthermore, there are some rumors that the Justice League film would only feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and the Green Lantern, which, if it proves to be true, leaves Target with too many action figures compared to movie characters. It could alternatively just be that Warner Bros. and DC know that even if there is not a Justice League movie, I’ll probably still buy a t-shirt regardless. Still, the product line is Justice League-themed and does provide a fair amount of credit to speculations into the movie. (Source 3 & 4)
While on the subject of Man of Steel, there is, of course, the potential of the new Superman movie as the foundation for a Justice League movie. Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, 2013 and some fans have speculated that this movie could be the launchpad for the Justice League movie just as 2008’s Iron Man film was the cinematic catalyst for a series of movies leading to 2012’s The Avengers for Marvel Comics. Again, these are just speculations, but studio and production issues aside, it’s fairly safe to say that if a Justice League movie is indeed in our future, much may depend on the reception and success of Man of Steel. (Source 5)
Other rumors revolve around the potential who’s-who in the movie including reports of actors who may don a mask, who may be reprising a role, and of course, who is going to be directing this much-awaited film. Both Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, director and star of the recent Batman trilogy, have been rumored to be involved with the possible Justice League film; however neither has confirmed any part of such a film, behind or in front of the camera. Nolan has also made it abundantly clear that his Batman trilogy stands alone and is independent from any other films. Joseph Gordon Levitt, who played John Blake/Robin in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, was also strongly rumored to be returning to the DC cinematic universe, however Levitt claims he has no intentions as of yet to return.
Others tangled among the rumors and gossip are Will Beall as the writer as well as Ryan Reynolds, who played Hal Jordon/Green Lantern in 2011’s Green Lantern; and Henry Cavill, Superman/Clark Kent in the upcoming Man of Steel, may reprise their roles, but again, unconfirmed rumors. I suppose it is a bit difficult to have a solid cast when the movie doesn’t even officially exist yet. (Source 5 & 6)
I’ll admit my own biases: I’m more of a Marvel lady at the end of the day. Regardless, even the staunchest of Marvel fans cannot deny the allure of DC’s superhero backlog. DC has to its name arguably the most iconic superheroes in Western culture with the super-trifecta of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman alone acting as cultural metaphors. Although this may not be without dispute, many of us have been wondering how a Justice League film hasn’t flown onto the big screen faster than a speeding bullet. With any luck, Superman’s solo film next month will put the lasso of truth in place to squeeze some official news out of the DC and Warner Bros. regarding when, if ever, we can officially expect to see the Justice League in action on the big screen.