Woe unto the suits who rejected this pitch for a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman movie

Halle Berry’s 2004 Catwoman film was disappointing for a lot of reasons, but mainly it was disappointing to see a character with such narrative potential get completely sunk by such a weird and bad movie. In addition to wondering what the hell was going on with that basketball scene, audiences were left wondering what…

The crucial difference between The Dark Knight and Tim Burton's Batman is the Joker

It’s been 10 years since Christopher Nolan unleashed The Dark Knight, which has more or less been praised as the best Batman movie, if not the best superhero movie of all time. Heath Ledger’s Joker is often cited as the film’s masterstroke, and has earned further praise for the way Ledger and Nolan successfully created…

Prelude To The Wedding ends on a high note by focusing on love and Harley Quinn

It should be no surprise to even casual fans that Batman’s impending wedding is the focus of a lot of what’s happening in his corner of the DC universe. Along with Brian Michael Bendis’ new work at the publisher, the Bat-Cat wedding has been one of the most hyped events in a long time. Romance has long been missing…

What the hell were any of us thinking making the terrible Batman Forever a huge hit?

You can see how it happened. The executives at Warner Bros. didn’t set out to destroy the Batman mythos or to make unwatchably shitty Batman movies that would put both the character and the superhero movie genre at large into a state of prolonged stasis. They just wanted a hit. Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, from 1992,…

The Dynamic Duo is caught in a mob massacre in this Detective Comics exclusive

James Tynion IV has done remarkable work crafting compelling drama around the Bat-family with his Detective Comics run, taking cues from the Chris Claremont school of superhero storytelling to build a dense narrative featuring a big cast of characters, each with their own subplots. Tynion’s run ends with May’s issue…

Batman Returns is a relic of an age when disgusting monsters only ran for office in the movies

It seemed ridiculous in 1992: the idea of a misshapen, braying lunatic running for higher office while barely bothering to disguise his own painfully obvious-bordering-on-theatrical creepiness. These days, would anyone blink? In fact, the biggest difference between Batman Returns and our own impossible present-day…

DC is going to win back DCEU fans if it has to throw each one into a Batmobile by hand

DC has taken the opportunity at this year’s SXSW to open a pop-up shop bound and determined to remind you that their superheroes are fucking cool. After several films that were received, shall we say, less than enthusiastically in recent years, DC and Warner Bros. have hit the festival hard in an effort to restate the…

Tim Burton played fast and loose with the caped crusader in his visionary blockbuster Batman

For a little while there, people were shaving the Batman insignia into their hair. That’s the level of cultural dominance that Tim Burton’s Batman had going for it in the summer of 1989. Batman made a ton of money—over $400 million globally, in 1989 dollars—but that’s really only the half of it.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders fulfills her birthright, tweets joke that is both bad and untrue

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would probably do as well as Eric Gordon on an ethics exam, so it’s not much of a surprise that she’d use the official @PressSec Twitter handle to air personal information and complain about a consumer product from a company for whom her boss has little love. That’s…

This Creature Of The Night #1 exclusive deepens Batman’s childhood trauma

Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s Superman: Secret Identity is one of DC’s most accessible, emotionally charged stories, telling a story set in a world where superheroes like Batman and Superman are fictional comic-book characters. Secret Identity explored the life of a boy named Clark Kent who resents his name because…

The superheroes of Justice League deserve better than another misbegotten blockbuster

A blockbuster with more studio notes than script (underlined: “Be more Marvel”), Justice League attempts to inject some levity and rock ’n’ roll into Zack Snyder’s dinosaurian version of the DC Comics-verse; in many cases, it ends up with the worst of multiple worlds. Gone are the artistic pretensions and doofy…