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.

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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…

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…

Oral history of Batman: The Animated Series reveals Mark Hamill didn’t want to voice The Joker

Batman contains multitudes, the Caped Crusader’s adventures having unfolded in various iterations throughout comics, TV, film, video games, and, in one of its most influential iterations, animation. Throughout the ’90s, Batman: The Animated Series not only carried on the dark tone Tim Burton brought back to the…

The Dark Knight’s first 5 minutes say more about The Joker than the rest of the movie

A film’s opening scene is massively important, especially given the surplus of movies to choose from if you’re the type of person subscribed to a few streaming services. And one of the great opening scenes of the last decade, film historians are beginning to agree, is the one kicking off Christopher Nolan’s The Dark…

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Ben Affleck goes rumor-smashing, calls Batman “the greatest fucking part in the world”

Indirectly referencing rumors that have continued to plague his time as the Dark Knight—including sources from as recently as yesterday, which suggested that Warner Bros. was looking for a way to gracefully replace him in the role—Ben Affleck doubled down on his love for Batman at today’s Warner Bros. panel at…

It’s Rumor Time: Is Warner Bros. trying to retire Ben Affleck’s Batman?

Given that it’s a team-up between one of the world’s most popular actors, and one of its most beloved superheroes, Warner Bros.’ Ben Affleck/Batman sub-franchise has gotten off to a shockingly rocky start. Although Affleck seemed comfortable enough in the part in Batman V. Superman—and even agreed to some light cameo…