Joel Schumacher will always be remembered for introducing the Bat-nipples to the world (even he thinks so). But the director has also made many, many more movies than his two Batman pictures, and is responsible for some of genre cinema’s most memorable entries, and he deserves to be remembered for those, too.
It's fascinating to realize how close we nearly came to having Michael Keaton appear in one more Batman movie, if the studio hadn't decided to ditch Tim Burton's "dark" approach in favor of a lighter Schumacher tone. And now, there are a few more glimpses at how Keaton's Batman could have looked.
Tim Burton was originally going to helm a third Batman movie after Batman Returns, but the studio bumped him from the director's chair in favor of Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher. But this concept art gives us one possible look for Burton's version of Robin.
Villains from every Batman movie tiptoe towards trouble in artist Rafa Toro series of prancing Batman baddies. Even if you hated Joel Schumachers' Batman & Robin, we bet you can't stop watching Poison Ivy march forward for infinity.
The Statue of Liberty stands for American hopes and dreams, an emblem of both New York City and the American gateway. That's precisely why so many film directors and video game creators love to smash Lady Liberty to bits. But who do you think did the best job of damaging or destroying the Statue of Liberty?
Almost every actor has at least one massive failure on his or her imdb page. A performance so hideous, you're liable to get punched if you bring that movie up on the red carpet. And some of the best actors have played some of the most hideous supervillains.
You know how they always say that no animals were harmed in the making of a movie? It's usually true, but that doesn't mean that the animals didn't have an interesting time along the way.
Michael Keaton tells the L.A. Times that he wasn't as happy with Batman Returns as with his first Batman movie. And then he had second thoughts about doing a third movie. Here's why:
James Bond saves the world sometimes. So does Captain Kirk. But at least in the movies, superheroes don't - they're too busy fighting personal spats. Here's why superheroes on the big screen should save the damn world now and then.
Mika's single for Kick-Ass continues the cherished tradition of musicians penning (often absurd) songs for superhero flicks. Here are some of the best and/or worst songs from comic-book cinema. And no, that Nickelback song from Spider-Man ain't on here.
When superhero/supervillain costumes succeed on the big screen, it's a miracle. But it's also rare. The movie superhero outfits are a multiverse of fail, and here are 40-odd examples of total costume catastrophe. Brace yourself, this won't be pretty.
Just as you finish up your t(of)urkey leftovers, we thought we should share some movie leftovers with you. Say, 40 deleted scenes from movies like Star Wars, The Dark Knight and Star Trek? Click through for excised joy.
Various Deleted Scenes from Tim Burton's Batman:
In 1994, Alien concept designer HR Giger was asked to design a Batmobile for Batman Forever. His spindly, pincer-like design is an oddly organic take on Batman's tech, but still an improvement over the neon-lit monstrosity that was ultimately chosen.
Movie sequels that don't suck are rare creatures — like flying unicorns — but they do exist. But it's almost impossible to find an example of a third movie in a series that didn't self-immolate. Why is that?
It was 20 years ago this week that Tim Burton's Batman was released, changing the face of summer blockbusters, superhero movies and even breakfast cereal forever (Okay, maybe not that last one). Perhaps it's time to relive some Batmania...?
As the cliche (doesn't) go: Where there's the box office smoke, there's going to be sequel fire, and Batman's box office breaking lead to three follow-ups that pretty much define that whole The Good, The Bad and The Ugly idea.
Arguably, Burton's movie didn't influence the comics directly as much as give them even more reason to pursue the dark, Frank Miller route they were already taking (Although 1992's "Destroyer" storyline recreated Gotham City using Anton Furst's production designs for the architecture of the movie, probably…
In the summer of 1989, you couldn't get away from Batman even if you tried. Kevin Smith put it best: