The Dark Knight

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Watch The 2014 Oscars Superheroes Tribute With Chris Evans, Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Star Wars & More

Tonight’s Oscars theme is all about heroes, and the Academy just released a montage of superhero footage.

The video starts off with the recent Man of Steel trailer featuring both Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner and goes into a plethora of scenes from various movies including The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, The Hobbit, John Wayne, Independence Day and lots more.

Between the break they even used the John Williams Superman theme.

Check it out as introduced by Captain America 2 Chris Evans:

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Godzilla 2014 Fan-Made Trailer With Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Soundtrack

I just got a new CPU for Christmas that came with some video editing software, so I decided to give it a run by combining the recent Godzilla trailer with The Dark Knight Hans Zimmer music score.

It was easy enough to do and matches up pretty well!

Check it out:

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Godzilla” opens May 16, 2014 in 3D starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham.

Synopsis:

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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2014 Oscars To Celebrate Movie Heroes & Superheroes; Superman, Batman & More

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The Academy announces that this year’s Oscars will celebrate movie heroes as well as superheroes.

It’s announced the 86th Academy Awards will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the bold filmmakers who bring them to life.

In addition, it’s been announced that an art gallery will be on display in its Beverly Hills headquarters  showcasing films centered on real-life heroes (“Gandhi,” “Silkwood”), super heroes (“Superman,” “The Dark Knight”), animated heroes (“Shrek,” “The Incredibles”), action heroes (“Seven Samurai,” “Gladiator”), literary heroes (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath”) and more. 

Tune in Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC for the Oscars, with the nominations announced this Thursday.

Related: List of Oscar presenters includes Chris Hemsworth and more.

 

Press Release

Oscars® To Celebrate Movie Heroes

 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The 86th Academy Awards® will be a celebration of movie heroes, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Offering their first preview of the upcoming Oscar broadcast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the producers said the show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the bold filmmakers who bring them to life. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” said Zadan and Meron. “People around the world go to the movies to be inspired by the characters they see on the screen. By celebrating the gamut of heroes who have enriched our movie-going experience, we hope to create an evening of fun and joy. And that includes the filmmakers and actors who take risks and stimulate us with provocative subjects and daring characters. They are all heroes in the cinematic landscape.”

“Of course, there will be no shortage of comedy with Ellen DeGeneres as our host,” the producers added. “There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”

To coincide with the Oscar telecast theme, the Academy will present “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition in the Grand Lobby Gallery of its Beverly Hills headquarters. On display Friday, January 17 through Wednesday, March 5, the show will feature still photographs and posters from 70 titles spanning nine decades, as well as video montages comprised of excerpts from classic and contemporary films. The exhibit will include films centered on real-life heroes (“Gandhi,” “Silkwood”), super heroes (“Superman,” “The Dark Knight”), animated heroes (“Shrek,” “The Incredibles”), action heroes (“Seven Samurai,” “Gladiator”), literary heroes (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath”) and more.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:35 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater by Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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New Batmobile In Batman Vs. Superman Said Not To Be Like Christopher Nolan’s Tumbler

Batmobile going retro? Batmobile going a high-tech futuristic approach more akin to the Burton Batman movie?

The latest rumor is that GM is currently developing the new Batmobile for Batman Vs. Superman.

Batman On Film has it from a source that the same design team that came up with Michael Bay’s Transformers vehicles are creating the new Batmobile.

It’s stated the new Batmobile will “NOT” have a military look, which is what Christopher Nolan did with the Tumbler for the Dark Knight movies.

No other information is known except that an old Cadillac will be featured in the film, which obviously could be for flashback scenes involving Thomas Wayne.

With the news that Zack Snyder won’t be using a realistic military approach to the Tumbler, perhaps it will be some new super cool concept car. Or perhaps Snyder and Goyer will be “keeping it real” by having the Ben Affleck Batman outfit an older Cadillac to be the new Batmobile?

Maybe it will be a new concept car that also incorporates a classic look like so? 

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The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Joker Playing Cards, The Dark Knight Rises, Man Of Steel Props All Can Be Yours If The Price Is Right

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DC Entertainment has updated their perks for the We Can Be Heroes campaign to include props from The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel.

Looks like just about all have been claimed but the David Goyer poster.

Up for grabs are/were the following:

Gotham City Newspapers (claimed) – $350

Man of Steel props (claimed) – $400

The Dark Knight Rises Gotham Rogues Props (claimed) – $500

The Dark Knight Rises Gotham City License Plates (claimed) – $500

The Dark Knight Rises Batman Batarangs (claimed) – $800

The Dark Knight Joker Cards – $800 (claimed)

In addition, there is a signed Man of Steel Blu-Ray by Zack Snyder for $50 (all  claimed) and poster signed by David Goyer ($100).

Check out the We Can Be Heroes campaign for other perks.

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Christopher Nolan Clip From The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray goes on sale September 24th, and now a clip has become available with director Christopher Nolan.

In the clip, Nolan talks how his Batman movies feature a heightened realistic take and are operatic in nature.

“But it’s about what I suppose you might term a cinematic reality,” Nolan explains to USA Today. “It’s about giving the world of the films and the characters as much weight and validity as they would if your source material were not a comic book — if he was a character in another genre of film you were having to introduce to the audience for the first time and get them to believe it. That’s what my use of the reality is about. It’s not about a literal reality.”

Check out more from Christopher Nolan below.

The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes “The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy,” with Guillermo del Toro, Damon Lindelof and Zack Snyder; a Nolan and Superman director Richard Donner taling about bringing iconic superheroes to the big screen; the IMAX sequences in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; a trio of Hot Wheels  the Tumbler, Batpod and The Bat vehicles; collectible art cards and a 48-page hardcover book. 

The Ultimate Edition can be ordered through Amazon at a discount.

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DC Comics Artist Steve Scott Gives Us Ben Affleck As Batman Concept Art

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A piece of Batman character art has surfaced online from DC Comics comic book artist Steve Scott.

And it looks an awful lot like Ben Affleck.

I’m still trying to dig up the backstory on the image, but what’s rather interesting is that Steve Scott is the only artist to have worked on an official adaptation for The Dark Knight which was overseen by Christopher Nolan.

Obviously that does not mean anything and artists are known to at times use celebrities as a reference, but still pretty cool.

We’re guessing the “Ben” listed on the image is former DC Comics editor Ben Abernathy meaning the art is from a comic book from a couple years ago.

You can also check out Steve Scott’s Heath Ledger Joker following Batman which is a part of The Dark Knight official comic book adaptation as well as more art on his DeviantArt page.

(Thanks to “GhostMan” in the Cosmic Book News forums for the image)

Update: Here is a side by side comparison I put together:

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Steve Scott Joker art:

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The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Might Get The Dark Knight Poster Company; Drew Struzan Said To Be Not Returning

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In a day that has seen two Star Wars: Episode VII rumors, another has landed online regarding the promotional side of things with legendary artist Drew Struzan.

Struzan created the posters for the original Star Wars Trilogy, and is now said to be not coming back for the J.J. Abrams movies.

JediNews has it from a source:

Bit of rumoured news: Drew Struzen can’t be convinced to come on board for the poster. Now looking at BLT Communications LLC to do the design.

BLT Communications is known for their posters of World War Z, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers movie, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park 3D and Pirates of the Caribbean.

In addition to Star Wars, Struzan was responsible for The Walking Dead 2010 Comic-Con poster, Indiana Jones, The Muppets, Back To The Future and lots more.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” has a 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams.

For more news on a galaxy far, far away head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars movie hub.

Drew Struzan art:

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The Dark Knight by BLT Communications:

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Joker Rising Fan-Made Film Now Online (Rough-Cut)

Smoking Alien Productions has made available online a rough-cut of their Joker Rising fan-made film.

Below you can check that out as they are making it available online only for a limited amount of time in order to garnish fan feedback.

They also have an IndieGoGo campaign stated where you can help them make an R rated Joker Trilogy.

Also check them out on Facebook.

The dark and gritty story of the early days of the Joker and how he became what we know him as today.

Joker Rising is directed by Alek Gearhart and stars Dylan Hobbs, Katie Young, Manuel Eduardo Ramirez, Dominique Marsell, Ski Carr,Bob Burhl, and Mario Orozco

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New Heath Ledger Joker & Christian Bale Batman The Dark Knight Images

New never-before-seen images of Heath Ledger as The Joker and Christian Bale as Batman have surfaced online.

The behind-the-scenes images (via Vanitatis) feature Justo Dieguez, the martial arts expert responsible for the fighting style seen in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Justo Dieguez designed his own system of martial arts, known as Keysi, that is a more real world approach to fighting as it focuses on using the environment and multiple attackers.

In addition to training Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, Justo Dieguez trained Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans), Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible), and Daniel Craig (James Bond).

Regarding training Christian Bale, Justo Dieguez said the Batman picked up the style rather quickly as the actor has an almost photographic-like memory which enabled Bale to memorize the sequences after only one viewing.

Below you can also check out video of the movies that feature the Keysi fighting style, and if you head to the website via the link above you can check out a cool intro video where the martial artists mirror their movie counterparts.

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Your Alternative Comics Beat For July 8th, 2013: Batman ’66

Alt Beat With Kenneth Porter

 

I know I’m going against the grain by picking not only a Big Two book for this column, but also a Batman title. If you give me a chance to explain I think we can avoid any stone throwing or harsh language. Since the debut of Tim Burton’s Batman the world has viewed the caped crusader as the dark knight instead of a fun, pulp character. My first exposure to the Adam West Batman was in the film version of the TV show.

I thought it was hilarious, very fun, and a whimsical take on Batman that I had never seen.

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I grew up on the Tim Burton films and Batman: The Animated Series. When I discovered the TV version of the character I didn’t react like many people my age did. I’ve literally heard people call it embarrassing and ridiculous. The same might be said about Nolan’s films by an audience in the future. Back then the whole idea of costumed crime fighting was light and fun pulp stories. Now the trend is to make things as dark as possible, even when it has no right being there.

What makes Batman ’66 so special is the blend between the fun and goofy TV show and post-modern comic book storytelling. The comic was written by Jeff Parker with art and colors by Jonathan Case, and it really pops. Both the writing and the artwork are incredible. I feel like I’m watching an episode of the TV show but with a much higher budget. They never could have had Batman launch from the batmobile and fight it out with the Riddler on a bi-plane in the TV show.

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If they did it wouldn’t have looked this impressive.

I really need to focus on the art here. Parker writes a thrilling story, but Case delivers on the art front in a way I’ve never seen before. It mixes pop sensibilities of the 60’s with a use of color that makes it unique on the digital shelves.

So why is it an Alt-Beat you ask?

Because this is a version of Batman many of you might not be familiar with. It’s a look back to what Batman used to mean to a whole different generation. It shows off just how versatile the character is and how he can flourish in any decade and context. Throw your caution to the wind and try this digital title on for size.

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Will the readers warm up to Batman ’66?

Can Alt-Beat columnist Ken Porter stave off the rampaging post-modern Batman fans?

Will he find something just as fun to talk about next week?

Tune in to Cosmic Book News and the Alt-Beat column again! Same Cosmic time, same Cosmic channel!

Ken Porter also writes comic books with his latest being “Ink Ribbon” from Visionary Comics. Ken was also the winner of this year’s Top Cow Talent Search contest.

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The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Officially Announced By WB

Warner Bros. officially released information and an announcement for the The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

The set hits stores September 24th.

See below for more.

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Press Release

THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY:

ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

BLU-RAY™ DEBUT SEPTEMBER 24

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

All Three Films, New Special Features, and Memorabilia

 

Burbank, Calif. July 2, 2013 – Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the Batman franchise beginning with 2005’s Batman Begins enjoyed phenomenal critical and box-office success.

Now on September 24, Nolan’s three Batman films – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The six-disc set will feature all three films with their existing extra content, two new featurettes and exclusive new collectible memorabilia. This must-own collection for fans of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader is available in premium packaging and will sell for $99.97 SRP.

About the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE):

*Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features

*Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature

*Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features

*Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature

*Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features

*Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)

NEW Special Features:

The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy – The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever.  Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with  Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.

· Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation – For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark KnightTrilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.

· IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises – See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio

Exclusive NEW Memorabilia:

· Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler

· Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul

· 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies

About The Films

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

The Dark Knight (2008)

The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Oldman, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Christian Bale stars, along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (BD)

Street Date: September 24, 2013

Order Due Date: August 20, 2013

Catalog/UPC #: 1000372133 / 883929308002

Pricing: $99.97 SRP

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

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First Look At The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-Ray Collectors Edition

Coming out some time this year is The Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition, with unofficial details and images possibly having landed online.

The Polish fan site BatCave.pl and French site EditionCollector.fr have posted the following images revealing a look at The Dark Knight Trilogy Collector’s Edition contents.

We see the set features nine discs, artwork, three vehicles, with all-new special features said to be a part of the set as well.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy has grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adds William Fichtner; As Casey Jones? Dr. Baxter Stockman?

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We get another casting announcement for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie with William Fichtner.

Deadline has it that William Fichtner has been added to the TMNT cast, but details surrounding his role in the movie are sketchy.

All that is said is that William Fichtner is said to be playing a lead with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology. 

Most likely many would think Shredder as the actor playing the villain has yet to be named, but it seems as if Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman are sticking pretty close to the source material (at least the toon), and as Shredder is the Japanese man, Oroku Saki, that would rule out Fichtner.

Perhaps William Fichtner is playing scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman who is responsible for the Mousers and works for Shredder.

Fightner recently had a role in The Dark Knight (pictured right).

Another possibility could be Casey Jones?

In related news tons of images hit recently of Megan Fox, who plays April O’Neil.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a June 6, 2014 starring Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, and Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszekas the Turtles.

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Zack Snyder Fires More Shots At Marvel Studios; Talks Man of Steel Vs. The Avengers, Iron Man & Thor

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The latest has Zack Snyder talking how he feels about launching a new Superman movie among all the other super hero movies.

Seems Snyder feels pretty confident about the Man of Steel and turns it around on Marvel, who should be worried about when the DC films get it right.

“It’s Superman,” Zack Snyder said in the latest issue of SFX Magazine. “If you get that right, that’s the question you’ll be asking everyone else. That should be the question you are asking Iron Man and Thor. How is it you can feel you can be making a superhero movie in a world where Superman and Batman exist?”

“They truely are pure archetypes. They are literally Biblical,” Snyder continued. “If you get the DC characters right they can be important, they can be about us. It’s not just a romp. That’s the fun, for me, of working on this movie. We got that it was important. We weren’t apologising for Superman, which I feel has happened in the past. It’s Superman, for God’s sake. He’s a thing to be celebrated.”

Snyder also comments on being compared to the Richard Donner classics, and takes one more shot at The Avengers.

“It’s the first blockbuster. The Avengers, all those movies are all the same thing. Not that that’s bad – I think that’s awesome – but what we tried to do is say ‘Okay, we’re just pretending like that movie doesn’t exist,” he said.

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As we saw Henry Cavill tell us in the Man of Steel trailer #3, his “S” symbol represents hope, and Snyder mentions it isn’t all dark.

“Of course there are comparisons to The Dark Knight. I love the movies that Chris made, but this is a very different movie – the sci-fi aspect, the way we shot it, the character…all those things combined. It’s a much more optimistic movie, in a weird way, just because it’s Superman. The thing Chris brought to it in its early stages is that ability to take the mythology seriously. Don’t apologise for it. Fucking figure it out, make it work.”

For more with Zack Snyder talking Man of Steel purchase the latest issue of SFX Magazine.

Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Shannon as Zod.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Man of Steel movie hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Listen To Christian Bale Voice The Dark Knight Before Batman Begins From A Disney Anime Movie

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5435:]]Believe it or not, Christian Bale actually voiced the Dark Knight prior to Batman Begins.

Well, not actually Batman, but he used the same voice in the 2004 Disney anime movie Howl’s Moving Castle.

I believe when actors were being auditioned for Batman, writer David Goyer‘s choice was Jake Gyllenhaal, but director Christopher Nolan went with Christian Bale after hearing his take on the Caped Crusader.

Guess they can thank Disney.

Here’s a description of Howl’s Moving Castle:

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

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Sandy Hook Featured In The Dark Knight Rises As Strike Zone 1

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Seeing how we survived the Mayan Apocalypse, how about some more eerie and disturbing conspiracies to go along with it?

Previous to the release of the movie, Warner Bros. sent out a viral marketing package for The Dark Knight Rises to various entertainment news sites.

Among the contents was a map of Gotham City, with Bane’s targets clearly marked.

And among the targets happens to be “Strike Zone 1” with Sandy Hook listed. In the movie, Gordon points his finger at the map at Sandy Hook as well.

Where does Sandy Hook come from? I think it originated in Frank Miller’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” a book which also featured – a movie theater shooting.

It’s also pointed out that “Aurora” is featured in the Sky Fall preview that preceded The Dark Knight Rises, leading to speculation that the James Holmes Aurora Shooting is somehow connected. James Bond “OO7” (Double O 7) is said to mean “Two Ball Cane” aka “Tubal-Cain.”

Conspiracy theorists also point out that Neo’s passport in the Matrix expired on 9/11/01, another Warner Bros. movie.

Have you also heard the one about the Warner Bros. tower really being a “Spirit Bottle?”

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The All-Seeing eye is also featured prominently in the map:

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50 Similar Images In The Dark Knight Trilogy; Awesome The Dark Knight Rises Full Circle Image Gallery

Check out almost 50 similar themed images from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Bane uses a similar method as Batman to extract his target.

About twenty minutes in to TDKR/TDK, Alfred walks down a hallway…

…tray in hand, disappointed look on his face…

…upon seeing Bruce’s bed is empty.

A few shots later, he enters a secret doorway…

…into the Batcave/Bat bunker and finds Bruce at his computer.

Returning to this shot, Alfred plans to serve Bruce the same “health drink” he downs in BEGINS.

Bruce’s first visit with Gordon…

Before Miranda Tate is revealed to be Talia al Ghul, she still echoes her father, Ra’s al Ghul, when speaking to Bruce.

Leaders of the League of the Shadows, Bane and Ra’s hold their jackets in a similar way.

Again, Talia echoing her father, Ra’s.

Over the shoulder shot, Bane and Joker grip the back of their victim’s neck, prepared to kill.

Batman surprises his targets in a similar fashion/shot.

Bruce wakes up (startled) in a prison.

Not so much a link between movies, but what I found to be a similar shot of Bruce bloodied…

…and a shot of his assailant looking from above.

Mayor Garcia needs to stay away from windows.

The League of Shadows blow a hole in Blackgate prison/Arkham Asylum…

…and set the prisoners free.

A Wayne Enterprises device is used as a weapon on Gotham City.

Older Bruce climbs out of the pit, younger Bruce falls into the well.

Bats burst out of the pit/well…

Jonathan Crane (aka Scarecrow) as a judge vs on the witness stand.

Gotham’s elite and Bruce fall through the ice.

Selina Kyle and Bruce start to eat during desparate times…

…only to give the fruit to a starving child.

For a third time, Talia echoes her father, Ra’s.

Mercenaries/prisoners prepared to kill…

…while their target prays/hopes to be rescued…

While it’s not in the heart, Talia stabs Batman while his back is turned. Again, echoing her father.

In each movie of the trilogy, somone thanks Batman…

…who refuses to accept it.

Batman always wants to know where something/someone is.

At the film’s climax, the victim is surprised when their plan doesn’t work (ie something doesn’t explode).

Talia and her father see their fate approaching…

Gordon and Rachel want to know who Batman really is.

And although he gives them a cryptic response…

Gordon at a memorial for a fallen hero.

John Blake and Bruce find the cave for the first time…..