The Dark Knight


24 New Images of Heath Ledger as The Joker and Christian Bale as Batman From The Dark Knight

Surfacing on Reddit a couple days ago, new promotional images of Heath Ledger as The Joker and Christian Bale as Batman from The Dark Knight have made their way online.

Easily the best of The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Dark Knight saw tragedy strike when Heath Ledger was found dead during the film’s post-production.

The movie brought in over $1 billion at the box office with the subsequent release of The Dark Knight DVD shattering records across the globe. The Dark Knight was even the first movie to be released on a social networking site as a rental through Facebook.

While director Christopher Nolan made no reference to The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, it was said in the movie’s novel that The Joker may have escaped Arham Asylum and was not seen by Catwoman while she was confined inside Blackgate Prison.

It’s recently been rumored that The Joker may surface yet again in a Batman 2016 movie reboot, possibly based on the popular Batman Arkham Asylum video game, as well as connected to the upcoming Justice League movie.

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Batman 2016 Movie Reboot

Exclusive: Batman 2016 Movie Reboot To Feature Joker?; Based on Arkham Asylum; More on Green Lantern

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3116:]]Cosmic Book News first revealed plans of a Batman movie reboot to happen in 2016; it was said to feature a Batman in his second year of being a hero and tentatively titled “The Batman.”

Now our source, who previously gave us all the Justice League movie related news, has further supplied us with more possible news on the Batman 2016 reboot.

We’re told there are some “mumblings” around Warner Bros. that they may want the Batman reboot based on the popular Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, and that this would be set in the same world as the Justice League movie.

We’re told DC Entertainment have thought long and hard about having several different universes, but through the success of Marvel, have decided that it wouldn’t make sense to the audience and financially to have numerous actors playing the same roles year by year.

Regarding Green Lantern, we’re told they have yet to decide on their Green Lantern property as well, but are leaning towards a reboot with a new actor playing Hal Jordan (the Green Lantern in the Justice League) being introduced in Justice League movie as an already established hero.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3117:]]We”ll say while this is to be considered rumor, the source has previously provided us with information that has seemingly been verified, including the aforementioned Batman 2016 movie reboot as well as the news that the new Zack Snyer Superman movie starring Henry Cavill, Man of Steel, will launch a new DC shared movie universe.

Now if the rumor is true and Warner Bros. does indeed go forth with a new Batman movie based on Arkham Asylum, that brings with it some rather interesting questions.

First off all, the obvious inclusion of the Joker. This would certainly bring up reference to Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. So would Warner Bros. go with it? It could be said that the Joker is a Batman villain, the Batman villain, in addition, the Nolan-verse was its own thing and is over. There is also the fact the added hype having the Joker “come back” would give to the movie. Interestingly enough, the Joker is to make his first appearance in the new DC comic books next month by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. We already know the Man of Steel movie executives have a hand in the Superman comic books, so it’s not that far of a stretch to think the same about the New 52 Batman.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3118:]]Another – perhaps – issue would be the use of Bane following The Dark Knight Rises. Bane was also featured in Arkham Asylum, as the Joker attempted to create an army of Bane-like thugs as well as using a chemical based off “Venom,” which gives Bane his super-strength. However, in Arkham Asylum this version of Bane is more like his comic book counter-part compared to the Tom Hardy version. So could we see the comic book Bane hit the big screen in 2016?

The video game does include a vast number of Batman villains, some of which could be written out of the Batman 2016 movie reboot, but from the sounds of it, the Joker would have to stay.


Star Trek 2 “Not Making Batman” Says Chris Pine


I believe this is the second reference as of late someone from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 camp has made in regards to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

We still don’t know the official title of the Star Trek sequel, with writer Damon Lindelof previously stating they will be going a similar route to how the latest Batman films did with not having sequential numbering.

What won’t be similar to Nolan’s films is the direction of Part 2, meaning a grittier and darker version compared to the first — Ã  la The Dark Knight and Batman Begins.

“We’re not making Batman. That’s not our deal,” Chris Pine told Total Film Magazine.

The 2009 Star Trek – which followed Batman Begins – was noted for having comedic elements, such as the swelling scene with Kirk’s allergic reaction, and that is something that is carrying over to the sequel.

“There’s comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there’s some serious issues being dealt with. And I’d say the threat is even greater in this one,” Pine said.


Pine continues, noting how action-oriented Star Trek 2 will be and more on that “greater threat.”

“The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It’s relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you’d never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It’s a really big story – I can’t hype it enough!”

Chris Pine is also currently filming Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, with Kevin Costner, which we just saw a first look at earlier.

The as-of-yet unnamed Star Trek sequel has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.

Warp on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Trek Movie Hub for more news.


Leonardo DiCaprio Was Wanted For Riddler; Did Christian Bale Say No?

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1920:]]A couple interesting stories to come out recently surrounding Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and The Dark Knight Trilogy movies.

Perhaps related, perhaps not.

We learn that Warner Bros. initially wanted Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain in the role of the Riddler following the success of the Dark Knight and told writer David Goyer and director Christopher Nolan as much.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via WhatCulture), Goyer says that WB told them, “Obviously it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio.”

As WhatCulture notes, this was around the same time DiCaprio was up for the role in Nolan’s Inception. And we do know that Nolan likes to use actors that he has worked with in the past. The Dark Knight Rises and the cast of Inception share the likes of Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine.

But no Leonardo Di CaPrio.

The reason why?

Well, according to Christian Bale’s publicist, in a new tell-all biography (unauthorized, I assume), Christian Bale – The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, Bale despises Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio. The name burned Christian like a branding iron,” Cheung writes (via Digital Spy).

The book states that Bale lost roles in This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Titanic.

And Bale beat out DiCaprio for the part in American Psycho.

So could Christian Bale have said no to having Leonardo Di Caprio as the Riddler in the third Batman movie due to some heated rivalry between the two?

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Dark Knight Rises Movie Hub for even more news, trailers and images.


The Avengers (2012): Tracking Stronger Than The Dark Knight, Hunger Games

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1436:]]The Avengers may land the biggest super hero movie debut ever when it finally opens domestically on May 4th.

Seems all the promotion and buzz for the Assemblers may pay off for Disney as The Avengers is tracking better than the $500 million movie, The Dark Knight, as well as better than the insanely popular The Hunger Games.

We previously heard mention that The Avengers was tracking to open around $125+ million for its opening weekend, but with the movie tracking as good or better than The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games, would mean Joss Whedon’s Marvel Studios movie would bring in $150+ Million.

In July of 2008, The Dark Knight brought in $158.4 million, with The Hunger Games at $152.5 million just a few weeks ago. And this would also see Whedon scoring the highest of any Marvel movie, with Iron Man 2 having a $128.1 million premiere.

The Hollywood Reporter gives us some insider tracking figures:

According to first tracking, unaided awareness in Avengers is 13 percent, compared with 10 percent for Dark Knight and 11 percent for Hunger Games; first choice is 23 percent, tying with Hunger Games and higher than the 19 percent for Dark Knight.

Total awareness is 85 percent, compared with 76 percent for Dark Knight and 74 percent for Hunger Games; definite interest is 61 percent, versus 62 percent for Dark Knight and 54 percent for Hunger Games.

The interest among males in Avengers is surging, though females are likewise expressing more interest than they did in Dark Knight.

Also worth mentioning is just how late The Avengers opens in the U.S., and how the buzz is only continuing and building. The movie has already had its world premiere, a Brazillian premiere and a few other screenings with an International release date of April 27th. Spoilers have already hit the net; however, this seems to only have created further buzz.

And personally speaking – as of right now – I’m definitely looking forward to The Avengers more than The Dark Knight Rises, Amazing Spider-Man or any other movie this Summer. Of course that could change once WB starts promoting TDKR more.

The Avengers assembles May 4th, 2012 and is directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.


Hunger Games Earns $19.7 Million; Sets Record For Non-Sequel Midnight Opening

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1030:]]Hunger Games kicked all kinds of you-know-what at the box office last night as the movie saw $19.7 Million for its midnight debut.

This makes Hunger Games the highest grossing midnight screening – ever – for a non-sequel, and seventh overall behind the Twilight and Harry Potter movies.

The film even managed to out perform Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which garnished $18 million for its midnight opening.

Hunger Games opened at 2,500 plus theaters last night, with over 4,100 today, and is estimated to bring in a three day gross of between $90 and $110 million.

Source: BoxOfficeMojo


Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for February 22, 2012

The DOC’s Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly “quick pick” of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)


batman the dark knight #6I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these five books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health begins with these top five titles of the week!

1.  Torso (Graphic Novel):  Originally published in 2000 from Image, Bendis‘ look at the true story of Elliot Ness’ chase of America’s first serial killer, gets the hardcover treatment through Marvel’s Icon imprint! This is true crime writing at it’s finest!

2.  Invincible Ultimate Collection #7:  Kirkman’s second biggest hit, and cosmic fans number one book, hits the shelves today! If you are a fan of anything good in comics — this ones for you! Sketches, comments and covers to every trade and issue, make this one massive book of cosmic goodness!

3.  American Vampire #24:  Travis vs. Skinner Sweet — in a brawl to the death! Need I say more! Snyder just keeps the good times rolling with this introspective look into the vampire hunter Travis’ past.

4.  The Dark Knight #6:  We all know how nasty Bane can be, but the DCnU Bane is bigger, badder and … smarter? It’s going to be a long night for Batman as he battles his biggest threat yet! David Finch’s cover is worth the price of admission alone!

5.  Dark Horse Presents #9:  This issue has everything to please any type of comic fan! You get a Mike Mignola Lobster Johnson story, an adapted version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The City In The Sea by Richard Corben and the debut of novelist, Caitlin R. Kiernan’s, Alabaster: Wolves! Throw in, one of my favorites, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne by Rich Johnston, and you have 80 pages of pure comic nirvana! Read the full review.


Hans Zimmer’s Music Score For The Dark Knight Heavily Influenced By French Musical


Now this is an interesting video that someone put together.

This seems to suggest that Hans Zimmer’s music score for The Dark Knight was heavily influenced by the French musical, Edit et Marcel.

The video starts of with the music to Edit et Marcel and then goes into Zimmer’s score.

Zimmer is also working on The Dark Knight Rises and came up with that famous chant that we can all be apart of.

Seems likely; check it out below.

Via io9

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Dark Knight Rises Movie Hub for even more news, trailers and images.