With DC's Caped Crusader celebrating his 80th birthday in 2019, we trace the secret history of Robin's egg-dropping gaffe.
One triumph of The Lego Batman Movie is its ability to simultaneously satirize and celebrate the legacy of the Dark Knight, a rich history spanning eight decades of comic books, TV shows, and, especially, films. From Will Arnett’s Christian Bale-inspired gravelly growl to callbacks to the 1940s serial, The Lego Batman Movie is overstuffed with cinematic references and inside jokes. The pilot immediately calls out the Joker, pointing out how his previous big-screen endeavors were thwarted by the Caped Crusaders, alluding to both 2008’s The Dark Knight and 1989’s Batman.
Bomb mishap - ‘The Dark Knight’ What should have happened: In a climactic scene of Chris Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, The Joker (Heath Ledger) casually walks away from the hospital, detonating the bombs he’s planted causing a huge explosion. - Best New Star Wars 7 Toys Gun vs Sword – ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ What should have happened: Indiana Jones faces off with the swordsman in an elaborate fight scene which culminates with Indy using his whip to disarm his foe. What actually happened: Harrison Ford was suffering from dysentery on the day of shooting, and was too sick to perform his stunt. He suggested “shooting the sucker” to director Steven Spielberg to save time and move on, and an iconic movie moment was born.
With ‘Suicide Squad’ out this week and the mixed reception it’s received, Jared Leto has revealed that many of The Joker’s scenes were cut from the final film. Here, it lists 22 scenes that were edited out of the final theatrical cut of the movie, despite a number of moments that featured heavily in the trailers. For example, there appears to be a lot of scenes contextualising characters and their backstories, such as alleged interview scenes with Boomerang offering his sexist and racist opinions (often to Katana, the character he develops a soft spot for), but, like a supposed moment referring to Slipknot as a serial rapist, these moments were cut from a hard-hitting, gritty version of a comic book story into a (debatable) funner, friendlier film.
After months of building hype — and renewed hope for the DC cinematic universe after the letdown of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — Suicide Squad storms theaters this weekend, bringing some of the comics’ baddest asses to the big screen for the first time. Considering this film is set in the aftermath of BvS and is a bridge to Justice League, there are a couple of familiar super friends also in the mix. With all these moving parts, we thought it would be helpful to put together a guide to the Squad (in order of appearance) so you’re clear on who’s who before heading to the cineplex.Related: Jared Leto’s New Joker PhotosThe Secret History of Harley QuinnPhotos From ‘Suicide Squad’ PremiereUp Close and Personal With ‘Suicide Squad’ Props(All photos via Warner Bros.)
‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ may not be released until 2017, but its star Will Arnett has teased fans over how the movie will play out, specifically why Bats is so moody and the confrontation with The Joker. Speaking recently to Entertainment Weekly, Arnett was keen to discuss what the spin-off to ‘The LEGO Movie’ will be about, focusing on what makes The Dark Knight so, ahem, dark. “What came out of ‘The LEGO Movie’ was the idea of, Batman’s the Dark Knight, so why is he so moody?
With San Diego Comic-Con only a week out, the hype is building for Suicide Squad. The DC-Warner Bros. joint, about the mismatched miscreants assembled for a mission no other superhero is crazy enough to take on, is the most anticipated film this year. And with the buzz comes the cool merchandise, starting with a series of statues from DC of the film’s star scoundrels. Here is your exclusive first look at the sculpt of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto), whose twisted love affair helps drive the plot of the film, which is due out Aug. 5. We also have a peek at some of the other Squaddies in statue form, all of which you can check out in person at DC’s Comic-Con booth while waiting for the Suicide Squad panel on July 23._______________All images courtesy of DC Collectibles.
Not only because we can’t wait to see how he tries to eclipse Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s portrayals as the iconic villain, but because of all that we’ve heard about how he prepared for the part. Warning: the gifts that Jared Leto bought for his peers aren’t for the faint-hearted. Jared Leto admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he sent used condoms and anal beads to his ‘Suicide Squad’ co-stars.
Prepare yourself for arguably the most bonkers fan theory regarding next year’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, as internet conspirators dream up a highly unlikely idea over who our main characters actually are. Total Spoilers have a huge essay (it’s thousands of words long) for members based on a bold theory about Ben Affleck’s Batman and Bruce Wayne, Jared Leto’s Joker, a featured baddie, and an appearance from Christian Bale, of all people. Firstly, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ will supposedly take place after Chris Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
Jared Leto on the cover of ‘Empire Magazine’ (Courtesy of Empire) In case the green hair, white makeup, and deranged smile weren’t evil-looking enough, the new cover of Empire Magazine reveals that Suicide Squad star Jared Leto will have “Joker” tattooed in giant letters across his stomach. The British monthly’s December issue goes deep on the movie — set to hit theaters next August — about a murders’ row of DC Comics villains who team up for a mission. The full-body portrait of Leto’s Joker is the obvious main attraction. Audiences have seen glimpses of this new version of Batman’s greatest foe before; when director David Ayer (Fury) tweeted the first photo of him in April, fans were split on this seemingly punk-flavored Clown Prince of Crime.