December 19, 2011 |
Paramount Pictures' "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol" got off to a strong start at the box office this weekend — but how much of that had to do with the teaser for "The Dark Knight Rises" that played before the movie? The Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film, out this summer, is expected to be one of 2012's biggest box office draws — so hard-core fans might have rushed out to get an early glimpse of the Warner Bros.' superhero movie this weekend. Still, the teaser — dubbed a "prologue" — was playing on only about 40 of the 300 IMAX screens where "Mission" was playing this weekend, meaning it's unlikely the preview boosted the film's $13-million haul substantially.
July 25, 2012
DC Entertainment has asked retailers to delay the release of its comic book "Batman Inc. " No. 3 due to sensitivities in the wake of theColorado movie-theater shooting. The company behind Superman, Wonder Woman and"Watchmen" sent a letter to retailers requesting that they withhold the issue, which has already been printed and shipped with a scheduled Wednesday shelf date. "Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado, DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release of 'Batman Inc.' No. 3 for one month because the comic contains content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events," the letter stated.
July 9, 2012 |
For proof of income inequality in America, look no further than the take-home pay of Batman and Spider-Man . Bruce Wayne is a 1 percenter, with an estimated annual income of $102 million. And that excludes the potential extra riches to be had from stock options. Spider-Man, by contrast, can't afford a Batmobile. He's clinging to a modest $50,000-a-year salary - barely enough to cover his tuition at New York University. The figures come courtesy of a blogger at H&R Block and appear to have as much - or as little - basis in reality as the comic strips themselves.
July 3, 1988
So Michael Keaton has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne (Cinefile, by Leonard Klady, June 26)? He might have made a good Joker, but his comic style, which he seems unable to shake (but can amplify), has doomed this promised "serious" treatment of Bob Kane's character to the same tired, boring level of artificial "camp" that made the TV series a hit yet simultaneously doomed it to an early cancellation. The painful lesson of "Superman III"--when you don't treat venerable superheroes with respect the audience rejects the property--has been ignored in this cynical, opportunistic attempt to capitalize on the success of "Beetlejuice" (same director, same star)
July 31, 2012 |
Being the Dark Knight isn't easy on the body or soul. The job also weighs heavy on the wallet. The total cost of the Batman persona rings in at $682,451,350 -- and that doesn't include the $7-billion Wayne Enterprises, according to an infographic from MoneySupermarket.com Bruce Wayne's home, which had to be rebuilt to the tune of $600 million after being destroyed, requires $37,000 to run each year. He's got vehicles worth $80 million. The Tumbler vehicle alone, which is outfitted with front-mounted machine guns, GPS and has stealth and self-destruct capabilities, goes for $18 million.
March 11, 1989
The March 3 Video Review column refers to Warren Beatty's coming film about "Batman." Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson are starring in "Batman." Warren Beatty is "Dick Tracy." GUY APOLLO Los Angeles