Okay. It’s here, and considerably longer than I expected: the trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins. The game hits the shelves in the fall!
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‘Holy shit’ is all I can say to this teaser for the October 25th release of Batman: Arkham Origins, the effective prequel to the Arkham Asylum video game series. Although it’s not made by Rocksteady, like the previous two installments, Arkham Origins promises to satisfy all my Batman cravings at a time when ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’ is ended, and mere whispers of a Justice League film helmed by Nolan with Bale reach my ear. The best part of this teaser, though, is not the graphics or fighting sequence (or even the reveal that Deathstroke will be a villain) but that it promises a full-length trailer in just a few days. You know I’ll post it here the minute it’s available! Till then, this teaser will be enough.
"I’ve never really been asked to do [big tentpole blockbusters]. You look at what Christopher Nolan did with Batman, that’s like the meeting of the highest level of artistic skill & a kind of commerciality and appeal to a wide range of people which is what anybody would want. It’s kind of unparalleled actually, and they don’t come to me with those. And that’s alright."
Paul Thomas Anderson commending Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
Part 2 came out today. It was excellent: this reboot is darker and more mature for an animated superhero film, at least more than I thought they’d be. I still have to catch BATMAN: YEAR ONE, the first in the series.
This is a HIGHLY SPOILER-FILLED compilation video of The Dark Knight Trilogy in three minutes. Yes, three. Now, if you haven’t seen the entirety of all three films, DO NOT watch this. I post it here because it’s an incredible compilation.
Here’s an excellent article, courtesy of Mark Hughes at Forbes, explaining why Joseph Gordon-Levitt almost assuredly won’t portray Batman in the upcoming WB Justice League film and why he will have nothing to do with the Batman reboot whatsoever.
A giant “Bane” Capital puppet at Occupy Wall Street in NYC. From HuffPo:
Mitt Romney former employer Bain Capital was being personified on Thursday as a 13-foot-tall puppet-villain. Labor group United New York and the Occupy Wall Street Puppet Guild paraded their “Bain Capital Job Destroyer” opus in front of 590 Madison Avenue in New York City, the skyscraper home to one of Bain Capital’s offices. The veined figure, operated by puppeteer Conor Landenberger, had the metal mouthpiece of the Batman villain Bane, as well as a mechanical device attached to his shoulders that “measured” outsourcing.
I just think it’s funny there exists an “Occupy Wall Street Puppet Guild.” Hipsters.
The studio is expected to accelerate development of a planned “Justice League” movie that would join Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and other characters, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Warner hopes to shoot the film next year and release it in the summer of 2015. The studio already has a “Justice League” script in the works. Next it needs to attach a director and then cast the lead roles.
Well, it’s official. It better not suck, that’s all I care about.
I don’t know if this is fan-made or official, but it would look phenomenal on my wall….
UPDATE: It is fan-made, by artist Messenjahmatt. Check out that link for more awesome posters inspired by THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.