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Val Kilmer: Number One With a Bullet?

kilmer kidman batman forever


Ever since Top Gun in 1986, Val Kilmer had been flirting with moviestardom.  While his costar became a megastar, A-list status eluded Kilmer for the better part of a decade.  In 1995, when Kilmer stepped into the Batsuit for Batman Forever, it seemed like that would finally change.  As we know now, things didn’t exactly go as planned for Kilmer and the Bat-franchise.  In the June 1995 issue of Movieline, the eccentric actor discussed his career choices and the possibility of a long and prosperous run as the Dark Knight.

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Starlog Magazine Archives: Batman: On Location in Gotham City


In 1989, Batman made his feature film debut more than a decade after Superman paved the way for the superhero genre.  After spending years in development hell, Batman finally made his way to the big screen.  In issue #142, Starlog offered its readers an exclusive look behind the scenes.

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Readers Rank the Batman Movies

Batman Posters

For the last couple of weeks, we have been looking back at Batman and Superman movies of the past.  After ranking the movies starring Batman from worst to first, I asked readers to do the same.  Usually, the reader rankings are pretty close to my own.  But we’ve got some big differences this time.  Overall, the votes were spread out more than usual reflecting a general lack of consensus.

Let’s take a look at how the readers ranked the Batman movies.
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Superhero Smackdown: Batman Vs. Superman

Batman V Superman

At long last, Batman and Superman are finally sharing the silver screen.  Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice finds the two heroes at cross purposes.  If you want to see how that plays out, you’ll have to see the movie.  Or you could just watch the trailer and assume that they team up with Wonder Woman to fight Doomsday and form the Justice League in the already-announced follow-up movies.  But where’s the fun in that?  Like most cinematic prize fights, this one will probably end inconclusively.  But that’s not how we roll here at Le Blog.  We’re having a Super Hero Smackdown which will end with a definitive victor.  Who will it be?  The Man of Steel or The Dark Knight?

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Starlog Magazine Archives: Tom Mankiewicz: From Bond to Batman

Coming out in April 1983, the 69th issue of Starlog magazine was not surprisingly all about Return of the Jedi.  But it contained an interview with screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz.  Mankiewicz had previously written or rewritten several Bond movies and was tapped by Richard Donner to rewrite Superman: The Movie.  In 1983, he had written a script for a Batman movie that would never be made.  He discussed details of the script with interviewer Lee Goldberg.

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Worst To First: Ranking the Batman Movies

Batman Actors

Next Friday, Superman and Batman will appear on the big screen for the first time.  Leading up to the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll be looking back at the cinematic history of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.  Last week, we ranked the Superman movies.  So now it’s Batman’s turn.

On the whole, Batman has fared better than Superman at the movies.  But overall, most of his movies still aren’t very good.

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Return to Chemistry Class

Chemical flasks and blackboard with formulas.

Every January, Movieline Magazine published their annual “sex” issue or as they sometimes called it their “more sex than usual” issue.  In the 1996 sex issue, Michael Atkinson looked at the sad state of on screen sexual chemistry and named some examples of when Hollywood got it right.


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Readers Rank the Batman Movie Villains

Batman Movie Villains

I recently ranked the Batman movie villains from worst to first.  At the end of the article, I gave you the chance to do your own rankings.  Here’s what readers came up with.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Batman Movie Villains

Batman Movie Villains

In the superhero genre, the Batman franchise stands out as one of the longest and most successful.  With seven movies since 1989 (not counting old movie serials, animated films or the sixties TV-show tie-in), the series has featured an array of colorful bad guys to challenge the Dark Knight.  In fact a common criticism of the series is that many of the movies belong to the villains while the hero disappears into the background of his own movie.  With the coming onslaught of movies set in the new DC cinematic universe, the floodgates have been opened on Batman villains.  Suicide Squad alone will feature several Arkham inmates.  Before that happens, let’s rank the Batman movie villains we have so far.

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Happy 64th Birthday Michael Keaton!

Let’s all wish Michael Keaton a happy 64th birthday!

Typically, I have been posting galleries for all the WTHH subjects on their birthdays.  But Keaton already has a gallery.  So rather than just repost it, I figured I’d do something a little different.  To celebrate Keaton’s birthday, here’s a look at the opening monologue from when Keaton hosted SNL last year and he briefly reprised his two most famous roles.

Anyone else get chills when Keaton said “It’s show time!”  Just me?  Okay fine.  If you haven’t gotten your Keaton fix, be sure to re-read What the Hell Happened to Michael Keaton.

Now I have 365 days to figure out how to celebrate Keaton’s 65th birthday…

Michael Keaton - Beetlejuice - 1988

Michael Keaton – Beetlejuice – 1988

Michael Keaton - Batman - 1989

Michael Keaton – Batman – 1989

Batman Vs Superman Trailer Leaked

BVS Trailer 2

The Batman Vs. Superman trailer leaked yesterday.  It’s being shut down all over the Internet.  If you haven’t gotten to see it yourself, I have a summary.

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Super Heroes of the Seventies

Legends of the Superheroes - full cast

It has been said that we are living in a Golden Age of super hero stories.  The genre is certainly experiencing a boom in popularity at the movies and on TV.  But the seventies were no slouch in the super hero department either.  Some of the seeds of our modern day super hero explosion were sown back in the 70’s.

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Movies of 1995 Bracket Game: Batman Forever Vs. GoldenEye

Batman Forever vs GoldenEye

We’re looking back at the movies from 1995.  What was hot twenty years ago?  Which movies dominated the awards?  And which movies have stood the test of time?  In the Movies of 1995 bracket game, we’re pitting 16 of the biggest and best-remembered movies of the year against each other.  Readers will vote until only one movie reigns supreme.

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