Joker Impersonations

A user by the name of CiscoOreo has been uploading some pretty spot on Heath Ledger Joker impersonations. If you look away from the video and just listen to the audio, you’d think it was Heath himself. Pretty cool.

The interrogation:

Scars:

At the mob meeting:

Cher Not Catwoman

Well, I mentioned earlier last week that Cher was rumored to be cast as the next Catwoman. Fortunately, it looks like those casting rumors have been debunked! Warner Bros. representative has officially stated that “those casting rumors are untrue.” Thank goodness, watching an aged Catwoman purrring on the big screen in the final installation of Nolan’s Batman series would have NOT have been a prrrr-fect ending to a thus far perfect series of films.

I’ve already discussed a bit here why I think Catwoman should be passed on for another quality villain, but should Nolan decide to bring her back for a third time to the big screen then these would be my top 3 choices of actresses to play The Cat.

1. Angelina Jole. This one is a no-brainer. She looks perfect for the role and imagine how she would look in that Catwoman suit (no, not the disastrous Halle Berry version).

2. Eva Green. She played the nice girl turned naughty girl, Vesper Lynd, in 2006’s Casino Royale. She’s fresh and she’s young and I think Nolan would have a lot to work with should he pick Green.

3. Hilary Swank. Having won two academy awards, she’s definitely got the acting chomps to pull off the role as the expert burglar. She doesn’t have that sexy look of an Angelina Jolie, but she does scream female empowerment, which is what Catwoman is all about. If Nolan were to portray a Batman: Year One type Catwoman than I think Swank would fit the bill. 

Who do you guys think would be the perfect Catwoman?

Robin’s Big Date

Check out Robin (played by Justin Long aka the Mac guy in those I’m a Mac commercials) get cock blocked by Batman (played by Sam Rockwell of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind fame). This video went viral this past year (first appeared at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival) and only now I’ve stumbled across it!

Anyhow, it appears that they are planning a sequel to “Robin’s Big Date.” “We still want to do a sequel to that,” said Rockwell. “Someone wants to produce it. Somebody wants to give us some money to do it. It’s under wraps and top secret but there would be a few more superheroes and super-villains involved. And some dating prospects.” 

Cher Next Catwoman?

The Telegraph (UK Newspaper) reported yesterday that Christopher Nolan is seeking Cher to play Catwoman in the final installment of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, provisionally named The Caped Crusader. 

First of all, WTF. Cher? Are you out of your mind, Mr. Nolan, sir. Understandably your vision of the Batman universe thus far has been spot on. You’ve masterfully rebooted characters that Joel Schumacher so easily butchered in the 90’s. But Cher? According to the Telegraph, a studio exec has mentioned that Nolan would like Cher to portray Catwoman as a “vamp in her twilight years.” Even though I loved Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the though of Cher playing Catwoman is very hard to swallow. Please don’t fuck this up Warner Bros..

A more appropriate choice, would definitely have to be Angelina Jolie. It has already been reported that Ms. Pitt has inquired about the role and is very interested. Would Ms. Pitt make a great Selina Kyle? I think hell yeah. I think she would own that role.

Having said that, does the Nolan series really need Catwoman in the final film? Sure she brings name recognition but she’s been done so many times before, sometimes good (Michelle Pfeiffer) and sometimes horrible (Halle Berry). Nolan, how about you resurrect other worthy Batman villains. If you’re keen on having a female baddy then how about Harley Quinn? Or how about Hugo Strange or even Bane (Schumacher’s version = ewwww)?

Top 5 Movies of the Summer of 2008

As the Summer of 2008 comes to a close and all of the summer blockbusters have been released, I thought it would be a good time to dish out my top 5 list of the best movies from the Summer of 2008. What were YOUR favorite movies this summer?

1. The Dark Knight. This movie was so good, I can’t even explain it. It was a hundred time better than Batman Begins, and thats considering that Batman Begins was already a great movie. The acting was superb and the action was top-notch. Nearly every line said could belong on a T-Shirt. The Dark Knight brought a level of realism to the genre of comic book films that we have not seen in the past. Heath Ledger was insanely brilliant as the Joker. My only complaint for this film, and it is a minimum one, was that Christian Bales Batman voice was a bit overdone. 

2. Wall-E. Wow, more than half of the movies soundtrack was simply robot sounds and yet moviegoers were intrigued at the story of Wall-E and EVE. Wall-E reminds of me of the classic cartoons of yesteryear were the animation would do the storytelling. An all around fantastic film with a moral that resonates in both children and adults. 

3. Iron Man. I have to admit that I had my doubts when Robert Downey, Jr. was initially announced as Tony Starks. Seeing the movie smashed those doubts. Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark to perfection. And then the introduction of Nick Fury at the end, can you spell geekgasm?!

4. Wanted. In terms of camera tricks cinematography, this is the closest thing to the Matrix, since, well, the Matrix. Angelina Jolie was made for the role of Fox and James McAvoy was surprisingly good as mild mannered Wesley Allan Gibson. If you enjoyed this movie, do yourself a favor and check out the original graphic novel of the same title. 

5. Tropic Thunder. This Ben Stiller directed action comedy flick crosses every boundary of what comedy should be. If you’re easily offended, conservative or somewhat squeamish than this movie will probably make you hate Stiller with a passion. If you are able to enjoy the degradation of others at the expense of someone else while understanding that the movie is a complete satire of nearly every respected action, comedy, and drama flick of the 80’s and 90’s, then it is a must see. 

Top 5 Comic Book Movies of All Time

This has been the summer of some very huge blockbusters, many of which were films with comic book origins. Who would have imagined that in 2008 we would see an Iron Man, Hulk and Batman movie all in the same summer.

Here, I break down for you what I think are the top 5 greatest comic book movie adaptations. I’m sure that some of you might argue that the Superman (1978) should have been on the list or that X2 should have made the cut. This is just one man’s opinions.

1) The Dark Knight (2008)

If you didn’t like this movie then you have to either be blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. The Dark Knight is now the movie that all other comic book movies will be compared to. Christopher Nolan was a brilliant choice for director, and the best choice to progress from the previously campier incarnations in the Batman franchise. But let’s not kid ourselves here, Heath Ledger stole the show and churned out the best performance. He was the Joker that we have been waiting for. Forget Jack Nicholson, Jack’s Joker has got nothing on Heath’s Joker.

 

2) Iron Man (2008)

If not for The Dark Knight, Iron Man would have gone down as the best summer 2008 movie. It was everything a comic book movie should be, action packed and filled with smart humor. Robert Downey Jr. portrayed billionaire arms dealer and playboy, Tony Stark, to the tee. Having fought his own demons in real life, Downey was a sure bet for the role. He brought a level of authenticity to the character that I don’t think audiences have seen before in a comic book film.

3) Sin City (2005)

Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City not only broke tradition by having duel directors but by being the first comic book movie (or simply movie for that matter) in recent memory to be shown [mostly] in black and white. Casting was another strong point for Sin City, Bruce Willis as Hartigan made complete sense and having Mickey Rourke as Marv was equivalent to the comic character stepping right out of the pages of the comic book. Much like 300, Sin City stuck to its comic book origins and looked and felt like the graphic novel it was based on.

4) 300 (2006)

More so than any other comic book film, 300 has to be considered the one that stayed most true to its comic origins. I’d say using the actual graphic novel as the storyboards worked out just fine. By filming entirely in green screen, the filmmakers were able to create sceneries that were epic and grandeouos in scale. Extra kudos to the cast for killing themselves in order to achieve the 300 look and feel.

5) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 is in my opinion the best out of the three films in the Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi mixed in the right amount of humor to compliment the web-slinging action. The scene where Peter sings-a-long to Singing In The Rain was such a scene stealer. Doc Ock made for a fantastic villain, and one that the audience could actually sort of feel for. I did not really care for Willem Dafoe but Alfred Molina made for the perfect Otto Octavious. 

How does your top 5 looks?