It’s about bat-time but not a moment too soon! I can still remember being delighted and terrified by reruns of the 1966 Batman TV series, from the age of four onwards. From 10th November 2014 it will at last go on sale for Batman’s 75th anniversary, with the original film prints presented in high definition, Blu-Ray™ glory.
At the dawn of colour television, producer William Dozier adapted Bob Kane’s superhero comic in an intentionally vivid manner, from the rainbow colours of costumes, props and lighting to dramatic camera work and the lush physical texture of everything in vision. The adventures of Batman and Robin were presented in comedic fashion but without a laugh track – this final touch gave the show its signature feel.
Because a film studio brought Batman to telly, an army of Hollywood film stars were at hand. Each celebrity ‘did a turn,’ taking the campy spirit of the programme very much to heart. This luxury would also keep the programme off shelves for decades, mired in conflicts with actors’ contracts and studio ownership. Now all differences have been resolved and the wait is over!
To celebrate the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past in Sky Store to Buy & Keep forever, Sky Studios at The O2, London has transformed into the ultimate interactive X-Men experience. You’ll have the chance to put your mutant powers to the test with a state-of-the-art augmented reality experience and get up close and personal to original props and costumes from the film.
You’ll also be able to film your own Sky News report from the Sky News HD Desk and present the X-Men headlines from major scenes in the latest film, then share it with your friends.
The event is free and runs until November 18th.
Visit www.sky.com/TheO2 for more information.
The Doctor Who Experience has undergone its very own regeneration and will reopen its doors on Friday 24 October 2014 from 12pm.
With a newly scripted adventure, written by Joe Lidster and featuring the Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.
After taking part in the interactive storyline, you will then be able to walk around the new look Doctor Who exhibition, hosting the single largest collection of Doctor Who props, sets and costumes, including the latest props from series 8.
Tickets can be booked here
After years of keeping schtum, Michael Keaton has finally spoken out about why he didn’t reprise his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever.
Keaton famously played the role in Tim Burton’s successful movies Batman and Batman returns. When asked in a recent interview why he turned down the $15million pay packet he simply said:
“Sucked. Yeah, it just was awful”
He later expanded saying:
“I hadn’t been stupid about it. I always knew it was a big machine with a big studio and corporation behind it. But the simple answer was, it wasn’t any good. I was nice. I said to them, ‘This is a really interesting character with a dual personality.’ I tried to make them understand. But when somebody says to you, ‘Does it have to be so dark?’… I thought, are we talking about the same character? So finally I just said no.”
I’m a big fan of the DC run of comics ‘Gotham Central’. So, I was excited when Fox announced they were producing a series based on a pre-Batman Gotham.
Gotham Central tells the tale of the ordinary police officers dealing with the extraordinary criminals.
Fox’s Gotham, isn’t Gotham Central. It isn’t even Manchester’s best Gotham Central tribute act.
The story focuses on rookie detective Jim Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock, as they investigate the murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne.
Now, the Wayne’s have never been properly explored in the Batman universe, so it would have been interesting to have seen them for longer than the opening three minutes.
Through out the episode the writers shoe-horn in every A-list villain from Batman lore. We get Catwoman, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, The Joker and The Penguin (just don’t call him The Penguin).
The penguin works for mob boss Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Cast members such as Ben McKenzie and Donal Louge are playing this as a 9pm crime drama, Jada Pinkett-Smith is playing it as a 4pm kids show. She overacts in every scene, coming across somewhat cartoonish in her portrayal.
Overall there are some stellar performances, McKenzie and Louge have great chemistry. The writers just need to tone a few things down. We don’t need Catwoman posing like a cat every time she’s on screen, we get it. She’s Catwoman.
Gotham airs 13 October at 9:00pm on Channel 5.
We now live in an age where classic films are being turned into series, we’ve had Fargo, Hannibal, The Bates Motel. Now, get ready for Big. Yes, that’s right. Big.
The rights to the classic Tom Hanks movie have been picked up by Fox.
The series will loosely be based on the film and “explore what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever”.
With the MCM expo fast approaching, I thought I would compile a handy guide to help you survive a London comic con.
1. Arrive Early
Parking fills up quickly and public transport gets exceedingly busy. I recommend arriving at 8:30AM and going for breakfast at a local restaurant. You’ll then have plenty of time to queue, before the doors open at 10AM.
This will also give you time to check out the schedule to see what you would want to do for the day.
2. Virtual queues
A lot of the big name (most expensive stars) will have a deli ticket style virtual queue. Hit all the big name stars first, then come back at your allocated time.
3. Go For Comfort
Wear Comfortable shoes and clothing – you will be doing a lot of walking, standing and sweating.
Even in the winter it will be exceedingly hot in the venue, so shorts are ideal.
Nobody likes a smelly fan, so double spray/roll the amount of deodorant you would normally, I’d also recommend carrying some in a back pack.
4. Take a backpack
Bring a small backpack for your snacks and memorabilia.
Also think about your phone battery too, a portable charger will set you back about £15.
5. Bring Your Own
Bring water and snacks with you. Con prices for food and drink are ridiculous.
I normally take three small bottles of water, a caffeinated drink, and a couple of bananas.
6. Schedule a Break
If you get tired, there are tables to sit at, but these fill up pretty quickly.
I recommend finding a pub a short walk from the venue.
The best way to make your time at a con enjoyable is to plan out a strategy on how to spend your day. Check out the timetable online before the event and mark what you really want to go. Also, make an alternate list in case you can’t get in or don’t want to wait in a long line. If you’re only going for one day – check the programs and find the booths/celebrities you would be most interested in and check those out first, then check out the other fun stuff.
Here is the first trailer from American Sniper.
The movie is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood and is based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan.
The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
American Sniper is out January 16th, 2015.
In which Martyn and Gerrod attempt to discuss, Robot of Sherwood, Listen, Time Heist and The Caretaker.
The conversation quickly turns to a discussion about sexism and racism in Doctor Who.
The lads then ask the ultimate question, should Steven Moffat, Moff-off?
The podcast version of The Minister of Chance proved that quality audio drama on a grand scale can be brought into being by the sheer force of the masses of us who want it to happen. If you haven’t heard it and you’re here on Bad Wilf reading this, go check it out and tidy the flat with your earbuds in and your heart soaring.
Fan favourites Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Paul Darrow and Tamsin Greig join class acts Julian Wadham, Jenny Agutter and Lauren Crace in a fascinating mix of cavalry and rocketry with a slightly darker tone than Doctor Who but with plenty of charm to match.
A short film – the saga’s introduction – was shot amid the gorgeous countryside and architecture of Britain and also made available for free, with donors getting a peek just a bit earlier.
Two nations brandish an odd mix of weaponry at each other in this world but the clearly more primitive nation in the struggle may not be as helpless as it seems. It’s in this pastoral nation of Tanto that The Minister of Chance parts the curtains of reality, revealing a shimmering ‘frost bridge’ into the unknown.
TODAY begins the Kickstarter to fund the first full episode. Why not tap a few credits into the hovering paypoint and take a seat by this bonfire? The tale told here will be thanks in part to you.