«The most mysterious man in Gotham City wasn’t in a mask and cape.» Hulu has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Batman & Bill, which will premiere exclusively on Hulu starting early May. The documentary «unmasks» one of the greatest secrets in the comic industry — that Batman wasn’t created by Bob Kane alone, it was primarily Bill Finger who created the iconic superhero. This seems like a fascinating doc with plenty to offer for comic book fans, including inside stories and excellent art from the early days of Batman. It’s cool to see a doc like this that actually looks worth watching on Hulu. They’ve been collecting some of their own original docs recently, including a James Bond one called Becoming Bond. Take a look. ›››
Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not.
Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight? A new documentary explores why Finger was omitted from Batman’s history and only just recently started getting the credit that he’s due.
Watch the Batman and Bill trailer below.
As the trailer explains, though Bob Kane had the initial idea to create a superhero who was quite the opposite of DC Comics’ Big Blue Boy Scout known as Superman, all of the signature traits of Batman’s comic book adventures came from Bill Finger. Not only did Finger create Batman’s trademark design and draw his stories, he was responsible for creating some key pieces of The Caped Crusader’s mythology. Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City and much more were all added into Batman’s universe by Bill Finger.
Thankfully, since 2015, Bill Finger has started receiving prominent credit for his pivotal contributions to the creation of Batman, even appearing in the credits for Gotham and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and presumably anything associated with Batman from here on out.
But how does a man who is so integral to the creation of one of the most revered superheroes of all time get shoved to the side and almost forgotten by comic book history? That’s the story that Batman and Bill is setting out to tell, inspired by author Marc Tyler Nobleman‘s endeavor to make sure Bill Finger got credit for his work, which he chronicled in the book Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.
In addition to Nobleman, plenty of comic book historians, artists, Batman experts (like comic writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith) and more appear in the documentary to talk about this tragic tale of ignorance in the creation of Batman that went on for far too long.
Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.
Batman and Bill will be available to watch on Hulu on May 6.
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How will Black Widow deal with meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy? Who will voice Batman and Harley Quinn in the animated feature with the hero and villain? Will the Black Order be featured in Avengers: Infinity War? What does Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins think of Joss Whedon directing Batgirl? Which DCEU star did Tom Holland hope would end up playing Kraven in the MCU? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
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Catwoman beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in new Injustice 2 trailer
Following the bad guy-centric trailer released last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have debuted an all-Catwoman trailer for the upcoming Injustice 2. Check it out in the player below!
Developed by NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 offers the latest DC fighting game experience that expands on the previous title’s larger-than-life showdowns. Every battle defines you in a game where players personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. For the first time gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.
Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, and Deadshot. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.
Featuring a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017. You can pre-order your copy by clicking here.
Development of the first standalone Batman movie featuring Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight has been somewhat difficult recently. After being attached to helm the movie for months, Ben Affleck pulled out of the project as director and has since handed off duties to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves.
This change behind the scenes has created a production delay for The Batman (which still hasn’t been confirmed as the official title) as the script is being rewritten from scratch. This explains why previously announced star Joe Manganiello, who was meant to play the villain Deathstroke, no longer sounds very certain about his role in the movie.
Find out more about the lack of certainty in Joe Manganiello playing Deathstroke below.
The Batman development process has essentially started over now that Matt Reeves has been brought on as director, and that seems to have the role that Joe Manganiello was lined up to play last fall up in the air. The Magic Mike co-star recently talked to Pittsburgh Today Live (via Batman-News) while making the rounds to promote his voice work in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and in the interview, he was asked if he would be appearing in The Batman as Deathstroke. His response was not full of much confidence:
If you don’t have 10 seconds to spare for that video, Manganiello throws his hands up in the air in a somewhat half-heartedly defeated kind of way and says, “Um, maybe. We’ll see.” Indeed, it sounds like the state of The Batman is up in the air, and thus the actor doesn’t really know how involved he’ll be in the movie as it switches hands and moves towards production.
That doesn’t mean we won’t see the actor as Deathstroke in the DC Expanded Universe though. We know the actor went through costume tests very early on for the role, and there was even an indication that the character might have a role in Justice League. Therefore, Joe Manganiello could still end up being a force for Batman to reckon with on the big screen, even if he doesn’t end up being the primary villain in The Batman.
Right now there are so many details about The Batman up in the air, it’s hard to know what’s going on. With production delayed until sometime next year, it might be awhile before we hear any solid details on The Dark Knight front. In the meantime, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are trying to get another DCEU movie to join Aquaman in production before the year is out. But it remains to be seen if they can make it happen. As always, stay tuned.
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The Razzies used to be a fun way to make fun of bad movies, but more often than not they’ve become a way to turn high profile movies into easy targets, usually after critics have already bashed them to death. Even so, some people still like to see who ends up with these awards, and the 37th round of “winners” has been announced ahead of the Academy Awards tonight.
It should come as no surprise that the 2017 Razzie winners include a handful of trophies for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie became quite the punching bag on the internet and still sparks arguments to this day. Frankly, I’m not sure that the movie is worth this much hate, simply because it’s not downright terrible. Independence Day: Resurgence is a far worse movie and had an even worse screenplay. But the good news is that Batman v Superman wasn’t even deemed bad enough to take home worst picture. Find out which film landed the big prize after the jump.
It was the “documentary” Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party from political troll and felon Dinesh D’Souza that took home Worst Picture, and the film also rounded up three more wins, tying with Batman v Superman for four Razzies each. Regardless of Dinesh D’Souza is a convicted felon and a despicable troll. Anything he does is the worst, so I’m glad the Razzies reward this movie instead of Batman v Superman, which really isn’t awful, just misguided.
The one award that I think is truly out of place is giving Kristen Wiig the Worst Supporting Actress award for Zoolander No. 2. First of all, I’m a staunch defender of the sequel, because I think it accomplished exactly what it set out to do. It’s just as goofy as the first movie, and I don’t think it deserved so much hate. Even if you didn’t like it, Kristen Wiig is easily one of the best parts of the movie, so that award just doesn’t make sense here.
Anyway, here’s the video announcement of all the winners, including Dinesh D’Souza accepting his awards:
If you don’t want to watch, here’s the list of 2017 Razzie winners bolded among the other nominees:
WORST PICTURE Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Dirty Grandpa Gods of Egypt Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Independence Day: Resurgence Zoolander No. 2
WORST ACTOR Ben Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Robert de Niro / Dirty Grandpa Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2
WORST ACTRESS Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: Allegiant
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Julianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. 2
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR Nicolas Cage / Snowden Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. 2 Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Jared Leto / Suicide Squad Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2
WORST SCREEN COMBO Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / BOO! A Madea Halloween Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2
WORST DIRECTOR Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2
WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL Alice Through the Looking Glass Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice Fifty Shades of Black Independence Day: Resurgence Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Zoolander No. 2
WORST SCREENPLAY Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Dirty Grandpa Gods of Egypt Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Independence Day: Resurgence Suicide Squad
Barry L. Bumstead Award For A Movie That Cost A Lot And Lost A Lot — “Misconduct”
The Razzies Redeemer Award — Mel Gibson for “Hacksaw Ridge.”
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