Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tom Hardy Responds to Fans Critical of Bane & The Dark Knight Rises!

I have to say, this film is quite the sign of the times..between the TONS of leaked set vids and pics and the actors actually addressing internet fans' issues...this is unheard of!

Personally, I think Hardy has to realize that Bane has only been mistreated and underused since his amazing debut back in the mid-1990s.  Dc never knew what to do with him and ever since he's been a thug or a mexian wrestler..its just insane.  We're all hopeful that his Bane lives up to the characters intelligence and brutality.

The below is taken from CineMovie

Tom Hardy was only joking when he said he "cries" after reading online comments at a recent press event in Los Angeles, but in all seriousness, he does take the negative feedback to heart. Against his friends advice, Tom Hardy reads online complaints regarding his role as Bane in the upcoming Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
"I do read comments and I cry. I can't cry for everybody."
The Warrior star told CineMovie, the Batman fans would've liked the onscreen Bane to be 400 pounds like the comic book character, but it seemed like an impossible feat for the English actor; "I'm like Dude!"

Before taking on the role of Bane in the Christopher Nolan Batman movie, Tom Hardy put his body through a 12-hour rigorous training regimen for Warrior as did his co-star Joel Edgerton.  To become the ex-Marine Tommy Conlon in the inspirational action drama directed by Gavin O'Connor, Tom put on muscle that put him at 179 pounds.  Afterwards, he increased his body mass and is now at his heaviest at 190 pounds for The Dark Knight Rises.

Hardy understands the fans love for their superhero icon and that whoever steps into any role related to that will be scrutinized.
"So many people love him. And when you step into that role - you are  going to fail. And be judged."
Hardy deals with it by "switching off" but he says he is human and its hard to ignore the blogosphere. Ultimately, his job is to be the "best person" he can be in bringing this revered character to life on screen.  Fans eventually will have to put their trust in him as an actor and in director Christopher Nolan.
"Just trust me. I trust Nolan.

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Buy your own Burton 1989 Batmobile on eBay for $640,000

Holy cow, Batman! The world's only fan-built turbine-powered Batmobile replica is now for sale on eBay. And it can be yours for a cool $640,000. Not exactly the cheapest wheels on the planet, but reasonable enough for a one-of-a-kind life-sized replica of the Caped Crusader's signature car. Plus, it's completely street legal. So you can cruise through the streets, and pretend you're Gotham City's crime-fighting billionaire.

It's the folks at Putsch Racing who took it upon themselves to build a real, working Batmobile based on the 1989 Batman movie by Tim Burton. Putsch Racing claims the Batmobile can drive just as well on highways as it does on city streets, the turbine engine is easy to operate, and "service intervals are actually less than that of normal production cars." The ride height of the car's cockpit? Adjustable — just like how it is in new Lamborghinis. Sweet.

The vehicle made its rounds at a variety of car shows, so there's a chance that you might have seen it before. And while it hasn't exactly been a clandestine effort on Putsch Racing's part, you still can't see the car up close and personal without making a "substantial deposit," and only if you're a potential buyer. If you're a Batman fan or a collector who has $640,000 to burn on a new car, then why not? All you need after getting the car is a cowl, a cape, and your very best Batman voice imitation as you shout, "To the Batmobile!"

story thanks to yahoo

Marvel ALMOST got Batman and Superman back in 1984!

This is the blog post from Jim Shooter, former Marvel big wig!

Sometime in February, 1984, my secretary (it was okay to say “secretary” in those days) the wonderful Lynn Cohen told me that Bill Sarnoff was on the phone. Not his secretary, Bill Sarnoff himself, holding for me.

Great Scott!

Bill Sarnoff was the Big Cheese, I forget his exact title, of the publishing arm of Warner Communications. Among the operations under his purview was DC Comics.

Bill introduced himself, as if that was necessary. What he wanted to talk about was licensing the publishing rights for all DC characters to Marvel Comics.

Holy hegemony, Billman!

Bill said, more or less, that Marvel seemed to be able to turn a substantial profit on publishing comics, as opposed to DC, which consistently lost money, a lot of money, and had for a long time. On the other hand, LCA (Licensing Corporation of America), Warner’s licensing arm did very well with the DC properties, while Marvel “didn’t seem to do much licensing.”

I guess the few million a year we made from licensing, mostly from Spider-Man, seemed paltry to him, what with the fortune that just their big four, Superman, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman brought in.

I told him I thought Marvel would be very interested, and that I would discuss it with Marvel’s President, Jim Galton.

So, I did. I told Galton about my conversation with Sarnoff. Galton said he’d give Sarnoff a call.

The next day, I went upstairs, poked my head into Galton’s office and asked whether he’d called Sarnoff and, if so, how that went?

Galton said he told Sarnoff we weren’t interested.

I was stunned. Why not?!

Galton said—and this is prima facie evidence of the fact that he missed Comic Books 101 in publishing school—since DC books weren’t selling, “those characters must not be any good.”

Great Krypton!

Trying not to sound too crazed, I explained that they were great characters and that the DC editorial people were, frankly, doing a pretty poor job with them. And that we could do better. A lot better.

I talked him into calling Sarnoff back and telling him we’d give it some thought.

I left his office with instructions to put together a business plan and present it to Joe Calamari, Executive V.P. of Business Affairs.

It took me about three days to put together a presentable plan.

The first part of the business plan was the publishing plan. I decided that we should launch with seven titles and build from there, if all went well. The titles were:


I projected that we would sell 39 million copies the first two years generating a pre-tax profit (gross revenues less cost of goods sold, royalties, staff, SG&A, etc.) of roughly $3,500,000.

That was huge money for a comic book publisher in 1984.

That was with just the original seven titles—no expansion of the line—though if we were doing that well, obviously, we’d add titles. Slowly and carefully, if I had anything to say about it.

I anticipated adding one editor, two assistants and one production person to start.

I presented the plan to Joe Calamari, as ordered. Here’s my cover memo:
Calamari enthusiastically endorsed my plan.

Galton was still skeptical. He thought my projections were crazy high. He sent the plan to the circulation department to review.

Somebody leaked. Rumors spread.

My first clue was when John Byrne showed up in my office one day with his cover for…
It wasn’t a sketch. It was a cover. Might even have been inked, I forget. I don’t have a copy of the thing, but I’ll bet Byrne still has the original. Somebody should ask him to display it on his site if he hasn’t already.

He had a story worked out, too, as I recall. He reallyreallyreally wanted to do Superman.

I think I remember Byrne telling me once that he had watched the first Superman movie over 1,100 times.


When the circulation department said they had completed their analysis of my plan, Galton called a meeting to discuss it. Besides Galton and me, Ed Shukin, V.P. of Circulation and Direct Sales Manager Carol Kalish were present. I don’t think Calamari was there. V.P. of Finance Barry Kaplan might have been.

Galton asked what Shukin’s take on my numbers was. Shukin said the numbers were “ridiculous.” Galton sort of smirked at me.

“We’ll do more than DOUBLE these numbers,” Shukin said.

Oh, my stars and garters!

And so, negotiations with Sarnoff began in earnest. I was a spectator at that point. The suits took over.


Very soon thereafter, First Comics launched a lawsuit against Marvel Comics and others, alleging anti-trust violations, among other things.

One test of anti-competitive market dominance is market share of 70% or more. At that time Marvel held a nearly 70% share, 69-point-something. DC was around 18%.

I think it’s safe to say that when you’re being sued under anti-trust laws, it’s a bad time to devour your largest competitor.

On the other hand, there is the “we-have-a-clue-and-they-don’t” or “superior acumen” defense. We considered arguing that defense and pressing on with the deal.

But, no. Ultimately, the suits and lawyers decided to play it safe and backed away from the DC deal.


P.S. First’s suit was nonsense. They alleged that we had flooded the market. Our actual increase in releases published during the “flood” year from the year before? Six. Six issues, not series. They alleged that we had used our dominance to fix prices with World Color Press to inflate their costs. In discovery, it came out that we were paying more than they were! (And that news made Galton and the print production people very peeved!) Etc.


I’ll write more about the First suit someday. Enough about that for now.

Net result, no SUPERMAN –First Marvel Issue! Too bad. It would have been fun

Monday, August 29, 2011

Secret Batman / Superman Movie In The Works: The Rumor Addressed

Ok, listen this has been floating around in fanboy dreams and on the net for years.  Of course we'd all love to see Bats and Supes on the big screen together and I wouldn't doubt this story on MovieWeb that says WB is trying (trying being the operative word) to get this together, but I'd be highly skeptical on this actually happening right now.  WB has put into development and trashed more Batman related films than we can count (ok, we could count them, but we're lazy).

Our Batman Live Merchandise Archive is up!

We've been adding slowly to the archive of Batman Live merchandise.  You can check it out on the site HERE

What Happened To The 2011 Hallmark Catwoman Ornament? We Have Answers...

Last year at San Diego Con Hallmark showed a preview of a 2011 Hallmark Catwoman Ornament.  It looked amazing and many of us collectors were looking forward to it.  This year the wishbook comes out..and no Catwoman.  Ok, so maybe she is one of those surprise in-store limited editions like Joker and Harley Quinn were the past two years?  Nope!  Our friends at Hallmark have given us the dish on where she is.  It seems that when they showed her last year they hadn't yet heard that the Dark Knight Rises would include Catwoman, so they pushed her back to 2012.  Look for her in Hallmark stores (and on this site) next year!

Batman Live: World Arena Tour Show Review & Pics!

UK based Legions of Gothamite Matt Felson attended the London Batman Live show on August 27th and although he couldn't smuggle in a real camera, he got some great cell phone pics for us!  Thanks to Matt for sharing his review.

After having waited several months since buying my ticket for 'Batman Live' today was finally the day I got to see the Show. The last few months have been full of worry and anticipation for the show as there facebook page and fan site have had fans posting mixed views on what the show would be like. I. like many others brought my tickets as soon as I heard about the show and tickets went on sale. Then within a month or so the first potential blow was dealt, An announcement was made to say the show was going to be mainly focused on the rise of Robin. Whiles some fans were outraged at this idea and contemplating refunding there tickets others were willing to wait and see and slowly the moans and complaints died down, But not for long! Next just a few months before the show was set to start the organisers announced that they would be holding open auditions to find the cast and again members of there facebook page began to complain that it had been left too late and rehearsals should have been well under way already. But again things calmed down and people waited with an open mind. Then just weeks before the show was set to open the Batmobile was revealed. This time it was more mixed reviews with some real love being shown for the new car but also alot of 'what the hell is that crap!' and 'It's not as good as the Tumbler.' But with my tickets now in hand I crossed my fingers and waited for the show to come to town.

On the 27th August I arrived at the O2 Arena, London, and was pleased to find a good selection of Batman merchandise on sale and for the the type of show it seemed the prices were quite reasonable too. Most of the T-Shirts were around £20, programmes £15 (which were well designed with lots of info and a fold-out 3D poster in the middle) Batman masks £8, kids Batman capes £10 as well as mug's, badge sets, keyring's, shopping bags, hoddie's and posters. Not to mention the 'Batman Live' carrier bag they put your purchases in which were really nice too.

After spending a large part of my monthly wage of merchandise I passed though the ticket barrier and headed for my seat. The first thing you're confronted by is a huge bat shaped video screen backdrop displaying a moonlit Gotham cityscape with skyscrapers on the stage in front of it. This all looks really good and on the build up to the start of the show the moon slowly rises high in the sky until it's lights down and the show begins!

Now I don't want to ruin the show for anyone who's going to see it so all i'll say are there are some bit's that are really well done and some bit's that were, well, not so well done.

Starting with the bad - I'm not sure why but during a scene with a young Bruce Wayne in they have a girl playing Bruce, I cant see why they used a girl other then to get a prepubescent high pitch voice but she looks and sounds like a girl which is a shame as it detracts from a powerful scene in the story. The whole first half is a little slow and there's a couple of scenes where acrobats come on (during the circus scene and the first time we see the Penguin) that are very similar to each other and whiles very well done and show some extremely skilful acrobats, don't add anything to the story and just feel like padding. Another downside was the Batmobile, The car itself I love, even if they do say it's more of a hover-car then a car which is a bit of a stretch of the imagination. But the downside of the Batmobile was that it was hardly used. It only come's on in the second half and only for a minute or two which is a real shame as they clearly put a lot of thought into designing it. The story is stretched a bit thin in places to allow them to bring in all the main baddies we know and love and i'm really glad we get to see the like of the Penguin, Two-face, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Harlequin, Scarecrow, Catwoman and the Joker but again it would have been nice if the first half was developed to include them all a bit more, as the Riddler, Scarcrow and Poison Ivy are hardly used. During some of the big fight scenes it seemed like the actors were fighting by numbers and it did come across a little slow in parts but as this show hasn't been out long i'm sure it'll get cleaner and quicker the more it's preformed.  Now my last gripe with the show is probably my biggest, there's no easy way to say this but it was . . . . . . . BATMAN! Now I cant decide if it was the actor or just the script but he just seemed to almost be a side character in the show and whiles on stage when other characters were acting he seemed to be a bit lost and not to sure where to stand or what to do with himself. My hope is that as this show runs and the actors get used to the performance Batman will get better but he still seems a little under used in the story which whiles it focuses on Robin could have included a bit more Batman.

Now for the good parts of which there were many. As I mentioned the bat shaped video screen back drop was excellent, allowing them to change scenes instantly. It was also put to good affect to show comic book pictures as parts of the story which really brought the whole show back to it's comic book roots as well as brining the comics to life. Now I don't know if it's possible for anyone to play the Joker badly as I think he has always been well played in all the film's he's been in by all the actors who have played him and the show carries on this tradition with a brilliant performance by the guy who was playing him along with Harlequin Two-face and Robin who all do a really good job. The second half of the show picks up the pace and brings in some classic moments that the audience clapped alone and cheered to. These included the unveiling of the Batmobile, Robin getting his suit and being named and the ever so funny, Batman and Robin run at the end.

Overall I've got to say I loved the show. There will be people out there who will go to see this expecting 'Batman Begins' and they'll be disappointed. You have to remember that this is a family show and whiles there are a couple of darker parts to the story in Arkham Asylum, most of this is aimed at adults AND children. The story and the style is probably more 'Batman Forever' but don't let that put you off as it's well worth a watch. Would I see it again? Yes. I think i'd leave it a month or 2 to see if they iron out a few of the minor problems but overall I really enjoyed it. A solid 8 out of 10 in my book.

Friday, August 26, 2011

ANOTHER Batman Magic Towel Set Is Released!

These just keep on comin'!  We just reported on a new set of three earlier this this one was found at the local Dollar Tree!

New Dollar Tree Batman Dishware Set!

Found these at the local Dollar Tree store.  Went back a few days later and all the sets were already gone, so check  your store today!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Product Spotlight: Hallmark Batman Ornaments 2011!

Product Spotlight: Hallmark Batman Ornaments 2011!


First, we're going to take a look at the "Batman Takes Flight" 2011 Hallmark Ornament.  The sculpt on this one far surpasses last year's Batman and the dynamic pose makes him great for display.

Here is a look at the great 1966 Hallmark Batmobile ornament!  It plays the ol' Bat theme too!  (Batteries are included).  The level of detail in the sculpt and paint applications is fantastic and definately beyond expectations.

Its great to have two ornament options from Hallmark this year.  They've really been noticing the fanbase and has even begun to produce San Diego Con exclusive ornaments the past two years, which is such a treat.

Hallmark ornaments have always been collectible..and the merging of Batman and Hallmark is a long-standing tradition.  These are a must-have for any serious collector or even casual fan.  We highly recommend picking these up this holiday season at your local Hallmark store!