Tag: Christian Bale

JEALOUS? ME? OF COURSE I’M JEALOUS!!!

So today is a day off.
I’m pretty shattered after a very mixed weekend at work.
I’m looking forward to next weekend though as my shifts have fallen really great for the next two weeks.
I’m working Tues, Thurs, Fri this week and Weds, Fri, Sat next week, so I have an extra long weekend this weekend!
Can’t wait.

So, what to do today?
I don’t really have the energy for much to be honest.
I’ll have to do some prep work on my last two college units so I can get cracking on them but other than that, I’ll be doing a quick run to Tesco to have a look at the DVD releases for the day and to get dinner and then I’ll just be pottering around the house doing some cleaning.
I plan to have all that finished by mid afternoon so I can sit down with my feet up recharging the batteries for work tomorrow.

Anyway, I’ve just spent an hour having a flick through all the Comic-con reports and videos that have been springing up this week.
Comic-con is one place we’ll NEVER get to go to.
Even if we do have the finances, Ian is in no shape to be queuing through the night for a seat in Hall ‘H’ and he certainly is in no shape to be sitting in those chairs in Hall ‘H’ for hours on end. He’d be crippled after day 1!!
So, I’ll just have to make do with on-line videos and transcripts and photos.
Am I jealous?!!

Yes, of course I’m bloody jealous!!!!

Anyway, I managed to get my first glimpse of some Suicide Squad material.
From the looks of it, I was pretty lucky to get that!
The trailer that was specifically made to be shown at Comic-con and nowhere else, was leaked onto the internet.
It’s being pulled back again quite quickly!
The copy I saw was watchable and gave me a good idea of what we are in for and may I just say…… Jared Leto is literally going to rock as the Joker!!!

Looks like we already have a catch phrase.
‘I’m not going to kill you. I’m just gonna hurt you, really….. really…. baaad!!’

Anyway, this site’s video was still playable this morning so if you want to take a look just follow the link and click on the player.
You’ll have to sit through an obligatory advert first but you won’t be disappointed!!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/suicide-squad-trailer-leaks-watch-6051093

This film is not due for release until August NEXT year so we’ll be lucky to see any ‘officially’ release material until January.

So now I know how this film is going to feel.
It’s going to be a lot darker than Marvel and I wouldn’t expect anything less!!

Marvel is all good vs evil but DC as anyone will tell you, has the best villains so it’s going to be bad vs evil!!
And Joel Kinnaman is going to be trying to keep them all under control!!

I do just have to mention a little story I just read about Ben Afleck at Comic-con.
Obviously he was there to promote the new Batman vs Superman movie and he told the story of a surprise meeting with Christian Bale.
He stated…

“Before we started the movie I was getting my kid a Halloween costume. My son is really into Batman,” Affleck explained.

“We went to a costume store in Los Angeles… it was pretty empty. And I was in the aisle and I heard this ‘Oi!’, and I turned around, and it’s Christian Bale!

“And there he and I were, standing in the Batman section.”

“I said, ‘Do you have any tips?’,” Affleck recalled. “‘And he said: ‘Make sure you can piss in that suit.'”

Bale was also in the costume shop to buy his son a Batman suit, Affleck added: “He doesn’t just hang out [in the Batman aisle”.

I have to admit that made me chuckle. I would love to have been a fly on the wall in that store!

So, now I’ve had my fix for the day, I suppose I’d better get some work done!

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 1

Right, time to get cracking on the blog I wanted to spend some time on.
After seeing the remake of Robocop the other day and after all the recent reboots making it to the big screen, I felt inspired to see how some of my favourite characters have changed over the years.
Starting with the catalyst for the blog, Robocop.

Back in 1987 Robocop was a cool film.

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Even back then the humour was very tongue in cheek.
It didn’t take itself too seriously and it was actually pretty gruesome and brutal in places, particularly when Murphy is attacked.
Limbs being blown off by shotguns, people being shot to pieces by a malfuntioning ED209 and even a bad guy literally melting after getting covered in acid.

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What made the film though was Peter Weller as Robocop.

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He was brilliant.
We hadn’t seen anything like him before.

It stood the test of time quite nicely for a while and has even become a bit of a cult.
However, since computer animation and special effects have started to dramtically improve, Robocop has sadly been one of the casualties that just doesn’t stand up to that test of time anymore.

So! When it was announced that they were rebooting the franchise I was more than a little interested.
I limited myself to just a few images and the trailer before I went to see it so that nothing was spoiled.
I wasn’t dissapointed!

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The new Robocop is a brilliant homage to the the original.
Right down to the soundtrack.

Joel Kinnaman is fabulous as Alex Murphy/Robocop

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Although Robocop himself is brought a bit more up to date with a more tactical black look, there is the homage to the original silver suit at points throughout the movie.

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The new Robocop rides around on a sleek black bike.

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The new Robocop is not quite as ‘dark’ as the original and apart from ‘Samuel L Jacksons’ TV News show, they’ve dropped all the tongue in cheek humour as well.
The gore factor has been dropped but the violence is still there.
They’ve managed to get a little more shock factor into how far they go with turning Alex Murphy into Robocop and they’ve managed to get more of a sympathy vote for Alex Murphy this time round which actually gets you more on his side.
I’m glad that they dropped the ‘cops’ turning on him in this one too.

Final verdict.
Love both Robocops but the new film gets my vote and a hope that it does well enough to get a sequel.
I took my daughter to see it again this evening and her response was ‘Frickin Awesome!!’

Next on my hit list is Batman.

Forget the camp 60’s rubbish with Adam West, I’m talking movies.
It started in 1989 with the oddly cast Michael Keaton in the lead directed by Tim Burton.

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At the time, Michael Keaton was best known as a comedy actor and putting him into an action hero role was a bit of a surprise to most people but, surprisingly, he actually worked.
He had two outings as the caped crusader and he tackled ‘The Joker, The Penguin and Cat Woman’ until he hung the cape up.

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Keaton also had his Batmobile.

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It wasn’t until 1995 that we saw another incarnation of Batman.
Val Kilmer donned the cape and this time it was directed by Joel Shumacher.

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At the time, Val Kilmer was hot! Very hot!
He was a perfect Bruce Wayne but I always felt he was ‘trying too hard’ when it came to Batman himself.
He just didn’t look comfortable in the role.
He only had one outing as the caped crusader and tackled ‘The Riddler and Two Face’

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Jim Carrey was a perfect choice to play the Riddler but I’m afraid, as much as I like him, Tommy Lee Jones fell short of the mark as Two Face for me.
Batman also picked up a side kick in this one in the form of Robin,  played by Chris O’Donnell.

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He also had a Batmobile.

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The next outing was in 1997.
This time the always gorgeous George Clooney donned the cape and was also directed by Joel Shumacher.

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George was an effortless Bruce Wayne and if he’d been given the chance I believe his Batman could have been great.
Unfortunately he was buried under the immense over acting of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman as Mr Freeze and  Poison Ivy.

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He kept his sidekick, Robin, but he also picked up another sidekick in the form of Batgirl played by  Alicia Silverstone.

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By this time, they were getting very good with the moulded rubber suits but I think they went a step too far with the nipples!!
Clooney also only lasted for one outing but he too had a Batmobile.

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Up until now, all the movies kept their ‘Tim Burton’ esque feel.
They always had to have bigger and more colourful bad guys and way over the top story lines.
There was a long hiatus before anyone else took on the reigns.

In 2005, Christopher Nolan took on the project.
However, he made the decision to forget about all that came before and completely re-boot the franchise.
He took Batman back to his dark comic book days where Batman was actually a complete psycho!!
He had to be because the bad guys were completely schizo too!

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Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne was very suave and actually quite ruthless when it came down to decisions.
His Batman was perfect because we see him develop from the first bumbling outing, through all the uniform improvements right through to the final tactical look.

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Come to think of it, the new tactical Robocop looks very similar!!
It would seem I have a bit of a thing for moulded rubber suits!

Anyway, getting back on track.
Bale’s Batman was taken right back to the roots.
We see how he becomes Batman.
What happened in his past to make him the way he is.
He also had some awesome bad guys in the form of ‘The Joker, Two Face and Bane’

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Heath Ledger will forever be remembered for this role.
He never got to see how well the film did and what aclaim his portrayal of The Joker actually got.
Aaron Eckhart got a really grisly makeup job for Two Face and Tom Hardy ‘really’ bulked up to play Bane.

Of course, Bale also got a Batmobile, only now it was called ‘The Tumbler’!!

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Bale had three outings as the caped crusader.
They were a complete story arc and have, so far, been what most fans would class as ‘the difinitive’ Batman.

Verdict.
Bales Batman wins hands down.
If you’re going to have a Batmobile, have a Tumbler, ALWAYS have a Tumbler!!

I’m breaking this down into smaller blogs, I’ll be here until Xmas trying to do it all in one blog!!
The next blog will be Spiderman and Superman, when I have the time, so check back in.

GOOD BAT, BAD BAT

After the success of Man of Steel it has been announced that a long awaited fan wish is being fulfilled with a Superman vs Batman movie in 2015.

Henry Cavill will of course be reprising his well earned role as Superman but after Christian Bale gave up his role as Batman when his trilogy had finished, fans where left to wonder who would be re-cast in the role.

Today I have found out that Bale is rumoured to have been offered 32 million pounds to reprise the role he made his own!!!
I think he would be stupid to turn that down.

Anyway, if he doesn’t bite their hands off I know who would be a perfect Batman….. Karl Urban!

Frighteningly though, another name that has been thrown into the mix is Orlando Bloom.
God I hope not.
I couldn’t think of anyone worse!