August 6, 1989 |
The Caped Crusader is a hit in the movie theaters - and on the streets of the city. All around town, people are spreading their wings and showing the spirit in clothing and accessories.
November 29, 1989 |
CBS Television has paid upward of $20 million for the television broadcast rights to Warner Bros.' megahit "Batman," sources said yesterday. Insiders said the blockbuster film could begin the first of several televised showings as early as May 1991. One source said the $20 million price tag comes with an escalator clause which could hike the price to about $30 million. CBS was not immediately avaiable for comment. To date, "Batman" has grossed $251 million in theatrical revenues and is the fastest selling videocassette in the country.
October 21, 2005 |
With Batman Begins, it looks as if the future of the Caped Crusader is in good hands. Director Christopher Nolan's first foray into the legend of the Dark Knight lends some grit to the franchise, which had become an over-the-top and downright cartoony take on Bob Kane's character. This turning point in Batman's theatrical portfolio (a sequel is planned for 2008) is only one of the many reasons to grab the DVD, which is full of great extras. "You couldn't pull it off properly unless you become a beast when you were inside of that suit," Christian Bale says in the special features.
July 18, 2008 |
Criminals are a "superstitious, cowardly lot," according to millionaire Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27, published in 1939. That's why he chose the bat as his costumed symbol. But in "The Dark Knight," things are more complicated in 21st century Gotham City, and director Christopher Nolan fine-tunes the character he created in 2005's "Batman Begins. " Gone is the childhood trauma of seeing his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne gunned down in cold blood. "The origin story is a very heavy story, but it very much binds you to the past," Nolan said.
August 6, 1989 |
That Batman is incredible. In two-plus hours of lavish Hollywood fantasy, the Caped Crusader takes care of what ails Gotham City, blurs the distinction between good and evil, and gets the girl besides. Now Batman - or, more accurately, Batman, the film that has grossed more than $200 million - is credited for reviving Prince's career as well. Faster than you can say "comeback," Prince, the funk visionary whose popularity had waned in recent years - has been vindicated by the marketplace, his status as pop idol restored.
July 29, 1989 |
Just as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom prompted Hollywood to come up with a new rating (PG-13) aimed at discouraging young patrons, Batman has sparked a change in the rating system in the land where it was made. British censors announced yesterday that the Board of Film Classification had employed a new rating category to inform parents that Batman was unsuitable for children under 12. Film board director James Ferman, who screened the film, said, "Some of it was very dark, unlike the television series or the comics I read as a boy. Jack Nicholson as the Joker is increasingly sadistic, and at one point he scars Jerry Hall's face with acid, which he thinks is a joke.
June 11, 1989 |
Batman, a superhero created by Bob Kane in 1939 and spoofed as the Caped Crusader in the 1964-66 television show, is about to become a 1989 movie star with the scheduled release of a new Batman movie on June 23. Although the movie was shot in London and the story is set in fictional Gotham City, area comic-book store owner Frank Link said Delaware County comic fans have been caught up in Batman fever for months. In fact, he said, comics featuring Batman have been selling at his three stores at more than 1,000 a month.
July 2, 1989 |
In the last week he has been analyzed by prominent psychiatrists, declared liable for the most pervasive syndrome since post-traumatic stress was found in returning Vietnam vets and has surprised a nation by earning $42 million in less than 72 hours. The diagnosis of Harvey Greenberg, professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, is that "it's reasonably clear that this poor bugger is reliving the catastrophic death of his parents. " That "poor bugger," for those two or three of you who have failed to guess the identity of our mystery guest, is Batman.
November 9, 1989 |
Word has it that Warner Home Video has a "making of the movie" video waiting in the wings for the day Batman (coming to cassette on Wednesday) needs another marketing push, in much the same way that the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies got extra mileage with their behind-the-scenes specials. Meanwhile, Bat-fans with a thirst for more about their favorite hero have someplace else to turn. Burbank Video, a marketing label for Viking Entertainment (818-843-2105), recently has released a compilation cassette called Batmania: From Comics to Screen (45 minutes, $19.95)
December 3, 1996 |
During a recent visit to Philadelphia, Umberto Eco sat in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel discussing modern literature, Batman, opera, American detective novels, political correctness, growing up in Mussolini's Italy, 17th-century philosophy and Mickey Mouse. That is an extraordinary range of topics for an hour's conversation, but Eco is no ordinary man. The energetic 64-year-old author teaches semiotics, the study of symbols, at the University of Bologna in northern Italy.