The VFX Wizard Behind Ghostbusters Explains Why Practical Effects Rock

John Bruno is a legend in the world of visual effects, having worked on the first Ghostbusters, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Batman Returns and countless other films. And even though he helped pioneer computer-generated effects in T2 and The Abyss, he still believes practical effects are usually better. Here's why. » 8/12/14 3:40pm 8/12/14 3:40pm

Batman Returns concept art reveals unused penguins armed with buzzsaws…

In Tim Burton's Batman Returns, the Penguin outfitted his feathered minions with rocket packs so they might bomb Gotham City. But in Tim Flattery's concept art for the film, the penguins were multi-talents, wearing not just rocket packs but also buzzsaws, grenades, and extending boxing gloves. » 2/24/13 7:30am 2/24/13 7:30am

How Michael Keaton knew it was time to get out of the Batman movies

Michael Keaton tells the L.A. Times that he wasn't as happy with Batman Returns as with his first Batman movie. And then he had second thoughts about doing a third movie. Here's why: » 5/13/11 4:30pm 5/13/11 4:30pm

Why Can't Movie Superheroes Save The World?

James Bond saves the world sometimes. So does Captain Kirk. But at least in the movies, superheroes don't - they're too busy fighting personal spats. Here's why superheroes on the big screen should save the damn world now and then. » 5/10/10 5:17pm 5/10/10 5:17pm

When you look at it this way, a progression becomes pretty obvious — in…

Comic-Book Costumes That Actually Look Good In Movies

The biggest miracle about Iron Man 2 so far is that Black Widow's skintight jumpsuit looks decent. Often, superhero costumes from comics are just ridiculous on the big screen. Here are 10 other comic-to-movie costume translations that actually work. » 3/12/10 2:00pm 3/12/10 2:00pm

Remembering Burton's Batmania, 20 Years Later

It was 20 years ago this week that Tim Burton's Batman was released, changing the face of summer blockbusters, superhero movies and even breakfast cereal forever (Okay, maybe not that last one). Perhaps it's time to relive some Batmania...? » 6/21/09 12:00pm 6/21/09 12:00pm

Batmania - The Sequels

As the cliche (doesn't) go: Where there's the box office smoke, there's going to be sequel fire, and Batman's box office breaking lead to three follow-ups that pretty much define that whole The Good, The Bad and The Ugly idea. » 6/21/09 12:00pm 6/21/09 12:00pm

Batmania - The Aftermath

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Arguably, Burton's movie didn't influence the comics directly as much as give them even more reason to pursue the dark, Frank Miller route they were already taking (Although 1992's "Destroyer" storyline recreated Gotham City using Anton Furst's production designs for the architecture of the movie, probably… » 6/21/09 12:00pm 6/21/09 12:00pm

Batmania - The Movie

Even before Tim Burton took the director's chair of Batman in 1986, the movie seemed troubled, if not just outright unlikely to ever happen. A Batman movie had been in development since 1980, following the success of Richard Donner's Superman The Movie and Superman II, with various writers - including comic writer… » 6/21/09 12:00pm 6/21/09 12:00pm

Catwoman Pleather Suit Sold For 8K, Woman Sold Separately

Michelle Pfeiffer's slinky Catwoman costume from Batman Returns sold for $8,260, which sounds surprisingly small. Why would someone need this suit? Pfeiffer isn't in it. Seems like a terrible mistake waiting to happen. [ScifiWire] » 5/12/09 9:30am 5/12/09 9:30am

The Hulk's Survival Depends On Smashing Maxwell Smart

The Incredible Hulk easily crushed the competition at the box office over the weekend, but you'll have to wait another week to see if it's a massive hit. The new Hulk movie took in $55.8 million, less than the $71 million (adjusted for inflation) that Ang Lee's Hulk took in in its opening weekend. The Lee Hulk left a… » 6/16/08 11:20am 6/16/08 11:20am