Play Arts Kai – New Catwoman and Joker Figures

Comics, Left Field


Play Arts Kai is a company owned and operated by video game producer Square Enix. They often collaborate with other companies to create incredibly detailed and extremely articulated figures utilizing licenses from those other games along with characters from their own rich game catalog. Back in the day the only high quality figures you could get came from McFarlane Studios but nowadays many companies including Play Arts Kai and Hot Toys find their names among the quality figure and collectible market’s most notable.

Most recently Play Arts Kai has released images for new Joker and Catwoman figures based on the Christopher Nolan films. While slightly stylized they completely retain the look of the characters while adding their own subtle nuances. You can expect these to be available for purchase in July of 2013.


Sir Michael Caine Created His Own Backstory for Alfred


Sir Michael Caine himself was interviewed recently about his character Alfred from The Dark Knight Trilogy and apparently he had created his own backstory for how Alfred got to where he is. I love stuff like this and it’s an interesting look at not just the character but the process of the actor in creating who he is portraying and giving him a history and motivations with which to impact his emotions and mindset. Check it out.

An Honest Trailer for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’


Those funny people over at Screen Junkies are back with another in their long line of hilarious ‘Honest’ Trailers. this time it is for The Dark Knight Rises. This film is out for purchase today and is of course the finale to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. There was a lot of make fun of with this film. Let’s see what the Screen Junkies crew had to say shall we.

Batman News ‘as I heard it’


joseph gordon levitt as batman

So I guess there’s this guy, George Gordon Levi.  I think he was the kid from that show 30 Rock from the Sun.  I haven’t seen him since Inception Horn, but apparently he worked on one of the new Christopher Nolan versions of the Batman movies.  Christopher Nolan also did The Illusionist.  Maybe it was The edward norton smiley facePrestige.  I can’t remember which one he did and I can’t be bothered to Google it, but it was the one with Christian (“Swear to me!”) Bale and not Edward “Not Ben Affleck” Norton.


Where was I?  Something about the Hulk…no, I remember.  So Christian Bale was Batman for three movies and I heard at the end of the third one, George Gordon (not commissioner Gordon, that was Gary “I can’t believe that’s GarTotally Gary Oldmany Oldman” Oldman) is supposed to do something and someone says something like, “What’s your name??” and he’s like “Robin”.  I sort of missed the context of this comment, but I think it has relevancy.  You see, there were some rumors that Gordon Levi would be Batman in the Justice League movie, which is apparently being made.  So the connection with Gordie and Batman is that his name was “Robin”, like that means something.  Robin’s name wasn’t even Robin, it was something like Dick, or Master.  In either case, Robin was more like a stage name.  Forgive me if some of my facts are fuzzy, I was always more of a Marvel guy.


Now, the rumors were that Levi would be Batman, Does this look like the face of a Batman?but it seems to me more plausible that the rumors should be that he would portray Robin.  Whatever, the internet says he’s going to be Batman.  But then Geordie’s people say that he’s not going to be Batman, and I believed it.  But then I Now that's the look of a, on a website with a way higher page rank than, that Geordi would be the next Batman.  I don’t know who to trust, some well ranked website (compared to fizmarble) or the people directly NOT involved with the new Justice League movie.

There may have been more to the story, but I was only half listening.

No Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman in The Justice League

Comics, Movies/TV

I didn’t want to write about this because honestly it just seemed dumb to me be it news or not but it’s denouncement makes it an easier pill to swallow. Rumor was going around yesterday via some well respected movie news sites that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in talks to be involved in the upcoming Justice League film as Batman potentially. While Christopher Nolan has parted ways after completing his Batman trilogy, Levitt was signed to a Warner Bros. contract and could have potentially taken the role if both parties decided to go that route. For all intents and purposes Levitt was Robin in The Dark Knight Rises as if he took on the Batman role in The Justice League it would be a non Bruce Wayne, Batman. That’s dumb. If DC is wanting to get things rolling in a positive way that would have been a horrible first step.

Representatives of Levitt said via today that this is definitely not going to happen and that it was a case of a rumor becoming more than it is. I like Levitt but he would not be my pick for Batman and his inclusion would only distract from whatever new vision and path they want to take with the JLA team. So for now there is nothing too solid to report on this film other than speculative conjecture and wishful thinking.

Behind the Scenes Clips from the Dark Knight Rises Blu Ray


The Dark Knight Rises will be out for purchase and download on December 4th. You can expect the Blu Ray to be packed with bonus features. Here are two clips fro those bonus features dealing with the visual effects and the overall work and ideas that went into making this film.

A Look at Concept Art for Bane’s Mask in The Dark Knight Rises

Comics, Movies/TV

A lot has been said about The Dark Knight Rises, Bane, his look and Tom Hardy’s performance. Some poisitives but many more negatives. I’m not too big a fan of the final film but I appreciate what Nolan has done in this alternative take on the Batman mythos. As with any translation from one genre to the next there will be people unhappy with the decisions of look and character or choice in actor and so on. A lot of people didn’t like Bane’s translation from comic to film. He’s not big enough. It doesn’t look anything like him. Blah Blah Blah. We got a different take on a known creation just like all the characters in these films. We got the mask in the photo above but below you can see other ideas that may have been along with the design for the scars Bane sports that we never get a really good look at.

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The Dark Knight Rises Blu Ray/DVD & Batman Trilogy Announced

Comics, Movies/TV

The Dark Knight Rises will hit shelves in Blu Ray and DVD form in December. Below is the full press release with all the specs, bells and whistles.

“The Dark Knight Rises” arrives this holiday season onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on December 4 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. In the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Gotham City is threatened by the masked terrorist Bane, forcing Batman to return from an eight-year absence and fight for his city one more time.

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Bane’s Voice Before & After


Back in December of last year the first 6 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises were attached to the IMAX release of Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol. This was similar to what had been done with Nolan’s The Dark Knight. In those 6 minutes we got our introduction to Bane and the confusion of trying to understand what the hell he was saying.

His choice of voice coupled with the effects used on it made his words nearly indechiperable. Critics and fans voiced (clearly and audibley) their displeasure and worry over how it would be to listen to him like this for the entire movie. Christopher Nolan responded saying he how he wanted to respect the performance and engage the audience. Not just pushing things at them but allowing to participate. He said that he would not significantly alter the dialogue and that was that.

Well rumor of Warner Bros. being scared to death at leaving it as is was valid and some form of pressure or an agreement were made to fix it so as to make it more accessible. Below is a link to a comparison video created by Dailymotion user mrstevenrichter. In it he plays the original IMAX release audio with the current release version. Hearing them back to back shows you the significant changes to the volume and effect used before and the majority of it in fact sounds redubbed as the performance and delivery itself are different at times.

Give it a listen to hear for yourself.

Bane Voice Comparison