Mask of the Phantasm is still the best animated Batman film

23 years and countless direct-to-video movies later, this Gothic romance is still the high watermark for animated Batman features.

There’s been no shortage of animated Batman films over the last 23 years, culminating in the release of The Lego Batman Movie later this week. Some of them have been pretty good, and a few of them have been great – but none of them have explored the character as successfully as Mask of the Phantasm.

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Is Ben Affleck about to leave The Batman behind completely?

Ben Affleck says he still intends to star in The Batman – but Affleck and Warner Bros have a powerful incentive to lie about that.

The chatter started earlier this week, almost as soon as Affleck announced he won’t be directing the solo Batman movie. “Is he preparing to leave the project altogether?”

That made no sense to me. If he’s bailing altogether, why not just announce it now? Why drip feed the bad news?

But today, it hit me.

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10 directors who should take over The Batman from Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has officially stepped down as the director of the Batman solo movie – so who should take up the mantle in his place?

Confirming what fans have suspected for a while now, Ben Affleck has announced that he won’t be directing The Batman (although he will remain on board as the star and producer of the film).

It’s a blow for fans who were looking forward to seeing what the director of Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo would do with a superhero movie – but it’s not like there’s any shortage of potential replacements.

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The LEGO Batman Movie director wants to make a live-action DC movie

It might just be the best thing to ever happen to the DCEU.

Chris McKay, the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, has tweeted that he’s keen to be part of the DCEU, and Warner Bros would be crazy not to make it happen.

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What the failure of Live By Night means for Ben Affleck’s Batman movie

Ben Affleck’s period gangster drama is a certified flop, but it’s not time to light the Bat-Signal just yet.

The last month or so has been fairly rough on Ben Affleck.

Not only are impatient fans and journalists giving him a hard time about his slow progress with the script for his solo Batman movie, but his period gangster flick, Live By Night, has been a disaster by virtually any measure. Continue reading “What the failure of Live By Night means for Ben Affleck’s Batman movie”

The superhero movie that predicted 2017

In the wake of Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’, George Orwell’s 1984 is racing up the sales charts. But if you’re looking for art that anticipated the rise of Donald Trump, look no further than Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

Sure, Donald Trump’s inauguration speech quoted Bane from The Dark Knight Rises — but that’s not the most prescient superhero movie. In fact, it’s not even the most prescient Batman movie.

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