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Join me friends as I harken back to a simpler time. The Dark Knight just came out, the Internet was a younger place and the denizens of /co/, 4Chan's Comic and Cartoons board, were enamored with their favorite character in Christopher Nolan's sequel.
Batman? Joker? Black Dynamite? No.
They were pumped for Willaim Fichtner as The Bank Manager.
Blink and you'd be rocked away by the shotgun of Fichtner, who appears in the briefest of cameos as the manager of the mafia-owned bank in Gotham City. But nearly a year ago, The Bank Manager became the subject of an epic /co/ thread that elevated Fichtner's cameo into the stuff of nerd legends [btw, that link is extremely NSFW due to advertising. Be warned to scroll fast.]
There was some rumor that the manager was itself a spoiler role and he was Tony Zucco, the man who arranged the hit that killed Dick Grayson's parents. But the co/m/mrades soldiered on with their new hero. Mainly, through questioning if he'd show back up or if this was an origin role cameo.
"He becomes the riddler with a shotgun," one wrote. Then came a more Golden Age approach:
He is the last son of MANE-GOR, a foreign planat based on bureaucracy and money transactions. When an intergalactic economy crisis hit it, it blew up. His escape capsule happened to land on earthwhere he used his superhuman banking and shotgunning skills against evil... Err.. wait. Did I get him mixed up?
Another had a more practical answer: "[I]t was william fichtner, humorless actor, he just stumbled onto set one day and started improvising and shooting his shot gun."
Thanks to Tripfa..code user J !EM5exyYJvA, the best part about this thread started: the one-liners.
-He'll take you to the bank..the blood bank.
-Want a stock tip? Invest in lead. *BANG*
-I would like to make a deposit of these rounds into your fucking skull.
-"You go back into your car, but I'm calling shotgun." *BANG*
-Sorry. *BANG* WE don't accept American Express.
-"So what's it gonna be Joker? Leaded, or unleaded?"
-The DOW just went down 5 points. And now so will you *KABLAMMO*
-CREDIT CHECK! *blammm!* DENIED!
-No, ma'am. BANK you.
-Looks like I'm gonna have to shell out for you as well!" BANG!
-The economy is headed for a second depression. So I'll make a depression. In your chest. BAAM
Then, inevitably as it does on any comic forum, came a question of who was better:
Bank Manager vs. The Punisher
They both have a shotgun
-Bank Manager. Because of the interest he has in seeing the Punisher dead.
-THE PUNISHER KNOWS HOW TO USE COVER. THE BANK MANAGE, BADASS AS HE IS, DOESN'T REALISE THAT HE'S NOT GOING TO PENETRATE THE TABLES. HE RUNS OUT OF AMMO AND GETS SHOT BY FRANK.
-the bank manager can liquidate any table. your theory sucks.
-THE BANK MANAGER KNOWS HOW TO RUN A BANK. THE PUNISHER DOES NOT. BANK MANAGER IS VICTORIOUS.
-The reason why the Bank Manager would be victorious is because The Punisher would miscount how many shells the Bank Managers shot get out of cover and be blown away.
-The Bank Manager. Because the Punisher keeps selling himself short.
- The Punisher may be good at saving people. But the Bank Manager is better at WITHDRAWING people.
Perhaps the scene is best relayed in this bit of dialog:
"You still alive?"
"You forgot your receipt, Castle. Never forget to ask for..."
Quickly came the next pairing: The Bank Manager vs. Captain America:
"Sorry, Cap. But I guess no one told you..."
"...you're in a recession."
Bank Manager vs. Iron Man:
BM: "Mr. Stark, that's no way to run a corporation. Keep doing that and you'll end up...
*snaps Tony's neck*
And finally, The Bank Manager vs. Spider-Man:
(Spiderman hanging by a thread of his webbing over the side of a building)
Bank Manager: You just keep making the same mistakes. Even after the dot com bust, you continue to invest in --
(shoots the webbing sending Spiderman plunging to his death)
Bank Manager: -- the web.
On that day, a grand meme was born thanks to Christopher Nolan. And from that day forward, tales of The Bank Manager would spread far and wide. In fact, some say if you listen real close, you can almost hear him firing his shotgun into tables. After all, this was a Great Moment in Nerd History.
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Since the dawn of Last Thursday, there have been crappy fan-made posters by people who really want to see Kristen Bell and The Tenth Doctor in Christopher Nolan's third Batman film.
But, like anything remotely related to comics and photoshop, if you want the best, you just have to be a /co/mrade.
The only problem with browsing /co/ is that we have no idea who this artist really is, nor can we credit him/her/it. Just know, person, that we salute your attempt at honoring the previous posters of Nolan's Batman.
Here we have a vague allusion to Black Mask. It follows the Nolan poster trend of three simple, yet ambiguous words that could allude to a deeper meaning. And do.
You may wonder what the answer is. Luckily, it's a right under the question.
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A franchise stalled, a director struck by a studio's woes and some awesome news for B-Side. Let's get the news.
-McG has walked away from the Disney remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Or else, Disney saw Terminator Salvation. [Variety]
-Richard Linklater's Liars (A to F) is the first casualty of Miramax's financial woes. [Movieline]
-B-Side is going to work its' festival genius magic on Sundance 2010. Critics/Bloggers/iPhone users rejoice. [Cinematical]
-Breaking news on the third Batman film: there is none. And that may mean no Nolan. [CHUD]
-Kumail Nanjiani will host the Gotham Awards. He is a "huge cinephile." And we can't wait for his Weinstein jokes. [Variety]
-Another Exorcist? Just what is it with the Catholic Horror Genre? [Independent Eye]
-The Auteurs' World Cup is gearing up. So get your Saló jerseys ready! [The Auteurs]
-Avatar will premiere in London on 12/10. BECAUSE IT CAN. [Deadline Hollywood]
-Jonathan Ames working on an adaptation of his own novel, Wake Up , Sir! [Current]
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The art of the teaser is something best left to spectacle and CGI flash, at least if the Iron Man 2 footage and Avatar teasers have taught the mainstream anything. But like a coy little troublemaker, Christopher Nolan returns to remind us that things don't have to be cookie cutter--even a teaser trailer!
His next film, Inception, is more a mystery wrapped in a gift box from Edward Nigma. No one can tell you what it's about since no one seems to know, which tends to work in Nolan's favor.
Of course, this teaser at least proves he's a big Jamiroquai fan. Inception will open sometime in Summer 2010.
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Our friends at Dangerbird Records created the Pablove Foundation in memory of co-founder Jeff Castelaz's son Pablo, who died earlier this year. The foundation supports work for pediatric cancer and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and they're wrapping up an auction on eBay that has some amazing stuff for a great cause.
There are three rare Silversun Pickups items: a signed poster from the benefit concert they headlined, a rare and signed vinyl copy of Carnavas and one of Swoon. Plus a set visit with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, a bike ride with Lance Armstrong in Texas, and my personal favorite for sheer awesomeness -- Butch Vig will produce your band's song, just like he has for Green Day, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage.
Go check out the auction now, and bid fast.
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According to director Jacques Audiard's stunning new movie, A Prophet (Un Prophète), no one would wish to be in the shoes of Malik El Djebena (newcomer Tahar Rahim).
A low-level criminal serving a six-year prison sentence, he is at the mercy of the Darwinesque nightmare that is society behind bars, most particularly when he becomes the unwilling pawn of the jailed, Corsican mob boss, César Luciani (Niels Arestrup). As much as Malik tries to stay ahead of his situation -- using the paroles César has orchestrated as an opportunity to start his own drug-running operation, for instance -- fate, rival crooks, and the very smart César seek to intervene at every step.
It's a basic tenet of good storytelling that whatever plans your characters put into action, it can't hurt if things don't go quite as smoothly as anticipated. Sometimes, though, the brilliant, foolproof, fail-safe scheme that goes utterly and (oh boy!) horribly wrong is a story in itself. Moviemakers have taken good advantage of the irony, suspense, and drama to be had when a best-laid plan seriously "gangs agley," especially in these 10 gripping, and entertaining, examples:
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In the second installment of Cinefantastique's new weekly podcast, Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski, and Lawrence French look at Martin Scorsese's new horror-thriller, Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, and Max Von Sydow. Also: a look at the Shutter Island videogame, a discussion of Chris Nolan's potential Superman reboot, a examination of this year's Saturn Awards nominations, and other news and reviews.
Click on link to hear the show:
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A big story broke last week about super star director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) was selected at DC Entertainment to be the good shepherd of yet another re-booted “Superman” franchise. MTv and E! Online both ran reports as early as 02/09/10.
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By now, everyone has cherry picked the sentences of Deadline's report that Christopher Nolan will serve as some sort of amorphous consultant on whatever Warner Brothers will try in a third Superman reboot. The fun terms plucked out include "mentor," "Godfather" and "something of a God" when it comes to Nolan's role on the project. But let's break down exactly what we can expect from this announcement.
Nothing Will Actually Happen
We should clear the air about this right now. Christopher Nolan is fairly ambivalent when it comes to these types of films and was probably more concerned that Batman the character perfectly fit his preferred tone. Compare that to Superman who is flawless, epic and best played with a wink to the camera as Christopher Reeves did. If anything, Nolan may just turn over a sheet of bullet points that say "read the goddamn source material" highlighted in bright red.
Of course, if we're serious here, Nolan's best advice may be finding a director with a strong voice and eye who can handle something on a scale appropriate to the subject. In this case, you need someone who can control the world that Superman inhabits, where Gods, freaks and robots exist and a natural disaster isn't a final boss--it's a six second cutaway.
You'll need a writer who isn't daunted by doing dialog for demigods or galactic evils who don't give speeches, instead they simply blast planets into dust without a second thought. You'll need actors, set designers, gaffers, best boys, caterers, producers, mixers, musicians, etc, etc, etc.
All things that Christopher Nolan won't be doing for the film. He'll be working on the third Batman.
Don't expect the "Nolan Realism"
Something beloved by comic geeks and religiously debated online when ideas are pitched on message boards about the third Batman film invoke the "Nolan Realism." That is, you won't have Mr. Freeze show up with a legion of hockey players from hell to steal a diamond while telling Batman to chill out.
If Nolan were to do it, Freeze would be a scientist or employee of WayneTech who would be trying to develop cryogenic technology as a cure, yet his research partner Garfield Lynns wants to weaponize it. Or The Riddler would be a fake criminal developed by a splinter group of the Gotham Police Department and consultant Edward Nigma to lure out Batman and go beyond Commissioner Gordon's back.
Basically, Nolan's universe demands a sense of reality to it. No Bat-Nipples, no day-glo paint and no attempts to have anything but gallows humor appear in his Gotham City. That's the world that Batman lives in. Taking the infamous comparison to Superman, and you should make it something fantastic and over-the-top. In fact, the best advice he'll probably have?
Read a comic.
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were amalgamations of Batman: The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One, Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory. If anything, Nolan does not skimp on the detail or the background when it comes to giving credibility to his characters or his film.
And this'll probably be the first thing he brings up in his role as Grand Poobah. If we're lucky, he'll mention Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman, which shows the Man of Steel at his weakest and most epic moments: Superman is essentially dying because of a burst of solar radiation, but in the process he's becoming stronger and stronger. The 12-issue series is basically a "greatest hits" collection that presents Superman, in all his grandiose legacy, as a character that people could relate to.
But in terms of "modern" iconic tales? You have Alan Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" that acts as another fan-friendly bash and Joe Kelly's "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way" that presents Superman dealing with the "extreme and edgy" heroes that popular a number of other popular titles in comics who mock Superman for not being tougher or dealing with "major issues."
"Executive Producer: Christopher Nolan"
This is the most likely scenario. There is nothing remotely interesting in the concept or character of Superman to Christopher Nolan. Batman is the most interesting comic character to Nolan due to his obsession with duality and split personality. It's long been debated by nerds far greater than I that Superman is Superman and does not ever stop being Superman, even when he throws on a pair of glasses.
He just can't stop. Batman has to be Bruce Wayne and Batman. It's a constant struggle to avoid being swallowed up by either personality and the entire first act of Batman Begins shows Bruce Wayne's progression from a child into a man forcing himself to change. This gets literal in The Dark Knight through the usage of The Joker and Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
In recent years, Superman has been de-powered, re-powered and equalized during the New Krypton arc. I'm sure Nolan will exert some effort on giving his advice. But Warner Brothers has been way too gun shy when dealing with Superman in the past and believes he represents some sort of figurehead after the original film.
That position currently belongs to Nolan's Batman. And they'll be idiots if they keep trying to reinvent The Man of Steel when more people are interested in Batman.
Then again, we all know what this really means: people want Batman and Superman in a movie. And if Nolan works on a third Batman film and "mentors" this Superman revamp, it'll give him the carte blanche to finally make films he wants to make and ignore the whole comic book universe once and for all. Or, WB will have him make one last film:
Batman and Superman vs. Aliens vs. Predators
Because we all know this is what it boils down to for most film sites.
Special guest appearance by Danny Trejo as Machete, who will ref the fight.
img: Frederick M. Brown /Getty Images
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Warner Bros has reportedly tapped filmmaker and producer Chris Nolan to mentor development on the studio's next Superman movie. Nolan is not expected to actually direct the film, but will instead serve as the 'mentor' behind the project.Warner Bros has reportedly tapped filmmaker and producer Chris Nolan to mentor... more
All per Deadline Hollywood:
Warner Bros is trying to ready its DC Comics stalwart Superman to soar again on the Big Screen, and the studio has turned to Chris Nolan to mentor development of the movie. Our insiders say that the brains behind rebooted Batman has been asked to play a "godfather" role and ensure The Man Of Steel gets off the ground after a 3 1/2-year hiatus. Nolan's leadership of the project can set it in the right direction with the critics and the fans, not to mention at the box office. Besides, Nolan is considered something of a god at Warner Bros and has a strong relationship with the studio after the success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Check out the rest. He isn't confirmed to direct, write or even look at an issue of Superman.
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http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/its-a-bird-its-a-plane-its-chris-nolan-hell-mentor-superman-3-0-while-preparing-3rd-batman/All per Deadline Hollywood:
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