Soapbox: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns

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Hey kids! Remember when Batman couldn’t turn his head?

Believe it or not, Batman Returns has been out for 25 years. Tim Burton’s follow-up to his original Batman film pitted Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight against the dastardly schemes of the Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), and was the third highest grossing film of 1992.

Whereas Burton toned down his distinctive style somewhat the first time around, Batman Returns represents the director well and truly cutting loose. The end result is a movie that’s even more visually impressive than its predecessor, and a story that’s darker and quirkier than any Batman adventure to date. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, however Burton’s approach to the source material divided fans (a debate which still rages even now on online message boards!).

Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, Batman Returns is an undeniably iconic piece of cinema, and its journey to the big screen (and what followed after) is a fascinating one.

Indeed, there’s plenty of interesting factoids surrounding the film’s production – ranging from outlandish early scripts through to crazy planned spin-offs. Of these, we’ve boiled it down to only the very best trivia, and present for your enjoyment 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns.

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Soapbox: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman Returns

Here’s Looking At You: Fiona Staples

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Fiona Staples is one of many women proving comic books are more than just a “boys club” [IMAGE CREDIT: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons]
Today is International Women’s Day, which means there’s no better time to shine the spotlight on a female pop culture creator in this month’s Here’s Looking At You profile.

Once again, we’re going to return to the world of comics, this time to highlight the brilliance of Fiona Staples, a phenomenal artist who has broken through the “boys club” culture of the industry in order to rise to the very top of her field.

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Here’s Looking At You: Fiona Staples

Soapbox: Suicide Squad – How not every movie is for you and why critics aren’t the bad guys

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This is pretty much what defensive fans looked like when the reviews rolled in…

We recently crossed the halfway mark for September, which means that for many people, Suicide Squad is well and truly old news.

However, thanks to the IT issues that brought The Pop Culture Studio shuddering to halt for most of last month, I still haven’t had my say on that movie and the furore that surrounded it – and believe me, I have PLENTY to share.

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Soapbox: Suicide Squad – How not every movie is for you and why critics aren’t the bad guys

Soapbox: Top of the pops – The 10 best dads in Pop Culture

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Well, this pretty much gives away who snagged the top spot…

Something you only really begin to appreciate once your friends and siblings start to have kids is just how hard it is to be a good parent.

Not only does it require a (super)heroic amount of effort to do the job well, but it’s also easily one of life’s most thankless tasks.

With Father’s Day rolling around this weekend, I’ve decided to pull together a list of the 10 best dads in pop culture, as a small way of paying tribute to the efforts of all the real life fathers who do the role proud.

This list doesn’t celebrate the coolest characters who also happen to be dads – don’t expect to see Darth Vader or Walter White make an appearance – but rather those guys who actually do a decent job of parenting. Bravo, gentlemen.

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Soapbox: Top of the pops – The 10 best dads in Pop Culture

Soapbox: Batman: The Killing Joke and why sexual violence in pop culture is no laughing matter

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Possibly the most terrifying amateur photographer ever

The recent release of the trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke – the direct-to-video adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland – has reignited the long-standing debate over the artistic merits of the story in general, and its handling of the Batgirl character in particular.

This last point feeds into a wider ongoing discussion about the portrayal of women in pop culture, and the fine line between expression and exploitation in fiction.

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Soapbox: Batman: The Killing Joke and why sexual violence in pop culture is no laughing matter

Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Super(hero) Heavyweight Championship – Superman vs Batman

After many months spent teasing the next big thing from The Pop Culture Studio, I’m pleased to announce that the future is here: Live From The Pop Culture Studio, a regular series of video updates about movies, TV shows, comics and more.

This first installment in the series – which looks at the Man of Steel/Dark Knight showdown on everyone’s lips right now thanks to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – should give you a taste of what these updates are all about, even if it also makes it pretty clear they’re not actually recorded live…

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Five Minutes With…Dave McCaig

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A super man deserves a super colourist – like Dave McCaig!

Thanks to the last 15 years worth of insanely popular live-action adaptations, comic books have reached a level of mainstream awareness previously undreamed of.

And yet, for all that we live in a world where Green Arrow has his own TV show and Rocket Raccoon (Rocket Raccoon!) is the breakout character of a smash-hit film, it still seems like there’s a lot the general public doesn’t understand about how comics themselves are made.

Most seem to have worked out that the writing and pencilling responsibilities are usually handled by two different people, but beyond that, the general consensus seems to be: “…and then the rest just happens”.

Nothing could be further than truth. Indeed, there are a raft of unappreciated professionals who labour to bring us the finished product, and none are more overlooked than colourists.

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Five Minutes With…Dave McCaig