the dark knight also rises

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James Holmes talking about how the shootings were supposed to increase his self worth during an interview.

James Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on the 20th of July, 2012 and opened fire. Twelve people were killed and 70 others got injured.
He was sentenced to 12 life sentences plus 3,318 years without parole.

The Aurora Theatre Shooting

The events of the horrific Aurora Theatre Shooting unfolded on July 20, 2012. The shooting transpired during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and ended with unthinkable losses. 


James Holmes, the sole perpetrator, initially entered the theatre and bought a ticket to the film, sitting in the front row. Approximately twenty minutes into the movie, Holmes exited the theatre through an emergency exit door. He propped this door open with a plastic tablecloth holder and proceeded to go outside to his car. Inside of his vehicle were protective tactical clothing items and multiple firearms. Holmes changed into the protective clothing, which included a gas mask, a ballistic helmet, a bullet-resistant throat protector, a load-bearing vest (which was not additionally bulletproof), bullet-risistant leggings, a groin protector, and finally a pair of tactical gloves. While at his car Holmes also retrieved the guns that he would use in the attack; a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, a Smith and Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, and a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. 


Holmes then reentered the theatre through the same door he had propped open and entered the auditorium, wearing headphones and playing “techno music” as to not hear the audience’s reactions. He first threw two canisters that discharged a gas or smoke. This smoke caused eye irritation and obscured vision, as well as itchiness to the skin and throat. After this Holmes fired his 12-gauge Remington shotgun at the ceiling, then at the audience. He additionally fired his semi-automatic rifle, but it soon malfunctioned. Holmes lastly fired using his Glock 22 handgun. 


Holmes began shooting at the back of the auditorium, then towards people in the aisles. Three people in a neighboring room were hit by a bullet when it passed through the wall, and that area was subsequently evacuated. This room was also screening The Dark Knight Rises. Meanwhile, back in the auditorium where the shooting was taking place, the fire alarm began to sound. The scene was in complete chaos, and some were hesitant to flee due to shouts of an additional shooter in the theatre’s lobby. The first calls to 911 were made at 12:39am, with police arriving in 90 seconds. Some individuals reported the shooting on Twitter rather than calling the police, but officers were already present at the theatre when these tweets were sent. 


A total of 76 shots were fired by Holmes in the theatre; six of these were from the shotgun, 65 from the semi-automatic rifle, and five from the Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. When Sergeant Stephen Redfearn, one of the first police officers on the scene, arrived, he decided not to wait for ambulances. Sergeant Redfearn instead sent a number of the victims to the hospital in squad cars. At approximately 12:45am, Holmes was apprehended behind the theatre by Officer Jason Oviatt. He stated that Holmes was calm and “disconnected” during his arrest. 


12 people were killed in the Aurora shooting and 70 non-fatal injuries were reported. 10 victims died at the scene and two more died at local hospitals. Four of the victims, Jonathan Blunk, Matt MqQuinn, Alexander Teeves, and John Larimer, were killed while protecting their girlfriends. Two of the victims were active-duty service members. For a full list of the fallen victims, click here


Two federal officials had stated that Holmes had dyed his hair red and called himself “The Joker”, but authorities later declined to confirm that statement. However, three days later at his first court appearance, Holmes had reddish-orange hair. Authorities found a first aid kit, as well as spike strips, in his car. Holmes later claimed that he planned to use the spike strips if police chased him or shot at him. Police interviewed a grand total of 200 witnesses during the investigation. Holmes was first incarcerated at the Arapahoe County Detention Center under suicide watch. 


The Aurora Shooting had claimed the largest number of victims of any mass shooting in the history of the United States, but was later unfortunately surpassed by the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting in 2016, which had a combined total of 102 casualties. The Aurora Shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in the state of Colorado since the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999, which claimed 13 victims, not including the two perpetrators who committed suicide after their attack. 

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Happy Hardy Friday! Co-Star Series-Week 2. Post 3 of 3.

Last set for today is Cillian Murphy and Gary Oldman.


Cillian and Tom have worked together in “Inception”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Peaky Blinders”, and “Dunkirk”…although they didn’t have scenes together in all of their projects. While I love their few VERY important scenes in “Inception”, I think that just about everyone would agree: the Tommy Shelby/Alfie Solomons chemistry is off the charts. These two men are a force to be reckoned with when they share the screen in “Peaky Blinders” and I can’t wait for season 4!

Last, but certainly not least, we have Gary Oldman. Tom has never been shy about proclaiming Gary to be his acting hero. (If you’ve seen “Leon: The Professional” or “True Romance”, you’ll understand why!) In fact, their first scenes together in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” had to be re-shot because Tom was so mesmerized by being in a scene with Gary…that (according to him) he “forgot to act”. They have also starred together in “Lawless”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and “Child 44″. I love that Tom not only got to work with his hero, but did some amazing acting opposite him. I have no doubt that we’ll see them together again someday.


PS: THIS is the scene in which Tom “forgot to act”. Yep. Ok, Tom. Whatever you say…you brilliant fucker.


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Suicide Squad Director Reteams With Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn For Gotham City Sirens Movie
The name of the long-rumored, Harley Quinn-centric DC movie will be Gotham City Sirens, THR [...]

The name of the long-rumored, Harley Quinn-centric DC movie will be Gotham City Sirens, THR revealed today.

Suicide Squad director David Ayer will return to Gotham along with Margot Robbie, who will play Harley Quinn, and a cast of female superheroes and supervillains from the DC Universe.

Gotham City Sirens the name of a comic book series that starred Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy (Harley’s girlfriend). Both Catwoman and Poison Ivy have appeared in previous film incarnations, with Uma Thurman playing Ivy in Batman and Robin and Catwoman having appeared in three separate feature films – Batman Returns, where she was portrayed by Michelle Pfeifer; Catwoman, played by Halle Berry; and The Dark Knight Rises, played by Anne Hathaway.

Geneva Robertson-Dworet, whio also wrote scripts for the Tomb Raider remake and Warners’ Sherlock Holmes 3, is writing the screenplay.

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Hardy Friday-Co-stars edition-Part 3 of 3.

This one is my favorite for today :)

“Mad Max Fury Road” starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy…IN THAT ORDER. Tom was amazing in “Fury Road”, but it was Chalize’s movie. She was strong, and spectacular, and just an all-around badass. She and Tom apparently butted heads on set, but only due to the harsh conditions and ambitious vision of George Miller. They’ve both gone on record since as having nothing but love for one another and they created an absolute classic together. Tom even gave her a painting of his when the shoot wrapped. His note on the back, “ You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also fucking awesome. I’ll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy.”

And last but not least, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Who didn’t love the Arthur/Eames bromance in “Inception”? They, of course, were also in “The Dark Knight Rises” together, but unfortunately had no onscreen time. Fingers crossed that we’ll see them together again someday!


Hope you had a Happy Hardy Friday! 6 more co-stars coming at ya next week!!!


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They told me there was nothing out there, nothing to fear. But the night my parents were murdered I caught a glimpse of something. I’ve looked for it ever since. I went around the world, searched in all the s h a d o w s. And there is something out there in the d a r k n e s s, something terrifying, something that will not stop until it gets revenge… Me.

windsorgirllove  asked:

For the couple ask meme, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say Martial Arcs

YES THANK YOU THAT’S THE ONE I WAS LOOKING FOR

Based on this post:

who’s the cuddler:
Jaune. Ren’s more of an introvert, but Jaune craves physical affection and will dive onto the bed when Ren is lying on it and wrap his arms around his waist and snuggle up to him. If Ren’s up for it, he’ll scratch Jaune’s head lightly or cuddle up to him, but if he’s not, Jaune will (very respectfully) go mope in the corner with a stuffed animal and read his comics or something. When Ren is feeling very relaxed and loose – which happens more around Jaune than it does around other people – they’ll both cuddle each other. Jaune loves when he gets to hold Ren close to him and stroke his hair and kiss the top of his head. Jaune just loves touching Ren’s hair. Jaune just loves Ren. (Look they just love each other a lot, okay?)

(and sometimes they’ll just lie on the bed looking at each other with their foreheads gently resting together and yes, Jaune will stroke Ren’s hair then, too)

who makes the bed:
Oh, Ren, for sure. Jaune doesn’t mind at all (he likes climbing into a freshly made bed), he just… doesn’t think of it himself.

who wakes up first:
Jaune. Ren is not a morning person, and he needs, like, five alarms and two cups of coffee to wake up. Jaune’s not a morning person either, but he’s so used to dragging himself through life that dragging himself out of bed in the morning is hardly that much more of a challenge.

who has the weird taste in music:
They both think each other’s taste in music is weird. Jaune listens to alt rock and whatever Remnant’s equivalents of All American Rejects / Green Day / Vertical Horizon are, while Ren really likes instrumental pieces, usually of a musical style equivalent to Chinese music in our world (something sort of like this). They both theoretically get the appeal, but if it weren’t for their love for each other they would never be able to sit through an entire piece of the other’s choosing. Ren doesn’t connect to songs through lyrics the way Jaune does, and Jaune just gets fucking bored with long, built-to-be-beautiful music. The closer they get though, the more they begin to vividly hear each other when they listen to each other’s music choices, and the more they grow to appreciate them as a result. Jaune may or may not have an orchestral piece or two downloaded on his scroll to listen to to help him fall asleep when he and Ren can’t be togethre for an extended period of time, and Ren may or may not have also downloaded Jaune’s top played songs to try to understand what the heck is going on in his boyfriend’s head when he goes and does That Stupid Thing (no not /that/ stupid thing, That Other stupid thing. No, not that one either).

Bonus: Ren finds something a little like this in Jaune’s music library, downloaded before they started dating. When Ren asks about it (since it’s so out of character for Jaune), Jaune just shrugs and flushes and says, “It reminded me of you.” Because Jaune’s a fucking sap.

Bonus 2: Jaune also really likes Fucking Epic Film Soundtracks (think Dark Knight Rises) and Ren has a soft spot for Epic Celtic-Equivalent Music (maybe something a little like this, except without the sound effects of actual battle in it), and these are both things they can come to an enthusiastic consensus on.

who is more protective:
They’re both super super protective. Have you seen this comic? Yeah, it’s like that.

who sings in the shower:
Both of them. Jaune does it pretty loudly, usually along to some of his aforementioned alt rock songs, and he isn’t very good, and Ren sighs and puts his hand over his ears because he loves this boy dangit and he will put up with this. Ren sings low and quiet but it’s actually really nice, and Jaune tends to shift closer to the bathroom door and just casually lean his head as close to it as he possibly can without being weird because Ren never sings elsewhere and Jaune loves it.

who cries during movies:
Ren tears up during the saddest parts of movies but he’s really good about not letting them turn into full on roll-down-his-cheeks tears, except sometimes he’s not so good at it and Jaune has to dry them off. They’re always silent, though – Ren’s not a sobber, not about stuff that isn’t real life.

Jaune doesn’t cry during movie, he just gets really angry when the movie does things that are Unacceptable, like killing off a main character, or a dog. He always yells at the screen when the dog dies. 

(“Jaune, the dog always dies,” Ren reminds him.
“That’s no excuse!” Jaune says. “They should dare to be different. Why are we even watching this movie, anyway?”
“You’re the one who picked it out.”
“Well, I’m an idiot, why’d you let me do that?”)

who spends the most while out shopping:
Jaune. Ren grew up without parents, fending for both himself and his best friend, so he’s got less money to begin with and knows how to shop on a budget. Jaune’s easing his way into independence with pocket change from his parents, and while it’s not a lot (raising eight kids means they do have to be economical) it’s more than Ren’s got. Jaune also always tosses treats like candy and hot chocolate into the cart, while Ren is more of a healthy eater (a health nut, Jaune would say. Ren would struggle through a protest, because it sounds like the kind of thing he should protest to, but at the same time Jaune’s not exactly wrong.)

who kisses more roughly:
Jaune. Oh god, Jaune. (But Ren does not mind. He does not mind at all.)

who is more dominant:
It depends. When it comes to interpersonal stuff, the Jaune-as-team-leader dynamic runs in the DNA of them getting to know each other better, since it didn’t really start happening until after Jaune was more of an effective leader anyway, so there’s an echo of that. At the same time, they also both know and acknowledge that Jaune would be a complete mess without his friends and boyfriend emotionally supporting him, so it kind of gets balanced out. All it really means is that sometimes Jaune will automatically Tell Ren What To Do instead of Asking Him To Do Something, but the moment he realizes he’s done it, he’ll apologize and rephrase the request, and if it’s not that big a deal, Ren will do the thing anyway. Neither of them really sets the pace for the relationship – they just kind of stumble through it together and figure out what they’re okay with and not okay with when they hit a wall. They’ve had a couple of pretty bad bumps because of this, but they’ve worked hard to get through them and they’ve realized that most of them come from bad communication (because Jaune is stubborn as a mule, and Ren is very reserved and… also pretty stubborn, tbh).

When it comes to the eyebrow-waggly stuff, they’re both kind of awkward and hesitant at first so it really depends on the situation. Usually Jaune is the one who will end up clambering into Ren’s lap just to get that one kiss more, and he tends to be the hungrier one in general (I headcanon Ren as being ace-spectrum, and Jaune… definitely not), but every once in a while, Ren gets it into his head that he’s gonna pin his boyfriend down on the bed and kiss him like he really deserves to be kissed – i.e., exhaustively. Jaune has exactly zero problems with this. He always kind of gets a thrill out of watching Ren take control – it’s a gorgeous image.

my rating of the ship from 1-10:
This is a good one. I’ll give it a 9. I don’t know what a 9 means. Let them live their fictional lives free of a ratings system!

OT but just to answer that anon’s question about Nolan, one time Zoe Kravitz said that she wanted to audition for a role in The Dark Knight Rises but they said that the auditions weren’t “going urban” 🙄 here’s a link to an article about it: www,theguardian,com/film/2015/jul/16/zoe-kravitz-blocked-from-batman-role-for-being-urban-dark-knight-rises also many people pointed out how white Dunkirk was when in reality there were many Indian soldiers who came to help the British but Nolan completely cut that part out. Here’s another article about that lol www,theguardian,com/commentisfree/2017/aug/01/indian-african-dunkirk-history-whitewash-attitudes also just in general some criticisms he gets are that his movies are v v white (he rarely has nonwhite actors in major roles) and the way he writes women is… weird. most of his lead women characters die and they’re usually the crutch of the lead male character. anyway sorry just wanted to answer the anon!

shatteredxx  asked:

I don't know if you've ever said it elsewhere, but why do you like/love Catwoman so much (as well as the BatCat ship)?

Not sure if I have answered this, so thanks for asking!

Catwoman is one of those characters I grew up with, so I have a lot of love for her. I watched her in the animated shows and in Batman Returns, etc. Really, Catwoman had more of a place in my childhood than even Wonder Woman did. So part of my love for her is through nostalgia. I’ve always thought she was so cool and loved her costume and her relationship with Batman. I liked how funny she was, that she wasn’t intimidated by Batman, and she was an ass kicker in her own right. I even shipped her with Batman before I even knew what shipping was. I just knew they were supposed to be together.

Going beyond the nostalgia factor, I still loved her as I got older. I could appreciate her more in movies like Batman Returns. Her characterization in that movie can be debated, but I’ve always loved her in it. Then I was so excited to hear she would be in The Dark Knight Rises, and I do love Anne Hathaway and it was great to see her in the role. Anne once said something about how she always wanted to be Catwoman, even as a kid, and I totally feel the same way. I wanted to have that confidence and intelligence when I was younger, and I still want to be Catwoman. 

I’ve always loved how she is unapologetically sexy. Has that been written badly sometimes? Sure. But as a kid I’m glad I got to see a sexy character who doesn’t find shame in sex. There’s more to her than sex, but I’ve always loved that aspect of her because women, especially from the time she was created, were often ridiculed for being that way. But I dare anyone to call Catwoman a “slut” or a “whore.”

She’s also morally ambiguous, which I always eat up when it’s a female character. We don’t get to be anti heroes a lot. She’s not evil. She’s just out for herself. Like she said in The Dark Knight Rises “A girl’s gotta eat.” But there’s also more to her than that, as Bruce sees, and I’ll get into why I ship them so much but it’s partially because of that. He always knows there’s more than just a criminal to her, and he’s right. She may pretend she doesn’t care, but when it comes down to life or death, she will go back to Batman and save him because she’s not a bad person or a coward. She’d just never admit to being a hero. It’s easier for her to think she’s a bad guy.

So I just touched on why I ship Batcat so much, his believing in her and always seeing the good in her is a part of that. 

but she doesn’t let him down is the thing. She comes back and saves him! He really does bring out the best of her and vice versa. This scene was very nicely paralleled in Gotham. They’re just children in that show, but they write their relationship very faithfully:

For some reason, she actually cares what he thinks. She doesn’t want to let him down. When she’s around him, she doesn’t want to be just a criminal, and if that’s not love, I don’t know what it is. Love should make you want to be a better person, and that’s exactly what Batcat is.

What’s important whenever discussing Batcat is to understand just how alike they are. They do not fall under the “opposites attract” trope at all. They’re almost too much alike to work and yet they do. I think they’re two people who have to be with someone who is like them. They’re both seriously damaged people who have been through a lot of hell. This has driven both of them to dress up in weird outfits and go out at night and beat people up. There aren’t a lot of other people like him. You could argue that it wouldn’t be healthy for them to be together, because they’re so alike, but to me, they understand each other better than anyone else ever could.

This brings me to my next point, they make each other happy. It might not seem like that at times, but some of the only joy these two have in their lives is each other. They’re both miserable in their own ways, but despite that, they find happiness together. They see someone who is like them. You’re never gonna see Bruce genuinely smile as much as when he’s around Selina. He acts unaffected by her banter, but he lives for those moments, I’m telling you. We joke about how Bruce is never happy, but around Selina, he is happy.

For god’s sake, at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, he lives happily ever after with Selina, and he couldn’t look happier about it. She also looks so happy and at peace. SHE’S WEARING HIS MOTHER’S PEARLS IN THIS SCENE. 

They are soul mates, through and through. They are so alike. They make each other happy. They make each other want to be better. He actually trusted her with his secret identity. They love each other.

I can’t wait to see what they do with Batcat in the DCEU, because they are an OTP to end all OTPs.

Néstor Carbonell

Gender: Male

DOB: 1 December 1967

Nationality: American

Ethnicity: Cuban (Spanish, Catalan, Basque)

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Néstor Gastón Carbonell is an American actor and director. He is perhaps most famous for his roles as Richard Alpert in ABC’s drama series Lost, and Mayor Anthony Garcia in the Christopher Nolan films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He is also known for his regular roles as Luis Rivera on the sitcom Suddenly Susan, and Batmanuel on the live-action sitcom The Tick. Carbonell also portrayed Sheriff Alex Romero on A&E’s drama-thriller series Bates Motel.

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Whenever I’ve talked about a DC/Warner Bros. movie, I’ve always jokingly prefaced it with “from the studio that brought you Jonah Hex and Catwoman…” but I wanted to find out whether that was a fair assessment, so I decided to crunch some numbers, comparing the Rotten Tomatoes score of Marvel Studios’ entire motion picture output against the last two decades of Warner Bros. movies based on DC Comics.

[Full Disclosure: I am not a statistician, nor am I any kind of expert. I’m not even 100% certain I’ve calculated the averages properly, though that’s largely down to a sort-of general distrust of my own math skills. I checked everything with a calculator, often multiple times, but there may be errors. Sorry for that.]

Marvel’s movies are limited to movies actually produced by or with involvement from Marvel Studios themselves, and so doesn’t include films like The Amazing Spider-Man or Fox’s X-Men series which were not produced by Marvel Studios. It also doesn’t include Big Hero Six, which was produced by Disney but without involvement from Marvel Studios.

I pulled the list of DC movies from Wikipedia, opting to exclude movies based on DC licenses that weren’t produced or distributed by Warner Bros. in any way. This rather generously excludes The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 17%. It would also have excluded Watchmen had 20th Century Fox actually pulled the trigger on making the movie when they had the license, but they didn’t. Whoops!

I chose to include A History of Violence, as it was produced by New Line Cinema who were merged into Warner Bros. in 2008. The film has an 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so that can only help WB’s case.

So. The numbers, then.

Despite a couple of critical stumbles with The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World, Marvel maintains a strong average of 81%.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, have an average score of 51% for their films released since 1996. That number drops to 44% if you exclude films based on DC imprints (Vertigo, Paradox, etc.), which critically fare a little stronger. Cast a more narrow net to films released since the formation of the MCU in 2008 and that average shifts just a little more - 49% for all DC films released since Iron-Man, 47% if you exclude the imprint-based films Watchmen and The Losers.

But maybe this is unfair. After all, Warner Bros. have been producing movies for much, munch longer than Marvel has, and this list excludes films like Superman and Tim Burton’s Batman. Films people love!

So what if we pull the numbers from as far back as Warner Bros.’ first in-house movie based on a DC Comics property? How does that look? Let’s take a look.

This list starts with the 1979 Superman and not, for example, the 1966 Batman movie starring Adam West because, according to Wikipedia at least, earlier films were not produced with the involvement of Warner Bros., and so I have opted to exclude them for the same reasons I excluded The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen earlier.

This hasn’t given the numbers the boost DC fans might have been hoping for. There’s a slight buoy thanks to the first two Superman and Batman movies, but it’s dragged down again by the low scores for Superman III and IV, as well as Supergirl - Warner Bros.’ worst-performing movie on this list - and the disappointing score for Batman Forever (which sucks for me - I actually rather like Forever). Simply put, half of the movies suck, and half don’t.

Adding these eight movies only bumps the average score up to 52%, or 47% excluding DC imprints.

What does this mean? Well, going by the numbers, Warner Bros.’ DC films are far more divisive than Marvel Studio’s output. Warner Bros. has a 1-in-2 chance of putting out a movie critics will hate, while Marvel’s has a 1-in-5 shot of pissing off critics. Mathematically speaking, Marvel is making movies that critics enjoy, and Warner Bros. is not.

There are a number of ways to interpret this data. Firstly, though the trailer for Wonder Woman looks fantastic, whether or not the film will be any good is a coin-flip. The numbers are not in WB’s favor, and while I really, really want Wonder Woman to be a great film, it’s not looking good. It looks even worse when you consider the average score of the DC Extended Universe films to date is 36%, meaning that under the current DC/WB regime Wonder Woman has a 1-in-3 chance of critical success. Gulp.

I’m sure some bugger out there is going to look at this post and see it as proof of some massive conspiracy against WB/DC, or that Marvel have somehow “bought” critics.

I don’t believe that to be the case. Remember, WB’s lowest critical scores come from films like Catwoman, Supergirl and Batman & Robin, all movies that predate the MCU by a significant amount. The scores for the three current DC Extended Universe films are bad, and point to a serious mismanagement of the DC brands within WB right now, but they’re not as bad as WB’s lowest period during the layte 90s/early 00s. The idea that there’s some kind of conspiracy also doesn’t explain the high score for The Dark Knight Rises (which was divisive even among fans of Nolan’s interpretation of the character) nor does it explain the fact that Man of Steel’s score is, mathematically speaking, not actually terrible. Man of Steel is a mediocre movie from a numbers perspective. Catwoman is objectively and statistically terrible.

Probably the best way to interpret this data, though, is this: Warner Bros. need a massive, massive course correction. What they are doing right now simply isn’t working. If you want my armchair analysis, they learned the wrong lessons from the success of The Dark Knight Trilogy and the failure of Green Lantern. They’ve also learned entirely the wrong lessons from everything Marvel have done over the last decade, and are scrambling to try to reproduce those results in as short a window as possible. They need a major, major regime change over there - Batman, Superman, the Joker, these should all be really easy characters to execute on and to make fun movies in at least the >60% range, but they’re not.

Marvel, on the other hand, has continually taken risks on characters people know next to nothing about - Iron-Man, Ant-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy - or characters which may have perception issues among the broader public - Thor and Captain America come immediately to mind - and have knocked it out of the park with audiences and critics alike. A decade ago the general public probably couldn’t tell you Iron-Man’s real name, or the name of Thor’s hammer. Now they can. Why? Because Marvel have been very, very smart since day one.

Some additional numbers:

  • The lowest-scoring movie from either studio is Supergirl, with 7%.
  • The highest-scoring movies are The Dark Knight and Iron-Man, both tied for 94% (and both released in 2008).
  • The film most representative of Warner Bros.’ average score is Man of Steel. Its 55% score puts it closest to the studio’s 47-52% average.
  • Marvel’s most representative film is Ant-Man, whose 81% score matches Marvel’s average. Captain America: The First Avenger comes in a close second with 80%.
  • Marvel have never released more than two films a year, though that may be about to change. By contrast, Warner Bros. has that number beat - in 2005 they released five films based on DC Comics or its imprints.
  • Warner’s lowest-scoring movie, Supergirl, has an Audience Score of 26%. By contrast Marvel’s lowest-scorer, Thor: The Dark World has an Audience Score of 78%. [Edit: I wrote a follow-up post about Audience Scores here.]

That’s it! Again, I acknowledge I’m not an expert and it’s entirely possible I’ve royally screwed this all up, so I eagerly await someone else to come along and do this better. Cheers!

From an interview with Tom in Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra (translated with the help of google). I don’t know if they misunderstood the ‘going back to the theatre in 2014’ bit. If not, eeek!

“I feel a bond to all the films I’ve done , even those that have been less successful than Nolan’s, who’s among my favorite directors .”

“I have fun in this kind of musical in which I will also sing. I’m taking lessons from Elton, whom I’ve always loved as a musician. By the way I’ve just finished filming a kind of aperitif with the movie musical London Road, which has brought me closer to what you consider the royal academy of Sir Elton John. ”

But Hardy also has other movies in the pipeline: it expects a true story of gangster set in the London of the fifties, Legend, while speaking of him as protagonist of a new Al Capone. “It’s so I can show off all of my tattoos. I have created a production company to send oil to the port of my future Al Capone! “

“I’ve been clean for years and the fight against alcohol was a tough challenge. It helped me to stay close to my son Louis and to get a lot of work. I’ve shot one movie after another, but my favorite directors are British, not only Christopher Nolan to whom I owe a lot to for Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. Also Steven Knight who did Locke, and there are many British and Australian filmmakers with whom I’ve worked have the seeds of creativity in British cinema in the blood, which I love .”

In 2014 he will also return to the world of theatre in the West End …
” I do not care at all to become a so-called movie star . We British are different from Americans, just think of Gary Oldman, who I forever consider a master. He chose to live in Los Angeles, but no one is and remains more British than him! “

But he likes to work in America and with so many movie stars …
“I’ve loved some American actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman who directed me in a play and I’ll always miss him, and James Gandolfini. The film with Gandolfini, The Drop, was shot in Brooklyn and we always went to eat in Italian restaurants that James chose carefully.“

What does he want after so many successes in his career?
“Stability in my life, in my relationship with Charlotte Riley, who is also an actress and English, safety for my son Louis and for those who may come in the future.”

Among his many film credits, which does he remember most fondly?
“They are also linked to those that have been less successful, like Lawless, and I really liked Warrior, because it allowed me to act with Nick Nolte and become a good boxer. It was a life lesson and also physical. Locke is a part of me, even Spielberg wrote to me that he really liked it.”

There are no special effects in Locke …
“I have nothing against technology in the cinema. I remember those in Star Trek. You will see many in Mad Max which was shot mostly in the desert. In Locke it’s an overnight trip in the car, all shot in real time, it was like acting in the theater. The film represents life with all its difficulties in its morality.”

Does he love cars?
“I hate looking for parking, luckily I did not have to park in the middle of the desert ! I am one who prefers to walk from one station to another of the tube and of my life. “