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Wonderful – Artwork

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Promotional posters and artwork for Wonderful.

Mr Wonderful, Donald Wilfull, and Dr Deranged feature in these three official posters!

These Mr Wonderful comic book covers are actually used within the film itself, but also make brilliant posters for the film!

Stills from the film made for great teaser posters…

 The original poster we used to sell the idea for the film and get the cast and crew on board!

Wonderful Poster - small

 

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Wonderful Day 11

Day 11 strip

24th November 2015

Wow… a month has gone by since our last shoot! Where does the time go? Before we know it we’ll all be playing with hoverboards and driving flying cars. Oh… wait…

Wyke College, Berry Productions, Wonderful, Ben Wade, Hull, Indie FIlm

Today we had a few different small scenes to film, in a couple of different locations. We started off at Wyke College in Hull. Our man, Ben Wade, works at the college and got us access to one of the theatres there. David was back in his Mr Wonderful costume, and Richie Donaldson, who plays our villain, came back to Hull from London for the day to get the scene done.

Wyke College, Wonderful, Berry Productions, Richie Donaldson, David Aston

Using the black curtains as a backdrop and the stage lighting to illuminate the scene, gave the confrontation between our hero and his nemesis a moody, other-worldly feel that worked really well!

Wyke College, Wonderful, Superhero, Berry Productions, Indie Film, Hull

Then it was back to mine for some greenscreen scenes. Jase Mayo joined us for a small scene, brilliantly playing a newsreader. Then we had Connor Purdue in our superhero costume playing a young Mr Wonderful. He’d never done anything like this before but did a great job as our young hero, battling against the villainous Dr Deranged!

Berry Productions, Wonderful, Dr Deranged, Mr Wonderful, Richie Donaldson, Hull

We finished the night off with Richie recording his ADR for some of his scenes. This was about 11 o’clock at night. Richie screaming at the top of his voice. My neighbours probably thought we were killing someone. Oops!

Wonderful – Day 10

Day 10 strip

24th October 2015

Our last major scene to shoot involved comic books, shop fronts, and a couple of thugs! And it proved a tricky one to prepare for. Originally it was set down a supermarket aisle, but finding a supermarket to let us film in was proving tricky. So we changed the scene to be set down an alleyway next to a comic book shop.

Shop Front 2

After much searching we discovered a great shop front in Oresome Jewellery next to Martin’s Alley, down Humber Street in Hull and we were set to go! The ladies at Oresome were brilliant, allowing us to use their workshop as our base whilst we filmed out in the cold! We put comic books in the glass windows and named our shop ‘Old Joe’s Comics’ in homage to Old Joe from our last film ‘The Field‘.

Shop Front 3

Katy D’Arcy played our shop worker, whilst Lee Williams and Callum Smith played two thugs that confront our lead star, David Aston, down the alley.

Shop Front 5

It was cold and raining off and on throughout the day, so we had to try to keep warm – a challenge for David who was freezing in his thin, lycra Mr Wonderful costume! We did fit in a great lunch at Thieving Harry’s across the street, which warmed us up for a while!

Shop Front 1

We battled on through the cold and managed to shoot a great scene! With only a few short sections left to film, the main bulk of filming for Wonderful is now complete!

Shop Front 4

Comic Book Artists – We Want You!

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Hull, UK, David Aston, Joseph Monahan, Callum Smith, Ben Wade, Joanne Gallagher, Richie Donaldson, Neil Watling

We have received a great amount of comics for our film and have now received the amount we need! Thanks to all those who sent one in!

Calling all comic book artists out there… want to see your comic book appear in ‘Wonderful’, our newest film?

We’re in the final stages of production of our new film ‘Wonderful’, all about an old man who believes he was once a superhero. Obviously we have a lot of connections to superheroes and comic books throughout the film. In one of our last scenes to shoot, our main character is looking at comic books in a comic book shop. 

As we’re an independent filmmaking team, and support all forms of independent art, we wanted to help promote some indie artists out there and have your comic books on the shelves instead of the usual Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc. 

So if you’ve got a comic book front cover that you’ve created – we want it! Here’s some things to remember:

  • It’s only a short scene so your comic book won’t be on screen for long – but still it’ll be fun to see!
  • We can’t accept any work that has offensive images/wording
  • Your comic book doesn’t have to be about superheroes. Any genre, any style of artwork will be great!
  • We WILL credit you and your comic book/series in the end credits
  • We WILL share links to your artwork on our social media sites and here on our website (if you want us to!)
  • We WILL make sure you get to see the final film (not sure when/how just yet!)
  • We WILL think you are awesome! 

If you’d like to see your comic book front cover in our scene, please drop me an email to: berryproductionsuk@gmail.com and attach a high res copy of your comic book front cover. Please also provide your name, your comic book/series title and a link to more of your work or your facebook page/twitter feed etc. I’ll respond as soon as possible! Or if you’d like some more info, do get in touch as well!

Thanks – we look forward to seeing your work!

Mr Wonderful, Berry Productions, Joseph Monahan, Hull, UK, Independent Film, Wonderful

Wonderful – Day 8

Berry Productions, Wonderful, Indie film, Hull, UK

21st August 2015

One of the main problems with making a fully self-funded, independent film, is that it can take a long time to get a film made. With all of our crew and actors generously giving up their time for free, we have to work around when they are all available. And we have our own day jobs to do as well. It had been nearly a month since our last shoot for ‘Wonderful’, and it felt like forever.

Berry Productions, Wonderful, Hull, UK, David Aston, Callum Smith, Joseph Monahan

It was time for the car scene, which was a challenge for many different reasons. As we’ve been editing the film as we go along, we have discovered that we are running very close to our 25 minute time limit. This meant that we would have to reduce the running time for the last few scenes, without taking too much away from the story. The car scene is one of the most important scenes in the film as it builds the characters of Donald (David Aston) and Elizabeth (Joanne Gallagher) and ultimately leads Donald towards the final showdown.

After several re-writes for the scene, I finally got it down to something I was happy with. We were good to go. Now all we had to do was make the scene visually interesting – something that is hard to do in the confines of a car, so hopefully we managed to do a good job, armed with our new camera – the Panasonic Lumix GH4!

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Joseph Monahan, Callum Smith, Panasonic,, Lumix GH4, Hull, UK

David and Joanne (her last day on set) did a brilliant job in this scene. It is a highly emotional scene and they both had to well up and bring out the tears. At least they got to sit down in the car all day, along with Ben Wade on sound, whilst me (Joe Monahan) and Callum Smith were running around the car like lunatics. Filmmaking lunatics!

Berry Productions, Wonderful, David Aston, Ben Wade, Joanne Gallagher, Hull, UK, indie film

We ended the day with a little poster photoshoot with David, recreating the classic Superman pose and looking extremely heroic whilst doing it! Now it’s time to perpare for the next shoot…

Berry Productions, Wonderful, Indie Film, Filmmakers, Joseph Monahan, Joanne Gallagher, David Aston, Callum Smith, Ben Wade, Independent film

Wonderful – Day 7

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Hull, UK, Indie Film

31st July 2015

The sun was shining outside for the first time that week, and we were struck inside shooting another scene for our new short film ‘Wonderful’. Typical.

We were back at the parents house of our actress, Joanne Gallagher, completing a few scenes we had already filmed previously.

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Hull, UK, David Aston, Chance Monahan, Joanne Gallagher, Indie Film, Independent film

Seven year old, Chance Monahan, joined us for the beginning of the shoot, for a quick scene in the kitchen. He had to don his school uniform, which, being the summer holidays, he found highly amusing. Then after he’d been picked up by his grandma, it was on for the main bulk of the scene with our main star, David Aston, and playing his long suffering daughter, Joanne Gallagher.

For what was relatively an easy scene to shoot, we still took all day doing it. Maybe it was that hour long break for bacon and sausage sandwiches? We had to think of our priorities!

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Joseph Monahan, David Aston, Callum Smith, Hull, Uk, Indie FIlm

It was also the fact that we were down on crew members. It was a Friday, so people were at work, and Ben our sound guy was somewhere in Germany, so we had extra jobs to do each. Luckily we had Katy D’Arcy with us for some much needed reflector holding!

One little shot that took up much of our time was a scene in the kitchen. We have a brilliant shot from the inside of a cupboard, as David is searching for his much loved biscuits. In true indie film style, we erected a highly unsafe rig of table, chairs and newspapers, for our make-shift cupboard to stand on. Trying to get the correct camera angles proved tricky and time consuming, but ultimately worked a treat! Another scene over… next!

Berry Productions, Wonderful, Katy D'Arcy, Callum Smith, Hull, UK, Indie Film, Independent Film

Wonderful – Day 2 & 3

Day 2 strip

31st May and 7th June 2015

With only one day to rest from the epic fight scene we filmed at The Deep in Hull, we were back on set for a second day of shooting. A very different feel to today’s filming. We were filming in a nice, comfy house, with hot drinks on tap!

As we were looking for the house of an elderly man, the parents of our actress, Jo Gallagher, offered up their humble abode and it was perfect for what we were looking for.

Wonderful, Berry Productions, David Aston, Joseph Monahan

Our lead actor, David Aston, who plays Donald, was made to look older and run down, and even came with his own granddad slippers! Looking the part, he now had to play the part, and play it he did perfectly. A great balance between a sad man, suffering from the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, and a grumpy old bugger who just wants to be left alone!

Joanne Gallagher, Berry Productions, Wonderful, Callum Smith, Joseph Monahan

Jo Gallagher played the part of his long suffering daughter, Elizabeth, brilliantly. Showing a warming, caring affection for her father, but also the struggle of looking after an old man and feeling under appreciated. Obviously not when she’s sticking two fingers up at the camera. There’s always one. And it’s always Jo!

Chance Monahan, Berry Productions, Wonderful, Joseph Monahan, Callum Smith, David Aston

We also had Chance Monahan, our amazing little seven year old actor, in the scene, playing Donald’s grandson Charlie. As always with children, things take a little longer and you have to have a little more patience on set. Luckily Chance is my (Joe Monahan, the writer and co-director) son so it did make things easier! Plus he loves superheroes so is thrilled to be appearing in a film all about his new favourite superhero, Mr Wonderful!

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Joseph Monahan, Callum Smith, Joanne Gallagher, Neil Watling

This was the opening scene to the film so we had to make sure we had everything right. People judge a film from it’s first scene, a short film is judged even sooner – the first shot, possibly even the first frame! Luckily for us, filming went smoothly (except for one particular shot that took about seventeen takes!) and everything looked amazing, but time seemed to fly away from us. Before we knew it, it was time to finish up after an eight hour shoot. We’d only got the living room scene filmed and therefore would have to return for the other scenes set in the house.

Wonderful, Berry Productions, Joseph Monahan, Neil Watling, Ben Wade, David Aston, Joanne Gallagher, Callum Smith

It was another great scene ticked off our list and we were all really impressed with the outcome of the day! And that we got to drink tea and coffee and eat lots of biscuits! Perfection!

Wonderful, Berry Productions

Wonderful – Day 4

Wonderful, Berry Productions

29th June 2015

The day had arrived for our second trip to one of the highlights of Hull – The Deep – one of the UK’s best aquariums, home to over 3500 fish! Of course we weren’t going there for fun and to go ‘Ooooh’ and ‘Ahhhhh’ at all the spectacular marine life. We were there to complete our scenes for ‘Wonderful’.

The Deep, Hull, Wonderful

Luckily we only had one room to shoot in. It was the area we were unable to complete last time. The Cool Seas area, where our epic battle at the end of the film takes place! The great thing about this room were the lights. Little neon strips of light that change colour, scatter the walls of the room, making it feel like you’re on some kind of spaceship. Perfect for a villains lair!

Our two actors, David Aston and Richie Donaldson, pulled out all of the stops. You can tell that they both relished their roles and loved every second of it – as did we just watching them!

David Aston, Richie Donaldson, Wonderful, Berry Productions, Mr Wonderful, Dr Deranged

The tricky thing when making a film, is keeping track of everything going on. You have to concentrate on the shot you’re trying to get, make sure all of the lighting is in the correct place and consistent between shots, make sure the actors are aware of their markers and know exactly which part they are filming, and much, much more! The great thing is that we have an amazing crew working with us and we all work really well together in order to make the best film possible!

Berry Productions, Wonderful, The Deep, Hull, UK

Even though we only had the one scene to complete, and had everyone working at the top of their game, we were still there until 10pm! Once again, all shattered and hungry, we pushed on to get the shots completed! And bless the staff at The Deep who opened it especially for us that night, and happily waited around for us to finish, helping out as much as they could! Many thanks to all of them, you guys rock!

Another great shoot, another great scene completed. Next!

Berry Productions, Wonderful, Richie Donaldson, Ben Wade, The Deep, UK, Indie Film

Batman – An All Star Line-up (part 3)

Batman - cover

PREVIOUS – BATMAN’S VILLAINS


WARNING: This article contains… dum dum dum… SPOILERS!

We’ve been through the various actors who have played, or are still to play, Batman and those that dare to oppose him. However, everyone needs friends… even the big black bat! Let’s do this in order of the films…

ALLIES, FRIENDS and OTHERS

Who does the Bat class as his BFFs?


Batman - Michael GoughMichael Gough – ALFRED

Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin

“I have no wish to fill my few remaining years grieving for the loss of old friends. Or their sons.”

There couldn’t be a Batman film without Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s loyal helper. Michael Gough played the character for four films and helped out three different Batmen!

Perfect for the role of Alfred, Gough delivered every line with class and style. He was so believable, even in the disaster that was Batman & Robin! He has one of those acting styles that make’s us wish that we had our own Alfred or that he was our Granddad, telling us stories from long ago! Michael Gough passed away in 2011 at the great age of 94.

Bat Rating: Batman - 4 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Out of Africa (1985)


Kim Basinger – Vicki ValeBatman - Kim Basinger

Batman

” Let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you?”

Kim Basinger played the part of Vicki Vale, love interest for Bruce Wayne. During the 80’s, Basinger was at the top of her game and on the wall of every teenage boy! It is understandable why she was cast as the damsel in distress in a superhero movie.

Basinger played the character well, but was a little one dimensional. I would have liked to have seen her a little less in distress and little move feisty!

Bat Rating: Batman - 3 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: L.A. Confidential (1997)


Batman - Billy Dee WilliamsBilly Dee Williams – HARVEY DENT

Batman

“We have enough problems in this city without worrying about ghosts or goblins.”

Only a side role in Batman, Billy Dee Williams plays the role of Harvey Dent like like every other role he has been in and I would have liked to have seen more from his character.

Having Harvey Dent in the film, hints at a Two-Face storyline but this was never continued as Williams didn’t appear in the sequel.

Bat Rating: Batman - 2 Star

Best Non-Batman Film: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Batman - Chris O'DonnellChris O’Donnell – ROBINBatman - Chris O'Donnell Actor

Batman Forever, Batman & Robin

“Holey rusted metal, Batman!”

Robin was always going to arrive in the films at some point and he did in Batman Forever with Chris O’Donnell taking on the role, just beating Leo DiCaprio. He was a rising star, young, athletic and handsome, he seemed to have everything it took to be a Hollywood heartthrob.

The only let-down is that, in the Batman films at least, O’Donnell isn’t the best actor in the world. In fact his performance in Batman & Robin is believed by many to be the reason his career took a downward tumble.

Bat Rating: Batman - 1 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Scent of a Woman (1992)


 Nicole Kidman – DR. CHASE MERIDIANBatman - Nicole Kidman

Batman Forever

“You like strong women. I’ve done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip?”

Nicole Kidman took on the role of Dr. Chase Meridian, another love interest for Bruce Wayne/Batman. She played the part as well as she could, she had a bit of fight in her but ultimately was still just the damsel in distress for Batman to save.

Kidman’s career took off after Batman Forever and is now a household name. She didn’t reprise her role in Batman & Robin… which is probably a good thing!

Bat Rating: Batman - 3 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Moulin Rouge! (2001)


Batman - Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone – BATGIRLBatman - Alicia Silverstone Actor

Batman & Robin

“Chicks like you give women a bad name.”

Alicia Silverstone, like Chris O’Donnell (Robin), seemed to have everything going for her. She had starred in a couple of successful movies, and had a youthful attractiveness to her.

Unfortunately she chose to star as Barbara Wilson AKA Batgirl in Batman & Robin. Her career never really took off, possibly due to the flop of this film. Yes, she looked good in the Batgirl outfit but cheesy dialogue and a terrible storyline ruined everything about this film!

Bat Rating: Batman - 2 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Clueless (1995)


Batman - Michael CaineMichael Caine – ALFRED

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

“Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

Who better to play Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler and Batman’s number one advisor than the genius that is Michael Caine! A Christopher Nolan favourite, Caine’s portrayal of Alfred is brilliant and some of his finest work.

He makes the character so believable. You feel every sentence he speaks, be it giving Bruce some words of encouragement or warning, or telling a story from his rich history. And the scene in Dark Knight Rises when he leaves Bruce’s side… wow! Michael Caine is an actor who, I think, is getting better and better with age!

Bat Rating: Batman - 5 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Harry Brown (2009)


Gary Oldman – JIM GORDONBatman - Gary Oldman

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

“He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.”

Gary Oldman is one of those actors who has been in a LOT of films and, unfortunately, not all of them good. However, for every bad film he’s in, he picks a winner to counteract it. Taking the role of Jim Gordon in Nolan’s Batman films was definitely a winner!

Oldman is one of those tried and tested actors who knows the game so well he could probably play it with his eyes shut. A lot of his acting comes from his face alone and he plays that ‘down-trodden’ guy who just wants to do the right thing so well. A brilliant take on a well known character.

Bat Rating: Batman - 5 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Dracula (1992)


Batman - Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman – LUCIUS FOX

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

“It has a long uninteresting name. I just took to calling it… The Bat, and yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black.”

Ah Morgan Freeman. Add Morgan Freeman to any film and it instantly raises it’s profile. He has one of those voices that just dreamily slides into your head. Not that he doesn’t make some odd choices of course. Like Gary Oldman, he has been in a lot of films and not all of them good. Yet he still manages to do great things with the characters he is given.

His take on Lucius Fox, a techno wizard, is brilliant. I believed every word he was saying and want him to build me my own Batmobile! Well done Mr Freeman!

Bat Rating: Batman - 5 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


Katie Holmes – RACHEL DAWESBatman - Katie Holmes

Batman Begins

“What chance does Gotham have when the good people do nothing?  “

Katies Holmes has had an odd sort of career. Found fame in teen angst drama Dawson’s Creek, made a few films and then, of course, there was that Tom Cruise situation.  Batman Begins was a great choice for her to really boost her career and launch her into stardom.

Holmes is a good actor, I wouldn’t go as far to say she was great, but she was good enough for the love interest of Bruce Wayne. Then, so we’re told, she decided not to reprise her role in The Dark Knight, which on retrospect, considering how well it did, she probably regrets. Bummer Holmes. Bummer.

Bat Rating: Batman - 3 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Phone Booth (2002)


Batman - Maggie GyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal – RACHEL DAWES

The Dark Knight

“Bruce, don’t make me your only hope for a normal life.”

With Katie Holmes dropping out of the sequel to Batman Begins, Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped up to fill her shoes. In a bolder, more daring Batman film, Gyllenhaal got to play a feistier versoin of Rachel Dawes. torn between two loves, she plays the pivotal character that leads Batman down the routes he takes.

Gyllenhaal is one of those actresses that injects her personality into her roles and this one is no different. She took what Katie Holmes had done with the character and made her her own. She makes us care for her enough, so when she dies, he feel Bruce and Harvey’s pain.

Bat Rating: Batman - 4 Star

Best Non-Batman Role:  Secretary (2002)


Batman - Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway – CATWOMANBatman - Anne Hathaway Actor

The Dark Knight Rises

“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.”

I’ll be honest, when  it was announced that Anne Hathaway was going to play Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman, I groaned. I wasn’t really a fan. Luckily, with a few of the films she had out around that time, she changed my mind!

A Catwoman like Michelle Pfieffer would never work in Nolan’s Batman so Hathaway played her more of a cat burglar from a poor background. She brought a great combination of zest, sex appeal and strength to the role.  She also played on the characters lack of loyalty really well. Here was a character that was neither good or bad and only in it for herself. I would have liked to have seen a little more screen time with her, but she still did a great job!

Bat Rating: Batman - 4 Star

Best Non-Batman Role:  Les Misérables (2012)


Joseph Gordon-Levitt – BLAKEBatman - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Dark Knight Rises

“I’m still a believer in the Batman.”

It was a bit of surprise when it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a role in Dark Knight Rises. No one could quite figure out who he was going to play. The biggest guess was that he would play The Riddler (which would have been awesome by the way!). Instead he plays Blake, a Gotham cop, just trying to do what’s best for the city. It’s not until the end when we find out his real name – Robin – that we click! Ahhh!

JGL has a likeable factor to him that will always do him well on-screen. He is a committed actor who takes his roles very seriously and you can tell by his performances. I loved that they didn’t make him some huge hero that saves everyone in the city – instead keeping him a realistic character who is a hero for saving a group of young children. A great character by a great actor.

Bat Rating: Batman - 5 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: 500 Days of Summer (2009)


So that’s it. That’s a hell of a lot of brilliant actors to have the honour of starring in a Batman film (or dishonour as in Batman & Robin‘s case). Now imagine if all of those actors got together to make one huge Batman film. That would be something!

Yes, there are some other characters in the Batman films played by great actors, such as Rutger Hauer, Tom Wilkinson and Ken Watanabe, not to mention all of the smaller characters played by great actors hoping to catch their big break. But I couldn’t go on all day. Jeesh… I’m too busy saving people in distress. Didn’t you know?

I’m the Batman.


Written by Joseph Monahan – writer/director at Berry Productions

@josephmonahan

Download Joe’s comedy sci-fi book, Intergalactic Terrorist.

Batman – An All Star Line-up

Batman - cover

WARNING: This article contains… dum dum dum… SPOILERS!

I’ve recently re-watched Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) and Batman Forever (1995). I swore I’d never watch Batman & Robin (1997) again. I think I’ll now have to do a Christopher Nolan Batman marathon with Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). With the currently titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) in production, that’s a hell of a lot of Batman that’s hit our screens. Not to mention the 1960’s TV series and all of the animated series and specials!

It got me thinking about the different actors that have appeared in the various films (I’m going for the films, not TV or there’d be far too many!). Some of the greatest acting talent imaginable have appeared in the Batman franchises over the years. So for a bit of fun I thought I’d check them all out, who they played, what they brought to the film and how I’d rate them as the character. So let’s begin with…

BATMAN 

Who has donned the black cape?


Batman - Michael Keaton

Batman - Michael Keaton actor

Michael Keaton – BATMAN

Batman & Batman Returns

“Now you wanna get nuts? Come on! Let’s get nuts.”

Michael Keaton starred in the first two Batman films directed by Tim Burton. When it was announced that Keaton would play Batman, fans were worried as he was better known for his comedy characters.

However, he played the caped crusader brilliantly, setting the moody, mysterious image of the bat that still remains on our screens to this day.  At times he was cheesy and had some corny one-liners, but many still see Michael Keaton as the one true Batman or that he has influenced all that have come after him.

Bat Rating:  Batman - 5 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Beetlejuice (1988)


Batman - Val Kilmer

Batman - Val Kilmer Actor

Val Kilmer – BATMAN

Batman Forever

“It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.”

When Keaton turned down Batman Forever after Burton chose not to direct it, Val Kilmer stepped up to don the bat mask with mixed results. As the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman, Kilmer did a good job, but didn’t really bring anything new to the role.

Keaton set the bar so high that fans had a hard time accepting Kilmer as Batman. It didn’t help that Batman Forever was far too ‘zany’ for most peoples likings. He was a good Batman but it’s always hard to fill someone elses’ shoes.

Bat Rating: Batman - 3 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: The Doors (1991)


Batman - George Clooney

Batman - George Clooney Actor

George Clooney – BATMAN

Batman & Robin

“Why is it that all the beautiful ones are homicidal maniacs?”

Poor George. Taking the role of Batman was still quite early in his film career and he himself admits that it was a mistake. The absolute flop that was Batman & Robin can’t be blamed on Clooney. He did the best he could amongst a jumble of wrongs. The cheesy dialogue, the garish colours, the bat nipples!

These days, Clooney is a brilliant actor and everyone loves him. Back in ’97 he was still remembered from his days in ER and as the bad boy in Dusk Till Dawn, so playing our caped hero was never going to be easy for him.

Bat Rating: Batman - 1 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: Gravity (2013)


Batman - Christian Bale

Batman - Christian Bale Actor

Christian Bale – BATMAN

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises

“I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.”

Skip forward to 2005 and Christopher Nolan brought us Batman Begins with Bale becoming the darkest Batman yet. Gone had the camp, bright fun of the old. Gone had the nipples!

Bale gave so much passion and determination to the role of Batman whilst also doing what no one else had quite managed to do – giving us a brilliant portrayal of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. Bale is one of the truly great actors of our time, giving great performances time and time again. It will be hard for anyone to top Bale’s performance as the Dark Knight.

Bat Rating: Batman - 5 Star

Best Non-Batman Role: American Psycho (2000)


Batman - Ben Affleck

Batman - Ben Affleck Actor

Ben Affleck – BATMAN

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Currently planned for a 2016  release, Zack Snyder is directing Ben Affleck as the caped crusader in what is a sequel to the latest Superman film, Man of Steel.  Not much is known about the film yet, other than it will feature Batman, Superman and Wonderwoman.

A lot of fans were very concerned with the choice of casting Affleck as Batman – a feeling I do not agree with. I believe that Affleck will portray the dark knight well and hope that he add’s his own take on the character and doesn’t try to do a Christian Bale. And there lies the only problem for me – it could be too soon to accept someone else as our favourite winged hero.

Bat Rating: ????

Best Non- Batman Role: Argo (2012)


NEXT – BATMAN’S VILLAINS


Written by Joseph Monahan – writer/director at Berry Productions

@josephmonahan

Download Joe’s comedy sci-fi book, Intergalactic Terrorist.

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