Bastards of Batman Returns

Batman Returns Michael Keaton Circus Gang Behind the Scenes

In Batman, solitary billionaire Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton – Birdman) was inspired to become the famous vigilante crime-fighter after the unavenged death of his parents. After terrorising the criminal underworld, he ended up dropping their killer, Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson – A Few Good Men) into a vat of chemicals. The Joker was born along with a new type of villain. The super villain. Eventually he was defeated (AKA killed), and a relative peace returned to Gotham City.

The Bat, The Bird, and The Cat

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Project 2501 and the Making of the Live Action Opening For Ghost in the Shell

Ghost In the Shell Project 2501

As my Dad always said, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”.

Hollywood knows this, and badass title sequences have since become big bidness. They’ve evolved significantly from the title cards of old. Now works of art in their own right, they are even directed and produced by entirely different people than the film itself.

From the likes of the various babe-infused arty Bond incarnations, to the wicked dark David Fincher openers (like this one), a memorable title sequence can set the tone for the 90 minutes to come.

One such ultra-memorable sequence all the way from 1995 is that of Ghost in the Shell.

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Akira Live Action Adaptation Concept Art – A Neo Tokyo That Never Was

Akira Project Live Action Poster

Akira is the most important anime every made.

It was the conduit by which many Westerner such as myself discovered anime.┬áIt was the first “cartoon” movie I ever saw on crackly VHS that had an age rating. It’s cover held a dark promise of adult violence and forbidden language.

And we’ve managed to find some concept art for another one of it’s botched live action remakes.

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