Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bruce Wayne, from bad to worse.

If there where a Top10 list of any one character who was portrayed by many different actors over the years, Batman/Bruce Wayne, Catwoman and James Bond could easily place 1 – 3 (not specifically in that order). This being said, we who sit at home or in the theatre watching these characters on film,can often find ourselves thinking: “Who was my favourite?” or something to that affect. This post will be about one of these characters, namely Bruce Wayne (live-action only).

Adam West did that corny classic from long before I was even born. Michael Keaton did the two dark Tim Burton-versions in the 80’s and was followed by Val Kilmer in “Forever” and George Clooney in that Arnold-infested crapshow called Batman & Robin. And finally, we have Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight-trilogy.

Personally, I love West’s interpretation of Wayne but the series itself wasn’t what one would call a standard Batman-show rather than a made-for-kids kinda thing, so we can pretty much count him out of the race from the get go.

Michael Keaton on the other hand, had the great pleasure of working with Burton, a true movie-magician. Together, they sat the tone for a whole new Batman-era but Keaton’s Wayne still lacked that certain something to put him at the top. Sure, in the great scene against Nicholson’s Joker with the silver platter, Keaton shows us the sociopathic side of him but it’s not great enough.

Val Kilmer only got to see the producer-side of Burton but he did his best and the outcome was pretty much like watching a masterpiece. We really get to see the hurting side of Bruce and that he really cares about the people he’s protecting as Batman. A top contender is what we have right here.

Can you say crap-filled chimichanga? How about vomit-filled diarhea-sandwich? That is what we get when we combine Batman/Bruce Wayne with George Clooney. Everything he does is stock and unimpressive and he gives us nothing of value from the character. It’s so bad that I feel almost sorry for the creators.

And last but not least, we have the real-life (read this with a humorous tone) American psycho, Christian Bale. Bale and Nolan took back the legacy first founded by Keaton and Burton way back when, with a dark but slightly more twisted take on the character. And as for Bale, as Batman.. No, i’d rather seen someone else but as Bruce Wayne, he was spectacular. I haven’t seen the latest installment yet but in the first two, he gives a truelly believable performance and we can really see the pain he feels in his eyes.

To summarise, I want to start of with pointing out that I’ve thought of the character of Bruce Wayne and the various actors portraying him in this post, NOT Batman. And in conclusion, we have arrived at my first choice, my favourite Bruce Wayne so far. And the winner is Val Kilmer! The scene that puts him at 1st place is the one in the circus tent, when Dent/Two-Face causes all the commotion in search of the man behind the bat and Wayne rises up to the challenge.

There you have it folks, some if my thoughts around our favourite bat. So until next time… Peace out hombrés!


Tv-shows going Hollywood.

Growing up in the 80’s, the selection of shows to watch was enormous and some of them have already been converted to the big screen, like Transformers, G.I. Joe and TMNT but there is still a lot of them that I personally want to see.

Right of the bat, He-Man comes to mind. Shure, he had his shot with Masters Of The Universe, where Dolph Lundgren stroked the critics the wrong way but I think it’s high time for the muscle-bound blonde from Eternia to make his return to the big screen.

Then we have The Inhumanoids, a movie that will probably never happen. It’s gory, brutal and ridiculous but in my book, that’s actually three wonderful reasons to do it. And with the CGI-technology of todays cinema, the opportunitys is limitless.

Another show that have been tossed around a lot in Hollywood lately is Thundercats. The reboot-series from 2011 turned out to be a minor success and the idea of making a movie grew stronger than ever, with a bunch of actors and musicians showing interest in the possibly huge franchise-opportunity. I, myself would love the opportunity to play a part in it, for it is one of my all time favourite shows growing up. The chances of me joining the cast is slim to none but the movie itself is something that I really think will happen. The fans will get their wish come true, I know it in my heart!

You have anything to say about the subject? Leave a comment in the section below. And, as always, until next time… Peace out hombrés!

Sly’s influence on me!

For over 100 years, we have been able to enjoy the movies, as both ways of fleeing real life but sometimes also educational but the fiction took a magnificent lead and is now one of the biggest industries in the world. Early on, Hollywood gave us actors and actresses such as Clark Gable and Greta Garbo and today, we have some household names like Nicolas Cage, Garret Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Diane Kreuger. All of them right where they belong or at least on their way there.

The actors and directors along with the screenwriters of Hollywood Cinema is more powerful and influential than we can ever imagine and sometimes a movie comes along and changes our beliefs or how we look on certain things in life.
For me, one such movie was Rocky.

Sylvester Stallone’s performance as the underdog boxer given a chance of a lifetime, combined with such beautifully written characters was mindblowing. The first time I saw it, I felt a chill running through my spine (I still feel it when I watch it) and I knew that I had just found the love of my life. The movie changed the way I acted among friends and family, my interests and even my taste in music, and I’m still living my life basically the same way I did back then. Keep in mind though, that I was maybe 4 or 5 the first time I saw it, but the way it mooved me that day was more powerful and life-altering to me than my first real kiss, moving out of my parents house and receiving my first paycheck combined!

In short, I have one man to thank about pretty much my entire life as it is today! So from the deepest bottom of my heart and soul, I give the greatest of grattitudes to the one and only true #1 Sylvester ‘Sly‘ Stallone!