The Batman… again!

The Batman. Publicité France. 2022. Var Matin.

Today I went to see the film The Batman. Again. This is my second viewing, and it allowed me time to focus more on some of the many details I loved in the headrush-mind-blown-euphoria of my first viewing… like… just how awesome is every nuance of the soundtrack (Michael Giacchino for an upcoming Oscar anyone?); how hypnotic is the cinematography in its scale and lighting; how much creepier (and excellent acting kudos once again to Paul Dano) is The Riddler? The Batmobile car chase scene… Selina Kyle… The Nightclub scenes…

Bah. I could be a fanboy all day about this movie and bore you to bat tears (fair warning: I’m hoping to see it a third time before it exits the cinemas here). Instead, I’ll leave you with a couple of French publicity items I found – which have been a bit thin on the ground here since the pandemic in terms of the free goodies I usually pick up. As a bonus, I’ll make a quick rummage through my Batman archives to present some wonderful toy and advert images you may have missed last time around.

If you haven’t seen The Batman yet, what are you waiting for? Hurry.

Cover – Cinemateaser N° 110. Mars 2022. France.

The Batman is released by Warner Brothers in March 2022. All images in this post courtesy of Warner Brothers and DC Comics.

From the TVTA Batman archives:

As always, thanks for looking!

The Batman movie no spoiler TVTA review

“A film so dark, I had to put my sunglasses on when I left the cinema.” – TVTA

I rarely do reviews here at TVTA, but you know, I’m gonna make an exception today, because I’ve just had my all-senses blown away by the dark cinematic juggernaut that is The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/the Riddler.

Shoutouts too for the supporting cast of John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson and Andy Serkis among others. The acting dynamics behind this film is nothing short of chemical poetry.

At just shy of three hours running time, you might be put off by venturing to your cinema to see it – but don’t be… The Batman is a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat and caters for all your sensory needs. Before you know it, you’ll be wondering where those three hours went.

The film is pitched in the darkest noir tones you could imagine; from the brooding architecture of the almost non-stop rained-upon Gotham City, to wild and ornate gothic interiors that would have Tim Burton nodding in appreciation, to the dank and murky Batcave, to the pulsating nightclub, to gloomy apartment windows and helicopters patrolling a Bat-signalled black sky. Fellow blogger Paul Bowler pointed out that the film’s look has a certain Seven vibe to it, and I would agree with that. I would also add the film has a few Edward Hopper ambient moments, maybe too Metropolis.

Robert Pattinson in the role of The Batman is by far my favourite take on the Caped Crusader. A brooding, sullen and sympathetic figure who is clearly at odds with his persona as billionaire Bruce Wayne, and more keen to get on with some honest detective work. Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman is introduced to us at the seemingly entry level of her persona – a spirited and fearless would-be assassin. Watching her character grow in any further instalments is going to be a treat.

An unrecognisable Colin Farrell in the role of the Penguin is a joy to watch. As is Paul Dano who plays Edward Nashton/the Riddler – a villain completely unhinged from reality. In costume, the Riddler horrifies us, but it’s when he’s out of costume in his seemingly unassuming, bespectacled self that his creepiness factor truly comes into play. For me, I haven’t seen a creepier villain since Kevin in Sin City.

Let’s hear it for the sound! The soundtrack is just phenomenal; from Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’ to the classic ‘Ave Maria’ to the sound of Batman’s bootsteps sploshing in the rain-soaked sidewalks of Gotham City.

What else can I say… there are some cool Bat vehicles, a superb car chase, a hint of romance, violence and action galore, a delightful cameo by one of Batman’s arch foes, and black oodles upon black oodles of dark, twisty, black, shadowy noir to keep you feeling darkly noir-ish until next time…

Me, I can’t wait to see it again!

The Batman is released by Warner Brothers in March 2022. All images in this post courtesy of Warner Brothers and DC Comics.

Cave Bears, Dirty Cops, Motel Psychos and The Springwood Slasher!

The Clan of the Cave Bear. L’Ecran Fantastique N° 69 1986.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of movie magazine covers and adverts featuring the talents of Daryl Hannah, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Perkins and Robert Englund among others.

Content is from 1980s editions of L’Ecran Fantastique, Starfix, Mad Movies and Spotlight magazines, as published in France at the time. The only films I haven’t seen from the titles shown are The Clan of the Cave Bear; Star Knight; Raw Deal and Monster in the Closet. The Daryl Hannah image on the cover of L’Ecran Fantastique N° 69 is just wonderful, and seems to be the same image as used for the movie posters for The Clan of the Cave Bear.

I also love the cover showing Anthony Perkins in his role as Norman Bates in Psycho 3 (for which he made his debut as a director), and the poster for Short Circuit. The Monster in the Closet poster is just hilarious fun!

Do you have any favourite images here?

Psycho 3. L’Ecran Fantastique No 71 1986.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. L’Ecran Fantastique N° 81. 1987.

Dirty Harry. Starfix N° 3 1983.

Below: Star Trek Spotlight Special; Star Knight; Spotlight Magazine; Mannequin; Masters of the Universe; Raw Deal; Monster in the Closet; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Mad Movies; Short Circuit.

Mad Movies 47. L’Ecran Fantastique No 81 1987
Short Circuit. L’Ecran Fantastique N°71 1986.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Coming soon… the TVTA 2021 Halloween Pumpkin Creation, revealed!

Godzilla vs King Ghidorah – 1991 movie programme

Cover. Godzilla VS. King Ghidorah 1991 Movie Program. Japan.

This Japanese movie programme for the 1991 film Godzilla vs King Ghidorah is a most welcome addition to the TVTA archives. The attractive programme features stills and background on the production of the Kazuki Ōmori / Toho Studios film, as well as advertising for some of the cool toys and merchandise related to the release.

Enjoy the selected scans 🙂

Toys and merchandise 

Godzilla VS. King Ghidorah toys by Bandai.

Godzilla VS. King Ghidorah toys by Bandai.

Encyclopedia of Godzilla.

Godzilla 1992 Calendar.

The Art of Godzilla.

Max Factory Custom Craft Godzilla models.

Advert from Godzilla VS. King Ghidorah 1991 Movie Program. Japan.

Detail from rear cover of programme.

Thanks for looking 🙂 More Godzilla here

1930s in film – Belles, Beaus, and the best of the ads (part 2)

Kestos Brassière Vest. 1932.

Welcome to the 2nd and last part of TVTA’s mini-series in which we feature cinema stars of 1930s Classical Hollywood, plus beauty and fashion culture – all courtesy of British film entertainment magazines The Picturegoer Weekly and Film Pictorial.

The images you are about to see are almost 90 years old! And have been carefully scanned by TVTA from their original publications to delight modern readers. Part One can be found here

Peggy Shannon. Film Pictorial. 1934.

Peg’s Paper – Tallulah Bankhead fashion patterns. 1932.

Geiger and Lander. 1932.

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