Is Batman the most cinematic superhero/comicbook character?

Discussion in 'Batman World' started by Kevin Roegele, Mar 19, 2006.

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  1. HerosOnFilm Registered

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    Very much the most cinematic. There's something about dark film noir that is so appealing, and a character filled with angst and vengeance.
     
  2. Furious Styles Registered

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    My absolute favourite superhero film. Even moreso than Batman Begins, S:TM and B'89. Like you said once before, Alec Baldwin would have made a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. I think he does a great job presenting the hero with the tortured soul, always on the precipice of returning to his darkened past.

    The whole theme of redemption works really well with the reworking of the character's origin as well. Making him evil in the beginning, only to be redeemed and later face that same evil in the form of Shiwan Khan. It gives a new dimension to the whole "Who Knows What Evil Lurks Inside The Hearts Of Men" line.

    My only gripe with the film was not being able to see The Tulku train Lamont Cranston. I think it would have been awesome to see Baldwin struggling with mastering the Phurba, maybe give the ending more weight. Maybe even a scene of The Shadow leaving, only to see The Tulku take on Shiwan Khan. But that's just fanatic fanboyism on my part.

    Too bad the LA Earthquake messed up the ending of the film. I could go on and about this movie lol...AHAHAHHAHAAHH *Maniacal Shadow Laugh*

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  3. Kevin Roegele Do you mind if I don't?

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    I could watch this movie all day. The atmosphere is so strong you can almost touch it. The performances, especially Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller, are absolutely perfect. It's one of the most watchable movies I've ever seen.
     
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    The Shadow was very underrated in my opinion. Like a lot of people, I back in the day thought Baldwin would have made a great BM/Bruce Wayne.

    His performance in The Shadow proves it.
     
  5. And why do u think so... it was very average - both the performance and script...:confused:
     
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    Well, it was a bit cheesy, but some parts were cool. Alec Baldwin did a good job in my opinion...people might think of him as a goofball actor that hosts Saturday Night Live all the time, but he really can (could act). I have no doubt if he played BM/BW...he would have brought something great to the character. He has the deep, menacing voice, the dark hair, the total look. He wasn't always bloated and overweight, and with a good script, I think he would have done well.
     
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    He would've been Batman had him and Burton got along on the set of Beetlejuice. That's the word on the street. I think he would've been better than Keaton. He had the look, the voice, and the same intensity and creepyness of Keaton.
     
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    What happened, and what was messed up?
     
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    It's been said that the production team had planned a much longer ending to the film than what you witness in the final cut. The final duel between Khan and The Shadow was much longer in the hall of mirrors with much more of an emphasis put on The Shadow's darkened past as Ying Ku.

    Khan uses the hall of mirrors to confront The Shadow with his darkened past and the mirrors reflect certain parts in his life where he was "evil." The Shadow overcomes this and ends up defeating Khan like you see in the final cut.

    A few days or weeks before production was about to wrap up, an earthquake caused all the mirrors to break and destroyed the set. They had no budget left and were forced to edit the final scene together with what they had already filmed.

    So that's why the ending feels almost anti-climatic, with a minimal amount of confrontation between Khan and The Shadow...

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    That would have been an awesome ending. I like the movie. It is particularly cheesy, but a good entertaining cheesy.
     
  11. agreed. i'd say that guy had few nice appereances, but... he is not top class actor. and movie still wasn't that good:(
     
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    Ah, The Shadow. That was an excellent film in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, the cheese was there, but there was also a bit of cheese in Batman Begins. I thought a couple of lines were a little far fetched in Batman Begins. Not a gripe at all, I enjoyed it.

    But yes, Baldwin would've been an incredible Batman. I'm sure of it.
     

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