Category Archives: Movie Matchups

Justice League Proved to Be Even More Like Superman II Than I Predicted

Last summer I noted that there are only two kinds of Superman movies: an origin story and a return story. At the time, I knew that Justice League would fall into the latter category and basically be a repeat of … Continue reading

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Batman & Robin Tarnishes Batman Forever

There are plenty of reasons to dislike 1997’s Batman & Robin. Chief among them is the fact that it tarnished its perfectly decent predecessor, Batman Forever. Everything Batman Forever got right or at least didn’t do too bad a job … Continue reading

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Why Is Two-Face So Easy to Manipulate?

Last week we dissected the Two-Face Meets the Riddler scene in Batman Forever, and this week we’re going to revisit that scene and add a little twist. Have you ever noticed that this scene mirrors the one in The Dark … Continue reading

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Before Twilight Was the Original Edward and Bela

Last week I talked a lot about Ed Wood, and it got me thinking that that film was a trendsetter in more ways than one. It didn’t just inspire others to ironically praise the efforts of bad filmmakers, but it also … Continue reading

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The Many Attempts to Recreate the Magic of 1982

They say you can’t go home again. But some filmmakers seem to think they can. 1982 was one of the best years for films. In fact, it was so good that many of the films from that year have been … Continue reading

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Bruce Wayne vs. Francisco d’Anconia

Batman made his debut in Detective Comics in 1939 and then 18 years later a similar character showed up in the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged. That character is Francisco d’Anconia. These are two of my favorite fictional heroes, and … Continue reading

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Sequels That Show What Happened Right After the First Film’s End Credits Rolled

Most sequels acknowledge the fact that a lot of time passes in between film productions by showing us familiar characters in new situations, a la Die Hard 2. After all, it probably wouldn’t have been much fun to see what … Continue reading

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