A man of simple tastes

10Jul08

I’ve got a lot of Bat-news to report so let’s get started!

A lot has been happening on the viral marketing front. Like this new Why So Serious? page. Another countdown … to what? I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

“I like dynamite, gun powder, and gasoline!”

On the viral website, Gotham National Bank, enter the username GNB3792 and password 99g28ct75k to hack into an email account.

By the way, Batman-On-Film has another great TDK-themed contest. The deadline is August 1 and the winners will be notified two days after that. Blackfilm.com has an interview with a minor character from The Dark Knight: Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who plays a tattoed prisoner in the film. And IESB.net has an interview with Gary Oldman (WARNING: spoilers … Fuck, I can’t believe I just read that, ugh—so I didn’t read the whole article). From the one with Oldman, this is funny:

Q: Were you in any of the IMAX shot scenes and if so did you notice a difference?

GO: Noisier camera and it’s the size of a washing machine. Noisy camera, and did you know there’s a booklet that comes with the IMAX? Of how to act? Yeah…you have to make it really subtle because it’s going to be so much bigger. And make-up, the whole thing, the gestures, make the gestures smaller…

Q: Did you take any of it to heart?

GO: Um, well, I couldn’t be small if I tried.

All right, curious about the Citizens for Batman viral event that took place the other day? Evidently it wasn’t “all that” (despite the free swag). You can check out more pictures on BOF.com here and here, and check out another rundown on /Film. And if you go straight to the CFB website and click on either of the two locations (New York City or Chicago) you can see even more. Man, I would have been psyched to see this …

On the other hand, tickets for The Dark Knight are selling out like guns and bullets in Gotham City during a mob war. Midnight showings are sold out in cities across the nation according to Fandango, causing theaters to add 3:00 and 6:00 am showtimes to the list to meet insane ticket demands. Holy shit. Superhero Hype! reports that while theaters continue to add more performances, a record number of late-night showings have already sold out in advance (more than 1,500 late-night showtimes of the movie have been scheduled for the film’s pre-opening Friday morning). The film is turning out to be the year’s top advance ticket-seller in wide release, beating Iron Man, Indiana Jones 4, and Sex and the City at the same point in the films’ sales cycles.

Holy shit indeed. Just check this out:

An online survey of more than 3,000 “The Dark Knight” fans on Fandango.com over the holiday weekend offered the following information on the late-night surge:

* 37% of respondents plan to see the film at least once during one of the late night performances on Thursday night.
* 38% say that they intend to take off a few hours or the entire day from work on Friday as a result of seeing the movie the night before.
* 60% of these moviegoers are male.
* 71% are under the age of 35.
* 39% plan to see the film in IMAX(R).
* 92% expect that the Academy will recognize Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker with a posthumous Oscar(R) nomination next year.

This is insane. In a good way, of course. There’s an article on this by The New York Times, too.

IGN.com has some awesome new Batman articles. The first pertains to top baddies in Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery. The other two (one on Harvey Dent/Two-Face and the Joker—two of my favorite villains) have some fantastic reading suggestions.

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5 Responses to “A man of simple tastes”

  1. 1 John

    Zur en arrrrrrgh, thanks for the spoiler warning about the Gary Oldman article! That’s why I’m struggling so hard to stay away from everything until after I’ve seen it.

    Talked to Kyle for a bit today. He says that even though it’s PG-13, it’s an R-rated movie for how disturbing and troubling it is. Apparently the Joker stuff goes further than we’ve even dared imagine.

  2. 2 John

    P.S. Yet another sweet banner.

  3. Yeah, I was kind of pissed I ran head-on into that spoiler. I wish people would note stuff like that, you know? Or not release it until after the movie comes out. 😦

    Whoa, I can’t wait until the 18th, eeee!

    Thanks! Old design, new model. ;D

  4. Definitely appreciate the warning. I am so pumped to see TDK that it is hard not to read everything that comes out about it. Trying to keep the expectations low so I can be even more impressed when I actually see it.

  5. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by!

    Yeah, it’s definitely hard to know what has big spoilers and what doesn’t at this point in the game, so I’m trying my best to give others the courtesy I’d like to get when it comes to spoilers.

    I think this movie is going to live up to even the highest expectations. I’m so psyched! July 18, here I come! 😀


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