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This week I watched the highly anticipated “Batman the dark night rises” and here is my review  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

I have only one word to describe it, awesome!!!

It is set eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight”, and Gotham City is in a state of peace. Under powers granted by the Dent Act (legislation inspired by the perceived heroism of the late Harvey Dent), Commissioner James Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department have nearly eradicated violent and organized crime. Gordon feels guilty about the cover-up of Harvey Dent’s crimes, but decides that the city is not ready to hear the truth. While following a lead in the abduction of a congressional representative, Gordon’s speech falls into the hands of the villain Bane, who discovers the truth about Dent. Gordon is shot in the process of escaping and promotes patrol officer John Blake to detective, allowing Blake to report directly to him in the hospital.

As Batman has disappeared from Gotham, so too has Bruce Wayne, locking himself inside Wayne Manor. Wayne Enterprises is crumbling after he invested in board member Miranda Tate’s clean energy project, designed to harness fusion power, and shut it down after learning that the core could be modified to become a nuclear weapon. Both Blake, who has deduced Batman’s identity, and Gordon implore Batman to return. Bane attacks the stock exchange and bankrupts Bruce, forcing him to relinquish control of Wayne Enterprises. Correctly suspecting that his business rival, John Daggett, employed Bane to aid in this aggressive takeover of his company, Bruce entrusts Tate to keep full control out of Daggett’s hands. However, Bane has other plans, and kills Daggett to take control of his construction empire.

Batman comes out of retirement. Following a trail left by cat burglar Selina Kyle, Batman locates Bane, who says that he took over the League of Shadows following Ra’s al Ghul’s death. In the following battle, Bane destroys Batman, breaks his back and places him in a foreign prison from which escape is virtually impossible. The other inmates relate the story of how Ra’s al Ghul’s child was the only person, through necessity and the sheer force of will, to ever escape the prison. Batman believes that the child grew up to become Bane.  Whilst imprisoned batman regains his health, belief in himself, strength and escapes.  I wont say much more about what happens next as it might spoil it for you.  But what follows is the typical action packed story of good vs evil with an explosive finale. The twist near the end is really good but I sort of guessed mid way through the film. Again I wont  reveal it.

I really liked this film and thought the ending tied off the dark night series nicely.  The effects are awesome. I was totally blown away.  It was dark and gritty. Sad and funny in places. And Bane, in my opinion, is utterly brilliant. Tom Hardy portrays Bane just how I would imagine him.  Pure dark, evil and dam scary.

Also I have to say Anne Hathaway is a sensation and scene steeling as Selina Kyle (cat woman).  And I’m not just saying that because of the sexy skin tight catsuit :).

So yes, well worth a watch.  But one warning for those with weak bladders, it is a fairly long film at nearly 2hrs 40 mins, but worth it.

What did you think?

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Hi all,

As it it’s going to be a bumper time with superhero films in the next couple years it got me to thinking about the stinkers, the ones that didn’t quiet make it up to the mark. As not every superhero film is a smash hit. Sometimes a superhero’s biggest nemesis is bad acting, horrible writing and ghastly special effects. There are some really bad ones out so I have complied a list. Here is my Top 5, or should I say worst 5, of the worst superhero films.

5. Captain America (1990)

You’d be forgiven for thinking the forthcoming ‘Captain America’ movie is the first major film featuring the patriotic superhero.

But you’d be wrong; there was a little known ‘Captain America’ effort in 1990.

Expected to capitalise on the success of the previous year’s superhero blockbuster, ‘Batman’, posters sprung everywhere of Captain America’s iconic shield, emblazoned with the claim that the film was “coming Spring 1990 to theatres everywhere”.

Sadly, because of the film’s low budget feel, bizarre character changes (the Nazi Red Skull was changed to an Italian fascist for the movie for no apparent reason) and shoddy make up it bypassed cinemas completely and went straight to DVD.

4. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Following the box office disappointments of ‘Superman III’ and spin-off ‘Supergirl’ (which also very nearly made this list), producer Ilya Salkind sold the rights to Cannon Films.

In a bid to persuade a reluctant Christopher Reeve to reprise his most famous role, they promised him story input for the fourth film.

Deciding he wanted Superman to end the threat of nuclear war, the story features Superman fighting a goofy looking villain called Nuclear Man – complete with 80s bouffant hairdo.

Superman tackling social issues and Gene Hackman returning as Lex Luthor following his non involvement from the last film – what could go wrong?

Well everything to be honest.  I thought this was really bad, and a shame really.

It did not help that Cannon slashed the budget in half, resulting in a laughably bad climatic fight scene and poor special effects? It was Reeve’s last big screen outing as Superman.

3. Barb Wire (1996)

The movie that made Pam Anderson a superstar! Not quite…actually that movie would come a few years later when she did the sex tape with Tommy Lee. Based on the Dark Horse comic book, Anderson plays the title character who owns a nightclub, dances topless, and who just happens to be a bounty hunter and mercenary on the side. It is so horrifically bad one might think Dark Horse would burn every existing copy of the comic series to distance their selves from the travesty. Only watchable for diehard Anderson fans

2. Batman (1966)

The original Batman film falls squarely into the “so bad it’s good” category. In an effort to take advantage of the enormously popular TV show, 20th Century Fox releases this “big budget” theatrical film.

The budget turned out to be less than $2 million dollars and it shows, particularly in the famous rubber shark sequence where Batman has to use his trusty “Bat Shark Repellent” spray.

The Dynamic Duo squared off against the four greatest villains: Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Cat-Woman who turned the members of the United World Security council to powder by dehydrating them. Sure, it had all the campiness of the TV show and more, but weren’t fans expecting and deserving of more in a theatrical release?

1. The Fantastic Four (1994)

Please Don’t confuse this with the recent versions of the ‘Fantastic Four’ which I thought were pretty good, They were a million miles more impressive than the 1994 effort.

Perhaps it’s not a very fair comparison, considering the ultra low budget film was never intended to be released, and was in fact only shot to ensure that the filmmaker kept the rights.

But I watched this recently and it was truly bad. It is very easy to find on the internet.  The film while goofily enjoyable at times, is, I think, one of the worst superhero films ever made. The low budget charm of the ‘special effects’ soon wears off, and you’re left watching a film that feels more amateur theatre than a movie version of one of Marvel’s best known comic creations.

Here is a trailer to show you how bad it really was….

There are plenty of other films that did not make the list. So,please forgive me if I have left any off. So, what do you think? Do you agree with my top 5. Let me know.

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