“Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut” (2006) turns back time…

Superman Reborn. “Superman: The Movie” redefined the superhero genre. Released in December of 1978, the film made possible the big-budget release of Tim Burton’s “Batman” 11 years later, not to mention the current DC and Marvel cinematic/TV waves being ridden to this day. Before Richard Donner’s film, my generation had the campy, tongue-in-cheek “Batman” and…

Diana loses some of her power in “Wonder Woman 1984” (2020)…

******SUPER-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!****** Back in 1978, director Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie” took a then-silly idea of a comic book hero in tights and made it viable for broad audience appeal. The trick was for the audience to fully invest in the character, with no winks or camp. “You will believe a man can fly”…

“Joker” (2019) is a gritty ode to 1970s antiheroism…

****SPOILERS**** Director/cowriter Todd Phillips (of the obnoxious “Hangover” movies) offers this latest take on the now 79-year old Batman villain “Joker” in a film so utterly dark, and so morally complex that I actually wish it weren’t a DC comics movie. The movie borrows more heavily from the works of early Martin Scorsese films than…

1989: The Summer of “Batman”…

Bat-Then. It was 30 years ago, and a very different time. At my then-age of 22 I felt the carefree hubris of youth. I legally rode a motorcycle without a helmet (because I was an idiot), I was renting a single room from some friends of mine, and I went to the movies a lot…