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Five comics to read before (or after) you see “The Dark Knight Rises”

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The Dark Knight Rises” finally arrives in theaters this week, capping off Christopher Nolan’s record-breaking trilogy of Batman films that took Gotham’s favorite vigilante to a far darker place than he’s ever been on the big screen.

With the conclusion of Nolan’s arc looming large, it seemed like a good time to offer up a set of comics that will supplement your “Dark Knight Rises” experience by providing some backstory on certain characters introduced in the film, as well as some tonal accompaniment to the trilogy’s grand finale. The following list of comics won’t spoil anything in the film, so you’re welcome to check them out before or after watching “The Dark Knight Rises” — it’s entirely up to you.

So, without further ado, your list of must-read material for “The Dark Knight Rises” begins below.


Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1 & 2

Originally published in the mid-1990s, the “Knightfall” story arc famously told of the villain Bane’s ascent through Gotham’s underworld and his epic clash with Batman that would leave Bruce Wayne paralyzed and out of commission for a lengthy period (by comics standards, at least). The series was written by a long list of authors well-known for their work in the Batman universe, including Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Dennis O’Neil, and Doug Moench, and spanned more than a year of issues that chronicled Bane’s rise, Batman’s defeat, and a period in which Bruce Wayne sought an the heir to the cape and cowl. Later chapters would see Bruce Wayne recover from his injuries and set out to retake his mantle and rebuild Gotham’s trust in its shadowy protector.


Batman: No Man’s Land

This 1999 story arc followed Batman and a supporting cast of (occasionally reluctant) heroes as they tried to protect the inhabitants of Gotham after the city is cut off from the rest of the world due to a catastrophic earthquake. Written by a long list of award-winning authors, “No Man’s Land” chronicles the city’s initial fall into chaos in the aftermath of the earthquake, and the subsequent carving-up of Gotham by its heroes and villains. The isolation of Gotham provides a major plot point in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and you’ll find a lot of similarities in the tone of “No Man’s Land” and the new film. In many ways, “No Man’s Land” tells the story that lies just underneath the surface of “The Dark Knight Rises.”


Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street

In 2002, Catwoman got a brand new series of her own, with the award-winning duo of writer Ed Brubaker and artist Darwyn Cooke crafting her adventures in Gotham’s East End. This critically acclaimed series kicks off with the search for Selina Kyle, who had been missing and presumed dead, and her subsequent decision to become the protector of one of Gotham’s worst neighborhoods. Anne Hathaway makes her debut as Selina Kyle in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and her take on the character has a lot in common with this series’ morally ambiguous heroine. This volume of Catwoman earned heaps of accolades during its run, and offers a great place way to get more acquainted with the modern incarnation of DC’s most famous cat burglar.


Batman: Legacy

This 1996 series by writers Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Alan Grant includes prominent roles for many of the characters seen in “The Dark Knight Rises,” including Bane, Catwoman, and of course, Batman himself. “Legacy” chronicles the outbreak of a deadly plague in Gotham and Batman’s attempts to locate a cure. Forced to leave the city and travel all the way to the Middle East, Batman must seek help from some unlikely sources, and survive a run-in with The League of Assassins — the shadowy organization run by Ra’s al Ghul. Given all of the character overlap with “The Dark Knight Rises” in this story arc, this is must-read material for anyone who wants another looks at the dynamic between all of these heroes and villains.


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

One of the most famous stories by Sin City creator Frank Miller, The Dark Knight Returns is also widely regarded as one of the greatest Batman stories ever written. Occurring well outside the character’s traditional continuity, The Dark Knight Returns is set long after Bruce Wayne has retired from policing Gotham’s streets. Prompted to become Batman once again, the 55-year-old recluse returns to the streets, only to face tough opposition from the Gotham City Police Department, the U.S. government, and one of his former super-powered allies. Much like “The Dark Knight Rises,” Miller’s classic tale explores the nature of a post-Batman city and what it would take to bring a bruised and battered Dark Knight back into action.


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Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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