3 Things You Didn’t Know About Robin Wright in The Princess Bride


Robin Wright’s most famous role is undeniably that of Buttercup in the 80s fantasy film, The Princess Bride. The film, which was based on a novel of the same name, quickly gained cult status and is today one of the most-quoted films from its era. Although the film is popular among those who grew up in the 80s or watched the film with their older siblings in the 90s, there are still many surprises, secrets and trivia that many people don’t know. The following are 3 things that you didn’t know about Robin Wright and the 1980s fantasy, The Princess Bride.

Wright and Cary Elwes were “smitten” with each other

Both Wright and Elwes admitted that they became “smitten” with each other during the production of the film. Elwes later said that he “couldn’t concentrate on much” after the first time he met Robin on the set.

Robin Wright had some troubles on the set

While filming some of the more lengthy outdoor scenes, Robin Wright became visibly cold and could not keep herself from shaking. Co-star Andre the Giant kept Wright warm by placing one of his hands on her head—the actor’s hands were large enough to cover her entire head, and help to keep her warm.

Another trouble occurred during the forest scene when Buttercup’s dress catches on fire. During the scene, William Goldman—the writer of the original novel—was on set. Even though he knew that her dress was meant to catch fire in the scene, he could not help but yelling: “Her dress is on fire!” His outburst ruined the take and the scene had to be reshot.

During the scene when Wright was meant to jump into Andre the Giant’s arms from a window, the actor was actually unable to support the weight of Wright—this was due to back problems that Andre the Giant was suffering at the time. To achieve the effect, the show’s producers attached Wright to wires to avoid any strain on the actor.

Wright had to extend a contract to be in the film

At the time of the film’s production, Wright was part of Santa Barbara, a soap opera. In order to get the necessary time off required to film The Princess Bride, Wright had to agree to extend her contract in the show by a full year.

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Why Gotham Works


Gotham is one of the most surprising well-received shows of the new TV season. Many wondered if Gotham, like many attempts at superhero shows in recent years (the popular ‘Arrow’ series notwithstanding) would flop hard before it even had a chance to get out of the water. But Gotham has not only been receiving very good ratings, especially for a show on the Fox network, it has also been earning generally positive reviews from critics and a very positive reception from fans. In other words: Gotham works. But why does the show work? Let’s take a closer look.

It knows how to balance Gotham’s quirkiness with realism
The trouble with most attempts at producing a story set in the Batman universe is balance. At its heart, the Batman universe is full of villains who have gimmicks—and this can easily make something go from interesting to silly and ridiculous. Gotham, so far, knows how to balance the “gimmick” of Gotham with realism that makes it feel like a cop show set in a very strange city. A recent episode where a vigilante tied corrupt officials to weather balloons to kill him was a perfect example. The act was very strange and over the top—but the show depicted it in a way that made it realistic for the setting.

The actor for Oswald Cobblepot
It can be hard to portray a well-known character, especially the character of the Penguin, who most people associate with Danny DeVito in his performance in Batman Returns. But the “early bird” of Gotham is extremely well portrayed. He is portrayed as a somewhat nervous, high strung up-and-comer who wants to make a name for himself in Gotham’s crime elite. To do so, he must hide from his enemies—who think he is dead—while gaining enough information to put him in a position of power. His slow transformation into the “Penguin”—a nickname he currently hates—will be very interesting to see.

James Gordon is a more grounded character to follow
You can only follow the story of Bruce Wayne so many times before it becomes overdone and, truthfully, the ‘Gotham’ incarnation of future-commissioner James Gordon is more relatable and grounded than Bruce Wayne could ever be. Gordon wants to save the city through police work, and does his best to be an honest cop in the midst of constant corruption.

3 Things ‘Gotham’ Needs to Watch Out For


Fox’s Gotham is promising to be one of the most unique, and potentially one of the best, comic book TV show adaptations in recent years. The show has gotten plenty right so far—from the nods to villains, to the atmosphere, and even choosing some great actors who know how to work with the material. But that doesn’t mean the show is perfect, and there are some pitfalls that Gotham needs to watch out for, unless it wants to end up in the same leagues as failed comic book adaptations that have come and gone before it. Let’s look at three things the show needs to avoid in order to stay at the top of its classy.

Too cheesy dialogue
It’s very easy for comic book adaptations to veer on the side of cheesy—the very nature of comic books makes them prone to over dramatic or over the top dialogue, especially in a franchise like Batman which has naturally gimmicky villains. It could be very easy for Gotham to veer into the cheesy side, especially if there are a few too many winks to Batman villains and other Batman media. Jokes and lighthearted nods are perfectly fine—and even welcome, especially in an age when comic book adaptations are often too dark and gritty—but they should be carefully written and not too abundant.

Focusing too much on Bruce
Gotham should be a prequel about—well, Gotham, and not just about Bruce Wayne. Although no franchise has actually covered his early childhood at great length, the show will do much better to tackle the history of Gotham as it descends instead of focusing solely on the young Bruce Wayne. Having James Gordon is the protagonist of the series was a stroke of genius, because it allows the show to explore different avenues of the early Gotham.

Being too literal with the canon
Gotham is, naturally, inspired by the many different adaptations of Batman. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be a carbon copy and, in order for the show to succeed, it shouldn’t be afraid to branch out on its own and make its own twists on the Batman canon. Villains don’t have to be exactly the same as they are in the comics, or the animated series, or any of the live action films—and likewise, the fates of the characters should be fluid, too.

3 Reasons Why It’s About Time Adam West’s “Batman” Comes to DVD


It was recently announced that the original Batman TV series, starring Adam West as the caped crusader, would finally be coming to DVD and Blu-ray in the fall of 2014. The show was previously unreleased on DVD due to issues that the show’s owners were having in getting the proper licenses and copyright restrictions taken care of; like many older shows, Batman was not created with home media in mind, which makes DVD releases more time consuming than they are for newer shows.

Both fans of the series and potential new fans should rejoice, however, because there are many reasons why the release of the ‘Adam West’ Batman is a wonderful thing. Let’s look at three reasons why it’s about time this classic TV show is coming to home media.

The Villains Are Purr-fect

Pun fully intended. The villains in the original series were a far cry from the dark and hardened villains we see in modern Batman adaptations, but they were the perfect adaptations of the original comic villains: quirky, witty, and dastardly! From furious felines like Catwoman to madmen like the Joker, there is a ‘villain’ for just about any taste in the original Batman.

Genuinely Fun Comic Book Adaptations Are Hard to Come By Nowadays

The trend for modern comic book film and television adaptations tends towards one theme: dark and gritty. These dark and gritty comic book adaptations are not necessarily bad, and some—like the first Dark Knight—are incredibly great films. But sometimes, the excessiveness of the ‘dark and gritty’ comic adaptation is just too much. Especially when the original Batman comics were fun, colorful and devoid of constant brooding or hyper-realistic violence. Sometimes it’s great fun to sit back and enjoy something that is silly and campy rather than bloody or dark.

Adam West

Actor Adam West is reason enough for people to rejoice at the release of this show on DVD and Blu-ray! Adam West made a name for himself playing the original “Batcape crusader,” and it’s a great joy to see his most famous role finally restored and released to the public for their enjoyment. Perhaps fans of Adam West are other work, such as his voice over work on the comedy Family Guy, will pick up the original Batman to see why Adam West is such a household name.

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How Batman Got Dark- II


I suppose the idea is a bit redundant. How Batman got dark is simple. He always was dark but it was a circuitous route back and forth between various extremes. Batman began dark, was always intended to be menacing and brooding in a bleak, dim world; but sagging comic sales forced the folks at DC to reinvent the character many times to boost the profit margins of his comic book line.

When the live action Batman series starring Burt Ward and Adam West hit TV screens in 1966, all of that dark, brooding nonsense was tossed out the window, even in the corresponding comics line at the time.

Why did they do this in the comics?

Because the TV show was a massive, massive hit. It blew the roof off of the ratings for the ABC network and the comic brand was quick to follow the campy nature of the show. Good for them. I love the show for what it is and that’s a good time; it elevated camp to epic proportions and although modern fans of Batman will cringe at the antics of the Caped Crusader (shark repellant, anyone?), it kept the comics alive and kicking, at least until the show was cancelled two years later.

Batman ’66 had three seasons, an abnormally high 120 episodes for that amount of time on the air, and a live action full-fledged film out of the deal. The ’66 film is currently the only thing available of this series on DVD or BD at the time of this writing but there are (finally!) plans to release this wonderful series on home media sometime in 2014.

It’s about goddamn time.

I had heard they were, in part, hesitant to release it because the crazy camp might interfere with the dark, bleak, serious real world nature of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. It seems these rumors are unfounded as most reports indicate they had serious rights issue to clear up involving cameos from many actors and many of the gadgets and vehicles like the Batmobile before they could have a DVD.

I get the idea that they wouldn’t want to screw around with the image Nolan portrayed in his films, though. It’s a strange competition between the two. Batman’s suppose to be dark! You can’t have some silly nonsense with guys running around in tights and whacky villains like they did on the series AND have Christian Bale all moody an despondent over the death of his parents and the sad state of affairs in Gotham at the same time.

The light and dark cancels each other out too much.

There is a thing called public perception that many studios/rights holders concern themselves with. They are worried about what people might think of their properties so mixing two very different interpretations is dicey endeavor at best. I don’t blame them for holding things up until the public had somewhat forgotten about Nolan’s Dark Knight and perhaps now wants a lighter take on the character. The question going forward is what they will do for Ben Affleck’s Batman and the new Justice League film.

Will the release of the TV series have any impact or can we all be friends now? I like both versions but there are many that like their Batman only one way: dark, dark, dark.

So anyway, back to his journey to the Dark Side. During the 1970s, the character returned to his grimmer roots in an attempt to get back to the original version of Kane’s creation.

Batman is a mess up dude, depressed over the murder of his parents and hell bent on punishing criminals and brining them to justice by any means possible.

But this return to form needed more than a twist in the comics’ direction. Sales dropped again and hit an all time low in ’85. Enter Frank Miller and things solidified forever for poor, beleaguered Bats.

How Batman Got Dark- I

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Batman has become the biggest name in comic book lore. He’s known as the Dark Knight, brooding and moody like a disenfranchised teenage Goth. Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman have graced the cover of thousands of comic books, novels, animated TV shows, a live action TV show, and tons of movies. Some of them were great, some were not so great. With the recent mammoth success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, I thought I would take a look back at the Caped Crusader’s history and shed some light (no pun intended) on his nature and just when he got so damn serious.

Back when the character came into being in 1939, creator Bob Kane envisioned Batman to be a loose combination of Zorro with a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Batman was a detective but also a crime fighter, a vigilante who uses his brain and plenty of gadgets to get the job done. Soon, Kane introduced the now iconic utility belt, including the batarang and then a bat vehicle, the Batplane.

After a year or so into the run, Kane introduced Robin, whom was suggested because Batman needed a “Watson”, a partner to speak with and have adventures with.

During this time, after Robin came onto the scene, Batman began to soften a bit. When he first began his career, he showed no remorse in killing or even maiming criminals. Yeah, Batman was hardcore. He was a badass, beating criminals to a pulp, so I guess he started Dark, got softer because this sissy-assed Robin partnered up with him and they became kind of the Ambiguously Gay Duo in some circles.

So blame Robin for it, if anything.

It was soon after WWII that Batman got even brighter, becoming more of a father figure and do-gooder rather than a dark, brooding figure that punishes criminals for their transgressions. His world was no longer bleak and depressing but full of hope, a little more like Superman in that regard, and perhaps they were attempted to build a world of the two combined; comics can’t help but be influenced by what the others is doing.

In fact, the two superheroes team up in the early 50s. This was the first attempt to pick up the dragging sales in comics and did have some limited success but comics in general were in trouble. Batman got plagued with criticisms that his comics promoted violence and criminalities. The rumors that he and Robin were gay lovers persisted so what did they do? They introduced girls of course into the mix to offset the idea they didn’t like women. Pffft. Gimme a break, will ya?

Can’t two guys live together in a dark cave with only themselves and a butler, working out in the gym and riding a- okay, enough, I get why this happened.

But it was shortly after this where the duo got into some serious camp. It got light hearted with the introduction of Batgirl and Batwoman but didn’t fall off the deep end until the 1960s.

By 1964, sales were in the tank and they considered killing off the character completely! Say what? Get rid of Batman? Crazy talk. But they considered it as some final promotional ploy to drop him like a bad habit and move on with the world. Bastards. Dirty, dirty bastards. They were dead wrong, it turns out, but I can’t blame them for thinking all doom and gloom at a time when comics were dying.

They overhauled Batman and the character became more grounded again, more like the prime detective from his early days, and they jettisoned many characters and story arcs involving time travel and space aliens. Yep, those things were in Batman comics. They decided to clean the plate and get back to their roots.

Then the live action TV show hit in 1966 and everything changed.