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Special Issue #58 • ships from Jun 2 2005
News-stand Price UK £5.99 / US $9.99

132 pages
A new beginning...

Film Review provides the essential guide to the return of the Dark Knight, as Batman Begins once again in the most highly anticipated superhero movie of the year…
We explore some of the summer’s biggest movies as Steven Spielberg reveals why he decided now was the time to wage a War of the Worlds, the cast of The Fantastic Four join director Tim Story in celebration of the comic-book adaptation and we explore why Dark Water is the latest in a long line of Hollywood remakes of acclaimed Japanese Horror films.

Batman Begins
• We unravel the plot of this remake-come-prequel accompanied by a stunning six-page pictorial

Christopher Nolan
• Having directed the Noir thriller Memento and Insomnia, the British director explains why he decided to take on one of the most iconic comic book characters ever created and reveals how he was inspired by Frank Miller and comics from the ’70s

Gary Oldman
• The acclaimed British actor discusses his disillusion with Hollywood and fame and his crucial role as Lieutenant James Gordon in Batman Begins

Chris Corbould
• The veteran special effects coordinator talks us through Batman Begins’ four-wheeled star, the all-terrain high-powered Batmobile

Tim Burton
• The director of 1989’s Batman and its sequel Batman Returns – and the man largely responsible for revitalizing comic book films on screen – looks back on the project that made him a household name

Joel Schumacher
• He may have been accused of killing off Warner’s popular Batman franchise, but the director reveals that he soon realized that the films served only to publicise the massive marketing machine

Under the Hood
• All of those who have donned the black rubber in the past look back at their time under the cowl and cape, including: Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney

Serial Superhero
• We revisit the time when Batman really began his cinematic career with this in-depth look at the original 1943 and 1949 serials

The Top 5 Comic Book Movies
• We pick our winner of the slew of comic book movies, including Superman: The Movie, Tim Burton’s Batman and Bryan Singer’s X-Men

And that’s not all…
We talk to the World’s greatest film-maker, get to grips with Batman’s summer competition and delve into the dark waters between Japan and the US

Not alone…War of the Worlds
• Steven Spielberg reveals to Film Review why he decided to get together with his pal Tom Cruise to make the biggest blockbuster the World has ever known...

We reveal the bumpy road that the feature adaptation has travelled down to get to the big screen

There are 4 of them!Fantastic Four
• Director Tim Story introduces us the Marvel comic’s first family of the superhero world while actors Ioan Gruffud, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Jessica Alba provide insights to their roles

Dark Water
• The latest Japanese Horror film to get the Hollywood treatment causes us to examine why the US have had to travel to the other side of the World to scare their audiences


The Film Review Directory
• Two months’ worth of film reviews all in one place!

Trailer Park
• Our take on six of the latest Trailers, from the long-awaited The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Land of the Dead, Corpse Bride, Serenity and The Island

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All other contents © Visual Imagination Ltd 2005. Not for reproduction

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