June 18, 2015

The Paycheck & Batman Connection


It’s hard to believe that Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins is now 10 years old; it came out of nowhere after Joel Schumacher all but killed the franchise and redeemed The Dark Knight from being more than a toy commercial.

Now in one of the most random and alcohol fuelled blogs I’ve ever done, I thought I would do something a little different.

Last night I watched the 2003 John Woo flick Paycheck and realized something; practically everyone in the main cast is connected to Batman in some weird way.



Let’s take a look:


Ben Affleck is the star of this movie and will be the next actor to portray The Dark Knight himself in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice next March. Since the announcement many have complained that he isn’t the right fit for Batman but I will stand by and say I think he’s going to be awesome.


Aaron Eckhart in Paycheck plays the villainous Rethrick but even before that it was written in the stars that he would one day walk the streets of Gotham. “Hey Eckhart! Think about the future!” says Jack Napier/The Joker in Tim Burton’s seminal Batman movie from 1989. In Christopher Nolan’s massively successful The Dark Knight Aaron Eckhart would play Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face and if I may say so was incredibly underrated.


Uma Thurman plays Rachel in Paycheck but we all of course remember her as Poison Ivy in the 1997 clunker Batman & Robin. Also Batman’s love interest in The TDK trilogy is called Rachel.


Colm Feore is the assassin Wolfe in Paycheck but would go on to play The Dollmaker in the TV series Gotham and is a rare live action portrayal of the character. I don’t mind saying that Dr. Francis Dulmacher is one of the creepiest characters I’ve seen and Feore is fantastic in the role. Some moments of the show were surprisingly disturbing and it’s mostly due to his character.


Michael C Hall AKA Dexter actually voices Batman in the animated Justice League: Gods and Monsters due out this year. Hall was also a fan favourite to portray The Riddler in Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy but sadly it never happened.


Paul Giamatti has sadly never been in a Batman movie but we’ve all thought he’d make a great Penguin. Shame he was wasted in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Rhino.

That’s actually pretty much it but hey, at least it’s something a little different.

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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