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Yesterday was Batman Day, an annual celebration of the Caped Crusader allowing the world to pay homage to the world’s most popular superhero. How did that happen? It seems like such a strange question to ask as we celebrate three-quarters of a century of the character who would come to define the medium of the comic book. A creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger that elevated the idea of a pulp crimefighter obsessed with punishing criminals to epic new heights. The idea of Batman was nothing new. There had been shadowy crime fighters lurking in the darkness and heroes that adorned costumes to fight the evil scum that plague the good people of the world. But Batman was the perfection of those two elements: the character that took all the elements of the genre and gave it the perfect form.
Batman is »
- Anghus Houvouras
Back in July, Batman-on-Film reported that Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie will take place inside Arkham Asylum, in a film that sounds very similar to the Arkham series of video games from Rocksteady. Yesterday, Heroic Hollywood founder and The Wrap film reporter Umberto "El Mayimbe" Gonzalez backed that rumor but clarified that the entire will won't be set in Gotham's home for the criminally insane. How Deathstroke factors into the film is anyone's guess at this point. Evidence has been gathered supporting the notion that the skilled mercenary appears in Justice League before tangling with The Dark Knight, one-on-one in Ben Affleck's solo superhero feature. Affleck has previously stated that his film will borrow from a few notable comic book runs but for the most part, will be an original story. About Batman Batman (Bruce Wayne) is a DC Comics superhero created in 1939 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. »
'Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman.' That's the sage like wisdom dispensed by a new one sheet that just arrived today. The poster is celebrating Batman Day. And what better way to do that than with the Lego mini-fig of everyone's favorite billionaire turned caped crusader, the Dark Knight?
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, Lego Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure: The Lego Batman Movie.  But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Here’s Lewis Wilson in the Batsuit created for the first Batman serial, which was released by Columbia Pictures four years after Bob Kane unveiled him in Detective Comics #27. Like many serials made during WWII, the story had an anti-Axis bent to it as Batman ventured into Gotham’s Little Tokyo to fight a Japanese crime lord. Six years later, Batman returned to the screen in another serial whose super low budget can clearly be seen in Batman’s awful cowl. The wannabe Batmans in “The Dark Knight” had better masks than this. Batman and Robin’s outfits became joke fodder for Rifftrax. »
- Jeremy Fuster
So, you want to start reading Batman but are completely lost due to the character being around for over seventy-five years, and hundreds of issues and iterations on the character.
Where do you start? What If you only like some of the movie versions? Or maybe the video games?
What’s the New 52? What’s Rebirth?
It can be daunting if you are completely new to the world of comic books or maybe a returning fan that’s been away for a long time. While hardcore fans have probably stuck around for all the various Bat books, most maybe only keep up via Wiki or maybe random postings on sites like Cbr or IGN. Well, fear not, as I will be doing my best to give some insight on iconic Batman storylines essential to the character, along with a brief update on the current state of the character!
So without further ado, »
- Jeremy Scully
Marc Buxton Aug 22, 2016
He's the greatest villain of them all. He's the evil that tests Batman and makes the hero better. He's an uncontrollable force of chaos, more akin to a hurricane than a criminal, who strikes without warning. He believes that life is a chaotic farce and everything exists as part of a twisted game between him and Batman. He is the star of comics, television, cartoons, and film. He's the Joker, one of the most enduring symbols of evil in the last century.
The Joker is no match for Batman physically, so when he puts one over on the Dark Knight, when he 'gets' him, it has to be a masterpiece of chaos and violence. These are just some of the greatest moments where the Joker »
Hello again, dear readers. This week sees the release of Suicide Squad, the latest DC Comics film adaptation. In the meantime, the latest Trailer Trashin’ is my quick take on some of the major movie trailers to come out of the recent San Diego Comic-Con.
Premise: After Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the world’s top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts.
My take: After the huge superhero brawl of Captain America: Civil War earlier this summer, the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes things in a very different direction. This is an exposition-heavy trailer, laying out the basics of who Doctor Strange is and the nature of his powers to help general audiences get on-board with »
- Timothy Monforton
In the world of comic books, there is villainy, and then there is supervillainy – and surely, such evil was first truly defined by The Joker of DC Comics. Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, the criminal mastermind first appeared in the debut issue of Batman in 1940 and, though he has appeared in the stories of other characters, he’s remained synonymous with the Dark Knight ever since. The two are arch-enemies, with many regarding one to be the antithesis of the other. In truth, they are separated only by warped morality.
Neither has super powers and instead relies on augmented and specially designed props in order to achieve dominance in conflict situations. They are both highly intelligent and are shaped by past traumas and deep, psychological pain. Batman is a driven and relentless vigilante, while The Joker is an anarchic psychopath but, though the end goal for »
- Sarah Myles
"You know the one I want to do? I want to make 'Batgirl'," said Refn. "Let's get Warners working on it."
"...it would probably be great fun.
"I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money...
"...and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity..."
...in "Detective Comics" #359, titled "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl! »
- Michael Stevens
Burbank, CA, June 2, 2016 – Prepare for war when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The extended cut will be available on all Blu-ray formats and Digital HD.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition features an extended cut of the film which includes 30 more minutes of story and action not seen in theaters. The extended cut is rated R. »
- ComicMix Staff
Chic Young. Al Capp. Jimmy Hatlo. Carl Anderson. Ernie Bushmiller. Alex Raymond. Roy Crane. Those are some names I remember, some 70 years later, with no help from Google, from the “funny side” of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the newspaper that landed, rolled and bound with wire, on the front lawn of the four family flat where we lived until I was 10 or 11. By then I was aware that there was another newspaper, The Star-Times, the one that the O’Neils didn’t read, with its own funnyside and its own names and I may have even known some, but with the exception of Chester Gould, I seem to have forgotten these, maybe because I didn’t see them every day.
Somewhere in early grade school – ah, Sister Helen, what became of you? – I must have realized, probably gradually, that these names had something to do with the comic strips »
- Dennis O'Neil
Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice continues to hit new heights at the box office, reaching a worldwide total of more than $800 million and counting. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Kwan Vandenberg said:
“We want to thank our partners in exhibition for their unwavering support in delivering the film, day-and-date, to a record number of screens for a March corridor, further demonstrating our commitment to a 12-month strategy for films of every genre. We also want to thank fans around the world for sharing their passion for these characters and this story by heading to the theatres for ‘Batman v Superman,’ and we congratulate the cast and filmmakers on the film’s ongoing success.”
The domestic box office now stands at $301.2 million, with the international box office at $500.5 million, for a global total of $801.7 million. »
- Kellvin Chavez
For the blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Adi created two ultra-realistic replicas of the deceased General Zod that would withstand close scrutiny by a camera lense. Fitness trainer Greg Plitt came to Adi for us to lifecast his body from the neck down while our colleague Barney Burman loaned us a headcast of actor Michael Shannon. Once the Shannon headcast was copied both the head and body were run in silicone with a polyfoam fill to make them solid. Tony Matijevich, Brian Clawson, and Tim Leach created both Zod bodies. Denise Baer punched hair; Mike Larrabee painted both Zods. You can check out the whole process in this cool new video,
Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number »
Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice continues to win at the worldwide box office. Soaring past $500 million after only five days in theaters with a total of $501.9 million and counting, the film joins a very rare group of movies that cross half a billion dollars in their first week of release. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Kwan Vandenberg stated:
“We’re so proud that ‘Batman v Superman’ has become the must-see event film of the season for fans the world over. These incredible numbers are building momentum for not only this movie, but for the upcoming slate of DC Super Hero films.”
The domestic box office total now stands at more than $193.3 million, and the international figure is $308.6 million.
- Kellvin Chavez
This past weekend was WonderCon out in La. DC made many announcements about it’s upcoming Rebirth, some of which we already had some idea about. Now we were given information on creative teams, like Scott Snyder heading up All-Star Batman with rotating artists including Sean Murphy and Paul Pope, and James Tynion IV taking the reigns on the soon to be back-numbered Detective Comics. One of the other Bat family announcements was that they will soon be revealing the Joker’s name.
The short answer is that Batman found out his name when he asked that question on the Möbius chair in Justice League #42 (42, the answer to the ultimate question of life. Coincidence?). The long answer is a combination of figuring out how to handle a decades old franchise coupled with changes in audience expectations.
Now, I know what you might be thinking. Don’t we already know the Joker’s name? »
- Joe Corallo
Photos Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ Tm & © DC Comics
Warner Bros. Pictures’ screen pairing of the world’s most iconic super heroes has at last answered the question “Who Will Win?” by winning over movie audiences and setting box office records around the world this weekend with an estimated worldwide box office total of $424.1 million.
Batman and Superman. Gotham and Metropolis. Lex Luthor, Doomsday and—for the first time ever on the big screen—Wonder Woman. With its stellar lineup of heroes and villains and bigger and better battles with even more at stake than the destruction of the Earth, Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is an epic Super Hero journey like no other.
Pit the two greatest heroes in the world against each other and the unthinkable becomes inevitable in the form of a truly seismic clash: Batman, the underground vigilante, a knight in the darkness, »
- Movie Geeks
Early box office projections put Warner Bros. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at $120 million and $140 million for its opening weekend. This report came shortly after 20th Century Fox's R-rated superhero adventure Deadpool broke records with a $132.4 million opening weekend last month. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ended up surpassing expectations, with Box Office Mojo reporting that it took in an estimated $170 million, the largest pre-summer opening weekend in history.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has now become the highest-grossing movie to ever debut in March, breaking The Hunger Games' record of $152.5 million set in 2012. We reported last week that advanced ticket sales for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are out-pacing Deadpool, which took in a record-breaking $132.4 million over its opening weekend, the highest debut ever for an R-rated movie. The movie has gone on to earn $340.9 million domestically and $390 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $731 million, »
'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice': 'Grim and ponderous' DC Comics adaptation starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' review: Self-important 'hip and affected pessimism' According to no less an expert then director Zack Snyder, when saying the title of his relentlessly grave, monochromatic, and humorless superhero epic, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, do not say “versus.” Just say the letter “v.” And savor the thought because it's the only instance of economy in a film that otherwise revels in its unholy excess of words, sounds, pixels, edits, explosions, and regard for its own importance. Make no mistake: to those tasked with guiding the fortunes of corporate behemoths (in this instance, Warner Bros., the parent company of comic book publisher DC), Batman v Superman is of great importance. Its purpose is not only to browbeat the viewer until entertained to the point of exhaustion, »
- Mark Keizer
After 3 years and a frankly terrible marketing campaign, Batman V Superman is here, and it hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Warner Bros and DC. Though the film is assured to make significant money (that’s what happens when you put Batman in a movie), the critical mauling the film has taken must have knocked some of the air out of the studio’s lungs. Whether it will be enough to jettison Zack Snyder and employ someone better remains to be seen.
But truthfully, Batman V Superman isn’t half as bad as some are having you believe. Yes, it’s poorly written and poorly directed, but some of the component parts are great, and the spectacle is extremely entertaining once Snyder’s numb-headed approach to story-telling is ignored. And as DC Fanboys will tell you, it feels like it’s been made with fans squarely in mind. »
- Simon Gallagher
1986 was a pivotal year for DC comics. Just one year after the company turned its universe inside out by collapsing it multiverses into one with the seminal mini-series 'Crisis On Infinty Earths', the company produced that year what is arguably two of the finest publications in comic book history with Alan Moore's Watchmen and Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns'. To say these two publications had an impact on the world of comics and popular literature is an understatement. They didn't just break the rules in what was generally accepted as to how a comic book was to be produced; they rewrote the rules to where their acclaim was felt in the non-comic book reader’s world as well. Frank Miller's work on Tdkr was particular celebrated for numerous reasons. For one it brought Batman back even farther to his more darker roots of the early »
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