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Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1
Pencils by Andy Kubert (Backup pencils by Miller)
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson (Backup colors by Alex Sinclair)
Letters by Clem Robins
Published by DC Comics
After legions of variant cover announcements, some scintillating black and white unlettered previews, and no small amount of Internet tongue wagging, the third chapter of Frank Miller’s legendary Dark Knight saga The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 finally debuted. And Miller isn’t alone in bringing yet another tale about an aging Batman, a dying Gotham, and a mistrust of god-like heroes to life as he is joined by co-writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), penciler Andy Kubert (“Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader”), inker extraordinaire Klaus Janson (Daredevil), and colorist Brad Anderson (Convergence ), who adds a dark or light digital sheen to the proceedings depending on the situation in the story. »
- Logan Dalton
DC is getting ever-closer to its dream of having a shared cinematic universe and a superhero team of its own to rival Marvel’s Avengers at the box office. The ongoing war between the two venerable companies may have started at the newsstands, but the real battle is now being fought in the cinemas and getting the Justice League onscreen is now DC’s main priority. A lot of the groundwork is being done in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but there are still some important roles that remain unfilled (officially at least).
DC is already making some of these characters more popular with the general public through TV shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow but unusually they aren’t looking to bring the pr-established versions and their actors onto the screen. Instead Warner and DC are casting separate cinematic counterparts and reintroducing »
- Mark Grainger
In 1986, writer/artist Frank Miller changed the world of superhero fiction forever with his epochal four-part Batman comics series, The Dark Knight Returns. But if his vision of Batman’s tone was glaringly obvious (dark, angry, punch-prone), his vision of Batsy’s politics was maddeningly ambiguous. On the one hand, he was a perfect vision of an ’80s reactionary: He came out of retirement to beat back the forces of an overly forgiving criminal-justice system and rowdy urban youths. But at the same time, his main rival was a Superman who did the bidding of Ronald Reagan. No, seriously. Today, nearly 30 years later, Miller just made Batman’s politics even more interesting. The first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race — a Dark Knight sequel co-written by Miller and Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert — just hit stands. Within its pages, the Caped Crusader tackles an issue that »
- Abraham Riesman
DC Entertainment today announced that the next chapter in Frank Miller’s heralded Dark Knight storyline, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (Dkiii) will be available tomorrow, November 25, in comic shops and online retailers everywhere. This eight-issue limited series is the sequel to the 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns and the follow up to The Dark Knight Strikes Again, published in 2001.
Reviewed by IGN.com as “A masterful return” and NY Daily News as “vital reading,” this newest installment comes to life courtesy of an all-star lineup of creative talent: Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman) joins Miller as co-writer, Andy Kubert (Action Comics, Batman, Detective Comics) provides art, along with Frank Miller’s longtime inking partner Klaus Janson (Superman, The Dark Knight Returns), reuniting with Frank for the first time in 30 years.
- Kellvin Chavez
The Dark Knight III: The Master Race gets underway this Wednesday, and DC Entertainment is already looking further ahead, giving us a first look preview of the second issue of the limited series; check it out here…
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The unexpected finale to the Dark Knight saga continues as Carrie Kelly gets caught…that is, she finds herself…she gets into—well, you’re just going to have to read it yourself.
The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 is out on December 23rd, priced $5.99.
- Amie Cranswick
Jessica Jones, Season 1
Created by Melissa Rosenberg
Released November 20th, 2015 by Netflix
Five episodes watched for review
Is there more to say about gritty, troubled superheroes? Yes, according to Jessica Jones, the latest Netflix entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After this year’s Daredevil, a show following the modern trend of dark comic book characters kickstarted by Christopher Nolan’s Batman films but dating back at least to the work of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, the thought of the style being passé seemed more than plausible. Especially in light of sharing a distribution platform with Daredevil, creator Melissa Rosenberg appeared to have her work cut out for her in making Jessica Jones stand out.
And to a certain extent, the series is of a kind with its moody forbears. The voice-over narration and shadowy city streets establish a strong linkage to film noir, revisiting ground well trodden by »
- Max Bledstein
Frank Miller is not a man who's hung up on his own achievements. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming release of Dark Knight III: The Master Race (which he co-writes with 100 Bullets and Wonder Woman's Brian Azzarello), Miller is in fine form, laughing and joking with inker Klaus Janson — who works with Andy Kubert on art for the main series, in addition to working with Miller on a 16-page mini-comic insert for the first issue — but refusing to be seen as the iconic creator the industry sees him as. "Not only was the
- Graeme McMillan
Batman is a character with a rich, deep history so it’s somewhat surprising that the films mostly tell their own tales. All have taken loose inspiration from stories and themes rather than offering up more straight adaptations like Marvel and Fox have had much success. Still, with the Nolan trilogy quietly receding into memory and Batman v Superman due to hit next year, this could be the start of a new dawn for DC’s Dark Knight.
It’s going to be 2018 before Ben Affleck has his chance to dish out justice on his own terms, but Batman v Superman looks set to take more overt cues from the source material than ever before; specifically adapting sections from Frank Miller’s seminal work, The Dark Knight Returns.
With that in mind, now is the perfect time to take look at some of the most iconic and interesting »
- Mark Grainger
Thanks to Newsarama, we’ve got a look at the poster for December’s Ccxp convention in Brazil, which features a Wonder Woman poster from Frank Miller, the con’s featured guest…
Wonder Woman is set to feature in Miller’s new series Dark Knight III: The Master Race, which is set to get underway next Wednesday, November 25th. Check out a preview of the first issue here.
- Gary Collinson
There are no figures in the comics world more controversial than Frank Miller. But you'd also be hard-pressed to find one who's more influential. The 58-year-old writer and artist has been pushing buttons and boundaries since his groundbreaking run on Marvel Comics' Daredevil in the 1980s — a run that is the single biggest influence on the hit Daredevil Netflix series. Then, in 1986, he published his most monumental work: The Dark Knight Returns, a reimagining of Batman set in a dystopian future. He's had hits since then, many of which have made it onto the silver screen: Sin City and 300, most notably. But Dark Knight still towers above them all, setting the tone for nearly every Batman movie ever since (for better or worse). Now, against all odds, Miller is penning the Caped Crusader once again. Fourteen years after a poorly received (but underrated!) sequel in 2001, DC Entertainment is about »
- Abraham Riesman
Whiel DC’s upcoming limited series Dark Knight III: The Master Race has been billed as the final chapter of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns trilogy, the acclaimed comic book creator has revealed to Newsrama that he’s now working on a fourth part in the series.
“I thoroughly applaud what [writer Brian Azzarello is] doing [on Dark Knight III: The Master Race],” said Miller. “But now that he’s doing his, it’s now a four-part series. I’m doing the fourth.”
Meanwhile, Miller is also set to return to his universe early next year with Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade, once again collaborating with co-writer Azzarello and artist John Romita Jr. for a prequel to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns that will explore the build up to Jason Todd’s death at the hands of the Joker. The 64-page one-shot is set for release on February 17th 2016.
Miller’s series got underway in 1986 with the seminal limited »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to movies from the geekier side of Hollywood, November tends to be a bit of a slow period, falling between the rush of Halloween sci-fi and horror fare and the bigger-budget “event” films released around the holidays. That trend holds true this year, with only a few major features and lower-profile projects to take note of, but fortunately there's more than enough books, home-video releases, and other assorted geekery to keep you busy right through 'til December. Here are ten things to make sure you have on your radar this month: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 Fans of the current state of the DC Comics cinematic universe owe a lot to Frank Miller and The Dark Knight Returns, his 1986 comic-book series that imagined a world in...
- Rick Marshall
Come March, we’ll begin to witness the aggressive expansion of Warner’s DC Expanded Universe no thanks to the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and its importance in the grand scheme of things can’t be overstated.
Late last week, it was reputable producer Charles Roven that helped chart the company’s slate from this point forth, and today Collider has published an exhaustive interview with the DC expert that delves into the finer details of Zack Snyder’s colossal showdown, the threat of superhero fatigue and when we can expect another trailer.
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First up, Roven tackled the issue of superhero fatigue, which is a topic that has cropped up in recent times with Hollywood heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg weighing in on the matter. Here, the DC producer states that, much like any genre in Hollywood, it’s really a »
- Michael Briers
Last month, DC All Access released its latest video, which featured concept art for the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The sneak peek showed off art for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Now, the artist behind some of this work is showing off two of his concept art paintings for Ben Affleck's Dark Knight. The two pieces come direct from Jerad S. Marantz's blog. This is what the artist has to say about these two pieces.
"Finally get to show these! Here are some of the images that I painted for Batman versus Superman. I was fortunate enough to spend a bit of time on all of the characters, but was lucky enough to be able to focus on Illustrating the new Batman costume with the incredible costume designer Michael Wilkinson. This was a childhood dream come true."
Back in August, costume designer Michael G. Wilkinson »
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A new look at Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is expected to drop before the end of the year (quite possibly with Star Wars: The Force Awakens), but today, we have some great new concept art from the highly anticipated release to keep us going in the meantime. This batch focuses on Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader and shows the design process behind bringing his take on Batman to life on the big screen.
Even just judging by the images above, it’s clear that Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was an inspiration from the very start. That story is obviously also responsible for the armoured Batsuit we’ll see Bruce Wayne don to take down the Man of Steel.
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Here’s what concept artist Jerad S. Marantz had to say about helping to design Batman’s »
- Josh Wilding
There's been a lot of debate over the years concerning how Batman, a mortal with no true superpowers, can even think about fighting Superman, who is an alien with nearly unlimited strength, speed, etc; so it's no surprise that Batman will hedge his bets and exploit any weaknesses he can find.
We've seen from both Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, and the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that Batman will don an Ironman-like super suit to increase his own strength and speed when he fights Superman; however, that's not the only trick Batman has up his sleeve.
Director Zack Snyder said:
"The advantage that Batman has is the goodness of Superman; the compliance to fair play that Superman has... Batman knows how to exploit Superman."
So, Batman doesn't plan on making this a fair fight.
Here's my question: Has Batman ever really allowed for a fair fight? »
- Philip Sticco
The final chapter in Frank Miller's Dark Knight trilogy, Dark Knight III: The Master Race, will kick off this month, with a massive amount of variants coming with it. Shown below are covers from some of the biggest talents in the industry: firstly, Batman artist Greg Capullo's cover for Midtown Comics, Francis Manapul (The Flash) for Silver Snail, Joshua Middleton (New Mutants) for Madness Games and Comics, Wytches co-creator Jock's variant for Diamond UK, veteran John Romita Jr. for Salefish Comics, longtime cover artist J. Scott Campbell for his website, JScottCampbell.com, comic legend Jim Lee's 1:500 variant, and finally, Jason Fabok (Justice League) for Yesteryear Comics. Written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, with art by Andy Kubert and Janson, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 goes on sale November 25th. Are you planning on picking up any of these variants? »
Over the past couple of months we’ve been inundated with variant covers for the upcoming Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, and now thanks to Comic Book Resources we’ve got a look at three variant covers for issue #2 by Frank Miller, Eduardo Risso and Cliff Chiang…
See Also: New preview of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1
And here’s a look at Risso’s cover to the accompanying Dark Knight Universe Presents mini-comic…
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 is out on November 25th, with issue #2 arriving on December 23rd.
- Gary Collinson
Benicio Del Toro is a pretty singular talent in the industry, so it’s never a surprise when he does worth worthy of being honored. This year, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to bestow upon him the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Sicario. Of course, Del Toro more or less stole that film, so it’s a totally viable honor. He’s going to be in play for an Oscar nod in Best Supporting Actor, but regardless of if that nom happens or not, this shows how he’s still crafting memorable supporting characters. That’s always been Del Toro’s bread and butter, so this is just a perfect citation for him… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced that Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario. »
- Joey Magidson
1. He's based on monochrome movie star Conrad Veidt
When he produced an image of Veidt's pale-skinned, disfigured character Gwynplaine from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs, lightning bulbs ignited and The Joker was swiftly born.
2. The Joker was once Bruce Wayne's mother
Geoff Johns's critically-acclaimed comic Flashpoint introduced an alternate reality in which »
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