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Superheroes have been leaping off the printed page and onto the small screen for as long as television has been in existence, and there’s never been a better time for comic book fans to binge on the TV exploits of their favourite crime-fighting characters with dozens of series either in production or on the way…
Interestingly it’s DC Comics who are currently leading the charge on television, thanks to the likes of Arrow and The Flash – both of which have seemingly changed the way superheroes are brought to TV. No longer are superhero shows camp and Ott, instead they have become much more like the very comic books that inspired them, telling rich stories within huge universes; and thankfully television networks haven’t been afraid to bring the epic “crossover” to the small screen either. Be it Arrow and The Flash and their irregular team-ups, or 90s Flash »
- Phil Wheat
Batman and Robin Eternal #1
Story by James Tynion and Scott Snyder
Script by James Tynion
Pencils by Tony Daniel
Inks by Sandu Florea
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Published by DC Comics
The relationship between Batman and his various Robins has always been a problematic one. There is something off about a wealthy, not-right-in-the head man, who saw his parents gunned down in front of his face choosing to train a young boy to be a soldier against criminals and supervillains. But there is also something nostalgic and heartwarming about Batman and a young Robin teaming up to take down the bad guys that fans of all eras can connect to from Adam West and Burt Ward in the campy 1966 Batman TV show to Batman and the intelligent Tim Drake in the 1990s cartoons and comics and even more recently with the father/son squabbles between Batman and Damian Wayne. »
- Logan Dalton
Jessie Robertson reports from the Cincinnati Comic Expo…
Last weekend, the Queen City (located in scenic Ohio) hosted its annual comic and sci-fi expo and the crowd was huge! I got to visit over the weekend and take in the sights, sounds and Stormtroopers all around us. It’s a great time to be in Cincinnati, the Bengals are 2-0, the political scene is heating up and there was plenty of grilled cheese donuts and spaghetti with chili dumped on top of it, so what could be better than adding in some celebrities from the 80’s and plenty of cosplay!
- Jessie Robertson
By Lee Pfeiffer
For fans of Sixties retro TV, DC Comics is providing news that will have them pinching themselves. The legendary comic company has announced a major new project titled "Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.". The two-issue adventure will be released this December and if this teaser artwork is any indication, we might see comic incarnations of Adam West, Burt Ward, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, all of whom are alive, well and working. The only icing on the cake we can hope for is if DC gets them all together for a promotional event. Meanwhile, the emphasis on U.N.C.L.E. might lend some steam to on-going grass roots efforts to get Warner Brothers to commit to a sequel to director Guy Ritchie's recent big screen reboot, which under-performed at the boxoffice but has built a loyal following of fans. For more click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
We saw a trailer during the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], and now DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim have announced that Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship is set to air on midnight on Sunday, October 18th.
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship surrenders DC Comics’ multitude of Super Heroes and Super-Villains to the demented whims of the award-winning Robot Chicken for a triumphant third time. This time around, Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance!
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship features a cast that includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, plus Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Gary Collinson
Funko has announced that it is set to release a series of four Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz collectible figurines this October, offering up 8-inch versions of Batman (Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) and The Joker (Cesar Romero). Check out the promotional images here and click on any of the figures for larger versions…
Funko’s Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz will hit shelves in October, priced $19.99 apiece.
- Gary Collinson
In 1967, William Dozier, the creator and executive producer of the Batman television series, concerned that the show’s ratings were falling, decided to introduce a female character on the side of law and order in an attempt to attract new viewers. He came up with Batgirl, who would help Batman (Adam West) and his adolescent sidekick, Robin (Burt Ward), in their crusade against the malign forces of “guest villains”. For this role, on a par with the caped crusader and the boy wonder, Dozier cast Yvonne Craig. Although Craig, who has died aged 78, had then been acting in films and television for a decade, she had Batgirl to thank for any fame she attained.
The Dynamic Duo became the Tremendous Trio when Craig first appeared in Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin, aired »
- Ronald Bergan
If you trace the line of butt-kicking women in movies and TV all the way back, you'll find Craig right there at the beginning. She originated the role of Batgirl in the third and final season of "Batman" in 1967, ka-powing bad guys next to Adam West and Burt Ward. As a trained dancer, she even did her own stunts.
Before her acting career, Craig danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She segued into acting, and appeared in television and movies - including two with Elvis Presley, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins." Along with her turn as Batgirl, Craig memorably danced as a green-skinned slave girl for Captain Kirk on "Star Trek."
Craig leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, and sister, »
- Kelly Woo
We are sad to report this morning the passing of Yvonne Craig, who has died at the age of 78. Her official website broke the news.
Craig was perhaps best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s Batman TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward. She also featured in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy” where she played Marta, the green Orion slave girl who wants to kill Captain Kirk.
Her website writes:
Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned with no date set at the present time. In lieu of flowers, please make »
- Luke Owen
Batgirl Yvonne Craig. Batgirl Yvonne Craig dead at 78: Also featured in 'Star Trek' episode, Elvis Presley movies Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, died of complications from breast cancer on Monday, Aug. 17, '15, at her home in Pacific Palisades, in the Los Angeles Westside. Craig (born May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois), who had been undergoing chemotherapy for two years, was 78. Beginning (and ending) in the final season of Batman (1967-1968), Yvonne Craig played both Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter Barbara Gordon and her alter ego, the spunky Batgirl – armed with a laser-beaming electric make-up kit “which will destroy anything.” Unlike semi-villainess Catwoman (Julie Newmar), Batgirl was wholly on the side of Righteousness, infusing new blood into the series' increasingly anemic Dynamic Duo: Batman aka Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and Boy Wonder Robin aka Bruce Wayne's beloved pal Dick Grayson (Burt Ward). “They chose »
- Andre Soares
Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on the ABC 1960s series “Batman,” died Monday. She was 78. The actress passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, California, according to her official website. Craig had been battling breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She was known for her portrayal of Batgirl and alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, in the cult series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Craig, who was born in Illinois but grew up in Columbus, Ohio, also starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins. »
- Debbie Emery
Sneak Peek the new trailer from DC Entertainment's "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship", featuring a horde of DC Comics' superheroes and supervillains, premiering Fall 2015 on "Adult Swim":
Cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Michael Stevens
Filmmakers often like to give us an origin story of the main character(s), especially if they are hoping to build a franchise. But that’s not always the case. With the rumor the Doctor Strange movie, as well as the Spider-Man reboot, will not include any origin for the characters, Cinelinx asks the question…are origin stories necessary?
When you go to see a super hero/comic book film, unless it’s a sequel, you probably expect to see an origin story regarding how the character(s) got his/her/their power(s) and the reason he/she/they fight the bad guys. It makes sense from a story-telling perspective. It’s essentially the first chapter of a longer story arc, particularly if the film is planned to be the beginning of a film franchise. But is it always necessary?
Rumors were spreading last year that the Doctor Strange »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.
Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when superhero movies were kiddie fodder and proud of it.
Yes, I know. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens this Friday (which is really Thursday night; Hollywood exists in a different time/space continuum). Everybody’s stoked to see it; well, everybody but ComicMix’s own Martha Thomases, who has already seen the movie. That’s just about the, what, twelve thousandth superhero movie to open in the past decade? I’m not complaining, as these days most of these movies – dare I say it? – are more entertaining than their source material. However, I’m not here to praise this crop of superhero movies for being adult-accessible. I’m here to wax nostalgic about the first time I saw a superhero movie in a real, honest-to-Crom movie theater. Or theatre, for those who drift towards the pretentious.
Let’s go back to late July, »
- Mike Gold
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks a tad different from what the trailer showed the world last week. Instead of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill squaring off against each other in the highly anticipated blockbuster, Christopher Reeve and Adam West take center stage in this parody preview. Reeve, who played the original Superman in 1978, fights against West's goofy Batman character that he played in the 1966 TV series. Batman's sidekick, Robin, also makes a cameo with old footage of Burt Ward included in the spoof. The actual trailer, however, is much darker than the parody video. Director Zach Snyder's preview begins with a narrator's voice asking, "Is it really surprising that the most powerful »
The late Christopher Reeve gets a nostalgic nod in a new retro parody of the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer. Reeve, who starred in the original “Superman” in 1978,” squares off against Adam West‘s goofy version of the Dark Knight, who he played in the 1966 TV series, “Batman.” The dramatic audio from the first teaser for the 2016 Warner Bros. release remains the same, while Reeve, West and even Burt Ward — who played Robin — take center stage. Also Read: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Trailer to Premiere Monday at Select IMAX Theaters “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Jordan Chariton
The theory that Batman and Robin are gay first appeared when a comic book hating psychologist attempted to convince the government that they were having a negative impact on youngsters. He believed there was a risk that the Caped Crusader’s adventures might cause children to become homosexuals, which was still seen as “wrong” in the 1950s.
None of that is true of course, and Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Dick Grayson – and the other kids who have been Robin over the years – has always been strictly platonic. If anything, they have a father/son relationship, which has evolved into a friendship.
Unfortunately for the Dynamic Duo, there have been a lot of comics over the years that have contained some very weird and unexpectedly sexual moments between the two. Even before the Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman’s adventures on the page began »
- Josh Wilding
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