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"Treasures like this only surface once in a blue moon," Comic Connect/Metropolis Collectibles CEO Stephen Fishler said (via Robot 6).
"I was lucky enough to know Bob Kane. He told me, along with others, that he was just 17 when he sold the Batman character to an unwitting DC. Once the franchise took off, he leveraged that to renegotiate his contract with DC, and the file copies were part of the deal."
Kane is actually believed to have been 22 or 23 when he sold Batman to the publisher.
The Batman auction »
As part of celebrating 75 Years of Batman, Assault on Arkham is primed to bring some of Batman’s most well-known villains into the spotlight. We were lucky enough to sit down with many of the folks responsible for bringing this newest animated feature to life and they’ve given us a glimpse into what we can expect to see next month.
First, if you weren’t aware this Batman film will take place in the same Bat-Universe as the stellar Rocksteady video games. Assault on Arkham unfolds between the end of Arkham Origins and the beginning of Arkham Asylum. They wouldn’t go into specifics of where in that time period it does fall, but it is certain that fan-favorite Kevin Conroy has returned to voice the Caped Crusader. In previous interviews about Arkham Origins, the developers stated that Kevin Conroy not being the voice of Batman in that game »
- Shawn Hanson
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rather large rock the past few months then you’ll be aware that this year marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time, Batman. To help commemorate the momentous occasion a “75 Years of Batman” exhibit is now showing at the Warner Bros. Museum in Los Angeles and courtesy of the geeky folk over at Beyond the Marquee we now have a cool behind-the-scenes video of the VIP Tour.
The video features archivist Mark Greenhaigh and “Batmobile expert” John Kourounis showing off and talking about some of the iconic props and costumes used in all seven Batman movies from over the years. Every version of the Batman suit is on show from Tim Burton’s stiff necked design to Christopher Nolan’s adaptable Dark Knight variant. I think I speak for us all when I say »
- Gavin Logan
At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, most of the big DC Comics announcements came through the film or TV side of things. No films, except for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, were announced, but lots of TV shows based on DC Comics characters got trailers, teasers, and lots of buzz. But, between the no longer chain smoking British magicians, shirtless archers, and hints of Batman villains and allies showing up on Arrow, DC did make a few big comics announcements mostly having to do with Batman’s 75th anniversary.
To coincide with the BluRay and DVD release of the 1966 Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, DC Comics announced that an unused script by science fiction writer and editor would be made into a special digital comic called Batman ’66: The Lost Episode. It would be »
- Logan Dalton
After teaming up with direct Tim Burton for the lackluster Dark Shadows, the stunning and brilliant Eva Green will reunite with the director of Batman and Beetlejuice for another project. Variety has word that the star of the forthcoming graphic novel sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently in talks to star in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ranson Riggs' novel of the same name. Green would play the title character, a guardian for a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live threatened by creatures out to destroy them. Here's hoping that Burton can turn out something much more inspired than his recent adaptation fare. Despite the fact that Alice in Wonderland has a huge young fanbase and made tons of money at the box office (and and has a sequel on the »
- Ethan Anderton
Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years. His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum. Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels. These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade. And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all. Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director. There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter. And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, »
- Hunter Daniels
The Death Of Superman Lives
There’s a long and storied history of the movies that Nic Cage almost ruined, and the two that tend to rank highest on the red alert list are when he almost played the Scarecrow for Joel Schumacher’s thankfully cancelled Batman Triumphant and the time he was almost cast as a long-haired Superman for Tim Burton’s Superman Lives.
Despite the sighs of relief that came in hindsight with the death of both projects, both still hold a good deal of intrigue – it would have been brilliant to see an unhinged Cage in full flow as Scarecrow for instance, and the very idea of a Superman movie written by Kevin Smith, directed by Burton and starring a muscular Cage as a the Man Of Steel is perversely beautiful.
We’ve already seen images of Cage in the potential Supes outfit he might have worn, »
- Simon Gallagher
On Saturday, director Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck surprised the crowd in Hall H with the first footage from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and revealed the first photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
From Hall H Variety reported on the early footage:
Superman’s red eyes stared down Batman’s phosphorescent white ones in the teaser from Warner Bros. Batman, played by Affleck, unveiled his newest night sky bat sign, and as the camera moved, Superman, played by Cavill, hovered in its way, frothing and red eyes ablaze.
Awkward silence and brooding ensues, but the packed house of 6,500 loved it so much that moderator Chris Hardwick played the footage again. Affleck and Cavill walked out onstage shortly after alongside Snyder and Gadot, who plays Wonderwoman. »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. had their Comic-Con panel in Hall H this morning and they did not disappoint fans who wanted a look at the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. In addition to an exclusive Comic-Con teaser video from the film, a first-look image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was unveiled.
Zack Snyder, the director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, just revealed the Wonder Woman image via Twitter. Actress Gal Gadot can be seen wearing armor, wielding a sword, and standing amidst a pummeled landscape. We have the image below.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. Directed by Zack Synder (Man of Steel, 2004′s Dawn of the Dead remake), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, »
- Derek Anderson
Kevin Smith has been enjoying himself lately, visiting the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, dropping hints when it comes to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and even being part of an upcoming documentary looking at Tim Burton's abandoned Superman movie. Now it's time to look at his own new film, Tusk, which A24 will be releasing in theaters on September 14 and I fully expect to be a part of Midnight Madness at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The film follows Wallace (Justin Long) a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. Check out the trailer for Tusk below. sb id="965575" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
(Cbr) Robin Lord Taylor and Camren Bicondova are among "Gotham's" crop of nascent bad guys -- two proto-villains in what will eventually become the rogues gallery for the future Batman -- and both actors have eagerly been doing their homework in order to breathe fresh life into iconic DC villains the Penguin and Catwoman. Speaking with Comic Book Resources at Fox's summer party for the Television Critics Association, the young actors reveal their learning curves in the backstories of the Bat-villains and their various pop cultural interpretations, as well as how thrilled they are to part of the ever-expanding, ever-shifting mythology surrounding the Dark Knight. Cbr News: What got you excited about these iconic roles and being able to reinterpret them for a new generation? Robin Lord Taylor: Well, as an actor, the opportunity to play a role that everybody is aware of, and to follow in the »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
Week in Review rounds up the best of the rest of film and TV news hitting the web this week. Check out the rest of the Sos Blog for more news updates.
Unless your name is Edgar Wright, it’s hard to imagine a superhero movie of any caliber and pedigree not somehow getting made in today’s day and age.
And yet in 1997, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Burton, many years after the success of his original Batman, was attached to direct Superman Lives, originally starring none other than Nicolas Cage as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin Smith.
Just how in God’s green Earth did this brilliant, strange mash-up of talents in a movie never come to light is the question behind a documentary currently in production, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The film is being directed by Jon Schnepp, »
- Brian Welk
Produced and directed by Jon Schnepp here's the trailer for the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives; What Happenedc taking a look at the abandoned Superman movie with a screenplay by Kevin Smith to be directed by Tim Burton. And this isn't just some fanboy documentary, this actually has the participation of Burton, Smith and several others that were involved with the production including production designer Rick Heinrichs, screenwriter Wesley Strick, costume designer Colleen Atwood and more. The film, as this trailer shows, got quite far into pre-production as Nicolas Cage was set to star as Superman, in which he would have a mullet and a regenerative suit. Batman was set to cameo, Brainiac was going to be the villain and there was going to be a Doomsday battle set in an underground subway. Plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and art is included and it looks to be incredibly fascinating. »
- Brad Brevet
Anyone who loves Superman knows that director Tim Burton almost followed up his successful adaptation of Batman by bringing The Big Blue Boy Scout to the big screen as well. Nicolas Cage was once meant to play the superhero with a script from fanboy favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was a weird production with the likes of Chris Rock playing Jimmy Olsen and Kevin Spacey once on board as Lex Luthor, way before Superman Returns came knocking at his door for the same role. Now the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (which we featured as a Kickstarter film in the beginning of 2013) explores what went wrong with the film, and we have the first trailer. Watch it below! Here's the first trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? from Jon Schnepp: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is directed by Jon Schnepp and »
- Ethan Anderton
Superman Lives remains one of the industry's great what-ifs. At the very least, had it been released in the late nineties, it would have changed the entire genre of superhero filmmaking that we know today. But the production eventually petered out, leaving behind a sea of what-ifs and how-coulds. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp, however, isn't going to take "how could" for an answer! The trailer has been released for his documentary The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? and it presents a load of goodies for any Superman fan. It was the nineties when Warner Bros., emboldened by the success of the Death of Superman comics, decided to bring the man of steel to the big screen. Their heavy hitter was Tim Burton, who had previously resurrected Batman for Warner Bros., and he'd be bringing along recent Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage. That wasn't nearly enough to bring the project to fruition, and »
Ever heard of the tale of Nicolas Cage (The Rock) playing Superman? While some of us have seen the photos of Cage in his suit, and heard Kevin Smith’s hilarious take on the film during his An Evening With Kevin Smith DVD, many are still unaware that there was almost another Superman movie before Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.
But now, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, documentary filmmaker Jon Schnepp has investigated the true story behind the aborted film in The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which has had its first trailer debut online.
Superman Lives was set for release back in 1998/1999, and was going to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman), with Cage in the title role and Chris Rock (Lethal Weapon 4) as Jimmy Olsen. While some artwork and designs, and indeed a teaser poster have appeared online over the years, it seems as though everyone involved with the film, »
- Scott Davis
A new trailer has been released for The Death of Superman Lives, a Kickstarter-funded documentary detailing Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's ill-fated attempt to make a Man of Steel movie in the late '90s.
Superman Lives was put into development in the '90s following the popularity of the 'Death and Return of Superman' comic story arc, which saw the Man of Steel die at the hands of alien killing machine Doomsday.
The Death of Superman Lives is currently seeking finishing funds to complete the project. »
Those films “changed the game,” the composer said during the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel at Comic-Con on Thursday in San Diego. “It’s the template for ‘The Avengers’ coming up.”
That’s good news for fans of superhero movie music who have seen a bi-polar split between the serious sound of more recent Batman and Superman movies at DC and the triumphant and bombastic sounds of Marvel’s films.
- Marc Graser
The new image appeared on the Batman 75 Anniversary wall.
Photo - ©Melissa Howland/We Are Movie Geeks
DC Entertainment is hosting all-star panels, can’t-miss events, and exclusive reveals, all to celebrate the milestone 75th anniversary of the world’s most popular Super Hero – DC Comics’ Batman. Celebration highlights include a pair of panels that will bring together a spectacular collection of Batman talent, a once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit, and a rare look at some of the most famous Batman film costumes in history.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are »
- Michelle McCue
Part of a 75th Batman Anniversary montage wall at Comic-Con, a new image of Ben Affleck as Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released. This second look at Affleck as Batman takes us close to the Dark Knight in a reflective state.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won’t hit theaters until May 6th, 2016, but more details from the film could be made known at Comic-Con this weekend. Directed by Zack Synder (Man of Steel, 2004′s Dawn of the Dead remake), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons.
The Daily Dead team is doing live coverage of Comic-Con, so check back frequently for »
- Derek Anderson
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