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The team of Batman and Robin are together again! But what is the new dynamic for this crimefighting duo now that Damian has super powers of his own? So, Batman's trip to Apokalips will obviously be a success, but Damian will return to the land of the living with powers (making him perhaps the most formidable Robin to date). It's interesting that DC Comics would decide to reveal this now, but it's sure to get fans talking! How do you guys feel about the return of Bruce Wayne's son and the fact that he's been given something of an upgrade? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts on this latest development in the usual place »
January 2015 will see the continuation of DC's themed variant months, and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Scarlet Speedster, the Flash will be making his way onto 22 one-sheets. The publisher has gathered some great talent to create homages of famous DC covers, so check out the unveiled variants so far below, with more updates soon to come. (Source: Comic Vine) Action Comics #38 by Dave Johnson. The Flash #39 by Howard Porter. Harley Quinn #14 by Bruce Timm. Teen Titans #6 by Mike Allred. (Source: HitFix) Batman #38 by Tony S. Daniel. Green Lantern #38 by Doug Mahnke. Sinestro #9 by Ethan Van Sciver. Wonder Woman #38 by Terry Dodson. (Source: Comic Book Resources) Batman and Robin #38 by Dave Bullock. Catwoman #38 by Ty Templeton. Green Lantern Corps #38 by Bill Sienkiewicz. Justice League #38 by Tony Harris. (Source: Newsarama) Grayson #6 by Jock. Justice League United #8 by Karl Kerschl. Supergirl #38 by Michael Oeming. Superman #38 by Kevin Nowlan. (Source: IGN) Aquaman #38 by Steve Rude. »
After Batman Returns hit theaters back in 1992, director Tim Burton started working on ideas for a third film featuring the Dark Knight. This new entry was set to see the arrival of Robin (to be played by Marlon Wayans), but a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff went down (Warner Bros. felt Batman Returns was too dark for families and not a good film for selling toys – and Burton’s third film was going to be even darker, apparently) and the director eventually exited the project. Joel Schumacher came in to replace him, and the results were Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. However, there are bits and pieces of things designed for Burton’s unmade film floating around on the Internet – including this piece of concept art for the costume Wayans would have worn...
- Mike Bracken
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
“I think since Batman that I’ve been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years. I see the comment sections on all you guys. I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the Nycc main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that.” – George Clooney
“I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right.” – Joel Schumacher
- Simon Columb
It's that time of year again! Everyone is gearing up for Halloween, and celebrities are no exception. Hollywood stars are known for going all-out with wild, wacky and sometimes super-sexy Halloween costumes. Some stars choose to dress like their famous peers, with Paris Hilton and Kelly Ripa both going as Miley Cyrus last year. Other celebs switch it up, like Kim Kardashian, who has turned heads as Catwoman, the Queen of Hearts and Poison Ivy. Let's not forget couple's costumes! Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick went as Batman and Robin, and Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal brought the '70s back as Sandy and Danny from Grease. Can't get enough of these crazy looks? Get ready for »
Joel Schumacher attended the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend where he accepted an award for his lifetime of work including acclaimed or beloved films like "The Lost Boys," "Falling Down," " The Client," "St. Elmo's Fire," and "A Time to Kill".
Yet conversation often drifts back towards his two Batman films - 1995's highly successful but critically mixed "Batman Forever," and 1997's infamous "Batman and Robin" which famously tanked the franchise for nearly a decade. In an interview with Variety at the event, he reflected on both projects.
"I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of "Batman Returns," families had objected that it was too adult, which is no criticism of Tim Burton's. When they offered it to me, I went to Tim and said, »
- Garth Franklin
It’s been over two years since the last iteration of the series, so it makes sense that Traveller’s Tales brought Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham to New York Comic-Con this weekend. After all, it is the biggest comic book convention on the east coast, and we are only a month away from the title’s November release date. With the game on full display, we were able to get a hands-on demo of the block-based Caped Crusader’s latest adventure.
Rather than jump into one of the missions from the title’s main campaign, though, I sought out the special level based around the classic 1960′s Batman television show. Things pick up where most episodes of the show would begin: in the Batcave. After The Joker pulls off one of his classic heists, Batman and Robin are called into action in order to stop him. Before they can start, »
- Eric Hall
DC Comics has announced several new Batman books at New York Comic Con. This being Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics has gone out of its way to make this year a special one for the Dark Knight. At the Empire Stage in the Jacob Javits Center, some of DC’s Batman brain-trust took the stage to discuss where Batman would be going into the next year. DC's Vice President of Marketing John Cunningham opened up the panel, introducing the creators in the panel:
Batman Eternal writer James Tynion IV
Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko
Detective Comics writer/artists Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Bat-editor Mark Doyle.
Snyder and Capullo, who have been working on Batman since September of 2011, just started an arc called Endgame which »
After Batman Returns, Tim Burton was set to return to direct a third film in the franchise. For some stupid ass reason, though, they dropped the director's version of the film, because they wanted the him to tone down the darkness. Instead, they went with Joel Schumacher's colorfully terrible film, Batman Forever. Burton's plan was to introduce Robin in to the franchise, and Marlon Wayans was actually cast in the role. Once Schumacher came on board he recast both Batman and Robin, and we ended up with Val Kilmer and Chris O' Donnell.
Thanks to Cbm, we have a piece of concept art showing us what Burton's vision of Robin may have looked like. The sketch comes from Costume designer Bob Ringwood, and it looks… interesting. The hair poofing out of the top of his head is pretty silly looking, but the actual costume may have looked a lot different. »
- Joey Paur
Warner Bros. Consumer Products
2014 Halloween Products
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Rubie’S Costume Co. – DC Comics Super-Villains Costume Collection
A costume that is so cute it’s criminal! Your tween can be part of the evil plan while showing off their mischievous side with this villains costume line. The Super-Villains Costume Collection from Rubies includes: The Joker™, and partner-in-crime Harley Quinn™; The Riddler™; and the always sly, Catwoman™. Available at retailers nationwide for $35.
Rubie’S Costume Co. – Batman: Arkham Origins Costume Collection
Step out in style as Batman™ or Robin™ in these deluxe costumes, but beware of the villains you’ll find in Arkham Asylum… »
- Matt MacNabb
New York – New York Comic-Con 2014 started strong with the first panel on the main stage hosted by Disney for their upcoming films "Big Hero 6" and "Tomorrowland." It did not disappoint. We know a whole lot about "Big Hero 6," but "Tomorrowland," which is directed by Brad Bird and stars Britt Robertson and George Clooney, is much more of a mystery and consequently had people much more on the edge of their seats during the panel. They were ready for that, and opened with "Big Hero 6." When the time did come for "Tomorrowland" though, there were a number of surprises, and a number puzzle pieces were revealed. So, without further ado, here's what we learned: The secrecy hasn't been to frustrate as much as to not have things get spoiled That is what Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof told us at the outset of the panel. It is also the »
- Josh Lasser
Marvel are absolutely dominating the box office with their Cinematic Universe and 20th Century Fox have successfully brought the X-Men back from the murk of The Last Stand. And then there’s Sony. While other studios have been relishing in critical praise and box office success, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the worst received entry in the once immortal franchise, making a genre staple seem tired and obsolete.
The whole reboot has been condemned from the off, going back to the start purely out of a desperation to retain the rights to the character (Sony must produce a new Spider-Man movie every five years, otherwise the property would revert back to Marvel). And while the fact that the company doesn’t have a clue what to do with the character is painfully obvious, with each film seems more concerned with setting up the next than delivering something of worth in its own right, »
- Alex Leadbeater
The most recent Fall season of TV has a couple of new crime dramas, one squarely rooted in the realm of comic books and fantasy, and one smack in the middle of contemporary soaps. “Gotham” and “How to Get Away with Murder” are two vastly different shows, but they share that common tie of not just crime, but the people who spend their lives working within the parameters of the justice system.
“Gotham” airs on Monday nights on Fox at 7:00. There have been several visual retellings of the origins of “Batman”, but “Gotham” delves much further into the story. Instead of focusing on the evolution of Bruce Wayne into the Dark Knight, “Gotham” shows the evolution of key players in the Batman saga, and the decline of the city from corruption to outright haven for criminals.
Thus far, only the first episode has aired. In it, we’ve seen Selina Kyle, »
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Presented by Diamond Comic Distributors on October 25th at participating comic book stores is the 3rd Annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf), featuring costume contests and giveaways of horror-themed comics. Shops will be giving out 19 free titles this year, and readers can seek out tales of the living dead in Afterlife with Archie #1, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, and Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade #1.
Press Release - “Diamond Comic Distributors announces a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the third annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf) event! Communities are encouraged to check out their local comic shop and get free comics while also participating in shop’s special Halloween events such as costume contests, sales, character appearances and more on Saturday, October 25th, 2014!
During Halloween ComicFest, adults and kids can go into a local participating comic shop and get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for Halloween ComicFest. »
- Derek Anderson
Recently, TheFilmJunkee dropped this new clip (below) that features a new set image from the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" super hero/action flick, and it shows an old train car with the words "Batman and Robin" spray painted onto it. Now, there is no official confirmation of what this means,exactly, but it definitely raises a lot of speculation. I'm not even going to attempt to say anything other than it's definitely an interesting thing they've thrown in there and I'll let you guys do the rest. Check it out,below. As for the movie, it stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg ,and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter ,and Scoot McNairy. »
DC Comics continues its latest Earth shattering event with Batman and Robin: Future’s End #1. The one-shot gives readers a look into what’s to come for the Dark Knight as he continues his crusade against crime. By his side is another partner who’s picked up the red and green mantle of the Boy Wonder. It’s an action-packed piece of a bigger puzzle that still serves as entertaining for those who aren’t completely up to speed with the whole story.
Five years in the future, Bruce Wayne still dons the cape and cowl and stalks the streets nightly as the Batman. He’s also continues to be obsessed with the death of his son, Damian. Old wounds are opened when a monstrous assassin resembling the Heretic shows up. Could he be the same Heretic or another creation of the league of Assassins sent to rid the »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
DC have probably had more movie flops that they’ve had successes. Green Lantern, Supergirl, Steel, Jonah Hex, Catwoman, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin have all been slammed by critics and audiences alike.
In some cases, you can’t really blame the casting or the actors for said failure – Halle Berry was actually one of the bright points of the terrible Catwoman movie, in spite of its ridiculous concept, and Josh Brolin could have been a fantastic Jonah Hex had the material he was given to work with not been awful.
That said, most of the time it’s down to poor casting. DC have given jobs to so many completely inappropriate actors, in terms of the characters that they played, that we’ve lost count of the number of cases in which it has occurred.
Whether it’s because the actor in question just wasn’t very good, »
- Kev Stewart
Seemingly becoming a DC staple, the themed variant covers for December have been unveiled. With next month being Monster month and November being Lego-themed, the final month of the year will feature the award-winning artwork of Darwyn Cooke. Take a look at the variants in store for dozens of DC Comics titles below. Action Comics #37 Aquaman #37 Batgirl #37 Batman #37 Batman and Robin #37 Batman/Superman #17 Catwoman #37 Detective Comics #37 The Flash #37 Grayson #4 Green Lantern #37 Green Lantern Corps #37 Harley Quinn #12 He-Man: The Eternity War #1 Justice League #37 Justice League Dark #37 Justice League United #7 Sinestro #8 Supergirl #37 Superman #37 Superman/Wonder Woman #14 Wonder Woman #37 »
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The legacy of Jack Nicholson’s Joker has taken a bit of a beating as of late. For so long his gangster-cum-theatric psychopath from Tim Burton’s Batman was viewed as the definitive take on the iconic Batman villain, but then in 2008 The Dark Knight brought something excitingly new to the table. Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance totally overshadows Nicholson’s version of the character and while it is objectively the weaker of the two, there’s still a lot to enjoy in what Jack did.
Giving the Joker an origin story (something that hadn’t been attempted on screen before) and implicating him in the murder of Batman’s parents, Tim Burton’s take on the character is in many ways unconventional, but Nicholson off-set that with something more typically over-the-top and dramatic, making some of the more blatant meddling with the mythos more palatable. »
- Alex Leadbeater
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