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While Christopher Nolan’s gritty Dark Knight Trilogy is beloved, Tim Burton’s kooky Batman films have ardent fans and Joel Schumacher’s campy sequels… exist, a lot of Bat-fans claim that the all-time best version of the caped crusader on-screen is the animated series which ran from 1992 and on-off all the way until 1999.
Helmed to near-perfection by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, and sporting the acting talent of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn and many others besides, it expertly strode the line between winning the hearts of superhero-loving children and those of hardened adult comic book fans. It may have undergone a more kid-friendly redesign in its later seasons (being retitled The New Batman Adventures) but the quality generally held out.
And it, of course, began the run of numerous shows – such as the brilliant Batman Beyond – that »
- Christian Bone
This week, Empire Magazine delves inside “Batman v Supmeran: Dawn of Justice” with an all-access story that goes behind the scenes. To drive the hype machine forward, they released their cover image of the titular Batman and Superman staring into the camera, steel in their eyes: Image Credit: Warner Bros./Empire Magazine Can we talk about Batman for a minute? It’s time to address the elephant in the room. That Batsuit is obviously juicing. Yes, Batman’s costumes in “Dawn of Justice” are modeled after the Dark Knight Returns look. But though Bruce Wayne is older in that story — not “Batman Beyond” old, but not a spry young vigilante either — he is built like a truck. So the suit makes sense within the context of the comic. Ben Affleck is not built like a truck, because he is a human person and not a two-dimensional drawing. In the trailer for “Dawn of Justice, »
- Donna Dickens
As part of our 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International coverage, david j. moore chats with Justice League: Gods and Monsters director Sam Liu, writer Alan Burnett and voice actors Paget Brewster and Tamara Taylor…
The DC Universe original movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters (out on DVD and Blu Ray July 28th From Warner Bros.) flip-flops DC’s stable characters by throwing them all in an alternate universe where they are not their famous, Justice-seeking selves. Instead, the characters are given vastly different identities (Batman, for example, is a vampire), and they become involved in a conspiracy that casts them in a dark, sinister light. At 2015’s San Diego Comic Con, several key members of the cast and crew were on hand to discuss their involvement with the film. Amongst those interviewed for this article are director Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies), writer/producer Alan Burnett (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm »
- Gary Collinson
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer hit and I know most people are going to focus on the Batman and Superman part, and for sure there are some easter eggs and tidbits I want to get into at a later date but as a person who is definitely going to watch the movie but wasn’t really moved by the teaser released earlier in the year, it was really Wonder Woman that stole the trailer for me.
I guess it’s not exactly shocking that a guy would zero in on Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and while she’s sexy as hell, and that’s part of it, but I’m more coming at it from a perspective of I’ve never seen Wonder Woman in a movie before and, like everyone else, seen a ton, maybe too many Superman and Batman movies. For this reason I »
- Jay Tomio
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
After more than 200 best days ever, the ride's over for Phineas and Ferb and their pals, not to mention Perry the Platypus and archnemesis Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. For a final trip to the Tri-State Area,TV Guide Magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider gathers the creators/executive producers of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire (voice of Doofenshmirtz) and »
Written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher
Art by Babs Tarr
Background assists by Joel Gomez
Colors by Serge Lapointe
Published by DC Comics
After a break for Convergence, Batgirl is back with a new villain, a new colorist, and most of all, the first real look about how Jim Gordon’s Batman affects the relationship around him. But Batgirl #41 is still both Babs’ show as readers get to see fight crime as well as interact with her roommate Frankie (who is taking on an Oracle type role) and her dad. Artist Babs Tarr also takes over both layouts and pencils and gives the comic the rush of a Saturday morning cartoon using slanted panels and slightly larger gutters to give her acrobatic style an additional “oomph”. Joel Gomez (most likely) helps out in some of the interior scenes adding details to the arcade where Babs and Frankie hang out, »
- Logan Dalton
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, The Punisher, Daredevil, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Spider-Man, Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Batman Beyond, The Flash, Arrow, Hit Girl, Kick-Ass 3, The Crow and more…
It’s been a pretty quiet week in the world of superherodom, although Marvel Studios has been quietly upping the promotional for Ant-Man ahead of its release next month, debuting a selection of new posters and TV spots [see here, here and here], along with a batch of images from the film featuring Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), T.I. (Dave), Michael Pena (Luis), David Dastmalchian (Kurt) and Bobby Cannavale (Paxton). Meanwhile, the Avengers themed posters featuring Iron Man, Thor and Captain America inspired a host of parodies centred on Black Widow, with the miniature superhero standing small on Natasha »
- Gary Collinson
With nine big screen movies featuring Batman released and a tenth debuting in next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it is always interesting to see what could have been and what never was. Once such story is that of Batman Beyond. Back in 2000, when Darren Aronofsky was developing Batman: Year One, director Boaz Yakin was riding high on the success of Remember The Titans. It was then that he... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
After the critical failure of 1997’s Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. decided to put Batman on hiatus to figure out what the next big screen adaptation for the Caped Crusader should be. Although Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins eventually reinvigorated the franchise, several ideas were looked at, including a Batman Beyond film, based on the animated series airing on Kids WB at the time. Boaz Yakin, whose writing resume consists of films like Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time and Now You See Me, worked on the idea, and it sounds like it would been quite the visual spectacle. As Yakin told IGN that, after directing 2000’s Remember The Titans, his agent suggested that he direct another studio movie rather than go do an independent film. Yakin jokingly said that he would want to do a Batman film (he really want he just »
After the Batman film franchise fizzled out with "Batman and Robin" in 1997, Warner Bros. Pictures tried to revive the property with several different attempts, each of which would've taken the Caped Crusader back in a darker direction.
One was Joel Schumacher's "Batman Triumphant" which was reported about extensively on this site back in its earliest days. Another was Darren Aronofsky's "Batman: Year One" project, and a third was a live action take on the animated series "Batman Beyond" which "Remember The Titans" helmer Boaz Yakin was attached to.
The one least talked about was the latter as the project didn't move very far along. In a new interview with IGN, Yakin has briefly spoken about his early ambitions for it and how he ultimately opted out of the project:
"I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an »
- Garth Franklin
After the Batman franchise fizzled out in the late '90s thanks to Joel Schumacher's painful "Batman & Robin," Warner Bros. tossed around a handful of ideas to revive the character's cinematic fortunes. There was a planned "Batman & Robin" followup called "Batman Triumphant" that was scrapped after the failure of the former, Darren Aronofsky developed the ambitious "Batman: Year One," while Boaz Yakin was tinkering with "Batman Beyond," a live action take on the animated series. It never got very far, but in a new interview with IGN, Yakin describes what his movie might've been like. "It was almost like Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' but a little bit darker —a teenage, kind of futuristic, cyberpunk Batman thing," he explained. But at the time, Yakin was riding high off "Remember The Titans," and while a bigger studio movie seemed like the right play on paper, the filmmaker came to realize he didn't have the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following Joel Schumacher’s 1997 franchise killer Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. launched several attempts to reboot the Dark Knight prior to Christopher Nolan’s successful resurrection of the series with Batman Begins.
In August 2000, while Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller were devloping an adaptation of Miller’s Batman: Year One, the studio enlisted director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) to work alongside Paul Dini and Alan Burnett on a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond, and now Yakin has shared some details on the ultimately aborted project during an interview with IGN.
“I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film. I spoke to my agent, and he said, ‘I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.’ I was just basically like, ‘Well, if I’m »
- Gary Collinson
Detective Comics 44
Here’s the full list of covers and artists…
“Action Comics” #44 illustrated by Neil Edwards & Jay Leisten; “Aquaman” #44 illustrated by Francis Manapul
“Batman” #44 illustrated by Tony Daniel
“Batman Beyond” #4 illustrated by Craig Rousseau
“Batman/Superman” #24 illustrated by Dave Bullock
“Black Canary” #4 illustrated by Evan Shaner
“Catwoman” #44 illustrated by Emanuella Luppacino
“Cyborg” #3 illustrated by Kenneth Roccafort
“Deathstroke” #10 illustrated by Dave Johnson
“Detective Comics” #44 illustrated by Cliff Chiang
“The Flash” #44 illustrated by Wes Craig
“Grayson” #12 illustrated by Andrew Robinson
“Jla” #4 illustrated by Alex Garner
- Gary Collinson
Thanks for the read!!! Always open to critique! In 1992, an animated series focused on the DC comics hero Batman, debuted on television. After 23 years, and countless awards and praises, it’s still celebrated as one of the greatest cartoons to ever grace the small screen. Four years later in 1996, a spinoff of Batman: The Animated Series premiered that followed the adventures of The Last Son of Krypton. Superman: The Animated Series was a worthy follower to its DC animation predecessor as it faithfully depicted the Man of Steel. The DC animation train didn’t stop with these two powerhouses as Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited all followed and ushered in a cohesive DC animated universe (Dcau). These shows not only set a precedent for animated superhero cartoons, but all cartoons as they exemplified great television. The person responsible for spearheading and »
2015 has been a big year for DC Comics anniversaries, with the likes of the Joker and the Flash celebrating their 75th birthdays through a month of themed variant covers. Green Lantern is the next character to receive the 'variant month' treatment, with DC releasing 25 special Green Lantern-themed covers to celebrate the release of the Green Lantern: A Celebration of 75 Years hardcover on September 30th. These covers feature artwork by Ivan Reis, Terry Dodson, Francis Manapul, Tony Daniel and many more, so take a look at them all below and share your favourites in the comments! Action Comics #44 illustrated by Neil Edwards & Jay Leisten. Aquaman #44 illustrated by Francis Manapul. Batman #44 illustrated by Tony Daniel. Batman Beyond #4 illustrated by Craig Rousseau. Batman/Superman #24 illustrated by Dave Bullock. Black Canary #4 illustrated by Evan Shaner. Catwoman #44 illustrated by Emanuella Luppacino. Cyborg #4 illustrated by Kenneth Rocafort. Deathstroke #10 illustrated by Dave Johnson. Detective Comics #44 illustrated by Cliff Chiang. »
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Bruce Timm is a legend in the world of animation, responsible for Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League: Unlimited, and many others. With his latest project, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, audiences will delve into a new world where the heroes we know are vastly different, to say the least. Batman is now a vampire, Superman is the son of General Zod, and Wonder Woman is one of the “New Gods”, a race of alien gods from outer space. God and Monsters is available on VOD on July 8th from Warner Bros. Animation. Prior to that, a series of prequel stories titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles will introduce us to these new characters through Machinima, who have already signed on for a second season. Bruce Timm talked with us about the project, Suicide Squad’s interpretation of his creation, Harley Quinn, and whether »
- Evan Valentine
Burbank, CA (June 3, 2015) — The Dark Knight isn’t seeking tricks or treats when Gotham City’s most lethal villains take to the streets on Halloween night in the newest DC Comics animated film – Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the original movie arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-rayTM and DVD on August 18, 2015 for a $19.98 Srp, and via Digital HD on August 4.
It’s Halloween night in Gotham City and Scarecrow, Clayface, Silver Banshee and Solomon Grundy have hit the streets to stir up trouble! Batman is on the trail of the city’s spookiest villains while, further complicating matters, the clown prince of crime himself, The Joker, is ruling over this mysterious crew of misfit criminals. It’s up to the Dark Knight to stop this gruesome gang before they unleash “digital laughter,” a computer virus that’s part of a »
- Robert Greenberger
Take another look @ 3D lenticular comic book covers, from DC Comics' "Futures End" limited series, including 'Batman', 'Superman' and 'Wonder Woman', written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Ryan Sook.
"What you're going to see is the potential of where the futures can be going," said DC co-publisher Dan Didio about "Future's End".
"And the direct impact it has on stories set in the current timeline in the 'Dcu'...."
"...starting 35 years into the future of the 'DC Universe'...
"...before moving to five years in the future...
"...'Prime Earth' is feeling the after effects of a war across the 'multiverse'.
"As a new threat approaches the vulnerable Earth, 'Batman Beyond' travels back in time...
"...to help the heroes of Prime Earth fend off the impending apocalypse..."
Click the images to enlarge »
- Michael Stevens
For Immediate Release
Join The Hunt For Gotham City’S Spookiest Villains As Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Releasesbatman Unlimited: Monster Mayhemblu-raytmcombo Pack & DVD Arrives August 18;Available Via Digital HD On August 4, 2015
All-New DC Comics Original Movie for the Entire Family
Burbank, CA (June 3, 2015) —The Dark Knight isn’t seeking tricks or treats when Gotham City’s most lethal villains take to the streets on Halloween night in the newest DC Comics animated film - Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, theoriginal movie arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-rayTMand DVD on August 18, 2015 for a $19.98 Srp, and via Digital HD on August 4.
It’s Halloween night in Gotham City and Scarecrow, Clayface, Silver Banshee and Solomon Grundy have hit the streets to stir up trouble! Batman is on the trail of the city’s spookiest villains while, further complicating matters, the clown prince of crime himself, »
- The Atari Nation
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