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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
Mike Manley is a multi-talented artist who has done everything from storyboards and background scenery for animated television series to penciling and inking in comic books and everything in between. He has worked for Marvel on Quasar, Captain America, New Mutants, and was the co-creator of the character Darkhawk. Manley has worked for DC Comics on Batman and The Power of Shazam! He is the current artist for the serialized comic strip Judge Parker, and has also worked on several animated series including The New Batman / Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Fairly Odd Parents, The Venture Brothers, and Samurai Jack. Outside of the comic book business, Manley is a painter and art teacher.
Mike Manley: I was the storyboard artist and background designer on those shows, and »
- Merriell Moyer
Gotham, Season 2, Episode 2, “Knock, Knock”
Written by Ken Woodruff
Directed by Rob Bailey
Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on Fox
On this Gotham, the villains take the stage as they begin their reign of terror on the city. Continuing the season’s Rise of the Villains theme, this episode puts the spotlight on Jerome as the indisputable leader of the Arkham Asylum Escapees known as The Maniax!, as he stands to be, perhaps, the most terrifying villain that Gotham City has ever faced.
As we all know, Jerome is meant to be a precursor to Batman’s greatest villain, The Joker, and in this episode we are privy to him beginning his rise to evil prominence. As a villain, Jerome is eager to leave his mark on Gotham and this episode showcases the extent of his heinous actions, a benchmark being his murder of the newly instated Commissioner Essen. From the opening sequence, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Just how crazy is Jared Leto‘s Suicide Squad performance? Do Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan want to be the new Captain America? What would Hugh Jackman look like as Old Man Logan? Which Civil War side is Stan Lee on? Could CBS’ Supergirl influence the comics? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero […]
- Angie Han
A number of years ago, Warner Bros. had a Batman Beyond movie in development. However, like early ideas for Batman/Superman and Batman: Year One, it never escaped development hell, and Batman Begins soon led to the studio moving away from the idea.
For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, Batman Beyond (which started life off as a successful animated series and has since become a cult favourite, spawning lots of comic books and merchandise) is set a few decades in the future, with an elderly retired Batman and serving as a mentor to Gotham City’s new Caped Crusader, Terry McGinnis.
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During an appearance at the Salt Lake Comic-Con this weekend, The Flash star Robbie Amell was asked if he has any interest in the role, and as it turns out, Terry is a character he would love to play.
I am a huge fan of that idea. »
- Josh Wilding
The future of Batman movies remains a mystery. Sure, The Dark Knight will be showing up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and probably both Justice League features, but right now there are no plans on the books to give the beloved protector of Gotham City a new solo film. As a result, fans are left to speculate about the cinematic future of the superhero, and while most have their own pet theories, Flash and Arrow.s Robbie Amell has dreams of a Batman Beyond feature. This past weekend, Amell was a guest at Salt Lake Comic Con, and it was while on a panel that he discussed his dreams of someday seeing a live-action adaptation of the hit animated series that ran from 1999 to 2001. Discussing his hopes to one day see the project made, and potentially be a part of it, the actor said, Because they have Batman »
“He gave a wonderful performance, totally knocked it out of the park,” Friedle tells TVLine of Pratt’s take on the Marvel hero in the 2014 film. “The idea of trying to do that just wouldn’t work, so I really had to go in saying, ‘I’ll »
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
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