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Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1
Pencils by Andy Kubert (Backup pencils by Miller)
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson (Backup colors by Alex Sinclair)
Letters by Clem Robins
Published by DC Comics
After legions of variant cover announcements, some scintillating black and white unlettered previews, and no small amount of Internet tongue wagging, the third chapter of Frank Miller’s legendary Dark Knight saga The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 finally debuted. And Miller isn’t alone in bringing yet another tale about an aging Batman, a dying Gotham, and a mistrust of god-like heroes to life as he is joined by co-writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), penciler Andy Kubert (“Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader”), inker extraordinaire Klaus Janson (Daredevil), and colorist Brad Anderson (Convergence ), who adds a dark or light digital sheen to the proceedings depending on the situation in the story. »
- Logan Dalton
When something becomes as insanely popular as the comic book movie genre, it’s inevitable that a hell of a lot of extremely famous actors will lend their talents to it. And as with the binary split of the fanbases, typical thinking says you’re either Marvel or you’re DC. Crossing the divide would surely be a gross act of betrayal?
Surprisingly, though, there are actually a high number of stars who have appeared in both.
For some fans, they are committing the eighth deadly sin. Such is the rivalry between Marvel and DC that they argue actors should pick a side and stick with it, especially if their first role struck a bum note. Hence why Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman, after murdering Daredevil, initially resulted in a very hostile backlash from comic book movie aficionados.
But Hollywood is a hell of a lot more »
- K.J. Stewart
Jessica Jones, Season 1
Created by Melissa Rosenberg
Released November 20th, 2015 by Netflix
Five episodes watched for review
Is there more to say about gritty, troubled superheroes? Yes, according to Jessica Jones, the latest Netflix entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After this year’s Daredevil, a show following the modern trend of dark comic book characters kickstarted by Christopher Nolan’s Batman films but dating back at least to the work of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, the thought of the style being passé seemed more than plausible. Especially in light of sharing a distribution platform with Daredevil, creator Melissa Rosenberg appeared to have her work cut out for her in making Jessica Jones stand out.
And to a certain extent, the series is of a kind with its moody forbears. The voice-over narration and shadowy city streets establish a strong linkage to film noir, revisiting ground well trodden by »
- Max Bledstein
The much anticipated Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter in the title role, has just been released in its entirety on Netflix. Thirteen episodes of Marvel and Netflix’s latest McU collaboration are currently available for your viewing pleasure.
Early buzz out of the gate is extremely strong – the show currently has a 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes – so it looks like Netflix have another hit on their hands. Not only are we getting some more adult-themed Marvel content, which has proved mature superhero stories do have an audience and not everything has to be watered down to a PG (thank you, Daredevil!) – but we’re finally getting a female lead in a superhero story.
Check out the synopsis for Jessica Jones below.
Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, »
- Dan Woburn
Welcome to the DC Weekly, where every week we write up DC news, TV show reactions, editorials, and random speculation.
This Week I talk about the new Batmobile in the upcoming “Batman v Superman” film, as well as DC movies vs. DC TV. Is Warner Bros making a mistake by not merging their universes?
News-LETBatmobiles in History
Ever since the 1960s "Batman” live-action series, the Batmobile has become one of Batman’s most recognizable trademarks to the mainstream public. Yes, the Batmobile had been introduced in the comics many years before that, but with the Adam West series, audiences were able to see what such a vehicle would look like in the real world.
However, the first cinematic Batmobile, created for Tim Burton’s 1989 film, “Batman,” was much different from its TV counterpart. Not only was it incredibly bat-like in appearance, but it’s also gone and inspired the latest »
- Joseph Medina
20th Century Fox
While most actors will paint a picture of their work as a noble, artistic endevour, for the majority it’s a job like everything else. They’ll appear in just about anything so long as it pays the rent. After all, bills aren’t going to get paid with artistic integrity.
There’s also the illusion that once an actor reaches the A-list – they’re secure enough to do any film they please. Again, not true. If it was then every film with a big name cast would be amazing, which is clearly not the case. They’re human like everyone else, so they’ll never be immune to the lure of easy money. Plus, they have to make movies that have a chance of being successful, so if that means a choice between a slushy romantic comedy or a braindead action movie, so be it – just »
- Padraig Cotter
There are no figures in the comics world more controversial than Frank Miller. But you'd also be hard-pressed to find one who's more influential. The 58-year-old writer and artist has been pushing buttons and boundaries since his groundbreaking run on Marvel Comics' Daredevil in the 1980s — a run that is the single biggest influence on the hit Daredevil Netflix series. Then, in 1986, he published his most monumental work: The Dark Knight Returns, a reimagining of Batman set in a dystopian future. He's had hits since then, many of which have made it onto the silver screen: Sin City and 300, most notably. But Dark Knight still towers above them all, setting the tone for nearly every Batman movie ever since (for better or worse). Now, against all odds, Miller is penning the Caped Crusader once again. Fourteen years after a poorly received (but underrated!) sequel in 2001, DC Entertainment is about »
- Abraham Riesman
TVLine spoke with “Bam-Bam” (pictured below) — a veteran of multiple Stargate series as well as Flash Gordon and the post-apocalyptic Jeremiah — about finally directing a full episode of television, straight drama scenes and all.
Tvline | How did the opportunity to direct Arrow come about? Had you inquired about the possibility, did the producers offer it to you… »
Superhero stories began as adolescent male power fantasies, where the meekest among us were revealed to have hidden strength that they could use to solve any problem they wanted. Over time, the genre has layered complications on top of that — the angst of Spider-Man, the oppressed minority metaphors of the X-Men — but more often than not, these stories present superherodom as the best possible life. Not "Jessica Jones," though. Her story isn't a power fantasy, but a nightmare. It's a superhero saga as rape survivor tale, where it doesn't matter how strong you are — or even that you can fly like Superman himself — because there will always be someone who can find a way to hurt you and make you feel like less than nothing. The series, which debuts Friday on Netflix (I've seen the first seven episodes), is based on "Alias," a 2001 comic(*) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, »
- Alan Sepinwall
What if you discovered that the person you married was capable of the unthinkable? One answer to that question is presented in Donald Cammell's 1987 thriller White of the Eye, coming out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow from Scream Factory. Ahead of the film's high-def home media release, we've been provided with three White of the Eye Blu-ray copies to give away.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of White of the Eye.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “White of the Eye Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 22nd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
Much like Stephen King's novella A Good Marriage, Donald Cammell's White of the Eye asks the question, "How well do you really know your spouse?" Ahead of Scream Factory's November 17th Blu-ray and DVD release of the thriller, we have high-definition clips from the film.
White of the Eye Blu-ray / DVD: "A twisted killer is on the loose. He tortures and dissects his victims as part of a primitive ritual. If you’re a wealthy, attractive woman, stay out of isolated desert community, because you are fair game. Housewife Joan White gradually comes to suspect that her opera-loving husband Paul might know more than he’s letting on... All the clues lead to one man who is clearly innocent. But nothing is as simple as black and white in Donald Cammell’s 1987 suspense thriller White Of The Eye, arriving for the first time on Blu-ray™ in a special »
- Derek Anderson
There’s no denying that Batman is one of the most popular—arguably the most popular—comic book hero. The Nolan/Bale Batman trilogy was a financial and critical super hit. Naturally, the Bat is going to figure prominently in DC/Warner Bros plans for its shared universe. However, is he becoming too much of a crutch for the company as their plans move forward? Cinelinx looks at the movie version of Batman and whether he should be the dominate figure in the Dccu.
"The Bat Signal! DC needs me to save another film!"
It’s not unusual for a film studio to continue to rely on what’s worked in the past. That’s why we have so many sequels and remakes these days. DC/Warner Bros is using this tried-and-true philosophy in their cinematic universe by relying deeply on their heavy hitter, the Batman. Since they are mired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The mid-'00s chat series Dinner for Five continues to be the Zapruder film for celebrity news stories. Months after a careful analysis of the show's Daredevil episode revealed the exact moment Jennifer Garner fell in love with Ben Affleck comes news of a 2005 episode of the show that may have influenced one of the most buzzworthy fan theories about The Force Awakens: the rumor that Luke Skywalker is being held out of the film's trailers because he is eeeeeevvvvviiiiillllll now. As it turns out, Mark Hamill himself pitched this very idea on Dinner for Five a decade ago, on a panel that included none other than future Star Wars director J.J. Abrams. As he told Abrams, "As an actor that would be more fun to play. I just thought that’s the way it was going from when we finished [Empire] ... I’ll have to come back, but it will »
- Nate Jones
As much fun as Turtles Day (as I now affectionately call the Thursday of New York Comic Con) was, it’s most definitely not the only awesome thing about Nycc. There’s always so much awesome stuffed into those four days that it’s hard to sum it up.
This year, to assist me in my round-up, I thought I’d finally try out a New Method of Doing Things, given that my awesome friend Cleolinda Jones finds it so useful, and that she’s been using it to successfully round-up all of the online things we mention during our Made of Fail podcast (which is still going, by the way! Our latest episode was Dragon Con: The Wrath of Con. Lisssstennn!)
So even though I’m still going to hit the highlights below, I’m also going to direct you afterwards to my brand new, shiny first effort at using Storify (woo! »
- Emily S. Whitten
At New York Comic Con, I had the opportunity to chat with prolific colorist Matthew Wilson about his colors and process on The Wicked + the Divine and Phonogram, his relationships with various artists as well as get a sneak peek of the upcoming Black Widow series he is working on with writer Mark Waid (Archie) and artist Chris Samnee (Daredevil). Wilson first came to prominence with his colors on Phonogram: Singles Club with frequent collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie and has colored a variety of Marvel books, like Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Wolverine, and Secret Avengers. He recently finished a run on Daredevil with Waid and Samnee and is currently taking a break from the Eisner nominated WicDiv as guest artists draw and color this arc. Matthew Wilson is also the colorist on Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl and Paper Girls from Image Comics and Deadpool vs. Thanos from Marvel »
- Logan Dalton
Late last week, the folks over at Bleeding Cool announced that their sources at Marvel had told them that the studio was looking to shut down Inhumans as it was only put in place so Kevin Feige could get his pet projects Black Panther and Captain Marvel off the ground. Well, they’ve now got a new rumour that Iron Fist is going to meet the same fate as Inhumans.
According to Bleeding Cool, Iron Fist is being micro managed by Marvel Studios, and the copious amounts of notes being sent back to the TV team (which they still have final sign off for) is “killing” the show. There were reports earlier in the year that Marvel were struggling to work out how to incorporate Iron Fist into the Netflix side of the McU, because his supernatural powers didn’t fit with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Although in »
- Luke Owen
Although he’s listed as “NYPD Cop” on IMDb, Will Travel has revealed at the New York Comic Con that his role is seemingly much larger in Jessica Jones than originally let on.
Speaking with IGN, Travel said that his character is called Simpson, and that he’s a Vietnam war vet who was part of the Super Soldier experiments the government attempted to recreate Captain America. Here’s his exact quote:
“People may recognise him from the comics. His last name is Simpson, if that gives you any indication. He comes from that period in the 70s where they had post-Vietnam War and psycho super soldiers… so that’s his origin point.”
With the American flag painted on his face, Frank Simpson (also known as Nuke) still believes he is fighting the Vietnam War and is easily manipulated into following orders. Daredevil fans will likely remember him from Frank Miller »
- Luke Owen
The first panel at New York Comic Con’s main stage on Friday, October 9 marked the triumphant return of an old favorite as DC Comics editors and creators gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns. They also previewed the upcoming The Dark Knight 3: The Master Race. This miniseries is co-written by original Dark Knight creator Frank Miller and seasoned comics veteran Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) with pencils from Andy Kubert (Flashpoint) and inks from the legendary Klaus Janson (Daredevil). All of these creators were present at the panel with Miller making a surprise entrance in his trademark fedora to thunderous applause. They were joined by DC editor and moderator Brian Cunningham and publisher Jim Lee, who worked with Miller on the controversial All-Star Batman and Robin.
Cunningham opened the panel by giving the history of The Dark Knight Returns, and how it deconstructed superhero mythology while also pioneering storytelling techniques, »
- Logan Dalton
This weekend is the New York Comic-Con, and while Marvel is expected to make their mark felt with the likes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, it’s become apparent that Warner Bros. are hoping to be the ones to steal the show. After revealing that Lex Luthor himself will be providing those who attend with free Wi-Fi, a huge display for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been erected, which is sure to draw the attention of fans.
Following the release of a very cool video highlighting concept art from the movie, Batman V Superman photographer Clay Enos (who is responsible for all the official character images we’ve seen from both this movie and Suicide Squad) has Tweeted out a very neat shot of Ben Affleck suited up and ready for action as Gotham City’s Dark Knight.
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Does it reveal anything new? »
- Josh Wilding
Marvel has announced that writer Mark Waid, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna – the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed Daredevil – are set to reunite for a new Black Widow ongoing series.
“I think Mark and I are crafting a really fun, exciting spy story, unlike anything that’s ever been in comics,” says series artist & co-writer Chris Samnee. “And honestly, I think the entire team is giving their absolute all here. I’m pushing myself harder than ever to make these pages my best yet and I think [colorist] Matt Wilson is doing the best work of his career here. I can’t wait for folks to get a look at this stuff.”
Natasha has spent years gathering secrets. Knowledge and intel on friends and enemies alike. But when some of those dark secrets begin mysteriously going public, no one is safe. Now, Natasha has become the »
- Gary Collinson
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