12 items from 2013
News Louisa Mellor 21 May 2013 - 10:20
Due to air on Disney Xd in autumn 2014 is Star Wars Rebels, a series set between Episode III and IV during a time when "the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape".
Executive producing the series and writing the one-hour premiere is Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, and Disney's future standalone Star Wars films), alongside The Clone Wars' Dave Filoni and DC television writer Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman).
"Sock! Pow! Whap!"
For decades, those words were synonymous with comic books in the mainstream media, thanks to the fan-favorite depiction of comic book images in the DC Comics 1960s Batman Classic TV Series. Today, Diamond Select Toys (Dst) is proud to announce it has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Wbcp), on behalf of DC Entertainment, to create high-quality collectibles based on the TV classic, including busts and statues.
"The Batman Classic TV Series was on my TV constantly while growing up," said Chuck Terceira, director of Dst. "Working on these characters is a dream come true. I know there are a large number of fans out there who feel the same way about the show, and we will give them the collectibles they've always dreamed of! »
- Matt MacNabb
The McM London Comic-Con is all set to take place between 24th and 26th of May, and just announced are a number of legendary screenwriters appearing at the event. The writers include Jane Espenson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), Ashley Miller (Thor, X-men: First Class), Christian Taylor (Six Feet Under, Teen Wolf) and Remi Aubuchon (Caprica, Falling Skies), and if that doesn’t get your geek on then I don’t know what will.
You can grab your tickets by clicking here!
McM Comic-Con will also be home to appearances by celebrities from the world of all things geek, such as the director of Cowboy Bebop and the stars of Falling Skies and Teen Wolf. They’ll also be plenty of merchandise stalls and comics to peruse over, as well as experiencing some Asian culture and scoping out the latest video games.
Four top screenwriters will be among the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Last month the comic book iteration of the ongoing Batman saga suffered a savage blow when the most recent incarnation of Batman’s protégé, Robin, was killed in action. In this current version of the narrative, the boy wonder was Bruce Wayne’s own son, Damian Wayne (his mother was Talia al Ghul) – thus his death marks not only the loss of Batman’s partner in his crusade for vengeance, but also the devastating personal tragedy of losing a child.*
DC comics decided to symbolically acknowledge the enormity of Wayne’s grief by stripping away some of the primary narrative devices with which the comic book medium communicates. Written by Peter J. Tomasi and illustrated by Patrick Gleason, Batman and Robin #18 (the first in that series set after the murder of his son) was an issue that made the bold choice to be conveyed entirely in silence.
Gone were speech bubbles and narration. »
This past Tuesday Warner Bros. announced the latest instalment to their Batman series, Batman: Arkham Origins. Since then a wave of news has surfaced about the game and fans reactions have been mixed. Do the concerns have any weight or are they just making mountains out of mole-hills?
What seems to be the biggest concern for fans is that Rocksteady, developers of the first two, are not making the latest title. Instead Warner Bros. Games Montreal is heading up development. I don’t see the big problem, especially since we knew quite a while ago that Rocksteady wouldn’t be developing this title. Rocksteady have more than proven themselves with their first two Batman games and despite a new developer the game will be pretty much the same both in aesthetic and gameplay mechanics.
Rocksteady even came to the defence of Games Montreal. Sefton Hill, director of Arkham Asylum and City, »
- Curtis Dillon
Jett over at the interweb's #1 Batman fansite Batman-on-Film has put together a list entitled 'Books About Batman Every Fan Should Read', which just so happens to feature my little Bat-chronicling effort Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen. Here's Jett's take on the book...
"This is the definitive book on the TV and film incarnations of The Batman as it includes All animated versions of the character. If you dig Batman on film and in animation, this is the book for you."
There are some fantastic must read books on the list, which also includes Batman and Psychology by Travis Langley, The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy by Jody Duncan Jesser, The Boy Who Loved Batman by Michael E. Uslan, Batmobile: The Complete History by Mark Cotta Vaz, Billion Dollar Batman by Bruce Scivally, Wisdom from the Batcave by Cary A. Friedman, The »
- Flickering Myth
Thomas Perkins, character designer on The Batman and the upcoming Beware the Batman, and a longtime friend of Legions of Gotham, has been putting out some amazing Batman artwork on his blog. Check some of it out below and don't forget to pick up his sketchbook. It may even have some Batman production art. Click Here to buy it now!
See more like these on his blog Here.
- Matt MacNabb
The Batman Arkham video games – Arkham Asylum and Arkham City – have been two of the best received superhero video games in recent years. Finally, a set of games based on a comic book character that aren’t a terrible movie tie-ins or just generally poor.
Now it has been announced that a third Arkham game will be released this year, while Rocksteady (the studio behind both games) are reportedly stepping away from the series and are – instead – working on a stylised prequel detailing Batman’s first encounter with the Joker, which isn’t likely to be out until at least 2014. But which of the two games will be better? My money’s on the Arkham City sequel, and here’s 10 reasons why.
10. Mark Hamill Won’t Be Voicing Joker In The Prequel
- Sean Michael Hackett
Clancy Brown, the quintessential voice of Lex Luthor, will walk the red carpet and take part in the post-screening panel discussion when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media present the World Premiere of Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite in New York on February 11, 2013.
Brown set the benchmark for all Lex Luthor voices with his iteration of the role for Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, and he has reprised the voice in several TV series episodes as well as the DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and now for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite.
The World Premiere will include red carpet media interviews starting at 5:15 p.m. and the first-ever public screening of the film at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, cast and filmmakers will discuss the movie. Joining Brown on the panel »
- ComicMix Staff
If it is one thing where DC has the upper hand over Marvel, it is their animated feature films. DC has been churning out hits thanks to the likes of Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, and the late great Dwayne McDuffie. Another person who has been intricate in the success of the latest batch of films is screen writer Bob Goodman. Goodman has penned the screenplay for both parts of The Dark Knight Returns, handled Superman: Unbound, and has countless other writing credits including the Justice League cartoon and The Batman. Now it seems Goodman is wanting to take his talents to live action. Telling The Realm Cast at the premiere for The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, " I personally would like a crack at writing these (DC Characters) in the live action feature world, but we’ll see if I ever get that chance." While it looks like he is pretty »
Get More: MTV Shows Get More: MTV Shows Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is set to hit DVD and Blu-Ray today, January 29th. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a two-part animated superhero film, an adaptation of the 1986 comic book story arc "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One. It was directed by Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboard artist on Man of Steel, Batman: Year One and Batman: Under the Red Hood. Several other Batman veterans were also involved in the film. Part 1 was released September 25, 2012, and Part 2 is scheduled for release January 29, 2013. It is the 15th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. Related Content: 10 On-Hold/In-Development Projects Hopefully Greenlit In 2013 How It Should Have Ended: The Dark Knight Rises First Teaser For CG Beware The Batman From Cartoon Network »
Get More: MTV Shows Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is set to hit DVD and Blu-Ray January 29th. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a two-part animated superhero film, an adaptation of the 1986 comic book story arc "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One. It was directed by Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboard artist on Man of Steel, Batman: Year One and Batman: Under the Red Hood. Several other Batman veterans were also involved in the film. Part 1 was released September 25, 2012, and Part 2 is scheduled for release January 29, 2013. It is the 15th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. Related Content: 10 On-Hold/In-Development Projects Hopefully Greenlit In 2013 How It Should Have Ended: The Dark Knight Rises First Teaser For CG Beware The Batman From Cartoon Network »
12 items from 2013
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