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Japan to release a coloured Batman statue for Arkham City’s Collectors’ Edition


Just like always, Japan has to have the most special of common things. And in this case, they will be receiving a coloured version of the Batman statue for the Collector’s Edition of Arkham City.

 

This launches in November for Japan, a month later than the rest of the world. They say the statues are more or less the same, only coloured. But who are they kidding? The coloured version is so much more detailed! Especially the cape! Curses!!!!!

This song’s talking about you Japan.

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Batman and mortality


http://thebatmanuniverse.net/comic/comic-news/batman-mortality-announced-sort-of/

It’s a new batman storyline that addresses issues of mortality, especially since Batman is human after all and people forget the fact that he can actually die. Well, he did die once. But i am refering to a physical death like all human beings.
Not much details on that story yet but worth keeping a lookout on.

Stuff from Flashpoint worth looking at


Bruce Wayne will be the only man in the Batman mask following the September relaunch of all DC Comics’ superhero titles. Batman & Robin and Batman: The Dark Knight will begin again with new #1 issues, as will Batman for the first time since 1940 and Detective Comics for the first time since 1937. Damian Wayne will return as Robin but will be teamed up with his father, Bruce Wayne. What will become of Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, or Batman Incorporated remains unconfirmed, but an announcement is expected later this week.

The news came via IGN, where a DC representative is quoted as saying that Grant Morrison, the architect of the Batman line for the last several years, “will indeed be involved in the September relaunch.” IGN also, apparently accidentally, included cover images for new series of BatgirlCatwoman and the previously announced Batwoman.

UPDATE via IGNBatgirl will be written by Gail Simone with artwork by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes and covers by Adam HughesCatwoman will be written by Judd Winick with art and covers by Guillem March; and Birds of Prey will be will be written Duane Swierczynski with art by Jesus Saiz.

Batman group editor Mike Marts told IGN that “story first” and “accessibility” will be DC’s priorities with the Batman titles, and that Dick Grayson, the former Robin who recently ascended to the mantle of Batman, will no longer be behind any kind of Batman mask.

“In both Batman and Detective, Bruce Wayne is going to be the main star as Batman,” Marts confirmed. “Bruce Wayne will once again be the only character to be wearing the Batman costume.”

Perhaps also part of the same philosophy, it appears as though Barbara Gordon will return to her original role as Batgirl, a move that would not come without some controversy.

BATGIRL #1 written by Gail Simone and drawn by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes with covers by Adam Hughes

The cover to Batgirl #1 by Adam Hughes depicts what certainly appears to be Barbara Gordon behind the cowl, although DC has yet to confirm the identity of the heroine. The original Batgirl, Gordon has been confined to a wheelchair since the events of 1988’s Batman: The Killing Joke, in which she was shot in the spine by the Joker. Since that time, Gordon has operated as Oracle, a super-hacker and team leader of the Birds of Prey, and is considered a role model and positive media image for the disabled. The creative team of Batgirl includes outgoing Birds of Prey writer and ComicsAlliance columnist Gail Simone, who has been the writer most associated with Barbara Gordon as Oracle for the last few years.

BIRDS OF PREY #1 written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Jesus Saiz

According to IGN, the new Birds of Prey is a group billed as “Gotham City’s covert ops team, taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch.” The team will now include Katana and Poison Ivy as well as a new character we don’t recognize. Any ideas?

CATWOMAN #1 written by Judd Winick with art by Guillem March

An apparent image gallery error on IGN’s part revealed a thumbnail for what appeared to be a new Catwoman #1. The larger version was obtained by prodigious fans who located the image file on DC’s The Source Web server and distributed it to DC Women Kicking Ass, among other Tumblr blogs. The series has since been confirmed by Mike Marts to IGN, and will be written by Judd Winick with art by Guillem March.

March contributes the cover for Catwoman #1, depicting Selina Kyle in a typically tantalizing pose (although why she would hide diamonds in a condom begs some explanation). Her costume remains unchanged from the one introduced by Darwyn Cooke early in the last decade. Does the emergence of a new Catwoman series mean the end for Gotham City Sirens?

BATMAN #1 written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo

It has been rumored for months that longtime Spawn artist Greg Capullo, recently of Image’s Haunt, would be working on a Batman title in some capacity. This cover to Batman #1 featuring the Dark Knight in his new costume confirms that rumor. The series will be written by outgoing Detective Comics scribe Scott Snyder, whose work on that title has been praised by ComicsAlliance. The Capullo artwork above features what seem to be redesigned versions of The Riddler, Scarecrow and Killer Croc, as well as a traditional-looking figure of Two-Face.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1 written and drawn by Tony Daniel

Presently the writer/artist behind Batman, Tony Daniel will move to writing and drawing Detective Comics, the series from which DC Comics took its name and the longest continuously published comic book in the United States. Detective Comics will be relaunched with issue #1 in September.

BATMAN AND ROBIN written by Peter Tomasi and drawn by Patrick Gleason

The current creative team of Batman and Robin will remain with the title, but Bruce Wayne will star alongside Damian Wayne in a father-and-son twist on the concept. Batman and Robin was launched in 2009 as a vehicle for the new Batman, then Dick Grayson, to train Damian in the ways of heroism.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT written and drawn by David Finch

While only two issues have shipped since its launch in November of last year, David Finch’s Batman: The Dark Knight title will return with yet another #1. IGN quotes DC promotional material as saying the book is “a twisted adventure that pulls Bruce Wayne deep into the halls of the famed Arkham Asylum, a jail for Gotham City’s most dangerous and criminally deranged.” Whether Finch’s current The Dark Knight storyline will ever be completed remains unknown.

BATWOMAN #1 cover by JH Williams III

The cover artwork for Batwoman #1 has been circulated for quite some time, but this version with a logo was found on the DC server along with the other new #1s, which if nothing else confirms that the long-awaited series’ September premiere should go on as planned.

[Via IGN]

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/06/06/new-dcu-batman-detective-batgirl/#ixzz1PpEM7H2U

Remember Superman: Earth One?


Okay, I take back my words for Superman: Earth One being redundant and crap. In fact, I might just pick that book off the shelf. Apparently, it is the first book of Earth One series that different writers will be attempting to re-do when it comes to the superheroes we know from all the different worlds. I don’t think it has any relevance to Flashpoint (I think, cause I’m not very well informed when it comes to Flashpoint news. Haven’t been really following), but it allows writers to go crazy with story plots and all without being restricted to history and side stories of these superheroes.

Okay, and my point being there will be a release of Batman: Earth One some time this year and it is written by Geoff Johns with Gary Frank doing the illustrations.

DC gearing up to release two new graphic novels

 SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE

 SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE

If you were DC Comics, chances are that you probably would want to expand your audience by utilizing the two biggest names in comic books, right? According to The Source, DC will be releasing two new comics in a graphic novel format which will recount the storylines ofBatman and Superman respectively.

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE kick off an ongoing series of original graphic novels featuring “their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.”

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE will be written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Shane Davis, and BATMAN: EARTH ONE will be written by Geoff Johns with the art of Gary Frank.

 BATMAN: EARTH ONE

 BATMAN: EARTH ONE

The question remains, how many times will they re-tell the origin stories of these characters? Will a comic like this isolate fans of the characters, or will you be interested in re-reading their back stories? The good thing about this is the fact that DC will be publishing these books in a graphic novel format through Random House. This is a really good way for DC to expound on their franchises and reach new readers as well as re-tell the timeless origin stories of these characters.

In a recent interview with Aintitcoolnews.com, writer Geoff Johns (Batman) and artist Shane Davis ( Superman) discussed their sentiments regarding the upcoming project.

“What I’m trying to do is to dig in to the character and look at him through modern eyes. If you were to create the Superman story today, for the first time, but keep intact all that works, what would it look like?”
“It is monumental for us as comic readers to see Superman birthed for the first time,” Davis said. “It’s a privilege to realize that you’re the artist that gets to draw it, better yet having the luxury to do it in an original graphic novel. This is going to be epic!”

 Alfred

 Alfred

Writer Geoff Johns also expressed his excitement regarding the upcoming project.

“BATMAN: EARTH ONE allows Gary and I to break the restraints of any continuity and focus on two things: character and story. Add to that the idea of working on a line of graphic novels instead of being limited to twenty-two pages, it’s a challenge and I love a challenge.”

If you ask me, though, all we have really seen lately is the retelling of Superman’s origins. I would personally love to see DC take advantage of the fact that these stories will be set in an alternate universe and give readers new plot twists on stories that fans already know by heart.

Rebooting Batman and Superman AGAIN in upcoming Justice League movie. Seriously?


So, DC Entertainment apparently is planning a Justice League movie – and it’ll apparently feature versions of both Batman and Superman than are appearing in their own movies. Clearly, DC and Warner Bros are looking forward to seeing how quickly they can screw up their superhero franchises.

There are countless reasons why the idea of recasting not just Batman but Superman in any Justice League movie – never mind one that may be coming out just a year after the in-pre-productionSuperman reboot that Zack Snyder is currently working on – is a bad one, not least of which is that it’s going to be confusing to audiences (“Wasn’t some other guy Superman last year?”). But more than that, it’s entirely unnecessary. Yes, I get that both Christian Bale and Henry Cavill may be too expensive by that point for what are likely to be, essentially, cameos in a movie dominated by other characters and actors, and so from that point, recasting makes a lot of sense. But… why do Superman and Batman even need to appear in the movie?

Follow my logic: For the majority of the Justice League’s early years, both Superman and Batman were small presences in the story, probably following on from the similar role they played in theJustice Society stories of the 1940s and ’50s. Although they are featured in the origin of the team, they’re barely there, getting what amounts to a “And all of this happened off-panel” treatment compared with the full adventures of Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and Martian Manhunter in the same story. Although they are occasionally treated as the core of the team – Hi, Brad Meltzer! – there’s actually little reason beyond name recognition that either character actually has to be in the movie.

Ah, you say, but isn’t name recognition enough? Well… yes and no. Presumably, Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern will be appearing in this movie, and he could really be enough of an anchor for most fans to want to see the movie (To put it in some perspective; Thor and Captain America: The First Avengers aren’t out yet, but non-comic fans are still excited about The Avengers based solely on the example of the Iron Man movies). Batman, as movie audiences have gotten used to him, wouldn’t even fit into the fantastic world of the Justice League, and Superman’s power set could cause more problems than solutions when it comes to setting up a credible threat for the League to bring to Justice, so it arguably makes more sense not to include them.

(Using Wonder Woman, should her TV show be a hit, may cause similar problems. Do you bring Adrienne Palicki into the movie, and officially out that show into the movie continuity? And if so, what does that do to close down the scale of the show’s plans?)

That said, name recognition isn’t something to be sneezed at, and I’m sure the chance for DC and WB to play up the Superman and Batman brands – even as they undermine them with confusion over who plays those characters at any given time – will be too much to refuse. But, still. I can’t help but feel that letting Superman and Batman join the Justice League will lead to the kind of disaster that the studio would need a superhero to save them from.

 

This article says it all.

Are Batman’s villains a reflection of his personality?

March 27, 2011 1 comment

A lot of people like Batman. He’s said to have one of the best group of villains as well. After interiviewingDetective Comics writer, Scott Snyderhe said something that I had thought about way back in a corner of my brain. Batman’s villains represent different aspects of Batman’s personality and show us what he could become.

I brought up the question before of whether or not Batman could’ve become the Joker. While Joker‘s past is not fully known, we assume he suffered some sort of tragedy. Where Batman decided to dedicate his life to train himself and fight evil, Joker went the opposite route. Joker gave in to all his dark urges and impulses. He allows himself to run free without any inhibitions. He represents what Batman could have done if his mind wasn’t disciplined enough to deal with witnessing the murder of his parents and becoming a hero.

What about the other villains? Do they all show us what Batman could have become or show different aspects of his personality?

Two-Face is what Batman would be if the struggle between having dual identities became too much. Like Bruce, Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face involved a horrific moment (at least I’d say getting acid splashed into your face would be pretty horrific). There’s the possibility that Harvey had some issues before his transformation (as brilliantly shown in the Two-Face origin episode in Batman: The Animated Series). As dedicated as Bruce is to fighting evil, he does have a dark side. We saw him go over the edge after Jason Todd‘s death at the hands of the Joker. He began violently bringing criminals to justice, It was Tim Drakethat convinced Bruce Batman needed a Robin to help keep that darkness in check.

What about Mr. Freeze? This is a criminal that uses a freeze gun on people. How could he have any similarities to Batman? Mr. Freeze devoid of emotions. Again, he suffered tragedy when his wife became ill and he lost everything that mattered. Batman rarely shares his emotions with others. If Batman didn’t allow himself to interact with those in the Bat Family, he could easily become as cold as Mr. Freeze.

Those seem to make sense so far but what about someone like Penguin? Surely he and Batman don’t have anything in common. Discounting Oswald Cobblepot’s appearance, he is a victim of cruel teasing. We never really saw Bruce growing up after his parents were killed. We’ve only seen his story jump to when he was a young adult and had spent years training. I wouldn’t think young Bruce was necessarily home schooled by Alfred or had a private tutor. He probably still went to whatever prestigious school there is in Gotham. At this point, Bruce made a vow to his parents that he would rid the world of evil. As he became focused, I’m sure his social skills went a little sour and there would most likely be ridicule or bullying. Penguin received it for his looks, Bruce would have by his behavior. It wouldn’t be until later that Batman would hone his performance and Bruce Wayne and become the rich playboy everyone thinks he is. If Bruce became emotionally unattached to his peers but embraced what his parents fortune could give him, he could have gone the route that Penguin did. Only without umbrellas filled with weapons.

Those might make sense but there’s no way he has anything in common with Catwoman, right? Wrong. Selina is about class (in some of her origins) and the thrill of excitement. She is often portrayed as being highly intelligent and could easily make a proper living without resorting to catburglary. It’s the excitement of putting on a costume and doing things she shouldn’t that often gives her the motivation to dress up as a cat. As Bruce began his training and on the night of his first venture as a crimefighter, he felt the adrenaline and rush of what he was doing. If he wasn’t so committed to the vow he made, he could’ve turned to seeking thrills instead.

What about Ra’s al Ghul? He and Batman may have more in common than Bruce would like to admit. When Ra’s first approached Batman about being his heir, he talked a good talk. Batman was curious about his plan to save the world. Both believe they can form an empire to rid the world of the unworthy. Batman has started Batman, Inc and is trying to force his ideals on other nations. He may not go to the drastic means that Ra’s al Ghul would but he does believe he knows what is best for the world. If Batman didn’t have as much patience as he does and if he didn’t believe there was good in everyone, he could easily go the route Ra’s does.

There’s a few examples. Perhaps not all of Batman’s villains can be compared to him. Does theVentriloquist and Scarface represent the dual personalities and Batman being in control? Is Killer Crocwhat Batman could become if he used all his power and training to kill anyone that got in his way? IsFirefly who he would become if young Bruce became obsessed with that candle that was burning as he made his vow to his dead parents? Maybe not.

Article from comicvine, written by Tony ‘G-Man’ Guerrero on March 25, 2011

“Batman Live” story details


Official Press Release

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment and Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions Ltd (WLP) announced today, that BATMAN LIVE – a unique action-packed live show – will focus on the story of young Dick Grayson (Robin), a circus performer who loses his parents to organised crime.

Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, BATMAN LIVE focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the mysterious vigilante known as the Batman – much to the dismay of his protective guardian, millionaire Bruce Wayne – who secretly happens to be Batman.

This dynamic triangle resolves itself in a non-stop thrill-ride across Gotham City that transforms Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into the legendary crime-fighters Batman and Robin and transports the audience from the Big Top of Haly’s Circus to the lower depths of Arkham Asylum – from the glittering peaks of the Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge to the subterranean wonders that await inside the Batcave, which features a revolutionary, all-new Batmobile designed exclusively for BATMAN LIVE.

A dazzling celebration of storytelling and stagecraft, BATMAN LIVE is at its heart an affecting coming of age story. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson – both orphaned at an early age – must first learn to overcome their own fears and forge their own family – along with Police Commissioner James Gordon and Bruce’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth – if they’re going to survive the combined forces of Batman’s larger-than-life rogues gallery: The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

BATMAN LIVE will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011 and arriving in North America by summer 2012. Opening in Manchester on 19th July 2011 and visiting Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast, tickets for BATMAN LIVE are on sale now.

BATMAN LIVE, a unique and innovative theatrical experience, is an arena spectacular that combines acrobatics, daredevil stunt work, illusions, and cutting-edge design to bring the adventures of Batman and Robin to life on stage for the first time in the characters’ history. BATMAN LIVE will be written by Allan Heinberg, with the original story by Stan Berkowitz & Alan Burnett, and Allan Heinberg.

“The passion the creative team behind BATMAN LIVE shares for the character can be seen throughout every aspect of this production,” said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment. “And the storyline, the origin of Robin, is something that is going to create a truly unforgettable live show.”

Allan Heinberg said: “I am delighted to be joining a team as committed to delivering an unparalleled visual spectacle, as they are to telling a compelling, emotional story. BATMAN LIVE is lovingly faithful to the characters and their distinguished history and it provides a unique opportunity for new and lifelong fans to experience Batman and his world as they never have before.”

Allan Heinberg’s writing and producing credits include: Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The OC, Grey’s Anatomy and The Amazon’s Voice, his first play. Heinberg also developed the animated series Legion of Super Heroes for Warner Bros. Animation. He is the writer and co-creator of Marvel Comic’s Young Avengers and currently writes Marvel’s Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. His other comics work includes JLA (with Geoff Johns), Superman/Batman, Wonder Woman, and Uncanny X-Men.

Allan Heinberg is joined by comic book legends, Stan Berkowitz and Alan Burnett, in the creation of the original story.

“We are very excited and privileged to have the opportunity of working with such an outstanding and passionate team of writers” said Nick Grace, Executive Producer of BATMAN LIVE. “The story that has been created for this show is truly inspiring and will appeal to audiences of all ages.”

Stan Berkowitz’s animated TV writing credits include The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Spider-Man, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Ben 10 and The 99. He won Daytime Emmys® in 1998 and 2001, and in 2009, he received the Writers Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Animation Writing. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Teagan Clive.

Alan Burnett (four-time Emmy® Award winner) scripted episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, the Emmy®-winning production. He began his animation career at Hanna-Barbera Studios with Super Friends in 1981. His awards include four Emmy® Awards, three Annie Awards and two Humanitas Prizes. His work within the Batman realm includes series producer on Batman and Superman and Batman Beyond, and most recently as supervising producer and story editor for Warner Bros. Animation’s award-winning series The Batman. Burnett also co-produced and co-wrote the animated feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, was supervising producer and writer for Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, and served as producer on the feature-length Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker. He also served as story editor and wrote one of the segments of the DC Universe animated original movie, Batman Gotham Knight, and scripted the DCU film Green Lantern: First Flight.

BATMAN LIVE is a live-action, super-heroic spectacle of unprecedented scale that is every bit as human, touching, and inspiring as it is spectacular.

Tickets for UK and the Republic of Ireland are on sale now.
For more information go to www.batmanlive.com

 

I REALLY WANNA GO AND WATCH THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS 😦 And it’s opening in Manchester on the 19th of July this year, just ONE DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

If anyone who is reading this wants to join me for this PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know so I can book tickets together. I’m pretty sure this will be sold out. I REALLY REALLY wanna go but I don’t really wanna go there alone 😦

This would be my ONLY birthday wish, and I don’t really have a birthday wish ever, so this is pretty fucking awesome if I could go!!!!

PLEASE LET A MIRACLE HAPPEN AND LET ME BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE TRIP AND HAVE GOOD COMPANY ALONG!!!!!!!! >.<