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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Justice League get manga makeover for new series in Japan

In Japanese, the word manga can technically be used to refer to all comic books. In practice, though, “manga” is generally reserved for Japanese-produced books, with fans and professionals often using amekomi, a shortened form of “American comics,” for content originating in the U.S. But this month, the line between manga and amekomi is getting blurred with the beginning of a new series titled Batman and the Justice League, drawn by female manga artist Shiori Teshirogi and serialized in publisher Akita Shoten’s monthly Champion Red manga anthology as of its latest issue, which went on sale June 19.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Los Angeles light up the Batsignal for Adam West


In a follow-up from yesterday's post.
Last night the city of Los Angeles, California hosted a special tribute to the late Adam West.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck were on hand to light up a Batsignal at City Hall, and Adam West’s Robin, Burt Ward, was also there to say a few words. Check out the highlights in the video.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Bat-Signal to Shine Over L.A.


The bat-signal will shine one final time for a beloved Dark Knight.
The late Adam West will be honored Thursday night with a lighting of the iconic signal in Los Angeles, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck doing the honors.
The public is invited to the event, which will take place at 9 p.m. at City Hall (200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). West, who played the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, died Saturday at 88.

Monday, 12 June 2017

RIP Adam West #2

I meet Adam West at The Calgary Expo. Got this magazine signed....finally. Had the magazine for about 10 years before I managed to get it signed. 


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Adam West Has Died at the Age of 88



 And I’m really sad.

Per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Adam West has died at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

Friday, 9 June 2017

15 Comic Book Films You Forgot ROCKED


Comic book fans are spoiled nowadays. We are living in a time where there are movies and TV series coming out all the time based on our favorite comic books. The best part is that most of them are actually pretty good!However, since all the chatter is about the latest, greatest comic book films and TV series, we tend to forget about a lot of awesome movies that predated this era.

Check out the link above for complete deets etc. Here's a couple of my favs.





 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Saturday, 27 May 2017

About That JUSTICE LEAUGE 'Massive Reshoots' Rumor



According to producer Charles Roven (via an interview with COLLIDER.COM, says that’s simply not the case – though there is additional photography coming soon.


“We’re just in the post-production process. That’s where we are. We’re in the middle of it, and I think it’s pretty common knowledge that we’re going to be doing some additional photography. The complications of trying to, you know -- Henry [Cavill]’s on MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE, and our Aquaman is making AQUAMAN, Amy [Adams]’ doing SHARPE OBJECTS -- so everybody’s busy, and it’s that crazy Rubix cube of trying to find a way of getting everybody in the place to do the work that we need to do. Which is not that vast, the amount of work that we have to do, but it’s still really complicated that everybody’s in different places around the world. The reality is we are in the midst of trying to schedule the only additional photography that we’ve been trying to schedule. We haven’t done any additional photography up to this point…Since we’ve wrapped, there’s been no additional photography.”


Monday, 22 May 2017

Zack Snyder steps down from ‘Justice League’




A terrible family tragedy has forced Zack Snyder to step down from his work on Justice League, he revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. Snyder’s wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder will also be taking a break. The Avengers (and soon to be Batgirl) director Joss Whedon will be taking over and finishing Justice League.
In March, Snyder’s daughter Autumn committed suicide at the age of 20. Snyder initially planned to continue to work on Justice League, even after taking two weeks off to cope with the tragic loss, but understandably, it became too much to deal with.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter today, with his wife Deborah sitting by his side. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realization …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
Warner Bros. is supporting the Snyders during this difficult time. “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them,” says Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich.

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Secret Behind Creating The Batman


Bob Kane (above) who got all the credit.
Bill Finger 
A new documentary makes the compelling case that Bob Kane, the Caped Crusader’s acknowledged father, unjustly hogged all the credit at the expense of his collaborator, a little-known writer named Bill Finger.
“Batman & Bill,” debuting Saturday on Hulu, follows author Marc Tyler Nobleman’s obsessive quest to learn more about the mysterious Finger. Nobleman’s research was poured into the 2012 book “Bill the Boy Wonder: the Secret Co-Creator of Batman.”


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Could Josh Gad Be The Penguin?

OK, I'm not going to say that Josh Gad has been cast as The Penguin in THE BATMAN (or GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, BATGIRL or NIGHTWING which are other BEU films currently in the works), based off one obscure tweet. But it is sort of weird that he would randomly tweet out a picture of The Penguin. Who knows, maybe he's just a big Batman fan and The Penguin is his favorite villain.

Josh Gad

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Batman director Matt Reeves on his vision for the solo film

The Batman director Matt Reeves on his vision for the solo film


Warner Bros. Pictures recently brought on director Matt Reeves to helm their upcoming solo movie The Batman, although he is far too busy putting the finishing touches on 20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes to have gotten too deep into it already. Nevertheless, the Batman director recently told Los Angeles Daily News about his vision for the Caped Crusader.

“It’s a strange thing to be involved in the two franchises which were the two that I was connected to most as a child,” Reeves said. “I just was obsessed with Batman when I was a kid. What I find so interesting about him as a character is that, as far a superhero goes, he’s not superhuman, he is a person. And he is a tortured soul who is grappling with his past and trying to find a way to be in a world that has a lot that’s wrong with it and trying to find a way to reconcile all of that.”

Read more at http://www.superherohype.com/news/396245-the-batman-director-matt-reeves-on-his-vision-for-the-solo-film#mWcMQ7KgLsRotdKC.99

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Best JOKERS

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Personally I hated Jared Leto.

What makes a great Joker?
Is it that smile? The laugh? The demented things he does?
Ever since the Joker first appeared in comics 76 years ago, he has been tormenting Batman and fascinating fans. He's seen as the best villain in the comic book world due to his unpredictability and the fact that he is the polar opposite of Batman, among other things.
As the story goes, the Joker was partially based on the 1928 silent movie The Man Who Laughs, starring Conrad Veidt. It's been the subject of much discussion for decades as to whether Jerry Robinson or Batman co-creators Bob Kane or Bill Finger first came up with the character, or if it was a combination of all three.


7. Honorable mention: Cameron Monaghan, Gotham

He's not technically the Joker, and he met with an early demise, but Monaghan is the closest we've come to a Clown Prince of Crime thus far on this Batman prequel series.
- Most insane moment: The first time Jerome is revealed to have a bit of Joker in him, discussing how he killed his mother with a smile on his face.
- Style: From calm to sadistic, the fact that Jerome could flip a switch like that was truly disturbing. As the series went on, Jerome embraced the madness.
- Laugh: His may be the most evil laugh of all (with apologies to Firefly's Wash.

6. Michael Emerson, The Dark Knight Returns (animated movie)

It says a lot when the lowest ranking Joker on this list is still pretty great. Emmy winner Emerson is one of the most captivating TV actors out there and brings that to his performance as one of the most horrifying versions of the Joker in the animated universe.
- Most insane moment: That final brutal, bloody, deadly battle with Batman, in which the Joker fights on with a Batarang in his eye.
- Style: This Joker is well-dressed and bloodthirsty, mowing down innocent people as he tries to finally defeat Batman. Though we'll admit, the voice reminds us a bit of Paul Lynde, which takes you out of it a bit.
- Laugh: Nothing too noteworthy here, compared to other Jokers.

5. Jared Leto, Suicide Squad

Leto has a handful of scenes in the new movie, and doesn't measure up to previous Jokers in the time he has. Plus, that costume and makeup design, while certainly distinct, has been a hit-and-miss proposition with the fans.
- Most insane moment: One of the best scenes of the film (Spoiler alert!) involves the Joker making Harley Quinn swear an oath of undying love and loyalty before she dives head-first into the same vat of acid he did. The Joker joins her in a bizarre ritual of consummating their mutual insanity.
- Style: This one is more the punk Joker, but in this movie, he's driven entirely by his desire to reunite with his lady love (a.k.a. his "property"), Harley. Leto's smile may be the most insane of all.
- Laugh: This one is more drawn out than most, a definite contrast from what we've heard before.

4. Jack Nicholson, Batman (1989)

This capering madman is, in many ways just as campy as Romero's Joker, but with more of a murderous streak. Nicholson brought the character back in a big way, offering up a host of memorable quotes and moments.
- Most insane moment: Again, this is a tough choice, but we'll go with the Joker's skin-tone makeup appearance in an art museum, where he shows off his artistic side to the tune of Prince's "Party Man." This Joker isn't just some run-of-the-mill criminal; there's a method to the madness. And more than anything, he wants Batman's head (and Vicki Vale).
- Style: Some Jokers seem to be making it up as they go along, but this one with his idea to use Smilex to murder his way through Gotham, has a master plan. He's a perfect contrast to Michael Keaton's grim Bats.
- Laugh: Nicholson bursts out laughing in the most insane way, like he just heard the funniest joke ever told.

3. Cesar Romero, Batman (1966)

The first Joker onscreen is, for many, still the one they remember the most fondly. Romero poured himself into this role, unshaven mustache and all.
- Most insane moment: The early Batman episodes allowed the villains to actually be menacing at times, and there's something really creepy about the Joker masquerading as an opera singer in "Pagliacci" wearing that mask in Romero's very first Joker episode, "The Joker is Wild." The mask was recycled in the first Joker bank robbery scene in The Dark Knight.
- Style: This Joker was only occasionally scary or threatening. More than anything he just seemed to be having a great time, fascinated and excited by his own brilliance.
- Laugh: When most people think of the Joker, they think of Romero's melodic laugh (contrasted with Frank Gorshin's Riddler giggle).

2. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Ledger's Oscar-winning performance is the most captivating one in live-action, playing the mobster who "just wants to see the world burn." When the actor was cast, a lot of fans questioned whether he'd be able to truly capture the anarchic and potentially terrifying spirit of what many considered to be the best depictions of the Joker in the comics. From his first moment on screen, Ledger left no doubt what the answer to those questions was.
- Most insane moment: Again, nearly every scene is a classic with Ledger. But we'd have to go with his surprise appearance in a hospital in a nurse's outfit, of all things, in order to torment the newly transformed Harvey "Two-Face" Dent and ultimately blow up the building.
- Style: That mobster-like voice, those tics, the unsettling scars on the mouth. So much about this Joker makes your skin crawl. Ledger gave us a portrayal of pure unadulterated madness that disturbs to this day.
- Laugh: Ledger's cackle comes across like he can't help himself, the insanity is just flowing out of him.

1. Mark Hamill, Batman: The Animated Series and more

The recent release of the animated Batman: The Killing Joke made it official: Hamill is the definitive Joker (just as his counterpart, Kevin Conroy is the definitive Batman to many fans). He's also played the Joker for the longest time by far, for 24 years now since the debut of the animated series - and he played off Harley Quinn for the first time, which is no small feat.
- Most insane moment: Really, there are so many to choose from and The Killing Joke is in a class all its own. In "Joker's Favor," the first Joker episode aired on televisision, some poor sap named Charlie makes the mistake of cussing out the Joker in traffic. Instead of letting it go, the Clown Prince of Crime torments him and stalks him, making Charlie do a favor for him. Now, that's demented.
- Style: This Joker has a hint of an upper-class British accent, playing off his madness perfectly. It also makes him seem very cool and calculating.
- Laugh: Hamill really lets it go here with the laugh, and it's the definitive one for many fans

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Heath Ledger’s sisters say....

Joker role in ‘The Dark Knight’ had nothing to do with his death

A documentary about Heath Ledger’s life called I Am Heath Ledger will air on Spike TV next month. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend, and Ledger’s sisters Kate Ledger and Ashleigh Bell were there to debunk a popular, yet unfounded rumor about their brother’s untimely death.
We know that Heath Ledger took his role in The Dark Knight very seriously. You can see that up on the screen as you watch his Oscar-winning performance as The Joker. But as the rumor goes… all the darkness associated with The Joker took a toll on Ledger, leaving him depressed, which led to his drug overdose. According to Ledger’s sisters, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Everything that came to light about the Joker, we were all so confused,” Kate said. She and Bell went on to call speculation that the role made their brother depressed “so not true.”
“Honestly, it was the absolute opposite,” Kate went on. “He had an amazing sense of humor, and I guess maybe only his close family and friends really knew that, but he was having fun. He wasn’t depressed about the Joker.”

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

English students are discovering classics through comics

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865677228/How-English-students-are-discovering-classics-through-comics.html


Chicago-based high school teacher Eric Kallenborn got an idea as he prepared his 2011 Advanced Placement English students for another year analyzing the classics: What if, instead of simply handing out texts and homework, he could give them a choice between a traditional textbook and a graphic novel version of the same story?
On a trip to his local library, Kallenborn stumbled on a perfect test text for his experiment, Gareth Hinds’ 2007 richly illustrated adaptation of “Beowulf,” an epic poem he planned to teach that quarter. Kallenborn wondered if the kids who chose the graphic novel would be left behind on test scores and writing assessments.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Batman Fan Reveals Customized Mitsubishi Batmobile


http://comicbook.com/2016/03/25/batman-fan-reveals-customized-mitsubishi-batmobile/
 Russell, who is from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, has spent the better part of 2 and a half years crafting his one of a kind custom Batmobile, and he used the family car to do it. Built out of their Mitsubishi Lancer, Russell has spent over £2000 modifying the vehicle, but it's hard to argue with the results.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

"Bernadette" to voice Harley Quinn!


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Warner Bros. has officially announced Batman and Harley Quinn, their next animated DC Comics movie. You can check out the first official screenshot above, and Empire has the first details!
“Executive produced by Bruce Timm, who goes back to his classic style heralded in Batman: The Animated Series, this is an original story featuring the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn to try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, AKA the Plant-Master,” Empire revealed today.
 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Whedon vs. Batgirl


Batgirl
Courtesy of DC Comics/REX/Shutterstock
Batgirl is flying solo. The superheroine is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon.
Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.

TODAY!


Comics history note. On this date in 1939, Detective Comics #27 was released, introducing Batman: 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer Teaser #2: UNITE THE LEAGUE – BATMAN

JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer Teaser #2: UNITE THE LEAGUE – BATMAN



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The Justice League trailer is coming on Saturday!

As was just announced on television, the new Justice League trailer is coming on Saturday! The tease aired on The Today Show, so we presume it will air on that program on Saturday. Check out the trailer tease recorded by @Flashparodox below.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Comic Strip Makes fun of the "Cape Thing".

 
 Artist Kerry Callen has released another great vintage-style DC superhero comic strip for you to enjoy. This one pokes fun at the whole cape thing. I love how The Flash ruins everything and Aquaman's got little seashells covering his nipples. When talking about the comic, Callen said:
As I drew this, I started wondering, "Who was the first person to hide behind their own cape? "Dracula? The Shadow? Bull fighters? Is it a cliche from ancient times? Anybody out there know anything about it? 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

ThreeA 1/6th DC Steel Age Arctic Batman

Batman is the first in ThreeA's 1/6th Scale Collectible Series examining a world where the heroes have been replaced by robotic counterparts.




ThreeA reveals DC Steel Age Arctic Batman 13.5-inch tall robotic action figure by Ashley Wood • Officially Licensed by DC Comics ● Height 13.5 Inches (35cm) Tall ● 50 Points of Articulation including articulated Fingers and Segmented Neck Armor ● Highly-Detailed Sculpt and Weathered Paint Application ● Includes: Batarangs x 2, Faux-Leather Tailored Outfit with soft PVC Iconic Scalloped Cape, Faux-Leather Lace-up Boots, Flexible Armored Pauldrons ● LED Illuminated Eyes (Batteries Required: AG1 x3 *Batteries Not Included)

Friday, 10 March 2017

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