Voice Cast announced for Batman vs. Robin

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Via The Hollywood Reporter, WB Animation has unveiled its cast for the upcoming feature Batman vs. Robin, which despite sharing a title with a Grant Morrison arc, is actually based on the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo “Court of Owls” storyline that opened up their run in the New 52 era. The film will act […]

Mark Doyle is Moving to Burbank and Staying on The Batman Line

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In an interview with Comics Alliance, editor Mark Doyle confirmed that he is staying with DC Comics in their move to the new offices in Burbank. Doyle is an editor for the Batman titles at DC. I’m happy to say yes, I’m going to be continuing as the Batman group editor and I will be […]

Michael Keaton reminisces about his time in the Batsuit

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Michael Keaton finally had his big comeback year in 2014. With Birdman, and his very meta portrayal of a washed-up superhero actor, Keaton now finds himself as a leading contender for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Recently, he sat down with EPIX, along with some of his fellow competition for the award: Benedict Cumberbatch […]

Guest commentary: Who Stole Superman’s Undies?

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Guest post by T Campbell.

Can the soul of Western civilization be found in a pair of red briefs? Was our first great superhero at his strongest, his noblest, his superest, before modern interpretations stripped him of his underwear? Is there a connection?

A generation ago, when those red briefs were an inseparable part of Superman’s design, he was the most familiar superhero by a wide margin, leading the field in film adaptations,[1] headlining cartoon shows,[2] and even winning over famous media critics who were fiction writers in their own right. Even now, if you believe superheroes have anything to say to American culture or the human experience, you sort of have to start with him, because he’s the prototype.

Umberto Eco called him “the representative of all his similars” [3] and Harlan Ellison described him as one of “only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet.”[4] Born in the early hours of a visual, easily reproduced medium, he was popular enough to codify most of what being a superhero meant. The Oxford English Dictionary even mentions him by name in its definition of “superhero”:

NYCC ’14: Gerry Duggan on karaoke, mental illness and ‘Arkham Manor’

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Batman fans have a lot of reasons to be excited for in the month of October. With the latest Batgirl creative team and new Gotham Academy series debuting, there’s a new series starting at the end of the month: “Arkham Manor. “ Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) is currently writing this comic and collaborating with Shawn […]

5 Things We Learned About Adam West at #NYCC

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It’s been 48 years since the iconic Batman television series first aired. Adam West, the man behind the cowl, was at the New York Comic Con on Friday afternoon promoting the new television box set and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game that will available for purchase on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The footage has […]

Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

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If you’re picking up Batman #35 this week, do yourself a favour and check out the price point. See that $4.99 price sticker? Originally solicited at the regular $3.99 price, DC sent an e-mail to retailers last week telling them that the price of Batman #35-37 would be pumped up to the $4.99 mark in […]

Fictional humans protest Superman’s violent streak just like real ones did

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Superman Protests! Yes, burning Supes in effigy…in Metropolis…in Detroit! #BatmanvSuperman W/@D3T0N8R pic.twitter.com/xbaKzwG13B — Tim Reinman (@TReinman) September 29, 2014 Latino Review is keeping up with the latest Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice [League Movie] set leaks and stuff.. The film is shooting in Detroit, for that “urban explorer” feeling. One scene (above) involves people […]

Batman Forever + Forever Stamp = Batman Forever Stamp

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It should come as no surprise that the US post Office that has Spidey swinging over traffic as a symbol of its speedy delivery seems to like superheroes. Thus news of a special Batman stamp set to be released n October 9, tie-in with NY Comic Con, should be no surprise.. The stamps will be […]

Thanos and Batman top August sales — UPDATED

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I’ll post John Jackson Miller’s analysis when it comes in, but sales for the year inched up, although down from Five Wednesday July. Image had more than 10% of unit sales, always a good mark for them. And sales analyst Miller weighs in pointing out this was the first “Normal” month in a while. After […]

Laughter has been banned from DC movies

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Veteran showbiz writer Drew McWeeny rocked the world of superhero movies this week with his claim that he’s heard many times that humor is superhero films is being given the side eye at Warner Bros. :

SDCC ’14: ‘DC Comics – The Weeklies’ panel

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By Kyle Pinion One of the bigger initiatives to come from the Big Two this year is the advent of the three weekly titles from DC Comics: Batman Eternal, Futures End, and Earth 2: Worlds End. With the latter on the verge of release, and Batman Eternal continuing to perform well in DC Sales Figures, […]

SDCC 2014: Spotlight on Bill Finger Co-Creator of Batman Panel Recap

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by Alexander Jones It’s a packed room here at the Bill Finger Spotlight panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Lines are doubling, and people are finally starting to exit the crowded room from the last panel. A group of Halo Spartans then came to obstruct the flow of foot traffic even further. Still, I think Finger, […]

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Wednesday: Gathering Steam

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With the time difference and the fact that Preview Night doesn’t start until about 9 PM Eastern Time, there’s not a lot to report from Wednesday’s news feed. Movie War Update: I’m seeing on Yahoo News that DC unveiled the latest Batsuit, but that will have to wait for tomorrow’s feed. Sony blinked, pushing back […]

Unassuming Barber Shop: Batman Country, Part One

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Today is Batman Day. It is also Comic-Con week, meaning that local newscasts all over the country will end their broadcasts with “It’s Comic-Con week!” and proceed to show B-roll of cosplayers and grown men dressed like Doctor Who.

But look closely at that footage. There in the back, you will see someone dressed like Batman or Batgirl. And you’ll say “Cool.” After the horrible real news on every given day, Sailor Moon costumes eventually look silly. But not Batman. He has power over all the others. Why? Why did five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott dress up as “Batkid” last November in San Francisco? Because he wanted to hit something.

SDCC 2014: Day -1 — a peak at the floor and The Year of Guardians

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I kind of had an inkling that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the big thing at Comic-Con 2014, and after looking on the floor for a few minutes…I was right. If it isn’t the Lego Rocket and Groot, it’s dioramas or the spaceship (Owl ship?) in the Marvel booth. The Marvel booth is very […]