Batman has turned 75 and while the media has been abuzz about it, WB may seem somewhat silent. While Batman Vs. Superman is being pushed to 2016 and the latest cartoon Beware the Batman has been cancelled, there are still some wonderful ways to honor the dark knight detective on his birthday.
Scott Snyder continues to knock it out of the park with his ongoing Batman series with artist Greg Capullo, but he has also helmed a new ongoing series Batman Eternal (debuting this week at your local comic shop). More of an anthology comic rather than one focused on Batman himself, the new book will explore various corners of Gotham City and the Bat-family.
The new creative team of Brian Buccelleto and Frances Manapul will be taking Detective Comics into an avenue closer to crime-investigation than has been seen before. The first issue came out last week and is worth checking out. I am a big fan of their work together on The Flash for the New 52 and think that good things could come from this series.
The Warner Bros Animation series of films continues to release impressive films with Son of Batman (based on the run by Grant Morrison and others) next in line. While it’s not out until next month, preview clips have been coming in and the movie appears to be another excellent project. If you missed out on the comic book version, this is a great story that provides a new angle on Batman and a very different take on Robin, the boy wonder.
Batman animation maven Bruce Timm has returned to the fold for a new animated short ‘Strange Days.’ Hearkening back to the early days of the caped crusader, Strange Days is evocative of the old Max Fleisher Superman cartoons (a style near and dear to Timm’s heart). Created especially for the 75th birthday, the short premiers tonight on Cartoon Network.
There is also new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins which expands the rogues gallery with the addition of Mister Freeze, playable Bruce Wayne, a new cold-weather environment suit and many more gadgets to fill those utility belt pouches. This game has gotten a lot of flack from gamers for not living up to the Arkham anthology hype, but personally I like it a lot and am looking forward to this new chapter.
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TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)
BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS
Doctor Who Dark Eyes 2 Audio CD, $52.99
Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles The Sleeping City Audio CD, $14.99
Doctor Who The Space Race Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who White Ghosts Audio CD, $18.99
Astro City #11, $3.99
Astro City Shining Stars TP (resolicited), $16.99
Astro City Through Open Doors HC, $24.99
Batman Eternal #1 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $2.99
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Power Ring Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Superwoman Action Figure, $24.95
DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Ultraman Action Figure, $24.95
Jonah Hex Shadows West TP, $24.99
Justice League 3000 #5, $2.99
Spider-Man Character Encyclopedia HC, $16.99
DRAWN AND QUARTERLY
New York Postcards 30 Illustrations From The New Yorker And Beyond By Adrian Tomine, $14.95
East Of West #11, $3.50
East Of West Volume 2 We Are All One TP, $14.99
All-New Doop #1 (Of 5)(Michael Allred Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #25 (Stuart Immonen Regular Cover), $4.99
Daredevil #1.50 (Paolo Rivera Regular Cover), $4.99
Daredevil By Mark Waid Volume 5 TP, $16.99
Daredevil Epic Collection Fall From Grace TP (New Printing), $44.99
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #1 (Kaare Andrews Regular Cover), $3.99
Iron Man #24 (Mike Del Mundo Regular Cover), $3.99
Nightcrawler #1 (Chris Samnee Regular Cover), $3.99
Cap Fury Double Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.95
Shadow Double Novel Volume 83 SC, $14.95
DC Super Heroes The Filmation Adventures Volume 1 DVD, AR
Doctor Who The Time Of The Doctor DVD, AR
Archer Isis Logo T-Shirt LG, $19.99
Batman Batscape T-Shirt XL, $18.95
Captain America Comic Poster, $5.99
DC Heroes Batgirl Sleep Tank With Cape XL, $27.99
Doctor Who Classic Dalek Action Figure Set #2, $53.99
Doctor Who Exploding TARDIS Boxers LG, $14.99
Doctor Who The Other Doctor 5-Inch Action Figure, $29.99
Godzilla Scream City Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt SM, $18.99
Marvel Comics Avengers Now Hulk ARTFX+ Statue, $64.99
Pacific Rim 7-Inch Series 3 Jaeger Action Figure Assortment, AR
RPM Nick Cave 5.5-Inch Vinyl Figure, $19.99
S.H.I.E.L.D. Previews Exclusive Hero Wide Point Knit Hat, $17.99
Star Trek The Original Series Art Prints Set 16, $34.95
Transformers Playing Cards, $5.99
Transformers Retro Chara Art Previews Exclusive White T-Shirt LG, $18.99
I really dig comics. That probably does not come as a shock to you as my blog primarily deals with comic books (when I am not talking about outsider music, cult movies, video games or venting my spleen over Doctor Who) but I started this blog because comic book characters were becoming fashionable and I thought it would be a great opportunity to fill in the blanks for those unfamiliar with Green Arrow, Deadpool or Black Widow as they suddenly became important due to feature films, TV series or what-not.
But as some of these characters have become accepted into the current pop culture mindset, it’s important to see how far we have come. For ages, being a comic book fan meant hanging out in the dusty event rooms of suburban Howard Johnson hotels, collecting random beaten up magazines at drug stores and making shadow puppets from the light of your Captain America flashlight gun at night. Sure, there were a few attempts to bring these heroes to the small screen with the most recognized example being the Hulk starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. But there were other less successful attempts that are largely forgotten.
So as you sit in the cinema tonight, remember this oddity, a sequel to the other film that established young Reb Brown as the star-spangled shield-winger. This movie would strangely center on social security fraud, aging drugs and Hammer Horror alum Christopher Lee as a vague terrorist. Launched from the back of his sweet van, Cap’s motorcycle would fly through the streets delivering patriotic justice and lots of back flips. The movie barely holds up as entertaining today, but at the time it was terribly exciting to see these superheroes on TV… even if my little mind could figure out they got all the details wrong.
It is almost unimaginable today that a product like this would be conceived using Marvel superheroes as the properties are now revered money-making blockbusters. But many moons ago, Captain America looked like this…
Make no mistake, Daredevil is Marvel’s Batman. He’s slick, he’s cool, tragic and a street-level hero living in a world populated by mutants, gods and weird killer robots from space. In spite of his short-comings (being a pugilist/martial artist rather than a marksman, web slinger or armored avenger), he is still respected by the superhero community and feared by supervillains. His horns are well-earned.
All that being said, you would think that given the popularity of the superhero genre, he would be a major hit of the cinematic universe/ The guardian of Hell’s Kitchen (when he’s not in San Francisco) has of course already been seen on TV (in the Trial of the Incredible Hulk) and on the big screen (in the Daredevil feature film), each with varied results. However, Marvel Entertainment had regained the rights of their red-hued vigilante and rather than make another attempt at a big screen adaptation, they are instead using Daredevil as part of a new TV series set on the streets of New York City.
This summer filming will begin of the new Daredevil… In the mean time, rumors rule the web.
The creators of Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series have apparently turned their focus on Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, and want him to play The Man Without Fear. The report comes from The creators of Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series have apparently turned their focus the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an incredibly popular Facebook fan page devoted to all things Marvel–from small screen to silver screen. They quote a reliable source, but this is obviously just a rumor at this point. “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment at the time of the announcement. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
Last November, Netflix and Disney announced that they were developing multiple original series centered on Marvel characters
. The first one to debut will be the Daredevil series, but there will be a total of at least four different shows and at least one miniseries. Other characters to get their own Netflix original include Jessica Jones, Iron First, and Luke Cage.
This has yet to be reported anywhere other than the Facebook page, but… it’s a great notion that would give the project some much-needed clout. Dexter star Michael C. Hall has a strong fan following and is sure to bring some attention to a new Daredevil series, especially anyone still suffering from Affleck-lash (copyright). What Defenders series? Well, apparently there will be four new ongoing 13-part Marvel programs exclusive to Netflix, culminating in a team film The Defenders.
The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist
Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”
Just in time for Daredevil-mania comes news of a ‘first person perspective’ videogame for XBox One and the PS4!
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More as it comes…
Both recorded in 1970 in Soest, Germany, these newly discovered performances are rare glimpses into the early days of two icons of experimental music.
Kraftwerk (long before their hit Trans Europe Express) is all but unrecognizable in leathers and sporting long hair while the Can footage captures the band shortly after Damo Suzuki was added to the fold. In each instance, the audience looks on in mute confusion.
Creators Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen have combined their talents to deliver one of the most bizarre monthly Bat-books on the shelves. Miniature versions of the caped crusader, the clown prince of crime and more do battle across a water colored backdrop that may appear innocent and juvenile but is actually… different. Now you can bring these pint-sized crime fighters and criminals home.
BASED ON THE ART OF DUSTIN NGUYEN. The characters of Gotham City get an adorable make-over in the newest figures from DC Collectibles! Based on the designs by fan-favorite artist and co-writer of BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM comes Batman like you’ve never seen him before.
I’ve been a big fan of Dustin Nguyen’s artwork since I first saw it grace the pages of Batman and later Detective Comics back in the day and am happy to see that he has the opportunity to branch out with his outlandish visions of Gotham City and its off-kilter denizens.
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From an Unearthly Child to Mawdryn Undead to the Big Bang and Day of the Doctor, Doctor Who has run the gamut of adventures throughout a fifty year-long life on screen and off. One fan decided to chronicle all of them in an amazing video tribute that needs to be seen.
Words fail me at the hours of work that must have gone into this.
Be sure to check out his other videos too.
Where were you when William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Peter Cushing fought the Daleks and the Chamelons in 1968?
At fifty years old, Doctor Who shows no sign of losing momentum and is more popular now than ever. This has led to many gifted creators paying homage to the beloved program. We have all seen the many T-shirts, mash-up videos and more, but this is something entirely other. Graphic artist Colin Brockhurst has created a most unique item that collects material from an anniversary special… that never took place.
Hammer Horror legend Peter Cushing had played Doctor Who (yes, that was his name on screen) in two films; Doctor Who and its sequel, Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion of Earth 2150 A.D. This has confused many fans of the program who have stumbled upon the films and wondered how they fit into continuity and why no one talks about them. Cushing, who had played Sherlock Holmes, Professor Van Helsing, Victor Frankenstein and Grand Moff Tarkin (to name just a few of his signature roles) is an unusual choice for the Doctor and his performance needs to be seen to be believed. He played the Doctor as a doddering old scientist, yet he is also incredibly brave and very cunning. For ages, I denied that these movies even existed but today I am more fond of them and can enjoy them in spite of their wackiness and deviations from the mythology of Doctor Who.
As any Whovian can tell you, there are many stories that are still lost to fans and exist only as off-air audio tracks and a handful of telesnaps (photos taken from the TV transmission by devoted viewers). In this instance, Brockhurst has constructed not just a mock-up Radio Times cover celebrating the program’s fifth anniversary but TV clippings, a ‘signed’ photograph of Cushing as the Doctor, a ‘giveaway button that would have been included in Sugar Smacks cereal (as one featuring the Third Doctor Who, Jon Pertwee had been) and telesnaps. Yes, painstakingly constructed manipulated images depict an ingenious adventure.
The Day of Doctor Who cleverly echoes the plot of Day of the Doctor in many ways as the First Doctor Who meets Queen Elizabeth, The Second Doctor Who encounters two Brigadiers and the Chameleons (from The Faceless Ones) and The ‘War Doctor’ Peter Cushing walks to a deserted shack where he is confronted by Susan Foreman. There is more in the video below…
(Please excuse the quality, it’s my first video review)
For more information, visit Colin Brockhurst’s site.