Batman and the Three Jokers

What could be the most important chapter in the Clown Prince of Crime’s career, Three Jokers promises to raise as many questions as it answers. A story that has long been in development by Johns, the Black Label series will explode on the scene on June 17, 2020

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Details regarding DC Comics long-awaited Batman: Three Jokers miniseries have finally been announced. For Batman readers, especially fans of Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: A Death in the FamilyBatman: Three Jokers will be a truly eye-opening series that will change the iconic Batman villain forever.

Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok has been teased for a while, as the upcoming three-issue book will reportedly feature three different Jokers existing in the same universe. Fabok got fans’ attention when he wrote on Twitter the ending of the series was ” going to cause quite the stir and is the gutsiest thing written in Batman in 80 years.” That’s a huge promise to make, but the comments just made the hype for the book even bigger. Johns said the series will build on some classic Batman stories, specifically The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland as well as A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo.

Batman: Three Jokers will also go back to the time Batman first met his most menacing villain. Johns told Entertainment Weekly that the new miniseries will add new layers to the characters and their relationships with the Joker.

The world doesn’t need just another Batman-Joker story, Johns tells EW. One of the reasons I’ve never done one before is because there are so many amazing ones, so I was only gonna do one if it was different and surprising and looked at the Joker and the meaning of the Joker and his effect on Batman and his family in a new way. We’re not introducing a multiverse of Jokers, we’re not out to change these characters forever, but we are turning over some rocks about these characters and their relationships.

  • Batman: Three Jokers #1 (of 3)
  • Written by Geoff Johns
  • Art by Jason Fabok
  • Colors by Brad Anderson
  • Letters by Rob Lee
  • Cover art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson
  • “After years of anticipation, the epic story is finally here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the decades-long battle between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime,” reads DC’s description. “In this powerful, emotional story Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood—all past victims of the Joker—work together to solve a mystery unlike anything they’ve ever faced before!”

Batmobile 2021

The Batman may soar over the skyscrapers of Gotham City, but he also tears through its streets in his custom ride. From the Barris designed Batmobile from 1966 to the animalistic Anton Furst design from 1989, the Batmobile has always been a staple of the Batman Universe. The latest 2021 installment is no exception.

Via TheDrive.com When Batman takes the silver screen again in 2021, he’ll do so behind the wheel of an entirely new Batmobile. Not because the last one ended up in a Moscow impound lot, but because DC Films is again rebooting its Batman film franchise, this time with Robert Pattinson in the titular role, and a monumentally modified muscle car as his trusty steed.

Photos of the hero car surfaced on Twitter this Wednesday by way of Matt Reeves, director of 2021’s The Batman. Photos showing the rear of the car confirm a mid-mounted, twin-turbo engine—seemingly a V-8, though some on social media are seeing a fifth coil pack on each side that would make it a V-10. It takes some hunting to locate the turbos—look between the roll cage and bodywork in the back and you’ll find two snails with short exhaust pipes expelling waste gases directly into the atmosphere.

Going by the shape of this Batmobile’s side windows, we think it may have started life as a Chrysler E-body, specifically a 1970-1971 Plymouth Barracuda—a Bat-rracuda—if the lateral, three-bar taillights mean anything. At the same time, there’s a lot about this car that’s distinctly un-Barracuda. The taillight design itself isn’t factory, the rear window cutout is larger than those seen on period E-body cars, and the windshield wipers seem higher than normal. Much of this can be explained away by the extensive custom work required to make each Batmobile, but we’d rather not lean on “it’s custom” to explain why this car doesn’t perfectly resemble the Plymouth.

Ellis and Hitch reunite with Batman’s Grave

The legendary team that brought us The Authority has come back with a 12 part Batman series entitled Batman’s Grave. A mystery that involves a lot of mystery cracking and plenty of fisticuffs, this could be the best Batman story on the shelves in quite some time.

The story features some friction between Alfred and Batman as the caped crusader’s war on crime has become all too grueling for the butler. Determined to see his mission through to the end, Batman places his mind into that of the victim of a brutal slaying. It’s a fascinating procedure and one I’m not familiar with (definitely not from other Batman books). As Batman delves deeper into the mystery, the danger cranks up. It’s a real thriller!

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Via Newsarama
“My very first work at DC was two issues of Legends of the Dark Knight,” Ellis said, “so it’s been 25 years since I did a full-length story with the Batman. I’ve decided to revisit the crime scene where my career in American comics began, and I’m so grateful that my old comrade Bryan Hitch is doing this midnight run with me. It’s been too many years since we last did a long campaign together.”

Ellis has also written the Dark Knight in the anthologies Batman: Gotham Knights, Batman: Black & White, and the one-shot Planetary/Batman: One Night on Earth. Ellis and Hitch last worked together on a new Authority story for 2017’s WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years.

“I’ve drawn some covers and used Batman in Justice League and JLA, but since I read Jim Aparo and Don Newton’s Batman runs in the 80’s I’ve wanted to do a proper, big Batman story,” Hitch said. “Fellow Authoritarian Warren Ellis had one to tell, so when he mentioned it I said ‘yes’ before even asking what it was about. That’s what you do when Warren says ‘I’ve got a proper, big Batman story.’ It’s been over twenty years since we changed Superhero comics together, and now we get to give Batman the fight of his life.”

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First look at Robert Pattinson as Batman

Anticipation is ramping up for the newest Batman film simply titled “The Batman.” While there are many naysayers who are afraid of the Twilight stars take on the dark knight detective, there was a time when similar fans were afraid of Michael “Mr. Mom” Keaton’s time in the cowl.

Set in the early days of the Batman’s career, the movie will feature a regular rogue’s gallery of Batman’s greatest foes causing some to wonder if it will take influence from the Jeph Loeb story The Long Halloween. Time will tell.

But they say a picture speaks a thousand words, so here are a few.

Last week, the film’s writer-director Matt Reeves released an official first look at Pattinson in the Batsuit with a brief, obliquely shot video scored by composer Michael Giacchino.

The look and setting in the most recent images also evokes the 2013–2014 DC Comics storyline “Batman: Zero Year,” which reimagined the superhero’s origin as he contends with the Riddler terrorizing Gotham City.

Paul Dano is playing the Riddler in “The Batman,” along with Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.

The film is set to open on June 25, 2021.

Alex Reviews Launches!

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They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and my better half, Alex, is every bit of an enthusiastic pundit on toys and cartoons as I am, and far more charismatic. This month, I have published the first in a series of reviews from my seven year-old protege and anticipate many additional videos to come.

12814678_10154794990203438_312857545901260308_nThe opener is a review of the Batman ’66 Mr. Freeze toy by Figures Toys Co. Included in the review is a short comic book history lesson and a quick sketch of the character’s first appearance. Please take a look and spread the word.

Cheers.

Two-Fisted Trailers for Batman V Superman

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The superhero movie genre continues to rule the cinema world. From the wish fulfillment of childhood to the mythology of the modern world, superheroes aren’t just commercial properties, they have deeper meaning to the general population, not just comic book fans. Two of the most iconic characters in comic books are undeniably Batman and Superman. Batman is the self-made man, an embodiment of vigilante justice while Superman is the super-powered hero of the people. The upcoming feature film will pit these two legends against each other. This will be the first time these two titans have shared the screen.

It’s also the first time (to my knowledge) that a comic book creator has received creator credit in a trailer.

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Following the events of an alien assault that left devastation in its wake, Batman blames the Man of Steel for the death toll and is determined to make Superman pay. Armed with an impressive array of weaponry, the Dark Knight pits himself against the Man of Tomorrow who has nearly unimaginable power. An intense all-out action film that also will introduce the entire Justice League with Wonder Woman as a co-star and cameos from Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Cyborg.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is in theaters March 25, 2016

Should we prepare for a decade of Ben Affleck as Batman?

As the comic book world is still shrugging over the expected disappointment of the Fant4stic Four, some unexpected Bat news arrives.

batman_BatsignalAdam West, Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy and Christian Bale may have new competition for the definitive Batman with Ben Affleck possibly being offered the role of the dark knight for an unprecedented decade of movies. Ben-Affleck-Batman-GogglesVia ComicBook.com

According to rumors from Warner Bros. insiders, the future of DC Movie slate will now center around Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight. The sudden (but really, unsurprising) pivot came after an early cut of Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice was shown to a small group of Warner Bros. executives. The big wigs were reportedly so impressed with the film, that they gave it a standing ovation.

And much of that applause was for Ben Affleck and his performance as Batman. The executives are so impressed, in fact, that they are reportedly trying to get Affleck on-board for three stand-alone Batman films. Affleck’s Batman, and these movies, would reportedly become the cornerstone of DC’s other movies, with one Warner boss reportedly calling Affleck the “definitive Batman.”

Including the Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, the two-part JLA film, and three solo movies, that’s 7 films spread out over the next ten years. With no director lined up, it is difficult to guess what the theme and feel of a new Batman trilogy would be. But it’s a safe assumption that it will be darker than octopus ink.

Opinions?

“There are worse things out there than the Ripper.”

Whitechapel, 1888. Jack the Ripper stalks the streets but he too is hunted by a mythical monster who strikes fear into the hearts of the guilty, the Batman. The dark knight detective faces what could be his most challenging case in this unusual period horror drama that fits the perfectly.
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Heavily influenced by the graphic novel Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, ‘Ripper’ is a fan film brought to life by James Campbell and Adam Bouabda. But this is not your standard fan film. It utilizes legitimate actors from television and film and features an impressive score not dissimilar to Goblin and Tangerine Dream (which is pretty atmospheric and cool).

Like the idea? Get involved!

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Is the Boy Wonder Already Doomed in the ‘Snyderverse’?

The upcoming Batman V Superman film directed by Zack Snyder will lay the groundwork of the DC Cinematic Universe by introducing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Lex Luthor and possibly more. In addition, it is possible that not only will Robin be introduced but he’s already dead!

(I wrote an article about the history of the boy wonder – and DC’s obsession with killing him – that may be worth a read)

The brief appearance of a glass case storing a Robin costume covered in graffiti hints at the demise of Batman’s sidekick at the hands of his nemesis the Joker (as seen in Death in the Family). Even more interesting is the rumor that Robin will be seen in a flashback.

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As the Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicerevealed, Robin exists in this new DC cinematic universe. Or did exist since we see his costume, riddled with taunting graffiti, hanging in the Batcave, presumably because Joker killed him.

But will we actually see the Boy Wonder on the big screen?

According to Heroic Hollywood, we will and they also claim to know who plays him.

The site reports that BvS director Zack Snyder’s 19-year-old son, Eli Snyder, portrays Robin in a flashback depicting his death at the hands of Jared Leto’s Joker.

“Eli Snyder is quite the athlete. He is 6’0″ and weighs 174 pounds. As the starting quarterback, Eli put up good stats at Maranatha High Varsity Football. Watching Eli’s senior highlight reel, he certainly has the youth, athleticism, and physicality to be Robin in real life!,” says Heroic Hollywood, which also posted the photo below of Eli Snyder.

The young Snyder is no stranger to being in his dad’s movies having previously played little Leonidas in 300 and young Rorschach in Watchmen as well as a solider in Sucker Punch.

UPDATE, July 23: BvS set photographer Clay Enos shared Zack Snyder’s Instagram photo below of him with his son Eli. The caption coyly hinted at the aforementioned casting rumor: “Boy wonder?”

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So what do you think? Can this film get any darker?

Batman hijacks Suicide Squad movie

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What started as a ‘huh?’ movie is quickly escalating to a possible blockbuster. The next film in Warner Bros/DC Entertainment’s schedule after Batman V Superman (out March 25th
2016), Suicide Squad is focused on a gang of criminals. The inclusion of the Joker played by Jared Leto raised a few eyebrows. Ben Affleck rumored to be on set as Bruce Wayne/Batman was even more interesting but the confirmation of the dark knight’s daring car chase makes it official.

Suicide Squad is a Batman movie.
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Suicide Squad is based on the comic book created by John Ostrander in 1987. The concept is simple, a group of super criminals forced to work together by a secret government organization on covert operations with a reduced sentence for success and certain death for failure. The comic was a hit back in the day and even appeared on the Justice League cartoon and an animated feature ‘Assault on Arkham.’

The upcoming movie seemed an odd choice at first (and the initial images look like little more than bad cosplay) but it is quickly gaining ground as an important movie.

Fans have spotted sequences in which the Joker and Harley Quinn argue followed by a car chase scene as the Batmobile trails the Joker in a cherry red race car. More recently, Batman was seen riding atop the Joker’s car through the streets of Toronto.

While fans of the caped crusader have wondered when they would next see a new Batman film, it appears that we may be seeing him very soon.

Directed and written by David Ayer (Fast and the Furious, End of Watch, Fury and Street Kings) and starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, as well as several other actors playing super villains such as Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Katana and the Enchantress, Suicide Squad opens August 5, 2016.

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