Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman Batmobile teased

The anticipation for the 2016 Batman Vs Superman film has been building and today fans got their first glimpse of the new Batmobile. It appears to be a blend of the brutal yet sleek vehicle from the 1989 film (designed by Anton Furst, Tim Burton, Terry Ackland-Snow, John Evans and Keith Short) and the breaching military tank from 2005’a Batman Begins (designed by Nathan Crowley and Christopher Nolan). Details about the upcoming feature film that will pit the man of steel against the dark knight (this time played by Ben Affleck).

Here’s a quick reminder of the Batmobiles of times past from the 1966 Adam West TV series to the Chris Nolan trilogy.

Batman at 75

batman_75_years_logo_a_lBatman 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.

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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.

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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.

Son of Batman (click to Pre-order)

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.

Strange Days

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.

Arkham Origins (click to buy)

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.

Celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday at AFX


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.

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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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Batman’s beginnings explored in Gotham TV series

Joining Arrow and The Flash is another weekly TV series, this time centered on one of DC Entertainment’s top tier characters, Batman. Gotham has been in development in one form or another since the success of Smallville, but Warner Bros has held off until now to bring a program that will delve into the early years of the dark knight detective.

batman-gotham-official-logoThe series will feature Ben McKenzie as the lead character James Gordon and supporting actor Sean Pertwee (son of Jon Pertwee the Third Doctor Who) as Alfred Pennyworth. Bruce Wayne himself will be portrayed as a pre-teen by David Mazouz. Other characters such as the Penguin, Selina Kyle (Catwoman) have also joined the cast and more announcements are expected to follow.

Strangely, the series will be screened on Fox rather than CW. It’s clear from the casting that the series will take liberties with the source material in this latest version of Batman on screen, but will it live up to the pop culture icon’s legacy?

Batman Arkham Knight swings onto the PS4

The Dark Knight detective is back once more in the latest video game adaptation of Batman’s Gothic crime-addled world. Armed with his wits and state of the art technological gadgets, Batman faces a city of crime gone mad. While he has had a spotty history in the past, Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Origins have firmly established the caped crusader for the next generation home console. Harnessing the raw fighting power, keen detective mind of Batman and his vast rogue’s gallery from the page, the Arkham series has popularized the hero for a whole new generation while paying homage to his rich history in print.

Set one year after the events of Arkham City, Arkham Knight will see a return of many popular game-play mechanics from the previous versions. For the first time in the Arkham franchise, the Batmobile will be included. A veritable street-tank, the Batmobile can be called upon at any time and is capable of crushing through the opposition. In addition to the Riddler, Penguin, Joker, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Scarecrow, a new character named the Arkham Knight (created by Geoff Johns) will be introduced.

Via AintItCool

Developed by Rocksteady, the finale to the Arkham series Arkham Knight will hit the shelves on October 14, 2014

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Batman vs. Superman becomes a trinity with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

The Amazon Princess is joining the still untitled ‘Superman Vs. Batman’ movie from Zack Snyder and David Goyer that will pick up from the events of The Man of Steel. Henry Cavill returns as Superman and will be facing off against Batman played by Ben Affleck, the latest in a growing line of actors to take up the cowl of the caped crusader.

The plot remains a mystery, but may be influenced by Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns comic from 1986 since Snyder has been meeting with the author.

The addition of a third hero to the film could make an already busy movie all the busier, but it could also quicken the pace toward a fully fleshed out Justice League of America, thus fulfilling many a comic book fan’s dreams.

Announcement below via SuperHeroHype

Warner Bros. has announced this morning that Gal Gadot, most well known for appearing in the “Fast & Furious” films, has landed the role of Wonder Woman/Diane Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

In a statement, Zack Snyder stated: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Batman vs. Superman will feature the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, facing off against Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Also starring Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, the Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

Quick review: Batman #25

Dark City

batman_25Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo and Danny Miki

Hot on the heels of Batman the Zero Year comes Dark City, the next installment in what is becoming the Snyder/Capullo era of Batman, an era that is making waves in the comic book realm and setting a new high standard for the caped crusader. Zero Year was a retelling of the dark knight’s origins, resetting Gotham City as well as the early days of our ebony-clad hero. Like many readers, I was hesitant to read yet another retelling of Batman’s early years, but what Snyder has accomplished is very impressive and I am happy that the decision was made to continue that story from there.

In the close of Zero Year, Bruce Wayne stood up against the Red Hood gang only to realize that their reach was far deeper than he could imagine. The corruption led to not only Wayne Industries but the police force as well.

Taking control as only he knew how, Wayne contributed to the police with a force of dirigibles (so that he can also spy on them) and built a powerful arsenal of weaponry as the Batman.

As he attempts to control the situation, a new villain called the Riddler strikes – knocking out Gotham’s generators and plunging the city into darkness. With a newly designed battle suit and a magnificent Batmobile, Batman fights a new kind of battle against impossible odds… and another threat arrives called Doctor Death. Alfred can only look on in worry as Bruce proudly wears the scars of his conflicts as ‘kisses’ from his city. Dark days are in store for Batman.

Over the past few years, Snyder and Capullo have been recreated he Batman in a new vein, a more dangerous and edgier version than we have seen before. This has gotten a bit too intense for my liking in parts (the Joker wearing his face like a mask) but with the Zero Year reset it is interesting to see the comic take on a new spin of the Golden Age tales (he even has the purple gloves).

Batman isn’t the young turk that we saw in Batman Year One by Miller and Mazzuchelli. In Snyder and Capullo’s comics he is a determined and driven man who gets his nose bloodied only to come back smarter and tougher.

My only complaint is that I wish that the New 52 Batman had started with this story.

If you have been looking for a jumping on point and missed the sold out Zero Year run, this is a good one.

Batman- Mask of the Phantasm

A strange wraith-like creature stalks the streets of Gotham, killing off old mobsters. When Batman is spotted on the scene, he takes the blame for the murders and becomes a wanted man, hunted by Gotham police under the guidance of Councilor Reeves, a slimy individual eager to make a grab for power. The deeper Batman investigates the mystery, he is surprised to find old wounds opening that he had thought long scabbed over with time. An old love, Andrea Beaumont, has returned to Gotham just as the murders are on the rise. As the death toll rises, he becomes overwhelmed with emotion and must make a choice which life takes precedence, Batman’s or Bruce Wayne’s.

Released on Christmas day in 1993, Mask of the Phantasm was a bomb for Warner Bros., mainly due to the lack of support from the studio and poor marketing. But it is a marvelous testament to the Batman mythos and a celebration of the animated series.

I understand that the film was rushed into theatrical release. Using the talented animators, directors and superb voice actors, Mask of the Phantasm is a remarkably moving drama with romance, action and even humor (thanks to the marvelous Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Alfred). The mystery of the Phantasm is enough on its own, but the addition of the Joker raises the stakes and the clown prince of crime is at his most outlandish in this story.

Watching this movie, I must admit to feeling frustration that the live action films never achieved this level of excellence. I do enjoy the Burton films, but they fall flat in so many places such as action and dialog. The Chris Nolan movies are outstanding but sacrifice much of the Batman mythology in order to tell a bold and daring story about Western civilization. Mask of the Phantasm, in contrast, is a well executed Batman story through and through, weighing in heavily on gritty pulp crime, Gothic atmosphere and much more.

I had the good fortune to watch the film on the big screen at the NC Comic Con this past weekend and it was a fantastic experience, reminding me why I had embraced the Batman animated series long ago and why it continues to hold a special place in my fanboy heart.


Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate -Under New Management

Since Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Dark Knight has enjoyed a reigning seat in the video gaming world. Utilizing innovative combat techniques and the inclusion of special sequences that employed the hero’s detective skills in a hellish crime-ridden world, these games have given fans a glimpse of what it might be like to *be* Batman.

And the grand tradition continues with Arkham Origins and a new handheld game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Featuring Catwoman and Solomon Grundy, the handheld game will build on the Gotham City experience and allow more opportunities to lay down some vigilante justice.

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Convicts. Criminals. Blackgate Prison is under new management.

batman_blackgate-2Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate brings the Batman Arkham games to a handheld format for the first time to Sony and Nintendo handheld systems. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s infamous gadgets, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate captures the genuine Arkham feel players have come to appreciate. With gripping 2.5-D graphics, fully voiced narrative, and a captivating storyline, you’ll will explore deep inside the bowels of this remote island penitentiary that plays an important role in the Arkham universe.

Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate are both available worldwide on Oct. 25, 2013!

Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Batman_wallpaper_NguyenHe has come a long way since Daredevil, but I am still shocked to read that Affleck would go anywhere near a comic book movie again. Even he swore off comic book movies, as evidenced in this MTV interview excerpt:

“No, I would not do another,” he said, insisting that he’s sworn off comic-book films for good. “I was cured of that.”

However, more recently he was more positive about the prospect of wearing tights and… well… he’s Batman.

Despite Nolan’s trilogy being a complete story, we all knew that Batman would be back. After Man of Steel transformed Superman into a grim killing machine, I have to wonder what kind of Batman this will be. Warner Bros has a blank slate from which to develop a new Batman  which means he could be almost anything.

Batman and SupermanI am hoping that the studio remembers that Batman and Superman are essentially opposites who compliment each other and take direction from that rather than just asking Affleck to put on a Christian Bale impersonation.

Ben-Affleck-800x600Via MSNUSA Today, Huffington Post,  LA Times’ HeroComplex, CBS News, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety  :

Ben Affleck is set to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the untitled “Man of Steel” sequel that will be directed by Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. announced on Thursday.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Project brings Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen.

“Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are also set to return.

The rest of the announcement is below:

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

In the announcement, Greg Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Sue Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”

His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.

Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.