Category Archives: Batman
Any time a creative team is taken off a book early, it’s bad. But when news hit that Tom King would be leaving Batman with issue 85, twenty issues before his planned run was ready to end, it was near catastrophic. The acclaimed, Eisner-award winning writer behind Marvel’s Vision and the recent Miracle Man miniseries had done wonders with the Dark Knight, and it seemed like King was still going to have free range to finish out the story that he wanted to tell on the title. But now, that’s changed, and DC and King himself are making this seem like it’s similar to Grant Morrison’s run on the character, which spanned the initial Batman series before moving into it’s own title, Batman, Inc. But I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. Read the rest of this entry
Halloween, the greatest of all holidays, is rapidly approaching. And while you may be putting the final touches on your costume, loading up on candy, or binging your favorite spooky movies, there’s still plenty of other ways to get into the Halloween spirit, and one of my favorite ways to do it is by rereading one of my favorite Batman stories: Red Rain. Read the rest of this entry
Adam West is gone.
Like a lot of people, my first exposure to Adam West, and to the Batman, was from the famous Bill Dozier Batman series. Those reruns that aired at 7pm every night on UPN were the highlights of my day. Watching the series with my dad was a nightly ritual, and the cliffhanger episodes were torture for my small four year old mind. The feature film that was made in between the first and second season was a movie I rented so often that my parents eventually broke down and bought me a copy, which I then watched so much that they had to buy ANOTHER copy. I was enthralled with Batman at an early age, and it was all thanks to Adam West’s gloriously earnest and eager take on the Caped Crusader. Read the rest of this entry
After two weeks as the reigning box office champ, it’s not outside of the realm of believability to call The Lego Batman movie a sizeable hit. It’s fun; action packed, and most importantly, features an aspect of the Dark Knight that’s been sorely lacking in the past decade: family. Read the rest of this entry
Ben Affleck has left The Batman.
Well, not AS Batman. Just as the director of The Batman.
While this news is disappointing, it’s not all that surprising. Affleck has been pretty dodgy about answering if he would direct a solo Batman movie going as far back as when he was first cast in the role. After the release of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad (and the receptions they got), that demand only intensified. Affleck was fielding “when are you working on Batman” for months, and it reached a fever pitch while he was promoting Live By Night, his latest directorial effort. Add in the fact that the head of Warner Bros was pretty adamant that Ben Affleck would be directing The Batman, even going so far as to announce it at a trade show without talking with the star in the first place, and it’s easy to see why Affleck would walk from the directing duties. Read the rest of this entry
Well, we’ve slogged through the worst of the year, and now it’s on to the best. These are the comics, movies, TV shows, and other assorted media that helped take the sting of our darkest timeline off my mind for a little while. Perhaps they helped you, or you can discover them for yourself if you need them. Read the rest of this entry
Remember how we all assumed that the solo Ben Affleck Batman movie was going to have Batman taking on the residents of Arkham Asylum? Well, you can probably scrap that idea.
Last week Affleck tweeted out a video of the one and only Deathstroke. Otherwise known as Slade Wilson, Deathstroke is a major DC Villain who’s just recently become pretty popular thanks to appearances in Arrow, where he was played by Manu Bennett. Now with his profile raised amongst the “normies”, it’s time for him to take the main stage in the DC Cinematic Universe. But where was he going to show up? Justice League? Affleck’s solo Batman movie? Read the rest of this entry
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Starring: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Ray Wise
Directed By: Sam Liu
Reuniting Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as Joker and Batman, The Killing Joke is one of the most hyped up DC releases of the year. However, it’s also one of the most controversial releases as well, and not because of what you’d expect (okay, it’s also partially because of that too). Bringing back Hamill and Conroy (as well as Tara Strong as Batgirl), Killing Joke is a faithful adaptation of the Batman/Joker story, but the additional material added to pad out the run time sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s so disjointed that I’m actually going to split up the review score. It’s that jarring. Read the rest of this entry
Last week dozens of comic and movie websites got the chance to visit the set of Justice League. Many, myself included, viewed this as a sort of “damage control” on Warner Bros.’ part. After the less than expected final total for Batman V Superman, an executive shake up at Warner Bros, and rumors of director Zack Snyder having more pressure put onto him after the “failure” of BvS, it’s not hard to imagine that this set visit would be designed to try and turn the tide of the public perception of the film. Read the rest of this entry
The Batman V Superman hype train is rearing up yet again, this time releasing a brand new (and MUCH better) trailer. With Deadpool out of the way and Civil War dropping in May, it’s clear sailing for WB’s upcoming mega movie to clean up at the box office, But when looking at the marketing materials for this film, it’s looking more and more like WB want you think that this is a Batman movie guest-starring Superman, as opposed to a Batman AND Superman movie. Nearly all of the marketing, especially the newest trailer, have a strong focus on Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight, which begs the question: what’s Warner Bros so afraid of? Read the rest of this entry