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“I’m Batman…. At Thirty”

MV5BMjA3MzI3NjI2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjIzNjEwMzE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1512,1000_AL_.jpgTim Burton’s Batman did a lot of things. It changed the cultural landscape for superhero films, proved that Michael Keaton could be more than Mr. Mom, and kickstarted a whole new generation of comic book movies. It was also one of the first movies I remember watching over and over again, to the point where I almost burnt out the VHS tape it was on. As the movie hits the 30 year mark, I wanted to take a look back at a movie that stands as not only one of my all-time favorites, but one of my first instances of seeing a comic book brought to life as a movie. Read the rest of this entry

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The Rise of Battinson

s0rRXNiAfter some unverified reports a few weeks ago, we can finally confirm who our next Batman will be. After months of speculation, the next Dark Knight is none other than Robert Pattinson, the man made famous thanks to the Twilight Saga. It’s a surprising development, but one that I’m pretty intrigued by, and no one is more surprised by that statement than myself. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: Last Knight On Earth and She Said Destroy!

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BM_LKOE_Cv1_1500_5cdc620e979443.57980730Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s Black Label imprint got off to a pretty shaky start with the release of Batman: Damned last year, but it’s now set to release another monster (though probably less controversial) hit with Batman: Last Knight on Earth. Re-teaming the legendary duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the newest installment of the imprint finds the Dark Knight in a mysterious wasteland world, with no memory of how he got there, what’s happened, and why he has the head of the Joker in a lantern. Read the rest of this entry

The Bat and The Cat

indexAny 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

The Dark Knight Turns 80

225472_1291832_1003.jpgThis week, the Batman hit the big 8-0. For someone who should be in a walker at a rest home, he looks pretty great, still cracking skulls and dishing out justice on the streets of Gotham. While he didn’t hit the 80th anniversary (or the 1000 issue mark) before Superman, it’s not unbelievable to say that Batman is the most recognizable character in the world, and nothing can really hurt his image. Not nipples on his suit, bad cartoons, or even a misguided attempt to use him to build up a cinematic universe to rival a major studio. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman: Damned and Return of Wolverine!

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indexBatman: Damned #1 (of 3) (DC Comics)

DC’s put a lot of hype behind their new “Black Label” imprint, which allows some of the best creatives at the company full creative freedom behind their vast stable of characters. There’s books from Frank Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and John Ridley coming our way, but the first up is Batman: Damned, from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. DC has a lot of expectations for this line of books, with the hope that this line will birth a new Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns. While it remains to be seen if Damned will reach those levels of popularity and acclaim, it’s definitely off to an intriguing, if strange, start. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman #51 and Batman ’66 Meets Archie #1!

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BM_Cv51_5b230bb86b1b02.15851194Batman #51 (DC Comics)

Tom King continues to put the Dark Knight into new and interesting places, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Batman #51, which puts Bruce Wayne into a situation we’ve never seen him in before: jury duty. Partnered with artist Lee Weeks, the latest issue of Batman doesn’t directly tie into the events of the previous “wedding” issue, but it does feature some truly remarkable moments that could go down as a new classic Batman story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman and Captain America!

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indexBatman #50 (DC Comics)

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It’s the big day. Wedding bells are in the air for The Dark Knight and Catwoman, and DC is pulling out all the stops for their nuptials. From exclusive retailer variant covers to giant press release parties, all eyes are on Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #50. There’s a TON of hype surrounding this book, so much so that DC felt confident enough to release the book on July 4th, typically one of the worst weeks for comic sales. So, how’s the final result? Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman/Ninja Turtles II and Venom, Inc.!

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IMG_1036Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/IDW)

The original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover was a massive success for DC and IDW, so it’s only natural that the two publishers would want to make a sequel. Bringing back original writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the worlds of these two mega franchises, but like the original series, it does take a little while to get the plot moving. Read the rest of this entry

A (In)Justice League of Their Own

300px-JLA_13_CoversSo it looks like Justice League is setting up to be a pretty big box office disappointment. The fact that it couldn’t clear a $100 million opening weekend when that seems to be the norm for comic book movies is pretty troubling, and despite the fact that fan response has been pretty okay (me included), you wouldn’t be the only one to be curious and concerned about what Warner Bros has planned for the future of the DCEU. While I doubt that Warner Bros is going to completely pull the plug on their cinematic universe (Aquaman has finished filming and we’re still getting the solo Batman film and a sequel to Wonder Woman), there’s obviously going to need to be a change in the way DC and Warner Bros approaches these films. And the way they should go is the one that probably won’t happen, but would be really cool.

Assemble the Injustice Gang. Read the rest of this entry