Posts Tagged "batman"

Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Crossovers

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman '66 Meets The Green HornetTop 10: Possible Batman ’66 Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth


Announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, DC Comics’ hit digital first series Batman ’66 will crossover with the Avengers from IDW’s Steed and Mrs. Peel. This follows the popular mini-series Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet co-produced with Dynamite Entertainment which continued the crossover from the original television series. The author of Wonder Woman ’77 has also commented on a desire to crossover with Batman ’66 (which isn’t new ground as Adam West and Burt Ward returned to their familiar roles with the Justice League of America in 1979’s Legends of the Superheroes). These crossovers may very well be a sign of things to come which prompts the question of what series could we see join the trend down the line. Lets explore some series that could fit in well with the time period and/or tone of Batman ’66.

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Batman Joins the Avengers at IDW

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman AvengersBatman Joins the Avengers at IDW by Jerry Whitworth


Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, DC Comics’ Batman ’66 series will crossover with Britain’s the Avengers John Steed and Emma Peel from IDW Publishing. Batman ’66 is a hit digital first series from DC expanding the 1966 Batman television show while introducing modern day characters like Killer Croc, Clayface, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Bane, and Harley Quinn set in the time period’s mold. The series would previously crossover with Green Hornet from Dynamite Entertainment based on the original crossover in the television show while Marc Andreyko has expressed a strong interest to see his Wonder Woman ’77 comic book team with the Bat-book (Adam West’s Batman would also star in a Super Friends-inspired pair of 1979 live action television specials called Legends of the Superheroes). The Avengers, a popular spy-fi television series from the 1960s, is no stranger to comics having been adapted by Gold Key, Eclipse (from the mind of Grant Morrison), Boom! Studios (by the legendary Mark Waid), and most recently by IDW in Steed and Mrs. Peel (Marvel having the publishing rights to the Avengers name). There is also, of course, The Avengers episode “A Touch of Brimstone” which inspired the Hellfire Club in the X-Men. But beyond just being in the same time period, what similarities do the properties of Batman ’66 and Steed and Mrs. Peel share?

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The Ninja Turtles Come to Gotham City

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Ninja Turtles Come to Gotham City by Jerry Whitworth


This November, DC Comics and IDW Publishing are teaming up for a crossover comic book mini-series seeing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles come to Gotham City and join alongside the Dark Knight in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The premise follows that a frayed relationship between General Krang and the Foot Clan leads to the former transporting the Ninja Turtles and their nemesis Shredder to an alternate dimension. Finding themselves in Gotham City and meeting the Batman, the Turtles have to fight their way through the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery as they try to find a way back home. Generally fighting creatures like the sewer-dwelling Killer Croc or a horde of Man-Bat ninjas, Batman must not only learn to co-exist with these new mutant guests across the rooftops of his city but deal with a handful of rambunctious teenagers that put all of his Robins to shame. Lets take a look at what this crossover could entail as these two worlds collide.

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Comic Art Commissions Holiday Art 2014

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Comic Art Commissions Holiday Art 2014

The artists at Comic Art Commissions were asked to share their Holiday art and here are the ones I received from all kinds of artists – both traditional and digital. If you like the art you see – go to their Comic Art Commissions page and “Send Message” to them asking about commissions!

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Wonder Woman ’77: From Screen to Page

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Comic Art News | 3 comments

Wonder Woman '77Wonder Woman ’77: From Screen to Page by Jerry Whitworth


At the New York Comic Con, it was revealed a series was being developed by DC Comics based on the Wonder Woman television series that aired from 1975 to 1979 called Wonder Woman ’77. Undoubtedly in the same vein as Batman ’66 (based on the Batman television series that aired from 1966 to 1968), the series will be written by Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Batwoman) with covers by Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey, Secret Six) and rotating interior artists that is set to premier digitally first in December before coming to print in early 2015. All that is known at present about the series (beyond it will be set in the same world as the TV series using the likeness of Lynda Carter) is that villains from the comics will emerge and down the line there maybe a crossover with Batman ’66 (which itself is coming off the heels of a crossover with Dynamite’s Green Hornet that ends in November). As yet, it’s unknown if the title of Wonder Woman ’77 is purely a play on the Batman ’66 title or if it will largely be based on the CBS years of the show which moved the story’s timeline from World War II to the then present day. Lets see what we may have to expect in the coming series.

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Review: Gotham TV Series “Pilot”

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

GothamReview: Gotham – “Pilot” by Jerry Whitworth


In the new series Gotham, Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is tasked with solving the murder of wealthy socialites Thomas and Martha Wayne against the backdrop of perhaps the most corrupt city in modern history. Of course, the series also provides a new version of the backstory of Batman (young Bruce Wayne portrayed by David Mazouz) introducing the evolution of the character’s creation while outlining the origins of his supporting cast. In the premier titled simply “Pilot,” the Waynes are killed and Gordon with corrupt partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) are given the call to investigate. While a suspect is identified and killed by Bullock, it’s revealed to be a set-up and the real murderer remains at large and unknown amidst a mysterious conspiracy. It falls upon Gordon to continue to search in secret as he realizes he can’t trust any of his colleagues.

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Top 10 Justice League Members

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Justice League by Ed Benes

Justice League by Ed Benes

Top 10: Justice League Members by Jerry Whitworth


With filming beginning already on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the announcement of a Justice League film being produced directly afterward, a lot of focus has been placed on the super group in recent memory. The premier superhero team for DC Comics, the Justice League of America was a 1960s update of the 1940s Justice Society of America. Traditionally, the group is made up of the most powerful and popular heroes for the publisher originally starting with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter (the first three commonly referred as the Trinity and the seven called the Big 7). However, within subsequent issues the cast grew to include the likes of Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, and dozens more as years passed. With such a powerful group, the Justice League fought the worst of the worst as foes like Starro, Amazo, Despero, Doctor Destiny, Felix Faust, Lord of Time, Queen Bee, and the Crime Syndicate not only threatened the League but many times the world. Out of around two hundred members across such variations as International, Europe, Antarctica, Task Force, Unlimited, Elite, Dark, United, and more, lets examine who qualifies as the best of the best.

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Make It So: Batman Arkham Origins II

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Arkham OriginsMake It So: Batman Arkham Origins II by Jerry Whitworth


When Warner Bros. decided to add an entry to Rocksteady’s wildly popular Batman: Arkham series without Rocksteady (or fan favorite writer Paul Dini), reaction was mixed at best. Expectations were already lowered when the people behind the phenomenon wouldn’t be included but when reports of multiple glitches and bugs (including severe ones that forced players to restart the game entirely) were not only present but common, both the game and developer Warner Bros. Games Montréal were heavily criticized. The game wouldn’t be considered a failure, however. While it certainly didn’t reach the heights of sales or prestige of previous installment Arkham City, it managed to secure sales in the strata of first entry Arkham Asylum (not including sale of DLC material). A prequel, Arkham Origins describes the first meeting between Batman and the Joker as assassins descend on Gotham on Christmas Eve to collect a multimillion dollar bounty for the Dark Knight’s head. In the first Arkham game, Joker was the focus with Poison Ivy a significant secondary threat. The sequel saw Hugo Strange as the main adversary with the Joker and Ra’s al Ghul as seeming equal threats (Joker stealing the show by the game’s finale). Origins had Joker as the star while Bane became almost an equal threat. The three games would prominently feature some of Batman’s greatest rogues, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Two-Face, Mister Freeze, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Black Mask, Killer Croc, Deadshot, and Firefly in addition to those named already. If Warner was to produce an Arkham Origins sequel, lets examine what that could entail.

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Same Bat-Series, New Bat-Features

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Conan O'BrienSame Bat-Series, New Bat-Features by Jerry Whitworth


Following a deal cut between Warner Bros and Fox over the Batman television series of the 1960s starring Adam West and Burt Ward (giving WB access to Fox’s original content in the franchise), fans knew it was only a matter of time before the series, long absent from home media, would finally find its way to DVD (albeit with a healthy dose of hesitation). A recent surprise announcement from comedian and late night television host Conan O’Brien on Twitter would provide fans the news they’ve waited nearly five decades to finally hear: Batman is coming home. Simply stating the series would come to DVD sometime in 2014, the three seasons of the famous show is said to have saved the Batman franchise at DC Comics (which had lagged in sales following the nationwide assault on the comic book industry in the 1950s, Batman kept alive through the efforts of Julius Schwartz and Carmine Infantino starting in 1964). Following the premier of Batman, not only would sales of Batman’s books thrive, the character became a cultural phenomenon in the United States (and in some ways across the planet) as DC Comics put the character front and center in titles like Justice League of America, World’s Finest Comics, and The Brave and the Bold (beginning to edge Superman out of his long held limelight at the company). The television series featured big name actors like Vincent Price, Milton Berle, Joan Collins, Cesar Romero, and Burgess Meredith (Clint Eastwood was considered to appear as Two-Face until the character was viewed too gruesome for the show’s audience). As with many DVD releases, perhaps as exciting for the series to be made available for home consumption is the desire for what special features will be included in the collection (especially for such a long awaited series). Lets take a look at some of the special features we may expect to see included with the set.

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A Tale of Light and Shadow: History of the World’s Finest

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman SupermanA Tale of Light and Shadow: History of the World’s Finest by Jerry Whitworth


Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, the sequel to the blockbuster Man of Steel film will feature the Dark Knight of Gotham City. Dubbed “Batman/Superman” by various outlets, few details have been released about the project save that much of the talent involved in the first film will return. Director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, producer Christopher Nolan, and cast members Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) have all been confirmed for the sequel. This is not the first time a film was planned featuring the two biggest properties at DC Comics. In 2002, Batman vs. Superman was announced as a pitch developed by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) and revised by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) set to be filmed in 2003 and premier in 2004. Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) was set to direct and Christian Bale and Josh Hartnett to star as Batman and Superman, respectively. The plot, reportedly, featured Bruce Wayne retired some years from being Batman and having lost virtually all of his adopted family and closest friends. Torn over the grief of their deaths, Wayne is saved by new character Elizabeth Miller who later agreed to be his wife. For their wedding, Wayne approached Clark Kent (suffering himself after his divorce from Lois Lane) as his best man only for the Joker to murder Miller on her honeymoon. Finally reaching his breaking point, Wayne again dons the garb of the Batman waging a bloody war of vengeance trying to hunt down the Clown Prince of Crime leading the Man of Steel to be forced to intervene. Lex Luthor was set to appear as part of the action as Lana Lang would be introduced as a new love interest for Superman. The film would be canceled when Warner Bros decided instead to produce two separate films for the characters in J.J. Abrams’ Superman: Flyby and Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One.

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Make It So: DC – The Manga Universe

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

BatmanMake it So: DC The Manga Universe by Matt Eldridge and Jerry Whitworth


In 2000, Marvel Comics produced a manga-version of its universe called the Marvel Mangaverse. Featuring the work of various artists including Ben Dunn, founder of Antarctic Press and creator of Ninja High School and Warrior Nun Areala (manga-inspired American comics), the imprint would last for two years with a brief return some time later. However, the relationship between American and Japanese comics existed for some time before this. Osamu Tezuka, referred by Japanese as the god or godfather of manga, was inspired for his field and style by American animation thanks to characters like Felix the Cat and Betty Boop. Other mangaka, or comic creators, would be similarly inspired including Akira Toriyama (who applied several homages to Superman in his works like Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball Z), Katsuhiko Nishijima and Kazumi Shirasaka (who paid homage to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Iron Man in their work Project A-Ko), and Kazuyoshi Katayama and Keiichi Sato (whose work The Big O was inspired by Batman: The Animated Series).

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How I Would Have Done It: New 52 Batman

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

Batman and RobinHow I Would Have Done It: New 52 Batman by Jerry Whitworth


Previously in “How I Would Have Done It”, we discussed DC Comics’ New 52 and how Superman could have been revised in a different way. It’s only natural to follow with Superman’s grim ally Batman, one of the most popular and recognizable heroes on Earth. The Caped Crusader of Gotham City, Batman was left relatively untouched by the new 52 changes save for Bruce Wayne’s great-grandfather being involved with a secret organization known as the Court of Owls and the Joker given a Leatherface-like remodel. Lets take a look at Batman and how I would’ve done it.

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Top 10: Batman: Arkham Origins Assassins

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Game Informer #241

Game Informer #241

Top 10: Batman: Arkham Origins Assassins by Jerry Whitworth


After months of speculation, the third game in the Batman: Arkham video game series has been officially announced. Titled Batman: Arkham Origins and set for release October 25, 2013 on the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, the game is centered around Black Mask placing a bounty on the head of Batman bringing eight of the world’s most dangerous assassins to come to Gotham City on Christmas Eve. A prequel to the first two games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, longstanding rumors persist the Dark Knight will cross paths with heroes that later form the Justice League of America together. Reportedly, players will also have the opportunity to do battle with villains not generally associated with Batman on side missions. It’s also being reported the map of the game will be twice the size of Arkham City as Batman will be able to adventure through Old Gotham (largely the setting of Arkham City) and New Gotham (seen from Arkham City in the distance in the previous game). There is some controversy that should be noted with this third game in that writer Paul Dini and game studio Rocksteady, who were the architects of the first two games, were not involved in the new game’s development. Only time will tell what effect, if any, this new avenue will have with the franchise. Lets take a look at who could be some of the assassins that will try to collect on Black Mask’s bounty.

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Batusi Returns: The Camp Knight Rises

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman by Allred

Batman by Allred

Batusi Returns: The Camp Knight Rises by Jerry Whitworth


Last summer, Warner Bros inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce merchandise based on the likenesses of the Batman television series from the 1960s. The advent is quite revolutionary considering both companies have gone back and forth over the franchise for decades with this deal being the first time since the show left the air that something new has been made from the material (save for replica miniatures of the show’s vehicles). While as yet there are no plans to see the series make the transition to DVD or Blu-Ray, which is something fans have rallied to see happen for many years, the new deal gives hope of this. However, short of the series released for home video, fans will be happy to see the series adapted for comics starting this summer as a digital first title from the creative team of Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case (with covers by Michael Allred). Lets take a look at the genesis of the Batman television series, its cultural impact, and its legacy.

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Top 5 by Jamie Dunst

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

TOP 5 by Jamie Dunst

Who are your favorite superheroes?  Favorite artists?  Favorite ships?  Weapons?  Everyone makes top lists.  I remember reading the novel HIgh Fidelity and the characters of the book would make top 5 lists.  I listen to a podcast where they make top 5 lists and another podcast where they sometimes list the 5 top books they would keep in their pull list if they had to cut their reading pile to just 5 books.  I love top 5 lists because I think they make for great conversation starters.  I always wonder why someone would put comic book X in their list and why they didn’t have comic book Y.  I also feel it’s a great way to get to know a person’s interests and likes when it comes to these lists.  So, to start things off, I am going to begin with a top 5 list that I had just mentioned.  TOP 5 COMICS THAT I WOULD HAVE TO KEEP IN MY PULL LIST:

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