Posts Tagged "batman"

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 | 0 comments

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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BATMAN #0 Review

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

BATMAN #0

BATMAN #0

BATMAN #0 Review by Jamie Dunst

MAIN STORY: Scott Snyder: Writer; Greg Capullo: Penciler; Jonathan Glapton: Inker; FCO Plascencia: Colorist; Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt: Lettering; Capulo & Plascencia: Cover
BACKUP STORY: James Tynion IV: Writer; Andy Clarke: Artist; FCO Plascencia: Colorist; Patrick Brosseau: Letterer

The issue beings 6 years ago with the opening of the Old Gotham Bank when a bunch of thugs wearing very familiar Red masks break in and rob the place.  When the manager tries to stand up to them, on of the Red Hoods (Red Hood Five to be exact) knocks him out with his gun.  The Red Hood leader gives Red Hood Five, his gun since it looks like Red Hood Five’s gun is broken.  The leader then tells Red Hood Five to put the gun to in his mouth.  The Red Hood leader starts to tell Red Hood Five all the things he knows about the real Red Hood Five to know that this one is a fake.  Red Hood Five then fights all the other Red Hoods and makes his escape as the cops show up.

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Beware the Batman: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

Beware the Batman

Beware the Batman

Beware the Batman: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

 

The popular series Batman: The Brave and the Bold ended last year to make way for another incarnation of the Dark Knight in Beware the Batman (Batman: TBTB making light of this fact in its finale joking about making way for a more serious CGI series, but described Batgirl in place of Batman in this context). This time animated with computer-generated images like the new series Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware will see Glen Murakami return to bring the Caped Crusader to the small screen since his work on The Batman. Returning to a darker tone, gone will be familiar characters like Robin and the Joker to make way for a new sidekick in sword-wielding Katana and obscure anti-establishment anti-villain Anarky. It’s unknown if there’s any relation between this new series and a similar sounding comic book series about another hero based in Gotham City in Beware the Creeper. The new series will premier on Cartoon Network as part of the DC Nation block of programming alongside Young Justice in 2013.

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Batman #10 Review

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman #10 Cover

Batman #10 Cover

Batman #10 Review by Derf

Writer: Scott Snyder; Pencils: Greg Capullo; Inks: Jonathan Glapion; Colors: FCO Plascencia; Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy B; Cover: Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia; Variant cover: Rafael Albuquerque; Editor: Mike Marts; Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Batman created by Bob Kane

You thought the Night of Owls had some surprises; well the aftermath has its surprises too. In this issue, we find Batman trying to find the brains behind the brawn of the owls. Being the great detective that he is, he manages to put the pieces together. And when he does we are in for a shock, one of the targets was actually one of the talons.

I could not put this book down. Some of the revelations is this issue is guaranteed to change what you know about Batman’s past, present, and future. The writing in the Batman series since the beginning of the new 52 has been phenomenal! Scott Snyder is a brilliant writer and I am looking forward to see what happens in issue #11.
The writing is so good, I can actually see it being made into a screenplay for a Batman animated movie. The Batman titles have not let me down yet! Great Writing + Great Art = one damn good book!

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Top 10: Comic Book TV Series

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Age of TV Heroes by Alex Ross

Age of TV Heroes by Alex Ross

Top 10: Comic Book TV Series by Jerry Whitworth

 

Comic books being adapted for feature films are all the rage now but much of that has grown from exposure on the small screen over the last six decades. Heroes like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man have graced television sets across the world in that time only to be given bigger budgets and more notable actors to portray them for theaters. And while upcoming films like Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For are on the horizon, series like Arrow and Powers are also preparing runs on the small screen (with the third season of Walking Dead being filmed presently). Lets take a look now at the greatest live action television series to adapt comic book characters.

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Make It So: Batman: Arkham 3

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Batman Arkham Villains

Batman Arkham Villains

Make It So: Batman: Arkham 3 by Jerry Whitworth

 

Well, this is a fairly obvious entry for Make It So, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a wildly popular game and its sequel Batman: Arkham City completely blew it away so a third installment is more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if.’ In Arkham Asylum, the Joker has lured Batman to the title’s location where the villain has had the prisoners from Blackgate Penitentiary transferred to the institution and takes it over as his own personal funhouse. Therein, experiments have been done on Venom, the drug used by Bane to vastly increase his physical strength, which produced a more potent compound in Titan. Employing this new drug, the Joker tries to enact a final face-to-face confrontation with Batman only to fail. As Titan was imperfect and in its infancy, the side effects were unknown until Joker’s use of it, where it’s discovered using it means a death sentence.

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