July 02, 2014 | 2:01 p.m.
Bap! Boom! Pow! “Batman: The Complete Television Series” will arrive with a bang at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, with a panel featuring Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman, meow). The actors from the famed TV show that ran from 1966-1968 on Bat-channel ABC (and in syndication) will tease the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” due in November. The dynamic duo fought crime for 120 episodes, all of which will be available and fully remastered in DV. Here’s a preview video: The revival of the campy but celebrated TV program ties into the 75th-anniversary celebration of the DC comics superhero. Throughout the year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been feting the Caped Crusader with the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, a 25th-anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning 1989 “Batman” film, new animated releases and more. There are also more screen […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.
“Gotham” has been teasing fans with casting and posters and trailers, but now some will finally get to see a world premiere of how all of that dark imagery jells — at the one place that could possibly make or break the show: Comic-Con International. The chronicle of Det. James Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne set to air on Fox isn’t the only DC Comics-based show that will invade San Diego. A complete pilot for the CW’s “The Flash,” a glimpse at Season 3 of its network ally “Arrow” and footage from NBC’s “Constantine” will all be presented by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, during the pop-culture exposition. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make appearances throughout the night following the screenings. The three-hour event will bring together the shows for […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
You know Batman. But do you know Batmanga? In the 1960s, manga artist Jiro Kuwata pitted the Caped Crusader and Robin against a man who wouldn’t die and creatures variously extraterrestrial and mutated right here on Earth in comics for Japanese readers. The work wouldn’t be seen by an American audience until over four decades later, and not in full until now. “Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga,” translated into English and unabridged, rolls out as a weekly DC Comics Digital First series beginning Saturday, and the entire, 1,000-plus-page run will get a print release later this year across three paperback volumes. It is the first complete collection of Kuwata’s Batman comics outside of Japan. Both the digital and print presentations will preserve the Japanese sequence of panels’ original right-to-left reading order. Digital chapter releases will vary in length from 15 […]
June 26, 2014 | 4:10 p.m.
What does it feel like to flip on the Bat-signal? Or stand toe-to-toe with Christian Bale’s Batsuit? And what does Bane’s bomb from “The Dark Knight Rises” look like up close? Bat-fans can find answers to these questions and more at “The Batman Exhibit,” a new installation that opened Thursday on the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour in Burbank as part of the ongoing celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in Tim Burton’s 1992 film “Batman Returns,” was on hand to turn on the Bat-signal and kick off the festivities. The exhibit features suits and cowls worn in all seven of the Caped Crusader’s live-action cinematic forays with Warner Bros. and the costumes of classic characters from the Batman universe, including Robin, the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl […]
June 23, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 12-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 11 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 32. If Bruce Wayne were normal, what hope would Gotham have? In last month’s “Batman” No. 31, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo wove together two tales of the hero at different points in his young life — as a high school student and in his early days as Batman — in which he was tested by an authority figure and responded in a way no one normal would. Where the teenage Bruce is working through his childhood trauma […]
June 18, 2014 | 12:40 p.m.
In Batman’s 75th anniversary year, the 1966-68 TV camp classic “Batman” is having a BOFF!-o 48th. The beloved (and sometimes bemoaned) show has an ongoing “Batman ’66” comic book series, will enjoy its first home video release later this year, and is the subject of the above limited-edition, Comic-Con-exclusive, 21-color, hand-pulled silk-screen serigraph by Shag. The Southern California-based artist, a.k.a. Josh Agle, born in 1962, is of the first generation that saw Adam West’s Batman and Burt Ward’s Robin SMASH! and POW! the likes of Cesar Romero’s Joker and Frank Gorshin’s Riddler. His artwork, “Batman Battle Royale,” also includes the less-well-known villains King Tut, played in the series by Victor Buono, and Egghead, who was brought to life by Vincent Price. Shag has had work exhibited in museums including the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, the Andy Warhol Museum […]
June 05, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
To honor the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut, DC is offering a new special edition take on “Detective Comics” No. 27 — the 1939 issue were it all began. Hero Complex readers can check out the cover of the issue, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by bestselling author Brad Meltzer, as well as a special timeline poster that illustrates some of the most significant milestones in Batman’s storied history. Check them out in the gallery above or by clicking on the links to the larger images below. COVER | TIMELINE POSTER The free “Detective Comics” No. 27 also includes a far-future-set story written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Sean Murphy, and cover art by Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia with the front of the 1939 original in the background. Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch modernize that historic […]
June 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Has it really been 75 years since Gotham first saw the Bat? Seventy-five years of vengeance, brooding detective work and campy shark fights? Three-quarters of a century of iconic introductions, gritty reboots and the ongoing vigil that Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s most iconic creation keeps over his city. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. (We’re still wrapping our minds around the fact that it’s been 25 years since Michael Keaton put on the cape and cowl.) Ever since Gotham’s winged creature of the night swooped down and cracked “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” the world — from the DC Universe to our own — has never been the same. Although Superman made his debut a year earlier, Batman represented something truly new for comic readers. A tortured soul, a man driven by revenge yet committed to principles. […]
June 03, 2014 | 12:27 p.m.
Batman is getting a next-gen makeover — and so is the Batmobile. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment unveiled the first footage of the Batmobile from Rocksteady Studios‘ “Batman: Arkham Knight,” which had been set for release later this year but is now due for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2015. The follow-up to 2009’s “Arkham Asylum” and 2011’s “Arkham City,” “Arkham Knight” is set one year after the conclusion of “Arkham City” and will offer players a chance to lead the Dark Knight on a mission through Gotham and take on the Scarecrow, who has united with a familiar crew of rogue’s gallery regulars. Judging by the cast list — and a brief shot in the trailer — it appears that featured villains will include the Riddler, the Penguin and Two-Face. Watch a clip of […]
May 30, 2014 | 3:26 p.m.
Actor Josh Brolin is joining the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” giving voice to the villain Thanos in the cosmic adventure from writer-director James Gunn. Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows roguish antihero Peter Quill (played by a pumped-up Chris Pratt) on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after he comes into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes a gun-toting creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper; Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora; Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and the tree-like humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel. The Guardians first appeared in “Marvel Super-Heroes” No. 18 in 1969, and in the early 1990s, the team headlined its own comic series that ran for 62 issues. But for the new movie, Gunn took […]