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 […]
May 26, 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 10 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 31. The Riddler is playing high-stakes games with Gotham City, and he’s winning. But Batman, just recovered from injuries sustained when Edward Nygma took over the city, is preparing to rise to the challenge, even with just a T-shirt instead of his normal Batsuit for protection. Indeed, he was seen with a cowl and street clothes at the end of “Batman” No. 30. “This is Bruce ready for war,” writer Scott Snyder said. “He doesn’t even need a costume. He […]
May 21, 2014 | 12:44 p.m.
Warner Bros. has announced the title for the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel that will bring together Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It has a certain je ne sais quoi, no? Set for release on May 6, 2016, the follow-up will be directed by Zack Snyder, with Henry Cavill reprising his “Man of Steel” role as Superman. Ben Affleck takes over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portrays Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the film, which will lead in to a planned “Justice League” movie that Snyder also will direct. Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed which characters will appear in the “Justice League” film, though Holly Hunter will appear in a role newly created for the vehicle. Other notables include Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, all reprising their roles from “Man of Steel.” Last week, Snyder released the first […]
May 20, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.
Long before superhero teams became a box-office staple, there was Batman and the Green Hornet. When the two heroes, along with their respective sidekicks Robin and Kato, teamed up in the second season of the “Batman” television series in the two-part episode “A Piece of the Action” and “Batman’s Satisfaction,” it marked the first time two masked avengers had joined forces on screen. To commemorate the landmark moment, DC is launching “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet,” a 12-part series premiering in digital form this week. Batman super-fans director Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman (“The Joe Schmo Show,” “Family Guy”) were tapped to pen the tale. Smith is no stranger to crafting a Batman story, having worked on the limited series “Batman: Cacophony,” which ran from 2008 to 2009 and the six-issue mini-series “The Widening Gyre” in 2010. He and […]
May 18, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Geoff Johns has always had big plans for Lex Luthor. When the “Forever Evil” story line, the first universe-wide event in DC Comics since Johns’ “Flashpoint” reset reality and launched the New 52 more than two years ago, began last year, he spoke with Hero Complex about his interest in Superman’s longtime nemesis. “For me, Luthor has always been about being humanity’s hero. I think the arrival of superheroes really destroyed everything he had planned out for his life and his eventual role in the world. And this is a chance to take it back.” So far, the events of the “Forever Evil” series, which sees the Crime Syndicate devastating the League and the world, have slowly laid the foundation for that vision. In “Justice League” No. 30, it appears that Lex Luthor is finally ready to lead. Hero Complex […]