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April 20, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

WonderCon: Batman 75 celebration has Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Kevin Smith

In 75 years of stories, Batman’s greatest obstacle has always been his humanity, Kevin Smith told an applauding capacity crowd in a Bat-cavernous space Saturday at WonderCon. “That’s the only thing that stops him,” the filmmaker said, “and you see the frustration as he’s portrayed throughout every medium…. It’s only when he hits the ceiling of his humanity that he can possibly be stopped. And, as we’ve seen, even then sometimes he overcomes it.” Smith, who hosts the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, was joined on the Batman 75 celebration panel by his “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” comic co-writer Ralph Garman, superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee (“Batman: Hush,” “All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder”), essential Caped Crusader animator Bruce Timm (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”), longtime popular Bat-voice actor Kevin Conroy […]
April 18, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.

WonderCon: Francis Manapul talks Batman and Harvey Bullock

Cover art for "Detective Comics" No. 30, out now. (DC Entertainment)
Batman has long been able to count on help from Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But the same can’t be said for the hero’s relationship with Det. Harvey Bullock. The gruff homicide investigation veteran is as much a lead character in current and upcoming issues of “Detective Comics” as the Dark Knight, the DC series’ new writer-artist, Francis Manapul, told the crowd at the Batman comics panel Friday at WonderCon. “The great thing about Harvey Bullock is he ain’t giving him nothing,” Manapul said. The two will be tracking the same killer but getting in each other’s way, and Batman will ask Bullock, “What’s more important — you wanting to win, or solving this crime?” he added. He and his co-writer, Brian Buccellato, debuted on the series with this month’s No. 30 after a well-regarded run on “The Flash.” On […]
April 16, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Robin Rises’: Peter J. Tomasi on one-shot, ‘Batman and Robin’ 33

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Fans of the late Damian Wayne may be excited at the title “Robin Rises: Omega” and the restoration of a familiar sidekick name to “Batman and …,” but writer Peter J. Tomasi isn’t yet saying who the Robin in the July stories will be. The tough-to-tame Damian — who was Bruce Wayne’s son, the most recent Robin and maybe the most dangerous 10-year-old in the DC Universe — died in battle in the early 2013 release “Batman Inc.” No. 8. Since then, his father has been seen trying to figure out a way to revive him — and trying to recover his body from the boy’s villainous grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul, who’s stolen it and daughter Talia al Ghul’s — in the pages of”Batman and …,” which has featured a variety of team-ups (most recently Aquaman) since Damian’s demise. “Robin […]
April 14, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Batman: Zero Year’ 30: Scott Snyder talks ‘Savage City,’ Crime Alley

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“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 9 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 30. Batman is defeated, presumed dead. And the Riddler has the run of a transformed Gotham City. Welcome to “Savage City,” the final arc of “Zero Year,” which writer Scott Snyder says is “where the biggest, most fun and craziest elements of the story begin.” Where the “Secret City” and “Dark City” segments re-envisioned the classic elements of Batman’s origin story, the third part is what the Eisner Award winner says is the reward for readers letting the “Batman” team […]
April 11, 2014 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Batman Eternal’ 2 preview: Jim Gordon in shackles, Gotham reacts

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Jim Gordon in jail? Say it ain’t so. Unfortunately, that’s precisely where Gotham’s police commissioner finds himself after the dramatic events of “Batman Eternal” No. 1. In that issue, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV introduced Detroit cop Jason Bard to the GCPD and put Gordon on a side of the law that readers had never seen before. Now with issue No. 2 they’re looking to explore the fallout inside the city as Gordon stands accused of causing a train wreck that killed an untold number of Gotham citizens. Particularly heartbreaking is the response of daughter Barbara, in Batgirl costume at the time, whose shock is exquisitely rendered by artist Jason Fabok. But who is that shadowy figure showing up at Mayor Sebastian Hady’s door? Answers will arrive with the issue’s release next week. But for now, Hero Complex readers […]
April 07, 2014 | 10:14 a.m.

‘Captain America 3′ to open May 6, 2016, opposite ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

Mark your calendars. The release date showdown between Captain America and Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman is now official — Marvel has confirmed that its follow-up to the box office smash “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will open May 6, 2016, the same date staked out by Warner Bros. for its “Man of Steel” sequel. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” soared to a domestic box office record of $96.2 million in its opening this weekend, making it the best-ever April debut of a movie. The latest in an unbroken chain of big screen successes for comic book movie powerhouse Marvel, the sequel, generated just more than $207 million in its first 10 days overseas. The follow-up to 2013′s “Man of Steel,” which will pair Henry Cavill’s Superman with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, is also set to […]
April 04, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

‘Batman: Death of the Family’: Joker mask paired with Vol. 3 release

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Scrambling for that perfect way to commemorate Batman’s 75th anniversary? What about wearing the Joker’s face? DC announced Friday its fall release plans for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s “Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family,” which collects “Batman” issues No. 13-17 and will come paired with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of the Joker, complete with sewn-on hair and a white elastic band. The mask is a homage to the original cover of “Death of the Family,” which depicted the skinless face of the Joker, removed at the behest of the Clown Prince of Crime by Dollmaker as a symbol of his rebirth. PHOTOS: The Joker through the years The “Death of the Family” series was lauded as a jolt of life for the Batman universe and responsible for creating a new chapter in the Joker […]
March 28, 2014 | 5:07 p.m.

‘Batman’ TV show creator Lorenzo Semple Jr. dies at 91

For many Batfans, Adam West was the iconic Caped Crusader. West and Robin actor Burt Ward played the crimefighting duo in "Batman," a television series that ran from 1966 to 1968. The show, which earned three Emmy nominations, also spawned a movie, marking the first time the DC hero got his own feature-length film. (20th Century Fox)
Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the classic Adam West-starring “Batman” television series, has died. The prolific screenwriter served as scribe for scores of films and TV series, including Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 “King Kong,” the Warren Beatty-starring thriller “The Parallax View,” Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor,” the 1980 cult darling “Flash Gordon” and the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again,” among other projects. Semple died Friday at his home in Brentwood of natural causes. Born March 27, 1923, Semple celebrated his 91st birthday Thursday. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce; daughters Maria and Johanna; son Lorenzo; and six grandchildren. In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex contributor Susan King, Semple recalled being approached by producer William Dozier to develop an ABC television series based on the “Batman” comic book. “I got a cable […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:44 a.m.

‘Gotham’ posters: Jim Gordon, Catwoman, Alfred, Penguin in costume

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Five iconic Batman characters have received their own posters for Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” based on the origins of Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon. The Batman prequel series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome,” and stars Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective. The new posters, released this week via social media, feature McKenzie and four other key characters, including Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman, portrayed by Camren Bicondova; tough ex-marine and Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth, played by Sean Pertwee; Oswald Cobblepot, an orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor; and Gordon’s partner and mentor Det. […]
March 27, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Batman 75th anniversary: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-logo, Bat-plans

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Sunday will mark 75 years since Batman first appeared in “Detective Comics” No. 27, and if you thought DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. were going to let that go unmarked, then you’re crazy enough for Arkham Asylum. Today marks the beginning of brawling billionaire Bruce Wayne’s yearlong diamond jubilee, with the launch of the anniversary celebration’s online hub, www.Batman75.com, and the release of a commemorative logo that will feature on many DC comics and Warner Bros. products. And, Gothamites, July 23 is Batman Day: There will be celebrations at comic shops, bookstores and libraries, complete with a free Caped Crusader comic special to the occasion. The months ahead also bring the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, the first-ever home video release of the ’60s “Batman” television series starring Adam West, convention events, a 25th anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s […]
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