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. […]
May 29, 2014 | 4:33 p.m.
In just over a year, Charles Soule has become one of the comic book industry’s most prolific writers, and it’s all thanks to the law. If Soule hadn’t gone to Columbia University for law school, he would probably be touring with a band, or serving as an ambassador to China. “I had always thought that I would do something that was connected to music as a career, or possibly Chinese, which was my major,” said Soule. “When I got into Columbia, which is such a fantastic school that it seemed idiotic not to go, it occurred to me while I was there that it would be difficult to be a practicing attorney and just tell the lawyers at the firm, ‘Oh, you know, I’m gonna bail. Go play a gig for half the hour.’ Any of the things that were […]
May 27, 2014 | 12:42 p.m.
Lego Batman fans: Ready for an all-new challenge? This fall “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” hits stores. A new trailer for the game was unveiled Tuesday. Check it out below. Clearly, the “Beyond Gotham” in the title is an understatement — in this installment of Batman’s Lego adventures, the Caped Crusader travels to space, realizing that he will need to team up with the Justice League and, believe it or not, the Legion of Doom to stop Brainiac. The villain is armed with the power of the Lantern Rings and ready to create universal chaos. With this third edition, the “Lego Batman” franchise has received a major expansion in player options and choices. As with previous versions, it stars the Dynamic Duo, but now players will also have 150 characters from the DC Comics universe to choose from, including familiar […]
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 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in the first full trailer for the new CW series. The five-minute clip, released Thursday, reveals a closer look at Gustin’s take on the superhero for the network’s upcoming comic-book series “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. Gustin’s red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. Check it out below. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on the CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared […]
May 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Superheroes are descending on Star City to mourn a comrade. “Futures End” No. 2, out Wednesday, follows the shocking death of Green Arrow in the DC weekly series’ previous issue with the late Oliver Queen’s Justice League United teammate Animal Man delivering a touching eulogy. Hero Complex readers can get an early look at what Buddy Baker has to say about his fallen friend in the gallery above or via the links below. The issue is written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire, with art by Jesus Merino and Dan Green. “Futures End” No. 2: Page 6 | Pages 7-8 | Page 9 | Page 10 One thing to keep in mind: These events are five years ahead, in one possible future — one that a further-future Batman has traveled back in time to stop. Bruce […]
May 05, 2014 | 6:28 p.m.
“I love this city, and I see it going to Hell.” Those are the first words uttered by Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective at the center of Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” in a new teaser for the show. The clip debuted Monday during the first episode of the network’s thriller “24: Live Another Day.” Based on the origins of the 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 McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.” Other key characters from “Batman” lore are also set to appear on the new show, including Selina Kyle, the unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman (Camren Bicondova); tough ex-marine […]
May 05, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Murder has come to Bruce Wayne’s doorstep. The shocking conclusion to last month’s “Detective Comics” No. 30 showed Elena Aguila, a social activist the billionaire had recently agreed to team with, collapsing on the welcome mat of Wayne Manor as she seemed to catch on fire from inside her body. The title’s new creative team – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato – wasted no time in setting up a potentially complex mystery in their “Detective” debut. Wayne and Aguila’s deal, which would erect free medical clinics, drug abuse treatment facilities and education centers instead of commercial development on his property along Gotham City’s troubled East End waterfront, has rankled some people in high places: Congressman Sam Young was seen questioning the decision on TV (and answering to some shady characters in private). Also, a drug called Icarus has taken hold […]
May 02, 2014 | 12:24 p.m.
Warner Bros. confirmed earlier this week that “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder will, in fact, unite the heroes of the Justice League for a feature film after his follow-up to the 2013 Superman movie arrives in theaters in 2016. The question is, which heroes will be featured in the cast? The collection of the World’s Greatest Superheros, originally known as the Justice Society of America, made their 1940 debut in “All Star Comics” No. 3. In 1960, the group was revived under the League moniker and received its own title, featuring the classic seven-member incarnation of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. PHOTOS: Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” cast Since then, the group has had more than 100 members, including one-shot inclusions and heroes with multiple alter egos. When it comes to Snyder’s […]
May 02, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.
Free Comic Book Day arrives Saturday, with more than 2,000 participating comic book shops readying their annual blowout of gratis titles and in-store appearances across the country. Marvel’s planning to release a complimentary issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy” that will tease to a game-changing event for Spider-Man, while DC is launching a new series with “The New 52: Futures End” No. 0, which marks Batman Beyond’s debut in the New 52 universe. (The series will continue its weekly run with issue No. 1 set to hit stands Wednesday.) In all, more than 60 titles will be made available at no cost: among them, Dark Horse will release a complimentary issue of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Archie Comics will offer “Archie Digest” No. 1, which features a new introduction to the Riverdale gang; and IDW will offer a free issue […]