July 08, 2014 | 1:40 p.m.
The man who redefined Batman is coming to Comic-Con. Frank Miller, who wrote and penciled 1986’s game-changing Batman miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns” (along with “Sin City” and “300,” among many others), will be appearing at a panel chock-full of Bat-artists and scribes, including Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, the current “Batman” creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. announced the panel “Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight,” which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, as part of DC Entertainment’s Comic-Con plans to celebrate the Caped Crusader’s diamond jubilee. In “The Dark Knight Returns,” Miller re-introduced Bruce Wayne as an aging, gritty and embittered hero sparring with Superman and taking on the Joker in a climactic battle for the soul of […]
April 29, 2014 | 3:39 p.m.
Until now, “Detective Comics” No. 27, which introduced Batman to the world, has been one of the most coveted and highly priced comic books in the world. One copy sold for $1,075,000 at a 2010 auction — meaning you basically had to be Bruce Wayne to afford it. That’s about to change. In honor of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC will offer a free, special edition of “Detective Comics” No. 27, featuring a re-imagining of the Caped Crusader’s 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by bestselling author Brad Meltzer. It’s all part of the festivities surrounding DC Comics’ Batman Day, which is set for Wednesday, July 23. In addition to the Kidd-Meltzer take on the original Batman story — which saw the “Bat-Man” tasked with trying to crack the case of the chemical syndicate — comic […]
April 04, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.
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 […]
July 20, 2013 | 2:26 p.m.
Why does Bruce Wayne love Gotham City, “Batman” writer Scott Snyder asked a packed room during the “Zero Year” panel Saturday morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “His parents were killed there, he doesn’t live there. Why would he protect it? His answer: “He loves it because he knows it’s the greatest antagonist in the world, and if you stay there it will burn you down and build you back up. If you can survive that, you will come out the greatest pinnacle of human achievement and the hero you know in your heart that you could become.” He and artist Greg Capullo – who have teamed on the bestselling “Batman” since DC’s New 52 continuity reboot began in the fall of 2011 – talked about their thinking in telling a new version of the Caped Crusader’s origin story […]
March 11, 2013 | 12:40 p.m.
Batman comic fans will find out how Bruce Wayne built the Batcave in “Batman: The Zero Year,” a new origin story to be released this June. The 11-issue arc, to be written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, is meant to explain the beginnings of the New 52 version of the Caped Crusader, DC Comics announced Monday. Several key elements, such as the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, will stay the same, Snyder told the Associated Press, adding that the new arc “builds up the mythology.” “We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact,” he said. “It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his […]
Oct. 10, 2012 | 1:46 p.m.
The Joker is wreaking havoc in his first major story line since DC’s relaunch, and “Batman” writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have horrifying plans for Gotham’s most twisted villain. “Batman” No. 13, the first installment in the new “Death of the Family” arc, is out today, revealing the smiling psychopath as a calculating villain who has been quietly plotting revenge on the Caped Crusader and his closest allies for a year. The story will cross over into multiple Bat-family series, including “Catwoman,” “Batgirl,” “Nightwing” and “Red Hood & the Outlaws.” The first issue includes several nods to “A Death in the Family,” the infamous 1988-89 story line in which readers voted to kill off the new Robin, Jason Todd, and the Joker beat him to death with a crowbar. Hero Complex caught up with Snyder and Capullo to […]