Comic Book Movies, Comic Books

Batwing Confirmed for “Dark Knight Rises”

Hell. yes.
Click the links below for the scoop.

Does anyone else think Chris Nolan is the “paparazzi” taking these videos and pictures from the sets? He does have a propensity to break the mold with marketing campaigns. Just sayin’.

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Comic Book Movies, Comic Books

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman Revealed!

Good morning! As a Chris Nolan fan and a Batman lover, I am excited to announce the release of a first look of Anne Hathaway in full Catwoman garb from The Dark Knight Rises website. She appears to be riding Batman’s BatBike from The Dark Knight. What do you guys think? I think she looks pretty awesome in terms of the costume, but I’m disappointed her hair isn’t black, and well… to be honest I’m still up in the air about Anne Hathaway in the role. But, I have to put my faith in Chris Nolan – I wasn’t too sure about Heath Ledger as the Joker, either, and that turned out to be perfection. Anyway, the picture is below. Let me know what you think – enjoy! The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Michael Cane, and Gary Oldman, and it set to be released in Summer 2012.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, copyright Warner Bros.

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Comic Books, Random and Miscellaneous

How Batgirl took on DC Comics: the anatomy of a PR crisis

Sorry about the lack of posts, everybody! I’ve been so busy that I’ve had to take a writing hiatus. But not to to fret – I will be back. In the meantime, io9.com has a great article on a sort of “PR crisis” during a Q&A panel with DC Comics at this year’s Comic-Con. The hubbub started when a Batgirl-clad woman asked why DC doesn’t employ more women. The question ignited a firestorm that no one, especially Batgirl, could have predicted. Read the story at the link.

How Batgirl took on DC Comics: the anatomy of a PR crisis.

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Comic Book Movies, Comic Books

San Diego Comic Con!

Hey fellow readers and bloggers! San Diego Comic Con kicks off today. I owe you some info, but I’m swamped at work. I also have an article about the space shuttle landing in the wings. For now, stay tuned to the twitter feed —-> which will be streaming from SD Comic Con Expert. You can also follow the hashtag #SDCC. Just like E3, I hope to bring you some of the biggest announcements. This just in – Comic Con 2012 is already SOLD OUT. Seriously. For more San Diego Comic Con info, go to the main website, Comic-Con.org.

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Comic Book Movies

First Look: Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

Earlier tonight, Warner Bros. released online the first teaser poster for Summer 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, staring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway. View the poster below. It seems that Gotham City is crumbling, yet something is rising from below, taking the damage head on…

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Comic Books

X-Men The Animated Series Now on Netflix!

After putting my daughter to bed this evening, I sat down to see what crap I could watch on Netflix for the thousandth time. Earlier today I discovered they pulled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles from the instant queue, which was a huge bummer, as I was in the middle of season 2 for the second time. So, tonight I figured I would just plunk on a movie I’ve seen a thousand times when to my absolute delight, under “New TV Shows”, I spotted the 1992 animated series X-Men. This might not be a huge deal to many of you, but to me it was so exciting that I actually screamed with delight, and jumped up and down in my living room. Catchy cliches such as, “Storm, Mistress of the Elements, commands you to release that child!” and “I go where I wanna go”… all mine?!

Now, I know they released the series on DVD a while back. But having a 2-year-old in a tough economy prevents me from enjoying certain luxuries such as DVDs, especially box sets. Netflix has been a wonderful (and affordable) treat that has completely replaced cable, but quality new releases are hard to come by sometimes. X-Men holds particular significance for me – it marks my introduction into superheroes, and comic books. As a 9-year-old, this cartoon (along with Batman: The Animated Series, and the Tick) not only inspired me to buy the new X-Men comic series (penciled by Jim Lee), but also showed me how awesome strong women are. Rogue, Storm, Jean Grey (Phoenix) and Jubilee were all main characters, but the first season featured a female president – and this was back in 1992 when strong, smart women were often criticized for being successful in a man’s world. As strange as it may sound, X-Men became the reason why nerdy stuff became cool to me, and why it never mattered to me that I was a girl who thought nerdy stuff was cool.

Thank you, Netflix. You may have stolen T:SCC back for your vault, but at least you replaced it with something equally as awesome.

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Comic Books

52 First Issues Coming to DC Comics in September

If you keep up with the comic book world, you may have heard that DC Comics is launching a complete restart and reboot of their most popular comics – 52 first issues are due to come out in September. This is a risky move, and it seems obvious to me that DC is looking to breathe some fresh life into their creations. The storylines will begin with the conclusion of this summer’s event, “Flashpoint” – and as most comic “events” go, (“Age of Apocalypse”, “House of M”) this will be due to some universe-ending-destiny-changing-mystical-force. Titles like “Detective Comics”, “Justice League”, “Catwoman”, “Wonder Woman”, and “Superman” will begin at #1, some with completely new backstories: Superman is rumored to be “shacked up” with Wonder Woman, and in “Flashpoint” it is revealed that Thomas Wayne is Batman because Bruce died instead of him in this alternate reality. It’s all very confusing, as most events to a comic timeline usually are.

Expect plenty of female leads as well. Catwoman returns with a new #1 issue, Birds of Prey gets rebooted, and Harley Quinn is the front-woman for the Suicide Squad. One title I’m personally surprised and very intrigued about is the new “Batgirl” comic. DC has placed Barbara Gordon back into her old Batgirl costume, which is a HUGE departure from the Batman universe continuity. Back in 1988, Barbara was shot and paralyzed by the Joker in Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke”. She then assumed the role of Oracle, helping Batman from her hideout while confined to a wheelchair. I think it is safe to say, by the Adam Hughes cover to the left, that Barbara is no longer in a wheelchair. Here’s what DC says about this new series:

Yes, it’s really happening!
Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!

It’s unclear how many titles will last for more than a couple of months, but odds are that with 52 issues, they are bound to hit the bullseye on at least a few. For your viewing pleasure, I have provided a slideshow of my favorite upcoming covers. For all the covers and brief descriptions of all 52 titles, head over to the DC Comics blog.

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