Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adam West & Burt Ward To Voice Batman & Robin In 90 Minute Animated Film!





This one will be coming out in 2016 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration...details coming soon!

LOG Exclusive Look: Convergence: Detective Comics #1 Pages!

 
Legions Of Gotham has teamed with Dc Comics to bring you the exclusive reveal of 2 character pages that contain art and give a brief historical synopsis of the Justice Society, Robin and Huntress—and will be running in CONVERGENCE: DETECTIVE COMICS #1 written by Brian Buccellato with art by Phil Winslade on sale April 29.  Enjoy!



Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Cast as Killer Croc in Suicide Squad Movie!


You may remember Adewale from LOST or the Mummy Returns.  We have word he will be Killer Croc in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, which will no doubt be epic with villains like Croc, Joker and Harley Quinn!  


We could see a Croc very similar to the comic book Azarello/Bermejo Croc (see pic above).  The film is due out in Summer of 2016!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Arkham Knight Release Delayed - New Gameplay Video!



From Rocksteady: Batman: Arkham Knight will now launch worldwide on June 23, 2015. We're a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it's going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy. As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video of Batman: Arkham Knight. 

Op-Ed: Why the Batgirl Cover Should Have Been Cancelled!

 Op-Ed: Why the Batgirl Cover Should Have Been Cancelled!
by Matt MacNabb


In recent weeks a controversy has arisen in the comic book fan community over a variant cover to Batgirl #41 that pays homage to the dark 1988 Batman one-shot, The Killing Joke. The story has been picked up by national media outlets and some may be wondering why this is such a big deal. The idea that this is an issue of censorship has been thrown around, as has a huge movement by the predominantly male comic book community for Dc Comics to release the cover as scheduled. The request to not release this cover came directly from the artist, Rafael Albuquerque.  We aren't talking about censorship here, or freedom of speech.  Niether of those qualify in this instance.  You have a private company that opted not to release a cover that they commissioned to be created, based on sensitivity to the public.  It has been incorrectly mentioned in the media that death threats were going around, but just to be clear, those threats were against those objecting to the cover.  The fact that Dc Comics agreed to not release this cover is a good thing, and here's why.  

I know, I know a lot of comic book fans are already mad at the notion that this cover isn't appropriate for release, but hear me out. The Killing Joke is a book that was edgy and dark and was released at a time when something like that is what young comic book fans were craving. It was the first exposure a lot of us got to a darker world for Batman. It was the summer of '88. I was was helping my grandmother with her garage sale, when I met a boy my age in the neighborhood and I went over to his house to play. This brief encounter introduced me to two things. Firstly, he showed me to his cassette for the band Green Jelly, which I did not care for. He made me listen to it anyway. The one saving grace to the afternoon was that he had sitting on his bedside table a copy of Batman: The Kiling Joke. He told me I could read it while we were sitting around, and I couldn't have dug into the story faster. 

 

The Killing Joke was the first adult-themed comic book that I had gotten my little mits on and boy did it leave an impression on me. This book featured a tale so dark, so extreme for the time and my age that I will never forget it. The book spends some time giving us an origin story for the Joker, something I had never read to that point in my life. We were woven the tale of a failed, desperate comedian and his pregnant wife. He gets in too deep with some criminal types and bad things happen. This part of the story is a nod to the earlier 1951 Detective Comics #168, "The Man Behind the Red Hood". The story goes on to show the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, and Batgirl herself, Barbara Gordon answer her door to the Clown Prince of Crime, who was adorned with a camera, hat and a hawaiian shirt. He immediately shoots her in the stomach, paralyzing her. We are then shown him undressing her and later learn that he has snapped photographs of her in some compromised state. This is where the story gets a bit fuzzy. 

 

There is a lot of intense debate amongst fans about whether the Joker simply injures and humiliates her or if he actually sexually assaults her. On one hand it wouldn't be beyond author Alan Moore to infer this, as he did feature rape in his 1986 comic book series The Watchmen. Oh, and again in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (yes, the one they made the movie off of) volumes I and II AND the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1969, AND AGAIN in Miracle Man AND again in Lost Girls AND the near rape of Evie in V for Vendetta (yes, again the one they made a movie off of!). Alan Moore is no doubt marketable as a writer, his stories take off in the mainstream, which he often comments about loathing, but he clearly has a theme of rape in his work.

Grant Morrison, a current big name writer at Dc Comics told Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt in a 2011 interview that "I was reading some Alan Moore Marvelman for some reason today. I found one in the back there and I couldn't believe. I pick it up and there are fucking two rapes in it and I suddenly think how many times has somebody been raped in an Alan Moore story? And I couldn't find a single one where someone wasn't raped except for Tom Strong, which I believe was a pastiche. We know Alan Moore isn't a misogynist but fuck, he's obsessed with rape. I managed to do thirty years in comics without any rape!" Well said Grant.

On the other hand, many will assert that she was not raped, simply paralized, stripped, photographed and humiliated. Oh, and her father was also stripped naked and forced to view the photos. Well, thats a relief! The Joker isn't typically a sexualized character, but the fact is that rape isn't a crime of sex, but rather one of power and control.  Batman, who has remained basically emotionless to the pain of his dear friends throughout the story, corners the Joker in an alleyway and beats the tar out of him. We're left with a bloody Joker and Batman standing together in the rain. The Joker tells him a joke and begins to laugh. Then, out of nowhere Batman himself begins to laugh and the two share a good laugh before the Joker is assumably carted away again to Arkham Asylum. To say that I found this scene disturbing is an understatement. Not only is the Joker a murderer of tons of innocents, but he does that to Barbara and James Gordon and the Batman shares a laugh with him? This shows that perhaps the Batman feels some sort of twisted connection to the Joker, even more so than the Gordons. Two people, their veiled personas born from misery. They know death, they know torment, but they deal with it in very different ways. This isn't the way their relationship is always portrayed, but this specific instance was certainly jarring.something more had happened in that scene. I remember looking up and thinking "Oh, holy shit did the Joker just rape Batgirl?!...and Batman doesn't even care!"

This leads me to the core of my real issue with this story. I believe in comic books as not only an art form and amazing story telling medium, but also one that can reflect the issues and dramas of real-life, hopefully to teach us all something in the process. That being said, a story about key character going through something like rape would have been a wonderful chance to teach the young male readers that this wasn't an assault that could be stood for. We could have been taught that rape was a horror that no person should have to endure. Certainly the move also moved the profile of the Joker up and made him the ultimate feind! Unfortunately, that wasn't the moral of this story. Batman just didn't care. Bruce Wayne watched his parents gunned down before his very eyes, an act that would have torn his feeling of security away as a child. It would have taken his safety and his power, something he had to go to the lengths of becoming the Batman to get back! This is what can happen to a woman when she is sexually assulated to, so you'd think of all people the Batman would understand. Does Batman come to the aid of Barbara and Jim? No. Does Batman finally cross the line and end the Joker's life? No. 

 

The end of the story gives us Batman, who has remained basically emotionless to the pain of his dear friends throughout the story, cornering the Joker in an alleyway. Granted, he does beat the tar out of him, but a brief roughing up is all the Joker is going to get for paralyzing and sexually assaulting any woman, much less his partner and daughter of a dear friend. We're left with a bloody Joker and Batman standing together in the rain.  Batman offers to help him...HELP him.  Then, the Joker tells Batman a joke and begins to laugh. Then, out of nowhere Batman himself begins to chuckle and the two share a good laugh before the Joker is assumably carted away again to Arkham Asylum by the police. To say that I found this scene disturbing is an understatement. Not only is the Joker a murderer of tons of innocents, but he does that to Barbara and James Gordon and the Batman shares a laugh with him? This is where it all went south. The Batman, full of rage, should have shown no mercy or tolerance to the Joker in this instance. I'm supposed to see this man as a hero and I'm sorry, but as a son, brother, husband and father I just can't fathom this reaction.



Now, this new variant cover showcases a helpless Batgirl with the Joker painting a smile on her face in blood, while wearing his outfit from the Killing Joke. The Killing Joke is not a classic, its not a story to be revered. Its a huge festering sore on the history of Batman, a blight that should be erased, certainly not homaged. Bravo to Dc Comics for sticking up for women. After all, when Alan Moore wanted to cripple Barbara back in the 1980s the editorial decision handed down was "cripple the bitch". Hopefully moves like this will show misogynists everywhere that some of us love women, and I believe that the real Batman I know and love would too.  I would ask those that object to this move to go back and with a clear mind re-read this story and really analyze if this is the reaction you want from your Batman and if this story should still hold up as a classic amongst Batman fans.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Top 5 Coolest Animated Incarnations of Mr. Freeze!

    The Top 5 Coolest Animated Incarnations of Mr. Freeze!
by Matt MacNabb

    Mr. Freeze is one of the most enigmatic and emotional villains in the Batman's rogues gallery.  Orginally dubbed 'Mr. Zero' when he was first introduced to comic book fans back in 1959.  His appearances on the 1966 Batman television show altered his name forever to Mr. Freeze!   The real birth of this once one-dimensional character, however, came in the Batman cartoons.   Legions of Gotham will now countdown the top five animated appearances of the tragic Dr. Victor Fries!



5. Young Justice
    The Young Justice cartoon ended too quickly after just two seasons, but Batman fans were treated to a few appearances by the king of cold before it was done!  Mr. Freeze  appeared in three episodes of the popular series, voiced by Keith Szarabajka.   This beefed up older version of Freeze was captured by Batman and Robin and transported back to Arkham Asylum, and later transfered to Belle Reve Penitentiary after being declared legally sane.   It was in prison where Freeze managed to cause more trouble by helping to organize a mass breakout
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4. Future Freeze
    We got a rare animated peek into the future in the season four episode of 'The Batman', titled Artifacts.   We're transported a thousand years into the future of Gotham City and Mr. Freeze has managed to emerge and it terrorizing the citizens of the future!  The police are desperately trying to comb through the archives they can find in the old rubble of the Batcave to see how Batman last defeated his foe, since any trace of the Batman legacy is long dead.  We get a cool flashback scene to 2027 where we see Batman facing this cool future freeze.   Freeze has now been reduced to a torso with robot legs and is in a giant super-mech suit.  The voice duties are still being performed by The Batman's Clancy Brown.



3. The New Batman Adventures
    When Batman: the Animated Series got its design overall to become The New Batman Adventures, one of the villains that went through the most changes was ol' Mr Freeze.   He remained voiced with the dry, emotionless delivery of Michael Ansara, but the character himself went through intense physical changes.   Mr. Freeze's condition has become too unstable, so he has resorted to being just a head under glass that has mechanical spider legs attached.   Freeze is able to climb inside of a robot body and appear somewhat normal, with enhanced strength and agility, a useful tool when facing the Bat-Family!

2. Batman Beyond Mr. Freeze
    Decades in the future Mr. Freeze's head is alive and well in the laboratories of Wayne-Powers!  Derek Powers (aka Blight) has been keeping it there, having research done to cure his affliction.  A bright young scientist comes up with a procedure that helps Freeze become mobie again with a new cryogenic suit.  Mr. Freeze decides to use his powers for good, but the aged Bruce Wayne isn't buying it.  He has Batman Beyond watch over Freeze, and he soon turns back to a life of crime.  This version of Mr. Freeze was voiced again by Michael Ansara, keeping consistant throughout all three Timmverse incarnations of the character.




1. Batman: The Animated Series Mr. Freeze
    The definitive characterization of Mr. Freeze happens in his debut Batman: The Animated Series episode, titled Heart Of Ice, for which the writers won an Emmy!    Freeze is voiced in a dry and menacing tone by the great Michael Ansara.  We had previously only seen Mr. Freeze as a one-dimensional animated character in the two Filmation Batman cartoons.  This go around they took Mr. Freeze and made him arguably he most sympathetic and emotional villain in Batman's rogues gallery.  The plight of the devoted husband, his mind twisted by the loss of his beloved wife is one that resonated deeply to the audiences of all ages.  It is unlikely that without this version of him that we'd even be discussing the character at all.  This will likely remain the definitive animated, and all around, version of Mr. Freeze.


Honorable Mention: The Batman

    The first time a non-Bruce Timm helmed animated Batman show hit the air since 1992 was when Jeff Matsuda's vision for the Dark Knight, called The Batman, premiered in 2004.  The progressive and unique new designs were a welcome treat to Bat-Fans young and old.  Mr. Freeze was voiced by the gravely and dark stylings of Clancy Brown, previously known to fans as the voice of Lex Luthor in the Justice League series.  The Batman ended up lasting for a five season run.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight Batarang Letter Opener




Here are packaged pictures of the upcoming Icon Heroes Batman: Arkham Knight Batarang Letter Opener, due out in May.  

"You’ve just received the final clue in the Riddler’s latest larcenous plot… but how to open it without triggering any booby traps the felonious fiend may have secreted inside? Reach for your utility belt and withdraw the Arkham Knight Batarang Letter Opener! Based on the actual 3-D files from the newest Arkham Knight blockbuster, this lightweight metal replica measures 7”L x 2”W x 0.4”H With this piece of the Arkham arsenal on your desk, they’ll be no doubt in your office who owns the night!"

Friday, March 13, 2015

Batman's Getting A New Robot Suit

Batman scribe Scott Snyder is moving forward with a risky and unique set of tales that he has wanted to do for some time in the realm of Batman.  The stories are out of continuity, so this won't be a permanent change, but starting in Batman #41 we'll see Batman's new robot suit.  We don't know why or for what purpose just yet, but online speculation is flowing.  The only criticism I have prior to reading is that the ears make it look like a robot bunny suit, rather than a bat.  What do you think Bat-Fans?



Friday, March 06, 2015

The 1st look at TV's new Supergirl in Costume!!!

SUPERGIRL FIRST IMAGES REVEALED AS PRODUCTION BEGINS ON
NEW PILOT FOR CBS FROM WARNER BROS. TELEVISION,
BASED ON THE CHARACTERS FROM DC COMICS

Iconic Costume Designed by Three-Time Academy Award® Winner and
Eleven-Time Nominee Colleen Atwood

Please find attached the first two images from CBS’s new pilot SUPERGIRL, from Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.

  • SUPERGIRL stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El and Supergirl

  • The costume for Supergirl was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for THE FLASH & ARROW and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as eight additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Into the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others

  • Colleen Atwood said, “In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today.”

  • Production begins on the SUPERGIRL pilot this week

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.

The SUPERGIRL pilot is from executive producers/writers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg. Sarah Schechter is also executive producing, with Glen Winter directing.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, SUPERGIRL is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Two New 1966 Batman Bendables!


Our pals at NJ Croce are adding two characters to their 1966 Batman bendables line!  Check out the Riddler and Batgirl!

Batman 'Body Knocker' coming from Neca!

This snazzy little guy is coming soon from our friends at NECA



Sunday, February 22, 2015

#KeatonWasRobbed .....Pass it on Bat-Fans





Best Wishes to Michael Keaton & Birdman Tonight at the Oscars



We'd like to wish Michael Keaton the best of luck with his film BIrdman tonight at the Oscars.  The film stars Mr.Keaton who, of course, portrayed Batman in 1989 and 1992. The film Birdman is a tongue and cheek reference to the original name that Bob Kane gave Batman..which was of course Birdman.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gentle Giant Offering Jumbo Kenner BTAS Figures!



Action Figure Insider has broke the news that Gentle GIant will be offering Jumbo versions of the Kenner BTAS line starting in 2016!  More on this soon!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Holy CRAP Batman! Dc Collectibles BTAS Batmobile Coming! + New Wave!



The fine folks over at MTV released an exclusive first look at the Batmobile (coming Oct) and the wave that features BTAS Batman, Phantasm, TNBA Bane, TNBA Nightwing, BTAS Mad Hatter and TNBA Scarecrow!




Batman: The Television Series: Season 2 Part One DVD Review

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Batman: The Television Series: Season 2 Part One DVD Review


Synopsis: These first 30 episodes of Batman's second season will take you on more perilous plots with fiendish foes trying to undo our undaunted heroes! From the torturous King Tut (Victor Buono) to a straying Catwoman to the provoking Joker (Cesar Romero), Batman and his Boy Wonder sidekick come face to face with a cape-full of criminal calamity.

Review: Fans of the classic Batman television show have waited impatiently for decades to get our beloved series on DVD and Blu-Ray.  Finally, we have the full series release, but if you can't afford that WB is doing you the service of releasing the seasons in volumes.  This latest release, season two, part one, features the first 30 episodes of the second season of the show.  Its hard to resist all the campy greatness, laughs and good times that this chapter of Batman's history brings. I've enjoyed sharing this series with my own kids, and reliving all the joy it brought me as a child. 

Interest Range: Batman, Comics, Superheroes, Vintage TV

Monday, February 09, 2015

Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Villains Revealed!

The new trailer for the Batman Unlimited DTV feature reveals Penguin in charge of a gang that includes Croc and Manbat.  We have a few screen grabs here for you to check out the character designs.



Saturday, February 07, 2015

EE Exclusive Funko POP! Batman Rainbow series



Entertainment Earth has an exclusive series of six Rainbow Batman Funko Pops coming that tribute the classic silver age Detective Comics #241.  We have pics of a few of them here for you to check out. 


LEGO Justice League vs Bizarro League Batzarro Minifigure


We got an early copy of the Lego JL vs Bizarro League blu-ray for review (review coming soon) and I thought I'd take some shots of the pack-in Lego minifigure.



Wednesday, February 04, 2015

12" Power Attack Batman & Joker Figures Hitting Stores!


A two-pack with Batman and Joker has been found at Walmart and single Bats is available at Toys R' Us.