The name Bob Kane has been on everything associated with Batman since the Dark Knight’s creation in 1939. If you watch a Batman movie, read a Batman comic, or engage in anything Batman related, there would be Kane’s name, there to remind you of the one man that’s responsible for so many hours of joy. Except, there were two men. It’s taken over 75 years, but Batman’s co-creator has finally got his day, and he’s been receiving the recognition he so richly deserves. And now, the complicated history of Bill Finger, Kane, and Batman will be revealed in a new documentary called Batman and Bill. (more…)
With his mounting action movie credentials and dedication to staying in top shape, it makes sense that Jai Courtney is being considered for a superhero movie. “Being considered” could mean that Warner Bros. is talking to his agents. It could mean that he auditioned for the part. It could mean that he and writer/director David Ayer had lunch the other day. Either way, if DC doesn’t make this guy a deal, Marvel probably will. Not that he’s hurting for work because the dude has 4 movies in 2014 alone. But the studio is moving forward on their projects at breakneck speed, so if it turns out JC is on board, we’ll probably hear about it soon. (more…)
Here’s something to make some of you feel old, Tim Burton‘s Batman was released 25 years ago today! The film marked a turning point for comic book films specifically and blockbuster level films generally. Batman was a game changer, and it seems fitting that we not let that anniversary pass without notice. I guess others felt the same way because someone went to the trouble of digging up this gem, a behind the scenes look at the production of Batman made in 1988 as the film was in pre-production in England. Apparently Burton’s dark tone for Batman was so in doubt that the studio, Warner Bros., wanted to assure fans and investors that they knew what they were doing with the production. Now, it’s just a quirky little time capsule. (more…)
In yet another turn of events that brings to light the problems with copyrights and creator’s rights, the man who could-have-maybe created Batman, Bob Kane, will be getting his own star on the Walk of Fame. This might be all fine and dandy, except the majority of what we today know as Batman isn’t exactly Kane’s creation. He just happens to be the guy that first came up with the name and, as things go, the real brain behind Batman, much like the character himself, remained in the shadows. (more…)
Okay–he WOULDN’T look like this famous image from Tim Burton’s Batman… I just couldn’t resist. (more…)
We’ve got a first look at the latest villain in CW‘s Arrow. Deadshot is a longtime Batman villain (Created by Bob Kane, David Reid, and Lew Schwartz in 1950) that later exploded in popularity in the comic pages of Suicide Squad and The Secret Six.
This version of Deadshot is closer to the comic book version than the Smallville take, pictured below. Really, that guy looks like a cowboy-hobo-drifter looking for Gilly’s bar in Urban Cowboy.
Enough lamenting about that Smallville appearance, let’s take a look at Arrow‘s take on a favorite villain of mine,
What do you think? We’ll probably get some better full suit pictures, but I like the way Deadshot is looking in these. Deadshot is a good villain for Arrow, not too outlandish and very possible in the world we live in.
Are you gonna tune in when Arrow hits the small screen on October 10th?
There’s a fantastic and endlessly entertaining degree of lunacy to a lot of the Golden Age comics. Today we look at them as relics, like cave paintings, the advancements that allow us to have all the nerd fun we have now. But reading them is a special kind of fun. Warren Ellis once likened it to reading the pulp magazines of the ’20s and ’30s. It’s not the most polished material, but it’s an endless barrage of imagination and energy, and even when the flaws and inconsistencies peek through, Golden Age comics at their best sometimes seem more vital than anything in the Modern Age.
World’s Best Comics is now World’s Finest Comics (and has been since the second issue), but we all know what we’re talking about here. It’s an anthology book featuring DC’s biggest heroes, which at the time we’re talking (1941) were Superman and Batman. The debut issue of the title featured an odd little Batman and Robin tale that put the Dynamic Duo on the trail of a murderous witch who’s made off with a mysterious manuscript.