It’s one of the most well-known Batman stories ever written, one that’s influenced the comics, the movies and all other Batman ephemera for almost 30 years now, and as you’re undoubtedly already aware, Batman: The Killing Joke is coming soon to a Blu-ray player near you. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment announced last year that they were taking on the seminal Alan Moore and Brian Bolland story and bringing it to life in a new animated film, and now you’re only a few months away from seeing it for yourself. Mark your calendars, because Warners knows exactly when you’ll get your chance to see The Killing Joke. (more…)
We are just days away from the release of Batman V. Superman. Out of pure anticipation, we’re sure that a lot of you want to watch all of DC’s movies leading up to this one. Taking on such a task is pretty daring, as DC’s film library over the years is simply massive. Even if you’ve seen all of their theatrical movies, there’s still quite a few high-quality animated films that never hit the big screen. Direct-to-Video films like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Under the Red Hood can provide fans with enough action to wet any fan’s appetite before March 25th’s main course. As if there weren’t already enough awesome animated Batman films, a first look at the newest one was released today by none other than the Joker himself.
CartoonNetwork is bringing back a duo as well-known as Batman and theJoker themselves. Their new quarter hour animated series from WarnerBros.Animation, titled JusticeLeagueAction, will feature iconic DCEntertainment characters- two of them being voiced by KevinConroy and MarkHamill. Hamill will return as The Joker to Conroy’s Batman/BruceWayne; a character Conroy hasn’t voiced in an ongoing animated series since 2006 with the end of Justice League Unlimited. This is Cartoon Network’s first DC Comics-based franchise series to be launched since, and most likely spurred on by, the immensely successful Teen Titans Go! (more…)
Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)
In a case of film imitating video games imitating comic books, the next DC Comics Animated Universe movie has been revealed to be based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time a comic book movie’s been inspired by a comic book video game, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Arkham games have inspired this shift given the influence they’ve had on the comic books. So when might you be able to put this new artifact of modern cross-promotion, Batman: Assault on Arkham, in your Blu-ray player? Read on. (more…)
The preview trailer for the newly announced Batman: Arkham Knighthit yesterday, and it was siiiick. Heck, my Bat nipples were beaming in excitement…and I wasn’t even wearing my Batsuit. Coming off the 3rd, mediocre installment (if you take it as expanded game play to Arkham City and not a new game, it’s not that bad), it’s with much delight to see franchise back in the hands of Rock Steady Studios; the makers of first two titles in the critically acclaimed series. That, and Kevin Conroy will be back to voice (the only true voice) Batman! Between Conroy, Rocksteady and the absolutely stunning cinematics shown in the trailer, justifying spending 700$ on a new console just got a whole lot easier.
Since the trailer broke, a barrage of of details and images have surfaced. One update in particular could change Batman canon as we know it… (more…)
He’s played Batman longer than anybody, and he hasn’t had to spent even one day in the costume (unless, of course, he did so recreationally). Actor Kevin Conroy has been THE voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series first premiered in the fall of 1992 on Fox. Conroy’s voiced the Caped Crusader and his alter ego Bruce Wayne in roughly 10 series, seven movies and eight video games, and recently he did an interview with DC Comics to recount his nearly quarter of a century (?!?!?!) in the Batcave. (more…)
Well, that is if you are a fan of the DC Animated Universe. Tim Daly‘s web series, The Daly Show, has a new episode in which the former voice of Superman faces off against thé voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. The short (that was written and directed by Ben Shelton) is replete with the usual humor we’ve seen from the show before, but with a certain edge to it this time. That edge being Kevin Freakin’ Conroy saying that line from The Dark Knight Returns.
So far, the news of the new Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Origins hasn’t exactly had me going out of my mind with excitement, and that’s because this one isn’t coming from Rocksteady. And it isn’t a continuation of Arkham City, Paul Dini has no involvement, and it won’t feature Mark Hamill as The Joker. That isn’t to say it’ll be a bad game, but already so much is different I’m a little worried.
Then came the news Kevin Conroy will indeed be back as Batman, and a sighed a little sigh of relief. Now, a new cinematic trailer has hit and it has me all the more relieved, and finally, a little excited. While there’s still no gameplay footage – what everything really hinges on – this trailer gives a good impression of the artistry Warner Bros. Montreal is capable of and their vision for game. Which is, a totally sick fight between Batman and Deathstroke, with a couple surprise guests.
I’m ready for a movie! How fun was that to have Deadshot appear!? If that’s how the game will flow, villains popping in and out as Batman tries to keep the peace, this might actually be a fun diversion from what we’ve played in Asylum and City. And, it’ll be super cool to roam all of Gotham City, especially on Christmas Eve.
There’s also a few new shots that have been released, including our first look as The Joker, who yes, will appear, but no, isn’t be voiced by Hamill. It’s another change that has me seriously worried, but my verdict will be held until I hear what new guy, Troy Baker, does.
When it comes to the voice of Batman, there’s only one true Dark Knight vocalizer, and that is the great Kevin Conroy. He’s given utterance to Gotham’s greatest protector throughout the 90’s animated series, the subsequent animated movies, and video games. The latter of which, Batman: Arkham Asylum, has been heralded by critics and fans alike as the greatest of all the Batman games, if not the best super hero video games of all time. Speaking of which, there’s been a lot of hullabaloo over the latest installment.
Developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Fans are miffed for a few reasons.
1. Prequel smequel – too many cliche origin stories now. Everyone was hoping for a Batman Beyond Arkham Asylum or something.
2. Mark Hamill will not reprise his role of the Joke.
3. Batman writer and lead collaborator Paul Dini will have no involvement this time around.
4. The game is produced/developed by Warner Bros. Games, not it’s previous creators Rocksteady Studios.
Basically, fans fear this be a poorly produced game – nothing but a quick cash grab banking on the success of the previous installments.
Well, the nay-Sayers may have a reason to feel a little better. Kevin Conroy confirmed this weekend at Dallas Comic-Con that he will return as Batman. Why? BECAUSE HE’S BATMAN. Alright, so the voice of Batman is back; interest level has jumped a little. Regardless, there’s still a large worry that this game will not live up to it’s predecessors.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.