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Gotham was not the most universally beloved of last season’s new comic book-based TV shows, but most people agreed that the portrayal of the early Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepott by Robin Lord Taylor was worth the price of admission. Taylor took part in a Q&A Saturday afternoon at Fan Expo, and like all the big stars with ongoing projects, he was mum on certain details of Gotham season 2. However, he did offer a lot of insight into how his Penguin is on its way to becoming the most definitive portrayal of the character on-screen. (more…)

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Gotham Showrunner Bruno Heller told us he’d be teasing the Joker in the first season before the show even aired and fans and the Internet have been tracking all kinds of possible Joker teases since the series first premiered. We’ve gotten confirmed looks at a bunch of Batman’s villains in their pre-Batman versions. There’s the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent before the acid attack, and last night the origin of the Scarecrow. Now it looks like Gotham is ready to unveil Batman’s arch-enemy the Joker. (more…)

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Tim Burton has been doing the promotion circuit for his new film Big Eyes – which, surprisingly, doesn’t star a dressed up idiosyncratic-characteristic Johhny Depp, or a gothic looking Helena Bonham Carter –  which is due to be released on Christmas day. Talking about everything from Beetlejuice 2 being closer than ever going into production, to how he has missed working with Michael Keaton, and now he has been talking about the superhero comic book genre and how much it has changed in the last 20 years. Burton, who isn’t usually one for too much controversy, has hit out with a belter of an opinion which will no doubt be splitting comic book fans and film fans down the middle. (more…)

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Many people had a deep feeling of trepidation when they heard DC were producing a show about the early years of Bruce Wayne’s life as a child. Furthermore, this setting was to be used as the hub for the origins of all the classic villains of Gotham City; how they came to be. Watching Gotham, some of the characters trademarks – which will eventually become their raison détre – are done  in such an in-your-face manner and with as much subtlety as a blacksmith with a ten tonne hammer (slightly exaggerating, …but you get the idea), that it becomes slightly irritating. The Riddler riddles a lot, Catwoman has the agility to swing and climb from rooftop to rooftop, the Penguin walks like he has webbed feet. We get it! (we also actually like Gotham, … and this is just for fun) (more…)

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At the upfronts today, the Fox network announced that Gotham, the new Batman prequel series, was getting a plum spot on the prime time schedule. Come September, you’ll be able to watch Gotham leading in to a brand new season of Sleepy Hollow, and if that isn’t an awesome night of nerdy TV, I don’t know what is (unless The CW teams up Arrow with The Flash). But the show won’t be on the air for months, so in a rather tepid attempt to hold over you nerds till the fall, here’s a bunch of behind the scenes photos from the series! (more…)

Jonathan Nolan is definitely one of the nerdy elite, and if you don’t get that impression from his collaborations from his director brother Christopher (like co-writing the Dark Knight movies and The Prestige), or the weekly adventures of Jesus and Ben Linus on Person of Interest which he created, then maybe the below interview will convince you. Or no. Whatever.

So these excerpts come from an interview in Empire, who asked Nolan about such tantalizing fan queries as sneaking Robin into the end of The Dark Knight Rises, the Batman villains they couldn’t use, his thoughts on the upcoming Justice League movie, and what he really thought of Dark Knight competitor for best superhero movie of the year, The Avengers.

First things first, just how did they sneak “The Boy Wonder” into the Nolan Bat-universe?

It is a little hard to imagine Robin working in that universe, so the idea had to be limited to that gag at the end. But Joe’s character is very important to the story. In any movie you need a character looking at proceedings the way you see them, and Joe’s character is that character for this film. One of my favourite scenes is when John tells Bruce how he knew he was Batman. It’s like that scene in The Prestige where the little kid sees through Christian’s trick. Little kids, they don’t have any illusions, they just see the truth of the situation. I feel there’s a kind of spiritual connection between the two movies there.

So let’s talk Bat-villains now. Are there any that Nolan wishes he could have penned into the series?

Yeah, like Clayface or, indeed, The Penguin. Part of what’s compelling about Chris’s take is the naturalism of it and I think that’s one of the things I loved about the Frank Miller comic books was that they were sort of urban, gritty vigilante stories first and formost. So everything had to stick within that universe. It’s hard to imagine [in these movies] any of the rogue’s gallery characters who have sort of a more supernatural or science-fiction bent to them. And I think that’s one of the aspects of Batman which are fascinating: in 70 years, the character has been sort of fully laundered. Because of writers and artists having every month coming up with a different story to tell with this character, there are often different genre aspects to it. You have your science-fictions, you’ve had fantasy elements along the way, horror, camp comedy… I mean there are so many different versions.

And while his big brother has been pretty clear about his future intentions with DC Comics-based movies, the littler Nolan says that he’s looking forward to the eventual Justice League film.

I’m incredibly excited. I was a big Batman fan when I was a kid. In fact he was the only comic-book character I really liked. I went through a brief spell where I was reading Captain Britain, because I was an English kid living in the States, and Wolverine for 30 seconds, Spider-Man too, but really Batman was the one. And I love that there are different versions of the character. I love that in the context of The Justice League, he’s kind of the black sheep of that family.

Currently, Justice League is scheduled against the sequel to The Avengers in 2015, which is going to be a pretty epic box office match-up if it ends up going down, perhaps even bigger than this summer’s showdown between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. But seriously, what did Nolan think about the efforts of the other team?

I did. To me Joss Whedon is a god, I’m just a huge fan of his work, I love his work on TV. And I thought The Avengers was just an incredible achievement.

Nice of Jonah to be so giving to the Marvel side of life.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Arkham City is still about three months away but our nerdy excitement is ready to explode! Particularly because Rocksteady is so damn good at viral marketing. Everywhere you turn there’s another snippet or sneak peak of the upcoming sequel.

Do you remember in Arkham Asylum, all the audio tapes of inmate interviews scattered around? They were creepy, interesting insights in to the minds of Arkham’s sociopaths. This time around they’ve been leaking these interviews at conventions and making them available to those clever enough to decipher riddles left by you know who in the game trailers. But we’re not that smart, we’re freakin’ lazy gamers. That’s why we’ve collected all the leaked audio tapes here for you! Aren’t we grand?

Making these interviews extra special, and frightening, is Dr. Hugo Strange, a man insane enough he might as well be a patient himself. Below is his interview with the Joker (voiced again, marvelously, by Mark Hamill) and beyond the cut are interviews with Two-Face, Catwoman, Riddler and the Penguin.

Give ’em a listen and tell us, just how excited are your for Arkham City? Like on a scale from one to ten? I’m at eleven.

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Two great looking video games are coming out which will allow you to play pretend and run around as the Caped Crusader, everyone’s childhood dream, right? One allows you to live in the skin of the Batman as he patrols Gotham overrun by Arkham inmates, the other has you to dress up in gear with the Batman logo and shoot a lot of guns. You decide which is the truer representation.

Batman: Arkham City, the much anticipated sequel to Arkham Asylum drops on October 18th for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. At Comic-Con a new trailer was released giving us a glimpse of more obstacles ahead for the Dark Knight. Clue, he was born on a Monday.

The Penguin looks creepy and Solomon Grundy will be a handful. But you’re Batman, you can totally handle it. Also joining Bats in the new game will be Talia Al Ghul, voiced by Stana Katic. Whether she’ll be friend or foe is unknown, but I’m sure she has plans for Batman. Plans that might not sit well with his other sometimes paramour, Catwoman. All I’m saying, is there should be an option for a one on one fight between Talia and Catwoman with Batman as the prize.

The second Batman game is probably the farthest thing from a Batman game. This is Gotham City Imposters. First off, you arm your character with guns, then team up and take down opposing factions in a multi-player death match. The two teams are the Batz and Jokerz and your customizable character will affiliate with one or the other. You’ll show off your team pride in an assortment of kitschy gear.

Imposters will be a downloadable game for XBLA and PSN and is set for a Holiday 2012 release. Which Bat-game are you most excited for? Clearly, Arkham City is the most faithful but I think Imposters looks fun. As long you join the Jokerz team, parading around as Batman with a gun feels wrong.

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I guess today is all about showing off  your super hero’s new duds. Earlier we had the reveal of the finished costume for the Green Lantern movie and now we’ve got pictures and video of the cast of the stage show, Batman Live in full costume.

We’ve mentioned the upcoming stage production before but as a refresher here’s the plot,

Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, BATMAN LIVE focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the mysterious vigilante known as the Batman – much to the dismay of his protective guardian, millionaire Bruce Wayne – who secretly happens to be Batman.

A dazzling celebration of storytelling and stagecraft, BATMAN LIVE is at its heart an affecting coming of age story. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson – both orphaned at an early age – must first learn to overcome their own fears and forge their own family – along with Police Commissioner James Gordon and Bruce’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth – if they’re going to survive the combined forces of Batman’s larger-than-life rogues gallery: The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

It’s a great premise and all the aerial stunts needed to tell Robin’s origin will make an exciting show for the kids. And for all the kids at heart, also known as rampant Batman fans, should also love it. It’s being penned by Allan Heinberg, Stan Berkowitz and Allan Burnet, writers who are very familiar with the Dark Knight and his cast of crazies.

Continue on after the jump for more images and some videos from a press preview of Batman Live.

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