Nice art: Becky Cloonan’s Monster variant cover for Batman

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Tweet Just to prove that the Bat office is going WILD with art, Becky Cloonan posted her Monster variant cover for Batman for October, which will have “Horror” as a variant cover theme. Me likey!

Zack Snyder passes along camera tips…and first look at Ben Affleck as Batman

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TweetI shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014 Over on twitter Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder has helpfully passed along a photo with some lens information to help you get that moody gritty look. Another aid in getting just the right note of […]

FInger family is “not okay” with DC despite other statements

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Tweet I think this statement from the family of Bill FInger, the long uncredited co-creator of most of the Batman mythos speaks for itself. The long memories of comics aren’t just for issue numbers, people. During a recent WonderCon Anaheim panel for Batman’s 75th anniversary, an audience member asked panelists for opinions about the fact that […]

C2E2014: “I’m Batman” Pop Quiz!

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TweetOh no!  Batman’s dastardly diabolical villains have stolen the creator credits from DC’s Batman75 standee display at C2E2 in Chicago! Can you identify the creator(s) who created each iconic portrait of the Caped Crusader before the show closes on Sunday, guaranteeing each gets the credit they deserve for making Batman such an iconic figure for […]

July’s cover theme will be THE BATMAN!

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Tweet DC has announced its latest month of cover variants and the topic is Batman, in honor of his 75th Anniversary. Artists include Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more! Previous variant theme months included Scribblenauts in January, steampunk in […]

Nice Art: Batman doll does some very strange things

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French artist Rémi Nöel took a Baman doll and posed it in a series of very lovely and yet hilarious photographs called Curious Wanderings of Batman in the American Southwest. You can see more of them in the link, as Nöel’s website appears to be offline at the present moment.

Recommended: Something Terrible by Dean Trippe

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Tweet Superheroes sometimes come in for some criticism here at The Beat—I was a teenaged superhero reader but haven’t read them regularly in a looooong time. I understand the tropes but don’t them in my life at this point in time. Sometimes I think I need to, as the King James translator put it, “When […]

Fox announces GOTHAM TV drama to focus on young Jim Gordon and villains

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Just as Disney/Marvel was launching its first foray into primetime TV with the debut of AGENTS OF SHIELD, Warner Bros—already a seasoned vet in this field with Smallville and Arrow—one upped them a bit by announcing the oft rumoredGOTHAM, a show focusing on James Gordon, pre Batman. The show will be run by Sam Heller, creator of The Mentalist and it will air on Fox, which has already ordered a series.

Batman Hates Bronies

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Tweet The battle is over and Batman won. Or so he thinks. Animation by James Lee. Via Cartoon Brew

Comic Book Movie Summer ends with The Dark Knight Rises

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So, I finally saw THE DARK KNIGHT RISES…yes, yes I know. In my defense, I tried seeing it twice and it was sold out and then I had a hard time finding three spare hours. And also…well, I’m not the biggest fan of the Nolan Batman trilogy. I get why it is so beloved and all, but the filmmaking is often sloppy to my tastes. (The horrible sound editing in DKR being one example.) Anyway, I did enjoy it, even though it was so lax in its storytelling. And I kept getting distracted by things. Like Catwoman’s high heels. As soon as she appeared, I wondered “How is she running in those high heels?” And as if to answer my question, some hapless gunsel asks the same question in the film and Catwoman shows that they are really fearsome weapons. Got it.

Batman: The nail art

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As you may have heard, nail art is all the rage these days, and its getting more and more ornate. And some ladies are going for comics inspired pieces, such as this, by Brooklyn’s
Fleury Rose, who created this design for someone going to the Dark Knight Rises premiere in New York, who got to show them off to director Christopher Nolan, even. Who wouldn’t want to sport these dark knails?

Batman alert: Nokia lets you explore Gotham City in 3D

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In order to view this both impressive and oppressive 3D rendering of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Gotham City one must first allow Nokia—the formerly ascendant Finnish company that was once the world’s largest cel phone manufacturer—to tattle to you friends on Facebook every time you look at it AND tell Nokia you like them. Luckily I do like Nokia — or at least I did like my tiny blue Nokia from 2000 that was my very first cel phone.

New Bane-centric DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer from Nokia

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For the full effect you’ll want to go right to the site, but this trailer has a lot of dark Bane vs Batman footage and less Catwoman.

Any chance this movie will top AVENGERS? Probably not. But it should easily vanquish Spider-Man for #2 comic book movie of the year.

Gotham Preacher takes to the streets of Brum to spread the gospel according to Batman

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We’re not quite sure who this nutter is, but he knows his Batman. In this video, he’s taken to the streets of Birmingham, UK to comfort those who have walked in the valley of the shadow of Arkham.

It definitely makes sense, once you put it all together.

New DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer

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Oh damn, they are blowing up New York again. How many times…

PREMIERE: Jim Lee and Geoff Johns talk about the Batman Arena Show

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We’ve written about the BATMAN LIVE stage show here a few times…Since October, it’s toured throughout Europe, leaving audiences gasping at the stunts, spectacle and just plain weirdness of a live action show about Batman. The BATMAN LIVE show is the result of a lot of work: four years of concepting and rehearsals. The 42-person cast includes Batman, Robin, Alfred and a rogues gallery including The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and The Penguin. Based on what we’ve seen, it’s quite the spectacle.

Well, now the show is coming to the Western Hemisphere for a two-year tout, with a September 5 premiere in Anaheim. And here’s a BRAND NEW video featuring Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Allan Heinberg (who wrote the book) talking about how the show brings Batman to life and their own thoughts on the production.