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.

Beware the Batman leads new Cartoon Network lineup

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Well, leads in terms of Beat readers interested, anyway. Beware the Batman is one of 7 new series announced as yesterday’s upfronts, and will feature Batman and a new-to-animation rogues gallery in what is billed as “cutting edge” CGI animation. Sam Register and Glenn Murakami are among the vets working on the show.

Official DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer

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Apple has posted the official one, so if the above embed doesn’t work, go here.

Nice Art: Lee Bermejo's BATMAN: NOEL

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Over at his blog Bermejo posted this two page spread from his best-selling GN BATMAN: NOEL. YOWZAH. Click for larger version or go to the link for full size.

NEW: First photo of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

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Well now. A new day, a new action-oriented reveal for a WB movie character, in this case, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in next year’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Textured catsuit? Check.

Goggles? Check.

Red lipstick? Check.

Big-ass motorcycle? Check check check.

Morrison's Batman returns next year with Burnham and Batman: Leviathan

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As all of DC’s Batnews has been rolling out today, the biggest question has been “Whither Grant Morrison?”

The Alcott Analysis: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is in interesting entry in the world of long-form cinematic Batman stories for a few different reasons. First, it manages to do what the Tim Burton movies were unable to — make Bruce Wayne/Batman the protagonist of his own story. Second, it’s primarily a detective story as opposed to an action story. Third, at least half of the story is told in flashback, a parallel-action setup ambitious for an animated movie thought of as primarily for kids. Lastly, the story it tells is rather emotional and internal — Bruce/Batman broods a lot in this movie, even by his own standards. The action sequences feel perfunctory and tacked-on. The two that come to mind — a truck chase and the explosive finale — are poorly motivated and don’t advance the plot in any meaningful way.