Friday, May 28, 2010

Batman: The Brave and the Bold McDonald's Happy Meal Toys!

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The fast food toy at the McDonalds locations in Argentina are the Brave and the Bold!  Thanks to Jay Hernandez for the tip!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Batman: The Brave & the Bold Season One Part One DVD

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....coming August 17th!

This set will retail for $19.99

Episodes:1) Rise of the Blue Beetles
2) Terror on Dinosaur Island
3) Evil Under the Sea
4) Invasion of the Secret Santas
5) Day of the Dark Knight!
6) Enter the Outsiders!
7) Dawn of the Dead Man!
8) Fall of the Blue Beetle!
9) Journey to the Center of the Bat!
10) The Eyes of Despero!
11) Return of the Five Fearsome Fangs!
12) Deep Cover the Batman! (Part 1)
13) Game Over for Owlman! (Part 2)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Alternate World Dc Comics Featured on Fringe Finale....

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 Last week we brought you news of a Fringe star that is really into Batman.  Now, check out these high-res pics from the Fringe finale featuring Dc Comics!!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Geoff: Anyone see FRINGE last night? If you did, or if you’ve read this blog this week, you saw the RED LANTERN/RED ARROW cover. And maybe the bizarre SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL RETURNS in the style of Frank Miller’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Or the infamous cover to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #7, but Supergirl’s holding Superman. Or the event that rocked the mid-90s, THE DEATH OF BATMAN. So where did these come from?
An alternate Earth.

For real.

A month or so ago, I was fortunate enough to take on the job of Chief Creative Officer. That meant I was charged with bringing out characters out of the comic book pages and into the vast world of television, film, animation and video games that is DC Entertainment. One of the first calls I got was from the director of the Fringe season finale – writer/producer/director Akiva Goldsman. He was shooting a scene in an alternate world where things weren’t exactly like ours. Where even the smallest details were somewhat off. Including the comics. Together with executive producer Jeff Pinker, Akiva wanted to showcase an array of DC Comics that could’ve been including the ones you can see below. He wanted them to be as authentic as possible. Something only the hardcore would really recognize. We all came up with some ideas. That’s when Hank Kanalz came in…

Hank: …and when Geoff Johns and Ivan Cohen call, you pick up the phone. The idea was so crazy, it could really work, so we set out to do just that. As I always tell people, WildStorm is more than just an imprint – it is also a full service creative studio. And yes, we also publish the Fringe comic book (a new #1 on sale June 23, end of plug).

We mobilized Batman: Arkham Asylum artist Carlos D’Anda, The Authority: Lost Year artists JJ Kirby, Michael Lopez, and Oliver Nome, and art directors extraordinaire Larry Berry and Ed Roeder to create these fun alternate reality covers. We assembled the first four covers quickly…but we really wanted to exceed all expectations for the fifth cover. With the concept of RED LANTERN/RED ARROW we had only one choice – Ivan Reis. Geez, did he and Oclair Albert deliver, or what?

Geoff:
So what do you think? Do you want to see the stories behind the covers? If so, you should hit up Hank. Who knows, maybe these would be fun to write…

The Next Round of JLU Single Pack Figures...

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Coming to Target stores later this year!
  • Future JLU Superman with Starro Spore — In a double dose of firsts, this release will mark the initial availability of an all-new figure, plus it includes fan-favorite Starro Spore as a never-before-offered accessory!
  • Barry Allen as The Flash with Lightning Bolt — It’s the first time this figure is offered, so you’ll want to catch him before he’s gone in a… well, you know…
  • Power Ring — Evil twins everywhere will rejoice when Power Ring joins their ranks for the first time as an action figure. Features a giant green hand construct.
  • Batman Beyond with Batarang — Available for the first time as a single, Batman is ready to battle the bad guys when stocked with this staple from his arsenal.
  • Mr. Terrific — Also making his big debut as a single, the ever-present T-spheres have been completely redesigned.

John DiMaggio Undertakes a Villainous Icon as The Joker in “Batman: Under the Red Hood”

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John DiMaggio Undertakes a Villainous Icon as The Joker in “Batman: Under the Red Hood”

Known to adults as “Bender” in Futurama and tweens as “Dr. Drakken” in Kim Possible, John DiMaggio takes an iconic step forward as the voice of The Joker, the pivotal villain in the all-new DC Universe animated original movie, Batman: Under the Red Hood.

In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two forces of justice, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.



DiMaggio gets free reign to play the iconic villain amidst a stellar voice cast that includes Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) as the Caped Crusader, Supernatural star Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as Nightwing.

Best known for his near-100 episodes as “Bender,” DiMaggio has
parlayed his deep, gravelly tones and versatile acting style into a
major force on the voiceover scene for the past decade. DiMaggio’s
credits include roles in Kim Possible, Samurai Jack, Teen Titans,
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Duck
Dodgers, Jackie Chan Adventures, The Penguins of Madagascar and
Chowder.

Voiceover has so dominated his time that DiMaggio has virtually
abandoned his on-camera career – despite past work as a regular cast
member on Chicago Hope and a number of guest roles in TV series such
as Becker, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Felicity, Bones, Without a Trace and My Name
is Earl.

Batman: Under the Red Hood is the next entry in the popular ongoing
series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies from Warner
Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length
film will be distributed by Warner Home Video on July 27, 2010 as a
Special Edition version on Blu-Ray™ and 2-disc DVD, as well as being
available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download. 

But before you race to Amazon to pre-order your copy, take a minute to
get to know John DiMaggio.


QUESTION:
What were your initial thoughts about assuming this iconic role?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
I was shocked when I got the role, shocked when I came in to record,
and shocked when I saw the finished product during ADR. I just wanted
to honor the real true lunacy of the character. I didn’t want to make
him campy, but I wanted to pay a little bit of tribute to the past
Jokers – and yet keep it original at the same time. That’s walking a
fine line, if there ever was one.

It was a little intimidating because it is such an iconic role. It’s
an honor to get this job -- and especially to play the Joker in this
version because it’s so dark and twisted. I felt like I got a really
wonderful opportunity.


QUESTION:
Can you remember your early connections with the Batman mythology, and
how any of the previous Joker actors might have influenced your
performance in this role?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
I think the thing that influenced me the most when I was young is the
television show, which is really sad because there have been so many
great comics and graphic novels and stories about the Dark Knight that
I haven’t been able to delve into yet – and yet I know about them. I
actually would’ve loved to see Cesar Romero take the role to its
darkness. There was a bit of Cesar Romero in what I did, but it’s
Cesar Romero if he was in A Clockwork Orange.

I guess my naiveté in my approach kind of kept it clean. I wasn’t
trying to do a Jack (Nicholson) or a Heath (Ledger). I respect all the
folks that have come before me, and their take on the character. Mark
Hamill is awesome, Heath Ledger was unbelievable, and Jack Nicholson –
what can you say? But I wanted to do my own thing.


QUESTION:
Was there any particular direction you wanted to take this Joker?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
I wanted to cover what I saw on the paper, and I wanted to ensure
Andrea (Romano, casting/dialogue director) got exactly what she
wanted. Usually if the script is good enough, you know where your
emotions should be, where your character lies. It should all be in the
dialogue, and it certainly was.


QUESTION:
How do you interpret the Joker’s mindset?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
I think the Joker thinks of himself, quite literally, as a necessary
evil. And when I say that, I mean he really feels there is a place for
him, and that he somehow balances the chaos with the non-chaos. It’s a
yin and yang thing. And it’s really not personal, it’s business.
Although he can get personal and he enjoys it. That makes it that much
more twisted.


QUESTION:
You’ve certainly done more than your share of villains. Do you prefer
to go to the dark side?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
I love playing the villains. I’ll play anything, I don’t care. As long
as its not tons of walla or gasping, I’m good. I hate the inhale.


QUESTION:
When you were a kid, did you ever imagine you’d be voicing cartoons
for a living?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
I was a class clown – I basically started acting when I was a kid. I
wanted to play drums, but I couldn’t afford a drum set. It was easier
to be in a play, so it just kind of happened. I walked into voiceover
in New York in 1994. I was doing stand-up (comedy) at the time, and
was looking to get out of it and into acting. An actor buddy of mine,
Zak Orth, said it was a way to make a good living between acting gigs.
I moved to LA, because there’s more animation here, and the rest is
history. So yeah, thanks Zak – give me a ring.


QUESTION:
Your primary focus is voiceovers these days. Do you have any
inclination to do more live-action acting or stand-up comedy?

JOHN DIMAGGIO:
On-camera acting is fun, but I don’t miss it. Voiceovers are quicker,
and you get to work with such amazing, talented people – it’s a blast
to play in the studio with these actors and writers and directors.
With (on-camera) acting, there so much more waiting around, and my
patience has run thin. Plus it beats the hell out of slinging jokes
six nights a week at a Chuckle Hut in East Bumbleblard.


For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s
official website at www.BatmanRedHood.com

Batman: Under the Red Hood Official Website Launched

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 The official website is now live for "Batman: Under the Red Hood," the next entry in the popular ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies coming July 27, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length film will be
distributed by Warner Home Video.








The URL for the website is www.batmanredhood.com




The film's trailer and 11 film images are now available for public viewing on the website

Monday, May 24, 2010

Full-Size Batpod Replica on eBay

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We don't usually link to ebay auctions, but we thought this one was weird enough to show you.  A full-size badpod replica is being sold there...almost.  You can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one.   Yeah.  This is from a seller with one, count 'em one feedback AND to top it off that feedback is as a buyer, not a seller!  This screams of reputable....not so much. 

You can see the auction here for freak value, but we do NOT endorse it nor do we recommend it.  For some reason half the pics are girls in swim suits on the batpod, as if that will entice us to throw away our cash.

Superman - Batman Parody

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Here is a message from filmmaker John Kramer about his project....

Hey BatFans,

I'm a film maker and have created a film series which I think you and your audience might enjoy.  It's a JLA parody centered around Batman and Superman doing the night shift thing, talking to each other on their JLA communicators buddy-style.  The Superman Homepage and "Voices from Krypton" have been posting them to their sites, where they have been well received. I am a life-long DC Universe fan and try to be respectful of the characters.
 
This is the first episode:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3792XhV5vBM

This is a promo for the series with Superman talking about his friendship with Batman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhP0OAbg_lU

Here are the second and third episodes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0IfsoQstLQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN1EuHc3cHU

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fringe Star Lance Reddick is a HUGE Bat-Fan!

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 Lance Reddick is definately one of us!  I love Fringe and definately enjoy his work there, so this was very cool to read....Watch the season 2 finale of Fringe tonight on FOX.  I know I will be!

From Geek Chic Daily

Whether he’s Charles Widmore’s right-hand man on Lost, or the imposing Agent Broyles on Fringe, which airs its season finale tonight, you get the feeling you shouldn't mess with Lance Reddick. But when GCD spoke with the actor, he couldn’t have been friendlier (the man can act, no doubt).

Tim Drake
“One character that has become my favorite, particularly in the DC universe is Tim Drake. With the return of Bruce Wayne fast approaching, I’m sure they’ll figure out a way for Bruce Wayne to be Batman for decades to come, but I feel like the way Tim Drake is as close to the next Batman as I have ever seen. I just picked up the first trade of Red Robin and I’m lovin’ it. I just like seeing him independent. He’s the only Robin that’s as smart as Bruce and can be kind of as Machiavellian as Bruce.”

DC Animation
“I’ve got every season of Superman; I’ve got every season of Batman, every season of Batman Beyond and every season of Justice League.”

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Batman: Arkham Asylum™ Game of the Year Edition Now Available in North America

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 Batman: Arkham Asylum™ Game of the Year Edition
Now Available in North America
 
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition, published in North America by Eidos Inc.* and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is now available in North America for the PLAYSTATION®3 Computer Entertainment System, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.  The new edition comes with four Challenge Maps on disc and features an innovative new technology which offers a play-in-3D option compatible with all standard and high definition TV sets.
 
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition adds a new dimension to the multi award-winning gameplay experience, with support for TriOviz 3D on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. TriOviz 3D is a patented 3D process which adds depth to the game, visible to players wearing the included 3D glasses. By leveraging the depth-of-field while maintaining the original gameplay and colour integrity, TriOviz 3D creates a far more immersive gaming experience, allowing console players to dive deeper into the gothic world of Arkham Asylum.
 
Expanding the gameplay of the original boxed edition, the Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition comes with four previously released Downloadable Content Challenge Maps on disc, giving players further opportunity to hone their combat skills. Gamers can face-off against Arkham Asylum’s toughest inmates in some of the iconic environs from the game such as the infamous Crime Alley and the insane Scarecrow Nightmare.
 
In Batman: Arkham Asylum, BATMAN finds himself trapped inside the confines of Gotham’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, ARKHAM ASYLUM. The Joker has set a trap for the DARK KNIGHT and has conspired with the deranged inmates to eliminate Batman once and for all. Adding to the authenticity of the game are veteran animated Batman voice talents Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, who reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively.
 
Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story by Paul Dini, Batman writer and five-time Emmy Award winner whose credits include Lost and Batman: The Animated Series. Gamers will move in the shadows, instil fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City's most notorious villains, including HARLEY QUINN, BANE, KILLER CROC, POISON IVY and SCARECROW, who have taken over the asylum. For more information, visit the official website at www.BatmanArkhamAsylum.com.
 
* Eidos Inc. is a subsidiary of Square Enix Ltd.

Friday, May 07, 2010

A New 3D Batman Online Game!

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Warner Bros. has released the new online Batman: Brave and the Bold game 'Streets of Gotham: Full Throttle'.   Its actually pretty fun, go check it out HERE.

"The wildest rides in Gotham City have been invited to race in the Gotham Grand Prix! Now you can take to the air in the coolest flying machines around! Fly your choice of the Batcopter, Green Arrow Jet or Cat Plane. And come in first place on one of the flying tracks to take a ride in the Batjet! Plus all of your favorite rides are still available!"

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Batman and Justice League Scratch & Sketch Books!

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The Batman and Justice League have both been off the air for a good long while.  There was a cool release of a The Batman scratch and sketch book awhile back, but Peter Pauper surprised us with a Justice League release here in 2010!  I'm hurtin' for some good, new JL product , so we thought we'd spotlight it for other fans that are less than energized by merchandising for the Brave and the Bold, like myself.

 You can buy this book online HERE


Come step into the dark corners of Gotham City streets and alleyways and discover the ultimate Caped Crusader--Batman, The Dark Knight!

Learn all about Batman's crime-fighting friends and fierce foes, from The Riddler to Robin, and from The Penguin to Poison Ivy, as you copy 20 simple sketches of these world-class heroes and villainous criminals.  Use the handy wooden stylus to scratch away the black coating on the pages, and see Gotham City's characters come to life in swirl patterns and glitter colors that appear in your artwork like magic!  Ages 6 and up.

 You can buy this book online HERE

When the world is filled with bad guys and earth invaders, fear not! The Justice League team will protect us! Young crime fighters can use the wooden stylus to scratch away the black coated pages, and see Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and their friends and foes come to life in swirl patterns and glitter colors that appear in their artwork like magic! This "Justice League Scratch & Sketch" Art Activity Book features: Wooden stylus for drawing on black-coated paper to reveal glittering, gleaming colors beneath. Wire-o bound hardcover binding. 20 scratch-off, 20 illustrated, and 20 sketch pages. Ages 6 and up. 6-3/8'' wide x 8-1/2'' high. Non-toxic: Potential eye irritant. Avoid inhaling particles of scratch coating. Not for children under 5 years. Meets all applicable safety standards. © 2009 DC Comics. JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Thanks to our friends at Peter Pauper for the review samples.

Another Joker Passes Away

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 I wanted to wait a bit of time before reporting this news to give the Koenig family some respect.   Andrew portrayed the character 'Boner Stabone' on the Growing Pains tv show back in the 1980s.  He later was cast as the Joker in the cult fan-film Batman: Dead End.  He did an amazing job in that short film, so I made contact with him back when Legions of Gotham was a pretty new site and we emailed back and forth for awhile.  He was a very friendly guy and gave us a great interview.   Andrew's father Walter is best known for his role as Chekov in the original Star Trek tv show. 

Andrew was found, having taken his own life.   We offer our condolences to the family in this impossible time.  If you know someone in your life that suffers from depression, please take it very seriously.  Depression is a real illness and requires help.  RIP Andrew.

 

 

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