Thursday, August 29, 2013

Halloween ComicFest Batman: The Long Hallowen Free Comic!


 


Just in time for Halloween, fans can get this FREE first chapter of the critically acclaimed graphic novel that pits a young Batman against a killer who only murders on holidays. Can The Dark Knight discover the killer's identity before he strikes again?

Halloween ComicFest 2013 Batman Li'L Gotham Special Edition Comic Book!

In Shops: 10/9/2013
 
Just in time for Halloween, fans of all ages can get this FREE special edition of the critically acclaimed series featuring art by Dustin Nguyen! In this issue, Robin needs Batman's help to learn the true meaning of Halloween. Plus, on Thanksgiving, Batman and Robin join the families of Gotham City around the table for a holiday feast - and birds of a feather flock together to stage a march against the city led by The Penguin! 
 
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Batman & Justice League Fruit Snacks!





These were found at Target stores, made by Betty Crocker.  There are two different boxes.  One is Batman and the other is Superman. 




Sunday, August 25, 2013

The History of Fanboy Bat-Casting Rage


There are many new and younger fans to the franchise, and perhaps older ones that have forgotten how things go.  Back in the day Keaton was anything but a fan favorite to play the role.  I've had comments and emails with fans that don't realize this, so we're going to repost this article from 1988 that Batman-On-Film.com posted recently that helps to shed light on things.  Remember..fans didn't want Christian Bale..they didn't want Heath Ledger for certain!  Until they saw him on the screen and he blew them away with nothing he'd ever done before.   Ben Affleck has this very same potential! 

BATMAN FANS FEAR
THE JOKE'S ON THEM

By Kathleen A. Hughes (The Wall Street Journal)

Batman's sidekick, Robin, is officially dead, but for followers of the dynamic duo everywhere, the worst is yet to come:

The caped crusader may turn out to be a wimp.

Batman's fans at first were thrilled by reports that Warner Bros. would spend $30 million to make a new Batman movie, for release next summer. They're no longer thrilled. Warner has cavalierly ignored their advice to cast a serious macho type--Sylvester Stallone or Clint Eastwood, say--in the spectacular. Instead, director Tim Burton has given the part to Michael Keaton.
Michael Keaton is no Sylvester Stallone.

Best known as a wacky prankster in Burton's 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice, Keaton has a receding hairline and a less-than-heroic chin. He stands an estimated 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs in at 160 pounds or so, and "looks like a hundred guys you see on the street," says Beau Smith, a Batman fan in Ceredo, W. Va. "If you saw him in an alley wearing a bat suit, you would laugh, not run in fear. Batman should be 6-2, 235 pounds, your classically handsome guy with an imposing, scary image."
Not at all, says Burton. "Michael Keaton is basically an ordinary guy, a regular human being," he says. "I thought it would be much more interesting to take someone like that and make him into Batman. I met with a number of very good, square-jawed actors, but the bottom line was that I just couldn't see any of them putting on a bat suit."

This line is less than persuasive to Batman's fans. Hundreds of passionate and humorless protest letters have poured into the offices of publications that cater to comic-book fans and collectors. Many of the letter writers voice strong suspicion that Warner may pull a fast one, springing on an unwary public a cynical sendup rather than a celebration of Batman.

Warner Bros., a Warner Communications Inc. unit, is "after the money of all the people who only remember Batman as a buffoon with a twerp for a sidekick in the campy TV series from the '60s," says J. Alan Bolick, a real-estate appraiser in Suwanee, Ga. "Hollywood is just in it for the money, and Warner Bros. has been doing a bit of duplicity. I don't think Mr. Burton has any intention of making a serious Batman movie. But Batman has been part of everyone's childhood. He deserves a bit of respect."

Fans have circulated petitions demanding a different cast, and they booed Warner representatives who had the audacity to show up at a comics-fan convention with a photograph of Keaton. A few fans also dislike the casting of Jack Nicholson as the Joker, a pathologically evil Batman archenemy. Mr. Nicholson, it seems, is guilty of having a sense of humor.

"How can you have Jack Nicholson playing a villain and not have him be funny," says David McDonnell, editor of Starlog magazine, a monthly devoted to science-fiction media.

Batman, the fans say, is no joke. They hated the Bam! Pow! tongue-in-cheek TV series from the 1960s, which they think ridiculed their hero and, by extension, his following. By contrast, the absence of Robin, The Boy Wonder, from Warner's Batman doesn't ruffle all the fans. In a recent DC Comics telephone poll of fans, a majority voted for a scenario in which Boy Wonder would be blown to bits by a bomb.

Because dyed-in-the-wool fans make up the core audiences for films like Batman, Warner is going to some length to try to appease them--without changing the movie.

Warner executives swear it was never intended to be--and won't be--a comedy. Warner has sponsored a contest that gives fans a chance to win a role in the film. Studio representatives have touted it in speeches at conventions of comics fans. The studio hired Batman's comic-strip creator, Bob Kane, as a consultant, and he has been endorsing the movie.

"The movie isn't a comedy at all. It's going to be heavy melodrama," says. Kane. The villainous Joker, he says, "is a psychotic murderer, a maniacal killer. It's all very evil."

Warner Bros., which won't let any of the cast or crew be interviewed directly, also gave the Comics Buyer's Guide, the fans' bible, a lengthy statement by the director on why he chose the weak-chinned Keaton.

The fans remain skeptical. "Most people are dismissing Bob Kane, saying Warner is paying him to say nice things about the movie. No one seems to have taken him seriously," says Don Thompson, co-editor of Comics Buyer's Guide, which has received more than 500 protest letters to date.
Warner began filming outside London last month. The studio says the fans' protests have caused no changes in the movie. Some fans also think the protests have been futile.

"There's been enough whining about Michael Keaton playing Batman," says James Van Hise, a Poway, Calif., fan and comic-book writer himself. "People are still going on and on about it as though it will make a difference. The one thing a studio will never do is let fans tell them how to make a movie."

How can a movie about a man who dresses up in a bat costume to fight crime not be funny? What happens in a serious Batman movie, anyway? Warner isn't blabbing about the plot. But a peek at a recent version of the script shows the demented Joker falling into a vat of toxic waste during a fight with Batman and emerging with a perpetual, ghoulish smile. He takes revenge by tainting soap and shampoo with "Smylenol", a deadly ingedient that causes users to die laughing. One victim is an anchorwoman who laughs insanely on the air and then keels over with a big grin.

Batman tries to save Gotham City from death by laughter, and he's particularly interested in saving, a sexy photogapher, played by Kim Bassinger, who . . . But enough. Warner begged us not to give away the ending.

This, then, appears to be a serious movie about people who die laughing. That's right, says Jeff Walker, a marketing consultant for Warner. "I've read all the drafts (of the script) and the only times I laughed were at some of the Joker's comments," he says. "Nothing about Batman is a joke."
Adam West, who played Batman in the TV series, says he had hoped to get the part in the Warner movie. "It's disappointing not to have the chance to do the definitive, big-screen Batman," says Mr. West, now 60. While the fans certainly would have disapproved of Mr. West, he thinks his TV rendition of Batman was just right. "Batman isn't RoboCop or Dirty Harry," he says. "Batman is a fun character."

West did once appear in a zany Batman movie made by 20th Century-Fox, after the TV show became a hit. Earlier, in the 1940s, Columbia Pictures released two sort-of-serious Batman serials.
Batman has become grimmer than ever in a series of graphic novels aimed at adults. In Dark Knight, a four-part comic book series set in the future, Batman has retired, Robin is dead, and Gotham City is under attack by a gang called the Mutants, who have killed three nuns and are suspected of stapling a cat to the door of a church.

Now that's serious. The novels have been big hits in Batman

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Affleck IS Batman! Superman vs. Batman Movie Casting Confirmed!

Yeah, thats right.  Kevin Smith film alumni and recently famed director Ben Affleck is Batman!  Ben is a polarizing actor, to say the least, so this will be rather controvertial with fans.  Personally, I like him as an actor and director...so I'm open to the wait and see attitude.  Don't let us down Ben..we want to love you man!  (None of that Daredevil business!  Argh!)




BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ NEW SUPER HERO FEATURE FILM, NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015

The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.

BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing andInternational Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.” His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Own "Man of Steel" on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download 11/12


“‘Man of Steel’ soars high.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A HERO WILL RISE WHEN
Man of SteelÔ
ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAYÔ 3D COMBO PACK,
BLU-RAYÔ COMBO PACK, DVD 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION, 3D LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON NOVEMBER 12 FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Blu-ray Combo Packs include nearly 4 hours of special features

All disc versions feature UltraVioletÔ*


Burbank, CA, August 19, 2013 – The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when “Man of SteelÔ arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder.
The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master,” 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” 2002), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” 1992).
“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.
Man of Steel” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Limited Collector’s Edition for $59.99.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version in standard definition; and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition, and also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition include UltraViolet* which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. 
SYNOPSIS

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Man of Steel” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

·         Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.
·         Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.
·         All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses.  Includes interviews with cast and crew.
·         Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”
·         Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.


“Man of Steel” DVD 2-disc Special Edition contains the following special features:

·         Strong Characters, Legendary Roles
·         All-Out Action
·         Krypton Decoded


DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On November 12, “Man of Steel” will be available for download in HD or standard definition from online retailers including but not limited to iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow and more...

The film will also be available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles and broadband customers including Amazon, iTunes, etc.

ULTRAVIOLET

*UltraViolet allows you to collect, watch and share movies and TV shows in a whole new way.  Available with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs, DVDs and Digital Downloads, UltraViolet lets you create a digital collection of movies and TV shows.  Services such as Flixster and VUDU allow you to instantly stream and download UltraViolet content across a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.  Restrictions and limitations apply.  Go to ultraviolet.flixster.com/info for details.  For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices.  Restrictions and limitations apply.  Go to ultraviolet.flixter.com/info for details.

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP
Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack                                                         $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                               $35.99
2-disc Amaray (WS)                                                               $28.98
3D Limited Collector’s Edition                                              $59.99

Standard Street Date: November 12, 2013
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Thai
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin
3D BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Cantonese, Chinese (Traditional), Thai
BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified)
3D BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 143 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction and for some language
DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL   [CC]

Friday, August 16, 2013

Does Batman Kill The Joker at the End of The Killing Joke?

This week Big Kev Smith interviewed Grant Morrison yet again for his Fatman on Batman podcast.  If you don't listen to this podcast you're missing out Batman fans.  Morrison gave his interpretation, complete with the affirmation from Brian Bolland himself, that the Joker actually kills the Joker in the final panels of the infamous Killing Joke graphic novel.  This would certainly make the ending sequence less disturbing to this fan...it never sat well with me.   Here is a recording of the conversation...what do YOU think?


Beware the Batman "TOXIC" Episode Pics & Video


“Toxic”

New Episode
Airs Saturday, August 17
10:00 A.M. on Cartoon Network

Synopsis: Responding to a break-in at Stagg Industries, Batman rescues a security guard named Rex Mason (ADAM BALDWIN) who had been exposed to a weaponized toxic gas called Project Metamorpho.  Soon, Rex begins to mutate, with the ability to control the elements in his own body.  Terrified and unable to control his new abilities, Rex becomes a fugitive.  Realizing that this metamorphosis is slowly killing Rex, Batman sets out to find a cure.  But Rex is only concerned about the woman he loves – Sapphire Stagg (EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI) – and he’d risk all of Gotham to be with her.  But her father – Simon Stagg (JEFF BENNETT)  – holds secrets of his own and will do anything to keep them apart.

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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Batman: The Animated Series Mr. Freeze, Michael Ansara, Dead at 91





Batman, Star Trek and film fans all mourn the loss of Michael Ansara.  His prolific career included being the original Klingon in the 60s Star Trek show, the voice of Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond and the Batman: Vengeance video game.  He died Wednesday at his home in Calabasas, CA from a long illness.  Our condolances to his widow and family.  Thank you Michael for all the joy you brought to the fans over the years.
 

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