Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DC Collectibles Releasing Updated Batman Animated Rogue's Gallery Figure Pack!

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES GCPD ROGUES GALLERY ACTION FIGURE 5-PACK
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES GCPD ROGUES GALLERY ACTION FIGURE 5-PACK Packaging concept is shown, but artwork is not final.Description: A lone cop—Renee Montoya—is surrounded by some of Gotham City’s greatest evildoers in this amazing new action figure 5-pack inspired by Batman: The Animated Series that comes in deluxe packaging with battery-powered lights! Each figure in this set comes with its own character-specific accessories and extra hands. 1:13/6 inch scale MSRP: $175.

The set is due out in August 2017 and can be purchased for around $140 on sale if you check around. What do you think Bat-Fans? Will you buy this pack or hold out for individual releases?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Paul Dini Is Writing Harley Quinn Again!

Paul Dini Back on Harley Quinn in issue #17 Art by Amanda Conner

Oh, yes Batman fans...its on now. Paul Dini, the man who created Harley for Batman: The Animated Series, is back on creative writing a back-up story for DC Comics, starting in Harley Quinn #17. Check out the solicit:

HARLEY QUINN #17

  • Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Backup story written by PAUL DINI and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
  • Art by JOHN TIMMS
  • Backup story art by BRET BLEVINS
  • Cover by AMANDA CONNER
  • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
  • “Deadly Sin” part one! The twisted Harley Sinn’s been released from prison, and she’s looking to hurt Harley in a whole new way…by going after somebody she loved and lost! And to make this issue extra-unmissable, a brand-new backup story begins, set in Harley’s earliest days with the Joker—and co-written by one of Harley’s original creators, Paul Dini! “Harley Loves Joker” kicks off as Harley makes the biggest mistake of her burgeoning criminal career…accidentally revealing the location of Mistah J’s hideout!
  • On sale APRIL 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Batman in the 21st Century

 
In 1940 he came, he saw, he conquered. Well, that is not terribly accurate. He certainly came as a comic book character and to his enraptured audience who followed his exploits, he certainly conquered. But that was in an earlier, more innocent time, a time when the world was still between the wars and enjoying life was the concern of most people. After all they had fought the great war and were entitled to some time off from world politics. And Batman’s world? Well, its place was in the comic books their children enjoyed!

But what of his world today? Well, he is still protecting Gotham, and beating just about everyone except when he lost at cards to the Joker in Season 2, Episode 18 "Almost Got 'Em" (Batman disguised as a croc is famously pummelled by the Joker's Four of a Kind before revealing his true identity - classic). 

But what position does he hold in our lives today? Does he still relate as closely to us as he did at the time of his conception? Yes, thanks to film directors and Hollywood he is as alive now as he was 77 years ago. The between the war years may have passed into dim and distant memory but Batman is still out there doing what he does best, fighting off evil, saving his city from the corrupt forces that want to take over, ensuring that justice prevails.

And if that is what he is doing, then he must be a true hero for our times. Because in similar fashion our world is as scary as the 1940’s world he was born into. We have had the horrors of 9/11, the descent into the chaos of world terrorism, the scenarios of displaced and distressed children, civil wars of brother against brother and friend against friend.


Did the Hollywood Batman predict all of this or did he respond to it? Who knows? And does it matter? What is obvious and significant is that his movies mirror what is going on in the global  sphere. His defeat of Superman in the Dawn of Justice 2016 may well be the struggle between ruling partners when one partner decides to follow the corruption route. How real is that? Flick on the News any morning and you will hear of that scenario unfolding in one nation or another. Think of Joker who wants to plunge the world into chaos. You won’t have to look very far for the Joker in our midst. And in the middle of it all is Batman, who with his cars and extra skills, wants to rid his world of this evil.

His role is ridding Gotham of corruption. Extend your minds for a moment my friends. Imagine Gotham as your town or your country. Is there anyone who could say, hand on heart, that we don’t need Batman right now? I think I heard you say “No”, in fact I would be very surprised if I hadn’t heard you say that. Who could object to the solid values that this once upon a time comic book figure is bringing us? His apparel may be outlandish to us and dare any of us drive his cars but try applying his beliefs to our world and Wow!

And he is human too. Hard to believe, that but look at the very human crises he has had to face. Losing his father in tragic circumstances, overcoming his fear of bats with the mantra” feel the fear and do it anyway”, struggling with the role he has been given, always knowing that he wants an ordinary life but feeling morally obliged to follow the role he feels has been laid down for him. 

Relevant to our times? Heck yes, very much yes. Almost two decades into the century we need Batman to spread his creed now more than ever. And to spread it in a way that will make people sit up and listen. Hollywood - we are depending on you to do the necessary.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Affleck Hints That 'The Batman' Movie Could Face Delay





Ben Affleck has been closely associated with the upcoming Batman solo film. We know very little thus far, but the fact that he is working on a script with Geoff Johns, Deathstroke makes and appearance and it's titled The Batman. We fans thought that the film was on the slate and as good as in pre-production status at this point, but Affleck doesn't sound quite so positive on the subject.


The Guardian recently spoke to Affleck and when they asked him if The Batman was his next film, he had this to say: "That's the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great, I’m not going to do it." If Affleck isn't on board to direct and if a good script isn't already on the table, we may have to wait awhile longer for that highly anticipated solo Batman film.

Stay tuned to Legions of Gotham for the latest. 
 

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