As you might expect, there is nothing that upsets CA's resident Batmanologist more than someone being wrong about Batman on the Internet -- truly the greatest of sins -- so this week, we're tackling a handful of misconceptions about the Dark Knight! Does Batman really only use his money to beat up crooks without addressing the root causes of crime? Watch and find out!
Remember how a big chunk of the game map was frozen and icy in Arkham City? The new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, "Cold, Cold Heart" extends that idea a bit, with the ice seemingly extending throughout the city as Penguin and Mr. Freeze terrorize the landscape on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC (but not the Wii) on April 22.
A leaked video reveals the first half hour of the DLC, the first Arkham DLC that actually adds single-player, storyline-driven gameplay instead of challenge packs and multiplayer maps. Much of it takes place in Wayne Manor as Bruce Wayne charges to the Batcave to pick up his batsuit. (Another toyetic iceproof costume shows up later.)
Q: Where do you stand on the modern day love affair with "the toughening" of Alfred Pennyworth? -- @danceformyhorse
A: I've joked before about how I love Alfred more than most people love Batman, but let's be real here: that's only half-joking. Alfred is easily one of my favorite characters in comics, and I could happily read an entire series about the adventures of the Batman's Gentleman's Gentleman, even if it just focused on the problems of how to keep a robotic Tyrannosaurus and a giant penny from getting too dusty while cleaning up Batman's anti-crime basement. So believe me when I tell you, friends, the idea of a tough-as-nails Alfred Pennyworth is far from a modern invention.
Alfred's been a badass since day one.
It's been more than five years since Christopher Nolan's second entry in The Dark Knight trilogy seared its definitive take on Batman into a serious amount of cinematic souls, but even after covering its fair share of merchandising ground across all three TDK films, Hot Toys had yet to enter its version of the Batcave. That changes in 2014 as three new 1/6 scale configurations of the movie version of the Batman Armory are set to debut. There'll be a Batman Armory with a 1/6 scale Batman figure, an Armory with a 1/6 scale Alfred Pennyworth figure, and an Armory with 1/6 scale figures of both Alfred and Bruce Wayne. The coolest thing about these sets, however, is that they ALL come with the pieces needed to construct a 1/6 scale Batman or any combination of Batsuit/Bruce/Alfred parts. I think every toy fan is ready to see The Dark Pennyworth Rise from the comfort of their own shelf.
Part of the hook of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City was that they put Batman in difficult environments, separate from a workable base of operations (though he did have a sort of mini-Batcave in Asylum).
It looks like WB Games Montreal's new Batman: Arkham Origins will change that up a bit. New screens show that the Batcave will be in the game, though it's not totally clear yet whether it'll be a playable environment or just available in cutscenes. Check out an early look at the Batcave and some high-kicking action after the cut.
Beware the Batman only launched on Cartoon Network a few weeks ago, so as you might expect, I've got a lot of questions about the series. That's why I sat down for a roundtable interview at San Diego to talk with show producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson, along with JB Blanc (Alfred) and Anthony Ruivivar (Batman) to find out about the process of making the show, how the voices developed, and just why they wanted to do a cartoon about Magpie and Anarky.
If you're a fan of Warner Bros. Animation's DC Comics work, then you're already a fan of Shane Glines. Since 1996, he's been working as a character designer on shows like Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited, and now, he's hard at work on the new Beware the Batman.
I'll admit that I've had a few reservations about the upcoming Beware the Batman animated series -- mostly because Batman: the Brave and the Bold is probably my platonic ideal of entertainment -- but the more I see of it, the more excited I get. And now, Entertainment Weekly has debuted the show's opening sequence, and any lingering doubts I had have pretty much vanished. This thing looks awesome.
As everyone who's seen Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy knows, Alfred is the steady moral center of the series. But how did he end up that way? In an interview to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dark Knight Rises, Michael Caine revealed the previously unknown background he invented for the character in order to portray him properly...