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‘Arkham Manor’ #1 Redecorates Batman’s Home… With MURRRRRDER! [Review]

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When DC Comics announced the new lineup of Batman Family titles a few months back, Arkham Manor was the only one that actually gave me a "wait what" moment. Dick Grayson as a super-spy traveling across the world dealing with stuff like a dude who had his eyes replaced with guns? Sure, makes perfect sense. Hipster Batgirl fighting crime with the power of Snapchat? All for it. Teens running around a creepy boarding school in the one place in the DC Universe where no one in their right mind would send unsupervised children? It's the book I've been waiting for all my life.

But Arkham Manor stuck out. Right from the concept, it's this weird variation on familiar themes, trying to twist them into something new. That makes it an inherently interesting idea, even if it's one that I'm approaching with caution as a reader. I want to know what's going on here, and with the first issue out, it lives up to that. More than anything else, Arkham Manor #1 is intriguing.

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Mondo’s Batman Anniversary Portraits Are Maximum Rad

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It's not often, but every now and then have to look at things that aren't covered by pictures of Batman, and this is clearly the biggest problem in my life. Fortunately, Mondo is taking steps to minimize this problem in the best way possible.

Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been excited about this ever since it was announced a few months back, but on October 24, they're kicking off their gallery show in Austin celebrating the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary. There are some some truly incredible portraits, continuing a long year of great comics and pop-culture inspired art that's included stuff like the Batman: The Animated Series and Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks. We've seen a sample of what they have to offer, and they are beautiful. Check 'em out below!

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Ask Chris #216: When Do Horror Stories Become Superhero Stories?

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Q: What major superhero can be most effectively dropped into a horror plot without causing it to stop being horror? -- @KaosExMachina

A: Y'know, I don't wanna make any of the other 215 people who have Asked Chris feel bad or anything, but this is easily one of my favorite questions that I've ever gotten. It's probably obvious by now, but I have a lot of fun thinking about different genre conventions and how they work, and this is the sort of thing that you can play around with forever, and that you can ask your friends and get all sorts of different answers and justifications, something that I actually did while I was getting ready to write this article. But it's also a really difficult one to answer.

It's like you said: When you add superheroes to horror stories, they tend to stop being horror stories.

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Len Wein On Harlan Ellison, Garcia-Lopez And ‘Batman ’66: The Lost Episode’ [Interview]

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On November 19, DC Comics will release Batman '66: The Lost Episode, a bookshelf-format one-shot by writer Len Wein and penciller José Luis Garcia-López -- superhero comics legends, both -- adapting a previously-unknown story that Harlan Ellison wrote for the classic Adam West and Burt Ward TV show: the introduction of Two-Face. The project is a very special companion to DC's popular and critically acclaimed digital-first Batman '66 series. In addition to its prestigious veteran storytellers, the book also features inking by Joe Prado, colors by Alex Sinclair and cover art by Alex Ross, all industry leaders in their disciplines.
At New York Comic Con this past weekend, we had the opportunity to sit down with Wein and discuss the origin of the project, his friendship with Ellison, and the experience of adapting an unfilmed television episode into the comic book format.

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‘Gotham’ Season 1 Recap, Episode 4: ‘Arkham’

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Now that six additional episodes of the crime drama Gotham have been ordered by Fox, we’re looking toward a full 22-episode first season. Although ratings have dropped since the pilot (Sleepy Hollow, also on Fox, was one of only three shows ranked below Gotham Monday night), the series about Batman’s beginnings has managed to hold a firm grip on at least 75% of its audience.

One problem cited by critics familiar with the Batman mythos is Gotham’s inclusion of too many characters (with forced relationships) at the onset. Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, the overstocked spread leaves us inexplicably unsatisfied. On the other hand, whiffs of treats about the city itself – its cavernous sewer system, detached outskirts, and now, the Arkham District – keep us lingering around for something savory.

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Warner Bros Announces Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman Movies & More

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At a presentation to investors on Wednesday morning, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara unveiled his studio's blockbuster movie slate for the next few years through to 2020, finally confirming the titles for an ambitious number of movies based on DC Comics superhero properties.

The announcement confirms that we will finally see a long-awaited Wonder Woman movie in 2017. Gal Gadot will reprise the role after 2016's Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The announcement also includes the expected Justice League movie -- and a sequel -- the previously announced Suicide Squad movie, and pictures starring Justice League members Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. This means DC now has one superhero movie in the works with a female lead, and three with non-white leads.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman Vs. Club Dracula (1983)

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Here's a weird thing about this career that I've found myself in: A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a few disparaging remarks about one Andrew Bennett, the weepy star of DC's I... Vampire, and the next day I got an email from one of my childhood heroes asking, jokingly, what I thought of the Andrew Bennett story that he'd done in the pages of Brave and the Bold. The writer was Batman: Year Two's own Mike W. Barr, and the issue in question was BATB #195, where he and artist Jim Aparo sent Bennett on a team-up with the Caped Crusader to deal with a sudden wave of vampire crime in Gotham City. To be honest, it's really one of those perfect superhero comics for Halloween. It's fun, it's exciting, and as you may have guessed, it's more than a little weird.

Largely because it takes the World's Greatest Detective to figure out that all this vampire crime might have something to do with Gotham's newest business, Club Dracula.

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Batman And Lois Lane Are Sitting In A Tree, F-I-G-H-T-I-N-G-C-R-I-M-E (And Kissing) In ‘Batman/Superman’ #15 [Preview]

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In case you've forgotten their current status in the New 52 version of the DC Universe (which at this point is old enough that we can probably stop referring to it as New), Superman and Lois Lane are no longer romantically entangled.

Superman is, of course, currently dating Wonder Woman, while Lois is with... Jonathan Carroll? Remember that dude? Is he still around? Well, trust me on this one, he doesn't matter, because as of this week's Batman/Superman #15, Lois is going to be dating Batman -- or at least, she's going to be going on a date with him.

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There’s Going To Be A LEGO Batman Movie — Finally Someone Is Doing Something About All This LEGO Crime

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To this day, The LEGO Movie remains one of exactly two movies about Batman released in my lifetime that I missed out on seeing in the theater. The other, incidentally, is Mask of the Phantasm, and I'm as surprised as you are that I somehow missed out on that one, but considering that I didn't have a car or my own source of income when I was 11, I can at least use that as an excuse. Sadly, missing out on The LEGO Movie is entirely on me, and remains one of my greatest regrets.

But here's the good news: It seems that I'm getting another shot at seeing the blocky, thumbless incarnation of the World's Greatest Detective on the big screen, because Warner Bros. has announced a LEGO Batman movie coming to theaters in 2017.

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Jaded Gotham City Citizens Complain ‘Batman Is Like That Naked Cowboy Guy in Times Square’ [Video]

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Have you ever wondered what Gotham City is really like? (For the sake of this exercise, please ignore that the city is a fictitious comic book construction.) Do the people there really care about Batman? What else does the city have to offer both residents and visitors? Is it nice? Where is it located? All these questions and more...well, might not be actually answered by this hilarious 'Late Night With Seth Meyers' sketch, but it comes pretty close.

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