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Scott Snyder On ‘Batman: Zero Year – Dark City’: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part One

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In the pages of Batman, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia are retelling the origin of Batman for the modern DC Universe with "Zero Year." Told over the course of a year, "Zero Year" is divided in to three arcs, each representing a facet of Gotham City and Batman's growth into a superhero, and it's been wild right from the start. For each arc, ComicsAlliance is going in-depth with Snyder to find out more about how the story came together and what these elements mean, and with "Dark City" finishing just a few weeks ago, it's time once again for our conversation to resume.

Today, in the first part of our interview, Snyder discusses the return of Dr. Death, why he wanted to pay homage to Frank Miller's Year One and Dark Knight Returns while at the same time breaking away from them as much as possible, and why "Dark City" was the most challenging part of the story to write.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Here’s The Thing,’ Episode 2: Comics New Readers Should Get Next [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

This week, he's helping out new fans by taking two comics often listed as being "great for new readers," Batman: Year One and Hawkeye, and making connections to tell you where to go next! Sit tight for plenty of great comics recommendations!

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Exclusive Interview: Bruce Timm On His Return to Batman With ‘Strange Days’ [Video]

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Broadcasting Wednesday at 6:30pm (5:30pm CST) on Cartoon Network, Batman: Strange Days is the first all-new Dark Knight project authored principally by Bruce Timm in years and years. The latest of the DC Nation Shorts, the piece was conceived, written, storyboarded, designed and directed by Timm himself as a tribute to the original Batman comics by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson on the occasion of the character's 75th anniversary. And as Timm told ComicsAlliance in this exclusive interview, Strange Days is the Batman story that he would create if he was "boss of the world."

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Frank Cho Revises ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Scene To Make It Even More Anti-Superman

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Frank Cho

If you didn't know, artist Frank Cho hates Superman.

He went about proving it with a post to his blog this week in which he shared a commission for his pal who goes by the name Hawaiian Dave. It's a remix of the climactic two-page spread from Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns in which Batman and Superman have their big, final fight in Crime Alley. Cho has added in a bit of commentary, and it is anything but Superman-friendly. Check it out after the jump.

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‘Batman ’66′ Writer Jeff Parker And Artist Colleen Coover: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part Two

Batman '66 by Jeff Parker and Colleen Coover

We are currently living in the middle of a renaissance of interest in the 1966 Batman TV show. With licensing deals that have taken decades to work out falling into place, we've got action figures, clothes, and DVDs are finally on the way, and at the leading edge of it all is DC's digital-first Batman '66 comic, written by Jeff Parker with art by Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover.

This week, the first hardcover collection of the series is out in print, and to mark the occasion, I sat down at Portland, Oregon's Periscope Studio to talk to Parker (and special guest Colleen Coover) about their work on the series. Today, in the second half of the interview, we discussed Parker and Coover's attitudes towards the multiple Catwomen,

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Bruce Timm Returns To Batman In New DC Nation Short, ‘Batman Strange Days’

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The last time Batman appeared in a Warner Bros. animated production in the Bruce Timm "style," it was in the Justice League Unlimited series, which ended in 2004.

Now, the big-eared, Timm-designed version of Batman is back in a new short for Cartoon Network's DC Nation block, titled Batman Strange Days, which finds the Dark Knight taking on Hugo Strange and a mysterious, Solomon Grundy-like giant. It looks dark --virtually black and white or sepia -- and features Batman firing a huge gun evocative of Gundam Wing's Twin Buster Rifle marked "tear gas."

Check out a handful of stills in anticipation of the short's April 9 debut, after the jump.

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‘Batman ’66′ Writer Jeff Parker And Artist Colleen Coover: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part One

Batman '66, by Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case

We are currently living in the middle of a renaissance of interest in the 1966 Batman TV show. With licensing deals that have taken decades to work out falling into place, we've got action figures, clothes, and DVDs are finally on the way, and at the leading edge of it all is DC's digital-first Batman '66 comic, written by Jeff Parker with art by Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover.

This week, the first hardcover collection of the series is out in print, and to mark the occasion, I sat down at Portland, Oregon's Periscope Studio to talk to Parker (and special guest Colleen Coover) about their work on the series. In the first half of the interview, we'll discuss the competitive relationship between Batman and his villains, the addition of big stunts to the show, and why Parker doesn't think it's necessary to be a fan to write a good comic.

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Like the Fire, BaneCat Rises on YouTube [Video]

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This latest attempt at Bane's unique speech pattern stars a cat. Folks, meet BaneCat.

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Bootleg Batman Toy Beats Off Opponents With Strong Muscles

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If there are two things in this world that I love looking at pictures of, it's Batman and bootleg toys, and today, my two greatest loves have come together in a truly beautiful way: Over at WeirdoToys.com, they are shining the spotlight on two amazing vintage Batman figures that are unlicensed as all hell, and they are amazing.

The figures were recently unearthed from a storage bin, and from the bright red costume (with a handy label across the chest letting you know who it is) to a description of "Space Flyman" that is simply magical, these are some of the most hilariously delightful knockoffs I've ever seen. Check 'em out below!

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Batman Turns 75: Comics Alliance’s Favorite Bat-Features

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of a little-known character that some comics readers may have had occasion to hear of in their exploits, if they really dug through the back-issue bins: The Batman.

Here at ComicsAlliance, as regul

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