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Ask Chris #316: To Kill A Legend

Ask Chris #316: Background art by Dick Giordano

Q: Would you like to write a miniseries about the Batman from the end of "To Kill A Legend?" -- @TByrne75

A: Hm. Hmmmmmm. You know, as much time as I've spent thinking about Batman, this is one thing I've never actually considered.

When you get right down to it, the real question here is whether I think that particular take on Batman is strong enough on his own to carry a story, and on the surface, that seems like a pretty easy one to answer. There are enough alternate versions of Batman floating around that it's pretty clear that you can do almost anything with that character, from recasting him as a grumpy old man to just straight up making him a vampire. But the thing about "To Kill a Legend" that stands out, the thing that really defines that take on the character, is that he doesn't have any of the things that define the Batman we already know... except Batman himself.

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The Fate of Gotham Hangs in the Balance in the Latest ‘Batman: The Telltale Series’ Trailer

Telltale Games
Telltale Games

You've got to give it to Telltale Games with this Batman series. The developer has made licensed games before, but taking a character and world as adored as the Dark Knight's and making it wholly your own in this day and age isn't easy. There have been so many different interpretations of the Batman myth over the last 75 years, it's not only hard to find a new wrinkle to explore, it's also next to impossible to tell a worthwhile story tapping one of those unseen veins.

With Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale hasn't just done all of those things, it's done them incredibly well. This gaming adventure has been a terrific joy to experience from the get go (even if it is at times a bit buggy), and the further into Telltale's version of Gotham we go, the more invested we've become. Now of course comes the tricky part, as the latest trailer introduces the Joker for the very first time.

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First ‘Justice League Dark’ Trailer Teases the DCU’s Latest R-Rated Animated Film

Justice League Dark

With Doug Liman recently signing on to helm Guillermo del Toro’s long-developing Dark Universe project, it shouldn’t be much longer now before supernatural forces invade the live-action DC movie universe. Until then, the animated DCU is a step ahead with Justice League Dark, unveiling the first official trailer for their latest R-rated feature — hopefully it’ll be a bit less controversial than The Killing Joke.

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Ask Chris #315: Bat-Mite

Ask Chris #315, background art from Batman: The Brave And The Bold

Q: Bat-Mite: Silly or amazing? — @firehawk32

A: Yes.

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‘Justice League Action’ Goes for Laughs in First Cartoon Network Clips

Justice League Action Clips
Cartoon Network

Just when DC had us distracted with one shiny animation return, so too is the Justice League ready to grace our screens again in animated form. See for yourself in new clips from the forthcoming Justice League Action, including musical moments, alien worlds and a little Bat-time travel.

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Ezra Miller Says the Flash and Batman ‘Get a Kick Out of Each Other’ in ‘Justice League’

The Flash Ezra Miller
Warner Bros.

As dour and moody as the DC films have been so far, it’s about time they throw some humor into the mix. A lot of the heroes who’ll be in Justice League haven’t been properly introduced to us yet, including Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s Flash. It’s only Superman who will have had a solo introduction before Justice League kicks off, with Ben Affleck’s Batman getting his intro in the middle of essentially the second Superman movie. Luckily, Batman and the Flash will have some quality time to get to know one another, as, according to Ezra Miller, it sounds like the two will have a more buddy comedy-style relationship.

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You Make Rules That You Cannot Break, And Then You Break Them: Scott Snyder And Declan Shalvey On ‘All Star Batman’ And ‘The Cursed Wheel’ [Interview]

All Star Batman #4, art by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

The lead story in All Star Batman has been getting a lot of attention for the over-the-top action of Batman and Two-Face on a road trip that finds them pit against bad guys like Gentleman Ghost and the KGBeast. And look, I'm not saying that Batman dismantling the Black Spider's arms with a chainsaw and then riding off in an 18-wheeler isn't something we should be talking about, but it's important that we don't overlook the backup story either, where Scott Snyder, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire are putting Batman's newest ally through a training program called the Cursed Wheel.

ComicsAlliance spoke to Snyder and Shalvey about how they've developed Duke Thomas as a character set apart from Batman's family of sidekicks, the striking visuals of the Cursed Wheel, and the challenges of showing us what Gotham City looks like in daylight.

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Lego Reveals New Toys For ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ For All Your Tiny Commissioner Gordon Needs

LEGO Batman: The Scuttler

When you have a movie that's based on a toy line that is in turn based on Batman, however, things are a little different, and with The Lego Batman Movie, being the only film that dares to show the Bat-Zeppelin, we're bound to get some pretty screen-accurate toys. And now that we've seen the latest trailer, we can take a look at two new sets!

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Ask Chris #314: Does Batman Carry The Mark of Zorro?

Ask Chris #314, background art by Norm Breyfogle

Q: How essential is The Mark of Zorro to Batman's origin story? -- @TheKize

A: Strictly speaking, I don't think it's necessary. For one thing, while I'm actually not sure where it was introduced, the idea that young Bruce Wayne was watching The Mark of Zorro on the night his parents were murdered was at least canonized in stone in the opening pages of The Dark Knight Returns, which means that there were almost 50 years where Batman got along just fine without that element. On top of that, there have been plenty of Batman stories that go in a different direction, and it doesn't really hurt the mythology behind the character to make it something else.

But that said, The Mark of Zorro being the last thing Bruce Wayne sees before his world ends and he makes the choice to become Batman certainly makes it a whole lot better.

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‘Arrow’ Season 5 Casts Talia al Ghul With Lexa Doig

Arrow Talia al Ghul Lexa Doig
The CW / DC Comics

The Arrow franchise has long held a curious interaction with major Batman characters, culminating in a season devoted to Ra’s al Ghul himself, and it seems we’re not done with the League of Assassins just yet. Season 5 will officially introduce a Stargate SG-1 star as Ra’s daughter Talia al Ghul, half-sister to Nyssa.

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