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Batman’s ‘The Killing Joke’ Comic to Become an Animated Movie

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The Killing Joke is one of the more notable entries in Batman comic book history, offering one of the most sadistic versions of the Joker to date. Alan Moore’s book is one of the more divisive among fans, who either love it or despise it, and in further proving their commitment to the darker side of superhero stories, DC is taking The Killing Joke and adapting it…into an animated feature, of all things.

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DC Puts The Spotlight On Sidekicks With ‘Batman And Robin Eternal’ And ‘Robin War’

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It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty good year to be a sidekick. Not only have we seen the return of Damian Wayne in the pages of Robin: Son of Batman and the expansion of the role into a whole new team of teen wonders in We Are... Robin, but today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, DC announced that Batman's partners in crime-fighting would be at the center of two major events in the Batman titles.

In October, Batman & Robin Eternal will kick off as a weekly series with a focus on characters like Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Jason Todd and Harper Row, and in December, We Are... Robin, Robin: Son of Batman and Gotham Academy will cross over for "Robin War."

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Ask Chris #248: The Zero Effect; Is Mister Freeze the Best Example of Villain Reinvention?

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Q: Has there ever been a more notable or successful reinvention of a villain than the transition from Mr. Zero to Mister Freeze? -- @spacetimeboss

A: Friend, you are not kidding about Mr. Freeze. As much as heroes and villains change over the years, and as much as they have to change to stay relevant as hundreds of creators work on their ongoing stories, I honestly don't know if there's any bad guy who made a change that dramatic, both in terms of theme and quality. He goes from being a one-note crook with an ice gun to one of the most compelling and tragic figures in Batman's entire Rogues Gallery. I'd even go as far as saying that aside from Two-Face, he's the easiest of the major villains to sympathize with --- and he probably works in a whole lot more stories besides.

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‘Batman’ Co-Writer Geoff Johns Reveals Comic Book Origins of Ben Affleck’s New Movie

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DC Comics

Well that didn’t take very long. Just a couple of hours ago we learned that Ben Affleck will co-write, direct and star in a new Batman solo movie ahead of his appearance at Comic-Con 2015 this Saturday. If you thought you’d have to wait to learn more details about the project, DC’s chief creative officer and comic book writer Geoff Johns is already dropping hints.

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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct Solo ‘Batman’ Film From Comic Book Writer Geoff Johns

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We’d previously heard some rumblings about Ben Affleck possibly directing and starring in a solo Batman film for Warner Bros. and DC, and although the WB Comic-Con panel isn’t until this Saturday, we’ve already got major news: Affleck has been confirmed to direct, star in and co-write the solo Batman film with DC Comics’ own Geoff Johns.

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‘Gotham’ Star Cameron Monaghan Basically Confirms His Role as the Joker

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There was a whole lot of wishy-washy nonsense surrounding Cameron Monaghan’s role as Jerome in Gotham Season 1. Was he FOX’s Bat-prequel version of the Joker or wasn’t he? Executive producer Bruno Heller teased the arrival of Batman’s most famous villain in Season 1, but backtracked later to say we would see a “pre-embryonic” origin story of the character in Season 2. But according to a photo posted by Monaghan, we may have been misled — or not. I don’t know. This is getting out of hand.

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The Evolution of Catwoman: Best Catwoman Stories by Decade

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Many of comics’ most popular heroes have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.

With this feature we’ll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics’ most beloved characters decade by decade. This week, we’re taking a look at the best Catwoman comics.

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Comic-Con 2015: ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Stars Will Sign Autographs for Fans This Week

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Here’s something you don’t see at every Comic-Con. Although fans and critics alike get the chance to see major franchise stars in Hall H, they rarely get to interact with them up close. That will change this Saturday, as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will put aside their superhero squabbling and hit the con floor to sign autographs for fans.

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The Great ComicsAlliance and ScreenCrush Funko Pop Giveaway

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Hey, hey! It looks like it's time for another Funko Pop giveaway. ScreenCrush and ComicsAlliance are teaming up to offer up another selection of the collectible figurines fans just can't help but gobble up. From movies and comics to television and video games, Funko's reach knows no bounds, and neither does the adoration of collectors around the world from all walks of life.

Fortunately, we're going to make it a tiny bit easier for fans of characters like Deadpool, Wolverine, Boba Fett and Ant-Man to get their hands on these coveted cuties. For the next few weeks, we'll be tossing up these little heroes on Twitter, so if you aren't already following either @ComicsAlliance or @ScreenCrushNews, it might behoove you to tune in to our feeds if you hope to get your hands on one.

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The Batman 66 Episode Guide 1×29: The Bookworm Turns

Batman 1x29: The Bookworm Turns

The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.

This week, a national treasure is in danger and the show hits a milestone... with the very first celebrity window cameo!

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