I think I've made it pretty clear over the past few years that I'm something of a connoisseur of strange comic book stories. I love comics where things get weird with that sort of cheerful rejection of all logic, where things don't quite add up, but the truth is, I sometimes get to a point where I think I've seen it all. I start to get jaded, and think that nothing can ever match the weirdness that I've already seen. But every time, I run across a story that makes me realize that in all my years, I've only hit the tip of the iceberg of bizarre stories. And it usually happens when I'm reading a Bob Haney comic.
Case in point: Bob Haney and Jim Aparo's "How To Make A Super-Hero," where the World's Greatest Detective decides it would be a good idea to let a homeless Plastic Man fill in for him while he's out of Gotham City, and guess what? It goes horribly wrong.
More auspicious casting news from the world of Gotham. Following the well received decision to give Donal Logue the role of dubious Detective Harvey Bullock, Warner Bros. has announced that Jada Pinkett Smith will appear in the series based on the Batman comic books published by DC Comics. Smith will portray a new character called Fish Mooney, who in the series' mythology is meant to be the ruthless boss of the man who Batman fans know will one day become the Penguin.
If you've been paying attention over the past few months, you've undoubtedly noticed that we here at ComicsAlliance are pretty passionate about Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger, and we're far from the only ones. There's been a surge in recent years of people trying make the public aware of the truth behind Batman's creation and that the legally mandated "Created By Bob Kane" tag on every Batman comic book, film and television episode doesn't tell even half the story.
The latest effort on that front: A Kickstarter-funded "tribute film" from the Comic Arts Council called The Cape Creator that not only looks back at Finger's considerable contributions to Batman, but also features interviews with his surviving descendants.
I wasn't expecting to see much past new Power Rangers toys when I visited Bandai America's booth at Toy Fair 2014, but I was straight up stoked when I rounded a corner to see its upcoming line of Banda Japan-designedSprüKits. What are SprüKits? Try all-new action figure model kits of Superman, Batman, Joker, Halo soldiers and more -- all available in several scales of size and complexity. Additionally, the SprüKits line is being used to import Bandai Japan's existing Danball Senki LBX figure kits.
While there's no word yet on whether or not Beware the Batman will return to the air, fans of the Cartoon Network series now have something to look forward to, as its been revealed that the first Blu-ray collection will be released Tuesday, February 18, and will include never before seen episodes.
Having spent enough to support a small child on Bandai's S.H. Figuarts action figure line, I was a bit relieved to see that Bluefin Tamashii Nations' Toy Fair 2014 booth was relatively relaxed in terms of never-before-seen figures. My relief didn't last too long, however, as I took in the big items from the show. Not only did we get a second, more fleshed-out look at the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, we also got to scope out a Shippuden-style Naruto and an articulated Michael Jackson in his Moonwalker getup.
Initially announced in October, NECA's new Scalers line is rolling out 2" miniature figures of characters like Gizmo, Gollum, Predator, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and a Xenomorph that are meant to hang on cords, cables, threads and other, well, scalables. The effect of the line was especially apparent at the NECA booth today at Toy Fair 2014, which contained a motorized wall that perpetually raised and lowered an assortment of the new toys as display versions of the upcoming second wave's Spider-Man and Batman Scalers watched on. You can get a look at the first wave of NECA Scalers, along with the preview of the superhero-stuffed second wave, after the cut.
We can't show you everything LEGO has on display at Toy Fair 2014, but there's still several Marvel and DC Comics sets that fans are going to want to see. Are you ready for a proper LEGO Sentinel? We've got plenty of X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman sets for you to check out -- including from the new, easy-to-build LEGO Jr.s line and the kid-friendly DUPLO line.
With Batman's gallery of foes being as iconic and adaptable as it is, it's not exactly rare to see an artist take a shot at doing their own interpretation of characters like the Joker and Two-Face. It is, however, a pretty uncommon treat to see them done as well, and with as much thought, as artist M.S. Corley has put into his take the Dark Knight's deadliest foes.
To be honest, the best work that Corley has done with these is in the accessorizing. That might sound weird, but the idea of the Joker wearing a straitjacket as a jaunty cloak, putting the Scarecrow in a Plague Doctor mask or giving Mr. Freeze his wife's scarf to add a touch of humanity is a really cool idea. Check 'em out, along with a few of Corley's notes, below!
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