In the long ago year of 2002, the WB debuted a live-action television drama based on DC's Batman family of comic books, past and present. Entitled Birds of Prey, it focused on Batgirl-turned-Oracle Barbara Gordon, and Batman and Catwoman's vigilante daughter The Huntress, working together to defend the streets of New Gotham after The Dark Knight abandoned the city under mysterious circumstances. It was the first live-action Batman TV show since the 1966-68 series, and an early example of the modern comic book superhero TV show.
Was Birds of Prey a good show that hit at the wrong time, or was it really a bad show that only deserved 13 episodes? We're going to find out with Bird Watching, a look back at every episode of the series. Your bird watchers are Caleb Mozzocco, long-time ComicsAlliance contributor and a guy with a longbox full of Birds of Prey comics, and Meredith Tomeo, a librarian who specializes in media, an experienced watcher of superhero television, and a Barbara Gordon fan (Babs being a sort of patron superhero of librarians, after all).
Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well loved role can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we’ll look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.
The first truth of Batman is that he was never alone, he always had help and he's almost always had a Robin by his side. Bruce Wayne has always needed the lightness of Robin to balance the darkness of Batman, and despite some tragedy along the way, the title of Boy (and Girl) Wonder is one of the most enduring legacies in the DC Universe.
The Birds of Prey is a classic DC franchise that has been missing from the stands for the past couple of years, but that absence comes to an end soon thanks to the launch of Batgirl and The Birds of Prey as part of DC Rebirth. Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson of The CW's The 100, with art by We(l)come Back's Claire Roe, the series brings the classic team of Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress together again for the first time in order to track down an imposter posing as Barbara Gordon's former identity, Oracle.
ComicsAlliance chatted to the Benson sisters about how they came to DC, their transition from television to comics, and the team dynamic of their Birds of Prey. Also, DC provided us with annotated design pages from Yanick Paquette and an exclusive look at character sketches by Claire Roe!
With DC Rebirth comes a new take on the Birds of Prey, specifically Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, written by Julie and Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe, and along with that comes some new costume designs.
While Batgirl seems to be keeping the same basic costume she's worn since moving to Burnside (though it looks different when drawn by different artists), her new teammates, Huntress and Black Canary, have new looks designed by series cover artist Yanick Paquette. But what do these new looks tell us about the characters and the series, and how do they compare to the characters' previous looks?
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
It looks like DC Collectibles is going to make fans of DC's video game's pretty happy come March. Batman: Arkham Origins will get four more 6.75" action figures as part of the line's second series, including Deadshot, Deathstroke and the newly unveiled Firefly and Anarky. Scribblenauts Unmasked will also expand with 11 new 2.25" blind-boxed figures, such as Cyborg, Blue Beetle (Jamie Reyes) and Superman Blue. Joining all the video game goodness are more New 52 Crime Syndicate action figures, a Sinestro bust, statues of Huntress, Superman and Batman, and hefty Fables bookends. You can see all of DC's December solicitation info, after the jump.
We're two weeks away from the first appearance of Helena Bertinelli, AKA the Huntress, on the CW's Arrow, which means only one thing: Time for a sneak preview of what to expect from the live-action TV debut of one of DC Comics' best-known super heroines...
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