It just was only last week that we got word that actress Yvonne Craig had signed a licensing agreement with DC Comics parent Warner Bros. to allow the production and sale of new merchandise and other products -- the first in literally decades -- based on her likeness as Batgirl, one of the most beloved figures from the great Batman television series of the 1960s. It would seem that preparations were well underway before the announcement, because today DC has confirmed the first appearance of Craig's Batgirl in the pages of its startlingly good comics series Batman '66. On sale this week, the story will be written by the book's ongoing writer Jeff Parker and feature artwork by ComicsAlliance favorite Colleen Coover, who joins cover artist Michael Allred and storytellers Jonathan Case, Joe Quinones and Ty Templeton in making Batman '66 one of the very best looking Bat-books DC has published in years.
Warner Bros. Games Montreal has released a new trailer for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins game, revealing two alternative looks for Batman that will only be available for Sony's PlayStation 3. As announced at E3 earlier this year, the Knightfall pack will allow gamers to play as classic Adam West Batman from the 1966 TV show, or as goofy light-up-armor Azrael Batman from the 1993 comic crossover Knightfall.
The Batman '66 dynamic duo portrayed by Adam West and Burt Ward made their Hot Toys debut this past summer at SDCC 2013, but thanks to official promo images fans can get their best look yet at the classic crime fighters in all their 1/6 scale action figure glory. Sold separately, the 12" Batman and Robin figures each come with swappable hands, radio communicators and batarangs, plus character-specific items like shark-repellant and a giant bomb that Bats just can't seem to get rid of.
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You knew this was coming. Whether you love or hate (and a lot of you seem to hate) the recently announced casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman film from Warner Bros., there is now a t-shirt for you. You know, assuming you need to express that kind of opinion via t-shirt.
It probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that Batman '66 is hands down my pick for the best digital comic going today, but it's always worth repeating. It's the highlight of each and every comics week, and while I've personally been waiting decades for a new story about Egghead, Jeff Parker and Joe Quinones have spent the latest issue bringing in a character who may -- may -- have more appeal to modern audiences.
In this week's Batman '66 #7, they've introduced the 1966 version of Harley Quinn -- or at least, someone who'svery close.
It's been a big few months for licensed Batman '66 with DC Digital launching its comic series and loads of licensors working on products modeled after Adam West and Burt Ward in their iconic superhero roles. Some toymakers are thinking big -- or huge -- with their takes on the classic Batman show, but Mezco is offering colorful characters at a smaller, 2" tall size with its upcoming line of Batman '66 Mini Mez-itz. The toymaker had multiple versions of Batman, Robin, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler and Joker on display at its Comic-Con booth, plus its in-scale Batmobile for the toys to tool around in. Get a load of some of the smaller-scale Batman '66 toys after the jump.