This past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Tamashii Nations teased S.H. Figuarts based on NetherRealm's DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us with but a sign. Now at New York Comic Con 2013, Batman has broken the silence with a blank 6" prototype demonstrating the upcoming line's precision sculpting and articulation. It's still early to tell just how posable, colorful and accessorized this line will be based on a lone unpainted Batman toy, but given the die-cast and resin construction, detailed sculpts and accessory-packed nature associated of the S.H. Figuarts line, Batman fans who're cool with his Injustice duds can probably expect a something comparable to what they've seen before from Bandai with other licenses. You can get a look at the upcoming 2014 release after the cut.
From 52 to Countdown to Trinity, there was a three year period in which weekly comics were a staple of DC Comics' publishing initiative. Now the publisher is returning to the format, as today DC Comics announced Batman: Eternal, a year long weekly series focusing on the Dark Knight and Gotham City. The title will feature a writing team led by current Batman scribe Scott Snyder, and its launch will coincide with the character's 75th anniversary.
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're shining the signal in the sky and crashing through your manor's window to dress up like Batman!
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.
Scott Kolins has been illustrating tales of DC Comics' iconic characters for more than 20 years. Perhaps best known for his collaboration with writers Geoff Johns and Bryan Augustyn on The Flash, the artist has worked on Wonder Woman, Superman/Batman, The Legion Of Superheroes and Young Justice for DC, among others. In recent years Kolins has tried his hand at writing and illustrating stories, most notably the Solomon Grundy seven issue miniseries in 2009, spinning out of the publisher's Blackest Night event. Now Kolins is taking on writing and art duties once again in this week's Legends Of The Dark Knight Chapter 70, the latest story in the digital first series of out-of-continuity tales focusing largely on Batman's early years.
In the first issue of this this four part story, titled "Hell's Bells," Batman and the Gotham City Police Department converge on the same suspect, but a trigger happy member of the force sets his sights on Batman instead. DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a four page preview of the story, which you can check out below.
Just in time for Fall/Winter vigilantism, Forever 21 has launched the Bats and Cats Collection of apparel, accessories and cosmetics, featuring the iconic motifs of Batman and Catwoman. After the success of previous licensed collections showcasing the designs of Hello Kitty/Sanrio and Minnie Mouse, the Bats and Cats line is the first comic-centric collection that Forever 21 has released. Although Forever 21 has occasionally carried DC and Marvel apparel (primarily graphic tees), this collection features a wider variety of merchandise, including Bat-emblem leggings, Catwoman sweaters, and purses covered in gold bat-shaped studs, and more.
After a blockbuster video game that thoroughly explored Arkham Asylum and a follow-up set in a section of Gotham City that featured every significant landmark from Crime Alley to Ace Chemicals, you might be wondering where they could go next. This week, we found out, when Batman: Arkham Origins producer Guillaume Voghel revealed that they wouldn't just be taking Batman back to the past, they'd be packing him up and sending him off to Ninja School.
Well, the term they used was "a monastery in Asia" and not "ninja school," but if you'd rather think of shadowy intrigue and instruction on poisonous darts than an owl bringing young Bruce Wayne his acceptance letter to Kirigi's School of Ninjacraft and Ninjary, that's your problem.
One of my favorite cartoonists, Dave Bullock is well known to comics art collectors and the denizens of artist alley, and in comics has produced covers and illustrated short stories like the standout Deadman piece from Wednesday Comics. Most often he's worked as a storyboard artist and director on such impressive animated titles like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and Justice League. Most auspiciously, Bullock directed the Warner Bros. Animation feature Justice League: The New Frontier, adapted from the work of Darwyn Cooke, who shares Bullock's affinity for mid-century stylings.
Naturally, Bullock is an ideal candidate for participation in the enduringly popular DC Comics art project that is Batman: Black & White, which reunites the cartoonist with his Wednesday Comics editor Mark Chiarello for a story that plays to Bullock's mastery of period style and dramatic storytelling. Written by longtime Batman associate Michael Uslan, "The Bat-Man In 'Silent Knight... Unholy Knight!'" takes inspiration from the era and aesthetics of silent film. Given Bullock's filmmaking background, it comes as no surprise that he put together a silent-film-style trailer for his story. What is a surprise is just how well it works, putting the traditional "comic book trailer" to shame.
It looks like Play Imaginative isn't the only Hong Kong toymaker putting a die-cast spin on DC Comics heroes. Herocross is releasing cute 5.5" tall takes on Batman and Superman soon as part of its Hybrid Metal Figures line. Both die-cast/plastic hybrid figures will sport 20 points of articulation, along with LED light-up eyes. Superman is expected to arrive in November for around $90, with Batman arriving one month later in December for around $100.
Maybe it was because Arkham Asylum was in the works at the time or that the mobile game market wasn't quite the powerhouse it is today, but for whatever reason there weren't any The Dark Knight videogame adaptations when the film dropped in 2008. While it's probably for the best that TDK's narrative wasn't reduced to what would've almost had to have been an epic boss battle with Heath Ledger's Joker -- a character intentionally unaffected by Batman's traditional physical violence -- CineFix has found a way to present key scenes from the film in charming 8-bit style.