In a move certainly not timed to undermine the attention focused tonight's debut of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, news has broke that Warner Bros. Television and Fox are moving forward with a new television series based on DC Comics' Batman characters. Titled Gotham, the police drama will focus on James Gordon long before he became the city's police commissioner and Dark Knight confidant; when he was just a detective investigating what Deadline reports will be some of Gotham's most famous criminals.
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A new trailer for WB Games Montreal's Batman: Arkham Origins offers a reminder that the Dark Knight's got "eight assassins after head," and offers up a pretty good look at what he'll be dealing with. Big boss Black Mask, The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Copperhead, and the just-announced Firefly all make appearances. Not only that, but pair of cutscenes with Alfred and James Gordon (presumably before he was a commissioner... maybe lieutenant?) are featured, too.
The trailer also gives fans their first good listens to the new voices for Batman and The Joker -- Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker -- who seem to be doing their best Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill impressions. See it all in motion after the jump.
In case you haven't heard yet, Grant Morrison recently offered his take on the end of The Killing Joke, the seminal 1988 story from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Widely considered one of the greatest Batman stories -- and possibly the greatest Joker story -- of all time, the ending is, arguably, a bit ambiguous. In an interview on Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman," Morrison said he believes that one-shot was Moore and Bolland's take on what would be a final Batman story --similar to Moore's Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? -- with the story ending when, in his mind, Batman chokes the Joker to death as he laughs maniacally.
The timing of this comment from Morrison is interesting, because I was talking about this scene a few days ago with a friend who I've been having this same argument with since 1998. She's on Team Morrison, believing that Batman kills the Joker as well. It's an interesting theory, and one I understand, but here's the thing: Not only do I think both my friend and Morrison are wrong, but I think Batman killing the Joker would make for a completely pointless story.
If you're a fan of Warner Bros. Animation's DC Comics work, then you're already a fan of Shane Glines. Since 1996, he's been working as a character designer on shows like Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited, and now, he's hard at work on the new Beware the Batman.
In one short month, Grant Morrison's eight-year run on Batman will come to an end with Batman Incorporated #13. Much of the the latter part of Morrison's run has featured art from collaborator Chris Burnham, who will finish out the run with the writer. DC Comics has released three inked preview pages from the concluding issue, which you can check out after the jump.
The first issue of Detective Comics written by Scott Snyder ("American Vampire") drops today with art by Jock and a backup feature on Commissioner Gordon with art by Francesco Francavilla. Naturally, we sent our very own Batmanologist Chris Sims to talk with the new Batman scribe about the deeper themes in his new Detective Comics run, and how he is recreating Gotham as a city as a dark mirror that is recreating itself in reaction to the strengths and weaknesses of two men who are currently battling the darkness on its streets: Dick Grayson and Commissioner Gordon...