With a run on Detective Comics in the late '80s that includes some of the best Batman stories of all time and other work that includes Son of the Demon and the co-creation of Batman and the Outsiders, it's no exaggeration to say that Mike W. Barr is one of my all-time favorite writers. Recently, he returned to Batman alongside artist Tom Lyle for a three-part tale of Batman, Robin and deathtraps in DC's digital-first Legends of the Dark Knight, and ComicsAlliance decided to mark the occasion with an extended interview about his long history with Batman.
Today, in part one of the interview, Barr discusses Son of the Demon, the importance of Robin, and his views on whether or not the Batman should kill his enemies.
Q: Does it ever bug you that comics characters don't age in any significant manner? --@sackobooks
A: I'm not gonna lie to you, Sacko: The first time I looked at this question, I dismissed it almost immediately, because to me, the answer seems pretty obvious. I mean, I am a guy whose career is defined by being super into a guy who's been in his early thirties for the past 74 years, so it's clearly not that big an issue. But then I got to talking to Matt Wilson about it, and he made me realize that there's actually a lot there to talk about.
After all, some characters do age. But do they need to?
A complaint you sometimes hear about online multiplayer components of AAA video games is that you never get to play as the star or stars of the single-player campaign. Maybe that's why WB Games Montreal and Splash Damage designed the multiplayer aspect of Batman: Arkham Originsso that one player out of eight gets to actually wear the cape and cowl, at least for a round.
Check out the trailer for the multiplayer mode, which features "3 vs. 3 vs. 2" combat, below.
For obvious reasons, we're pretty big fans of triumphant returns, and there aren't many that have been as awesome as Cartoon Network's revival of Teen Titans Go!. Over the past few months, it's been a hoot to watch every week, and at San Diego, we sat down for a roundtable interview with producer Aaron Horvath and voice actors Tara Strong, Greg Cipes, Scott Menville and Khary Payton to find out just what it's like to work on the show and why they're so focused on food.
Scooby-Doo and Batman have met before -- in one of the so-called New Scooby-Doo Movies of the early 1970s and then again on Batman: The Brave and The Bold. The Scooby gang and the Dynamic Duo will be teaming up once again, this time in a digital comic, DC Digital announced in a Thursday panel at Comic-Con International.
Not content to rest on its laurels after this month's release of Batman, Robin, the Riddler and the Joker, Figures Toy Company is set to roll out two more waves of Batman 8" Mego replicas. Come September collectors will be able to pick up Catwoman, Penguin, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson as part of the line's second wave and in February of 2014 Batgirl, Alfred Pennyworth and unmask-able versions of Batman and Robin will be available in wave three.
Following last year's display of Batmobiles, Warner Bros. Entertainment. has returned to San Diego's Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel park for "Lawn Con," a family-friendly event space featuring music, eating areas and prominent DC Comics, LEGO and Warner Bros. Animation displays. Set to run through the duration of Comic-Con on July 18-21, Lawn Con showcases 2-3 story-tall Teen Titans Go! balloons, approximately 1:1 scale LEGO builds of Batman, Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine and even a life-size LEGO Bag End bringing the Hobbit Lego set to life. Down the street, Cartoon Network's also blown up Regular Show's Mordecai and Rigby with a big balloon display.
It's a testament to how well-made the video game Lego Batman 2: Superheroes Unite is that large chunks of the "story" scenes can be repurposed and matched with new material so seamlessly that it's difficult to tell that any part of the new direct-to-DVD movie Lego Batman: The Movie -- DC Superheroes Unite was ever intended for anything other than a slick computer-animated movie.
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