According to We Got This Covered, sources close to the production on Matt Reeves’s The Batman will draw inspiration from The Long Halloween, the classic Batman comic by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. (I CALLED IT.)
The Long Halloween follows a young-but-experienced Batman on the hunt for the villain Holiday, a mysterious serial killer who murders his victims according to celebratory dates on the calendar. The killer could be any one of the many enemies that Batman has made during his crime-fighting career or someone new that he’ll never see coming.
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The case leads to a war with Gotham’s crime families, and District Attorney Harvey Dent is one of the great losses, becoming the iconic Two-Face in the crossfire.
The Long Halloween previously served as an inspiration for The Dark Knight’s subplot that integrated Two-Face’s origin, and it’s the perfect storyline to adapt given that it includes almost all of Batman’s villains and side characters. Penguin, Catwoman, and Riddler are reported to be among the main antagonists.
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Jeph Loeb’s sequel, Dark Victory, would also serve as a great addition to Matt Reeves’s trilogy with the origin and introduction of Robin, whose suit was displayed in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman.
It should be refreshing to see a mystery thriller that showcases Bruce Wayne’s developed detective skills and skips over his origin in order to expand upon the tales of an already established Gotham City.
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Who can achieve these remarkable feats! You all know him and you love him: Superman!
Superman is a cultural icon and in many ways, the first superhero of American media. He’s the Man of Steel, the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Tomorrow, and the Big Blue Blur. You all know Superman, from his iconic wardrobe, to his fantastic array of powers, his supporting cast (Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl), his villains (Lex Luthor, Braniac, General Zod, Doomsday, Bizarro), and his setting of Metropolis. Superhuman is a fascinating character, both as a cultural icon and what he represents. Let’s take a closer look at this famous superhero of American myth!
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Superman made his sensational debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938. He made a strong impression, headlining the cover of the book, raising a car over his head and smashing it against a boulder as men around him fled in terror. The man himself was created by the duo of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Siegel wrote the storylines, while Shuster drew the art. The creators, both Jewish, initially wanted to create the superhero as a villain(!) but later redesigned him to be a hero instead. They drew inspiration from the Golem of Judaism, circus strongmen, and movie stars. His costume most obviously incorporated the strongman ideas, both for Superman’s feats of strength and his fabulous supernatural feats. Superman began as a figure to the lower class, a symbol of fighting back against the ‘man’, appropriate considering America was just pulling itself out of the Depression. As such, Superman tackled authority figures, fighting against men of the establishment like corrupt governors, oil tycoons, and con-men. His status quo was quickly established, with Lois Lane entering the picture as the object of Clark Kent’s affections, while Kent himself posed as a reporter at the Daily Planet.
Superman’s popularity exploded overnight, with his comic books selling more than any other comic book character in history. Due to his popularity, Superman was followed by a host of imitators such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom, the Spectre, Hawkman, and many, many others. From all this came the foundation of the DC Universe, a host of imprints that DC eventually folded under one label, with Superman now sharing his world with dozens of other superpowered people. In fact, he became a founding member of the Justice League, the most famous team in comics history that brought its assorted heroes together.
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Superman’s popularity allowed him to expand from the comics, first in a radio show entitled The Adventures of Superman in 1940 and ran until 1951. The radio serials were fifteen minutes in length and aimed at a young audience but it made a huge cultural splash when it dared to go against a real life foe: the Ku Klux Klan. Seeing the Klan experience a resurgence, human rights activist Stetson Kennedy contacted the radio show and shared with them his research on the Klan. A storyline was created, entitled ‘the Clan of the Fiery Cross’ where Superman took on the Klan, stripping away their mystique of the organization and making them experience a severe drop in membership thereafter. So, Superman has always been a force for good, even in the real world. It didn’t hurt the storyline earned spectacular ratings as well.
Superman’s first cinema appearances were in the Superman theatrical shorts, each made for very lavish budgets of 50,000 to 30,000 for the time. The result was spectacular animation that blew audiences away and showcased Superman’s power on the big screen. The shorts were highly popular, created between 1941 and 1943, contributing to Superman’s ongoing popularity. He also had a TV show called Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves as the titular hero and was highly popular in its hey day.
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In 1978, the first big budget Superman film was produced, known as Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Marlon Brando as Superman’s father Jor-El. The film was directed by Richard Donner and lauded for its impressive special effect sequences, as well as Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of the titular superhero. Reeve managed to embody the classic character completely, making Clark Kent and Superman feel like truly different people, making Superman feel like a real character, rather than a archetype. The second highest grossing film of 1978 behind Grease, the series spawned three sequels, all of diminishing quality. But it remains a classic and Christopher Reeve, along with John Williams iconic score for the film, remain the definitive, enduring representations of the hero in the public eye.
Superman remains a classic of iconography and will always be a classic! We can’t wait to see what the future brings for the Man of Steel but for now, celebrate Superman Day by reading his comics or watch one of his cartoons, TV shows, and movies! As the man would say: this looks like a job for Superman!
Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult have been intensely (but not publically) contending for the role of Batman for quite some time now.
Last week, when asked to discuss the casting battle, Pattinson could only reply, “I’m sorry, but I absolutely can’t talk about that.” Today, Pattinson has reportedly won.
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Deadline confirmed that Pattinson has now officially been cast as the next Batman. Warner Bros. approved of Pattinson inheriting the cape and cowl, even though the studio was torn between him and Hoult.
The Batman director Matt Reeves personally favored Pattinson but both actors recently screen tested for the role. Given that Reeves’ film will be a prequel to prior Batman actor Ben Affleck’s Batman v. Superman and Justice League, a younger Bruce Wayne will be needed. Both Pattinson and Hoult were ideal choices given their range and experience with blockbusters and character driven films.
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Reeves will be directing an entire trilogy that will be tied into, yet separate, from the rest of the DCEU, given its place in the cinematic universe’s timeline. It will be interesting to see how Reeves bridges his films and Pattinson’s younger Bruce Wayne with the jaded Batman that Affleck delivered with legendary performance. Batman comics such as Zero Year, Long Halloween, andDeath in the Family would cover the events needed for this character arc very well.
In the meantime, it looks as though Pattinson can now call dibs on the claim, “I’m Batman.”
Since 2016, DC Comics has been releasing two issues of the same series once a month or ‘double shipping’, but it has been announced that the company plans to stop this and instead just release one issue of an ongoing series once a month.
DC told retailers yesterday (and told us it's ok to share today) that all the double-shippimg books are going back to single shipping next year. They didn't want to lose the sales of two issues of Batman, so we get both the normal book and B/C by King (like B&R from Morrison). https://t.co/XC8m09V5mI
Citing this very tweet, Forbes wrote that “…starting in 2020, all of DC’s titles will release a maximum of one issue a month”
DC has not made any public statements about the changes yet, however CBR notes that “DC already announced changes to the Batman shipping schedule earlier this week”.
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They go to quote DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras as saying, “a new Tom King and Clay Mann Bat/Cat series in 2020 fills the gap once Batman begins to ship monthly”.
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The benefit of double shipping are obvious—twice the sales for a must-see tentpole series. That’s your Batmans, your Supermans, your Wonder Womans.
But the downsides are steep. For one, if I want to read Flash and Aquaman, then to keep up I need to spend $3.99 four times in a single month. If I’m not willing to do that, then I’ll only spend $3.99 twice a month, thus costing DC the extra money.
Secondly, double shipping puts pressure on the writers and artists to write quickly and draw even quicker, which oftentimes sacrifices a more polished story and artwork. If I spend $3.99 for a comic only to find out the story needed to go another round at the editing booth, then should I bother spending $3.99 later that month for the next story in that series?
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But DC Comics still wants those Batman sales, given that he is a tent-pole character. As Higgins wrote above, DC doesn’t want to lose those extra Batman sales, so they’ve ordered a new miniseries called Batman/Catwoman, which is to be written by Tom King and drawn by Clay Mann.
DC’s current double shipped titles are Detective Comics, Batman, Flash, Justice League and Wonder Woman. You can order them at Comixology.
A smash-and-grab crook stole $42,000 worth of comic books from a Denver Store. Shouldn’t I be explaining this to you? isn’t that our thing? Also, which Denver Store?
Mile High Comics. Fox31 Denver says the store “is known for its large collection” and “has some of the rarest and most expensive comic books in the world”. Once he broke the glass, the dastardly devil stole valuable books that “had been locked in Mile High Comics’ showcase at 4600 Jason St. ahead of Denver Comic Con this weekend”.
Do we know who did it? Was it the Joker? It was the Joker, right?
We don’t know who did it, but this cruel crook cut himself on the glass and afterwards he tried to clean up the blood with toilet cleaner.
Just one question: Did he steal a Batman comic?
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On a serious note, the merchandise stolen from the Denver store “includes the first ‘Avengers’ comic book, the first ‘Iron Man’ book and a rare autographed ‘Spider-Man’ edition”. It’s some expensive comic, and supposedly that Avengers comic book is wroth “about $14,000, according to experts” and fourteen books stolen are, all together, total about $42,000.
“Whoever did it knew what they were going for,” William Moulton of Mile High Comics told Denver7.
This seems right on the money, given that the security footage shows “the thief picking specific comics and putting them in a plastic bin”.
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His plan didn’t go off without a hitch, however, because in the process, “the burglar cut his hand or arm on a piece of broken glass” before proceeding to grab window cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner wipe up the blood.
The thief eventually took both the comics and the trash can filled with the bits of broken glass.
As of now the thief remains at large, but even Batman encourages anyone with information to call Denver Police at (720) 913-2000.