Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet: Thazar





Hey folks, below I have provided a character profile of Thazar, whose adventures I will be proudly presenting to you in the near future. 

Character Profile: Thazar

Created By:  Tyrus Bradshaw

Real Name: JC Adams

Occupation:   Book Store Employee/Student/Athlete/Hero

Place of Birth:   Earth: Star City, USA

Base of Operation:   Star City/The entire cosmos

Group Membership:   None (however this will soon change*)

Height:  6’3”         Weight:  240

Eyes: Yellow         Hair: None

Superhuman Powers:  Vast Super human strength, invulnerability, ability to move fly and react at superhuman speed, has the ability to manipulate the cosmic energy within to create hard energy constructs such as weaponry, energy blast and force filed

Source of Power: The Cosmic energy of Thazar, given to JC by the Zinonian Guardians

Special Skills: None

Weapons: None








Monday, June 23, 2014

While I was away.....

What’s up folks , I’m back , it’s been a while since my last post , since I have been a way certain number of block buster films have happen as well as  a number of hot comic related news , let’s go over what has caught my eye since I have been gone. Warning if you haven’t see the films I will discuss bypass it and scroll down to my other news tidbits as they feature spoilers


X-Men Days of Future Past
This film was pretty special, in how director Bryan Singer was able to mesh both the cast of the original X-men and that of the first class along with some new mutants being introduced to the big screen in Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, and fan favorite Quick Silver- who I must admit was a pleasant surprise, the scenes involving him provided a blend of comedic element that was well timed and executed well. Bishop, Blink and Sunspot where my favorite even thought they were given a short time. I hope that we get to see them in future installments.  Hugh Jackman , what else can I say about this dude , he will and forever be Wolverine.  Hugh was at his best in this film his, he takes the Wolverine character to yet another level each film, it was very interesting see the Wolverine as a peace keeper in some ways as he had to baby sit both young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) throughout the film. Wolverine kept the two focused on the mission at hand, which was to stop Mystique from killing Oliver Trask (Peter Dinkling). 

Mystique’s actions sets in motion the mass production of the Sentinels and ultimately the extinction of the mutant race at the hands of the future sentinels, who I hated with all my heart in the film as I had to watch them kill my favorite X-men over and over again (Colossus, Ice Man, Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, even Storm) via time travel from Kitty Pride (Ellan Page). The Future Sentinels where created via DNA taken from a captured Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence who I’m still not sold on as Mystique , however it’s extremely  evident Fox has placed Lawrence to the forefront of the X-men franchise along with Jackman to ride off her star power as the Hunger Games have made her a well sought after actress.  To put an end to what is to come for the X-men, Kitty uses her mutant ability to send Wolverine back in time to the 70’s to stop the assignation of Trask, while the remaining X-men in the darkest of future times hold off the deadly Sentinels while Wolverine’s body lay in a sleep state.


Ultimately, I loved this film , so happy to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen back where they belong , as much as I have warmed up to both  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, I still feel it is a huge mistake not to use Patrick and Ian in the next installment. I enjoyed young Beast played by Nicholas Hoult however I see no resemblance in attitude / personality to him and Kelsey Grammer’s Beast. In the end Mystique did not kill Oliver Trask which in turn re-wrote time setting in motion a chain reaction of new events to come for the X-Men.  Which leads me to my favorite part of the film, which sees current day Wolverine waking up in the Charles Xavier school for the gifted; when waking up Wolverine sees his friends who he saw die at the hands of the Sentinels , or during X-Men Last Stand ..yeah that’s right the film saw the return of both Cyclops (James Marsdsen) as well as Jean Grey (Framke Janssen ).
  
As I mentioned I really liked the film but for the reasons below I cannot rate it over Captain America: The Winter Solider, however I have it at a very strong #2  as both director Bryan Singer and writer-producer Simon Kinberg, pulled off something special with this film , giving me hope for Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four(Fantastic Fours babies) film which Kinberg is writing.
 The end credit scene features none other than “En Sabah Nur” better known as Apocalypse during his early days in Egypt using his mutant abilities to create pyramids with many all around bowing to him was interesting but I would have rather the current day Apocalypse. However it was pretty cool to see the four Horsemen in the background while Apocalypse’s powers were put on display. There are a few things that did have not sit right with me prior to and after this film, let go down the list:
1.   Charles Xavier resurrection was never explained.
2.   Charles Xavier and Mystique-I know from the first time I watched X-Men First Class this was a mistake and it was more evident when watching XDOFP as in the original installments the two never were close nor did they grow up together, I know they are trying to capitalize off Jennifer Lawrence however this is a plot line they could have done without
3.   What is going to happen to the original cast? This is something that made me rate this film behind that of Cap due to the fact I feel it is a HUGE mistake to pit the First Class cast against someone like Apocalypse as this warrants the powers and experience of the original cast.

Now if you have seen the film, its evident Wolverine will be back with the First Class to do battle. However Bryan Singer has already expressed that he wants both Gambit and Nightcrawler for the next installments , on the heels of his fan filled screen debut writer Simon Kinberg expressed that Quick Silver will be back for Apocalypse which leaves the question, will other original cast return ?..When talking with The Daily Beast  Kinberg states “It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too.”Stay tuned. Despite its continuity issues and my fear that we will not see the original cast as we should this still was an excellent thrill ride which produced record Box office numbers X-Men Days of Future Past  earned $90.8 million domestically in its first three days, comparable to other May openings in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla , along with April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier  which all brought in low to mid-$90 million openings as well. In its second weekend, X-Men: DOFP earned another estimated $32.6 million domestically and $95.6 million internationally. with all this being said I have seen this film 3 times thus far by the way.
The above numbers brings  brings the total worldwide box office sum for X-Men: Days of Future Past to just over $500 million, setting a new record for the franchise in just nine days. All of which means is Direcror Byran Singer and Writer Simon Kinberg have hit a huge homerun with this film.
I look forward to seeing what happens moving forward with this franchise as X-men Apocalypse.



I was not to thrilled about this casting as I would have rather they stayed with Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Wolverine origins, John Carter) as I felt he did a great job as the “Ragin’ Cajun”, however with how hot Marvel has been , I will give it a chance.  Below are Kinberg comments on Tatum portraying Gambit
“Gambit is still in-motion and being figured out. Channing made it known that it was a character that he loved and would love to play, and all the people who work on the X-Men movies are huge fans of his, so the notion of him playing it is exciting. I’m more fascinated by anti-heroes, and Gambit is one of those. I don’t know why he wasn’t explored in the original X-Men movies. Maybe the reason why was because they wanted to focus on Rogue/Bobby or the platonic Rogue/Wolverine relationship, and maybe there were too many similarities between Wolverine and Gambit, so in order to make it a Wolverine-centric franchise they had to cut him loose.”
Umm still not sold on this one however I am hopeful, Tatum can be seen as of recent in the film 22 Jump Street.


Godzilla

I initially scoffed at the idea of even seeing this film however when I found that this was not a film featuring a raging monster awaking to just destroy a helpless city of people and that it was actually a film which features Godzilla as the hero. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) showed me why he should be Lex Luther as he is a wonderful actor, Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins) was great as well. Both Avengers to be Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, put on decent performances, I look forward to seeing the two as brother sister on Avengers 2 as Scarlett Witch and Quick Silver. The special effects for the film where amazing as you where able to watch actual monsters battling it out through the city and seas. The idea of Godzilla being the city’s protector was the right way to go, my favorite part was seeing Godzilla putting on a display of his radioactive blast into the mouth of the monster during the film’s climatic battle. I will absolutely be interested in the sequel that is reportedly in the works as well. Godzilla destroyed the box office with having  had the biggest international opening yet in 2014 and the second biggest domestic opening (behind Captain America 2), taking the number 1 spot in the U.S. Right out of the gate, Godzilla raked in $9.3 million during its advance showings, pulling a total of $93 million domestically and $196 worldwide. Godzilla also had the biggest IMAX opening of the year with $14.1 million Yes Legendary / WB Films will return the giant monster for a second time, stay tuned!
We officially have a Title …Finally

Warner Brother/Zack Snyder and company have announced the official title for their upcoming film which will be titled Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the title gives you hope as to what is SUPPOSE to come next if they are to follow up this film with Justice League, however lets just see how well this film does first or if it is even completed and placed in the theaters come 2016. You all know my stance on this as I am not a fan of all the awful casting that has happen which has totally depleted my hope and excitement for this film. 

Jason Moma to play Aquaman

There has been a long standing rumor that Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in the film. I feel this will be a solid casting once confirmed as it seems that this confirmation will be saved for comic con. Batman vs Superman is set to be released May 16, 2016.

Gotham has Been Given the Green Light!

With the success of both  CW’s Arrow as well as its soon to be hit Flash which was is spin off due this fall, WB is taking a shot at Gotham which is a series that will feature a young Bruce Wayne coping after the loss of his parents , however the main focus will be set upon  a young “detective”  Gordon played by (Ben McKenzie ) and his partner Harvey Bullock played by Donal Logue , Jade Pinket-Smith has been casted as crime boss Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor will portray a young Penguin aka Oswald Cobblepot for the show as well. This show will follow the two as they face down earlier version of Gotham most notorious future Batman villains. The show will also feature a very young Selina Kyle who will grow to be the infamous Cat Woman. I will give this a chance, however not sure how interesting they can make a show featuring a young Bruce Wayne who looks to be 13 years of age. I feel Fox or someone should come up with a show that will feature Bruce Wayne as he travels the world d training, gaining the knowledge from all around that will make him into the legend he would become, we saw moments of it in Batman Begins, however this would be absolutely amazing If executed correctly, because no one has ever really seen that side of Bruce, meeting all the different individual he has come in contact with. Gotham is slated to air this fall on Fox. Truly thought the tailor was pretty good check it out!


The Man without Fear Returns!!

As mentioned in a previous post, Marvel is set to expand their cinematic universe in Netflix , which will feature Daredevil , Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. I’m sure this will be much better than that garbage that was in 2003’s Daredevil which featured Ben Affleck as Daredevil (good luck WB). It has been reported that shooting will start next month in New York. Stevn S Deknight (Smallville, Spartacus) will helm as the upcoming series.The Daredevil will serve as a 13 episode show which will be followed by the other heroes that will ultimately bring them all to form the Defenders.  Confirmed cast as follows Charlie Cox will portray lawyer Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a The Kingpin and primary antagonist to Daredevil


Joining them will be Rosario Dawson whose character is still yet a mystery however Marvel had this to say on Dawson character “
She’s a “dedicated
young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”
 I look forward to seeing the hero from Hell’s Kitchen in action as I feel this is an ingenious idea for Marvel in showcases the adventures of all these characters on Netflix.

Doctor Strange has a Director

If you saw Captain America: The Winter Solider and if you listen carefully you heard the name Stephen Strange during the film , that individual is no other than Marvel’s master of the mystic arts Doctor Strange who is set to debut during Marvels phase 3 of films . So now we need a director right? Done! Scott Derrickson has been chosen to helm a film which will serve as the Dark Mystic cosmic side of the world Marvel has yet to venture into. Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige, had this to say of the decision –
Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I’ve been interested in for many, many years and that I’ve talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it’s very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we’ve done the street-level heroes, and we’ve done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We’ve now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.
So Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies. So we’re about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we’ll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year


Rumors have been swirling as who will portray Strange, although nothing has been confirmed  Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises) have all been rumored as in the running for the role , my vote is for Cumberbatch. I believe that this will be a huge announcement at Comic Con.


 The Guardians of The Galaxy International Trailer

The more I see of this film the more I truly believe that this has the potential to even surpass the success of the Avengers, marvel truly has something special on their hands with this film. This tailor is by far the best they have shown as its gives you a better feel of not only the characters but the more serious sided of the film.


Josh Brolin is Thanos!

Speaking of Guardians of The Galaxy, Marvel announced that Josh Brolin has been cast as Thanos the evil overlord who is basically behind what will truly all come to a head in Avengers 3. As Thanos thirst for war , power and destruction continues. As you remember Thanos first appeared at the end of Avengers, he is desperately  in search of what is know as the infinity Stones, this story line stretches to the far Galaxies as we will see Thanos in the upcoming Guardians of The Galaxy film as he will be the master mind the chaos that ensues within the film and after. Brolin I feel is an awesome choice as I truly felt he personified what DC/WB claimed they were looking for in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film as it was said that he was runner up to portray Batman. This is yet another solid casting for Marvel, cannot wait to see him on screen as Thanos.

Well folks, I absolutely look forward to the coming weeks as Comic Con is just around the corner which I have a feeling with will filed with some very exciting news as to whats to come, see you next time!








Sunday, May 18, 2014

Holy Lightning Bolt!!!!

Wow…is the first word that comes to mind after viewing the latest trailer for the upcoming Flash TV series, I loved the Arrow series, which just wrapped up its 2nd season this week (Arrow season 2 review on is way) and now to finally see what the show has spun off in the Flash is awesome and very exciting. I have told many whenever I get into a conversation about DC and their lack of planning towards its cinematic universe that if DC had any type of foresight Arrow as well as The Flash would be a part of what they are trying to build. The sky seems the limit for Arrow as it has taken its cues from what the Nolan Trilogy brought however in bringing Flash into the mold they have introduced that supernatural element. For years I have heard many wanting to see a Flash movie yet I always felt the ones most deserving of a film would be Batman, Superman , Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter, Aquaman and the Green Lantern, John Stewart.





This leads to Flash being the last of the Justice Leaguers on my list for a film due to the fact that I was not a fan of many of his villains and I thought his movie could prove too spoofy, however times have change the way movies and shows are made thanks to what Christopher Nolan brought to the table with the Dark Knight series.



After watching the trailer for the Flash I am 100% convinced that the Flash could have just as a successful run as any of the Justice Leaguers. Writers/Producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisbergfor did an excellent job in introducing Barry Allen in the Arrow episode “The Scientist” to where it made perfect sense which allowed it to effortlessly flow into the show’s storyline. The alliance that ensues between Barry and Oliver was executed perfectly. I loved the fact that Barry was the one to create Oliver’s iconic comic inspired “Domino Mask” in the mid-season finally “Three Ghost” which was my favorite episode of season 2. The show plays well to the comics with The Flash, Arrow, Black Canary and the Green Lantern being all good friends, and many times team up together to take on threats ties right into what I see developing here.




Using Arrow as the spring board for Barry’s journey was executed well, witnessing Barry being hit by lighting caused by a storm which was created by Star Lab’s particle accelerator, showed me why I loved the DC characters so much, to see the beginning of what will ultimately be the fastest man alive, who will stand for what is right and protect those in need, with the heart of a gold. I love the casting of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen as I feel he gives life and a fresh take on the hero. After watching the animated movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, which tells the story of Barry Allen the Flash going toe to toe with his evil nemeses Professor Zoom (he also goes by Reverse Flash), really made me like and appreciate the character more in how that story was told and their take on Barry Allen as he is more of a serious Flash with a comedic element to him. Gustin’s portrayal is that and the same in a way, I felt he also portrayed the character in a way Andrew Garfield portrays the Amazing Spiderman, both are geeky, quiet and shy, but in the same breath adding a dramatic serious element to their approach of the character who is not afraid to stand up for what is right, translating into them being the unassuming hero.



Every scene within the trailer made running faster than light just as cool as when you see Superman soaring to the skies and beyond earth’s atmosphere or as seeing Batman whipping through the streets in his Batmobile or gliding over Gotham. It is evident that this series will showcase all of the exciting things Flash can do with his powers, without it looking silly or cheesy. Yes, technology has come a long way in where television shows have adapted elements that make movies great. Marvel’s Agents of Shield is a perfect example (great season finale by the way).


The Flash seems to pick up in when Barry has finally woken up from his comma and has discovered his powers in the process giving him the means to fight injustice and find the one responsible for killing his mother and framing his farther. Although the individual who is responsible for killing his mother was moving at the speed of light you could see hints of yellow and red indicating to me that Reverse Flash (Eobard Thawne) is the one responsible, which sets up something special for the show. Love the casting of John Wesley Shipp who portrayed Barry Allen in the Flash television series back in the 90’s which I enjoyed, really feels that it brings about a sense of history and nostalgia to the project. I am also happy to see Jesse L Martin(Detective Joe West) portraying what he seems to have done for decades in the show Law and Order, adding him to the show gives it an added edge. 














I am sure we will occasionally be treated to some sort of Arrow crossover
which sets up for an entertaining ride, as I truly loved the teaser clip featuring Arrow and The Flash.
The Flash debuts on the CW Tuesdays at 8pm ET this fall. Until next time.. See you in a “Flash”.



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We Have Bat Sighting..Well..Sort Of....



In conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Batman, figured I would post what Director Zack Snyder tweeted, showcasing the Batman costume with the Batmobile for the first time, however the entire picture is in black and white so one does not get the entire feel of the picture. I neither hate nor dislike the new costume as it is a mixture of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins costume without the armor, Jim Lee take on Batman’s look, the new 52 version of Batman with the linage that resides throughout the costume and lastly, Superman’s costume from Man of Steel, it is also evident it took it cues from Fran Miller’s the Dark Knight returns costume with the more bloated bat insignia.
The Batman fan in me likes it, however I am not a fan with Batman sporting the same costume fabric as Superman.  I hope that the tights portion of the costume will be gray to resemble the comic and cartoon versions of Batman. I also hope that Batman’s cape, cowl and gloves are also black, because having a grown Batman walking around in a live action film in gray tights along with blue or purple cowl and gloves would absolutely be ridiculous. I know there are those out there who would like to see that color variation, but remember the old saying “be careful what you ask for”; it just might happen.



The batmobile resembles the one from the New 52 comic, along with Nolan’s take with the Tumbler.  I am cool with the look so far; however I will still reserve judgment until a better picture is released.  


Zack Snyder’s random tweets are a way for DC to place attention back on the franchise as Marvel/Fox soon treat fans to the highly anticipated X-Men Days of Future Past. Marvel still surpasses DC in the movie world as it continues to go full steam ahead with ides and movies that make sense and have been well planned out. I guess some news is better than no news, as least in DC’s case. I look forward to a color picture and an actual synopsis of this upcoming as yet titled film. Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

75 Years of Greatness



What better way to wrap up this month than paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Batman, the world’s most iconic Superhero, the Dark Knight.

The legend began in 1939 when Batman first appeared in Detective Comic #27 as a product of Bob Kane and collaborator, Bill Finger who scripted the story. Since then, we have seen Batman evolve throughout the years becoming  “the Super Hero” we all know and can relate to in some way . If you have not yet figured out, I am the biggest Batman fan, as he is and will always be my all-time favorite.  DC universe holds some of the most awesome super powered beings in the universe with Superman representing the most powerful of all, however when all the smoke clears it is Batman who stands out among all the rest.  Without any superpowers Batman relies on his skills, wit, as well as an array of high tech weaponry to take the fight to those who seek injustice, for those who prey on the innocent. Batman is labeled throughout DCU as “The Worlds Greatest Detective” it is always Batman in the end who finds a way to save the day, check out the Justice League animated series.  What makes Batman so likable and so relatable, is that he is a man with demons and flaw, yet he fights through the darkness for the sake of good; without the ability to shoot lasers out of his eyes, phase through walls or run at the speed of light.  There are so many layers to the Batman character, which makes the character emotionally compelling.  

As I previously mentioned Batman is truly my favorite, and remains as a true inspiration for me as an artist as well as writer. (*see above picture from yours truly) I pay homage to those such as JimLee, Bruce Tim/Dwayne McDuffie(Batman Animated Series / Justice League)  Jeff Loeb(Batman: Hush) and Kevin Conroy who is “the voice” for Batman in its animated series as well in many of its films and video games. It would truly be a perfect world if Conroy could physically play the role in a live action film. Batman truly holds a special place within me as a comic fan in general hence why I was so in awe and totally against the recasting of Batman with Ben Affleck, DC/WB should have stayed with what truly brought them to the dance in ChristianBale’s Batman as he not only embraced all of who and what Batman/ Bruce Wayne represents on so many levels; his performance set the bar for comic films. The Dark Knight clearly laid the foundation for how Man of Steel was executed and has been a huge inspiration in how the Arrow television series (my favorite show on television) is carried out, the show’s star Stephen Amell  (Oliver Queen / Arrow) portrayal of the Arrow is a mirror image of Bale’s portrayal as the Dark Knight. His Batman captured the gravitas of what the Batman is (other than him wanting to retire throughout the Trilogy).


With that being said,  they should have gone with Josh Brolin as I feel he would have embodied that “grizzled seasoned Veteran” that this Batman is to be in the upcoming highly controversialBatman vs Superman film. The Dark Knight Trilogy displayed Bruce Wayne as a tortured soul who is faced with living life through the darkness, battling his own inner demons and flaws to fight through it all for the sake of good. We all as humans have our inner and outer challenges and demons that we may fight, we all have felt loss of someone and have to find a way to pick up the pieces and emotionally find peace, that is why the Dark Knight Trilogy propelled Batman to even greater heights because Bruce Wayne’s journey was so relatable.



Batman Begins was a testament of facing your fears, the scene where Wayne was in his newly found hideout and faced the swarm of bats that drew to him, he did not waver, he did not stumble, and he stood tall and embraced his fears. The Dark Knight Rises was my favorite and stands as a culmination of the Trilogy’s symbolic messages, the pit Wayne had to climb out of will always serve as one of the most dramatic and emotional scenes for me as a Batman fan because the moral of that scene was to “walk by faith not by sight”, he climbs out of the darkness of the prison pit, which was symbolic of his own emotional hurdles and did so without a rope, only with the strengths that resides within him. That scene represented the emotional pits we all feel at some point in our lives when faced with trials and tribulations that we have to “rise” from.


I have to give a shout out to Tim Burton’s Batman as it laid the foundation for what Christopher Nolan’s Batman had become.
After seeing Michael Keaton as Batman back in 1989, I felt that I could not get a better Batman, I have so much respect for what it brought with Keaton’s brilliant performance as The Dark Knight , Jack Nicholson as the Joker , Danny DeVito as the Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman. Nolan took what Burton started and took it to a whole another level with the likes of Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Cane, Heath Ledger and Gary Oldman, coupled with how the story was told.

Here’s  to 75 years of greatnesses Bats, look forward to more animated films, video games and hopefully one day another great live action Batman film.  Below check out my tribute section, which features special upcoming events in for Batman’s 75th Anniversary, a list of my favorite films, book, a trailer for the highly anticipated Arkham Knight video games, two new animated DC/WB films, two awesome animated shorts from Bruce Timm for Batman 75 and a video retrospective of the Dark Knight Trilogy, hope you enjoy, until next time “same bat time, same bat channel”.



Let’s take a look at what’s is on tap for celebration of Batman at 75

  • DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusive Batmanvariant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
  • Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special editionBatman comic.
  • Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own, original interpretations of Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
  • Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’sBatman feature film will be released in the fall.
  • Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.
  • Television – Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita).
  • Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.
  • Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75thAnniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.
  • DCComics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.Batman75.com. The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.





Bruce Timm’s 2 Animated Short for batman at 75!








Upcoming Video Game: Arkham Knight: October 14, 2014
Rocksteady returns for the final chapter in the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady's uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time (YES!) in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed game play of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of Gotham City.








Upcoming Animated Films:

-Son of Batman: May 6, 2014
The upcoming animated movie Son of Batman introduces Damian, the child Bruce Wayne never knew he had. The story is based on a 2006 comic-book arc written by Grant Morrison in which I read and thoroughly enjoyed back in March. The tale centers on Batman learning that he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins.

 












-Assault on Arkham: Release Date Unknown
Not much is known about this film other than it will take place in the same universe as the Arkham video games. The film will also use “the voice” for Batman in Kevin Conroy. Judging from the trailer the film seems to be yet another hit as far as I am concern for DC animated. Look forward to seeing the “Suicide Squad” in action.
 








Top Batman Book:  Batman “Hush”
This story is amazing as it spans from the dark streets of Gotham to Metropolis. The story is filled with so much mystery, coupled with its endless action sequences. Page for page, the story is an artist’s dream as it was penciled by Jim Lee. His extraordinary talent was on display at its very best throughout. Jeph Loeb lent his geniuses writing skills, which truly made this the best Batman book to date. I loved this book so much I am currently reading it again.



Favorite Video Game: Batman Arkham Asylum
From the game’s opening scene to its last, this game was an amazing start the series, Arkham Asylum always seems to bring you something new, something fresh at every turn; facing off against the Joker, Scarecrow, Killer Croc and many more of Arkham crazies was an exciting thrill. The story was masterfully written by veteran Batman writer by Paul Dini.









Top Live Action Batman Film
1.   Batman Begins (2005)-The legend begins, this film was an instant classic, placed Batman as well as DC/WB comic based films back on the map. They had no idea how much of an impact this film would have on the comic world.
2.   Dark Knight (2008)-Heath Ledgers turns in a career performance along with Bale being at his best
3.   The Dark Knight Rises (2012)-Despite a 8 year retirement thing, this film was a true testament to Nolan’s directing and Bales ability to make Brue Wayne just as compelling out of costume as he is in.





Top 5 Batman Animated films

     1.Batman: Under the Red Hood –Batman faces a ghost from his past, which resurfaces old feelings of regret.


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2.   Batman: Mask of the Phantasm-This is a classic film tells the tale of how Bruce Wayne became the Dark Knight, in the midst of a story featuring  the return of an old flame.



























   3.   Batman: The Dark Knight Returns-This is Batman at his darkest and most lethal, an aged Batman returns to restore balance to Gotham.









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 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker-With the Batman mantle passed on to young Terry McGinnis, the original Batman finds that an old enemy from the past has returned.




.         5. Batman: Year One-This film marks the early years of not only Batman but James Gordon yet to be named Commissioner of Gotham.






 

Top 5 Batman Animated Team up Films
1  1. Batman /Superman: Apocalypse-This film is based on one of my top Batman books, Batman / Superman along with Wonder Women and friends, fighting to save the life of Kara Zor-El (Superman’s cousin). Watching the trio train and teach Kara toward being the hero she is to be was executed very well, Darkseid was awesome, having the Justice League back to voice the heroes added to the overall feel of the movie.







    2. Batman /Superman: Public Enemies- Bats and Supes taking on the world most notorious villains on top of some of their own colleagues by order of President Lex Luther was bad (and I mean that in a great way). Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly was back to voice Batman and Superman respectfully which was always a win-win.







    3. Justice League: War- This film was based on the New 52 comics from Jim Lee and Geoff Jones, this film was action packed, had its funny moments and could easily be adapted into a live action film. I loved the inclusion of Cyborg as I feel it showed how beneficial his character is to the Justice League team.







    4. Batman / Superman movie-This straight to TV film marked the first time the two teamed up, this is how a live action film should be executed. This film set in motion future team ups and ultimately Justice League!



    5. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths- This film was a great surprise as I had never read this story. To see Lex Luther from an alternate universe who happens to be the Leader of his Justice League jumping time to team up with the Justice League we all know made for an intriguing tale.










All Time favorite Animated Series featuring batman
    1.  Justice League / Justice League Unlimited-Truly ground breaking; this has been regarded as the best animated series of all-time. Bruce Timm and crew are amazing





    2. Batman: The Animated series-This is where the vision started on the heels of the success of Tim Burton’s Batman film. This series was masterful. The final season captured the essence of Batman and where they wanted to go with him.