DC Nation over on CartoonNetwork, continues to add to their slate of DC Comics related shows (Young Justice, Green Lantern) with a new Batman cartoon: Beware The Batman. Fans of Batman: The Brave and The Bold might not be looking forward to this, but fans of Batman: The Animated Series might have a different take. Although done in a CGI style that, so far, looks similar to the blocky Green Lantern, Beware The Batman looks to be a more serious take on the caped crusader, which should appeal to fans of the Batman comics and movies.
A teaser trailer has been released – check it out after the jump!
Gina Misiroglu is a pop-culture historian, best-selling author, and editor of The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes (2nd edition, Visible Ink Press). To find out more about what happens to superheroes in the Modern Age, look for Gina’s next guest blog coming soon!
By Gina Misiroglu, author of The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes (Visible Ink Press / $24.95).
During the 1960s, Marvel Comics snuck up on DC Comics and usurped the industry’s number-one spot. DC’s editorial director, Carmine Infantino, started the 1970s with both guns blazing, vowing to regain DC’s market share. The biggest bullet in Infantino’s holster was the illustrious Jack Kirby, the veteran artist who co-created most of Marvel’s major superheroes, including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men.
Loosely based on Mark Waid’s JLA comic book story arc, “JLA: Tower of Babel”, Justice League: Doom is the latest in the line of animated DC Movies from Warner Brothers. Adapted and written by Dwayne McDuffie, Justice League: Doom features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash (Barry Allen), The Green Lantern (Hal Jordon) and Martian Manhunter battling Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, Mirror Master, Star Sapphire, Ma’alefa’ak and Vandal Savage for the fate of the world.
Let’s face it; Batman/Bruce Wayne is a dick. He doesn’t trust anyone, he lurks in the dark, plays with bats, puts together comprehensive scenarios to take down his fellow Justice League members…that sort of thing…
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Last week John asked my opinion on the recent highly-publicized Superman/Batman comic book auctions.
Comic fans are a chatty lot, and there has already been quite a bit of debate over the sales and the goodly sums paid. We’ve seen this kind of thing before, the most infamous occurrence being the advent of the speculator boom in the 80s and 90s.
I prefer to interpret it (read: delude myself) as showing love for the comics of an earlier age. Yes, they were a tad naïve, and orders of magnitude inferior in both writing and art to much of the product generated since. Same can be said for a lot of art forms. But at the time they were new and exciting, a frantic burst of adventurous escapism spawned almost fully-formed from the pulps that preceded them.
Given current events in comics, I’d welcome some of that right now.
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