Watch Bruce Timm’s ‘Batman: Strange Days’ Animated Short

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In celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics has released a brand new black-and-white animated short, entitled “Batman: Strange Days” by Bruce Timm.

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

DC All Access video featuring Bruce Timm, Scott Snyder, Brian Buccellato, and Ralph Garman:

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Batman Turns 75 Today

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Happy 75th anniversary, Batman!

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the release of “Detective Comics #27,” the first appearance of the caped crusader. Created and drawn by Bob Kane and written by Bill Finger.

Here’s an official statement from DC Entertainment, via Bleeding Cool:

Based on historical data from the Registrar of Copyrights, DC Entertainment recognizes that the world’s most popular Super Hero — Batman — was first introduced to the public 75 years ago on March 30, 1939, in Detective Comics #27.

It was common practice in 1939, and remains so today, for publications to go on sale prior to their indicated cover date. Thus, while the Bat-Man (as he was then known) first appeared in the May 1939 cover-dated issue of Detective Comics #27, that issue actually hit newsstands on March 30, 1939.

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Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

  • 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 exclusiveBatman variant 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 edition Batman 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’s Batman 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 Bruno 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 75th Anniversary 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.

DC Comics Unveils 75th Anniversary Logo For Batman And Details Of The Year-Long Celebration

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This year marks Batman’s 75th Anniversary. To celebrate, DC Comics and Warner Bros. unveiled the official logo and details of the year-long celebration.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75thAnniversary

 New Batman 75th Commemorative Logo Unveiled

To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero.  Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame.  There will also be 75thanniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become the world’s most popular Super Hero and dominate all media.  In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.

“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.  “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on Batman than any other comic book character.  In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever.  Batman consistently breaks records in every incarnation of his character and remains the gold standard by which all other comic book sales are measured.

“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans.  He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

The first published adventure of The Bat-Man (as he was then known) was in the May 1939 issue of  Detective Comics #27, conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story. The character was so successful, that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the Caped Crusader’s adventures,Batman #1, hit newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

Now, DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Pictures, Television, Animation, Interactive Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary 75th anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products.

The new commemorative logo, also released today across social media and websites, takes its cue from the famed Bat symbol, and features block-style lettering of “75 Years.”  The mark will be rolled out on Batman-related promotions, products and initiatives.

Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

  • 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 exclusiveBatman variant 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 edition Batman 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’s Batman 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 Bruno 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 75th Anniversary 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.

[Via DC Comics]

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First Look: Grant Gustin Films Scenes in ‘The Flash’ Costume [Video]

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Check out Grant Gustin dressed in ‘The Flash’ costume while filming scenes for the pilot episode on Tuesday, March 11th, in Vancouver, Canada.

The anticipated ‘Arrow’ spin-off series will begin production on the pilot episode next week. ‘The Flash’ pilot also stars Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie, Danielle Panabaker as Caitilin Snow, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. John Wesley Shipp who played ‘The Flash’ in the original 90s version, will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role and is intended to be a recurring guest star in the series.

First Look: ‘The Flash’ Full Costume Revealed

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It’s finally here!

The CW and Warner Bros. released the second image of Grant Gustin in full costume from the ‘Arrow‘ spinoff, ‘The Flash.‘ The costume was designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed Arrow’s outfit.

“I hope the fans who treasure the character are as excited as we are by what costume designer Colleen Atwood has achieved with this latest version of The Flash’s iconic suit,” said pilot director/executive producer David Nutter.

The anticipated ‘Arrow’ spin-off series will begin production on the pilot episode next week. ‘The Flash’ pilot also stars Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie, Danielle Panabaker as Caitilin Snow, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. John Wesley Shipp who played ‘The Flash’ in the original 90s version, will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role and is intended to be a recurring guest star in the series.

What do you think of the costume?

First Look At Grant Gustin On The Set Of ‘The Flash’

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First look at Grant Gustin on the set of ‘The Flash’ TV series. Check out the video of the exploding car and photos of Gustin as Barry Allen escaping the upturned wreck.

The anticipated ‘Arrow’ spin-off series will begin production on the pilot episode next week. ‘The Flash’ pilot also stars Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie, Danielle Panabaker as Caitilin Snow, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. John Wesley Shipp who played ‘The Flash’ in the original 90s version, will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role and is intended to be a recurring guest star in the series.

[Photos via ImageBam | Daily Mail]

Kevin Silva’s Incredible Batman Memorabilia Collection

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Kevin Silva was recently awarded the Guinness World Record for his Batman memorabilia collection. Silva converted his 1,200-sq ft basement into his very own ‘Batcave’ and has about 2,500 items worth over $100,000.

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He became fascinated with Batman as a young boy watching Adam West and Burd Ward in the 1960s television show. His collection began when his parents gave him a Batman lunchbox.

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‘It is one of my many personal favourite items from the entire collection.

‘I love to see the expression on people’s faces when they realize just how big my collection is.

‘My friends are always finding me things at garage sales and flea markets. I’m an easy person to buy a present for because if it’s Batman related, you can be sure I’m going to like it.

‘Growing up, I had lots of comics and toys that I managed to keep. I fell out of collecting a little after I was 12 or so and then got back in it deep after the release of the first Michael Keaton movie in 1989. I’ve been going strong ever since.’

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Here’s a video from thisisguavo Media:

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‘Arrow’ Three Minute Trailer & Clip From Tomorrow Night’s Episode

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THE TURNING POINT — Oliver (Stephen Amell) is shocked when he learns that Slade (Manu Bennett) has come to Starling City.  Back on the island, as Oliver, Slade and Sara (Caity Lotz) prepare to take over the freighter from Ivo (guest star Dylan Neal), Sara pulls Oliver aside and tells him he needs to kill Ivo to prevent him from telling Slade what happened with Shado.  Oliver feels immense guilt over the situation but realizes Slade’s growing rage from the Mirakuru makes him unpredictable and he could turn on his friends if he thinks Oliver is to blame.  Oliver agrees to kill Ivo and the battle begins.  Glen Winter directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Ben Sokolowski.

‘The Flash’ TV Series Officially Begins Filming Pilot Episode

Earlier this week we saw a glimpse of Grant Gustin’s costume for ‘The Flash‘ TV series, and now Arrow’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tweeted that filming has finally begun: “On your marks… Get set… GO!” along with a photo of the clapboard.

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The anticipated ‘Arrow’ spin-off series will begin production on the pilot episode next week. ‘The Flash’ pilot also stars Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie, Danielle Panabaker as Caitilin Snow, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. John Wesley Shipp who played ‘The Flash’ in the original 90s version, will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role and is intended to be a recurring guest star in the series.

[Via Andrew Kreisberg Twitter]

First Look At Arrow’s Suicide Squad

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Michael Jai White as Ben Turner (Bronze Tiger), Sean Maher as Mark Scheffer (Shrapnel), Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller, Michael Rowe as Floyd Lawton (Deadshot), Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels, and David Ramsey as John Diggle.
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Exclusively from Comic Book Resources, we have first look at Arrow’s “Suicide Squad”. The Squad is led by A.R.G.U.S. Director Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Her team members: Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger, Mark Scheffer/Shrapnel, Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Lyla Michaels, and John Diggle.

Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg on the “Suicide Squad” episode:

“Dig was our way into Amanda Waller, and in this episode, Amanda comes to Dig and Lyla, and she recruits Dig for a mission, and tells him he’s going to need a team — and she saddles him with the Suicide Squad.”

The “Suicide Squad” episode on March 19th on The CW.

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From left: Michael Jai White as Ben Turner (Bronze Tiger), Sean Maher as Mark Scheffer (Shrapnel), Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller, and Michael Rowe as Floyd Lawton (Deadshot).
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[Via Comic Book Resources]