Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gotham Central-Reviews #35

Hello Gothamites,

Well, this week is just nuts! Check out our reviews!

This week's books are:

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 (of 6)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #19
Batman: The Widening Gyre #6 (of 6)
Detective Comics #867
First Wave #3 (of 6)
Gotham City Sirens #14
Justice League of America #47
The Outsiders #31

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gotham Central-Pull List #35

Hello Gothamites,

Another HUGE week for Gotham Books this week! Justin and Hunter are not afraid, however, as we bring to you all of the solicitations for Gotham.

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 (of 6)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #19
Batman: The Widening Gyre #6 (of 6)
Detective Comics #867
First Wave #3 (of 6)
Gotham City Sirens #14
Azrael: Death's Dark Knight (TPB)
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader (TPB)
--Action Figure Break--
Batgirl, Two-Face Batman, Azrael, and more from Batman Reborn hit stores!
Catwoman Black & White
--Single Issues--
Justice League of America #47
The Outsiders #31

From The Soundtracks: "The Riddler"-Method Man

Batman movies have had an interesting relationship with popular music over the years. Chris Nolan's entrance in to Gotham City, Batman soundtracks have had a mix of some of the best and most bizarre musical selections for any films, let alone films featuring The Dark Knight.

In this segment, we here at the Gotham Central Podcast like to take a look and some of the songs that have stood out, and this selection is no exception. Method Man is one of the most respected MCs to grace a mic, and in "The Riddler" he brings a great sound and style that I can only wish translated to the screen for Batman Forever. Method Man provides an incredible mix of New York hip hop and carnival music, so if you haven't heard this, make sure to check out the video below.

The Return of Bruce Wayne #4: Preview

Early Tuesday afternoon, DC's The Source blog posted a few preview pages from Grant Morrison's upcoming Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4. Listed below are a couple of the pages showcasing the art of Georges Jeanty.

I have not had too much experience with Mr. Jeanty's work, but these preview pages certainly have me salivating for Wednesday's Return of Bruce Wayne

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Young Justice: Preview Video

Thank God for SDCC!

Check out this new clip discussing all of the things we should look for in the upcoming Young Justice on Cartoon Network.

Seriously, death? And not the Death from Sandman? Lamesauce. Stop killing kids, DC!

Comics Period: A Brief History of The Dark Knight

Hey Gotham,

Recently, Dominique over at Comics Period posted a video discussing a brief history of Batman in the realm of comics. While not going into a lot of detail, she manages to do a really good job of  wrapping up the mythology of Gotham City nicely.

For all of us hardcore Batfans, it doesn't provide a lot of knowledge that we don't know, but if you're trying to get a friend who liked the Animated Series or Nolan's take to start reading Batman and get to know the comics a little more, this video will certainly help.

Batman from Dominique Agri on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gotham Confidential: World's Finest take on Batman 3

Hello Gothamites,

On this episode, we are joined be the outstanding Derek and Steve from Starkville's House of El to discuss all of our hopes and dreams for the next installment of the Batman franchise!


DCU Online and Batman Brave and the Bold

Hey there!

Thanks to the magic that is San Diego Comic Con, we've got some more Batman video game news coming your way! The first is a preview of Batman: The Brave and the Bold for the Nintendo DS. Check to see what IGN has to say over here.

Next, over at Comic Con Gamespot, we have some more information and a cool video about the Batman cast of characters in the game. The video particularly features some cool shots of the Batcave, clips of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin in their respective roles, and some great action shots. Enjoy here!

DC Direct Booth at San Diego Comic Con

Hey guys and gals,

Rich Johnson over at Bleeding Cool posted a video early on Thursday of all of the action figures that DC is currently offering and will be offering soon. I don't think there is too much we haven't seen with the exception of, what appears to be, a much taller version of Alex Ross designs of the Justice League, but there's definitely some cool stuff there.

WARNING: If you get motion sickness, do not watch this video because Rich Johnson doesn't take his time at all shooting these figures and statues, and his camera work leaves much to be desired.

Gotham Central-Reviews #34

Hello Gothamites, ;Crazy Quilt and Commissioner Vactor step out of the shadows to bring you all the week's comic reviews!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Possible Batman 3 Plot and Domain Site

Here's an interesting bit of news from It appears that has been purchased as an promotional site like I Believe in Harvey Dent was for The Dark Knight. Comic Book Movie also published this possible plot point to be associated with the promotional site:

Bruce Wayne buries himself in work as Batman and leaves his Bruce Wayne persona behind as their is nothing left for him. He hasn't been seen for 6 months in public and is said to be locked away in the newly built Wayne Manor.

Now, I can definitely get behind this Batman plot. This reeks of classic, moody, brooding Batman and I love it. This is also a perfect character progression coming from TDK. Kudos if this is true.

Batman Begins Chase Sequence to Elfman Music

Here's a fun video - the Batman Begins chase sequence set to the '89 Elfman score. Some of the musical cues are right on, but overall, it's amazing how much Elfman's classic and beloved Batman score does not fit the tone of Batman Begins. Guess it's hard to beat (get it because it's music!) Zimmer and Howard.

Click here to watch the video.

First Look at New Batwoman Ongoing

DC's The Source has granted as a peeky-poo at the new ongoing Batwoman series by J.H. Williams III. Can I just say, "LOOK HOW PRETTY!?!"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DC Universe Online Video Game Teaser Trailer

Here is the DC Universe Online Video Game teaser trailer. There are no words. I'm just salivating.
The full trailer will be released on July 23rd. The game is scheduled to be released November 2, 2010.

Holy F*&! Batman! The Riddler Confirmed for Batman 3?!

Well, well, well, what do we have here!? According to an article posted over at First Showing, The Riddler is listed as one of the names listed on a casting grid (which apparently confirms everything in the world, but I have no idea, I'm not a film guy), and guess who's listed as a possible candidate for the role?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That's right! The kid from 3rd Rock From The Sun, (500) Days of Summer, and the recent Christopher Nolan mind-eff, Inception!

Now, I don't know about you guys, but this is, indeed, my dream casting for this role, so I am looking forward to it! Also, look towards San Diego Comic Con this weekend for more details. And also don't forget our Batman 3 theories special episode coming later this week!

Gotham-Pull List #34

Hello Gothamites, ;Crazy Quilt: Year Two (One Shot) comes out today when Hunter Montoya Quilt steps out of the shadows to bring you all the week's comics and other special items hitting stores this week!

Hello Gothamites,

Crazy Quilt: Year Two (One Shot) comes out today when Hunter Montoya Quilt steps out of the shadows to bring you all the week's comics and other special items hitting stores this week!

This week's books are:

Azrael #10
Batman Beyond #2 (of 6)
Batman: Streets of Gotham #14
Brightest Day #6
DC Universe Legacies #3 (of 10)
Justice Society of America #41
Superman/Batman #74
Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1 (of 6)
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns (Hardcover)
Superfriends (1973) Season 1-Vol. 1 & 2


Chris Nolan (hearts) IMAX

Early Tuesday afternoon, MTV's Splashpage posted that Christopher Nolan has completely fallen head over heals in love with IMAX. It was posted that after Chris Nolan shot portions of The Dark Knight in IMAX (my personal favorite scenes) that Nolan discussed with director of photography, Wally Pfister, about the possibility of shooting all of Inception in IMAX.

After a long discussion, it was decided upon that there was no way to realistically film all of Inception in IMAX, but what about Batman 3? Well, director of photography Wally Pfister had this to say..

"I can't say until I read the script, but it would certainly be my preferred, amazing goal to shoot the whole movie in IMAX."

Action Figures Solicited For March

On Monday, Action Figure Insider posted that DC Direct has updated its solicits for action figures and busts for March, and guys there are some FANTASTIC figures coming out, namely this Joker: Black & White statue:
This beauty is in the design of Lee Bermejo, and sculpted by Jean St. Jean, and will be released on March 2, 2011, just 22 days before my birthday! Keep that in mind.

Some of the other action figures coming in March are:


Pug Says Batman

This is THE most perfect thing in the world for me. I love Batman so much, and if you follow me on Twitter (@mk2fac3) you also know that I love pugs, so when you take the two and put them together, it brings a tear to my eye from the saturation of sweet.

Unfortunately, I did also find out that this dapper young gentleman has passed away, but his ability to say the greatest hero's name of all time means that he will live on in everyone's hearts. RIP Teddy Almond Turtle.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gotham Central-Reviews #33

Hello Gothamites,

This week on the Gotham Central Podcast, we bring you news and reviews!

This week's books are:

Batman #701
Birds of Prey #3
Batgirl #12

New Bat Writers and Artists

Oh my! Look at all the new writers and artists coming our way! According to DC's The Source, Bat-fans should be expecting a change in the ranks of our Bat-related titles.

First off, Scott Snyder of Vertigo's American Vampire will be taking the reins of Detective Comics in November. Here's what Scott had to say:

“I’ve read Batman religiously since the 80’s, and there are many stories dear to my heart - from Year One to the Cult to No Man’s Land to Hush and The Long Halloween - but I’ve been particularly amazed by what the Batman team in general, and Grant specifically, has done with the character over the last few years. I couldn’t be more thrilled or honored to be working on Detective right now … this is honestly my dream job. As for the series, I want to play things pretty close to the vest for now, but I can tell you that it’ll star Batman, and will focus heavily on his CSI work and hardcore mysteries set around Gotham. The back-up will center on Commissioner Gordon and involve a certain case - and a dark figure - from his past that comes back to haunt him in present day Gotham. The feature and back-up will be stand-alone, but will affect and inform each other. Again, huge thanks to Mike Marts and everyone in the great Bat-family for making a place for me in Gotham - I’ll work hard to earn my keep. And please, DC Nation, let me know what you think, too!”

Next, Mr. Tony Daniel is taking up the mantle of Bat writer/artist on Batman yet again in November. Here is what Mr. Daniel had to say:

“I am thrilled and honored to be tapped for further writing duties on the world’s most iconic super hero, Batman. I look forward to telling exciting tales with the caped crusader and exploring old and new characters alike. I will continue to put my best foot forward on each and every page.”

Next, J.T. Krul (Green Arrow) and Nicola Scott (Secret Six) will be taking the reigns of Teen Titans in November. And joining the team? None other than everyone's favorite 10-year old badass: Damian Wayne! As J.T. Krul put it, what's the Teen Titans without Robin?

Finally, also in November, Batman and Robin, the dynamic duo will meet the other dynamic duo of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (Green Lantern Corps). Here is what Tomasi has to say.

“I’m incredibly excited to be working on BATMAN AND ROBIN! I mean who the hell wouldn’t be?!? I’ve enjoyed my few forays into the Bat Universe with NIGHTWING, BATMAN: BLACKEST NIGHT, and BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, and was always hoping I’d get a chance to tackle a main Bat book, so to be able to take the monthly reins from Grant on such a tremendous book is a dream come true and it’s going to be a blast, especially when my partner in crime is artist Patrick Gleason, who I’ve had a great working relationship over in GREEN LANTERN CORPS!”

Now, I've met Peter Tomasi and I have to say he's a super nice guy. I'm not sure if that'll influence your opinion at all, but note, he's really cool.

And this is what Mr. Gleason had to say:

“I can’t wait to get started! Drawing Batman, Robin and Gotham city is something I’ve dreamt of sinking my teeth into for a very long time! Recently I’ve even had to start carrying around a sketchbook wherever I go because I constantly get these ideas of cool images, or random details that I want to use somewhere in the book.

I am incredibly grateful to DC for the opportunity to be added to the list of fine talent who have laid pen and pencil to the Dark Knight. Also I’m very happy to continue working with Peter Tomasi. With him at the helm you just know we’re in good hands and Batman and Robin will continue to be a great ride!”

Exciting stuff, no?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD Review

Well boys and girls, I hope you have room on your "instant classics" shelf for Batman: Under the Red Hood for this movie is quite possibly one of the best Batman movies of all time. And I've seen them all. Dozens of times.


Batman: Under the Red Hood
is the eighth film in the DC Animated Movies collection, written by Judd Winick and directed by Brandon Vietti. B:UtRH tells the tale of a new crime lord known only as the Red Hood. This mysterious figure is taking control of the Gotham Underground by force much to the dismay of Batman. The film is based on the original comic story line Batman: Under the Hood written by Judd Winick.

I'm going to give you the bottom line here before I delve into a full review with SPOILERS. Batman: Under the Red Hood is a fantastic movie. Bruce Timm and his creative team really upped the level of quality for this production, which is saying something considering every one of their movies are fantastic. Everything is spot on from the style, to the action, to the voice acting, to the fluidity of animation. Any Batman should be proud to have this on their shelves. Even if you aren't a "Red Hood" fan.



::Drinks tea with lemon::

Sorry about that, all that shouting made me sound like Christian Bale. Now, on to a fully detailed, spoiler-ridden review.

Are ya ready kids!?


Batman: Under the Red Hood opens with death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, at the hands of the Joker. Most Batman fans know Jason's history, but if you're unfamiliar click here. Without going into full detail, Judd Winick takes liberties with the death of Jason, spinning it to his own benefit. Fortunately for Mr. Winick, he not only does justice to Jason's demise, but he also improves upon it. The death of Jason in this film is quite violent and heartbreaking considering it's only 5 minutes long.
After the Death in the Family, we skip ahead five years as we're introduced to the rest of the star-studded cast such as Nightwing, Black Mask, Alfred, etc, etc. I'm going to touch on all the voice actors later, so don't fret just yet.

Now, I'm going to SPOIL something right here: The Red Hood is in fact Jason Todd returned from the grave! OH MY GOD I HAD NO IDEA!

Nah, I'm just kidding, I really knew all along. In the original comics storyline, the identity of the Red Hood remained a mystery until the end of the story. Here, we are given clues to know who's under the hood quickly although the audience is more aware than Batman and his allies.

Winick holds true to his original plot, but deletes any mention of Infinite Crisis. This validates the story more for those of us comic fans and casual viewers alike. Winick reworks Jason's return to not only be grounded in the Batman mythos, but far more believable than the likes of Superboy Prime. For the record though, I'm one of "those people" that like Prime. I just don't care for the punch.

As the film progresses, we are treated to some very cool moments. The fight choreography in particular is very well handled. It's the best I've ever seen in a Batman movie. Do note that the movie is in fact quite violent. If any of you are parents, I would recommend waiting on this title for your children until they're a bit older. Lots of blood and lots of bone crunching. Oh, and the mild swearing. Can't forget that.

B:UtRH isn't all action though. This movie is really a character and philosophically driven story. Winick raises some of the "big questions" and we are treated to some answers. And of course, anything that delves into the psychology of Batman is worth a look.

The film at its end is quite heartbreaking. It's the same feeling I get every time I watch Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. If you don't know what I'm talking about, either go out and watch B:MotP or get a soul.


This is just a great looking movie, no other way around it. The animation is very fluid while the camera angles are masterfully placed to keep you in the action. The architecture of Gotham is wonderful. This is a more realistic Gotham than we've seen in the past, borrowing aspects from Nolan's "Chicago" Gotham, but maintaining a life of its own. Oh, and the car and plane: badass.

Voice Acting

O.K., I'm a stickler for voice actors. I am so needlessly picky it could drive anyone insane. I think it's almost impossible to top, or even equal some of the actors used on Batman: The Animated Series. So, are you ready for this? Everyone was awesome. And I mean it.

Batman: Bruce Greenwood. If Kevin Conroy didn't exist, Bruce Greenwood would be my Batman. He was just phenomenal. The man could make a room stand still by breathing.

Nightwing: Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing is the one cast member I was a little iffy on which shocked me because I love NPH. He fits Dick Grayson very well, he understands the character, but I could tell he was "putting on" a voice that didn't suit Dick. Be your own judge, but that's just my opinion.

Alfred: Ol' Alfie is a tough one to cast. When you have the voices of Michael Gough, Michael Caine, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in your head, it's very hard to accept another Alfred. However, I was very impressed with Jim Piddock. Very good actor and he gave Alfred all the sass required.

Red Hood: Jensen Ackles just NAILED this part. He found Jason's voice to make him less of a whiner and more of a badass. I really dug what he brought to the table.

Black Mask: Wade Williams as Black Mask is everything a Black Mask fan (like myself) could hope for. He really understands how insane BM is along with how much of dark comedian he can be. I was very happy.

Ra's Al Ghul
: O.K., here are a few things about Ra's Al Ghul. 1) It's pronounced RAISH-AL-GHOUL, not RAWZ-AL-GHOUL. This always bothers me anytime I watch Batman Begins no matter how awesome it is. Luckily, B:UtRH got it right. 2) David Warner (BTAS) is ingrained in my head as Ra's Al Ghoul. 3) I LOVE Jason Isaacs. Everything the man does it gold, including pieces outside of The Patriot and Harry Potter. Although, I may be a little biased because he filmed a movie in my town. Now, all that being said, Jason Isaacs NAILED Ra's Al Ghul. My only complaint: he is not in the movie nearly as much as I would like to have seen.

The Joker: John Di Maggio is a hell of a voice actor. I've been a fan of his since the original days of him as Bender on Futurama, but I've followed his career up through Teen Titans (Brother Blood), The Batman (Mugsy/Rhino), and The Spectacular Spider-Man (Hammerhead/Flinto Marko) to name a few. Di Maggio as the Joker? AWESOME. Just as Bruce Greenwood owns Batman, Di Maggio owns Mr. J. He is creepy, sardonic, ruthless, and totally awesome. Di Maggio has it all. What? How does he compare to Mark Hamill you ask? I'll take either. And I mean that.

Overall, Batman: Under the Red Hood is an instant Batman classic, measuring up to the likes of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm or Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker any day of the week. You could even compare it to the live actions films, but I always find that's a little unfair. Animation and live action are two different film animals. Each have pros and cons over each other. But that won't stop me from rating this right up there along the best of the Bat films.

Batman: Under the Red Hood will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 27, 2010. You can pre-order your copy here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gotham Central-Pull List #33

Hello Gothamites,

This week on the Gotham Central Podcast, we bring you news and previews!

This week's books are:

Batgirl #12
Batman #701
Birds of Prey #3
Super Friends #29
Batgirl: Rising TPB
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Vol. 1
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Vol. 2 (maybe?)

New Books Coming This Fall

Good news everyone!

According to DC's The Source, everyone's favorite website (well, mine anyway), us Bat-fans have quite a few treats coming in the next few months.

First, we will be treated in October to "Bruce Wayne: The Road Home," a series of eight one-shots dealing with the repercussions of Bruce's return. These one shots will be handled individually by some of DC's top talent, including one of my favorites, Bryan Q. Miller. This is what Mike Marts, editor of the Bat titles, has to say on the subject:

“Bruce Wayne’s journey back home has been a long and dangerous road, but before he can assume the mantle of the Bat again, he must first figure out how things have changed in the world around him, how relationships have changed…and how those changes will effect his decisions moving forward as the protector of Gotham City.”

Next, The Source announced newly appointed writer of Action Comics Paul Cornell, teamed with artist Jimmy Broxton, will be taking on Knight and Squire, the British Dynamic Duo! Invented by Grant Morrison, Knight and Squire developed a rabid cult following, so much so that DC feels right to treat us to a six issue mini-series of our London-hopping crime-fighting cousins. Here's what Paul Cornell has to say on the subject:

“I’m delighted to be working in DC Britain! Grant always said that he added something to the Knight and Squire’s world with every appearance: we’ll be taking that policy, and the amount of over the top weird and wonderful zany surreal Britishness and dialing them up to eleven. If you’ve wanted to see a milkman fighting a dinosaur in a suit, in a pub, then this is the comic for you.”

And finally, in October, David Finch will team with Grant Morrison for Batman: The Return, a one-shot beginning the new era in the Batverse. But wait! There's more! In November, David Finch will take on the tasks of writer/artist in the new ongoing series Batman: Dark Knight! This is what Finch had to say on the subject:

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve wanted to draw Batman for a very, very long time. Batman and his world embody everything that I love about Superhero comics, and I could not be happier that I’ve gotten this opportunity!
Maybe the greatest thing about Batman is his versatility as a character. He can be so many things to so many people. For me though, the Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil issues from the early 70’s are the most definitive. That work casts a very long shadow over every Batman book that has come out since, and I think its a testament to it’s strength that close to 40 years later it remains modern and vital. Batman is at his best with his hands dirty, chasing the worst of the worst with everything on the line. He’s a detective, first and foremost. But he’s also the enforcer. Nobody gets away with crime under Batman’s watch, and he makes sure they think twice before they step over the line again.
The Dark Knight takes Batman outside what he knows, into a world of demonology, dark arts, and mystery. He’s the ultimate detective, faster, stronger and smarter than any villian, but now he faces creatures to whom logic and mortality don’t apply.
I want Dark Knight to be true to Batman’s street level, crime fighter roots. He’ll face a rogues gallery that we’re all familiar with, but this book will take him on a darker path where he’ll be stretched to his physical and psychological limits.”

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Glimpse

Hello All -

As I was stumbling my way through Twitter, I came across DCU Movie Page and the tweet "Look at the heroes of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse." Well, needless to say, when I saw not one, but THREE links to let me pass into the magical realm of knowledge, I clicked away, and looky looky what I found!!

Look how pretty!!! I gasped out loud when I saw what Bruce Timm and his team have in store for us next time around. This the most faithful artist to animation interpretation we've seen from the DC Animated movies. Michael Turner was a master of his craft and I'm very pleased for them to pay such homage to his legacy.

Shameless plug: For those interested in Jeph Loeb's original story Superman/Batman: The Supergirl from Krypton then check out Thought Bubble Audio for their soon to be released radio production of this very story!

I have always been a fan of this story, and I'm very glad to see the way this movie is playing out. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse goes on sale September 27, 2010.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Birds of Prey: Thoughts and Review

Over the Fourth of July weekend of 2010, I spent my time off watching the entire 2002 series, Birds of Prey.
Birds of Prey was a television series based on the popular comic book series with various creative teams, but found its voice under the guidance of Gail Simone. The comic book mainly focuses on Barbara Gordon (Oracle), Dinah Lance (Black Canary), and Helena Bertinelli (The Huntress), and the show pretty much focuses on the same characters, but with some very weird differences. For instance, the character Dinah Lance, played by Rachel Skarsten, is in actuality the daughter of Black Canary, but still remains a meta human with various abilities with the core being a form of telepathy, while the Huntress, played by Ashley Scott, is for some reason a meta human based on the Huntress of Earth-2, Helena Kyle, the daughter of Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman). Oracle on the other hand is pretty much the same character that we are all familiar with, and Dina Meyer plays a fantastic Barbara Gordon. With all the differences that seemingly make no sense, it can be challenging to get over as a comic book fan.

The show focuses on a time period after an earthquake that shook Gotham City to its core, which ultimately led to a New Gotham and a knock-down-drag-out war between The Joker and The Batman. And like all wars, there were casualties including Helena's mother, Catwoman. Barbara Gordon, who was working as Batgirl, was also gunned down by The Joker, left for dead, and ultimately left paralyzed from the waist down. These events led to Barbara Gordon to take in young Helena Kyle, and mentor her into a life of acceptance and crime fighting, and like the comic book series, Birds of Prey is mainly about the relationships between the characters with a strong focal point of each character's personal life.

At the beginning of the series, the show looks at the arrival of Dinah Lance into New Gotham and focuses most of its energy on developing a new hero, but the show's strengths lie within the episodes that are Oracle and Huntress centric, which just so happen to be the last episodes when the show's cancellation was inevitable. At the beginning, the show tried to pull from the success of Smallville when that's not what it should have been. Unfortunately, Birds of Prey found its own voice after it was far too late.

Birds of Prey definitely had its share of pros and cons, with a large emphasis on those cons. The acting from the main focal point, Rachel Skarsten, is almost cringe worthy for the majority of the series, and the pacing is way off until about halfway through the show. Another problem with this program is that it keeps driving home the fact that Huntress is a Meta Human and mourning the loss of Selina Kyle, even though her death was far into the past, and Helena doesn't seem too focused on her. The one episode, where it really does become integral to the plot, it is used magnificently, but with the constant exposition, it's almost meaningless. The show also suffered from being too corny in a lot of the episodes, but it ultimately managed to take its own reigns, and bring it around to acceptable levels of cheese at the end of the series. And, as we stated before, the DVD release also got mauled by lack of the original licensed songs for the series.

But the show does have its ups, as well. The scenes based on Helena's anger management therapy sessions with Dr. Harleen Quinzell, are always interesting, and given that she is being treated by Harley Quinn, the show continues to set up an ultimate enemy for the season, and it's done in a terrific way, even though everyone should recognize and remember all of the things in Harley's past. But the ultimate payoff with Harley (is done fantastically with a perfect performance from Mia Sara

Other high points are the inclusion of other DC Comics character appearances such as Batman and The Joker (Unaired Pilot), Alfred Pennyworth (entire series), and Clayface ("Feat of Clay"). Again, the relationships and personal lives of Huntress and Oracle should have been more of a focus, instead of the "journey of a hero" storyline that was originally being pushed, because, although it was drug out for far too long, the relationship between Huntress and Detective Reese contained a lot of potential, and could have provided an intriguing catalyst much like the relationship between Wade and Barbara.

Overall, I really came to love the series, and Birds of Prey was worth the time and money invested based on the last set of episodes, and I am truly going to miss it.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gotham Central-Reviews #32

Hello Gothamites, ;
In The Return of Commissioner Vactor on this Reviews episode, the guys talk about all the books that came out in Gotham books this week! Guys, Batman & Robin #13 WAS AWESOME!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Main Caine Speaks

Well, as a famous Walrus once said, the time has come to talk of many things. In this case, it is time to reveal, thanks to Sir Michael Caine, the start date for Batman 3. Caine, at the premiere of Inception, told reporters the Dark Knight sequel is to begin filming in April with a July 20, 2012 release date. This Bat-fan would like to thank the great Sir Michael Caine for making April and July the two best months of the year (I'm not counting the fact that my birthday is in July - that just makes it extra special).

Also, in my craze of Batman 3, I stumbled upon this fan poster I wish would turn into a reality. Enjoy it and treasure it as I do.

Source: SuperHeroHype, FanPop

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Upcoming (Beautiful) Variants

Good evening Gothamites,

Late Wednesday afternoon, DC's The Source Blog posted a variety of upcoming variant covers including everything from Justice League: Generation Lost and Green Lantern to Justice League proper and The Widening Gyre (it returns!). So check out the Batvariants below, and check The Source for the rest!

Batman gets surrounded by Alan Scott constructs in the variant for Justice League #47. Based on the cover, this issue looks to be picking up exactly where the last issue left off, with Batman (Dick Grayson) on the moon read to face Alan Scott and his Starheart powered self-constructs. This cover is penciled by Alex Garner.

Up next, we see Silver St. Cloud adorned in the cape and cowl of The Batman, Bruce Wayne. This is the variant cover to Kevin Smith's 6th issue of The Widening Gyre. I cannot wait to read this issue, and the cover is definitely a contender for my cover of the year.

But what do you guys think? Which is your favorite? And are you looking forward to either of these issues?

Rumor Roundup: Batman 3 Insanity

In keeping with the trends concerning recent super hero movies, the third tale in Christopher Nolan's Batman saga is no exception. Over the past few months, rumors have been flying about who would be cast in the upcoming film. Recently, Robin Williams was rumored to have been dying to play the role of Edward Nigma a.k.a. The Riddler. I don't know about you, but to me that's a little on the ridiculous side.

But this is by no means the only crazy rumor surrounding casting of the third film, let me take you back for a moment. Remember about a year ago when the Internet went crazy over the announcement that Miley Cyrus had auditioned for Batgirl, even though Barbara Gordon was about 5 in The Dark Knight? Also, you may have missed this, but a site called The Inquisitr actually had "verified" that the following actors had signed contracts concerning these roles in Batman 3: Shia LeBouf as Robin, Rachel Weisz as Catwoman, and Eddie Murphy as The Riddler. Not to mention the crack piped induced idea that Sam Worthington would replace Christian Bale as Batman.

Some of the less insane rumors have been Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio all to play Edward Nigma, and Meghan Fox (sort of ridiculous), Angelina Jolie, and Eliza Dushku slated to play Catwoman. And all of these were before the script was even finished! So imagine, if you will, what we have in store for us.

It's coming Gotham, and it's going to be a long two years.

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