DC Nation Celebrates Batman’s 75th with New Bruce Timm Short

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Comic Book Resources has the first look at stills from “Batman: Strange Days”, a new short staring the Dark Knight, set to premiere on Cartoon Network alongside a new episode of Teen Titans Go! next week.

Airing on April 9th, this black-and-white short is part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration for Batman, and is directed by legendary Batman: The Animated Series director Bruce Timm.

That alone would be reason to watch, but the stills from the short – starring Batman villain Dr. Hugo Strange – show a beautiful black and white, 1930′s style, meaning it’s sure to be a treat for the eyeballs.

At Least I’ll Have Plans: Marvel Studios Plots Through 2028

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In one of those stories that I had to read, and re-read, before I believed it, Disney CEO Bob Iger gave a unique insight into the long-term planning by Marvel Studios.

It’s a part of a much longer read over at Business Week (which I recommend if you find the time) all about Marvel Studio’s head Kevin Feige, but check this out:

People might show up for The Avengers, meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There’s a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige’s office. “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it,’ ” he laughs. “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.

Yeah. They have at least 14 more years of Marvel films in the planning stages.

Given that Marvel Studios has had a nearly flawless run this far – and this Friday’s latest installment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has added to a fantastic portfolio, if reviews and international impressions are to be believed – I say, MAKE MINE MOVIES, MARVEL!

DC Comics Returns to Earth One With ‘Teen Titans’!

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Launched in 2010, you’d be forgiven if you’ve already forgotten about DC Comics Earth One imprint.

Designed as almost a DC version of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, the series was launched with Superman: Earth One, a second volume of Superman two years later, and a very delayed Batman: Earth One, also in 2012.

In short, it seemed the imprint was lost to the push of the New 52, and given the response to some of the dramatic character changes, I can’t say fans were missing out.

That said, it looks like Earth One will be returning with a vengeance, as DC has announced bright and early this morning that Teen Titans: Earth One will be the next book in the series.

Focusing on this universe’s version of the classic teen hero team, the book will be written by Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Trillium), and feature art from Terry Dodson (Harley Quinn).  The talent on the book certainly seems quality enough, and hopefully they can avoid the missteps seen in the prior three Earth One releases.

Look for Teen Titans: Earth One in November 2014, with the long awaited Superman: Earth One Volume 3, Batman: Earth One Volume 2 and Wonder Woman: Earth One hitting in 2015. 

Warner Bros Announces Their 75th Anniversary Plans for Batman

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It’s hard to believe, but this year marks 75 years since the Dark Knight made his debut in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

To celebrate this bat-milestone, Warner Bros has a whole lot of things set for 2014, and they just issued a press release talking about it.

In short, you can expect merchandise, the official release of the Batman 1966 TV series, two animated movies, the Batman: Arkham Knight video game, some new animated shorts by Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke and a 25th Anniversary re-release of Tim Burton’s Batman. There’s even going to be a BATMAN DAY!

For the full press release, read on.

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 75th anniversary-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 exclusive Batman 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 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 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 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.

‘Spider-Man 2099′ Gets A New Marvel Comics Ongoing

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Way back, in the early 1990s, long before your Facebooks and your iPhones and your Yahoo!, Marvel Comics took a big step into the future with a series of comics set in the far flung year of 2099.

Now, with less than 85 years to go, Marvel returns to the era’s flagship character, Spider-Man 2099.

Having found himself stuck in the present, thanks to the Superior Spider-Man, the new series, written by original writer Peter David with art by Will Sliney (Fearless Defenders).

The new ongoing series is set to launch this July (that’s the issue 1 cover up top, by Simone Bianchi), and Newsrama got the scoop and an exclusive interview with all parties involved. Check it out!