Next month, DC Comics will be showcasing variant “Bombshell” covers created by artist Ant Lucia inspired by 1940s-era girlie art of the type seen on airplane nose art and in period pin-up mags. Here is a look at 16 of those pieces.
The Commissioner Gordon-centric Batman prequel TV series, GOTHAM, has cast the actors who will play the young versions of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle — whom fans know will grow up to be frenemies Batman and Catwoman — according to E! News.
David Mazouz, who starred in TOUCH with Kiefer Sutherland, will portray the preteen Bruce, while Camren Bicondova, a newcomer to acting, will play Selina as a teenager. Yes, that means in this universe, Catwoman is older than Batman!
Selina will be presented as an orphaned street kid who is a master pickpocket and thief — and dangerous when cornered. Bruce, meanwhile, is dealing with the traumatic death of his parents and is sequestered in stately Wayne manor, being raised by loyal butler Alfred Pennnyworth (Sean Pertwee).
The latest reboot of DC Comics’ flagship Detective Comics title reaches the culturally significant milestone issue No. 27 soon, and so modern legend artist Frank Miller was commissioned to create a two-page spread for the interior of the issue featuring Catwoman.
The original Detective Comics #27, published in May 1939, featured the debut of Batman — called “The Bat-Man” — as well as the first appearance of Commissioner Gordon.
The big wigs at DC decided that the Miller image should become a variant cover. Then that variant cover was canceled (allegedly over a dispute between DC and Miller over increased compensation for bumping the drawing to coveted cover status).
Then retailers revolted over the cancellation, because orders were placed on the basis of getting a highly desirable and collectable (read: license to print money) Frank Miller variant cover.
Choosing from this passel of fresh character posters for The Dark Knight Rises, which would you guess is my favorite?
I have to admit that they are all a little creepy-looking because of the excessive Photoshopping that makes everyone’s skin look plastic. (my pick after the cut)
Finally, a trailer for The Dark Knight Rises that I can get behind. By now (after what seems like 1,348 other trailers), you know the deal: Batman. Catwoman. Bane. Hi-jinks ensue.
The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.
In my opinion, both of these posters look great, and should accomplish the goal of getting fans psyched to see their favorites back on the big screen. One film purports to tell a story about the end of an icon, while the other promises to reveal the secrets of the beginning of a different legend. One is an original story, while the other is a remake. I am suddenly looking forward to seeing one, and gradually recoiling from the prospect of seeing the other. Which movie is which?
Warner Bros. has released the first official photo of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle from the forthcoming The Dark Knight Rises, and I think it’s a great image. The studio has deliberately avoided saying Hathaway is playing Catwoman in favor of always referring to her by her civilian identity, Selina. But everybody knows her nom du crime, and Hathaway outed herself as playing Catwoman months ago.
So what do we see here? Selina riding the Batpod. Or, at least, a two-wheeler designed to look very much like Batman’s motorcycle from The Dark Knight. She’s wearing goggles with blue lights, and tight black leather. And her hair is long. That’s all we know about her. Oh, and that she (apparently) has the stones to steal Batman’s ride! That says a lot about her right there. This image is designed to tease – to make you want to see more. And it does its job admirably.