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Today is Batman Day, a day to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the character’s first appearance. A few weeks ago I asked people to name the female character they thought was “most important” to Batman. And while there were many people who name Barbara Gordon (Oracle version mostly), there were also others mentioned such as Cass Cain and Leslie Thompkins. But a lot of the answers were a woman who has gotten short shift in the Batverse - Martha Wayne.
You know what the fastest growing demographic of comic reader is? Women aged 17 to 33. No, I did not make that up. No, that is not a skewed number. Facts, baby, all the way.
With that fact looming it’s not surprising to see a demographic that has been basically ignored by Marvel and DC Comics suddenly getting love. And by that I mean teenage girls.
It makes sense. The earlier you can hook a reader, the more likely they’ll be a comic reader for life. DC and Marvel have done that with dudes for years. But younger women? Eh, not so much.
Oh, they had books with younger characters - Batgirl and Spider-Girl come to mind, but those were a rarity. And DC Comics has certainly talked about going after that audience. I can still remember during the launch of the new 52 the Supergirl team saying they wanted the female audience reading “The Hunger Games”. If anyone has seen what is going on with Supergirl these days you’ll know that goal failed.
Marvel has dived full-in with targeting the younger female audience with Ms. Marvel. That book featuring a teen age girl is accessible to all ages and is one of the best comics of the year.
But yesterday, on a day when DC also announced a eye raising new team for Wonder Woman they also announced a book that has its eye on the female audience - Gotham Academy.
And you know what? I think they’ve got it right.
Ms. Streep is 65 today and I have to agree with this regarding her acting skills:
And they got Affleck?
This is Batman’s 75th year as a superhero and to celebrate DC Comics had declared July 23 “Batman Day.” As part of the celebration and as the #1 comics blog with the words “DC and Women” in its name, I am also going to celebrate on the 23. And what better way than to name the most important female in Batman’s history.
But who that women is will not be my choice - it will be yours!
We are just less than two months away from “Batman Day”, July 23, which will celebrate the 75th Anniversary. Earlier I discussed the variant covers DC Comics will publish in July to celebrate the anniversary. Variant Covers that feature only male artists. Today the company debuted a new timeline for the history of Batman. And it is also female light.
This year is Batman’s 75th anniversary and DC Comics is celebrating, of course, celebrating in a big way. Wendesday, July 23 has been declared "Batman Day" (although let’s face it for some of us that’s 365 days a year) with a number of events taking place. DC Comics will also have Batman variant covers to celebrate the occassion. Yesterday a list was published of the artists reportedly doing the covers and I was surprised to see that with more than 20 artists and covers not one featured a female artist. Not one.
The glass ceiling of Batman has been one I’ve discussed for a few years. As a reminder, in 2012 Becky Cloonan became the first woman to ever pencil an issue of Batman.
The small amount of female creators that draw Batman is proportionally small given the number of comics that Batman, particularly now, appears. in. One would think that given the small amount of ladies tapped for the job the ability to draw a man wearing a batsuit is somehow a problem for a woman. But it’s not; let’s take a look:
Entertainment Weekly has posted the first look at the series Gotham which was given a series order by Fox for the Fall.
The trailer isn’t long but you get a little bit of Batman iconography
You also get your first look at Jada Pinkett in character as “Fish Mooney”
And you have Jim Gordon telling your Bruce Wayne “however dark and scary the world might be, there will be light.”
How can you not think of “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”?
You can watch the preview here.
I thought Spring was here but woke up to snow this morning, blurgh! A very short list this week in which I contribute heavily to college fund of Scott Snyder.
Batfamily folks will like this issue - the band is getting back together it seems …
The books are getting closer together …
Another Scott Snyder comic but with BITE!
I want to support this book but I was pretty upset by an interview the writer did yesterday regarding the role of DADT in Kate’s history. I’ll be posting separately on that.
Love this book.
I’ve put this on my list a few times. If you haven’t picked it up you may want to check out the series.
And that’s it for me. I noticed a number of trades out this week that collect some series I’ve been recommending - are you folks interested i a weekly trade wrap-up? Let me know.
What’s on your list? What did I miss I should be reading?
At the Batman Eternal panel at Emerald City Comic Con, they revealed new art from the upcoming Batman Eternal weekly including a page that appears to show the moment that leads to this from the "Thanksgiving Teaser"
Fox TV released the logo and first official synopsis for Gotham earlier today and on Friday the show will film what is sure to be a key part of the pilot.
According to casting call sheets (see below) on Friday March 14 the show will film a funeral for “the richest couple in town.” For background they are looking for a male priest and mayor and several mayoral aides (both men and women). These are all background extras (and you have to be in SAG-AFTRA).
Gotham - TV Pilot - Shoots Mar 14
Project Type: TV Series
Union Status: SAG-AFTRA
Pay Scale: Scale background rate
Posted Date: 3/11/2014 5:06:24 PM
End Date: 3/14/2014
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Gotham - TV Pilot. No synopsis provided.
Casting Dates: Based on Submission
Shoot Dates: 3/14/2014
SAG-AFTRA Male Minister | Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 30 - 70 | Role Type: Featured Background
Talent to portray a featured priest. Please indicate in your cover note: Neck and Sleeve sizes and Jacket size. MUST own nice black pants, black lace up dress shoes. Shoots Fri., 3/14.
SAG-AFTRA Mayor and Mayoral Security | Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 30 - 65 | Role Type: Background
Talent to portray a mayor and mayoral security. Exterior funeral scene. Must own the following: This funeral is for the richest couple in town, therefore the wardrobe is upscale. Exterior scene: please bring jacket or coat. Colors should be black, dark gray, or navy. MEN: Bring well fitting dark suits, proper fitting dress shirts in white or cool colors i.e.: light tan, pale blue, grey etc. Nice wool dress coats, black dress shoes, black belts, dark ties, they can also bring nice gloves. Shoots Fri., 3/14.
SAG-AFTRA Mayoral Aides | Male or Female | Any Ethnicity | Age: 25 - 40 | Role Type: Background
Talent to portray mayoral aides. Exterior scene. Must own the following: This funeral is for the richest couple in town, therefore the wardrobe is upscale. Exterior scene: please bring jacket or coat. Colors should be black, dark gray, or navy. WOMEN: As high end looking and as classy as you can get. Wear dresses, skirt suits, pansuit, and should bring a purse and accessorize with conservative jewelry, possible hats, gloves, scarves, etc. MEN: Bring well fitting dark suits, proper fitting dress shirts in white or cool colors i.e.: light tan, pale blue, grey etc. Nice wool dress coats, black dress shoes, black belts, dark ties, nice wool scarves, even an ascot if they have, they can also bring nice gloves. Shoots Fri., 3/14.
This Jae Lee cover is amazing and I want a Catwoman/Lois Lane book now. NOW. NOW!
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
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A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
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