Today at the Batman panel t was announced that Stephanie Brown will return to DC Comics in the upcoming Batman Eternal series. The series, announced yesterday, will be a weekly focusing on Gotham. Brown will appear as Spoiler. She will appear in issue 3 of the series.
James Tynion, according to attendees, made the announcement during the panel.
Now on to Cass Cain!
Turns out that glass ceiling on writing and drawing Batman is going to take a few more batarangs to totally shatter. Last year Becky Cloonan became the first woman to ever draw the Batman book. This year we saw Marguerite Bennett write the Batman Annual #2. Nicola Scott also worked on Batman Black and White and her version of Batman was turned into a statue.
That’s why I was very dissappointed to read the article in USA Today this morning about Eternal, a new weekly Batman series coming in 2014 and Detective #27 which will celebrate the 75th annivesary of 1939’s Detective 27 which introduced the world to Batman.
Why? Because with the Eternal series, headed up by Scott Snyder,will, according to the article have.
a revolving crew of Bat-writers including James Tynion IV (Talon), John Layman (Detective Comics), Ray Fawkes (Justice League Dark) and Tim Seeley (Revival).
Lady free, in other words.
And Detective #27? The issue:
showcases an all-star lineup including writers Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter Tomasi and illustrators Neal Adams, Dustin Nguyen and Francesco Francavilla.
Plus, Adams, Jim Lee, Batman series artist Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleason and Mike Allred are among those drawing covers for the issue.
Again, female free.
Well, Gail Simone and Dynamite have managed to find a female artists to draw multiple covers and variants for four issues of Red Sonja, so I’d start there for artists.
Again, given the strides we saw over the last two years, I’m really disappointed. Sadly, however, not surprised.
As some of you may know, my entrance into comics was through the Batman TV show and led to my life long love of one character - Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.
Tomorrow Batman 66,the comic set in the television world, debuts their Batgirl and, bonus, the artwork is by Colleen Coover.
Here’s a look.
Remember, Yvonne Craig was a brunette as Barbara Gordon.
Batgirla and Eartha Kitt Catwoman? This could definitely be one of my favorite comics of this year.
This is my pick from yesterday solicits. I’d be looking forward to this even if this had another cover.
BATMAN ‘66: THE TV STORIES TP Written by BILL FINGER, GARDNER FOX, JOHN BROOME and others Art by BOB KANE, DICK SPRANG, SHELDON MOLDOFF, CARMINE INFANTINO and others Cover by AMANDA CONNER On sale JANUARY 8 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US For the first time, DC Comics collects Batman stories originally published between 1948 and 1966 that were adapted into specific episodes of the classic Batman TV series! Starring The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Mr. Freeze (here called “Mr. Zero”), and featuring the debut of Batgirl, these stories have never been collected together before. Collected from BATMAN #53, 73, 121, 140, 169 and 171, and DETECTIVE COMICS #230, 346 and 359.
The next round of McDonald’s Happy Meals have toys from the CW’s “Beware the Batman”. Will the toys bypass a female character? Does a bat fly?
Take a look after the jump.
Unlike Marvel who targets both girls and boys with it’s superhero meal offerings with it’s kids meals (I still have my “Black Widow Bracelet” from Iron Man #2), McDonald’s has been, these past few years, firmly in the "cooties" camp not only offering their superhero toys with a concurrent “girls” toy (this time its The Wizard of Oz) but making sure there are no female characters.
But my hope that there my be a Katana figure has been dashed.
To be fair, there isn’t a Alfred either. Or a Professor Pyg. Just Bats and his toys all in his solo glory. Batman, Forever Alone!
The new 52 has eradicated the popular Batman arc “Hush” by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee from continuity but that doesn’t mean that DC will ignore it. This month the company solicted a new statue based on a memorable kiss between Batman and Catwoman from the series.
Here’s the moment in comics
Hush is a divisive series - there are those who absolutely hate and those that adore it. It remains one of the most popular Batman arcs ever due to both Lee’s art and the all-star cast. I have mixed feelings on Hush but given the appearances of both Oracle and Helena Bertinelli (albeit wit the first appearance of the belly window) I’m increasingly happy to have it around. (You can order a copy here.)
And there is not question that that Bat/Cat kiss is hot.
Let’s be glad they don’t have a statue celebrating that last page of Catwoman #1.
Superhero themed weddings are my favorite kind of wedding for obvious reasons. A few months ago there was an awesome wedding where Batgirl married Nightwing.
And now there is the wedding of Batman and Mr. Freeze in a ceremony conducted by Superman.
The grooms, Kevin and Christopher, are both comic fans and the entire wedding reflected it including the wedding party photos where two, despite their marriage, faced off as Batman and Victor would. You can see more photos on the wedding here.
The LA Times has reported with the THR confirming that at SDCC today Warner Bros. will reveal that their next movie will be Batman & Superman starring Henry Cavill and an actor to be named later as Batman. The movie slated for 2015 will also feature the creative team from Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and writer David Goyer.
The story also states that will be followed by a Flash movie in 2016 and a Justice League movie in 2017. There was no information on any release date for a Wonder Woman movie despite the assertion by Diane Nelson that the character, who she referred to as “tricky”, was a top priority for the studio.
Alfred fans (and who among us isn’t?) have two great comic choices today. The newest Batman 66 chapter has fun Alfred (and Catwoman - go download it now!) And Batman #22? Not so fun Alfred. Here’s 5 reasons you don’t cross him.
There is a new episode of 3 Chicks Review Comics available for you listening. In this episode we speak to the delightful Faith Erin Hicks and Prudence Shen of the graphic novel Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong which you can order here.
We also review the book and take a look at the first chapter of Batman 66. What do we think? Listen to find out!
And we have yet another DRAMATIC READING of someone’s thoughts about women and superheroes.
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Last year one of the glass ceilings in superhero comics had a batarang thrown at it when Becky Cloonan became the first woman to draw an issue of Batman. The writing side of the Batman ceiling has had a few cracks in it through the years with Devin Grayson, Louise Simonson, Ann Nocenti and Christina Weir all having stints on Batman titles. Women writing Batman books, however, are still rare and a very small percentage of the writers in the Batman-writing world. But in July another female writer will join the ranks. Marguerite Bennett will be co-writing the Batman Annual #2 with Scott Snyder. Bennett, as she discusses below, joins James Tynion IV, who is writing Talon and Red Hood, as one of Scott Snyder’s students to pick up a gig at DC.