DC is planning for “Villain’s Month” in September, where your favorite baddies will be taking over some of the most popular titles. Basically, the DC New 52 books are changing their titles to reflect the name of the bvillain who stars in that issue. Bleeding Cool reports that the villains so far include The Riddler, The Ventriloquist, The Prankster, and Black Manta. See all the details below and prepare for the reign of villains. READ MORE
David Hine and Mark Stafford have team with SelfMadeHero to produce an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs, the classic story that inspired the creation of Joker. Written and drawn by top UK team of Hine and Stafford, it’s a macabre social satire about inequality and injustice in 18th century Britain. Look for it in shops this month. For more details, hit the jump. READ MORE
Announced today by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the villains of the DCU will be the topic of a new feature documentary project called Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics. Get this, it’s narrated by none other than Christopher Lee.
Production is scheduled to begin this weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, where DC is asking fans to dress as their favorite DC villains for a chance to be featured in the doc. Filming is set to begin on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the DC booth (#801). READ MORE
Greg Capullo’s notorious faceless joker covers from recent issues of “Batman” have been animated and posted online. They show Joker playing around with his gross face that was recently cut off by Dollmaker. Also included in the bunch is an animation from Patrick Gleason’s “Batman & Robin” #15. READ MORE
The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2 hits shops and online stores on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download today, January 29th. Below you can check out a final clip from the adaptation of Frank Miller’s Batman book. The clip shows Batman final showdown with Joker in the infamous tunnel of love. READ MORE
Comic Book Resources got an exclusive look at the Die Cut Covers for the upcoming “Death of the Family” event that will be taking over the pages of all the currently running Bat-books. The Joker die cut is creepy as hell, but thinking about it, so are the others. Below you can check out the official cover, as well as two New York Comic Con exclusive die cut covers for “Batman” #13, including Joker wearing Bat Mask. READ MORE
Thank Bleeding Cool for this one. The site scanned a nice copy of the upcoming “Death of the Family” crossover from DC Comics, which ushers in the much anticipated return of Joker to the New 52. The crossover begins next week and you’ll likely see this checklist in every DC book released, but why not take a look.
Apparently Scott Snyder is henceforth to be referred to as “Scott Synder”. Check it after the jump. READ MORE
The hype around the New 52 Joker is running wild, as we anxiously wait for #0 month to come to an end. DC just revealed the variant cover for “Batman” #13 which shows the Joker and a big balloon surrounded by a group of people who look like they’ve been hit with Joker’s laughing toxin. Check it! READ MORE
During the DC Comics Panel today at Fan Expo Canada they announced that Geoff Johns and David Finch are launching a new “Justice League Of America” book, coming in the new year. Pictured below is the first official image of the team, featuring: Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman, and Catwoman. Martian Manhunter will leave his position at Stormwatch and move in with the JLA members. The panel also spoke extensively about their Bat-books, the new “Phantom Stranger”, and more, which you can read below. READ MORE
There’s some thing called a LEGO lenticular, which I never heard of until today (regretfully). Basic idea is that the artwork gives two different images depending on the angle from which you look. This specific one happens to be Batman from one side, and his arc-nemesis, Joker, from the other. Think back to those hologram cover from the 90s, but cooler. This work was done by Arthur Gugick, and you can get your mind blow with the video below. READ MORE
Greg Capullo was pissed about the images DC released of Joker in their recent November solicits. He urged fans to wait for his work, and that of his fellow artists, in order to see how terrifying the new Joker is. What we know so far is that Joker appears to have re-attached the skin to his face. Until now no close-ups have been seen. Jock, who worked on the Scott Snyder run of “Detective Comics”, tweeted this picture today showing his rendition of the famed Bat-villain. Spoilers below! Don’t look if you want to keep The New 52 Clown Prince a surprise. READ MORE
CBR got an interview with “Batman” writer Scott Snyder on his plans for bringing back The Clown Prince into the New 52 universe. Joker has been out of the picture since the beginning of the DC reboot, and now the most infamous of Bat-villains is making a comeback. The arc begins in October (surprise, surprise) with issue #13 of “Batman”, and it is titled “Death Of The Family”. Up until now all that has been known of Joker in the new DCU is that his face has been cut off (as seen in issue #1 of “Detective Comics”). The buzz is big for this arc, fans cannot wait for the villain to return, and CBR got the down low on Snyder’s plans. Check out pieces of the interview below. READ MORE
It was announced early this morning that the legendary Jerry Robinson passed away in his sleep overnight at 89 years of age. I do not often take a serious tone, but this is truly a sad day, for Jerry Robinson was the brilliant mind that gave us unforgettable Batman characters including Joker, Two Face, Robin and Alfred. Our thoughts go out to him and his family.
DC is ushering in the holiday spirit early this year, before the shitty Christmas music and faux-Santas invade your malls, with Batman: Noel. DC has been forcing this book right under out noses for quite some time now, offering previews at the back of nearly every weekly for the past few weeks, and it’s finally coming out to join other Batman holiday stories like The Long Halloween. Written and illustrated by Lee Berjemo, best known for his artwork in the Eisner Award winning Joker graphic novel that hit everyone by storm a few years back. Batman: Noel is inspired by the seminal Charles Dickens holiday novella, A Christmas Carol, which to date is one of the most famous works in English Literature. Any comic that works to bring in aspect of high popular culture is worth a look. Read on for the skinny…
What you’ll see in the video below is a team-up I wouldn’t have predicted. In it the Joker and Batman partner up to fight a handful of criminals, but is this a leaked trailer or just another fan-made mod? If it’s the latter I doubt this is a taste of what’s to come in the campaign, instead I’m thinking this could possibly be our first glimpse at the game’s Challenge Rooms. But again, that’s merely speculation.
The only reason I can think of for these two guys to ever work together is if the Joker is a playable character in Arkham City’s Challenge Room mode. Wouldn’t that be exciting? Cooperative survival against waves of enemies and going by the video there are combo attacks to reward teamwork. What do you think this is?
After the amazing success of the Dark Knight movie, I was expecting the comic world to be flooded with stories about Heath Ledger-esque Jokers and a saturation of the market to make me cry. Luckily DC comics did not do this, but in October they did release one in a similar vein, Brian Azzarello’s Joker. Released solely as a graphic novel, I did not really notice this and took it at face value and DC trying to turn a quick buck. But friend of the Dead Pixels Podcast, SuperRadMike, told me otherwise and was great enough to write a review to shed some light. Mike’s review after the break…