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What can we look forward to in DC’s Doomsday Clock?

Ricky Church looks forward to DC’s Doomsday Clock…

Tomorrow DC Comics begins its anticipated event series Doomsday Clock, a semi-sequel to Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel Watchmen and a crossover with the main DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank, Doomsday Clock is the culmination of everything in DC Rebirth thus far. Readers will finally learn the mysterious connection Doctor Manhattan has to the DC Universe and how he has changed the lives of the world’s greatest superheroes, but Johns is also aiming for a philosophical battle between Manhattan and Superman.

With a big series that will last for the rest of this year and the majority of 2018, what can we look forward to in Doomsday Clock? What team-ups would be best? How might the characters of Watchmen interact with heroes and villains like Superman, Lex Luthor and Batman?

Watchmen’s universe was
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Harley Quinn animated series in the works

Mike Cecchini Nov 21, 2017

DC's upcoming streaming service will be the home for a Harley Quinn animated series...

Warner Bros. is developing a Harley Quinn animated series for its upcoming DC Entertainment-themed streaming service. Harley's star continues to rise as a character, and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was a major factor in the success of the Suicide Squad movie. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. wants to see if they can convince her to voice Harley in animated form, as well.

The good news is that Harley Quinn is, of course, perfect for animation. She made her debut on Batman: The Animated Series, and her antics on the page and screen are akin to a supervillainous Bugs Bunny at times. The other news is that it comes from the executive producers behind last year's NBC short-lived DC superhero comedy, Powerless, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey. Hopefully Jimmy Palmiotti
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Harley Quinn Animated Series Ordered for DC's Upcoming Streaming Service

Harley Quinn is ready for her close-up.

The iconic Batman villain, regularly seen catering to the Joker’s every whim, is finally getting her own solo animated series, our sister site Deadline reports. The half-hour action-comedy Harley Quinn, which will feature appearances by some of Harley’s villain friends (and frenemies), has received a 26-episode order and will debut on the still-untitled DC streaming service.

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The project hails from Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, the executive producers of NBC’s ill-fated Powerless, and Warner Bros. Animation’s Dean Lorey.
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"The Trial of Batwoman"

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DC Comics' "Detective Comics" #975, available February 28, 2018 is written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, with covers by Guillem March and Rafael Albuquerque:

"...in 'The Trial of Batwoman', Batwoman faces scrutiny from Batman and 'Red Robin' but stands up for her actions.

"Will Batman allow her to continue bearing his symbol after everything she has done?..."

'Batwoman' is a wealthy heiress who becomes inspired by 'Batman' and chooses, like him, to put her wealth and resources towards a war on crime as a masked vigilante in her home of 'Gotham City'. 

The identity of Batwoman is shared by two heroines in mainstream DC publications; both women are named 'Katherine Kane', with the original Batwoman commonly referred to by her nickname 'Kathy' and the modern incarnation going by the name 'Kate'.

Batwoman was created by writer Edmond Hamilton and illustrated
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Justice League, Batman's Knightmare & the future of the Dceu

Mark Harrison Nov 21, 2017

A spoiler-y look at Batman Vs Superman, Justice League, and Batman's 'Knightmare'...

This article contains spoilers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League.

One of the most surreal and oft-discussed scenes in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes around an hour into the film, when Bruce Wayne nods off at his desk in the Batcave. The five minute sequence that follows, dubbed 'the Knightmare' (but not the Citv gameshow), is the sum of all Bruce's fears about Superman, showing a dystopian future that could have foreshadowed the future of the DC cinematic universe.

However, these plans have been significantly changed over the course of the 20 months between the release of Batman V Superman and its follow-up, Justice League, by a combination of the vitriolic reception of the former, a frantic course correction on the latter and the real life
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Doomsday Clock #1 Review

This review is free of major spoilers.

Even though Dark Nights: Metal is currently unfolding, DC has decided to make a bold move by launching yet another event series in the form of Doomsday Clock. Sure, “event fatigue” is a very real thing, but when you factor in that the latest project coming to us by way of the all-star team-up that is Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, and that the last year and a half of Rebirth storytelling have led up to this, well, then I’ll most definitely welcome such a 12-issue series with open arms.

Oh yeah, there’s also the Watchmen factor.

That’s right, not only is Doomsday Clock blooming from the seeds planted in last year’s DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot, but it simultaneously serves as a sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ immortal classic. Granted, some of you out there will call this sacrilege,
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Batman Actors Ranked From Worst to Best

Batman Actors Ranked From Worst to Best
Holy listicle, Batfans! With the release of “Justice League” this weekend at theaters and drive-ins everywhere, we’re once again invited to measure the Batmanliness of Ben Affleck against his predecessors as the Caped Crusader. And while many aficionados insist that Kevin Conroy, the vocal-talent star of several animated TV series and made-for-video films, is the all-time best Batman, we opted to limit our survey to actors in live-action movies.

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How ‘X-Men’ Became One of TV’s Best Animated Series (Flashback)

How ‘X-Men’ Became One of TV’s Best Animated Series (Flashback)
“Mankind has always feared what it doesn’t understand.”

Spoken by Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the first X-Men feature film adaptation in 2000, that pivotal theme has always illuminated a character’s stance in every medium of this particular Marvel universe. In 1992, an approximate version of the line was uttered by Storm (voiced by Iona Morris) in the pilot of the X-Men animated series, which premiered 25 years ago in October.

The Fox series’ influence also included pushing comic book stories into mainstream pop culture, as well as preparing future audiences with a story structure that challenged growing minds. As if pulling this off wasn’t a large enough challenge, X-Men concurrently offered hope and emotional refuge from the adolescent anxieties of its young viewers, which we all know (now) simply turn out to be simply less advanced versions of later adult anxieties.

The X-Men comics, originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963, were a part of
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Every DC Comics Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Including ‘Justice League’

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Every DC Comics Movie Ranked From Worst to Best, Including ‘Justice League’
The DC Comics universe hasn’t flooded the big screen the way Marvel ones have, but the DC brand has been hitting the big screen longer in the era of color, starting with the 1966 Adam WestBatman.” We ranked all those modern flicks, from “Batman: The Movie” to “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League.” 31. “Jonah Hex” (2010) Despite the efforts of Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender, this is one of the worst comic book movies of the modern era. 30. “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987) Christopher Reeve is by far the best Superman. But “Superman IV” is a bomb in every sense.
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That Time Adam West Had a Conversation With Himself on 'Batman'

Adam West was a gem.

The late actor was best known for playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1960s ABC live-action television series Batman, which was delightfully campy and silly. 

And with Ben Affleck once again donning the cape and cowl in Justice League, opening Thursday night, it is time to look back at one of the most over-the-top moments in Batman history, which only West could pull off: a phone to each ear, talking to himself as Bruce Wayne and Batman

The premises for the glorious scene is Mr. Freeze has demanded a ransom from Wayne for some reason. Naturally,...
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That Time Adam West Had a Conversation With Himself on 'Batman'

Adam West was a gem.

The late actor was best known for playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1960s ABC live-action television series Batman, which was delightfully campy and silly. 

And with Ben Affleck once again donning the cape and cowl in Justice League, opening Thursday night, it is time to look back at one of the most over-the-top moments in Batman history, which only West could pull off: a phone to each ear, talking to himself as Bruce Wayne and Batman

The premises for the glorious scene is Mr. Freeze has demanded a ransom from Wayne for some reason. Naturally,...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

Gotham By Gaslight Blu-Ray Release Date and Special Features Revealed

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With a trailer to give fans a look at the upcoming Elseworlds animated Batman adventure, WB Animation has announced when fans will be able to get the Gotham By Gaslight blu-ray, along with all the special features coming with it. Come inside for all the details!

DC's Animated films are almost always a lot of fun to watch. Some of my favorites, however, are the ones that eschew the Animated Universe continuinty in favor of something different (like Gods and Monsters). As such, I'm really excited to see how Batman: Gotham By Gaslight turns out. It sees a different Batman take on Jack the Ripper in a turn of the century Gotham.

It's a neat concept, and worked great in the comics. Let's just hope the same magic works in the animated film when it releases on February 6, 2018:

The first true Elseworlds tale from DC comes to animated life
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Justice League Review: It Doesn't Suck, But It's Not Great

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Justice League Review: It Doesn't Suck, But It's Not Great
After years of development and a change of director in post-production, the Justice League finally graces the silver screen. The film is not without fault, but the good outweighs the bad by a mile. Reactions will be predicated by the type of audience. Fans of the genre can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Justice League is entertaining and humorous with great character interactions. There is an overreliance on CGI which fuels the somewhat thin plot. The cartoon villain is the primary victim of this crutch. That said, the bones of the story, the Justice League characters, are well cast. They form a solid foundation for future greatness. Their first adventure is a decent start. It's far superior to the dreadful Batman V Superman, but not nearly as nuanced and well-written as Wonder Woman.

The world is in despair over the death of Superman (Henry Cavill). Batman (Ben Affleck) has
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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Box Art And Release Date Revealed

Each year, the fine folks at Warner Bros. Animation serve up a handful of films based on DC properties and, more often than not, they knock it out of the park. Not only that, but a significant portion of the fanbase argues that they’re superior to what’s offered in the live action realm. And, to be completely honest, I have to concede in most cases.

Having said that, the trend looks to continue in 2018 with Batman: Gotham by Gaslight leading the charge. First revealed to us via a sneak peek included on the Batman and Harley Quinn Blu-ray release, it boasts a Dark Knight unlike anything we’ve seen outside of the comic books.

For those unfamiliar, Gotham by Gaslight was originally published in 1989 and ended up starting the “Elseworlds” line of books. Written by Brian Augustyn and drawn by Mike Mignola, it followed the exploits of a Batman residing in the 1800’s,
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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight release date, synopsis and special features revealed

A few days ago we got a look at the first trailer for Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, the upcoming animated adaptation of Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola’s 1989 Elseworlds tale, and now Warner Bros. has unveiled the official synopsis and details of the bonus features for the next entry in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line.

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper,
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Comic Book Review – Absolute Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super Heroes by Paul Dini and Alex Ross

Ricky Church reviews Absolute Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super Heroes…

Paul Dini and Alex Ross are two names that are synonymous with some of the best work comics has to offer. Dini created a long lasting Batman series with Batman: The Animated Series, beginning the DC Animated Universe, while Ross has drawn and written some of the best comics and images in the genre, namely Kingdom Come and Justice. The pair teamed up in the early 00s for a series of stories focusing on the heroes of the Justice League tackling real world issues such as hunger, poverty and civil rights and now DC has once again published those stories in the outstanding hardcover Absolute Justice League: The World’s Greatest Superheroes.

Rather than featuring a story where the League goes up against their greatest enemies – such as Ross’ Justice – the stories instead are introspective tales
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Why ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Is the Best Batman Adaptation

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I am a Batman fan, and to a greater extent, a superhero geek, largely because of Batman: The Animated Series. Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski’s show hit right at the time when I was still watching cartoons, but was willing to accept ones with slightly more complex themes and characters, and I was already familiar with Batman thanks to the silly but wholly different 1960s TV series and Tim Burton’s movies. The show brilliantly illustrated how Batman was surprisingly dark and twisted, but never off-putting or grotesque. Timm’s art and the outstanding writing crew drew into …
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Countdown to Justice League – Jla: Tower of Babel

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Justice League with Jla: Tower of Babel…

The Justice League is one of the largest inspirations of hope in the DC Universe. Complete with heroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern, they’re an unstoppable force of good that has saved the world dozens of times over. However, this also makes them the most powerful force on Earth. What would happen if they ever turned rogue?

Various Justice League tales have tackled this question – such as Justice League Unlimited‘s Cadmus Arc or Injustice: Gods Among Us – but Jla: Tower of Babel, written by Mark Waid, is a different story altogether. Ra’s al Ghul launches an attack against the League by using their own weaknesses against them, but how did he know to attack them so specifically? Because he managed to steal Batman’s private plans to take each League
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The Lego Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising

Sarah Myles on The Lego Movie franchise and the marriage of movie merchandising…

Forty years ago, there was a seismic shift in the film industry, when Bernard Loomis of Kenner Toys decided that Star Wars was ‘toyetic.’ That shift, all those years ago, has led us on a journey of courtship between movies and merchandising, that has brought us to The Lego Movie franchise. There have been many diversions along way – perhaps, most notably, Hasbro and the Transformers film franchise – but Lego… well, Lego is different. Lego – with all its flexibility and trans-generational appeal – has created the ultimate marriage between movies and merchandise.

The rise of movie merchandising

Bernard Loomis was a toy development executive who had worked for Mattel during the introduction of its Hot Wheels line of toy cars in the late 1960s, and proposed the animated television show that subsequently went along with it. Such an endeavour proved problematic,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Continues to Dominate Social Media Buzz

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Continues to Dominate Social Media Buzz
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media last week with 110,000 new conversations thanks to interviews with cast members and filmmakers, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has pulled in more than 3.77 million new conversations five weeks before its Dec. 15 launch. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis.

Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” produced nearly 57,000 new conversations last week ahead of the Nov. 17 release of the superhero alliance movie, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Jeremy Irons. The story follows Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg forming a superhero team to save the planet.

Universal’s romance sequel “Fifty Shades Freed” generated 47,000 new conversations last week due to Nov
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