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10 Things You Never Knew About Adam West's Batman TV Show

This current comic book movie craze is far from the first time in history superheroes have graced screens. In the 1950s and '60s several iconic comic book characters made stands on the silver screen. The Adventures of Superman is a notable example, whose first season featured grounded noir mysteries which Superman solved as his alter ego before jumping into action as the Man of Steel. On the other end of the spectrum was the endlessly campy Batman on ABC, starring Adam West.

This colorful adaptation went full comedy with the character, so new viewers shouldn't expect the typical tone associated with the character from the recent movies and Rocksteady Game's Arkham trilogy. Aside from the animal-inspired costume, most modern audiences would not even recognize it as Batman. The oddball humor, some of which flew over children's heads, caused it to stand the test of time better than most of its contemporaries.
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Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2 DC Easter Eggs Explained

Mike Cecchini Dec 10, 2019

Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2 sends Batwoman and friends to meet different versions of Batman and Superman.

This article contains Crisis on Infinite Earths spoilers, in this or any universe.

Looking for our guide to Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 3 Easter Eggs? Click here!

Well, the second chapter of Crisis on Infinite Earths actually managed to put the first chapter to shame in the fan service department. While this was technically an episode of Batwoman (and there's Plenty of Bat-related drama to be had throughout), we also get multiple Supermen, a return to Smallville, music from both John Williams And Danny Elfman, the always welcome return of John Constantine, and even a Green Lantern tease. Holy moley that's a lot.

Here's the official synopsis for the episode, which honestly, only scratches the surface about all the craziness that was in store for us...

"The group uses Ray
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Harley Quinn Breaks Free

Some pretty iconic comic book characters originated far away from the comic book page. Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen and his editor Perry White both first appeared in the Adventures of Superman radio show. Wolverine’s clone/adopted daughter X-23 debuted as part of the X-Men: Evolution cartoon series. Phil Coulson became such a ubiquitous part of the early Marvel films (and then the lead on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) that he’s now similarly ingrained in the Marvel comic book universe.

And, of course, there is Harley Quinn, who has
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‘Superman & Lois’ TV Series Starring Tyler Hoechlin & Elizabeth Tulloch In The Works At The CW

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The CW’s DC universe is eying another major expansion with Superman & Lois, a present-day drama based on the DC characters, starring Supergirl‘s Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the iconic couple. The hourlong project, now in development, hails from The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing, DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV, where Helbing and Berlanti are under deals.

Written by Helbing, based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman & Lois revolves around the world’s most famous Super Hero and comic books’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.

Former Flash showrunner Helbing executive produces with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns via Berlanti Productions.

With several DC series reaching maturity and the show that launched the CW universe, Arrow, in its final season,
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Batman Day Takes Flight Worldwide, ‘Joker’ Takes Cue From ‘Catwoman’

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Today, a special Batman Day edition of the Hero Nation Index, our weekly report on news from Hollywood’s sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and superhero sectors.

Today is the fifth annual Batman Day, and this year also marks the 80th anniversary of the Caped Crusader’s first appearance in the pages of DC Comics back in 1939. That auspicious confluence will shine an impressively global spotlight on the character that now ranks as the widely recognized masked man in American pop culture and across all of Western entertainment.

The activities today include Batman comic book giveaways at hundreds of comic book shops and public libraries across North America, and elaborate tie-in events are planned by major specialty retailers, including Lego stores, Build-a-Bear shops, and Barnes & Noble locations. Amazon will be hawking limited-edition Bat-merch at the merchant’s special,
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How 'Superman Smashes the Klan' Updates a Piece of DC History

How 'Superman Smashes the Klan' Updates a Piece of DC History
It was a story in which Superman made America a better place — in the real world, as well as the fictional world of Metropolis.

Throughout the summer of 1946, the Man of Steel dealt with the Clan of the Fiery Cross every day on the popular Adventures of Superman radio show, with the fictional bigots standing in for the real-world Ku Klux Klan. Using information provided by the activist Stetson Kennedy, the show reportedly revealed Kkk code words and hidden details, unmasking the group for what it was for an eager audience ready to hear Superman fight back injustice; according ...
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Film Review: Exploring an Inverse Superman Makes ‘Brightburn’ Shine

Chicago – The opening to the 1950s “Adventures of Superman” TV series includes the words “strange visitor from another planet.” But because Supes had used his subsequent powers for good, he eventually was found not so strange. What if, however, he had been evil, and used his powers destructively? The new film “Brightburn” speculates on such a phenomenon.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

The premise is simple, yet could have been so easy to mess up. The creators – producer James Gunn (“The Avengers” series), director David Yarovesky, with writers Brian and Mark Gunn (James’ brother and cousin) – take care to use the situation as symbolism for adolescent emergence and emphasis an outside force (puberty?) as changing the power dynamic within this “superman.” There is so much to unpack in a tight story, there could be a new cinema wing built just to analyze it. It’s powerfully absorbing as well, never shying away from its thesis,
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The Law Is A Ass Installment # 440: Did Superman Bounce A Check

…And then he ducks the guns.

Last column we discussed what happens to those criminals on Adventures of Superman who shoot at Superman only to have their bullets bounce off him. Bottom line, they get charged with some crimes. But that’s just for shooting at Superman. There are still two very important questions that remain unanswered.

First, why did the invulnerable Superman, who already had bullets bounce off of him, duck when the bad guys threw their guns at him? Actually, we need to answer a question before that one – hey, if airplanes can pre-board, I can pre-first – namely did Superman actually duck a thrown gun?

From my research, inextensive though it was, I can say it definitely did happen. Once. In the first season episode “The Mind Machine.”

Theories abound, as to why Superman ducked but the one I think the best is that in parts of said scene,
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The Law Is A Ass Installment # 439: Bouncing Ideas Off Superman

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In the immortal words of Dorothy Parker… Err, maybe we shouldn’t go there.

Sorry it’s been a while. September until May constitutes a while, cause it’s a bit longer than a little while. Between out of town comic book conventions, trips to Chicago, family vacations, trips to Chicago, holidays, even more trips to Chicago – including a lengthy one to help my daughter when, first, she pulled a rib muscle and couldn’t lift her two-year-old and another lengthy one when she gave birth of my grandson – and various and sundry other sundries that I can’t talk about quite yet; I just haven’t had much time to write a column.

But I’m back with a vengeance. The vengeance being what the fine and patient folks at ComicMix will demand if I go this long between columns again. So, as the Prufrock is in the puttin
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Comic Con Calendar: Upcoming Conventions in 2019

Aaron Sagers May 15, 2019

We have a guide to the can't miss comic cons and fan conventions in North America coming in 2019!

Just as there are no limits to fandom with an amazing breadth and scale of stories to fall in love with, there are no limits to the places to explore that fandom alongside your nerd herd, or geek tribe of choice.

For the better part of a decade, and at least the past six years, I have worked as a nerd-gone-pro, speaker, host, and moderator at up to two dozen cons annually across the country, and the globe. Suffice to say, I know and love the con scene. While there are staples to most pop culture events – celebrity signings, photo ops, cosplayers, t-shirt and toy vendors, after parties and hopefully an endless selection of comics – each town has a unique vibe due to eclectic bunch of attendees.

It is
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Joss Whedon Calls Henry Cavill’s Superman The “Best” Since Reeve & Somehow Still Enraged Zack Snyder Die-Hards

Filmmaker Joss Whedon has had his fair share of social media issues before, as he’s been at the forefront of fan interaction on the platform for years. However, you have to wonder what the writer-director was thinking when he opened himself up for criticism by mentioning Henry Cavill’s Superman (and thus summoning the wrath of the Dceu fans) in what was clearly aimed to be a complimentary tweet.

Whedon tweeted, “Cavill is a Great Superman – definitely the best since Reeves [sic], and could take the top spot with the right material/barber.” And yes, he does say “Reeves” but further clarified he meant Christopher Reeve and not George Reeves (who portrayed the superhero on the 1950s ‘Adventures of Superman’ series).

Continue reading Joss Whedon Calls Henry Cavill’s Superman The “Best” Since Reeve & Somehow Still Enraged Zack Snyder Die-Hards at The Playlist.
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‘Titans’ Casting: Joshua Orpin Suiting Up As Superboy For DC Universe Series

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The Titans cast just added some major Kryptonian muscle: Joshua Orpin has joined the ensemble for the series regular role of Conner Kent, aka Superboy, a key character in the upcoming second season of the superhero series on the DC Universe subscription streaming service.

Orpin, a Melbourne native and graduate of the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, will be seen in the upcoming Foxtel drama series Upright and his most recent appearance was in The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories for the Seven Network in his native Australia. Orpin made his feature-film debut in The Neon Spectrum while his stage credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream for the Australian Shakespeare Company, The Matchmaker, The Tempest and The Diary of Anne Frank.

The name Superboy has a long but somewhat twisty history in the pages of DC Comics and on the small screen as well. The original Superboy was introduced
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‘Castlevania’ Producer Says ‘Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan’ Has Genre Message

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‘Castlevania’ Producer Says ‘Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan’  Has Genre Message
Adi Shankar, the producer of Netflix’s Castlevania, says his upcoming project, Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan, has been indirectly energized by Bill Maher’s put-downs of comic book culture and comments about the late Stan Lee.

Shankar said the firebrand comedian’s appraisal of comic book culture as an example of “using our smarts on stupid stuff” was a welcomed jolt because it underlined the importance of burnishing the legacy and celebrating the pioneers of “nerd” culture to disprove the opinion that Maher expressed.

“The comic-book/video game industry needs our Shakespeare in Love we need our Capote and Finding Neverland,” Shankar said, referring to acclaimed dramas that turned writers into screen characters. “The founders of nerd culture must be celebrated as much as the franchises they have given birth to. It’s our history. We also need to tell stories about how these myths have had a
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Brando’s Big Payday Helped 1976’s ‘Superman’ Fly Into Theaters

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Brando’s Big Payday Helped 1976’s ‘Superman’ Fly Into Theaters
December marks the 40th anniversary of the “Superman” movie, which opened Dec. 15, 1978, and influenced generations of action films. In recent years, many people were distressed that Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for Netflix’s “The Crown,” but pay gaps are not always about sexism. Blame the star system. Back on June 30, 1976,Variety reported that Marlon Brando agreed to play the title character’s father in “Superman” for a salary that was “unprecedented.” It was eventually revealed that the actor was paid $3.7 million and an amazing 11.75% backend to play Jor-El, for 13 days work and less than 20 minutes onscreen. In comparison, Christopher Reeve earned $250,000 in the title role, dominating most of the 143-minute running time.

Brando was at the height of his power, after “The Godfather” and “Last Tango in Paris.” In 1976, exec producers Ilya Salkind & Alexander Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler needed a star to get financing. “Star Wars” hadn’t opened.
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Arrowverse Crossover Casts Grimm's Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Grimm star as Superman’s main squeeze!

Elizabeth (aka Bitsie) Tulloch will play Lois Lane in December’s Arrowverse crossover, TVLine has learned.

As announced three weeks ago, this season’s three-night, Legends-less event — kicking off Sunday, Dec. 9, with a special airing of The Flash — will not only introduce viewers to Kate Kane aka Gotham vigilante Batwoman (played by Orange Is the New Black’s Ruby Rose), but Superman (played by Supergirl’s Tyler Hoechlin) will return to the heroic fray as well. The Man of Steel will bring Lois with him.
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Every DC Comics Movie in Development

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DC Comics is home to some of the most recognizable characters on the planet. Forget about those Justice League headlines - there are plenty of DC heroes, villains, and their related associates headed for the big screen in the coming years. Here, we'll take a look at Every DC Comics Movie In Development and what we know.

The DC Comics Universe is full of beloved superheroes and rich storylines ripe for cinematic adaptation. The Adventures of Superman pilot actually had a theatrical release back in 1951. Adam West's Batman leapt into theaters from the small screen in 1966. Richard Donner's Superman, starring the late Christopher Reeve, is revered as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. We've seen commercial and critical successes like Tim Burton's Batman and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and box office duds like Steel, Catwoman, Jonah Hex, and Green Lantern.

In 2013, Watchmen
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Lois Lane Is Entering the Arrowverse: Our 15 Picks to Play the Iconic Reporter

Batwoman isn’t the only major DC Comics character making her Arrowverse debut this season. The CW on Wednesday announced that Lois Lane will appear (alongside Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman!) in this year’s three-part crossover event — beginning Sunday, Dec. 9 (8/7c) — sending Team TVLine’s collective brain into overdrive to conjure up the perfect casting suggestions.

No official description was provided for the Arrowverse’s take on Lois, leaving the possibilities fairly open ended. Our picks range from Lea Michele, seeing how well Glee alumni tend to fare in this world, to Kylie Bunbury — because, honestly, we’re still not over the cancellation of Pitch.
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It's Raining Men... of Steel — Inside the Annual Superman Celebration (Exclusive)

There is a point on the map that, during the second weekend of June each year, is transformed into what must truly be the safest place on Earth. How could it not be when you see Superman standing on a street corner, and all it takes is a turn of the head to see a second, a third, and a whole lot more blue and red? This is Metropolis, Il, official hometown of the Man of Steel and location for the annual Superman Celebration. “I felt so safe just walking the street and said to myself, ‘There’s no trouble going to be made here,’” laughs former Marine turned actor Kevin Caliber, who played the Man of Steel (in silhouette) on Season 1 of the CW’s Supergirl and stars in the independent film Supermen: World War, which he was promoting at the celebration, in costume. “Where I come from, in Los Angeles,
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‘DC Universe’ Beta Access Sign-Up Begins; Some Streaming Content Unveiled

The DC Universe streaming service took one step closer toward launch today by unveiling an email signup form for beta access, some new features, and a sneak peek at some of the content expected to be available at launch.

Fans have to pay for access to DC Universe so Warner Bros. is hoping to offer enough content and features to keep them coming back for more. That list includes fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news - and presumably sneak peeks, classic TV series and films, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise available to buy.

As a paying member you'll also become part of the DC community with the ability to earn premium rewards and participate in a variety of sweepstakes and contests exclusive to the streaming platform.

Some of the content subscribers are expected to
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Meet Every Actress Who Has Played Reporter — and Superman's Girlfriend — Lois Lane

It's hard to remember a time when Superman hasn't been a part of our lives and our imagination. But that hardly seems surprising when you consider that we're currently celebrating the character's 80th anniversary, his having made his debut in the 1938 premiere edition of Action Comics. And it wasn't long before Superman made the leap to pretty much every medium you could imagine, from animated shorts, to radio, television, feature films, and the Broadway stage, before bouncing back and forth between them. Every one of those incarnations has offered us different actors bringing the Man of Steel to life, either in live action or providing the character's voice, and along the way they've given us just as many Lois Lanes. In the beginning, the character of Lois, a reporter for The Daily Planet, was designed to be Clark Kent's journalistic competition on the paper. As things developed, however, she
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