Mashing up the classic and current versions of the character with a 60s take that fits the old television show, Batman ’66 #25 introduces the world to its version of Harley Quinn complete with roller skates, giant hammer, and a new version of her classic black-and-red costume. After introducing the good doctor two years ago in Batman ’66 #11, issue #25 gives us the first appearance of “the Harlequin” who begins terrorizing Gotham City with a series of madcap crimes including stealing the Bat Phone and putting together her own gang (which is where the Dynamic Duo finally catch up with the new villain).
Despite unfortunately trapping our heroes in their less colorful and far blander New 52 costumes, the follow-up to LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League proves to be even more entertaining than the original. In Super-Friends style, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Attack of the Legion of Doom! gives us an entire legion of villains teaming together to take down the Justice League.
Bringing back the core group from the first movie, with the exception of replacing Guy Gardner with Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton) (whose rivalry with the Flash, thankfully still in his classic costume, proves to be a fun running gag), the sequel also gives us a cameo by the Trickster (Mark Hamill), whose minifig is included with both the DVD and Blu-ray releases, and makes Batman (Troy Baker) the head of the Justice League as the heroes fight off the new super-villain team and the insecure Cyborg (Khary Payton) learns to grow into his role as a true hero.
In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments of the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Based on an adventure in Batman #113, False Face (the uncredited Malachi Throne) would make his only appearance in the show in the two-parter “True or False Face” and “Holy Rat Race.” After stealing the Mergenberg Crown the master of disguise attempts an armored car heist, prepares to replace millions with conterfeit money, and lures the Dynamic Duo into a death trap in the Gotham City subway. Along the way False Face will take on several temporary personas including impersonating both Chief O’Hara (Stafford Repp) and Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton).
Believe it or not there was a time not so long ago where it wasn’t common to have super-heroes ruling the box office. Back in the day comic fans were lucky to get a comic movie every few years let alone multiple movies released all in the same summer. Long before Marvel Studios began building their Marvel Cinematic Universe and Christopher Nolan rebooted his Dark Knight super-heroes still found their way to the silver screen, albeit in smaller numbers. Imbued with a certain cheesy charm that today’s far gritter heroes might scoff at, these movies give us heroes in the true meaning of the word. Released between the period of 1940 and 1996, here are the Top Ten Super-Hero Movies (Before They Were Cool).
In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments of the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.”The Joker Goes to School” and “He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul” are two of the goofier paired episodes in the show’s three seasons. The Joker returns to trouble Gotham City once more, this time targeting the students of Woodrow Wilson High School. His plans involve not only recruiting high school students for his new gang the Bad Pennies but also rigging milk vending machines to give free money to students in an attempt to corrupt them into a life of crime (as, of course, one does in 60s Gotham City).
I was ecstatic when I heard Bruce Timm was returning to DC for a new animated feature. One of the creators behind Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, the animated DCU just hasn’t been the same since his departure. When I heard the premise of the movie, however, I was more skeptical. It turns out I need not have feared that Bruce Timm might be corrupted by the grit of the New 52 that’s turned so much of DC’s comic and video output to shit. Timm certainly delivers a darker and more adult story than expected but it’s still grounded in a profound understanding and love for these characters that is far too often lacking in much of DC’s current output.
Although the word Elseworlds doesn’t appear in its title that’s exactly what Justice League: Gods and Monsters is: a story set in an alternate version of the DCU vastly different from the any we know. The result is as unexpected as it is enjoyable. It may not be classic Timm, but the man certainly hasn’t lost his knack for characters, design, or storytelling.
DC rolled out its first official Batman v Superman trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. The extended look sets up the basic conflict between the two heroes, suggest the people of Metropolis are equally miffed about Supes’ behavior in Man of Steel as the rest of us, and gives us a good look at Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.