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DC Celebrates Halloween With Horror-Themed Variant Covers

DC Comics continues its themed variant cover program in October 2014 as various artists are unleashed upon a number of titles, showing the heroes of the DCU in a variety of horrific looks and situations.

Neal Adams, Rafael Albuquerque, Chris Burnham and others will depict Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the DCU as a monstrous variety of ghoulish creatures appropriate for the Halloween holiday.

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Announcing DC Entertainment’s Comic-Con International: San Diego Variant Cover Exclusives

San Diego’s Comic-Con International is just around the corner – and we’ve got a first look at some of the exclusives making their debut at the show from DC Entertainment. DC Entertainment’s Comic-Con exclusive variant comic book covers spotlight some of DC Comics’ most popular series! This year, DC Entertainment is thrilled to have the following exclusive comic books for sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

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Batman # 32

Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, Batman gets one step closer to the endgame with The Riddler in this penultimate issue of Zero Year. This exclusive variant features a stunning wraparound cover with the Dark Knight in action by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia along with the Batman 75 commemorative logo.

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Superman # 32

A new era for Superman begins! Illustrated by legendary super-talent John Romita, Jr., the convention exclusive for Superman #32, written by luminary Geoff Johns, shows a Romita, Jr. original black and white sketch of the Man of Steel, inked by Klaus Janson!

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Grayson # 1

You won’t want to miss out on this Grayson #1 convention exclusive with cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli! Written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Mikel Janin, a thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins as an agent of Spyral in this new, ongoing series!

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Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego # 1

Our favorite little troublemaker, Harley Quinn, takes on Comic-Con International: San Diego in this over the top issue written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti! This title will have two exclusive variants. The first will be a full wraparound cover by Amanda  Conner while the second will be an exclusive blank variant cover.

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The Comic-Con International: San Diego Batman #32 exclusive variant will be available for $12 while Superman #32, Grayson #1 and Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego # 1 exclusive variants will be available for $10 each.

But that’s not all. If you’re a fan of Batman’s greatest villain, The Joker, get your hands on The Joker Skin Mask from Rubies Costumes.  Based on the critically acclaimed “Death of the Family” storyline, available for $29.95.

All are must-have collector’s items! To purchase the variant covers or the mask, head on over to the Graphitti Designs booth (#2314) where they will be available while supplies last.

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And if you’re looking for an all ages comic book, head on over to the Diamond Previews booth (#2401) to pick up the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? # 47 convention exclusive. The cover features Scooby dressed as Batman and the Mystery, Inc. gang dressed as various DC Comics characters drawn by Scott Neely and colored by Candace Bell.

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 takes place July 24-27 and is being held in the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 W. Harbor Drive in San Diego, California.

Stay up to speed on all DC Entertainment happenings by downloading the DC Entertainment Events App on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. And please visit the DC Entertainment booth (#1915) to meet some of your favorite writers and artists!

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Wonder Woman, Shazam & Green Lantern/Flash Team-Up Projects Rumored

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A rumored lineup of DC Comics feature films has hit today at the just-launched NikkiFinke.com, suggesting that, at July’s Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. will officially announce their superhero slate through 2018!

Following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on May 6, 2016, will be, according to Finke, a Shazam! solo film in July 2016, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sandman film the following December, Zack Snyder’s Justice League in May 2017, a Wonder Woman film in July 2017, a surprise Flash and Green Lantern team-up film Christmas of 2017 and a direct Man of Steel sequel in May 2018!

Finke goes on to claim that Justice Leaguers appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice include, in addition to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg, the Flash and a non-Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern. She also suggests that Aquaman will debut in Justice League.

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Pin-Up Superheroines Take Over DC Comic Covers This June

Artist Ant Luscia’s popular pin-up inspired “DC Bombshells” are being featured with their own run of comic book covers. The women of DC will be featured as variant covers for a number of DC’s most popular titles this June.

Here is a full list of the variant covers:

-Action Comics #32
-Detective Comics #32
-Green Lantern #32
-Batgirl #32
-Batman #32
- Green Lantern Corps #32
-Justice League United #2
-Superman/Wonder Woman #9
-Batman and Ra’s al Ghul #32
-Batman/Superman #12:
-Batwoman #32
-Harley Quinn #7
-Justice League #32
-Red Hood and the Outlaws #32
-Wonder Woman #32
-Aquaman #32
-Catwoman #32
-Justice League Dark #32
-Superman #32
-The Flash #32

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What DC Character Will Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Play Next?

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In March word broke that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was eyeing up a role in a DC Comics film. At the time, Johnson laid down a number of criteria for the type of role he would accept, with many pundits noting how similar to the character of Lobo, a character Johnson had discussed playing on his Twitter account in 2012. Since that time, plans for a Lobo movie have been shelved and un-shelved numerous times, and the project is thought to currently be dead, at least as a stand-alone.

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Talk of Johnson playing a different character in the DC Universe, however, has become rampant this week following the announcement of a Zack Snyder-helmed Justice League movie. Buried in that announcement was the tidbit that up to nine total DC films may be in development at Warner Brothers, with the inclusion of a Shazam movie dawing particular interest.

In the past Johnson has called Shazam’s nemesis, Black Adam, one of his favorite comic book characters. Black Adam would also fit the criteria Rock set down for any potential roles, and a Shazam stand-alone film could be a tantalizing proposition for WB in a post Gardians of the Galaxy world.

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While Johnson might want to portray Black Adam, there are some who think there are other DC characters he is more likely to wind up as on the silver screen. Betting sites featured on gambling.com are giving odds on exactly what the former WWE star’s role will be, with Martian Manhunter at 9/4 and the villain Darkseid at 5/2 both favored over Black Adam. If Johnson were to claim either of those roles, it would seem that the announced Justice League film is where they would first be seen (although a stand-alone Martian Manhunter movie could happen if DC decides to follow the Marvel approach to universe building).

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Whatever the role he plays, Johnson’s presence would bring much-needed name recognition and action-star cache to DC’s on-screen offerings, something they desperately need if they hope to make any headway against Marvel in the cinematic race for comics fans’ pocketbooks. The two parties have been flirting for years at this point, with projects being dropped and revived time and again, yet this time seems different. With Batman vs Superman and The Justice League confirmed, it seems like DC and Warner Brothers have figured out their long-term plans, and it seems almost certain that they include The Rock.

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Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack Coming In October 2014

The first special edition action figure 4-pack celebrates Batman’s 75th Anniversary—with figures of the Dark Knight based on the designs of Bob Kane, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke and the best-selling Batman: Arkham Origins video game!

Featuring a unique paint deco the 4 piece set will arrive in October and retail for $75.

A second set is slated for the Fall of 2014 that will feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Justice Batman by Alex Ross, Batman by Greg Capullo and Super-Friends Batman by Alex Toth.

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Batman’s Sidekick Leaves The Cave For ‘Grayson’ Comic

Dick Grayson is trading his superhero suit for secret-agent cool. Batman’s former sidekick embarks on a new life as an undercover superspy in the comic book Grayson, an action-adventure series premiering July 2, 2014 from DC Comics. It’s written by Tim Seeley (Revival) and Tom King, a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer.

After a career of being overshadowed by his cape-and-cowled father figure, this is a chance for Grayson “to take off the mask and step out on his own in a world where he’s not simply being another hero like the hero he grew up with,” King says.

A character who first appeared in 1940, Grayson was the original Robin to Bruce Wayne’s Dark Knight. He went solo as Nightwing in the 1980s and also served as Batman for a time, when Wayne was thought dead.

Grayson’s new employer is the international spy agency Spyral, an organization created by writer Grant Morrison for his Batman, Incorporated series. King sees it as representative of today’s intelligence community: They’re the people who stop bad guys from doing bad things, yet to do that, they employ questionable tactics such as mind erosion.

He is getting a wardrobe makeover, courtesy of Grayson artist Mikel Janin: Gone is Grayson’s mask, and his new outfit reflects the blue-and-black color scheme of his Nightwing togs and features a “G” on his chest, reminiscent of the old “R” from his Robin days.

Read more HERE at USA Today.

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DC Entertainment Celebrates 75 Years of Batman At WonderCon 2014 With Stellar Collection of Talent & Events

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DC Entertainment will mark the 75th anniversary of its iconic Batman character at WonderCon 2014 with an impressive line-up of can’t-miss reveals and exclusives sure to thrill fans of the world’s most popular Super Hero.

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A special highlight of DCE’s WonderCon activities will be the Batman 75th Anniversary Panel scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 4 pm. The exclusive event brings together a stunning collection of superstar talent heavily influenced by the legendary Dark Knight and his rich 75-year history. DCE co-publisher and renowned Batman artist Jim Lee will join the all-star celebrity duo and writers of the forthcoming Batman 66 Mets The Green Hornet mini-series Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and Ralph Garman (Family Guy, KROQ radio personality), the legendary voice of Batman Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Arkham Knight), Peter Girardi, SVP – Creative Affairs, Warner Bros Animation and groundbreaking Batman animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) in a fascinating discussion about the celebrated Super Hero. The must-see panel will also feature an exclusive premiere of an animated short from Darwyn Cooke, inspired by the Batman Beyond series.

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In addition, DCE will join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation for special events including:

- The world premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Taking place Friday at 6:00 pm, the screening precedes a star-studded panel including the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars).

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- A special screening of an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Scheduled for Friday at 2:00 pm, go behind the scenes of the fan-favorite series with a panel featuring the show’s producers and members of the voice cast.

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- Son of Batman and Teen Titans Go! select voice cast signings will be held at the DCE booth (wristbands required).  The Teen Titans Go! signing will take place on Friday at 1:30pm and signings for Son of Batman will take place on Friday at 3:30pm.

Fans attending WonderCon also have the chance to pick-up three exclusive variant comic books at the Graphitti Designs booth (#301) including:

- The debut issue of the new blockbuster weekly Batman: Eternal #1

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- The latest “Riddler” themed cover of Batman #29 in a location-specific hue of blue from artist Greg Capullo

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- The must-own debut issue of The Sandman: Overature # 1 featuring an exclusive 3-D motion cover, never before seen and only available at the Con

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Home to the most talented writers and artists in the business, DCE’s interactive 1200 square foot booth (#401) will serve as a hub for its stellar collection of appearances, announcements and events at WonderCon 2014.

Can’t make the Con? DC Entertainment’s website is the go-to place for behind the scenes coverage and in-depth interviews. Also, look out for a WonderCon 2014 special edition of DC All Access webseries premiering on Tuesday, April 22 at 10am PST.

Download the DC Entertainment Events App on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store to stay up to speed on all DC Entertainment signings and panels at WonderCon.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment & DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

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To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero.  Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame.  There will also be 75th anniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

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First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become the world’s most popular Super Hero and dominate all media.  In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.

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“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.  “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on Batman than any other comic book character.  In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever.  Batman consistently breaks records in every incarnation of his character and remains the gold standard by which all other comic book sales are measured.

“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans.  He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

The first published adventure of The Bat-Man (as he was then known) was in the May 1939 issue of  Detective Comics #27, conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story. The character was so successful, that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the Caped Crusader’s adventures, Batman #1, hit newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

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Now, DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Pictures, Television, Animation, Interactive Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary 75th anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products.

The new commemorative logo, also released today across social media and websites, takes its cue from the famed Bat symbol, and features block-style lettering of “75 Years.”  The mark will be rolled out on Batman-related promotions, products and initiatives.

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Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

- DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusive Batman variant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

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- Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

- Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios.Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own interpretations of Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

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- Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s Batman feature film will be released in the fall.

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Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.

- Television –Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita)

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- Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.

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- Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.

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- DCComics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.Batman75.com. The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.

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IDW Releases Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume 1 (1966-1967)

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Renowned for its Eisner and Harvey Award-winning archival work, IDW’s The Library of American Comics have continued its collaboration with DC Entertainment by collecting the Batman’s Silver Age newspaper strips in a matching format to the Silver Age Superman series!

Hot on the heels of the successful hit Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward that resulted in what can only be described as “Batmania,” the Batman newspaper strips debuted in 1966. Written by longtime Batman editor Whitney Ellsworth, with art by DC Comics giants Shelly Moldoff, Joe Giella, and Carmine Infantino, the newspaper strip was a huge success.

This first volume, reprints all B&W dailies and color Sundays from 1966 and 1967, features an all-star list of Batman and Robin characters, including Catwoman, the Penguin, the Joker, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl!

The gorgeous 11 x 8.5″ hardcover designed and edited by Dean Mullaney features a dust jacket cover by Pete Poplaski and is 256 pages, including an introduction by Joe Desris.

Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume 1 (1966-1967) is available to order HERE for $50.

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