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Bottleneck Gallery To Release 1989 Batman & Batman Returns Teaser Posters On October 5

In honor of New York Comic Con this week, Bottleneck Gallery celebrates two of the biggest movie events of all time, Tim Burton’s Batman, and the sequel, Batman Returns.

The Bat logo was ubiquitous in 1989 and teaser posters for Tim Burton’s Batman movie reignited mass public interest in the fictional city of Gotham, and introduced the world to the first modern superhero movie. Batman and Batman Returns remain cinema milestones, and Bottleneck Gallery is excited to release officially licensed screen prints of the original teaser posters for both movies.

The online sale for both prints will be on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 12PM ET. Prints will be available HERE.

Batman 89 Teaser Poster
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 350
$50
Foil variant edition of 200
$75

Batman Returns Teaser Poster by John Alvin
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 350
$50
Foil variant edition of 200
$75

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How Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Brought Grit Back To Batman

The Dark Knight Returns reshaped the comic book industry; introducing an older, grizzled, beaten Bruce Wayne as he tries to save Gotham City once more. Scenes ripped straight from the pages can be seen in the movie Batman v Superman and the dark, gritty tone permeates the DNA of The Dark Knight and The Joker. The 1986 four-issue miniseries written and drawn by Frank Miller has sold over one million copies and is still heralded to this day. The book DC Comics: A Visual History calls The Dark Knight Returns “arguably the best Batman story of all time,” which “revolutionized the entire genre of superhero.”

“I took a sanitized version of a tough character and took him closer to his 1940s roots,” Frank Miller told Newsweek at an unveiling event for a black and white statue based on the suit Batman wore in The Dark Knight Returns at FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center. The 62-year-old veteran cartoonist was signing autographs for fans, juxtaposed between greeters in toy soldier outfits and ceramic statues of Paw Patrol.

The comic veteran known for 300, Sin City, Daredevil and countless other dark tales, had a hand in reinventing the identity of Batman after Adam West had turned him into a joke. All it took was a four issue-comic book miniseries.

“I was an artist possessed with a story and an artist doing a job,” Miller said.

In 1939, National Comics published Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the caped crusader was very unlike the icon we know now, 80 years later. He carried a gun and didn’t hesitate using it to shoot down criminals. Early Batman was more a pulpy crime thriller than a collection of super hero heroics. As the Golden Age turned to the Silver Age, Bruce Wayne’s gritty demeanor started to fold into fluffy Americana, featuring wackier story lines and his sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder.

“Batman started out really dark and grim, he was killing people,” Jim Fletcher, the Creative Director of DC Entertainment, said at the event. “Then you go into the 60s when he’s goofy and he stays like that for a while.”

The “pows” and “bams” of Adam West and Burt Ward in 1966’s Batman television show, gave the hero a massive burst of pop cultural influence. But after two decades his comic persona was wearing thin — until Miller’s interpretation hit comic book store shelves.

“Around that time, I had fallen out of comics and Batman was going on adventures like flying through space, which I didn’t care for,” Fletcher said. “Then this book and Watchmen come out and it drags me back into comics.” Reading Batman not only challenging but defeating the god-like Superman and Miller’s reinventing of Gotham as gritty and decrepit opened his eyes to a world of creative opportunity.

“Batman is very relatable,” Fletcher said. There’s always injustice in the world and Batman is that normal guy who can get out there and do what needs to get done. He’s an outlet for people’s frustrations or anger for things they can’t control.”

These different iterations of Batman could not exist without the artists and writers innovating at their easels. Neal Adams, Jim Lee and Greg Capullo are just some of the creative forces that gave Batman life for generations.

“It’s always been about the characters and not the people who make them,” Miller said. “If you ask the average person who created Superman, they might say Richard Donner, George Reeves or Christopher Reeves. They certainly wouldn’t remember two Jewish kids from Cleveland.”

Batman will continue to fight crime in Gotham and avenge his parents long after the rest of us are gone. Whether it’s with eyebrows drawn onto his costume, a batarang flung from under his cape or a sniper rifle perched on a roof.

Reprinted from Newsweek

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Batman Celebrates 80 Years At FAO Schwarz With Frank Miller On September 14

In celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary, this Saturday, September 14, fans can get a first look at the brand-new Batman Black & White statue ahead of New York Comic Con and meet Frank Miller, author of The Dark Knight Returns. 

He will be available for autographs from 12 – 1pm at FAO Schwarz in New York. Fans of all ages are also invited to shop limited-edition toys and collectibles at the iconic toy store.

FAO Schwarz
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111

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Funko Pop! Heroes DC 19” Batman

The Dark Knight is celebrating his 80th anniversary and all of Gotham City is celebrating its favorite Super Hero. DC first introduced Batman in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Since then, Batman has appeared in countless comics, television episodes and movies, battled epic Super Villains and become a cornerstone of pop culture. Celebrate 80 years of the Dark Knight with a 19” Pop! Batman.

Coming soon from Funko.

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products And Amazon Launch Batman Store In Los Angeles

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Amazon, continue the yearlong celebration of the 80th anniversary of Batman, with a custom Batman curated shop in Los Angeles. The interactive shopping experience is designed for fans of all ages and features limited-edition merchandise from toys and apparel, to home goods and collectibles, honoring the world’s #1 superhero.

Product Highlights and Experiences Include:

– Play with the new Imaginext Transforming Batmobile R/C from Fisher-Price
– Two new Batman Funko Pop! figures
– New release toys from Fisher-Price, Mattel, LEGO, and more
– Special 80th anniversary photo opportunities for social sharing

The Los Angeles location is as follows:

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 10 am – 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 10 am -10 pm
Sun: 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Wednesday, Sept. 25

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CEO and Director of Funko, Brian Mariotti Talks About His Collection

Brian Mariotti spoke with 425 Business about Batman, Huckleberry Hound, and why he loves the Zoolander Pop! figures so much.

The CEO and Director of Funko has been a toy collector since high school, when he started accumulating PEZ dispensers. Though unknown to Mariotti at the time, with each piece he added to his collection, he was moving one step closer to his destiny of leading Everett-based toy collectibles company Funko, which he purchased from founder Mike Becker in 2005. 

Stepping into Mariotti’s fifth-story corner office is something akin to a religious experience for individuals who are toy collectors, pop culture nerds, or, really, anyone under age 12. “Thousands. I have thousands,” Mariotti said, glancing around at the colossal array of pop culture collectibles enshrined in lighted glass cases that line his office. In fact, there isn’t much else in the room, save for a framed photograph of his 19-year-old daughter. 

425 Business asked Mariotti to share his favorite pieces and you can read about them HERE.

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Tim Burton’s Batman To Have Free, Surprise Screening Saturday In San Diego

DC and partner AT&T are holding a surprise screening of Tim Burton’s Batman Saturday evening inside the Batman Experience at the pop-up Comic-Con Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park, following the Dark Knight’s induction into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame Wednesday night. 

The screening takes place at 7:30 local time, will have a “special introduction” by producer Michael E. Uslan and is free to the public, not just Comic-Con badge holders.

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DC Collectibles To Unveil The 100th Statue In The Batman Black And White Collection At San Diego Comic Con

In celebration of the 80th anniversary, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Collectibles announced today that the 100th Batman Black and White statue in the popular ongoing DC Collectibles line will be unveiled at the forthcoming San Diego Comic-Con Museum on July 17.

A special over 6-foot life-size version of the Todd McFarlane-designed statue will be revealed during a special ceremony recognizing DC’s iconic Super Hero, Batman, the inaugural inductee into the Comic-Con Museum Hall of Fame. 

The milestone #100 statue is based off McFarlane’s own cover of Batman issue #423. As with the previous 99 in the series, McFarlane’s design, reinforces the core value of DC Collectibles to represent the printed page in 3D form and pays homage to Batman’s rich legacy. 

Guests of the Museum will also have the rare opportunity to see the current 100-statue series throughout the week as part of The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T at the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Not only will #100 be revealed with its special life-size version, but #99 by Doug Mahnke will be making its first public appearance.

Following the Comic-Con Museum launch event titled, “The Gathering” which will feature a “black carpet reception,” the life-size #100 Black & White statue will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Comic-Con Museum.

“To simply be a part of the 80th anniversary of a character that has always held such a special place in my heart is an honor,” McFarlane said. “But in designing this statue I truly feel like I’m adding to Batman’s legacy and in the process benefitting a hall of fame that will become an institution both for comic fans and the San Diego community.” 

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Mythologies: Batman Print by Mauricio Abril 

Mauricio Abril’s tribute to the Caped Crusader focusses on key moments and aspects of Batman’s mythos. Available at Comic Con Booth 1947 and on his online store (mauricioabrilart.storenvy.com)

– 11×17″
– Printed on 100 lb heavy cover stock
– All prints are hand signed
– $20

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You Can Order A Life Sized Harley Quinn Statue For $5,200

DC Collectibles has created the ultimate Harley Quinn collectible: a full-sized, 1:1 scale statue of the Clown Princess of Crime herself. Harley is decked out in her iconic red, black and white costume as originally designed by animation legend Bruce Timm and sculpted by Jonathan Mattews.

The Harley Quinn 1:1 statue is a limited quantity showpiece that is a must-have for any Harley fan, Batman collector or your own comics shop. Don’t miss your chance to snag everyone’s favorite harlequin for your collection!

Measuring approximately 5’7″ tall, the fiberglass and resin statue retails for $5,200 and will ship in 5 crates with some assembly required. Expect it in specialty and comic book stores in December 2019.

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