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Dark Knight III: The Master Race Extends To 9 Issues

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Originally slated for eight issues, the Dark Knight III: The Master Race limited series from DC Comics will extend to a ninth issue because co-writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello requested another chapter to tell their full story.

“Once you dive into the Dark Knight mythology, it’s hard to pull yourself out. Those characters cannot be contained and neither can we,” Miller said in a statement.

“This story turned out to be bigger than the both of us,” Azzarello added.

The third entry in the saga that started with 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns and 2001’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again, both written and drawn by Miller, DK3 #1 launched in November 2015 with Azzarello sharing writing duties and Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson on art. The story features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman teaming up to stop Quar, a renegade Kryptonian priest set free from the bottled city of Kandor along with an army of super-powered followers. Quar also persuades Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, to join his side, so now Batman must find a way to stop them from conquering the world.

DK3 was originally scheduled to end in March 2017 with issue #8, but now DC is promoting a Spring 2017 release for issue #9.

“When Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello come to you and tell you, ‘we need another issue to tell this story right,’ you find a way to make it work,” DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras said. “Once they shared with me, the Publishers and the Editorial team how they plan to end the story, extending the series to nine issues was an easy call to make.”

Issue #9 issue will also include the final installment of Dark Knight Universe Presents, a series of companion stories featuring characters such as Green Lantern and the Atom.

The next chapter to release will be issue #6 on October 19.

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Limited-Edition 2016 Batman Day Shirt Featuring The Dark Knight Returns Artwork

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Join the celebration of Batman Day 2016 on September 17th by wearing our exclusive, limited-edition Batman Day shirt! This shirt features the iconic art style of the legendary The Dark Knight Returns, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Order the shirt HERE ($24.95 – $26.95).

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Sean Murphy Announces New Batman Title

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On Twitter over the weekend, writer/artist Sean Murphy revealed that he has signed an two-year ‘exclusive’ agreement with DC Comics to work on his already-announced arc of Scott Snyder’s All-Star Batman, as well as a subsequent ‘Elseworlds’ Batman series he’ll be writing and drawing himself.

“For the next two years I’m exclusively working with DC on 2 Batman books: All-Star and one that I’m writing/drawing myself,” said Murphy. “So if you’re planning on reading my All-Star run (the finale), pick up Snyder’s All-Star books NOW.”

Murphy describes his as-yet-untitled Batman book as “my [Dark Knight Returns] and Year 100 — an Elseworlds-like take on Batman. My attempt at an opus,” he explained. “Planning on using as many of the Bat villains as I can!”

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First Look At DC Comic’s 12-Hardcover Watchmen Box Set

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Over the decades, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen has been released in a seemingly endless variety of formats. From the original single issue, to trade paperbacks, hardcovers, oversized Absolute and Artist Editions and more, the 12-part series has been reproduced in just about every manner fans could imagine.

Now, fans can buy the story once again in its single-issue format. DC Comics is releasing a box set of all 12 chapters, with each issue presented as a standalone hardcover.

The hardcover box set is scheduled to arrive in stores November 16.

Here is the official solicitation from DC Comics:

“The best selling graphic novel of all time is back in a new, 12-volume box set collector’s edition at DC’s Deluxe Edition trim size, just in time for the series’ 30th anniversary! It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane—or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!”

The hardcover box set is scheduled to arrive in stores November 16 and will retail for $125.

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Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie To Receive An “R” Rating

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has accepted the MPAA’s “R” rating for its upcoming animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, choosing to remain true to the landmark DC Comics graphic novel’s violent, controversial story, and making the film the first non-PG/PG-13 rated movie in the nine-year history of the DC Universe Original Movie franchise.

Batman: The Killing Joke, one of the best-selling graphic novels in history, tells the tale of The Joker’s origin story – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comic, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their Batman: The Animated Series roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

Since its inception in 2007, the DC Universe Original Movie franchise has brought classic and current DC Comics stories and characters to animated life through a series of primarily PG-13 rated films. Throughout the 26-film history of this popular franchise, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have crafted animated productions that appeal to the adult fan – from adaptations of fan favorite stories (Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) to liberal adaptations of contemporary tales (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) to original narratives (Batman: Gotham Knight, Wonder Woman, Justice League: Gods & Monsters).

Animation visionary Bruce Timm guided the DC Universe Original Movie franchise for its initial 16 films, then returned last summer with his own original story, Justice League: Gods & Monsters. Timm takes the reigns once again for Batman: The Killing Joke, reuniting a trio of actors (Conroy, Hamill & Tara Strong) from the game-changing Batman: The Animated Series cast to add even greater reverence to this heralded tale. Recognizing the fans’ dedication to the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Timm has worked meticulously to accurately maintain the intense adult content of The Killing Joke.

“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story – regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience – the comics-loving community – with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”

At this time, there are no plans for an edited, PG-13 version of the film.

A two-time Eisner Award winner written by renowned comics author Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke has maintained an unparalleled popularity throughout its 28 years of existence – as evidenced by its ranking as the best-selling graphic novel of 2015. Batman: The Killing Joke was greenlit in 2013 and announced in July 2015 at Comic Con International in San Diego.

Batman: The Killing Joke also features the voices of Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games), as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will host the film’s World Premiere at Comic-Con International this summer, and see a subsequent release in 2016 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

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DC Comics & Funko Unveil Legion of Collectors

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DC Comics and Funko are proud to unveil Legion of Collectors, the only Official DC Comics subscription box! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the DC universe, the debut box – themed after Batman v Superman – will ship this March.

For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive DC-themed Funko items valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the DC universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program.

The initial March box will contain an exclusive Armored Batman Pop! from Batman v Superman, as well as a host of other surprises perfect for any DC fan excited for the epic battle between the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham! Boxes will ship every two months, and there are two member levels available – a monthly plan (Sidekick), and an annual plan (Hero) featuring a mystery reward upon completing one year in the program.

Don’t miss this chance to acquire the premiere box from Legion of Collectors and complete your Batman v Superman collection! Sign-up HERE today!

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Batman: Bad Blood Trailer

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When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family” – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance in Batman: Bad Blood.  Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new DC Universe Original Movie will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 2, 2016 on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD.

Batman: Bad Blood will be available on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Nightwing figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Batman: Bad Blood in Digital HD on January 19 via purchase from digital retailers.

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The mysterious disappearance of Batman, coupled with the emergence of powerful and malevolent new villains in Gotham City, force Nightwing (voice of Sean Maher) and Robin (Stuart Allan) to take crime-fighting into their own hands – while simultaneously searching for their missing leader. They’re not alone for long. New super heroes Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) and Batwing (Gaius Charles) – each armed with her/his own sensibilities, physical abilities and crime-fighting tools – arrive in Gotham to assist in the cause.  As this new “family” strives to find its own dynamic, chilling clues lead the group to suspect the Dark Knight may have gone over to the dark side. It’s up to the entire Bat team to uncover the truth before Gotham City falls prey to its greatest threat yet.

As the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Complications, Terra Nova) leads a celebrity-laden cast that includes Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, 24, The Astronauts Wives Club) as Batwoman/Katherine Kane, Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Gotham) as Talia al Ghul, Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Much Ado About Nothing) as Nightwing, Gaius Charles (Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Aquarius) as Batwing, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) as Lucius Fox, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin) as Robin/Damian Wayne. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Bad Blood is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel,Batman vs. Robin) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman vs. Robin).

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DC Comics Announces Dark Knight Returns Prequel By Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello & John Romita Jr.

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DC has announced a prequel to the seminal Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello and John Romita Jr.

Revealed at the “DC Comics – Heroes To The Core” panel at New York Comic Con, this untitled series will debut in February.

This would be an expansion of the Dark Knight related work Miller and Azzarello are already doing with Dark Knight III: The Master Race, and a reunion of sorts for Miller and Romita Jr. as they worked together on Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.

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Colonel Sanders Joins Green Lantern & The Flash

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New York Comic Con attendees this week will be treated to a unique collaboration between Kentucky Fried Chicken and DC Entertainment, home to DC Comics. Colonel Sanders is teaming up with DC Comics Super Heroes The Flash and Green Lantern to fight his evil ‘Earth-3’ doppelganger, Colonel Sunder, in ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken Presents: The Colonel of Two Worlds.’

Written by Tony Bedard and Shane Edwards and drawn by Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott, “The Colonel Of Two Worlds” is the latest entry into the truly fascinating world of promo comics. The plot, in classic DC fashion, finds the Flash and Green Lantern teaming up to battle Captain Cold and Mirror Master, who have gone to Earth-3 to recruit a crime boss who happens to be an evil version of Colonel Sanders named Colonel Sunder.

The comic is available to read for free over on Comixology.

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Check Out Artist Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Batmobile

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Legendary LEGO brick artist, Nathan Sawaya, unveiled the world’s largest LEGO Batmobile made from half of a million LEGO bricks. The life-size LEGO Batmobile will be the centerpiece among over 120 works of DC Comics-inspired art showcased during Sawaya’s global touring exhibition, The Art of The Brick: DC Comics, a collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, which is opening at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia this November. Sawaya collaborated with acclaimed artist and DC Entertainment Co-publisher, Jim Lee, for the design of the new Batmobile sculpture, which measures over 18-feet long.

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The Art of the Brick: DC Comics will begin its world tour in Sydney, Australia in November. For more information, and for more pictures of Nathan Sawaya’s amazing LEGO art, you can visit his website BrickArtist.com.

Tickets for The Art of The Brick: DC Comics are on sale now at: www.ticketek.com.au.

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