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DC Unveils New 7 Foot Batman Statue In Burbank, California

Today, the World’s Greatest Detective arrived in Burbank, California, in the form of a colossal Batman statue based on the critically acclaimed Batman: Hush character design by world-renowned artist, publisher, and chief creative officer of DC, Jim Lee.

Brought to life by Visit Burbank in partnership with DC, Lee’s celebrated design from his 2002 Batman run was reimagined in 3D form by digital sculptor, Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, and expertly crafted in bronze by the skilled artisans at Burbank’s American Fine Arts Foundry and Fabrication. The final statue measures seven-and-a-half feet tall and weighs 600 pounds.

Jim Lee

Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, and has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery, and justice to generations of fans for over 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, and apparel and lifestyle products, as well as blockbuster animated and live-action films.  Batman continues to be one of the most popular superheroes ever created—and, now, he is being commemorated in statue form by the City of Burbank.

The newly installed Batman statue can be viewed in the AMC Walkway of Downtown Burbank. Visitors are strongly advised to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

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Locke & Key Is Going To Sandman’s Hell In Its First ‘And Probably Last’ Big Crossover

Crossovers are nothing new in comics, whether it’s a meeting between characters you don’t normally see together or even a collision of two different publishers’ universes — but there’s something unusual about the forthcoming Hell & Gone, a crossover between IDW Publishing’s Locke & Key series and The Sandman, the legendary DC Vertigo title that made Neil Gaiman’s name in comics back in the early ’90s.

These two worlds meeting is an intriguing prospect — and, at a digital New York Comic Con panel, Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez teased a little of what we can expect from the crossover.

Despite coming out two decades apart, and from two different publishers, the two books do have a lot in common — and not just because both are being adapted by Netflix. The second season of Locke & Key is currently filming, while an 11-episode Sandman series is in development with Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg, Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer, and Gaiman himself as showrunners.

For now, at least, this crossover is strictly comics-based. The more important connection here is that The Sandman and Locke & Key are both excellent fantasy comics that work by taking a recognizable version of our world and then laying a mythology just beneath its surface.

In the case of Sandman, that’s the world of dreams — and of Dream, gothy embodiment of all things oneiric, who tries to keep the dreamworld, and his godlike siblings, in check. Meanwhile, Locke & Key’s fantastical elements all stem from the discovery of whispering iron, a metal from another dimension that grants otherworldly properties to anything forged from it.

Namely, keys. Keys created, lost, and later discovered by assorted generations of the Locke family that give their user command over the shadows, turn them into an animal, or let them (literally) get inside someone’s head.

Read more HERE.

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New Batman Audio Drama From DC Coming To Spotify Called Batman Unburied

Spotify, Warner Bros., and DC today announced that acclaimed film and television writer/producer/director David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) will return to Gotham City with the new audio drama Batman Unburied. Goyer originated the story for the series and will shepherd the project as executive producer. The series is the first project from the companies’ multi-year agreement to produce and distribute an original slate of narrative scripted podcasts. Spotify, the world’s leading audio streaming subscription service, will serve as the exclusive platform for Batman Unburied, which will be developed and produced by Goyer’s Phantom Four production company in association with Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content. Phantom Four’s Keith Levine will also serve as an executive producer alongside Goyer.

Specific details are being kept under wraps, but the series will explore the darker aspects of Bruce Wayne’s psychology. The series is expected to debut on Spotify in 2021. Fans interested in being the first to experience DC on Spotify should click here and follow.

Batman Unburied continues Goyer’s long and highly successful association with DC television series and feature films. He is currently executive producing the upcoming Netflix/Warner Bros. Television drama series based on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. He previously was a writer on The Dark Knight trilogy, co-wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and wrote Man of Steel, all from Warner Bros. Pictures. He also developed and executive produced Warner Horizon Scripted Television’sKrypton for SYFY and Warner Bros. Television’s Constantine for NBC, and executive produced Blue Ribbon Content/Warner Bros. Animation’s Constantine: City of Demons for CW Seed.

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DC Comics Announces DC Universe Infinite Premium Digital Comic Book Subscription Featuring More Comics To Explore The Multiverse

Calling all comic book fans to Explore the Multiverse! DC today announced the evolution of DC Universe into DC Universe Infinite, a premium digital comic book service set to launch on January 21, 2021. With access to more than 24,000 comic books at launch, DC Universe Infinite subscribers will also encounter digital-first comics, member access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions hit store shelves. Following its initial launch, DC Universe Infinite will begin expanding globally in Summer 2021.

DC’s premium digital comic book platform will provide members with an expanded collection of comics and Original Graphic Novels, spanning over 80 years of the DC Multiverse. Fans can also download comics, graphic novels and originals for unlimited offline reading on their favorite smartphone or tablet.

Subscribers will also have earlier access to new Digital First comics that include titles such as: Aquaman: Deep Dives, Batman: Gotham Nights, DCeased: Hope at World’s End, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, Injustice: Year Zero, Shazam!: Lightning Strikes, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing: New Roots and Wonder Woman 84, and many more.

Also debuting on DC Universe Infinite will be DC Universe Infinite Originals, including new comic content centered around beloved characters…stay tuned for updates!

The fan-favorite community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers with a full calendar of events planned for 2021. Subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe E login will transfer to DC Universe Infinite.

For DC Universe subscribers who want ongoing access to premium DC originals, the special DC Universe member offer to HBO MAX has been extended. In celebration of Batman Day and the announcement of DC Universe Infinite, a special offer for eligible subscribers to upgrade their service to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month for a limited time is now available through October 30, 2020.

HBO Max will be the home for premium video content that will include new DC series, key DC classics and DC Universe originals like Young Justice Seasons 1-4, Titans Seasons 1-3, Doom Patrol Seasons 1-3, and DC’s Stargirl Season 1. Additionally, HBO Max has ordered a third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed DC UNIVERSE adult animated comedy series Harley Quinn, starring Kaley Cuoco, who also served as executive producer during the first two seasons along with Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, and Sam Register. Harley Quinn will be a Max Original going forward, and all three seasons of the show will be available.

DC Universe Infinite will be available online at DCUniverseInfinite.com, iOS and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year ($6.25 a month). On February 1, 2021, every DC Universe Infinite subscriber, existing members or those joining during the pre-order offer window will receive a special thank you voucher redeemable at the DC Shop subject to terms and conditions. Annual subscribers will receive a $25 voucher while monthly subscribers will receive a $10 voucher.

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The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Two Hardcover

This second book newly collecting Neil Gaiman’s genre-defining series as a Deluxe Edition features bonus content and a new cover! 

Collects the first two paperback volumes of the acclaimed and enduring Sandman saga, “Fear of Falling” from Vertigo Preview #1, The Sandman #17-31, The Sandman Special #1, and the Vertigo: Winter’s Edge stories “Flowers of Romance,” “A Winter’s Tale,” and “How They Met Themselves.”

Written By Neil Gaiman and featuring art By Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Shawn Mcmanus, John Bolton, Jeffrey Jones, And Michael Zulli with a cover by Michael Wm. Kaluta, the 456 page hardcover will be on sale March 2 for $49.99.

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Superman #28 Variant Cover By Rafael Grampá 

One of my favorite artists working in comics today is Rafael Grampá. The talented Brazilian illustrator created this variant cover for Superman #28 which will be released on December 22. I love how the Man of Steel’s cape and the diagonal lines on the bottom of the cover form Superman’s iconic insignia!

Here is some more info on the issue:

The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with “House of Kent: Epilogue”! With the final fate of Metropolis’s underworld revealed at last, it’s time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent! This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic—and unexpected—ways!

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Batman: Black And White – The Iconic Anthology Series Returns December 8

In 1996, DC bolstered the already fabled legacy of Batman when the publisher introduced the anthology series Batman: Black and White. An incomparable collection of writers and artists collaborated on original, black and white short stories featuring the Dark Knight in multiple interpretations, all varying in terms of theme, tone and setting, yet all connected with a distinctive black and white color scheme.

On Tuesday December 8, Batman: Black and White returns as a six-issue prestige format series with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black and white!

This all-star lineup of writers and artists includes:

– Paul Dini & Andy Kubert
– Tim Seeley & Kelley Jones
– Emma Rios
– John Arcudi & James Harren
– Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
– JH Williams III
– Tom King & Mitch Gerads
– G. Willow Wilson & Greg Smallwood
– Sophie Campbell
– David Aja
– Dustin Weaver
– Bilquis Evely
– Joshua Williamson & Riley Rossmo
– James Tynion IV & Tradd Moore
– Lee Weeks
– Chip Zdarsky & Nick Bradshaw
– And many more!

The debut issue features cover art by fan-favorite Batman artist Greg Capullo; each issue will also include two variant covers, one featuring Batman, the other featuring his foes. For issue #1, Peach Momoko provides a stunning cover featuring Talia al Ghul, while J.H. Williams provides his own breathtaking rendition of the Caped Crusader.

Batman: Black and White is available at open and operating comic book stores and all participating digital retailers on Tuesday, December 8. Each of the six prestige format issues comprising the series is priced at $5.99.

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Here Is Your First Look At The Sandman/Locke & Key Crossover

Comic books are built on crossovers. Seeing characters from different fictional worlds or even different publishers come face-to-face on the page is one of the most unique and exhilarating experiences the medium can offer. Usually, such crossovers involve superheroes (different Marvel heroes coming together to form the Avengers, say, or their even bigger encounters with DC Comics rivals), but this fall, it’s time for two popular dark fantasy comics to get acquainted when Locke & Key meets The Sandman in a new crossover comic from IDW and DC Comics.

Originally created by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodríguez and recently adapted into a Netflix series, Locke & Key is the story of the Locke family, whose ancestral Massachusetts home of Keyhouse contains a wide variety of magical keys: One that opens up people’s minds, one that turns you into a ghost, and many more. The Sandman was originally created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, and has its own Netflix adaptation on the way (in the meantime, the first few volumes of the comic were recently adapted into audiobook format by Audible). The Sandman is mostly the story of Morpheus, King of The Dreaming, as his life intersects with various mortals, monsters, and myths. But it does feature at least one very important key: The Key to Hell, which the devil Lucifer gives to Morpheus after abandoning his post as ruler of demons and the damned. This key will apparently form the connection between The Dreaming and Keyhouse.

The crossover comic will be titled Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone, and will kick off in October with a #0 issue that reprints key stories from both universes (in case you’re only familiar with one, or just need a refresher). The series proper will kick off with issue #1 in November, beginning an all-new story that connects the Locke Family of Keyhouse to the realm of The Dreaming by way of Lucifer’s Key to Hell. The series will be written by Hill and illustrated by Rodríguez.

Check out two different covers for issue #1. The first, by Rodríguez, features The Sandman characters Cain, Abel, Death, Fiddler’s Green, and the Corinthian in what looks like ’20s period costumes, while a mysterious blonde woman in the front wears Morpheus’ helm and holds one of the Keyhouse keys (the Anywhere Key, by the looks of it). The second, by The Sandman: Overture artist J.H. Williams III, again features that helm (given the ruby necklace and cloak, it appears to be actually Morpheus wearing it this time, but that’s just a guess) and one of the Locke keys. |

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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DC Comics Promotes Girl Power With Powerful Heroines On The Small Screen 

Though female superheroes like Wonder Woman have been appearing in comic books since the 1940s, these heroines have not always been given fair treatment on the screen. Aside from the 1970s television series Wonder Woman, no major motion pictures or television series of significance have come along featuring the girls of DC Comics until much more recently. In the last few years, DC has branched out with its properties and introduced an array of TV shows and animated specials featuring a robust selection of characters.

From Supergirl to Stargirl, there are a number of powerful women appearing on TV these days. Look over some of these popular heroines you can catch on the small screen and learn more about who they are and what they stand for.

Supergirl

Though she is almost as recognizable as the Man of Steel himself, Supergirl is a character with a very complicated history in comic books. Originally introduced in 1958 as a surviving cousin of Superman, Supergirl very quickly became a fan favorite. The character appeared in her own titles as well as the family of Superman comics until 1985 when editors at DC decided Superman needed to be the only survivor of his homeworld of Krypton.

In the episode Crisis on Infinite Earths, the original Supergirl died saving the universe.

Comic books are notorious for bringing back dead characters and Supergirl is no exception. Returning in multiple incarnations over the years, Supergirl has been more or less restored to her original role as the cousin of Superman. On the WB show “Supergirl,” Melissa Benoist portrays the title character as she tries to balance work, relationships and being a hero alongside living in the shadow of her famous cousin Clark. The show is currently entering its sixth season and is a great fit for teens, older audiences and families alike.

Stargirl

More recently, DC released the show Stargirl, focusing on the trials and tribulations of teenager  Courtney Whitmore. Introduced in comics in 1999, Whitmore as Stargirl was co-created by Geoff Johns, who is now the executive producer of Stargirl. Since her introduction, Stargirl has been a prominent character across DC comic books, animated specials and television shows. She has also served as a member of the long-running superhero team the Justice Society of America, and the show borrows a lot from this part of Whitmore’s history.

Unlike Supergirl, who is in her 20’s, Stargirl is a teenager still dealing with the headaches of high school on top of her newfound role as a hero. Played by Brec Bassinger, Courtney Whitmore is an all-American girl with a sweet demeanor and passionate desire to help the weak, downtrodden, and vulnerable. Stargirl follows Whitmore as she comes to terms with the responsibility of being a hero while beginning the quest of finding other young people willing to help her reform the Justice Society of America.

White Canary

While both Supergirl and Stargirl began as heroines in the pages of comic books, the same is not true of all the women who appear in DC’s television properties. The character of White Canary, played by Caity Lotz, was created specifically for the show Arrow, where she shares a number of story elements and personality traits with the comic character “Black Canary.” A fighter trained by assassins, White Canary became a popular character on Arrow. This led to her being one of several DC characters written into the show Legends of Tomorrow, involving time travel adventures.

DC Comics is no stranger to the idea of female characters. Outside of the heroes listed here, names like Lois Lane, Catwoman, Batgirl, Zatanna, Power Girl, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are familiar even to those who have never read a comic book. With DC committed to making truly engaging television programs in recent years, it is easy to see that this is just the beginning of television adventures featuring a diverse selection of unforgettable heroes.

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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Deluxe Hardcover

In the Victorian era, an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike?

Some would live in terror. Others would rest easier.

Only one man would take no notice at all…a man with other matters to attend to. His name? No one knows for sure. Most people know him only as Jack.

Jack the Ripper.

Brian Augustyn (The Flash), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and Eduardo Barreto (The New Teen Titans) spin the classic tale of the Victorian-era Bat-Man’s encounter with the Butcher of Whitechapel and a crazed prophet determined to prevent Gotham City from entering the 20th century, presented for the first time in the Deluxe Hardcover format. Collects Gotham by Gaslight, Batman: Master of the Future, Convergence: Shazam! #1-2, and Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight.

The Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Deluxe Hardcover will be available on October 6, 2020 and retail for $34.99.

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