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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game

Frank Miller’s iconic story Batman: The Dark Knight Returns comes to life in a single-player strategy board game experience crafted by acclaimed game designers Morgan Dontanville (Asgard’s Chosen) and Daryl Andrews (Sagrada). 

Your skills will be tested across four scenarios, or Books, that each feature unique rules, allies, abilities, and epic boss battles! You’ll have a limited amount of resources and turns to complete each of these four Books, and if Batman’s Grit, Sanity, or Health ever drops to zero, it’s game over…

Pre-order the game via Kickstarter HERE (Pledge $60 for the Base Game and $99 for the Deluxe Edition)

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CGC Celebrates The 35th Anniversary of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns By Welcoming Comic Legends Frank Miller & Klaus Janson For An In-House Private Signing

Get ready Batman fans because two of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns creators are coming in for a CGC In-House Private Signing! Legendary comic book artist, writer, director and producer Frank Miller and the award-winning comic book artist Klaus Janson will be doing a duo signing at our headquarters.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986, making this year its 35th anniversary. If you submit one of the Batman: Dark Knight Returns books for this signing, the label will read “Dark Knight Returns 35th Anniversary Signing.” This special notation will only be available to the Batman: Dark Knight Returns mini-series which includes these four titles The Dark Knight Returns, Dark Knight Triumphant, Hunt the Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Falls. This signing is the only time you will be able to get this notation on the label!

In addition to signatures, Miller and Janson will also offer Remarques for purchase, and Miller will offer a very limited quantity of head sketches.

Miller has been a professional comic book creator since he was a teen, bringing his gritty storytelling and intense art style to publishers like Golden Key, DC and Marvel. His arsenal of work stretches far, but some of his most famous work includes titles like Batman, Ronin, Elektra Assassin, Daredevil and 300. Miller also illustrated the graphic novel, Cursed, which has gone on to be a successful Netflix series.

Janson is an award-winning comic book penciller, inker and colorist who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics. Janson and Miller have not only worked on Batman: The Dark Knight together but also Marvel’s Daredevil and Elektra series. In addition, Janson has worked on titles like The Amazing Spider-Man, Defenders, The Punisher, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Thor and Wolverine. In 2010 Janson was anointed into the Joe Sinnott Hall, and in 2013 was given the Inkwell Award for Favorite Inker.

“We are thrilled to offer this special label for this very special private signing — in honor of the 35th anniversary of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” said Brittany McManus, CGC’s Signature Series Director. “We think that our collectors will love this opportunity, PLUS these are two incredible comic book creators that are legendary for so many other titles, too. We’re really looking forward to seeing the variety of books that arrive for this one!”

For this exclusive event, ALL CGC members — that includes free CGC members — can submit books directly to CGC headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. CGC must receive all submissions for this event by Monday, March 15, 2021.

After Miller and/or Janson sign the submitted books, CGC will grade and encapsulate them with an expedited turnaround time of only three weeks. If CCS pressing is also requested, the expedited turnaround time will be six weeks. After grading and encapsulation, the collectibles will be shipped back to their owners.

Pricing and further info can be found HERE.

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Iron Studios Batman The Dark Knight Returns 1/6 Diorama

In a bleak future, a giant known as the Leader, of the so-called Gang Mutants, voracious and obsessed with violence, was responsible for manipulating the youth of Gotham to bring crime to a level of violence never seen before. He called Batman a coward and challenged him to a one-on-one fight. After a first defeat, an experienced and strategic Dark Knight chooses a mud hole as a ring for his rematch, seeking to slow the villain’s movements. Even though he is old and has just come out of retirement, and facing a bigger rival at the peak of his physical condition, reaching precise weaknesses, inflicting several serious injuries, the old Batman, even injured, comes out victorious.

Again inspired by the historic miniseries written and designed by acclaimed author Frank Miller, “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”, Iron Studios proudly presents its “Batman Statue The Dark Night Returns – DC Comics – 1/6 Diorama – Iron Studios”, one more work of art derived from this iconic HQ in one of its most remarkable moments, featuring the triumphant Dark Knight standing on the defeated Mutant Leader on a base that replicates the peculiar terrain of combat, now in the Diorama 1/6 scale series, bringing an extra interchangeable head as a bonus.

Features:

– Limited edition
– Made in polystone
– Hand painted
– Includes extra head
– Scale: 1/6 Diorama
– Dimensions: 15in (H) 13.3in (W) 13.7in (L)
– Product Weight: 14.3 lbs
– Price $649.99
– Released fourth quarter of 2021

Order HERE.

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MAFEX Batman (Blue Version) And Carrie Kelley Robin 2-Pack

From Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” comes a new MAFEX action figure set of Batman and Robin!

Batman is back in a new color scheme, and comes with blue optional parts to match his look. And unlike the previous black color version, this Batman comes with an interchangeable Bruce Wayne head so you can display him masked or unmasked! And best of all, an action figure of Robin is included in the same scale, so you can pose this famous duo together!

Both figures are highly posable, with tons of highly articulated joints and various optional parts for display.

The Batman figure stands at 6.3″ tall. He includes a masked portrait three interchangeable face parts, an unmasked portrait, interchangeable hands, and a wired cape. The Robin figure stands just under 4.5″ tall. She includes two interchangeable portraits, multiple hands, a sling shot, and a wired cape. A poseable display stand is also included.

Pre-order HERE for $128.

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Watch The Trailer For Cursed

Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a young woman with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a humble mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. Cursed is a coming-of-age story whose themes are familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war, and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.

Curse stars: Katherine Langford (Nimue), Devon Terrell (Arthur), Gustaf Skarsgård (Merlin), Daniel Sharman (Weeping Monk), Sebastian Armesto (King Uther Pendragon), Matt Stokoe (Gawain), Lily Newmark (Pym), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Igraine), Emily Coates (Sister Iris), Billy Jenkins (Squirrel), Bella Dayne (Red Spear), and Peter Mullan (Father Carden).

Cursed will premiere on Netflix on July 17.

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Here’s A First Look At Cursed – Coming To Netflix Summer 2020

Netflix has released the first-look photos for their upcoming fantasy drama series titled Cursed, giving us a glimpse of Katherine Langford as the woman who is destined to become the Lady of the Lake in King Arthur’s story. The 10-episode series will be available for streaming sometime this summer.

Based on Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller’s New York Times bestselling book, Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a young woman with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a humble mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. The series is a coming-of-age story whose themes are familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war, and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.

The series will be led by Golden Globe nominee Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why, Love Simon, Knives Out) as Nimue. It will also feature Devon Terrell as Arthur, Gustaf Skarsgård as Merlin, Daniel Sharman as Weeping Monk, Sebastian Armesto as King Uther Pendragon, Matt Stokoe as Gawain, Lily Newmark as Pym, Shalom Brune-Franklin as Igraine, Emily Coates as Sister Iris, Billy Jenkins as Squirrel, Bella Dayne as Red Spear, and Peter Mullan as Father Carden.

Cursed series is created and executive produced by authors Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller with Wheeler set as the showrunner. It is also produced by Alex Boden with Silenn Thomas serving as an executive producer.

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Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child Deluxe Edition 

It’s been three years since the events of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Lara has spent the time learning to be more human, and Carrie Kelley has been growing into her new role as Batwoman. But a terrifying evil has returned to Gotham City, and Lara and Carrie must team up to stop this growing threat–and they have a secret weapon. Young Jonathan Kent, “the golden child,” has a power inside of him unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it’s about to be unleashed… 

Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is Frank Miller’s triumphant return to the world of the Dark Knight and joining him is the superstar artist Rafael Grampá, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking Mesmo Delivery. Following work in advertising and film, this incredible collaboration marks Grampá’s first comics work in six years, bringing his extraordinary detail and storytelling to the Dark Knight saga, resulting in a Dark Knight story like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Pre-order the 96 page hardcover book HERE. It will be released on June 16, 2020.

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Medicom Mafex The Dark Knight Returns Triumphant Figure

From Medicom, this Mafex figure is based on Frank Miller’s classic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

The figure stands more than 6″ tall and faithfully reproduces the character’s expressions with a damaged mask head and face parts. Variant hands, a cloth cloak with a metal frame, and a movable stand are also included. 

Pre-order HERE for $95. In shops December 16, 2020.

 

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First Look At Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child

Frank Miller’s epic story began with The Dark Knight Returns, continued in The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and welcomed a new generation of hero in Dark Knight III: Master Race. Now Miller is teaming with artists Rafael Grampá and Jordie Bellaire to deliver a brand new installment for The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child arriving this week in comic shops.

Set three years after the conclusion of Master Race, the 48-page one-shot picks up after Lara has had some time to learn about humanity, and for Jonathan to grow from a baby into a child. In the same time, Carrie has matured to tackle Gotham’s less manageable problems.

Fans can get their first look at the story below.

  

Check out the issue’s variant covers.

Read more HERE.

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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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