News Archives

Send all credible news to
(For news from previous months, click on the "News archives" link on the left)
2003 Alfred Awards

Alan Porter, Editor of the Gotham Weekly News is holding his annual Alfred Awards. Fans can vote for their favourite comic talent, stories, and other Batman related material. If you would like to vote, hit the link above.


Apr 30, 2004

Bale as Batman revealed!
source: Entertainment Weekly

The May issue of Entertainment Weekly has a picture of Christian Bale in the new Batman suit in a very Batman 'esque pose. Head down to Batman on Film to get a sneak peak at the new suit.

Second Update: Head down to the Official Batman Begins site and click on one of the Batmobile photos for three more pictures of Batman

Take it from me, you will love the suit when it is shown in full.

Superman/Batman # 8 goes for a third printing
source: DC Comics

The following is a press release regarding the third printing of Superman/Batman # 8

The excitement over SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8 continues as DC Comics goes back to press for a third printing of this sold-out issue. This issue features the first chapter of the storyline " The Supergirl From Krypton," written by Jeph Loeb with art and cover by Michael Turner.

This third printing is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 26, and features a third cover by Turner and Peter Steigerwald.

" This is amazing, " says Turner. " I am thrilled that people like this book. Jeph, Peter and I are having so much fun. I've had a blast working with DC and everyone here at Aspen. I'd like to give a special thanks to Dan DiDio (VP - Editorial), Eddie Berganza (Group Editor), and Tom Palmer, Jr. (Associate Editor) for their help on these books. We may have to do this again! "

"The first two printings of this issue sold out extremely quickly, " says Bob Wayne, DC ' s VP - Sales & Marketing. " From the look of things, demand for this issue hasn ' t let up at all, so we ' re happy to give retailers more copies to sell. "

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8 Third Printing (JAN045299) is available for order now and is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 26 with a cover price of $2.95 U.S. This new printing has an order increase cut-off date of Sunday, May 16. Retailers may order the issue by contacting their Diamond Customer Service Representatives or DC Sales Representatives, or by email at

The Cover for the third printing of this issue can be found at Newsarama

Apr 27, 2004

Arkham Asylum revealed
source: Superhero Hype

This is a followup to the earlier story about the filming at the National Medical Research. Superhero Hype has learned that the facility will double for Arkham Asylum and pictures of the sets can be found Here.

Catwoman Poster online and News
source: Official Catwoman website

The Catwoman website has posted the poster for the film. Go to the above link and Click on the logo to see it

In other Catwoman news, Hallewood is reporting that the cast of the film will appear on the Oprah Winfrey and Ellen shows on May 26 and May 27 respectively. It appears that the teaser trailer is set for release very soon

Apr 22, 2004

Harvey Awards nominations

Another set of awards for comics, The Harveys, have release their nominations. Here are the Batman and Batman alumni related nominations

Current Batman Talent or stories Batman Alumni

Best of luck to all. Just to note, Todd is still working on a Batman title which is why he isn't listed under alumni.

A follow up on one of the additions
source: Batman on Film

Yesterday, Batman on Film reported several additions to the film. Bill has learned that Barry Dowden might play the role of Detective Flass. James Gordon's corrupt partner who appeared in the comic Batman: Year One.

In other Batman Begins news

Devin Grayson talks Nightwing
source: Newsarama

Newsarama conducted an interview with Nightwing writer Devin Grayson. She talks about working on Nightwing, and what's in store for the character in the future. The full article is Here

April 21, 2004

Batman Animated Season set release date and details
source: TV Shows on DVD

TV Shows on DVD has learned that the First Season set of the Batman Animated Series will be released on July 6. The discs will include 27 episodes, with commentaries on some episodes, featurettes and trailers.

The Set Artwork can be found Here

Some Additions for Batman Begins
source: Batman on Film

Bill of Batman on Film has dug up some additional castings and potential castings for Batman Begins. They are as follows

Robert Godwin (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)- Stunt Coordinator for Christian Bale
John Foo, Dean Alexandrou - Shadow Warriors
David Legano (Snatch)- Mercanary
John Kazek
Barry Dowden - Gotham PD Detective
Michael Coleman - "patron"

In addition, former boxer Tamer Hassan has been offered a role in the film and Acrobats Duo Vertigo are filming scenes in the film. For more details, head down to Batman on Film

A Truck load of Batman Begins News
source: Superhero Hype

Superhero Hype has rounded up a slew of articles relating to the film. Go Here to read them all

Catwoman Teaser trailer news
source: Catwoman Unofficial

Still Wondering when a trailer for this film will be released? Well Catwoman Unofficial is reporting that the earliest we can see a teaser trailer will probably with Troy. A trailer could also be attached to the third Harry Potter film.

In other Catwoman news, Artist Jim Lee visited the set of the film and wrote a report on his meeting with Halle Berry and drawing artwork based on the film. Go Here to read it

April 19, 2004

Martial Artist Joins Batman cast
source: Leyland Today

Mark Strange, a Martial Artist of 20 years, has told the Leyland today that he is in the Batman film. Mark Plays the role of a Shadow Warrior who fights Batman.

Catwoman film gets new composer
source: Catwoman Unofficial

Catwoman Unofficial is reporting that Klaus Badelt will do the film's score. He takes over for Graemme Revell who had to leave due to scheduling conflicts.

April 15, 2004

Toy Batmobile is recalled
source: Mattel

Toy Maker Mattel has recalled 314,000 of its plastic Toy Batmobile due to the tail fins being a safety hazard. For full details on this head down to Here

Second Printing of Superman/Batman 8 sells out
source: DC Comics

DC is continuing to have success with its two flagship characters. The Second Printing of Superman/Batman issue 8 sold out. Here is the press release from DC


Only two days after arriving in stores on April 7, SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8 Second Printing (JAN045280) has sold out at DC Comics. This issue features the first chapter of the 6-part story " The Supergirl from Krypton, " written by Jeph Loeb with art and a new cover by Michael Turner in pencil form.

"I'm just wowed, " says Loeb. " I consider myself lucky to have written anything as successful as last year's BATMAN: Hush, but now to have SUPERMAN/BATMAN as an even bigger follow-up is astonishing. We all continue to marvel at the faith retailers and fans have in the series, pushing it to the top of the charts! I'm incredibly proud of our team: Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald, Richard Starkings, Tom Palmer, Jr., and Eddie Berganza, as well as Ed McGuinness and Pat Lee, who got us here. We want folks to know that this story is only starting, and you'll be enjoying a wild ride that'll take us all the way through the summer, on time, with one of the best looking books on the market today."

" The Supergirl story in SUPERMAN/BATMAN clearly has excited retailers and readers alike, " says Bob Wayne, DC ' s VP - Sales & Marketing. " With five more chapters of this story coming, we encourage retailers to increase their orders on upcoming issues now. "

Please note that DC has no plans to go back to press on this issue at this time. Copies still may be available at retail.

Upcoming issues of SUPERMAN/BATMAN are available as follows:

* SUPERMAN/BATMAN #9 (FEB040242) is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in stores on April 21.

* SUPERMAN/BATMAN #10 (MAR040294) is solicited in the March issue of Previews (Volume XIV #3) and is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 19.

* SUPERMAN/BATMAN #11 (APR040293) is solicited in the April issue of Previews (Volume XIV #4) and is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 16.

In addition, the SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES HC (FEB040243), collecting the first six issues of the series, is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in stores on April 21.

2004 Eisner Nominations

The Nominations for the 2004 Eisners, Awards for excellence in comics, have been released. A lot of Batman related items and Batman alumni have made the list.

Batman related Talent currently or have worked on Batman in the past year Batman Alumni

A full list of nominees can be found Here

Best of luck to all those nominated

Is WB punishing Batman fans?
source: Batman on Film, Dark Horizons.

Those of you anxious to see the new Batman suit may have to wait a little longer. According to both Batman on Film and Dark Horizons, WB has decided to delay the release of pictures of Bale in the batsuit after someone leaked the Batman Begins script online.

Disappointing nonetheless. WB was anything but happy when someone leaked the first draft of Superman two years back. Don't fret folks, you can see Bale as Batman as early as June. However those of you who are itching to get a preview of the new suit can head down to Batman on Film (Like above). Bill has an artists rendition based on the description he's received.

Apr 4, 2004

Pictures of Bale as Bruce Wayne Surface!
source: The Z Review

While he isn't shown in a Bat suit, The Z Review has some exclusive pictures of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne. Appears Bruce is up to his playboy ways. Head down Here to see the pics.

One more Batman suit description
source: Batman on Film

Bill has decided to look further into the details surrounding Batman's suit. What he has learned may not be surprising to some. It appears that the new suit, albeit with some few differences, will resemble the old film series suits. Here is what Bill is saying

It does not look like the Alex Ross suit. It does not look like the suit in the comics, but it is clearly "Batman." It is pretty much one color--a dark, blackish-gray hue. It is textured. The Bat-symbol is big across the chest, but it is very discreet. And it is not the same Bat-symbol used for the official logo--more traditional. And the suit is clearly armored and padded. The belt is a dull yellow, almost gold-looking, with no pouches as depicted in the comicbooks (i.e. military style). Think sleaker. The cowl is tight on the face, but it is almost helmet-like with a very subtle chin covering (it is NOT like a chin strap on a football helmet). It is detailed and sculpted as well and there are no lenses. It appears that it unattatched to the body suit--which will allow for free movement of the head. The body suit extends high up the neck, so there is no gap between the cowl and suit. The ears, well, are neither long nor short. They are shorter than the ones of the previous costumes, but not as short as one might think. They don't seem to be as pointed either. The cape looks to attatch right above the Bat-symbol on the chest.

Bill is also saying that pictures of the new suit could turn up online much earlier than antici