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June 20, 2005


As I am away from homebase, I'll provide links to some sites
providing news on Batman.

Batman Begins tops Weekend Box Office



Jun 15, 2005

Batman Begins opens today!

Just a reminder to everyone that Today is opening day of Batman Begins in North America. I'll see the film tommorow and post a review hopefully by Friday or Saturday.

As well, the Video Game based on the film for multiple platforms is also out today.

Superman/Batman # 20 sold out
source: DC Comics

DC Continues to see successes with its comics. Here is a press release on Superman/Batman # 20

Superman/Batman #20 Sells Out Press Releases SUPERMAN/BATMAN #20 (FEB050262), the first chapter of the 6-part “With a Vengeance” storyline, has sold out at DC Comics less than a week after arriving in stores on June 1. This fast-paced adventure reunites SUPERMAN/BATMAN writer Jeph Loeb with the series original art team of Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines.

“This feels like the equivalent of having the #1 movie in the country,” says Loeb. “SUPERMAN/BATMAN has consistently been a top seller, and that’s because our readers and retailers have been incredibly loyal. None of this success would be possible without the art team responsible for launching S/B, Ed “MC2” McGuinness and Dexter Vines. It is their kinetic energy that makes this one of the most fun reads this summer, and at the end of the day, that’s what SUPERMAN/BATMAN has always been about: the joy of comics!” Loeb adds, “This is the start of ‘With a Vengeance,’ and apparently it’s taking the title seriously. There are lots of guest stars still to come, including some you will never believe would appear in a mainstream DC comic — so let the guessing begin!”

“SUPERMAN/BATMAN continues to be a very strong seller for DC,” says Bob Wayne, DC’s VP — Sales. “Retailers should check their orders on the coming issues to be sure they will have enough copies on hand.” Upcoming issues of SUPERMAN/BATMAN are available as follows: · SUPERMAN/BATMAN #21 (MAY050210) is solicited in the May Previews (Volume XV #5) and is scheduled to arrive in stores on July 20. · SUPERMAN/BATMAN #22 (JUN050348) is solicited in the June Previews (Volume XV #6) and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 31. Also, the SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES TP (JAN050285) is available for reorder. This title collects SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1-6, the previous issues by Loeb, McGuinness & Vines. DC Comics has no plan to go back to press on SUPERMAN/BATMAN #20 at this time. Please note that copies of the issue still may be available at retail.

Jun 11, 2005

Former Batmen on Christian Bale
source: MTV

Christian Bale is getting a vote of confidence from his predecessors Adam West and Michael Keaton. Read what both had to say about the current Dark Knight Here

Misc. Batman Begins news
source: Superhero Hype

Head down to Superhero Hype for details on a Batman Begins promotion and to see some video clips

New story arc to update Mr. Freeze's origins
source: Pulse

Writer Dan Curtis Johnson talks to Pulse about his latest story arc which will expand on Mr. Freeze's origins and how his first encounter with Batman will leave ramifications on the Dark Knight

Jun 10, 2005

Various Batman Begins Interviews
source: Batman on Film

Head down to Batman on Film to read some interviews that Bill has conducted with the following cast members.

Free Batman Comic with Monday New York Post
source: Newsarama

Newsarama is reporting that 750,000 copies of Batman 608, the first part of the "Hush" storyline, will be included with the Monday June 13 issue of the New York Post.

DC editorial plans for "One Year Later"
source: Newsarama

After DC's upcoming 'Countdown to Infinite Crisis' ends, all of the DC titles will be set one year after the event. However, the characters aren't the only ones that will likely see changes, DC is shaking up some of its editorial staff. Several Batman related people are involved including

Jun 7, 2005

More Reviews
source: various

Here are a few more reviews. First the Good

The Bad

The Ugly

The 'Good' 'Bad' and 'Ugly' terms are what the critic thought of the film and not the quality of the review FYI

Christian Bale on Batman
source: Comics Continuum

The Comics Continuum has an interview with Christian Bale. He talks about preparation for the role, what he wants in future Batman films and Batman...

Also at the Continuum are some pictures of the cast from the premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theater. They can be found Here

IESB has more pictures from the premiere

Batman Begins IMAX details

The IMAX Corporation has a press release with full details of the showing of Batman Begins in their theatres. To read the release and see the list of IMAX theaters showing Begins worldwide, go to Superhero Hype

Jun 5, 2005

Hollywood Reporter and Variety on Batman Begins

Here are links to the reviews of Batman Begins by Hollywood Reporter and Variety. As stated in the previous update, the Variety review was negative while the HR review was positive.

Hollywood Reporter

Batman Details at Wizard World
source: Newsarama

Here are some highlights from the Batman panel at this years Wizard World Philadelphia.

Visit the link above to read more details

Jun 4, 2005

The Reviews are coming in
source: various

I've held off on this quite a bit but here are some reviews of the film. It looks like they are positive at the moment.

Word is that Ebert and Roeper have both given the film a "thumbs up"

Variety had a negative review of the film but the Hollywood Reporter a positive. Links to these reviews will be added later

Batman Begins Batmobile
source: Comics Continuum

Comics Continuum has an article devoted to the 'Tumbler' Batmobile. It has comments from several people like Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister on the design, operation and filming of Batman's new vehicle.

Also from the Continuum, here is an Interview with writer David Goyer and Producer Charles Roven.

Preview the Batman Begins soundtrack

Head down to Batman: Dark Knight of Gotham to hear some clips of some of the tracks from the soundtrack

June 2, 2005

Two new Batman Begins TV Spots
source: The Movie Box

The Movie Box has the 10th and 11th TV spots for Batman Begins. The former is Alfred centric while the latter focuses on Rachel Dawes. These spots, along with the others, can be found Here.

Movie Box also has link to a Behind the Scenes feature from the show Extra! which can also be found at the link above.

Batman Begins Japanese premiere highlights and soundtrack!

Head down to this Link to watch highlights from the Batman Begins Japanese premiere press conference and get a preview of the score.

Batman Begins passes to be given away at Wizardworld Philadelphia
source: WizardWorld

DC and Warner Brothers are giving extra reasons for Batman fans to attend the Wizardworld event in Philadelphia this upcoming weekend. On Saturday June 4, DC will be giving passes to a screening of Batman Begins. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 am Saturday and will be first come first serve. More details are Here

Here are some Batman related talent that will be present at this convention. Asterisk indicates the person is a Batman alumni

  2. Tommy Castillo (DETECTIVE COMICS)
  3. Amanda Conner (JSA: CLASSIFIED, BATGIRL covers)
  4. John Lucas (DETECTIVE COMICS)
  7. Louise Simonson (X-Factor, Superman writer)
  9. Dustin Nguyen (Batman artist)
  10. Jim Starlin (Dreadstar, Cosmic Guard)*
  11. Carmine Infantino (Batgirl, Silver Age Flash Creator)*