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August 27, 2005More Batman Begins DVD cover work
DVD Answers has a scan of the back cover art for the Batman Begins DVD. It can be found Here
In other DVD news, The Fourth Volume of Batman: The Animated Series is due for a December 12 release. Below are the specs and features for the set (source: Toonzone)
Disc 1 - Holiday Knights; Sins of the Father; Cold Comfort; Double
Talk; You Scratch My Back; Never Fear
Disc 2 - Joker's Millions; Growing Pains; Love Is a Croc; Torch Song; The Ultimate Thrill; Over the Edge
Disc 3 - Mean Seasons; Critters; Cult of the Cat; Animal Act; Old Wounds; The Demon Within
Disc 4 - Legends of the Dark Knight; Girls' Nite Out; Mad Love; Chemistry; Beware the Creeper; Judgment Day
• Audio Commentary: Commentary on "Over the Edge", "Critters" and "Legends of the Dark Knight" by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, James Tucker, Dan Riba and Moderator Jason Hillhouse
• Featurette: Arkham's Finest: Inside Batman's Rogue Gallery
Hit the link to Toonzone to see the cover art for this set.
Gail Simone and Birds of Prey 85
Newsarama has an interview with writer Gail Simone and her plans for Barbara Gordon. However be warned that the interview contains a MAJOR SPOILER about an interesting plot point that could have ramifications on the book. The Interview can be found at the link above (SPOILERS)
Sneak peak at Batman and the Monster Men
Also at Newsarama is a four page preview of Matt Wagner's mini series Batman and the Monster Men #1. This is one of two mini series that Matt Wagner is doing based on two classic Batman stories.
August 22, 2005Official Press Release on Batman Begins DVD
Warner Brothers has issued a press release on the upcoming Batman Begins DVD. The info in it has already been stated many times before (scroll down to August 16 update) but anyone interested can find the release Here
Producer Charles Roven says villain undecided for next film
source: Chicago Sun Times
Batman Begins co producer Charles Roven told the Chicago Sun Times that at this time, no one is being considered for a villain role in the Batman Begins sequel and that the villain hasn't been decided on. He also left open the possibility of the film crew returning to Chicago.
August 18, 2005Batman Anthology DVD news
DVD Answers has the cover art for the Region 2 DVD's of this set. As well, Comics Continuum has a picture of the case for the gift set. Go Here for the Region 2 artwork and Here for the Case picture
Alternate Cover to Infinite Crisis #1
Head down to Newsarama to get a look at George Perez's alternate cover to Infinite Crisis #1. Perez was the artist of 'The Crisis on Infinite Earths'.
Tara Strong joins 'The Batman'
source: Comics Continuum
Voice actress Tara Strong will be doing the voice of Vicky Vale in the direct to Video film Batman vs. Dracula. Strong's other credits include The Powerpuff Girls (Bubbles) and Teen Titans (Raven)
August 16, 2005
Batman Begins cover art and DVD details
source: The Digital Bits
Warner Brothers has released the cover art for the Widescreen and the Deluxe Edition of Batman Begins. The Deluxe Edition will be a two disc set with documentaries and other features (Scroll down to the August 9 update for a list of the features) In addition a 72 page comic collecting the stories of Detective Comics 27, The Man Who Falls and The Long Halloween will come with this disc. The other disc (widescreen) will only have the film.
Go Here to see the cover art of both DVD's
Batman Begins sets IMAX records
source: IMAX corporation
In addition to finally passing the 200 million dollar milestone, IMAX corporation announced that Batman Begins is IMAX's highest grossing 2-D remastered film ever. Here is the press release
IMAX Corporation and
Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience is
now IMAX's highest grossing digitally re-mastered 2D release, reaching the
milestone in less than nine weeks. With total grosses of $14.5 million on 72
worldwide IMAX screens, it eclipses the record set by The Matrix Reloaded: The
IMAX Experience, which grossed just over $14 million in twenty-two weeks. For
the three day period from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14 - its eighth
weekend of release - Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience grossed an estimated
$203,000 in 51 North American IMAX® theatres, an increase of eight per cent over
the prior weekend. The film has now achieved a cumulative domestic per screen
average of nearly $215,000 and continues to show extraordinary staying power.
"The fact that Batman Begins set this box office record so quickly and continues to post great results underscores how perfectly suited the picture is for The IMAX Experience®," said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "This film's strong performance is a key reason why IMAX's grosses are up considerably this summer and we're delighted so many moviegoers are exploring the origins of the Batman legend in IMAX theatres. IMAX continues to further solidify its position as the place to see the biggest Hollywood event films in both our unparalleled 2D and IMAX® 3D formats."
All Star Batman and Robin
tops July Sales
All Star Batman and Robin was the top selling comic in the month of June according to Diamond Distributors. Here is how other Batman titles fared.
#6: Superman/Batman 21
#27: Batman 642
#51: Nightwing 110
#52: Detective Comics 808
#66: Gotham Knights 67
#67: Batman: Dark Detective 5
#68: Birds of Prey 84 (Technically no longer a Bat book but posted for old times sake)
#70: Batman: Dark Detective 6
#73: Robin 140
#79: Batgirl 66
#85: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 193
#91: Year One Batman/Ras Al Ghul 2
#94: Batman Jekyll and Hide 4
#99: Catwoman 45
August 11, 2005Batman Anthology Cover art released
Head down to The Digital Bits to get a look at the cover arts for the special editions of the previous Batman films. The cover art for the 1943 serials is also there.
The cover arts for the anthology discs look uninspired to say the least. However that 1943 serial art looks amazing
Matt Wagner's Batman: Dark Moon Rising details
This November Writer/Artist Matt Wagner will do two six part miniseries featuring Batman titled Batman: The Monster Men and Batman: The Mad Monk. Both are retellings of two early Batman stories with some slight tweaking and updating. The series was originally planned as one 12 part miniseries before it was broken into two. Click the link above to Newsarama to read more details.
Batman Begins reaches 200 million mark
source: Box Office Mojo
Well call it the little Bat film that could. As of August 11, Batman Begins has made a total of 200,099,489 dollars domestically. Add to that the world figure of $160,167,000 and the total this film has made is $360,266,489
August 9, 2005Batman Begins sequel news
In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, Producer Chuck Roven said that Batman Begins cast members Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman have signed on for the sequel. He also stated that new cast members are under consideration and director Christopher Nolan is not signed yet.
In other sequel news, Cillian Murphy told Comingsoon.net that he would love to do another Batman film and the studio has an option on him to do future films
Batman DVD news
source: The Digital Bits
The Digital Bits has obtained some information on what features will appear on the Batman Begins disc. They are as follows
-2-disc DVD set
-10 behind-the-scenes featurettes (including The Journey Begins, Genesis of the Bat, Path to Discovery, Shaping Mind and Body, Gotham City Rises, Cape and Cowl, The Tumbler, Saving Gotham City, Reflections on Writing and Digital Batman),
-Teaser and theatrical trailers
The site is speculating that the disc will have anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 5.1 surround sound and a commentary track by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer
Well considering that the previous four discs are getting a DTS track, there better be one on this disc as well.-AJ
In other DVD news, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing the The Batman: The 1943 Serial Collection on October 18.
Wizard World Chicago highlights
Though there weren't too many Batman related surprises (unless you count Jeph Loeb becoming exclusive to Marvel) DC did answer some questions in regards to their All Star Batman and Robin title and provide more info on their upcoming Infinite Crisis storyline. Go Here to see what Frank Miller and Jim Lee say about All Star Batman and Robin and Here for news on Infinite Crisis
August 5, 2005
Michael Uslan talks Batman
source: Superhero Hype
Superhero Hype has an extensive interview with executive producer Michael Uslan who has been involved with all the Batman films. He talks about his career and the long road that he took to bringing the Dark Knight to the big screen along with the obstacles he faced along the way.
The Interview can be found Here
Frank Miller praises Batman Begins
source: Suicide Girls
Frank Miller has joined artist (and current collaborator) Jim Lee in praising the latest Batman film. Here are his thoughts
FM: I saw Batman Begins. I thought it was pretty
DRE: When an element from your screenplay or from Batman: Year One showed up, such as when he signaled the bats with the boot button, did you like that?
FM: Oh wasn’t that fun? I just loved that. The thing is, when you work on a collection of works like Batman, you expect that people are going to naturally harvest your ideas. I don’t think it’s anything to be petulant about. Frankly I thought they did a pretty damn good job of it and mainly I just wanted it to be a good movie. That’s all I really cared about. I didn’t make up Batman so I’m making no claims.
FM: You know, that’s what’s happening now, man. I noticed that Christian Bale’s Batman was very informed by the comics. There was nothing sarcastic about it and there wasn’t some otherworldly take on the character. His very first moment, when he says, “No, you’re practice.” That’s the Batman I know. I really liked that about it.
DRE: It was really cool that the thugs never saw Batman. Batman is the best hand to hand fighter/ninja in the world and you never see him hit you. All of a sudden you wake up in the hospital.
FM: Yeah, right. “Hey what happened to my arm?” I think that they did a real nice job that way. We’ve got a new generation of actors coming up who really want to play the comic book characters instead of saying “This is my interpretation of these pissant comic books.”
Hit the link above to read Miller's thoughts on other projects. (Thanks to good friend 'Super85' for sharing this info)
For those wondering, Miller didn't like the previous films -AJ
August 2, 2005
Batman Anthology DVD specs released
source: Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers has released the specs for their upcoming Batman Anthology. It appears that Batman Forever will be the Theatrical version and not the long rumoured director's cut
The Batman Returns disc features the following extras:
Included on the Batman Forever Special Edition:
And Batman & Robin features these bonus materials: