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Chris McKay To Direct ‘Reborn’ At Netflix

Chris McKay is going to direct Reborn at Netflix, which is based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo. McKay is most notably known for his work on The Lego Movie franchise having directed The Lego Batman Movie and produced The Lego Ninjago Movie. He is currently in post-production on The …

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Greg Capullo Has Created A New Batman Batsuit Design

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Superstar DC Comics artist Greg Capullo has revealed on Twitter that he has created a new design for Batman‘s Batsuit.

Capullo also posted DC has yet to approve of the design, so as of right now there are no images.

“Waiting on DC to approve my new Bat suit design. It’s a winner and my best idea. I hope they agree. It’s downhill from here, if not,” Capullo tweeted.

Batman writer Scott Snyder has also seen the design and stated,” It’s pretty terrific.”

It’s guessed Capullo was just kidding about the “downhill” remark as the artist is taking a break from Batman following issue #51 to work on a project for Mark Millar. 

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Greg Capullo Dark Knight III Variant Revealed

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Batman artist Greg Capullo has been teasing his variant cover for Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight III for some time on Twitter.

Now the cover stands revealed which features Batman curb-stomping Superman.

The Dark Knight III goes on sale November 25th.

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Fist Look At Greg Capullo’s The Dark Knight III Cover

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Following the cool Dan DiDio and Jim Lee video in addition to the Andy Kubert art reveal, check out a first look at Batman artist Greg Capullo’s variant cover for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.

You can check out a bunch of more variants on our Dark Knight III cover image gallery.

The Dark Knight III goes on sale November 25th.

Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
Mini comic art by TBA
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
1:10 variant cover by KLAUS JANSON 
1:25 variant cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
1:50 variant cover by TBA
1:100 variant cover by FRANK MILLER 
1:500 variant cover by JIM LEE
1:5000 original sketch variant by JIM LEE
Blank variant cover
On sale NOVEMBER 25
32 pg comic: 6.375” x 10.1875” 
16 page minicomic: 5.5” x 8.5” 
FC, 1 of 8, $5.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with multiple covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

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DC Comics Ad Split Pages Confirmed

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It’s confirmed that DC Comics has split its comic book pages with ads.

Chris Burnham, artist on DC’s Batman Inc., received his comp copies a week early and tweeted a couple pics of the new layouts.

We see Twix ads with Nich Lachey (seriously? lol) are now positioned at the bottom half of the pages.

Batman artist Greg Capullo also appears to be not too happy.

The ads will begin to appear in next week’s DC titles. It’s unknown for how long the new format will continue.

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Advanced Review: Batman #40

There are tales in comics that truly reveal how the medium can transcend all others. These instances are swollen with theatrical imagery, drama and action sequences that exceed those of movie or television. Ones that put a microscope on the duality of heroism, eloquently portray the finality of man and grace us with inevitable quest for hope more than prose or poetry can. Tales that dazzle the senses with color and form, juxtaposition and layout more than any art museum could hope for. 

Scott Snyder’s Batman #40 is one of those tales.

The final chapter of “Endgame” is a stunning piece that will move readers. It is a cornucopia of themes, burrowing deeper into the mythos of Batman than Snyder has ever gone before. At moments you are careening down an unmanned roller coaster, a journey that will have you gasping for air then, suddenly, you are left completely breathless, hovering above it all not being able to believe where you are or how you came to be in this position. It is a story of life, the inevitability of death and the realization of who we are along the way. 

I have often called Scott Snyder the “modern day master of horror,” and I will again now. His portrayal of the Joker as a malevolent, undulating demigod of terror has become synonymous with horror on multiple levels and will surpass many incarnations from the past seventy-five years as THE Joker! But the fear in this book does not solely come from the Joker, it is deeper than that, even though Greg Capullo’s renderings of the “clown prince” and his Cheshire grin will always scare the hell out of me! It comes from Bruce and his final realization that he is not the man he always thought he was. It is that revelation that sometimes, even though we have fought so hard to believe otherwise, we were inevitably wrong about ourselves.

Scott Snyder has created a masterpiece of storytelling that will be beloved and despised like all great works are. He has taken a rich world and made it richer in just forty issues, a feat rarely seen in the medium today. He has taken risks and pushed a hero to the brink and beyond and I thank him for the nerve to give us something never seen before with such an iconic character. 

The beginning will ensnare you, the middle will enthrall you and the end will crush you. Who could ask for anything more?

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Todd McFarlane Reveals Spawn / Batman Crossover That Never Happened

Todd McFarlane recently took to his Facebook page to reveal art for a Spawn/Batman crossover that never happened.

Greg Capullo was going to be on art chores and even did a promo piece.

Check out the details:

Just like BIGFOOT…here’s that mysterious comic book creature, the Spawn – Batman crossover that NO ONE has EVER SEEN!!!!!

Years ago there was a deal for DC Comics and myself to do a cool Batman/Spawn cross-over book (for those not hip to comic lingo, that’s a book in which both characters are in the same issue). I to to have written and inked it, while a talented penciller, Greg Capullo, was going to draw it. for a variety of reasons (mostly on my shoulders) the book never got off the ground, but a few pages and promo pieces were done for it. Below is one such piece drawn by Greg and inked by myself.

*** This story is different than an earlier version of Spawn/Batman that Frank Miller wrote and I drew. ***

And in a bit of fate: Years later, Mr. Capullo would take over the artistic drawing reins for the caped crusader and he would be the next hot shot artist on DC Comics’ BATMAN comic! Which is usually at the top of the best selling comics each month (ably written by Scott Snyder).

Anyway, I came across this cool cover the other day and thought that it was too good not to share.

Enjoy.

TODD

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DC Comics To Return Batman To $3.99

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DC Comics recently informed retailers the price of Batman would go up a buck to $4.99 leading to mass internet hysteria.

Batman writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo followed up the news by letting fans know they have asked DC Comics to reduce the price.

Now Snyder has let it be known that DC Comics has listened to the fans and will be returning Batman to $3.99.

Snyder and Capullo’s Batman often tops the charts and is a consistent six-figure seller.

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Greg Capullo Responds To Batman Price Increase

Last night saw Scott Snyder respond to DC Comics raising the price of Batman to $4.99 an issue with the writer asking DC to reduce it.

Now the artist on the book, Greg Capullo, has taken to his Twitter account as well.

First Capullo retweeted a fan mentioning he is cancelling with the price increase.

Which was followed by a series of tweets from the artist as well as a reply from Snyder, and then a look at some art.

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Review: Batman #25

Scott Snyder continues to show us all that there are still plenty of amazing stories left to be told to broaden the mythos of the Caped Crusader, whether he dons the costume or not!

Though “the Bat” makes a minimal appearance this issue, Snyder weaves layer after layer of intrigue throughout his tale, building the richness of his two year take on the Batman to an even higher level than before.

The “Zero Year” storyline, that is making it’s way through several books this month, truly takes off in this issue. We have young Bruce dealing with the Riddler’s Gotham blackout and an even worse scenario of twisted death by a new threat that brings Jim Gordon face to face with Bruce. This part of the tale is where Snyder shines his brightest. He adds a level of mystery and intrigue to the tale that cannot be played out soon enough for ravenous readers. A mystery that harkens back to the day Bruce Wayne lost everything, a mystery that changes everything we knew, or thought we knew, about Bruce and Jim’s working relationship. It is something that I found unsettling, not because it is revealed, but because it is not and I NEED it to be!

This is not the only mystery that Snyder opens either. The tale is book ended by another, one that begins with a door and ends in fire, and is no less tantalizing than the other one. Plus, somehow, Snyder sneaks in some action sequences that have been flawlessly rendered by Greg Capullo, satisfying your “need for speed” in a book that is more about the building of a larger tale that pure action.

As the back-up tale goes, it was nice but by no means do you need to have it in this book. It is a subtle tale of a brother and sister having to deal with their own darkened corner of Gotham and realizing there is always a light when you need it most. Subtle and effective but not necessarily needed.

What is NEEDED is next month to get here to see what outstanding tale Scott Snyder has in store for us next!

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Review: Batman #21

When a new origin story is announced throughout the comic world, a resounding “Ugh!” can be heard almost everywhere. The venom is spewed even more vehemently when it pertains to an iconic character. So, when it was announced that Scott Snyder would be doing a definitive “origin” story for the New 52 Batman, you could feel the shudder creep across all aspects of the genre. But, in this case, it was a shudder of excitement!

Combined with Greg Capullo’s spectacular art, Snyder continues to build upon his vision of the Dark Knight, one that new readers and the most die hard of fans can agree upon as one of the best Batman runs in the past decade! 

Scott Snyder does not bring a razing to the old origin, in fact, it is done with reverence and integrity and handled with the utmost care. He brings iconic images from the Batman mythos – a coin, a car, a cane – into the tale to give a sense of nostalgia all the while creating his own niche to his ever widening classic tales of the Bat. He does not truly touch upon the continually told tale of the birth of the Batman, rather he weaves a tale within the tales of old to heighten them even further. From a boy’s love of Gotham, a young vigilante’s quest for order, to a hardened hero’s battle to bring life back to a broken city, Snyder creates a “look behind the curtain” tale of the life of one of the most iconic characters ever created.

It is heartwarming to see glimpses into a wide-eyed Bruce Wayne’s childhood, one where a father and son bond within the solidarity of a garage. And it is quite exciting seeing how that same boy grows to be a man fine tuning his driving skills in the back-up story by longtime collaborators James Tynion IV and Rafael Albuquerque. They are fantastic glimpses into the heart of a hero that builds upon the basic origin tale that has been told numerous times. But it is also these same glimpses, these finite moments that push that classic tale further than it has ever been before, stretching it from iconic to epic in a single issue!

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Batman: Zero Year Announced; Next Bat Event By Scott Snyder

Following the “Death of the Family” storyline that rocked that family of Batman titles, DC Comics has announced the next event from Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and co.

“Batman: Zero Year,” a new 11 issue event kicking off this Spring, will delve into Batman’s origins.

“It’s not ‘let’s redo the origin.’ It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52,” Scott Snyder reportsthe DC blog, The Source. “We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact. It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain … It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in The New 52. It builds up the mythology,”

“Batman: Zero Year” begins with Batman #21 in June.

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Review: Batman #17

This is it! The finale of the “Death Of The Family” arc, by the dynamic duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, has hit the shelves and everyone has been clamoring over just what the Joker has been planning for dinner!

A visually intense and emotionally jarring tale awaits you in the pages of Batman #17, one that fans will be heatedly discussing on whether the tale truly paid off or if it was just an ending filled with mediocrity. Personally, I thought it was a combination of both aspects. Part of me was satisfied with the way Snyder exposed the overall “death” of the family, creating a new and intriguing future for the “Bat” kids that has never been truly done before. Part of me was anxiously awaiting something horrifying and epic in scope that would exponentially change the characterization, tone and over all future for Bats. That part of me is still waiting for something that will never come and lies confused, broken and disappointed with the entire issue.

Portions of Snyder and Capullo’s tale resonate with me deeply while others left me wanting so much more than what was given. The coming crescendo of a masterful performance up to that point, fell flat. The build up to issue #17 was pitch perfect but the tale we were given within the finale seemed like it was done using a completely different character than the one that murdered an entire force of the G.C.P.D.in a matter of minutes! When faced with his obsession, the Joker crumbled into a character that we thought was buried under Snyder’s watch, never to return.

I have mixed emotions over this grand finale. Torn between awe and disappointment, I will admit that the final few pages were outstanding! A wrap up worthy of the entire arc that will leave a smile on your face, and you didn’t even need Joker gas to get it!

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Crazy Freaky Batman #13 Animated Cover Is Really Cool!

Check out the crazy and freaky animated Joker to Greg Capullo’s cover to Batman #13.

A user at Tumblr, ABVH, did the animation.

This is from the “Death in the Family” storyline going through the Batman family of books.

CBN’s own Chris Bushley recently gave us an in-depth recap with some possible outcomes of what the Joker is planning.

Anybody else wondering when something like this will be hitting the mainstream and end up as a special incetive comic book cover?

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