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Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

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Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

Publisher: Insight Editions
Release Date – Oct. 29, 2019


Since his 1939 debut in the pages of Detective Comics, Batman has become an icon, instantly recognizable the world over. Through the years, Gotham City’s guardian has been interpreted in so many radically different ways that we all now have our own Batman. To some, he’s the colorful Caped Crusader who dispatches villains with a POW! To others, he’s the grim Dark Knight hell-bent on avenging the death of his parents. And to others still he’s made of LEGO, has great abs and likes to eat lobster thermidor!

BatmanIn celebration of the Dark Knight’s 80th Anniversary, this deluxe volume tells the complete story of Batman and the many forms he’s taken across comics, TV, animation, film, video games and beyond, to present a compelling portrait of one of the most recognizable and versatile characters in the history of fiction. Covering the complete history of Batman in vivid detail, the book features exclusive commentary from the key creatives who have been instrumental in building the Dark Knight’s ongoing legacy, including Neal Adams, Tim Burton, Paul Dini, Steve Englehart, Mark Hamill, Grant Morrison, Julie Newmar, Christopher Nolan, Denny O’Neil, Joel Schumacher, Scott Snyder and Zack Snyder.

Along with taking readers on an unparalleled journey into the creation of the most memorable Batman moments in the character’s eighty-year history—from the “Knightfall” comics arc to Tim Burton’s films and the Arkham video game series—the book offers incomparable access to the DC and Warner Bros. archives to deliver an avalanche of never-before-seen visual treasures that are guaranteed to blow the minds of Batman fans everywhere.

This book contains new writing and never-before-seen content, including a foreword by Michael Keaton, a preface from Dennis O’Neil, an introduction by Kevin Conroy, never-before-seen photography and concept art, along with sketches, animation cels, storyboards and much more! Filled with exclusive insert items, Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond, is the ultimate exploration of a true legend whose impact on our culture has no limits.


Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond
By James Harvey

It goes without saying, Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond is a book that you need to own, especially if you have any interest in Batman or the character’s storied history. As the title says, this book covers, well, nearly everything. Surprisingly thorough and even fairly up-to-date in terms of the character’s media status and comic book continuity,  Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond offers up everything you need to know on Batman’s impressive 80-year career, shining a signal on both his biggest events and some of his not-so-well-known adventures.

Written by Andrew Farago and Gina McYntir, Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond not only delivers on the lofty premise of its title, but actually exceeds expectations. Not every era or iteration gets the same amount of coverage, but the authors offer up an commendable balance of the bigger events coupled with some of the more lesser-known happenings of the Caped Crusader. The book is split into chapters covering either a specific spin or time period of The Dark Knight, and is laid out in a mostly chronological order, though some chapters focusing on a specific aspect of Batman’s history cause the book to slightly jump around (the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher content, for example). There’s a wealth of knowledge on display here, and it’s a safe bet most readers will be hit with a fair amount of new details from Batman’s assorted multi-media career.

While the book does cover the different cowls Batman has worn over the decades, the character’s four-color origins remain the base for this tome, which serves as a nice connective tissue throughout. Even though the book does end on some of the character’s more recent interpretations (Gotham, the DC Extended Universe), Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond never forgets where this all began. What’s impressive about this book is how, given the 80 years covered here, not only is the coverage balanced, but it’s easy to digest and never over-whelming. There’s a clear appreciation for the character here, so the book never feels like a history lesson but instead a testament to the icon’s incredible cultural impact. It’s an engaging read no matter how familiar one may be with Batman, which is commendable given the 400-ish page count.

Every era of Batman, on the page or otherwise, is given its proper due here. Whether it’s the dark avenger from the 1930s, the upbeat super-hero from the 1960s, the established vigilante of the 1980s and 1990s, up to the refreshed, rebirth-ed armored crime-fighter of today, all of the character’s different portrayals are laid out and, especially in the context of a book such as this, it’s fascinating to see how the character has evolved over the years. His assorted comics over the decades – Batman and Detective Comics, along with his assorted spin-off books and team titles – get plenty of ink, as do key storylines from throughout the years (think “Death in the Family,” “Knightfall,” “The Court of Owls,” “The Dark Knight Returns,” “The Killing Joke,”No Man’s Land,” and so on). Looking at all these events captured and broken down in one book makes you appreciate just how many changes and events Batman has endured during his publishing history. Naturally, given how big some of these events are, be it in terms of storytelling or the impact on Batman’s pop culture status, some do get dedicated chapters (like The Dark Knight Returns), while other are grouped together primarily on their placement in the timeline (Tim Burton’s Batman gets a chapter to itself, for example, and rightfully so, as does Batman: The Animated Series).

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That said, there’s a notable lack of coverage concerning all the action figures and similar collectibles that Batman has inspired over the year. An odd oversight, but by no means is it a major blow to the book, just unfortunate (though likely with a legitimate reason why).

For what’s included, nearly all of it is supported with a wealth of supplemental materials and inserts. Batman’s introductory story in Detective Comics #27 is reprinted here in a slightly larger than standard comic trim size insert, and it looks great. To offer a small taste, the book also offers up the 1950s Batmobile schematics, select storyboards from the Batman-centric The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians episode “The Fear,” Batman: Year One script pages, character designs from the movies, and much more. There’s behind-the-scenes photos, character and costume designs, storyboards, sketches and much much more. There’s one particular insert at the very end of the book that is cool, so neat, that I don’t want to spoil it here. And all of this is on top of a cool foreword by Michael Keaton, a history-laden preface by Dennis O’Neil and a wonderful introduction by Kevin Conroy (coupled with a fantastic full-page splash of the Dark Knight from Batman: The Animated Series). They’re all extremely well-written and the perfect way to set the tone of this massive tome.

All this incredible content is housed in an attractive, and surprisingly heavy, oversized package. It’s a big, weighty book, make no mistake, but it’s thankfully binded in a way that doesn’t make it cumbersome or awkward to read. It lays out flat and is easy to flip through. The overall design of the book too is attractive, with simple, themed page layouts and some fantastic cover artwork by John Guydos that succinctly encapsulates the Dark Knight’s history across page and screen. The comic book version of Batman appropriately looms over all the different media interpretations that have sprung forth since Detective Comics #27. It’s admittedly cool to see all these different versions of Batman share the same cover.

Like the cover, the book essentially tells Batman’s story throughout the decades both on the page and in the real world. Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond takes us from his early, scrappy beginnings to his current status as an icon known around the world, and it makes for an interesting and at-times fascinating read. To watch the character evolve throughout the decades is engaging and, even if we know where this journey may (hopefully) never end, it’s still a page-turner. There’s a level of respect on display here by the authors, who make sure that nearly every aspect of the character’s legacy is given it’s due. Even some of the lesser moments are given their due in a way that isn’t disrespectful or mocking, which is a testament to Farago and McYntir’s thoughtful approach to the material. 

A massive love letter to Batman’s 80-year history, both on and off the page,Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond is an impressive release from Insight Editions. Everything about this book, from the content within to its overall design and presentation, is top-notch. Not only is it a book that every Batman fan should add to their collection, but for those new to the character, it’s an incredible summation of the Dark Knight’s first 80 years. And, equally important, it’s just as well-written as it is meticulously researched. There’s an undeniable flow from paragraph to paragraph that makes this book nearly impossible to put it down, even with it clocking in at around 400 pages. Even at the suggested retail price of $75, this book is worth every penny (and it’s the ideal gift for yourself or for the Bat-fan in your life). No question about it, this is a book needs to be in your collection. Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight In Comics, Film & Beyond is a Must Own!

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Please note that while Insight Editions provided a copy of this book for review, that did not impact or influence the product’s final assessment.

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First “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” Clips, “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,” “Batman Beyond” Cast, Crew Appearing At NYCC

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided details of cast and crew members from the DC Universe Movie Wonder Woman: Bloodlines and the classic animated series Batman Beyond who will be appearing at New York Comic Con 2019. The annual convention will host the world premiere of the DC Universe Movie Wonder Woman: Bloodlines and hold a panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of Batman Beyond. Additionally, the studio has also provided two clips from Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, both of which are available to view in the players below. Continue on for video, press details and further information on both Wonder Woman: Bloodlines and Batman Beyond!

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES
BATMAN BEYOND on BLU-RAY,
WORLD PREMIERE of WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES
AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2019

ROSARIO DAWSON, KEVIN CONROY, WILL FRIEDLE,
ADRIENNE C. MOORE, MARIE AVGEROPOULOS,
MOZHAN MARNO, LAUREN TOM, COURTENAY TAYLOR
AMONG CONFIRMED TALENT

WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES
CAST & FILMMAKERS SIGNING AT DC BOOTH


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) returns to New York Comic Con with two spotlight events – the World Premiere of the latest DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Batman Beyond and its upcoming remastered release on Blu-ray – over the October 3-6, 2019 weekend at the Javits Center.

Presentations will include a film premiere and never-before-seen remastered footage, discussions with production/acting talent, a special autograph signing, and exclusive prizes for inquisitive fans. Both of the WBHE panels will be held on NYCC’s Main Stage.

The cast and filmmakers of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be hosting an autograph signing – on exclusive-to-NYCC mini-posters – on Friday, October 4 from 4:00-4:45pm.

Here’s a breakdown of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment panels at New York Comic Con (names in bold are confirmed to attend):

Friday, October 4 – 7:45-9:45 – Main Stage
World Premiere of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC and Warner Bros. Animation invite New York Comic Con attendees to experience the World Premiere of the latest DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. In the film, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder! See the film, then stay for an entertaining panel discussion with stars and filmmakers. Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin, Rent, Luke Cage) returns as the voice of Wonder Woman for the sixth time, leading a sensational Wonder Woman: Bloodlines voice cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan (Fargo, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor, Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100) as Silver Swan, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange Is the New Black) as Etta Candy, Kimberly Brooks (DC Super Hero Girls, Mass Effect, Winx Club) as The Cheetah & Giganta, Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show, Fallout 4) as Dr. Poison, Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards) as Veronica Cale, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Julia Kapatelis, Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Arrow) as Ferdinand, Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats) as Hippolyta, and Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards) as Dr. Cyber. Producer Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) and Justin Copeland (Batman: Hush) co-direct from a script by Mairghread Scott (Justice League Action). James Tucker (Batman: Hush) is executive producer. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents Wonder Woman: Bloodlines on Digital starting October 5, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 22, 2019.

Sunday, October 6 – 1:45-2:45pm
Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for super hero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary and its upcoming remastered Blu-ray box set release with key members of the Batman Beyond creative team, led by the voices of Batman, Terry McGinnis and Dana Tan – Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible) and Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hill) – alongside producer Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series), director James Tucker (The Death of Superman, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines) and some potential surprise guests. Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Deluxe Limited Edition box set arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 15, 2019, and in a stunning Blu-ray box set on October 29, 2019.

WBHE panels will be live-streamed for fans unable to make the trek to New York. Please check the NYCC website (www.newyorkcomiccon.com) for streaming details.

Click here for more details on the upcoming physical and digital media release of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and keep an eye right here at The World’s Finest for additional content. The next installment in the DC Universe Movie line, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will hit Digital on October 5, 2019 and physical media on October 22, 2019. Continuing, click here for details on the Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series – Limited Edition Blu-ray collection. Also, for more the acclaimed animated series, be sure check out the dedicated Batman Beyond subsite right here at The World’s Finest. Content on the site includes reviews, exclusive interviews and production material, image galleries, videos and much more. Click on the link below to discuss this news.

Discuss this news at The DC Animation Forum!

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Clip, Images From Batman’s Upcoming “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” Appearance

The classic DC Comics character Batman is scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? animated series. Airing on Cartoon Network and streaming on the Boomerang app, the series finds The Mystery Inc. gang bringing in a new guest star each week to help solve a mystery. Batman will appear in the episode “What a Night For a Dark Knight!,” which will debut September 19, 2019 on the Boomerang streaming service and September 30, 2019 on Cartoon Network. Warner Bros. Animation has provided The World’s Finest with a clip and a selection of images, available below.




Batman and Scooby


Batman and Scooby



The episode is described as follows:

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
What a Night For a Dark Knight!
When Scooby and the gang come to Gotham City to visit Alfred Pennyworth, they stumble into a dangerous mystery! Alfred’s been kidnapped by the Man-Bat! Batman is on the case and he does not want any help from our meddling kids.

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? “What a Night For a Dark Knight!” will debut September 19, 2019 on the Boomerang streaming service and September 30, 2019 on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for further animation updates right here at The World’s Finest!

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Releases “Batman Beyond,” “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” New York Comic Con Details

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided details for its presence at New York Comic Con 2019, specifically for the world premiere of the DC Universe Movie Wonder Woman: Bloodlines and a panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of Batman Beyond. Both panels will feature appearances by their respective cast and crew. Continue below for press details.

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES
BATMAN BEYOND on BLU-RAY,
WORLD PREMIERE of WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES
AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2019

Wonder Woman Batman Beyond

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) returns to New York Comic Con with two spotlight events – the World Premiere of the latest DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Batman Beyond and its upcoming remastered release on Blu-ray – over the October 3-6, 2019 weekend at the Javits Center.

Presentations will include a film premiere and never-before-seen remastered footage, discussions with production/acting talent, a special autograph signing, and exclusive prizes for inquisitive fans. Both of the WBHE panels will be held on NYCC’s Main Stage.

Here’s a breakdown of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment panels at New York Comic Con:

Friday, October 4 – 7:45-9:45 – Main Stage
World Premiere of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC and Warner Bros. Animation invite New York Comic Con attendees to experience the World Premiere of the latest DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. In the film, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder! See the film, then stay for an entertaining panel discussion with stars and filmmakers. Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin, Rent, Luke Cage) returns as the voice of Wonder Woman for the sixth time, leading a sensational Wonder Woman: Bloodlines voice cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan (Fargo, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor, Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100) as Silver Swan, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange Is the New Black) as Etta Candy, Kimberly Brooks (DC Super Hero Girls, Mass Effect, Winx Club) as The Cheetah & Giganta, Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show, Fallout 4) as Dr. Poison, Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards) as Veronica Cale, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Julia Kapatelis, Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Arrow) as Ferdinand, Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats) as Hippolyta, and Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards) as Dr. Cyber. Producer Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) and Justin Copeland (Batman: Hush) co-direct from a script by Mairghread Scott (Justice League Action). James Tucker (Batman: Hush) is executive producer. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents Wonder Woman: Bloodlines on Digital starting October 5, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 22, 2019.

Sunday, October 6 – 1:45-2:45pm
Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for super hero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary and its upcoming remastered Blu-ray box set release with key members of the Batman Beyond creative team, led by the voices of Batman, Terry McGinnis and Dana Tan – Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible) and Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hill) – alongside producer Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series), director James Tucker (The Death of Superman, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines) and some potential surprise guests. Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Deluxe Limited Edition box set arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 15, 2019, and in a stunning Blu-ray box set on October 29, 2019.

WBHE panels will be live-streamed for fans unable to make the trek to New York. Please check the NYCC website (www.newyorkcomiccon.com) for streaming details.

Click here for more details on the upcoming physical and digital media release of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, and keep an eye right here at The World’s Finest for additional content. The next installment in the DC Universe Movie line, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will hit Digital on October 5, 2019 and physical media on October 22, 2019. Continuing, click here for details on the Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series – Limited Edition Blu-ray collection. Also, for more the acclaimed animated series, be sure check out the dedicated Batman Beyond subsite right here at The World’s Finest. Content on the site includes reviews, exclusive interviews and production material, image galleries, videos and much more. Click on the link below to discuss this news.

Discuss this news at The DC Animation Forum!

You can also share your thoughts on social media via The World’s Finest Twitter and Facebook pages!

“Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters” Clips Released, Available To Own August 20, 2019

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided two from Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters, the all-new animated feature hitting DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on August 20, 2019. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD releases of Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters feature an 84-piece LEGO Mini Ultimate Batmobile premium set, available while supplies last. Check out the clips in the players below, along with additional details for the animated movie.






The first clip features the entire Bat-family in action, including Troy Baker (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: Arkham Origins) as the voice of Batman, Alyson Stoner (Phineas and Ferb) as Batgirl, Scott Menville (Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Robin, Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible) as Nightwing, Nolan North (Young Justice) as Alfred, and Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Batwoman. The second clips has Red Hood (voiced by Jason Spisak of Young Justice fame) delivering the classic villain monologue to the Bat-family, including Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, Alfred and Batwoman. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters as follows:

Suspicion is on high after Batman, Batgirl, Robin and other Super Heroes receive mysterious invitations. However, family values must remain strong when Batman and his team encounter the villainous Red Hood, who is obsessed with destroying the Bat-family and all of Gotham City.

Lego DC: Batman – Family Mattersarrives DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on August 20, 2019. Stay tuned for select further coverage on Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters right here at The World’s Finest!

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