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[Editor’s note: Every Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss “The best in comics from the last seven days” — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
The first official image of Superman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was released! As a huge fan of the Big Blue Boy Scout, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Not for the movie, which kinda seems like a mess. No, I’m excited because once again the internet is abuzz over what Superman should or shouldn’t be. Should he be the grim protector of the night as portrayed in the poster or in Zack Snyder’s fondest dreams? Or should he be the brightly colored Silver Age symbol of the outdated notions of Truth, Justice, and the American way? Maybe he should be Electric Blue Superman? (Just kidding. No one likes Electric Blue Superman.)
In my case, the first salvos have already been fired about turning this into a meme. The Ben Affleck photo of Batman standing next to his ride already launched a pretty amusing “Sad Batman” meme. What heights can the Man of Steel attain? Graphic designer Lee Binding has already decided to cheer up poor Clark with a smile and some balloons. It’s already a huge improvement!
Pete Holmes is on a superhero streak this week: After giving Logan his walking papers as Professor X in “Ex-Men: Wolverine,” the comedian returns to his periodic College Humor role as a dimwitted, foul-mouthed, Bale-voiced Badman in “Batman vs. Superman.”
This time, he’s approached by the Man of Steel to put their differences aside and work together, a proposition that perplexes the Dark Knight.
The Internet virtually ripped in two when Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck as its new Batman, with message boards, social media and comment sections exploding with opinions on whether or not the Oscar-winning director has the acting chops to do the Dark Knight justice, much less convincingly go toe-to-toe in an all-out battle with Superman.
And while we’re still a good two years away from finding out how well the actor fills the boots left vacant by the departing Christian Bale, Affleck’s casting isn’t done upsetting the cosmic balance just yet. Yesterday, Good Job Brain, a podcast dedicated to quiz shows and trivia, tweeted a photo illustrating how something as simple as casting a new Batman can have implications that reach far beyond the world of comics and film … to family game night.
Whether you think Warner Bros.’ selection of Ben Affleck as Batman is the worst franchise casting since Arnold Schwarzenegger donned blue paint as Mr. Freeze, or if, like Matt Damon, you think all of the grousing is ridiculous, RedBubble.com has a T-shirt for you!
Designed by robinzson, the shirt comes in two designs, both mimicking the logo of the 1960s TV series: “Batman: The Dark Horse RISES!,” with “Affleck” where “Batman” should be, and “Batman: The Dark Horse!,” features the no symbol. They’re $24.54 each.
Warner Bros.’ announcement of a “Batman vs. Superman” sequel to Man of Steel at Comic-Con International triggered a 161 percent surge in digital sales of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns in July, setting a record for a full-priced DC Entertainment digital title, Variety reports.
The publisher previously mentioned “a huge jump in month-over-month [digital] sales” of Frank Miller’s pioneering 1986 work, but didn’t offer more than that. Like most publishers, DC doesn’t reveal actual sales figures for either print or digital.
The influential four-issue miniseries brings an aging Batman out of retirement a decade after the death of Jason Todd to save Gotham from sinking deeper into decay and lawlessness. With the help of a new, female Robin, Carrie Kelly, the Dark Knight ends the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city and confronts two of his greatest enemies. But then he must face his former ally Superman in a battle that only one will survive.
Although Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was quick to caution at Comic-Con that the sequel wouldn’t be an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, actor Harry Lennix read dialogue from the book — “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat” — and Miller was reportedly set to meet with the filmmaker.
In the latest installment of How It Should Have Ended’s “Super Cafe,” coffee-drinking chums Superman and Batman turn their attention to Warner Bros.’ recently announced Man of Steel sequel, which will probably be called either Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman.
Of course, Man of Steel: The Punch From Space That Exploded Batman’s Internal Organs would work just fine, too.