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Never has Gotham’s seedy underworld looked as cuddly as it does right now.
Funko has announced it’s adding Fox’s Gotham to its Pop! Heroes line, which already includes vinyl figures based on fellow DC Comics-based television shows Arrow and The Flash.
Who needs the World’s Greatest Detective when you have the Loughborough Police?
While conducting a raid last week, police in the English town uncovered the Gotham sign stolen in March 2014. Although Batman fans had been the prime suspects — they frequently visit the sleepy Nottinghamshire village to have photos taken beside the sign — BBC News reports the culprit appears to have been a local man.
After drawing widespread attention last week for its effort to block singer Rihanna from trademarking “Robyn,” DC Comics has turned its attention to Gotham.
In documents filed Tuesday, and first reported by Pirated Thoughts, DC has asked the United States Trademark and Patent Office to reject an attempt by software company Palantir Technologies to register “Gotham” as the name of a computer program. As the law blog notes, the product was previously referred to as “Palantir Gotham,” but for unknown reasons the company decided to drop the first half of the name, thereby attracting the watchful eyes DC’s attorneys.
Although you may not be ready to save the galaxy, you will be able to save your change in this Green Lantern battery vinyl bank from Diamond Select Toys.
Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the bank is based on the Green Lantern power battery shown in the Justice League animated series. There’s a coin slot and top and and access door in the base. Presumably you’re required to recite the Green Lantern Oath each time you take own money. Set to arrive in October, it’s available for preorder now.
Diamond Select Toys has announced its first wave of action figures based on the Fox drama Gotham, set to debut in July at Comic-Con International.
“We’re doing a line with no Batman,” Diamond Select President Chuck Terceira said in a statement to TV Insider. “We’ll make a Bruce Wayne, but the show’s magic is that its heroes are the civilian or villain characters who have always surrounded Batman.”
Following in the footsteps of Mark Hamill, Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor throws his weight behind Free Comic Book Day, playing up both the in-store events and the books as inspiration for many popular adaptations.
“So many movies and TV shows are based on comic books,” says the actor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot on the Fox drama, “so you can go and, like, find out where all these amazing characters came from … I would know.”
Wytches artist Jock, who earlier created scene-transition illustrations for a Gotham TV spot, returns to the city’s gritty streets for an ad spotlighting the Fox drama’s breakout character: Oswald Cobblepot, as played by Robin Lord Taylor.
“Gotham needs me,” states The Penguin, the master manipulator. “I am its future.”
Just as The CW’s Arrow launched The Flash, and Smallville before them attempted to spawn Aquaman, it seems likely that Fox will eventually look to introduce a spinoff of Gotham. Although I’d vote for The Penguin – or, better still, The Adventures of Gertrud Kapelput — The Warp Zone delves deeper into the prequel formula for its Batman parody trailer Gotham Begins.
And if that concept doesn’t go far enough into the Dark Knight’s backstory, well, they have you covered …
Political cartoons | Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, who was acquitted last month on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks out: “It’s a well known fact that Erdogan is trying to repress and isolate the opponents by reshaping the laws and the judiciary and by countless prosecutions and libel suits against journalists.” Kart faced a possible penalty of nine years in prison if he had been found guilty, and it’s not clear the case is over yet, as Erdogan could appeal the acquittal.“Unfortunately, day by day, life is getting harder for independent and objective journalists in Turkey,” Kart said. [Index on Censorship]
Political cartoons | Syrian Kurdish cartoonist Dijwar Ibrahim talks about his anti-ISIS cartoons, which are on exhibit in Iraq. [Al-Shorfa]
If you’re one of those people who waits until the day of the big Halloween party to start thinking about a costume, you should probably go ahead and print these out now: Courtesy of Fox’s Gotham, they’re paper masks of The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and Fish Mooney (although they appear somewhat older than they do on the television series).
Of course, if you don’t have a party to go to, or little trick-or-treaters to escort, you could always wear these while you watch the TV show, but that’d be creepy.
This fall has been particularly exceptional television adaptations: The Walking Dead season premiere pulled in more than 17 million viewers, while more than 8 million watched the first episode Gotham, making it Fox’s best fall drama debut in 14 years. More than 6 million raced to see The Flash pilot, giving The CW its highest ratings ever. About 5 million are regularly tuning in for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and nearly 3 million for the third season of Arrow.
It’s not limited to live-action series, either: 2 million people watch Teen Titans Go!, and more than 1 million tune in to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon.
On the big screen, all four feature films starring Marvel characters — X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — each grossed more than $700 million each worldwide. So far, comic book movies have generated more than $3.8 billion dollars this year. While it’s unknown how many of those dollars are from repeat viewings, that’s still a lot of people.
With the release last week of Princess Ugg #4, writer/artist Ted Naifeh cleared some time in his schedule to discuss the ongoing Oni Press series. After years spent with Courtney Crumrin, the creator moves into new territory by combining barbarian adventure with a princess finishing school to create a social satire/adventure tale.
While I had read the first few issues in preparation for our discussion, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to learn Naifeh created the character out of a desire to “play with Frazetta-style barbarian fantasy.” That turns out to be just one aspect of his work I was delighted to learn about, has his candor about the creator/editor dynamics also proved informative.
Superheroes are all the rage these days. They’ve already conquered the multiplex, and now they’re poised to conquer the small screen. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. A lot of fans are already a bit wary these days, what with The Flash and Constantine joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow as TV shows based on comic properties. And that’s not even counting the upcoming Agent Carter, the online streaming projects and the potential Supergirl show. It’s cause for both much excitement and much anxiety.
Perhaps nothing carried a bigger bull’s eye on its back than FOX’s Gotham. Pitched as a look at Gotham before there was a Batman, the show already faced several significant hurdles. There was the fact that it was coming right off the very successful Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. There were the stories of extensive retooling of the pilot to shoehorn even more villains-before-they-were-villains cameos (Edward Nygma, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman, specifically). And there were the fans who’d been looking forward to a Gotham Central show, but were becoming increasingly disheartened when it became more and more apparent that the show wasn’t going to do that.
Although we can never be assured that a film or television adaptation of Batman will be any good, there is one safe bet: It will likely include a depiction of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne in Crime Alley (slow-motion shot of a broken string of pearls tumbling to the pavement optional, but preferred).
Gotham, which premiered Monday on Fox, was of course no exception, spurring Vulture to compile a supercut of the Waynes dying on screen, from Super Friends and Tim Burton’s Batman to Batman Begins and Batman: Arkham Origins. I imagine this is what Bruce Wayne’s nightmares look like.
Fox’s upcoming drama Gotham of course borrows heavily from 75 years of DC Comics history, with its own take on characters like James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Catwoman, The Riddler and Bruce Wayne. And, as anyone who’s seen any of the promo spots likely noticed, it also co-opts comic book imagery, most noticeable in the shots of Martha Wayne’s broken pearl necklace and young Bruce screaming in the alley between the bodies of his parents.
But in the latest promo, called “Heroes Aren’t Born, They’re Forged,” Fox uses actual images created by a comic artist — former Detective Comics artist Jock, who’s responsible for perhaps the most iconic Joker cover in recent memory. His contribution to the TV spot is three beautiful scene-transition illustrations, featuring the aforementioned alley shot, a determined young Bruce and a sniveling Oswald Cobblepot.
You can see the other two pieces, and the promo spot, below. Gotham premieres Sept. 22 on Fox.