"Batman's" Gotham Was... Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Although they may be cutting it a little close, the folks at DC Collectibles are bringing some of Gotham’s most notorious to your door for Halloween with pumpkin-carving patterns inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.
If you’ve not already created your jack-o’-lanterns, here’s your chance to go rogue with The Riddler, Catwoman, Harley Quinn and the Creeper. (You can download the PDFs by clicking the photos on the DC Comics website.)
Even if you don’t care for the characterization of Batman’s greatest foes as foul-mouthed, trash-talking, crotch-grabbing street criminals, you have to appreciate the impressive (and hilarious) lyrics in this gangsta-rap parody “Straight Outta Gotham.”
I mean, come on, it drops a reference to actor Frank Whaley and the 1994 comedy-drama Swimming With Sharks. That has to count for something. But, seriously, this video is great — and definitely not safe for work. Or for home, if you have impressionable children that you would prefer didn’t embrace F-bombs (or, for that matter, the erratic filmography of Frank Whaley).
Batman’s rogues have always been a colorful lot, but more often than not, their long lists of offenses include crimes against fashion. Or at least they would, if only the Gotham City Police Department had the funding for a Sartorial Division.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker famously proclaimed “This town needs an enema,” but what Gotham really needs is a makeover of its costumed criminals. Luckily, Highsnobriety is here to help. The magazine enlisted artist David Murray to outfit five of Batman’s better-known foes — The Riddler, The Joker, Two-Face, Bane and Mr. Freeze — in key looks from the spring/summer 2015 men’s collections.
DC Collectibles has unveiled the third wave of action figures based on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — a wave that includes Batgirl.
Debuted at MTV, she’s joined by The Riddler, The Penguin and another Batman, this one based on his original BATS design. Announced in February, the line s0 far includes such characters Robin, Catwoman, The Joker and Poison Ivy.
The new figures, which include the pictured accessories, will be available beginning in July from DC Collectibles for $24.99 each.
In somehow-fitting turn of events, Batman and The Riddler dropped the gloves in a hockey game Saturday night celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader.
As we reported last month, East Coast Hockey League teams the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville (Indiana) IceMen donned Batman and Riddler jerseys, respectively, for a “Heroes Night” celebration. Afterward the jerseys were to be auctioned off afterward, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well.
When the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville IceMen next face off, it’ll be in a battle for Gotham City.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, Toledo’s East Coast Hockey League team is holding a “Heroes Night” celebration Nov. 22 that will see its players don a limited-edition Batman jersey reminiscent of the classic ’60s TV costume. Not to be outdone, the visiting IceMen will dress as The Riddler (sure, Mr. Freeze might’ve been the better choice, but might not have translated as well visually).
The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well. A limited number of replica Batman jerseys will be available beginning Nov. 3 at the Walleye’s store.
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.
Conventions | MCM London Comic Con have announced that 101,600 people attended the May 23-25 show, which is being dubbed “the largest event of its kind ever held in the U.K.” That figure represents an increase of more than 31,500 from the May 2013 installment, and 13,600 from the October show. [MCM London Comic Con]
Creators | Kyle Anderson talks to director John Carpenter and writer Eric Powell (The Goon) about Big Trouble in Little China, the BOOM! Studios comic that picks up where the movie left off. Powell talks about renting the movie as a kid: “My sister and I would always go in there, and we’d always need to get a funny one and a scary one. Big Trouble kind of covered both of those situations.” The comic debuts on June 4. [Entertainment Weekly]
DC Comics kicked off its Villains Month last week, as the evil opposites of the Justice League invaded the DC Universe, seemingly disposing of all the heroes and taking over the world.
Likewise, the villains have been taking over DC’s New 52 line of comic books, with the MIA heroes finding the covers of their books occupied by bad guys. Those are, of course, the collectible and somewhat-controversial (among retailers) 3D lenticular covers.
But as the case with books, we shouldn’t judge a comic by its cover, so let’s continue reviewing our way through the contents of the Villains Month issues. As with last week’s batch, I’m rating each book on a 10-point scale of how evil it is, with “Not Very Good” being the worst and “Absolute Evil” the best, and noting its connectivity to the Forever Evil crossover event that sparked the promotion in the first place.
Matt Cowan’s handle on DeviantArt is “Matt Can’t Draw”, which isn’t necessarily true. Sure, he is more of a designer, a conceptual artist, than a straight-up “drawer.” His latest series, “Sounds Like,” is possibly a thinly veiled dig at the lack of imagination of Hollywood casting departments. Or is it just an excuse to draw his favorite characters together?
In any case, check them out below. And if you harbor some irrational prejudice against DeviantArt, Cowan’s work is also posted to his Tumblr.
On my superhero fashion site Project: Rooftop, I’ve been talking up to the nth degree an amazing set of superhero redesigns by Italian artist Denis Medri. This artist has taken Gotham’s resident bad-boy billionaire and recast him as a 1950s greaser to amazing results. While Medri’s work might not be in line with the New 52, it harkens back to the best of DC Comics’ celebrated Elseworlds line of titles reimagining its heroes in different timelines and settings. Medri’s gone on to reinvent much of Batman’s cast in this model, with everything from a Betty Page-esque Catwoman and a poodle skirt-wearing Harley Quinn to a Rat Fink-worthy hot rod Batmobile.
Although the actual chances that DC would somehow accept this as a back-door pitch are slim to none, it does highlight the intriguing passion artists have for classic characters and just how enamored fans can be when their favorite heroes (and villains) are repositioned to alternative lives. While some might say its insular thinking, I think it broadens the core concepts of these timeless characters and shows just how versatile they can be.