Batman 75th anniversary

2014 is the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular superheroes: Batman. The character has been imagined, reimagined, rebooted, redressed and revered for the better part of eight decades. This year, DC has a lots of big plans for The Dark Knight. One of those was a big panel at WonderCon 2014 featuring some of the men responsible for carrying the cape and cowl legacy for the past few decades.

Below, check out a full 30 minute video of the WonderCon Batman 75th anniversary panel featuring Kevin Conroy, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Peter Girardi, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Read More »

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Darwyn Cooke Batman Beyond

We have a new bit of Darwyn Cooke Batman Beyond animation!

Fifteen years ago, comic book writer/artist Darwyn Cooke had a hand in creating the opening titles for the show Batman Beyond. The show was a follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. It pushed the story timeline forward to 2039. At that point Bruce Wayne’s health is failing, and he passes the Batman identity to young Terry McGinnis. The show debuted in 1999 and ran only through 2001. But the McGinnis character has endured.

Now, as part of DC and WB’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Cooke has come up with a new one-minute Batman Beyond short. While this new bit has a limited runtime, it brings Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle back to their roles as an aged Bruce Wayne and his young protege Terry McGinnis. Most of the action here is simply that: action. But there’s a neat nod to Alien, and an ending that gives fans of various Batman incarnations something to look at.   

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We all know Star Wars so well that whenever there’s a new interpretation or spin, it’s always kind of fun. When that new interpretation features some of the most famous and recognizable voice actors in the world reading the entire script interchanging characters and dialogue with some of their own, it’s really, really fun.

That’s what happened earlier this year at Emerald City Comic Con as some of the best known voice actors in the world read the script of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as different characters throughout their careers. The full video is after the jump and it features Billy West (Crank Yankers, Ren & Stimpy, Futurama), Tara Strong (Rugrats, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony), Maurice LaMarche (Inspector Gadget, Transformers, Futurama), John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time, Boondocks), Kevin Conroy (Batman, Adventure Time), Jess Harnell (Pixar, Transformers) and Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pinky & The Brain). Read More »

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