DC Comics’ Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have created a tribute to Calvin and Hobbes starring Superman/Batman super villains Lex Luthor and the Joker, included in the 75th issue of Superman/Batman. Check out the whole strip after the jump.
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100 Bullets

Y: The Last Man was my gateway drug back into the world of comics after doing a stint in the superhero books in the early 1990’s. And while I loved superhero stories, I wasn’t that into superhero comics (or at least not the ones being published at the time) so I was hesitant to jump back into the world of colored pictures and word bubbles.

I use to listen to this podcast called Geekdrome, which some of you may recognize because frequent /Filmcast guest co-host and friend Dan Trachtenberg use to co-host before he went legit with the Totally Rad Show. Geekdrome has this feature called “Comics For People Who Don’t Like Comics” which would often recommend graphic novels outside of the tights and the capes genre. It was through these recommendations that I learned to love comics again. As I said above, first it was Y: The Last Man (which I recommend to anyone who has had trouble or just never tried reading comics) and then I jumped on a series called 100 Bullets.

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Could Two-Face Return For Dark Knight Sequel?

One of the biggest moments of contention in The Dark Knight involved the demise of Two-Face. Many fans believe that the half-burnt Bat villain is still alive as The Batman rides off into the light at the end of the film, but all the facts conflict with that theory.

  • The movie novelization reads “sprawled, neck twisted, the mutilated side of his face exposed, his left eye open and staring sightlessly. He was obviously dead.”
  • The screenplay reads “Dent lies at the bottom of the hole, his neck broken. DEAD.”
  • And even actor Aaron Eckhart has said in past interviews that “[Two-Face]’s dead. I asked Chris if there was a chance of coming back. ‘No way,’ he said. ‘He’s toast.'” Which is not just a confirmation from the actor but also the director.

But when asked by MTV News at tonight’s Golden Globes, Eckhart had a slightly different answer:

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Brian Azzarello’s Joker Graphic Novel

Eisner Award winner Brian Azzarello‘s (100 Bullets) Joker graphic novel hits store shelves on October 29th November 4th. Our friends at IO9 are calling it “a look at what The Joker did next” following The Dark Knight, which might not be entirely accurate, but we like the sound of it anyway. This might not be The Dark Knight sequel that everyone wants. In fact, the book’s original title Joker: The Dark Knight was nixed by the guys at Warner Bros. Brian told Newsarama that fans of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight are “gonna love our book” insisting that Nolan’s Joker and his Joker are “very, very eerily similar.”

Azzarello, known for writing hardcore violence into his comics, calls it “the most violent thing I’ve ever written.” Brian reteams with Lex Luthor: Man of Steel artist Lee Bermejo to “show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham.” The official book description reads:

After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds “his city” divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham’s most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman! Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker – you won’t want to miss this one!

Referencing Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke brings high expectations. I’ve often wondered why Azzarello’s 100 Bullets has yet to be turned into a television show or big screen movie. Personally, I’d love to see an HBO or Showtime series.

You can read the first four pages of Azzarello’s Joker on MySpace. The 128-page hardcover is available for preorder on Amazon for $13.59 (32% off the cover price of $19.99).

The Dark Knight’s Direct-to-DVD Anime

Batman Anime

Batmanonfilm has gotten their hands on a leaked info sheet for an yet-to-be-announced Batman anime project. The project would function much in the way that the Animatrix did for The Matrix films (which coincidentally was also released by Warner Bros).

The memo says that the project would consist of sic short stories which help bridge the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The PG-13 rated anthology will be geared to core fans and tween boys. The names supposedly attached to write the stories include: “Academy Award nominee Josh Olsen (The History of Violence), screenwriter of the Blade films and Batman Begins David Goyer, and famed comic book writer Brian Azzarello, amongst others.”

I’ve always found this type of intertwining extended movie world to be an interesting idea. I’m actually one of the few who liked the original Matrix video game, which connected the dots between the first and third films, and the Animatrix, using exclusive story footage shot with the film’s main actors as a reward to keep people playing. The quality of the connectivity between The Matrix properties can certainly be debated, but the idea was a good one. You can read the full Batman Anime memo at BOF.