Category Archives: Batman
With the debut of the 1966 Batman television series, a craze of camp swept through pop culture, especially comic books, and would infect the world for more than a few years. Whether you lived through this era, or it’s brand new to you, this is the book that has it all: Hero-A-Go-Go! from TwoMorrows, a swinging journey through nostalgia for pop culture and comics fans alike!
It’s going to be a big battle at the box office this weekend, as three diverse new releases are looking to make an impact. Which will be number one? Here’s our prediction:
The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett as the voice of the Caped Crusader, a part he played to outstanding effect in The LEGO Movie back in 2014. This standalone film is absolutely outstanding (the Princess and I battled a cough and migraine respectively and took in an early evening Thursday screening), and is arguably the best film featuring Batman since The Dark Knight. The characterization is spot on and, though done with tongue somewhat in cheek, captures both the heart and the darkness that makes the character so iconic. For longtime fans, there are also some hidden and some not-so-hidden easter eggs that will definitely make you laugh out loud. The film should appeal to older and younger audiences alike, and will no doubt be the pick for families heading out to theatres this weekend. Look for The LEGO Batman Movie to debut in first place with $75 million.
Whether you’re into films or video games or both, there have been lots of great DC releases out this past year. You can’t go wrong with getting any of these for the fan in your life, regardless of how familiar they are with the stories or characters.
I can’t recommend this collection highly enough for a few reasons. First, let’s start off simply by saying how great this series is, especially at telling the story of a 21st-century Batman. It has certainly stood the test of time from its late 1990s debut, and I say this as someone who just began watching it via this new set from Warner Brothers. Secondly, this is an economically sound way to get the three-season run of a show that was just as strong as the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series, which it is connected to in no small part by the voice of Kevin Conroy as an aged out Caped Crusader who takes teenage Terry McGinnis under his wing. Absolutely essential.
So, if you’re like me, you might be thinking about what to get yourself this coming holiday season. Heck, why not treat yourself to something on the upcoming Black Friday? You’ve been good this year.
Or, maybe, you just don’t need any justification to “look after number one”. Any old day will do.
If that’s the case, “any old day” is today.
And the treat?
The treat is as classic as classic comes in the history of the comic book medium.
The treat today is the classic, the gorgeous, the absolutely necessary in any collection, Absolute Batman: Year One!
With it being a long weekend, many have set aside this day to bring their kids. And of course, the cos-players are still out in full effect at the convention, and those that thought they had enough yesterday are coming back today because they’ve realized that do want that one last thing, after all.
That makes Sunday, the fourth day, a pretty busy day inside the hallways and room of the Metropolitan Convention Centre.
Me? I’ve done my scouting over the last few days. And now I’m looking to hit some of the vintage vendors for some old time comics and graphic novels. Things that tickle my fancy, things to add to my collection.
So, from 10 AM to 5 PM today, here’s what Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out on Fan Expo Canada Day 4:
And today’s marathon lasts from 10 AM to 7 PM and it will have you shoulder to shoulder with thousands – THOUSANDS – of other pop culture participants!
Saturday, Day 3 of Fan Expo Canada, is the busiest of the three days. And although that might mean some longer line-ups, it also means amazing atmosphere. The cos-players are out in full force today, so you’ll be seeing every character from comic book and Star Wars lore to video games, anime and manga. Needless to day, it makes for fantastic visuals!
Best of all, if you’re a shopper, you should start to see the beginnings of discounted items later this afternoon. Regardless, haggle anyway. Believe me, you’ll be successful in bringing a price down!
Besides the shopping and the sightseeing, here’s what Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out on Fan Expo Canada Day 3:
How are your feet? Wearing comfortable shoes? Good. How’s your back? Is the strap on your pack strong enough to carry a heavy load of books, toys and other weighty paraphernalia? Excellent. You’re very nearly prepped.
Today begins Day 2 of Fan Expo Canada – and it’s the first of the two longest days of the pop culture convention operation, starting at 10:00 AM and running until 7:00 PM.
If you didn’t get a chance to make a run to those exclusives tables, make sure you do it first thing this morning – they’re not going to be around much longer. And if you want original art from some of your favourite pencillers and painters in Artist Alley, take it from me and do it now.
Here’s what Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out on Fan Expo Canada Day 2:
When Ben Affleck was first announced as portraying Batman in the recent DC Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, plenty of Batman fans expressed outrage. It was just a few years after Christian Bale hung up his cowl there was yet another version of the Caped Crusader hitting cinemas? Not to mention that contingent of fans who were still invested in Michael Keaton as Bats (or George Clooney… or Val Kilmer… I mean, those people exist, right?).
What about those old school diehards who still think Adam West was the best Batman of all time? (Hey, there’s room for all of us in the Batverse!) Well, good news, Batfans! There’s a new movie with Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. And if you’re wondering how much CGI it will take to erase 50 years, there’s an answer: none.
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In June, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Batman: Arkham VR to excitement from fans all over the world. If you haven’t witnessed first-hand what it’s like to become Batman, then the newest trailer for Batman: Arkham VR will give you a glimpse of what players are calling the closest you’ll ever get to stepping into the role of the World’s Greatest Detective.
In this first Dark Knight virtual reality experience, you’ll descend into the Batcave, don the cowl and immerse yourself in Gotham City and Wayne Manor like never before.
Batman: Arkham VR is the winner of the first ever E3 Game Critics Award for Best VR Game. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham VR is based on DC’s core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system with PlayStation®VR in October 2016 for MSRP of $29.99.
Maybe it’s the dad in me, but I found Batman: The Killing Joke, the latest DC Animated film and an adaptation of the classic Alan Moore/Brian Bolland story, to be incredibly pointless and at points, ridiculously offensive. All of this is mainly because of the first 30 minutes or so of the film, which seems to take a hell of a lot of glee in turning the character of Batgirl into a whining, petulant and misguiding apprentice. What the fuck?