Warner Bros. Entertainment And DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have issued a press release announcing initial details for the company’s plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first comic book appearance. Plans include multiple home video release, animated features, and special initiatives. Since his creation and first published appearance, Batman has become arguably the most popular comic book character across the world. Highlights from the press release include special promotions for upcoming Batman-centric animated movie titles Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham, new DC Nation animated shorts by Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke, and special home video releases. Further details and the first look at the Batman 75 commemorative logo can be found below.

Warner Bros. Entertainment And DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

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Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary

To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero. Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame. There will also be 75th anniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become the world’s most popular Super Hero and dominate all media. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.

“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on Batman than any other comic book character. In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever. Batman consistently breaks records in every incarnation of his character and remains the gold standard by which all other comic book sales are measured.

“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans. He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

The first published adventure of The Bat-Man (as he was then known) was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story. The character was so successful, that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the Caped Crusader’s adventures, Batman #1, hit newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

Now, DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Pictures, Television, Animation, Interactive Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary 75th anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products.

The new commemorative logo, also released today across social media and websites, takes its cue from the famed Bat symbol, and features block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out on Batman-related promotions, products and initiatives.

Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

*DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusive Batman variant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

*Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

*Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own, original interpretations of Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

*Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s Batman feature film will be released in the fall.

*Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.

*Television –Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita)

*Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.

*Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.

*DCComics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.Batman75.com. The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.

The World’s Finest was the first website to report on the forthcoming Batman Beyond DC Nation animated short, as confirmed in the press release above.

Additional initiatives and promotions will be unveiled throughout the year. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest, including exclusive content and news.

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Final Issue Of “Beware The Batman” Title Now Available From DC Comics

The final issue of the monthly Beware The Batman title from publisher DC Comics and DC Entertainment, issue #6, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. A downloadable digital version of the comic will also be available through digital outlets including ComiXology and the DC Comics website. The Beware The Batman comic is based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, which is currently on broadcast hiatus in North America.

Matthew K. Manning is the author for Beware The Batman #6, with Luciano Vecchio providing the art. The World’s Finest recently interviewed both Beware The Batman comic writer Manning and artist Vecchio. The interviews can be found here and here respectively.

Click on the images below to view a preview of Beware The Batman #6, along with additional details below.

BEWARE THE BATMAN #6

Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Luciano Vecchio

The Story: Final Issue. In a story told entirely from first-person perspective, Alfred Pennyworth searches for Batman, who’s in the midst of a fight for his life! Can Alfred get there in time?

The cover price is $2.99US. Beware The Batman #6 is now available through both comic book stores and digital outlets.

A statement from DC Entertainment concerning the cancellation of the Beware The Batman comic book can be found right here at The World’s Finest. Additional details on the Beware The Batman comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite.

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Preview For “Beware The Batman” Issue #6, Final Issue Of The DC Comics Title

DC Comics has provided a preview for Beware The Batman #6, the final issue of the monthly comic title. The comic hits retail and digital outlets this Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Beware The Batman is based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, which is currently on broadcast hiatus in North America. A downloadable version of the comic will also be available through digital outlets including ComiXology and the DC Comics website.

Matthew K. Manning is the author for Beware The Batman #6, with Luciano Vecchio providing the art. The World’s Finest recently interviewed both Beware The Batman comic writer Manning and artist Vecchio. The interviews can be found here and here respectively.

Click on the images below to view a preview of the comic, along with additional details below.

BEWARE THE BATMAN #6

Written by: Matthew K. Manning
Art by: Luciano Vecchio

The Story: Final Issue. In a story told entirely from first-person perspective, Alfred Pennyworth searches for Batman, who’s in the midst of a fight for his life! Can Alfred get there in time?

The cover price is $2.99US. Beware The Batman #6 will be available to own through both comic book stores and digital outlets starting Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.

A statement from DC Entertainment concerning the cancellation of the Beware The Batman comic book can be found right here at The World’s Finest. Additional details on the Beware The Batman comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite.

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January 2015 Sees Complete “Beware The Batman” Collection From DC Comics

Details for upcoming comic collections slated from publisher DC Comics for the remainder of 2014 and into early 2015 have been released, and among them is a collection for the recent Beware The Batman comic series. These early details are provided by DC Comics to an assortment of retail and online outlets to plan publishing initiatives for the next twelve months. Beware The Batman – Volume One will include the entire six-issue run of the monthly title – the last issue of which is scheduled to hit shelves next Wednesday (March 26th, 2014) – and retail for $12.99US. The collection is slated to hit shelves January 27th, 2015.

Continue below for the initial details for Beware The Batman collection.

BEWARE THE BATMAN – VOLUME ONE

Writer: Ivan Cohen, Various
Artist: Luciano Vecchio, Various

Summary: The popular Cartoon Network series makes its way to comics! Bruce Wayne spent years studying crime-fighting techniques from his butler/former secret spy Alfred Pennyworth. Together they will take on Gotham City’s worst criminals and convicts. But even with the help of allies like Katana and Pennyworth, Batman’s skills will be put to the test against villians such as Professor Pyg, Man-Bat, and Tobias Whale. Collects Beware The Batman #1-6.

On Sale Date: January 27th, 2015

$12.99 USD / $15.99 CAD – 128 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)

Please note that these details are subject to change. The ten-page Beware The Batman preview story from DC Nation Magazine #2 is unlikely to be included.

Beware The Batman – Volume One, collecting the entire six-issue run of the monthly Beware The Batman comic book, is slated to hit shelves come January 2015 for $12.99US. Stay tuned for additional updates on the release, including finalized details and package artwork.

A statement from DC Entertainment concerning the cancellation of the Beware The Batman comic book can be found right here at The World’s Finest. Additional details on the Beware The Batman comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite.

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New “The Batman Adventures” Trade Paperback Collection Coming November 2014

Details for upcoming comic collections slated from publisher DC Comics for the remainder of 2014 and into early 2015 have been released, and among them is a new collection for the acclaimed 1990s The Batman Adventures series. These early details are provided by DC Comics to an assortment of retail and online outlets to plan publishing initiatives for the next twelve months. The Batman Adventures – Volume One, set to replace the original out-of-print trade paperback releases from nearly twenty years ago, will include the first ten issues of the original classic comic series and retail for $19.99US.

The critically acclaimed comic book, which ran for nearly a decade through an assortment of revamps and reboots, featured stories which took place in continuity of Batman: The Animated Series. Continue below for the initial details for this new The Batman Adventures collection.

THE BATMAN ADVENTURES VOLUME ONE

Writer: Kelley Pucket
Artist: Ty Templeton, Martin Pasko, Mike Parobeck

Summary: A special all-ages Batman collection, this graphic novel collects the serialized adventures from the classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon show! From writer Kelley Puckett (Batman: No Man’s Land, Batgirl), these tales will connect with Dark Knight fans from 5 to 75!

On Sale Date:
November 11, 2014

$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD – 240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback

Please note that these details are subject to change.

The Batman Adventures – Volume One, a ten-issue trade paperback collection from DC Comics, is slated to hit shelves come November 2014 for $19.99US. Stay tuned for additional updates on the release, including finalized details and package artwork. Details on the The Batman Adventures comic book series can be found at The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

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DC Comics Provides Details For June 2014 Issue Of “Teen Titans Go!”

DC Comics has officially announced details for the June 2014 issue of Teen Titans Go!, the bi-monthly all-ages comic series from DC Entertainment. The Teen Titans Go! comic book title, based on the Cartoon Network ratings hit of the same name, collects two 10-page stories per issue. Each 10-page story will be initially released monthly through digital outlets, including Comixology and DC Comic, before being published in the print format on a bi-monthly basis. Details for the upcoming print issue of Teen Titans Go! can be found below.

TEEN TITANS GO! #4

Written by SHOLLY FISCH and AMY WOLFRAM
Art by CHRIS GUGLIOTTI and JORGE CORONA
Cover by DAN HIPP
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

As the Teen Titans engage in an epic game of “Go Fish,” the Hive-Five comes knocking at their door! Then, tired of finishing second, an ultra-competitive Robin comes up with a plan to show the rest of the Titans that he’s actually the best!

Teen Titans Go!, the animated program of which the bi-monthly title from DC Comics title is based, is the current sole anchor program for the DC Nation programming block. Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts airing weekends as part of DC Nation.

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Latest Issue Of “Beware The Batman” Title Now Available From DC Comics

The latest issue of the monthly Beware The Batman title from publisher DC Comics and DC Entertainment, issue #5, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. A downloadable digital version of the comic will also be available through digital outlets including ComiXology and the DC Comics website. The Beware The Batman comic title, with a rotating creative team, features stories taking place in continuity with the animated series’ source material. Mike W. Barr is the author for Beware The Batman #5, with Dario Brizuela providing the art.

Click on the images below to view a preview of Beware The Batman #5, along with additional details below.

BEWARE THE BATMAN #5

Written by: Mike W. Barr
Art by: Dario Brizuela

The Story: When a Katana copycat kills a member of the mob, the real Katana enlists Batman’s help to clear her name and find out the true identity of the assassin—someone from her own past!

The cover price is $2.99US. Beware The Batman #5 is now available through both comic book stores and digital outlets.

DC Entertainment recently confirmed for The World’s Finest that Beware The Batman issue #6 is the final issue of the comic book. A statement from the publisher can be found here. Additional details on the Beware The Batman comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite.

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Preview For “Beware The Batman” Issue #5, Coming This Wednesday From DC Comics

DC Comics has provided a preview of Beware The Batman #5, the latest issue of the comic series hitting retail and digital outlets this Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. The comic title is inspired by the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name. A downloadable version of the comic will also be available through digital outlets including ComiXology and the DC Comics website. Mike W. Barr is the author for Beware The Batman #4, with Dario Brizuela providing the art. Brizuela provided The World’s Finest with a comment about the upcoming Katana-focused story.

“This book is mostly about Katana and it’s really fun!” said Brizuela. ” I think she looks sexy and dangerous, and there’s lot of action in these pages!”

“I also find the opportunity to add in some cool shots of Batman, of course!” Brizuela added. “I hope the fans enjoy it!”

The Beware The Batman comic title, with a rotating creative team, features stories taking place in continuity with the animated series’ source material. Click on the images below to view a preview of the comic, along with additional details below.

BEWARE THE BATMAN #5

Written by: Mike W. Barr
Art by: Dario Brizuela

The Story: When a Katana copycat kills a member of the mob, the real Katana enlists Batman’s help to clear her name and find out the true identity of the assassin—someone from her own past!

The cover price is $2.99US. Beware The Batman #5 will be available to own through both comic book stores and digital outlets starting Wednesday, February 26th, 2014.

DC Entertainment recently confirmed for The World’s Finest that Beware The Batman issue #6 is the final issue of the comic book. A statement from the publisher can be found here. Additional details on the Beware The Batman comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite.

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Latest Issue Of “Teen Titans Go!” Series Now Available From DC Comics

The latest issue of the bi-monthly Teen Titans Go! comic title, from publisher DC Comics and DC Entertainment, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. The new comic title, inspired by the popular Cartoon Network animated comedy/adventures series of the same name, collects two 10-page stories per issue. Each 10-page story is initially released monthly exclusively through digital outlets, including the DC Comics’ online store and Comixology, before being published for print every two months.

Teen Titans Go! follows the hilarious antics of the teenage superhero team as they deal with what happens between major battles. Details for the latest print issue of Teen Titans Go! can be found below.

TEEN TITANS GO! #2

Written by SHOLLY FISCH and MERRILL HAGAN
Art by LEA HERNANDEZ and JORGE CORONA
Cover by DAN HIPP

When Starfire signs the team up for the popular reality show contest, “I’ve Got Your Talent Right Here,” Robin becomes determined to show the world just how talented the Teen Titans really are! Then, after a fight with Captain Cold, Beast Boy and Robin come down with a cold themselves! Running high fevers and quarantined from the rest of the Titans…the madness begins to set in!

The cover price is $2.99US. Teen Titans Go #2 is now available through both comic book stores and digital outlets.

Teen Titans Go! airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with regular re-airings weekend mornings at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the network’s DC Nation programming block. Teen Titans Go! follows the comedic adventures of the teenage superhero team as they deal with what happens between the major battles. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Latest Issue Of “Beware The Batman” Title Now Available From DC Comics

The latest issue of the monthly Beware The Batman title from publisher DC Comics and DC Entertainment, issue #4, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. A downloadable digital version of the comic will also be available through digital outlets including ComiXology and the DC Comics website. The Beware The Batman comic title, with a rotating creative team, features stories taking place in continuity with the animated series’ source material. Ivan Cohen is the author for Beware The Batman #4, with Luciano Vecchio providing the art.

Click on the images below to view a preview of Beware The Batman #4, along with additional details below.

BEWARE THE BATMAN #4

Written by: Ivan Cohen
Art by: Luciano Vecchio

The Story: Just when Batman is able to provide Kirk Langstrom (a.k.a. Man-Bat) with a possible cure to his affliction, a different man-sized bat begins terrorizing Gotham City! But who is this shadowy new foe? And where did he come from?

Please note this issue spoils two plot developments from the Beware The Batman animated series that have not yet been revealed due to the show’s current hiatus from Cartoon Network.

The cover price is $2.99US. Beware The Batman #4 is now available through both comic book stores and digital outlets. Additional details on the Beware The Batman comic series can be found at the The World’s Finest Beware The Batman subsite.

DC Entertainment confirmed for The World’s Finest last week that Beware The Batman issue #6 is the final issue of the comic book. A statement from the publisher can be found here. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The World’s Finest

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