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Top 10 Batman Incarnations in Film and TV

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting the big screen in two days, it’s time to look back at the previous incarnations of the classic DC Comics character, Batman. Batman has been around since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. That’s almost 80 years of the Dark Knight fighting Gotham’s worst. Rather than focus on the various comic book versions of Batman, I’m only going to focus on movies and cartoons to provide my ranking of the best Batman incarnations. I’ll also update this article after I see Batman v Superman to let you know where I think Batfleck ranks.

How am I going to be performing the ranking? Well, I am going to look at several different factors including: personality, detective skills, fighting skills, batsuit, Bruce Wayne style, and tone.


#10 George Clooney from Batman & Robin

Batman - George Clooney

Alright, we all know this story. Clooney even says he’ll give people refunds if they ever meet him on the streets but let’s give him some credit. Considering the writing and directing for this film, he did the best he could and I still think he makes a decent Bruce Wayne. But the bat-nipples, corny one-liners, and bat-credit card were just too much for most people to handle. Even the villains were bad in this one. The style does continue the trend from Batman Forever but takes things up a notch, which is not good in this case. Overall, this Batman is corny, cheesy, not intimidating, clumsy at times, and flat.

#09 Will Arnett from The Lego Movie

I know everyone loves Will Arnett’s Batman but in all seriousness, it’s incredibly over the top and falls into the parody category. Now, this still tops George Clooney. Why? Well, it’s simple. When Arnett’s Batman has a serious moment, it’s better, it’s darker, and it’s more believable as a Batman character. His batsuit is better, his tech is better, and his fighting skills are more impressive. Now, we get no real look at Bruce Wayne, so George has Arnett beat here but in all, Arnett’s Batman is better in every other conceivable way. He even has better villains to fight and he does so without lame fight scenes and credit cards.

#08 Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond

I love Batman Beyond and I think it’s a solid cartoon that lives up to the Batman name even without Bruce Wayne under the cowl. I drop Will Friedle’s Terry McGinnis several spots for the simple fact that it’s not Bruce Wayne and a different character all together plus he has to share screen time with an actual Bruce Wayne voiced by Kevin Conroy. You’ll see why that matters later on. McGinnis is a good Batman. He’s tough, skilled, daring, and intimidating against some of the craziest and most powerful villains the Dark Knight ever has to face. He has to put up with some intense super villains with powers most Batman never were aware of. He can even fly. His tech is amazing too. I mean, tell me that his Batmobile is not sexy.

#07 Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

Batman - Val Kilmer

Honestly, I wanted to put Kilmer below Friedle on this list but at the end of the day, at least Kilmer is a Bruce Wayne Batman, for what that’s worth. While the overall film Batman Forever is better than Clooney’s Batman & Robin, I don’t think Kilmer’s Dark Knight is really much better. The batsuit is better, of course. I mean, no bat-nipples certainly helps. In fact, I like the suit design in this film and I even like the batmobile overall. But at the end of the day, Kilmer doesn’t pull off an intimidating Batman, nor does he pull off a very convincing Bruce Wayne. Mostly, his performance is flat and uninteresting, overshadowed by the flamboyant villains in the form of Jim Carrey’s Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones’ Two-Face.

#06 Peter Weller in The Dark Knight Returns 

Batman - Peter Weller

Alright, so I’m a huge Robocop fan (the original of course) and I loved his role in Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Terra Prime”. He’s a solid actor with a killer voice which is perfect for an animated feature. This two-part animated film is based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and depicts a very unique and different Batman character, one that is heavily leveraged in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Peter Weller is responsible for voicing a gigantic, brooding, powerful, brutal Dark Knight who smashes his way through villains with little to no detective work. His batmobile is essentially a tank and he appears to be a one-man army with the tech ready to take on Superman. We don’t get much of a Bruce Wayne in this story and he more or less disregards the detective aspects of the character but Weller is part of a fantastic re-imagining that provides a more adult, darker version of the character. The aspects of the Dark Knight becoming a myth, something of nightmares, is a really cool concept that, in my opinion, has been overlooked in most versions of the character. While many of the iconic Batman themes are left out, the movie certainly impresses and Peter Weller provides a stellar performance that leaves behind an intimidating, intelligent, and scary Batman.

#05 Bruce Greenwood in Young Justice 

Batman - Young Justice

While a significantly more minor character than the other Dark Knight incarnations on this list, Bruce Greenwood still stands out each time his character is on screen. This Batman, though animated, is mysterious, confident, a little cocky, and definitely prepared for just about anything. I think Greenwood’s voice also lends itself well to the cowl. It’s a rich voice with dark tones and when working with animation, voice is everything. The overall design of this incarnation is solid too. The grey suit has some cuts that provide a somewhat armored look while keeping the classic yellow utility belt. I think the cowl is awesome too. The ears are tall but not too tall.

#04 Adam West in Batman 

Batman - Adam West Batmobile

Alright, so if you have never seen Adam West’s 1966 film or the TV series, just stop reading and go watch it. I’ll wait. Now, this version is no Dark Knight. It’s cheesy, corny, way over the top, and plain silly most of the time but West does something nearly all other incarnations simply leave out, detective work. Remember, Batman started in Detective Comics. He’s a detective first, a fighter second. Over the decades, he’s become meaner, tougher, and more overpowered, but Adam West portrayed Batman as a detective first with fun and imaginative ways of stopping bad guys, like bat-shark repellent. In my opinion, no live action or animated version of the character ever pulled off the same or better level of detective work and for that alone, I bump West up to #4. Aside from that, he provided a very family and child-friendly version of the character that included many of the classic characters such as Robin, Batgirl, and a slew of villains. Additionally, tell me that his batmobile isn’t just the coolest car.

#03 Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Trilogy 

Batman - Christian Bale

Christopher Nolan set out to provide a hyper-realistic version of the Dark Knight, even naming two of the films with the moniker and having the whole trilogy leverage the name. Bale does a solid job, making a decent Bruce and hero, but what sells it is everything around him. The suit, the tumbler, the bat-pod, the gadgets, they are all explained in somewhat realistic ways that provide a sense of possibility to what is going on. All-in-all this version of Batman seems to be the most likely to actually ever happen, aside from the entire plot of The Dark Knight Rises, of course. The addition of Freeman’s Fox character to provide explanations for where the cool stuff comes from really helps fill in the gaps that no other version really cared to focus on. Bale does a good job showcasing the inner battle of the character, constantly fighting himself over where the line should be, how far is too far, and his performance in The Dark Knight still stands as one of the greatest superhero films to date.

#02 Michael Keaton in Batman and Batman Returns

Batman - Michael Keaton

How can you overlook the first actor to play a serious version of Batman on the big screen? Keaton helped bring a solid comic book version of the character to life, with the help of Tim Burton. The suit looks like it hopped off the pages of a comic book and as impractical as it and Keaton’s batmobile were, they were visually spot on. Tim Burton’s style provided a solid dark and creepy tone to both films and brought the franchise to a more adult level. Keaton does a good Bruce Wayne but a better Batman. His voice is one of the best out there, perhaps only second to my #1 spot. He had to put up with some great bad guys in the Joker, Catwoman, and the Penguin. His gadgets were fun but not overused and unlike Bale’s Dark Knight, this version had an actual batcave through both films.

#01 Kevin Conroy in various animated incarnations

Batman - The Animated Series

Is anyone really surprised that Conroy sits high at the top of my list? No one has played the character more. He voiced Batman in over 20 different projects through the end of 2015 between TV and film and is slated to return with Mark Hamill this year for an animated version of the classic graphic novel, The Killing Joke. He’s had to play several different versions of the same character and each time, he brings it. He is incredibly convincing with a voice that can only be Batman’s. He’s tough, mysterious, confident, intelligent, daring, and scary at times. He pulls off the work of everyone else on this list and some. If you watch animated DC Comics films, you know that his consistency brought to the character has been a cornerstone for DC Comics’ success in the industry for over 20 years. At the end of the day, just look at Batman: The Animated Series and the Justice League cartoons. He even plays old Bruce perfectly in Batman Beyond. Oh and while I’m not looking at video games for this ranking, if my explanation isn’t enough for you, remember that he voices the character in 11 different video games including the entire Arkham trilogy

Notes:

There are several one-off animated films featuring the Batman character that I have not seen. My list focuses on everything I have seen. If someone did not make the list, it is quite possible I have missed that particular animated film. For example, I have not seen Batman: Year One with Ben McKenzie voicing the character.

Please come back on Friday, March 25th to see where I think Ben Affleck’s Batman from Batman v Superman lands.

What do you think of my ranking? Comment below!

Top 10 Batman Incarnations in Film and TV

Ryan gets dominated in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Check out Ryan’s latest video game spree and he takes on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive live on our Twitch channel! Be sure to subscribe at http://www.twitch.tv/griddaily to get notifications when we go live playing video games and even filming our podcasts and other media. Last week’s Screen Heroes took viewer votes in our first ever Versus match!

What did you think? Should Ryan keep practicing or is it time to move on to another game? Comment below and he might just listen.

If you’d like to see more Twitch videos, hit up http://griddaily.com/twitch for our gallery of nothing but video game streams.

If you’d like to see other stuff, we’ve got a full YouTube page with Rae’s I Ship It, plus unboxing videos, and live broadcasts of our Screen Heroes podcast!

SH S1E13: Versus #1 – DC v Marvel

In the first installment of our new Versus series, Rae pits Ryan and I against each other in a classic battle of DC Comics versus Marvel Comics, hero against hero, power against power. Live streamed on Twitch, we randomly pick superheros out of a jar and have to defend why ours should beat the other. Match-ups include Batman versus Captain America, Red Hood v Daredevil, Wonder Woman, v Captain Marvel, and Doctor Fate v Doctor Strange. Additionally, our Twitch subscribers and followers were able to cast their votes live during the recording to help pick our winner! Was it me? Was it Ryan? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Also, don’t forget to join us live on Twitch next week as we record another episode of Screen Heroes! We continue to take viewer comments, suggestions, and questions at twitch.tv\griddaily.

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Versus #1 – DC v Marvel Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E13: Versus #1 – DC v Marvel

Grid Talk: 08 – Power Puff Girls Return

Grid Talk is back in an all new format! Each week, I’ll be your host, bringing you some of the larger entertainment stories from the week plus what’s been going on around The Grid Daily including the latest I Ship It and Screen Heroes. This week? I talk about the return of the Power Puff Girls to Cartoon Network, Amazon possibly bringing back The Tick, which Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor is the front-runner for the new Tomb Raider reboot, and the casting of Commissioner Gordon in Justice League: Part 1.

Listen on to learn the details plus see what’s new on The Grid Daily.

Are you excited for the return of the Power Puff Girls? What do you think about the Tomb Raider casting rumors? Comment with your thoughts and don’t forget to drop us a review on iTunes!

Power Puff Girls Return Podcast Credits

Host, Executive Producer, and Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/grid-talk-sci-fi-frontiers/id1057992963?mt=2

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Grid Talk: 08 – Power Puff Girls Return

SH S1E12: Ghostbusters Trailer Reaction

This week is our first reaction episode. We sit down and watch the new Ghostbusters trailer live on the podcast and then break down our thoughts. We discuss what the trailer does for the upcoming film, including thoughts on humor style, special effects, music, and casting choices. We also talk about whether the earlier parts of the trailer imply that Ghostbusters is not a reboot but actually a long-lost sequel to the original 1984 film.

We even took questions from our live internet audience! How?

Well, to add to the fun, this is the first time we also hosted a Twitch live stream of us recording the podcast! That’s right, for the people who follow us on Facebook and Twitter, they were altered that they could join us on our Twitch channel to ask questions and watch us live! This something we’ll continue to do, so hopefully you’ll join us next week!

We also announced that this is the LAST episode of Screen Heroes to be dual published on the Grid Talk RSS feed and that Grid Talk is returning this Friday in a new format that will also include live streaming! So, stay tuned and join us Thursday night for a live recording of a new episode of Grid Talk!

Ghostbusters Trailer Reaction Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

iTunes Link
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/screen-heroes-grid-dailys/id1071922623

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SH S1E12: Ghostbusters Trailer Reaction

Legion of Collectors Unboxing: March 2016

DC Comics fans, your long wait, and mine, is finally over. The first of the Legion of Collectors subscription from Funko is finally here! For those who aren’t familiar with the service, Legion of Collectors in a bi-monthly (every other month) blind box subscription service themed with DC Comics related items. The first month was themed for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film while the second month, May’s, is revealed toward the end of the unboxing video.

This service is similar to two existing subscriptions from Funko, Marvel Collectors Corps and the Star Wars themed Smuggler’s Bounty. For details on those, check out our Unboxing playlist on our YouTube channel, as we unbox those as well.

Please note, unboxing videos ALWAYS contain spoilers for the contents of the box as well as the next month’s theme. You have been warned.

If you’re still with us, catch the video below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all of our awesome videos including I Ship It with Rae of the Super Sirens cosplay duo and our frequent Twitch streams with Ryan of Buster Costumes and Props!

Don’t forget to comment on the video or this post with your thoughts!

Legion of Collectors Unboxing: March 2016

Star Trek in Right Direction with Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer is joining the new Star Trek TV series.

Most Trekkies, myself included, were elated at the news that Star Trek was returning to TV on CBS in early 2017. We’ve been without a Star Trek series since Enterprise went off the air in 2005. Since then, we’ve had nothing set in the Prime universe and only two films in the form of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. That’s not much for a franchise that had running TV series from 1987-2005 which included four different series plus six motion pictures. The announcement of Bryan Fuller as the show-runner was great news. Why? Well, he’s been involved in Star Trek before, writing over 20 episodes across multiple series, mainly Voyager. He’s also been involved with very successful series like Pushing Daises and Hannibal.

Today, another great thing happened. Bryan Fuller announced one of the writers for the upcoming series, Nicholas Meyer. Sound familiar? If you’re a Trekkier\Trekker, it should. Nicholas Meyer has been responsible for three out of my top four Star Trek films. You can catch my full ranking here. Check out the official press release below from StarTrek.com:

It’s official. Bryan Fuller, who will co-create, produce and serve as showrunner of the upcoming Star Trek series, has just announced the news that Nicholas Meyer has joined the show’s writing staff.

“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff,” said Executive Producer, Bryan Fuller.

Meyer, of course, is beloved by Star Trek fans worldwide for directing (and co-written, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch in early 2017. In the U.S., a special premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will also be available on television stations and platforms in local countries around the world.

So there you have it. Meyer directed both The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country in addition to being involved in writing both of them PLUS co-writing The Voyage Home.

Bryan Fuller Meyer Tweet

This is very exciting news because the two biggest hires that CBS has made to this point include two major Star Trek alums who have a passion for the franchise and were involved in what many of us call the Golden Age of Trek. Meyer was even involved in the film that brought the franchise back from the dead after the lack of success The Motion Picture had.

Many people, myself included, have not fully enjoyed what is called the JJ-verse. Many felt that Abrams was not right for the job, having been quoted saying he didn’t watch or like Star Trek but was instead a Star Wars fan. Now, I also love Star Wars and think Abrams was perfect for The Force Awakens and I think most would agree with that. But, I want someone passionate about Star Trek. This franchise means the world to me and to see CBS take it seriously and bring in two alums right off the bat makes me optimistic.

There have also been rumors that Tony Todd might be joining the cast. For those who don’t know, Tony Todd is also a Trek alum, having starred in 6 episodes between Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and The Next Generation as Worf’s brother Kurn, a future Jake Sisko, and the Hirogen Alpha. He’s also been in such shows as Chuck and The CW’s The Flash as the voice of Zoom. He was also involved in the Prelude to Axanar short fan film that leads up to the Axanar movie currently involved in a lawsuit with CBS. Tony Todd is no longer associated with that project.

So there you have it. CBS has added Bryan Fuller and now Nicholas Meyer to the upcoming Star Trek TV series. How do you feel about this? Are you excited? What is your favorite Nicholas Meyer Trek contribution? How about Bryan Fullers? Would you like to see Tony Todd return to the franchise? Comment below!

Star Trek in Right Direction with Nicholas Meyer

Nintendo Pokemon Direct

(UPDATED: 1:37pm CST 2016-02-26)

In preparation for tomorrow’s 20th Anniversary of the Pokemon franchise, Nintendo presented their Pokemon Direct for the first time. This short 6 minute video provide some fantastic nostalgia with plenty of classic GameBoy graphics and 8-bit sound effects.

Pokemon Direct GameBoy Screen

Check out the various images below with some details about the Pokemon Direct event.

First, Pokemon is celebrating 20 years of game play since its original releases in Japan in 1996. Since then, the games evolved quite a bit, especially due to the technological advances with the GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advanced, and the DS line. To account for lack of compatibility of the original GameBoy games with the newer ones, Nintendo is releasing Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow in the Nintendo eShop. These games are just like the classics. Reports even say that the missingno glitch still lives.

These new digital versions of the classics will be compatible with Pokemon Bank and the Pokemon you capture can be transferred to the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, per Pokemon Direct.

Pokemon Direct Pokemon Bank

The previous generation of games allowed players to use seven different languages. Well, Pokemon Sun and Moon have added two more to the list, Traditional and Simplified Chinese in addition to English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Korean.

Pokemon Direct Sun and Moon Languages

Per the Pokemon Direct, Pokemon Sun and Moon will be out later this year, coming Holiday 2016. We don’t have any official date, the games are already available for pre-order from Best Buy and GameStop. Amazon, for some reason, only has Pokemon Sun available. The games have a pre-order price of $39.99 and are for the Nintendo 3DS.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Logos

That’s about it for this short Pokemon Direct. The digital versions of Blue, Red, and Yellow are available tomorrow in the Nintendo eShop for $9.99 each and there are 2DS bundles out in the wild, including a special Yellow one in the UK, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.

Watch the Pokemon Direct in its entirety here – http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/02-26-2016/#/video-ndirect

Pokemon Direct Ishihara

What did you think? Are you excited about the classics being re-released? Are you pumped for Sun and Moon? Comment below with your thoughts.

Nintendo Pokemon Direct

Nintendo Set for Pokemon Sun and Moon

With Nintendo’s latest Direct set to come tomorrow and planned to focus completely on the ever popular Pokemon series, it looks like we’re also going to get two new games, Pokemon Sun and Moon. This comes in the wake of most people assuming Pokemon Z was on the way to round out the X & Y games and complete the trilogy. According to the wonder images provided by Nerdleaks, the trademarks were filed today but that didn’t stop the video game world from picking up the news and spreading it quickly.

Nintendo has a lot planned for the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise including the TBD release of Pokemon Go, the augmented reality and geolocation game. Additionally, tons of stores are using this Saturday, February 27th as Pokemon Day with places like GameStop and Toys R Us providing special events full of sales, posters, and more goodies.

The special Nintendo Direct is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, February 26th at 9:00AM CST (10:00AM EST) with streams available through Nintendo’s website and their Twitch channel.

Pokemon Moon Pokemon SunPokemon Sun and Moon TrademarksWhat do you think of the news? Do you think the games will be for 3DS or will Nintendo have these as launch titles for the mysterious Nintendo NX console? Will you tune in tomorrow for the Nintendo Direct? Comment below!

(Sourced from Nerdleaks)

Nintendo Set for Pokemon Sun and Moon

SH S1E10: R-Rated Comic Book Films

Just yesterday, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. announced that the upcoming DCEU film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice will receive a special “Ultimate” R-Rated cut on Blu-Ray. This, of course, comes in the wake of the incredible success of Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, which has shattered R-Rated film records and stands to bring in more than ten times its budget and already has a sequel underway. Many people, like James Gunn are worried that people will take away the wrong message about Deadpool’s success while others think this is a big opportunity for other franchises like Wolverine and Batman to finally see more gritty and darker tones that more closely match their comic book counterparts.

To address the issue, we sit down to talk about the success of Deadpool, our thoughts on an R-Rated Batman movie, and how other comic book movies have fared with their R-rating. Join us for the discussion and then comment with your thoughts. Let us know if you think certain comic book franchise are deserving of an R-Rating or if these films are just asking for trouble.

R-Rated Comic Book Films Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rae Stewart
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E10: R-Rated Comic Book Films

DC Comics “Rebirth”: A Bit of Old and New

What first comes to mind when you hear the term “Rebirth”? What about in the context of entertainment? Well, for me, it’s one of two things: another one of Futurama’s returns to TV (they can come back any time now, by the way) or the relaunch of Green Lantern, a relaunch that more or less saved the superhero’s franchise. So for me, both are positive thoughts.

Now what about the New 52? Well, many people have had negative things to say about DC Comics relaunch in the New 52 four years ago. I am on the side that actually enjoys what I’ve read. To clear things up, I’m a Green Lantern and Batman fan primarily. Currently, I subscribe to Green Lantern, Batman, Justice League, Starfire, Harley Quinn, and Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion. I’ve tried several other series including Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, and Earth-2 but frankly, I just don’t have enough money or time to keep up considering I also read several non-DC Comics series. Full disclosure, the only Marvel title I currently read is Star Wars. So, I’m a DC guy.

So what is DC doing with “Rebirth”? Well, in short, they are taking an opportunity to relaunch their universe in a way that allows them to capture the past while looking to the future. They are planning to put a primary focus back on some of their most iconic and long-standing characters, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as well as other Justice League founders, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman. A big part of this relaunch is also to help align the comic book universe with the movie and TV universes. The DCEU or DC Comics Extended Universe spans TV and film. It includes The CW series Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Vixen, along with CBS’ Supergirl, and FOX’s Gotham. The comic book universe does not represent much of what’s happening in the TV series and upcoming movies. This relaunch will look to resolve some of this.

A major piece to note is the numbering behind DC’s two oldest and most iconic series, Action Comics and Detective Comics. You see, Superman and Batman first appeared in those series respectively and while each superhero has their own title series, these two are DC Comics’ bread and butter, their home, their 127.0.0.1 if you will.  Well, both series will be returning to their pre-New 52 numbering system and those 52 issues in the New 52 will count! So, Action Comics will return with #957 and Detective Comics with #934.

Both of these classic series will also move to a twice per month series along with a ton of more twice-monthly books. The list below includes the title lineup for the relaunch straight from DC Comics’ official website.

Rebirth Title Linup

June:
Rebirth Specials:
AQUAMAN REBIRTH #1
BATMAN REBIRTH #1
THE FLASH REBIRTH #1
GREEN ARROW REBIRTH #1
GREEN LANTERNS REBIRTH #1
SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1
TITANS REBIRTH #1
WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
AQUAMAN #1
BATMAN #1
THE FLASH #1
GREEN ARROW #1
GREEN LANTERNS #1
SUPERMAN #1
WONDER WOMAN #1

New Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
ACTION COMICS #957
DETECTIVE COMICS #934

July
Rebirth Specials:
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH #1
HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH #1
THE HELLBLAZER REBIRTH #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH #1
NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1
RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
NIGHTWING #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):
BATGIRL #1
BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
THE HELLBLAZER #1
RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #1
THE SUPER-MAN #1
TITANS #1

Fall
Rebirth Specials:
BATMAN BEYOND REBIRTH #1
BLUE BEETLE REBIRTH #1
CYBORG REBIRTH #1
DEATHSTROKE REBIRTH #1
EARTH 2 REBIRTH #1
SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1
SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1
TEEN TITANS REBIRTH #1
TRINITY REBIRTH #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping twice monthly):
CYBORG #1
DEATHSTROKE #1
HARLEY QUINN #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1
SUICIDE SQUAD #1

New #1 Issues (Shipping monthly):
BATMAN BEYOND #1
BLUE BEETLE #1
EARTH 2 #1
GOTHAM ACADEMY: NEXT SEMESTER #1
SUPERGIRL #1
SUPERWOMAN #1
SUPER SONS #1
TEEN TITANS #1
TRINITY #1

That is a lot of new series. I’m very curious to see where they are going with this and, as a Green Lantern fan, am excited to see them in the mix. I’m also very excited for the Trinity series coming this Fall which is supposed to focus on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

DC Comics’ relaunch looks to be a solid time for people to hop back on the DC train. What do you think? Will you be picking up any of these series? Comment below.

DC Comics “Rebirth”: A Bit of Old and New

SH S1E9: Batman, Through the Years

This week on Screen Heroes, Ryan and I are joined by our prop builder friend, Jon to talk about how the DC Comics iconic character, Batman has changed over the years in movies, TV, and video games. We hit on the classic Adam West version, Tim Burton’s take, as well as George Clooney. We also discuss the big Christopher Nolan trilogy and the highly anticipated Ben Affleck debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Outside of movies, we talk about the very popular Arkham video game franchise plus some of Batman’s better known animated works like The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: The Animated Series.

Before we jump into the Dark Knight, the three of us provide our initial thoughts on FOX’s new R-rate superhero film, Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds. We’ve all seen it, now we talk about it. We discuss what we liked about it plus some things they might have done better. It’s a short part of the episode but beware.

Batman Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Jon Czerwinski
Ryan Couture

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

Music
Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E9: Batman, Through the Years