Freitag, 28. März 2014

"Holy Anniversary, Batman!" - der Beschützer Gothams wird am Sonntag 75 !

Hier der (fast komplette) sehr ausführliche Pressetext von DC Entertainment anläßlich der geplanten Festivitäten zu BATMANs 75. Geburtstag.

Der Caped Crusader erschien erstmals elf Monate nach seinem berühmten Kollegen "Superman" in DETECTIVE COMICS (Vol.1) # 27, das in den USA Erstverkaufstag am 30. März 1939 hatte. Die Figur wurde von Bob Kane (Artwork) und Bill Finger (Story) gestaltet (auch wenn stets aus vertraglichen Gründen nur Kane als alleiniger Schöpfer der Figur genannt wird, was aber nicht den Tatsachen entspricht!) Etwas später steuerten auch Autoren wie Gardner Fox oder Jerry Robinson ihren Teil zum BAT-Mythos bei (wie etwa bei der Erschaffung von Batman's Helferlein ROBIN, dem satanischen JOKER und zahllosen anderen Characteren).

Ähnlich wie zu Supie's 75. im vergangenen Jahr, läßt sich DC nicht lumpen und plant diverse neue Heft-Serien, Graphic Novel - Collections, Figuren u.a.m.  Im Bereich der anderen Medien (Kino, TV, direct-to-DVD bzw. -blu-ray -movies, PC-Games usw.) gibt es ebenfalls einige interessante
...ein erster Gratulant

aber lest den "offiziellen" PR - Text hier selbst:

"...To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DCEntertainment 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 (siehe Abb. oben!) 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.
"Batmen United!"

“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.”

... 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.

Bruce Wayne in "Das verflixte 75. Jahr"

... 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.
GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie als junger James Gordon

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 ProductsWarner 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. – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit 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..."


Endlich, für alle Latex-Fetischisten (und solche die "nur neugierig" sind): BATMAN - DEATH IN THE FAMILY "Graphic Novel" - Ab September mit JOKER - Ganzkopf- Latex-Maske!

"Batman Mit (Gummi-) Gimmick!"
"Make Me Smile..."

DC ENTERTAINMENT kündigt für Ende September eine Neu-Auflage der erfolgreichen "Batman - Death Of The Family" - Graphic Novel an; das Besondere:

DC Comics werden die Neu-Auflage in Form eines "Buch + Maske" -Sets veröffentlichen (ähnlich dem  erfolgreichen "V For Vendetta" - Book + Mask-Set).

Hier die Produkt-Beschreibung aus der aktuellen e-mail von DC:

"A lifelike, hand-painted vinyl latex mask of The Joker with sewn-on hair and a white elastic band..."

BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP - Autoren: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV; Artwork von: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & Jock sowie einem Cover von Greg Capullo.

Das Buch + Maske - Set wird offiziell im Mai- PREVIEWS (# 308) vorgestellt werden und ist dann über den Comic-Shop Eures Vertrauens vorbestellbar (vorläufiges Release-Date wohl Ende September 2014; Preis: $ 40)

"Hulk Will Smash!": L´ ART DES SUPER-HÉROS - Die Kunst der Super-Helden! Museum widmet MARVEL eine Ausstellung

Das Pariser Museum "Art Ludique" widmete sich vom  November 2013 bis März 2014 dem einst von George Lucas gegründeten Computer-Animations-Studio PIXAR ("The Incredibles" u.a.), welches dann vor mehreren Jahren von DISNEY aufgekauft wurde.

...da macht es nur Sinn, das die nächste Ausstellung im Art Ludique erneut einem DISNEY-eigenen Produktionsbereich gewidmet wird; diesmal sind Disney's MARVEL COMICS an der Reihe!

Dies ist das erste mal, das ein Museum sich komplett dem künstlerischen Output Marvels widmet; man versteigt sich gar zu der Äußerung, den Mit-"Erfinder" des Marvel Universe Stan Lee als "modernen Homer" zu bezeichnen (für Kunstbanausen: gemeint ist damit NICHT der "Homer" aus den Simpsons!)

In der Ausstellung kann der Fan Original-Artwork von Künstlern wie Jack Kirby (yes!), Steve Ditko (yeeesss!!!), Don Heck, Gene Colan, Frank Miller, Alex Ross und zahlreichen anderen bewundern. Es gibt also auch Originale von Künstlern zu sehen, die sich von Stan Lee bzw. MARVEL einst im Streit trennten (Kirby, Ditko etc.) ...

"Marvel is primarily a gathering of artists, who, as at the time of the Renaissance workshops, gather around a work " so das Museum.

Kurator Jean-Jacques Launier hat die Ausstellung thematisch aufgeteilt: So gibt es Räume, die sowohl den  "Avengers" oder Marvel's First-Family, den  "Fantastic Four" gewidmet sind. Weitere Räume zeigen die "urbanen Helden" (wie etwa "Spider-Man" oder die Marvel-Version von "Daredevil") und auch die "galaktischen" (Kree, Skrulls & Co.).

In der Ausstellung sollen über 300 Originale (Cover-Artwork, Splash-Papes, reguläres Artwork) zu sehen sein, die exklusiv für diese Ausstellung weltweit als Leihgaben von Sammlern zusammengetragen wurden...

Für Marvelianer wird's somit Zeit für einen Ausflug in die Stadt der Liebe...
(wann kommt so eine Ausstellung auch mal in deutsche Lande?)

Hier die Video-Berichterstattung des "Le Figaro":


c) 2014 Le Figaro

(und für den Fall, das der Video nicht funktionieren sollte HIER der Link zum Bericht des "Le Figaro" der auch den Video beinhaltet!)