THE PEN IS TRULY MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: SCREENWRITER SAM HAMM TALKS BATMAN ’89
By Patrick A. Reed
Twenty five years ago, in 1989, there was nothing bigger than Tim Burton’s Batman. The movie was a box-office smash, and was accompanied by an unprecedented merchandising blitz. Bat-trading cards, Bat-shirts, Bat-soundtracks, Bat-toys, Bat-meals, Bat-hats, Bat-candy, Bat-books – the logo and likenesses were everywhere you looked. And the film’s impact is still being felt today. It was a big-budget production with proper movie stars that changed the way the world thought about comic book movies evermore.
Earlier this summer, ComicsAlliance published a series of pieces reflecting on the importance of Batman ’89 – and now, as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, we spoke to screenwriter Sam Hamm about his work on the landmark film and his thoughts on its legacy as a perfect postscript to our 25th anniversary Bat-celebration.
ComicsAlliance: Were there any cut sequences that you wish had made it into the finished film?
1) I had a highly ingenious third-act introduction for the Bat-signal that I still miss.
2) I had originally handled the murder of Bruce’s parents as a dream Vicki has after being spirited off to the Batcave and recognizing Bruce behind his cowl. The plotline of Vicki accidentally discovering Batman’s identity by digging into Bruce’s past was mostly lost in the finished picture.
3) The studio insisted on having Robin in the picture, and Tim and I couldn’t figure out how or where to squeeze him in. We spent a whole weekend pacing around in a sweat, but we couldn’t get anywhere, and we finally decided that we would have to call the WB brass and tell them there would be no Robin. Then, moments away from picking up the phone, we started spitballing again, and miraculously, we came up with a really cool Robin sequence. So a couple of years later, when production is underway, and the picture is running over budget, what does the studio decide to cut? You guessed it – Robin! And in the end, nobody missed him.
PALMIOTTI & GRAY CONCLUDE 100+ ISSUES OF JONAH HEX IN ‘ALL STAR WESTERN’ #34 WITH DARWYN COOKE
By Chris Sims
When the New 52 launched back in 2011, one of the interesting things about the lineup of titles was the presence of a lot of books that attempted to break out of the standard superhero genre, at least a little. There were horror, fantasy and war comics, but the most creatively and commercially successful by far was DC Comics’ All Star Western, featuring Jonah Hex. Now, however, All Star Western is coming to an end after three years with a story where Jonah Hex is faced with what may be his toughest foe yet: Jonah Hex.
This issue marks a pretty notable conclusion for a few reasons, most notably being that, if you count the Jonah Hex series that launched back in 2006 before rebooting as All Star Western, writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are two of DC’s longest tenured creators, having written over a hundred issues about Jonah Hex, the disfigured old west era bounty hunter originally created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga in the early 1970s.
The second is that the issue marks the auspicious return of award-winning artist Darwyn Cooke to the character for his final adventure.
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BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK) - 08.25.14
Compiled by Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Above: Rule 63 Ultimate Warrior photographed by Pat Loika
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THANOS THOUGHTS: WELCOME TO MY BLOG
Hello, my name is Thanos and I live on a rock in space. I own a chair. I’d like to own the Infinity Stones. There are six of them. They are all I think about, really. I don’t own any though. lol.
While I sit here in space on my chair with no Infinity Stones, I thought I’d pass some time by starting a blog. So, welcome to my blog. I’m calling it Thanos Thoughts because my name is Thanos and these are my thoughts lol. The idea is that this might be a good place for like-minded people to come and share their favorite craft ideas, or their favorite recipes, or their favorite plan to destroy the universe. I’d love to destroy the universe, really, but I need those Infinity Stones and I don’t have any yet. lol.
Here’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot and I’m sure you have too. Do you ever wake up from a nice nap only to realize that your space chair has drifted away from the rock in space that you live on? Oh, brother, what a mess! Ha ha.
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X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 5×02: THE PHALANX COVENANT, PART 2
By Chris Sims
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.
This week, the technological takeover continues, and only a plucky band of mutants can stop it (for some reason) in The Phalanx Covenant, Part 2!
COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS ‘KATE OR DIE’ IN ‘TOP PICK’ FOR BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE
By Kate Leth
Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate explains why the film adaptation of Archie Comics’ Josie And The Pussycats is the best movie ever.
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GIRL FIGHT: THE MARVEL/DC RIVALRY FINALLY EXTENDS TO WINNING THE FEMALE AUDIENCE
By Andrew Wheeler
Marvel launches the eighth of its nine solo titles with a female lead in November with Spider-Woman #1, and the book sadly already has a cloud over it. A variant cover by master erotic artist Milo Manara stirred enough controversy last week to garner mainstream attention. The cover featured Spider-Woman with her apple-shaped butt raised high in decidedly unheroic manner. It was exactly what one would expect from Manara, who’s created a number of superheroine illustrations for Marvel, but the image suggested a particularly overt tone of sexual objectification that could alienate the sort of readers who attended the Women In Marvel panel at San Diego where the series was announced.
As far as I can recall, Marvel has more female solo titles now than ever before, with a ninth title, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, launching in December. On paper, that suggests a laudable effort to reach out to superhero comics’ growing and under-served audience of female readers. Yet the Manara incident serves to remind us that books about women can very easily be targeted to a male audience.
There’s currently an unspoken contest between Marvel and DC to see who can produce more comics aimed at a female audience. It’s possible the contest only exists in my head, as I’ve been keeping a tally of solo titles with female leads for the past several months — but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that editors at the two publishers have also been keeping track.
THE COMICS ALLIANCE COLLECTION: COOL STUFF WE (AND YOU!) GOT THIS WEEK
The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.
In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions. And please do follow us @ComicsAlliance.
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