THE PIANO GUYS’ BATMAN MUSIC MEDLEY WILL MAKE YOUR JAW DROP [VIDEO]
Batman’s movie and TV adaptations have had varying degrees of success over the years, but one aspect of the DC Comics franchise that has been almost universally good for the past five decades or so has been the music.
As if to prove it, the Piano Guys — a duo consisting of a pianist and a cellist (shouldn’t they be the Piano and Electric Cello Guys?) — have taken three iconic Batman themes, arranged them for their own instruments, and mashed them up in a really creative and compelling way. Not only that, they put it all in an absolutely beautifully shot video.
HOW MANY TIMES MUST WE SEE BATMAN’S PARENTS DIE? OH, SO MANY TIMES
By Nick Romano
Just how many times have we watched a young Bruce Wayne witness the murder of his parents? No origin story for the Caped Crusader has been without it, and FOX’s Batman prequel series, ‘Gotham,’ is no different. As the new drama premiered this week, kicking off with the brutal death of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne, a new supercut has hit the web of all the time’s we’ve seen this scene onscreen — and it’s quite a number of times.
ERIC CANETE’S ‘ARKHAM MANOR’ COVER IS MIND-BLOWINGLY RAD
By Chris Sims
Listen, all you had to do to get me excited about Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal’s upcoming Arkham Manor was tell me exactly what it’s about. The idea of housing all of Gotham City’s most notorious arch-criminals right there in Batman’s ancestral home is completely bonkers and incredibly intriguing, and I am exactly the kind of person who is going to be stoked for that from day one.
If, however, there was anything that could get me more excited, it’s seeing an amazing variant cover for the first issue by illustrator, animation artist and comic book storyteller Eric Canete. It’s a phenomenal image, and while the issue won’t be out until next month, Canete took to Twitter to post not only the cover, but his whole process from start to finish.
‘GOTHAM’ SEASON 1 RECAP, EPISODE 1: ‘PILOT’
Fox’s most buzzed about new television drama, Gotham, premiered this week with its youthful James Gordon, li’l Bruce Wayne, and a handful of DC Comics scoundrels, outcasts, and criminals in their formative, pre-supervillain years—The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and the Penguin. Detective Gordon seems to be the golden thread that connects everyone together as he begins his journey through Gotham’s depraved fractures. But are the city’s inhabitants and their intertwined stories portrayed with psychological realism? Do their hardships, devastation, and violence rationally add up to the mythology that we know will inevitably create the Batman?
THE ARKHAM SESSIONS: LOVE TRIANGLES AND ALTER EGOS
On this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we revisit the weird love triangle between Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and…Batman. Will Bruce ever win Selina’s heart? Does he even really want to? And will he ever be able to look past her criminal history?
When we last saw Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, she was helping Batman save Gotham from the sinister Red Claw. Bruce was enamored by Miss Kyle, but she was far more into his dark, brooding alter ego. What seems like an unfortunate situation may also give Bruce the excuse he needs to keep Selina at arm’s length, preventing himself from getting hurt. Caring for someone who can’t care back means a strange sense of security for Bruce. If she can’t love him, she can’t hurt him, right? This emotional defense mechanism lends credence to idea that Bruce does, in fact, maintain at least some “Emotional Intelligence” we talked about in last week’s show. But just how much remains to be seen.
GOTHAM’S FINEST: NINE GREAT COMIC BOOKS ABOUT JIM GORDON AND THE GOTHAM CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
By Chris Sims
This week marks the premiere of Gotham, the new Fox television show focusing on Jim Gordon’s first year as a cop in Batman’s hometown, and the origins of young Bruce Wayne and the people who will one day become the greatest enemies of his war on crime. That the show exists at all is a testament to how strong Jim Gordon and the rest of the Gotham city Police Department are as heroes in their own rights.
So if Gotham has you in the mood to read about Gordon, Harvey Bullock and the rest of the GCPD — or if you just want to dive into some solid Batman comics where the spotlight isn’t entirely on the Dark Knight — then I’ve got some suggestions for great comics about Gotham’s top cops!
FINALLY: ‘BEWARE THE BATMAN’ AND THE COMPLETE ‘YOUNG JUSTICE’ SEASON 1 COMING TO BLU-RAY
Based on the DC Comics superheroes, Beware the Batman and Young Justice are two examples of animated shows that haven’t exactly been treated well. Both Warner Bros. series were unceremoniously pulled from Cartoon Network, only to return to burn off episodes (in some cases, in the middle of the night).
Treatment like that would seemingly indicated little commitment to release the series on home video, but never fear, fans. Warner Archive announced this week that it will release the second part of Beware the Batman’s first season and the complete first season of Young Justice on Blu-Ray. Along with those, the company will also offer the full second season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and the classic 1960s Aquaman animated series will be available through Warner Archive’s streaming service.
All the Blu-Rays will be available Sept. 30; the Aquaman cartoon is up and available for streaming right now.
ASK CHRIS #212: THE MANY LOVES OF BATMAN
By Chris Sims
Q: What’s the deal with Batman’s non-Catwoman, non-justice love interests? Vicki Vale, Zatanna, Wonder Woman, etc? — @superseth64
A: Just a few days ago, I was talking to Greg Rucka and he mentioned Denny O’Neil‘s rule about Batman not sleeping with anyone, because if he does, then he sleeps with everyone. It’s an interesting way to put that, and I’m inclined to agree with O’Neil on that point, but you can’t deny that over the past 75 years, the Caped Crusader has had plenty of romantic entanglements, almost all of which, as you might expect, have ended in a spectacularly awful fashion.
But the thing is, as much as they don’t work from a romantic perspective, which is the nature of dramatic tension, they don’t really work from a storytelling perspective, either.
BATMAN IS A FACT OF LIFE: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART THREE [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.
In part one of our in-depth interview, Rucka discussed his arrival in Gotham with the popular “No Man’s Land” megaseries. In part two, the writer detailed his involvement in the “New Gotham” revamp of 2000, including the Bruce Wayne: Fugitive saga, the introduction of Sasha Bordeaux, and the difficult transition from longtime Batmang group editor Dennis O’Neil to Bob Schreck.
Today we finish our three-part interview series with a look at Gotham Central, the book that focused on the non-superhero police detectives of Gotham City. Rucka speaks at length about how looking at Batman from the outside changes how the character works, the nature of collaboration with series co-writer Ed Brubaker and artist Michael Lark, and how the book produced one of the greatest Joker stories of all time.