The consumer demo for Batman: Arkham Asylumâ„¢, co-published in North America by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Eidos Inc., will be available for the Xbox 360Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 entertainment system and Games For WindowsÂ® LIVE worldwide on August 7. The full game will be available at retail stores nationwide in North America beginning August 25, and in Europe and Australia beginning August 28.
The demo will be offered on Xbox LIVEÂ® Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStationÂ®Network for the PLAYSTATION 3. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamasylum.com for details on how to download the Games For Windows LIVE version.
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The second installment of Grant Morrisonâ€™s Batman and Robin hit the stands today.Â Now that the euphoria of the first issue has worn off, how well does this issue hold up?
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DC Comics has announced the contributing artists on Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? #1 will be Fabian Nicieza, Dustin Nguyen, Gulliem March, Chris Cross, Jamie MacElvie, Alex Konat and Mark McKenna.
In this pivotal one-shot, Batman is gone, and Gotham City continues to fall apart. But a few extraordinary “ordinary” people try to mend the city’s wounds, looking into a dark night for answers.
A cop looking to save Gotham from its own madness. A reporter looking to reclaim her career by revealing that it’s no coincidence the city’s top billionaire and its urban legend are missing at the same time. A doctor seeking to regain her soul by stepping back into Hell. One hero who can’t quite get it right no matter how hard she tries. Harvey Bullock. Vicki Vale. Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Stephanie Brown. What do all these people have in common? This one-shot special explores the effect a missing Batman has on the citizens of Gotham City.
Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? #1 arrives March 4.Â Other Battle for the Cowl titles include Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1, Batman: Battle for the Cowl – Commissioner Gordon #1, Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight #1, and Oracle #1.
via DC Comics
Actor Pat Hingle, who played Commissioner Jim Gordon in Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin has passed at the age of 84.
Hingle died Saturday night of myelodysplasia, a type of blood cancer, at his home in Carolina Beach, N.C., according to Lynn Heritage, a cousin who was acting as a spokesperson for the family.
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On the next Major Spoilers Podcast, we’re diving deep into the comic that, in 1986, made me sit up and go Hellz Yeah! That collected trade would be none other than Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller–known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil–is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children’s cartoon character into a hero for our times. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued that only someone of Miller’s stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic–detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it’s a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome.
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