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DC Releases Designs for ‘Earth Two’ Batman and Robin

If not the most eagerly anticipated of DC Comics’ “New 52” second wave titles launching in May, Earth 2 is definitely the most mysterious. It bears the name of DC’s popular Silver Age alternate earth, where the heroes of The Golden Age grew old in real time after DC stopped publishing their original adventures, a world that was off-limits for about 20 years after 1986’s Crisis On Infinite Earths before reappearing in various forms in recent years. After the New 52boot, in which DC once again reset their continuity and rejiggered their cosmology, fans have little idea what to expect from New 52 Earth 2, although DC started giving more clues this week in the form of Jim Lee’s costume design for Batman and Kevin Maguire’s design for Robin.

Earth Two‘s Batman previously appeared in the Ivan Reis-drawn variant cover for the first issue, which the publisher released with their solicitations for the book, fighting Parademons alongside a Superman and Wonder Woman.


All three were in different costumes, and Batman’s look seemed to suggest it might be Dick Grayson under the cowl, given that he was fighting with the stick-like weapons Grayson often employed as Nightwing, and the design of his tunic echoed that of Nightwing’s costume.

In the newly released design sketch by Jim Lee, we see Batman again bearing a stick-and wearing little holster’s for them on his thighs, but the upcoming book’s editor Pat McCallum teased the indentity of the character thusly, “Yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask.”


The best guess for Earth Two Batman’s identity is now probably the current “Earth One” Robin Damian Wayne, all grown up, as Bruce Wayne would be a senior citizen on Earth Two (he has a grown daughter in The Huntress, after all). McCallum also mentions that this Batman will kill his enemies and that “EARTH 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.” Ruthless crime-fighting and lethal force is something Damian Wayne has resorted to in the past… and in a past alternate future (Comics!).

Today DC released their next Earth Two character design, a Robin by Worlds’ Finest artist Kevin Maguire:


Today’s tease was accompanied by a few quotes from Earth Two writer James Robinson, confirming that it is indeed The Huntress Helena Wayne in the image, if the fact that her costume blends the current Huntress costume with Tim Drake’s Robin costume wasn’t enough of a clue (or the fact that we got a glimpse of Helena as Robin on a previously released cover for Worlds’ Finest #1)

What else to we know about Earth Two, at this point? Only that Powergirl and The Huntress have come to the New 52iverse from there, PG was apparently Supergirl just as Huntress used to be Robin and what DC’s original announcement said about the upcoming book:

Earth 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

We’ll update you with more Earth 2 character designs as DC releases them. In the mean time, what do you guys think of the new Dynamic Duo’s costumes?


Wednesday Comic Haul!

As some of you may know, we just moved to Riverside, CA and we’re now residing in Marriott Riverside. So I have no idea where the Local Comic Shop is. I still haven’t bought this week’s haul. Thankfully, We went to San Diego, CA on Thursday to spend the weekend there. I know the LCS there in that area. I bought a lot of this week’s releases. Although I didn’t get to buy Secret Avengers #21.1, I bought most of the ones I wanted and some extras. I bought a butt load of The Walking Dead issues.

Anyway, here’s my haul for this week:

             


Wednesday Comic Haul!

How’s it going, today’s January 11th 2012, and it’s another Wednesday comic book day. I always tell you people to go to your local comic shop whenever you can and go enjoy yourself. I went to mine here in rockin’ Milpitas, CA. Its name is Black Cat Comics.

 

Here’s my haul for this week:

              


The Dark Knight Rises new movie trailer

After a weekend featuring numerous leaked copies of the “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer, Warner Bros. has officially released the long-anticipated first extended look at director Christopher Nolan’s final installment in his three-part Batman epic. The full-length trailer is the latest and most fan-satisfying “Dark Knight Rises” news this month after a new poster debutedChristopher Nolan’s IMAX opening prologue was first previewed in Los Angeles before being shown once more during another Q&A session for journalists in New York.

The trailer opens with a boy singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a crowded football stadium as Alfred (Michael Caine) relates how he has failed to protect Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale). The line sets the tone for the rest of the trailer, which teases Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) standing before images of Harvey Dent, Bane (Tom Hardy) coordinating some kind of plot at the stadium and the introduction of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), who dances with Bruce Wayne at a party, masked as a cat. “There’s a storm coming, Mister Wayne,” she says. “You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

The trailer also spells doom for organized sports in Gotham, courtesy of Bane, showing the football field from the beginning of the trailer as it sinks into the ground from a controlled explosion while a Gotham player runs the ball in for a touchdown. The player, portrayed by a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers who “Dark Knight” executive producer Thomas Tull has part-ownership of, looks back after crossing into the end zone, only to see a massive cavern of nothingness. “When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die,” says Bane to Batman, as many quick cuts showcase weapons, explosions, a flying Batmobile and the much discussed cast members Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The trailer, of course, creates more questions than it answers, and fans can only guess at what Nolan’s final Batman film will bring next summer.

“The Dark Knight Rises” can be seen in theaters and IMAX July 20, 2012

Below is the link to the new trailer:

http://blip.tv/cbr/the-dark-knight-rises-trailer-5834151


Director Christopher Nolan’s Take On Bane

Bane

Director Christopher Nolan recently sat down with Hero Complex to discuss the ending of his Batman trilogy, which kicked off with 2005′s Batman Begins, continued with The Dark Knight in 2008 and will conclude on July 20 with The Dark Knight Rises. After addressing the passion fans have for Batman and the franchise, the filmmaker went into detail about how he settled on Bane (played by Tom Hardy) as the main villain.  “I didn’t know him very well,” Nolan said. “David Goyer got me a bunch of stuff on him and we looked into him. I only knew him by name, I wasn’t familiar with his back story. He’s a very cool character. And getting an actor like Tom to take it on, you know you’re going to get something very special. Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can. He’s a very, very physical actor. He transforms himself and it’s there in every movement. He’s not afraid to look at a character from the outside as well as the inside so there’s a deep psychological branch to the character but also a very, very specific awareness of how he’s going to use his body and his appearance to express that character too. Christian [Bale] is like that too, very much.”  Nolan delved into even more detail about why the schematics of the Bane character were not only a way for him to break new ground, but also to give Batman a big challenge.  “With Bane, the physicality is the thing,” Nolan said. “With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven’t dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film. He’s a primarily physical villain, he’s a classic movie monster in a way — but with a terrific brain. I think he’s a fascinating character. I think people are going to get a kick out of what we’ve done with him.”

Nolan finished the interview by explaining that by picking up Rises right after Dark Knight, he intends to show the sacrifices that Batman and Commissioner Gordon made as having caused some real change in Gotham. “They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity,” Nolan said. “Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that. It’s a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything — which I think would be distracting — but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that.”


Batman Sketch

I did this sketch of Batman battling The Owl.


The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

The website superherohype.com just released a teaser poster for the new bat flick. The photo depicts Bane, the main antagonist of the third film, walking away from a shattered mask(Batman’s). For all you comic nerds out there, doesn’t point you to one certain story where Bane breaks Batman’s back? #TotallyCouldHappen.

Here’s the photo:

Teaser Poster for The Dark Knight Rises

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