The Killing Joke is one of the more notable entries in Batman comic book history, offering one of the most sadistic versions of the Joker to date. Alan Moore’s book is one of the more divisive among fans, who either love it or despise it, and in further proving their commitment to the darker side of superhero stories, DC is taking The Killing Joke and adapting it…into an animated feature, of all things.
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Well that didn’t take very long. Just a couple of hours ago we learned that Ben Affleck will co-write, direct and star in a new Batman solo movie ahead of his appearance at Comic-Con 2015 this Saturday. If you thought you’d have to wait to learn more details about the project, DC’s chief creative officer and comic book writer Geoff Johns is already dropping hints.
We’d previously heard some rumblings about Ben Affleck possibly directing and starring in a solo Batman film for Warner Bros. and DC, and although the WB Comic-Con panel isn’t until this Saturday, we’ve already got major news: Affleck has been confirmed to direct, star in and co-write the solo Batman film with DC Comics’ own Geoff Johns.
After a few months of seeing images from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, we’re all pretty much on the same page with our expectations: street thug Joker, Hot Topic Harley Quinn, various dudes with ‘tudes and an aesthetic that’s like “what if there was a goth gang on the east side?” Nerdist has put together a fake trailer that’s basically exactly what you think the first trailer for Suicide Squad is going to be. It is, as the Squad says, sick.
There was a whole lot of wishy-washy nonsense surrounding Cameron Monaghan’s role as Jerome in Gotham Season 1. Was he FOX’s Bat-prequel version of the Joker or wasn’t he? Executive producer Bruno Heller teased the arrival of Batman’s most famous villain in Season 1, but backtracked later to say we would see a “pre-embryonic” origin story of the character in Season 2. But according to a photo posted by Monaghan, we may have been misled — or not. I don’t know. This is getting out of hand.
Here’s something you don’t see at every Comic-Con. Although fans and critics alike get the chance to see major franchise stars in Hall H, they rarely get to interact with them up close. That will change this Saturday, as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will put aside their superhero squabbling and hit the con floor to sign autographs for fans.
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We’re still a bit far out from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but with the film making an appearance at Comic-Con next week (where we’ll undoubtedly see some new footage), new details about the superhero showdown flick are trickling out. These plot details primarily deal with Ben Affleck’s brooding Batman and his moral dilemma regarding Superman.
Troubled though FOX’s Gotham may be, Season 2 has set some strong talent to help facilitate Bruce Wayne’s batty origins. Following the addition of one major big bad, Gotham Season 2 has cast both Jessica Lucas in the role of DC’s Tigress, as well as The Goldbergs star Dustin Ybarra in a recurring role as a hungry new villain.
FOX’s Gotham has thus far focused on elevating its existing cast to Season 2 regulars, but with Jada Pinkett’s Fish Mooney out of the picture, Batman’s hometown needs a new villain, or two. Enter the ubiquitous James Frain as both savior and big bad to Gotham Season 2, as well as the brother of DC villain Tigress.