Editor’s note: The original version of this story ran in July 2016, as Harley Quinn was about to make her big-screen debut in Suicide Squad. With Saturday designated as the annual Batman Day, and DC celebrating by giving Harley a co-starring role coinciding with her 25th anniversary, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit our first-hand account of the strange origin of one of DC’s strangest characters from the man who dreamed her up. In the early 1990s, Paul Dini was a writer for hire, cranking out scripts for the ground-breaking, noirish Batman: The Animated Series, when inspiration struck.
The team is the centerpiece of DC's booth, prominently located in the main thoroughfare of the San Diego Convention Center. Yahoo Movies got up close with the heroes; click through for our snaps from the show floor.
As you may recall, Bruce Wayne's last Batmobile from Batman v Superman wasn't quite Kryptonian proof. That means that the upcoming Justice League movie will feature a new and improved model, and Yahoo Movies has your first look.
Yahoo Movies' sneak peek at Lego Justice League sets, based on big-screen action — revealing a few previously unknown plot points, characters, and vehicles
Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are getting together a bunch of their new super friends for (what DC and Warner Bros. hope is) a crime-busting good time in the upcoming Justice League, slated for Nov. 17. While we've glimpsed the new members in trailers and brief interludes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we haven't really gotten a clear look at Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) until today.
Yahoo Movies has the exclusive first look at DC Collectibles’ upcoming line of premium, screen-accurate 12-inch statues based on the Justice League lineup. The meticulously detailed poly-resin sculpts were designed in coordination with Warner Bros. and present our best look yet at the costumed characters who make up DC’s premier hero team: Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. Each piece, mounted on a Justice League stand, will retail for $150, be limited to a run of 5,000 copies and will be available timed to the film’s Nov. 17 opening.
One triumph of The Lego Batman Movie is its ability to simultaneously satirize and celebrate the legacy of the Dark Knight, a rich history spanning eight decades of comic books, TV shows, and, especially, films. From Will Arnett’s Christian Bale-inspired gravelly growl to callbacks to the 1940s serial, The Lego Batman Movie is overstuffed with cinematic references and inside jokes. The pilot immediately calls out the Joker, pointing out how his previous big-screen endeavors were thwarted by the Caped Crusaders, alluding to both 2008’s The Dark Knight and 1989’s Batman.
Part parody, part paean, The Lego Batman Movie lovingly plumbs the depths of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery to reward long-time Bat lovers — and perhaps confound casual fans. The Clown Prince of Crime has recruited a who’s-who of fellow felons, among them such major big-screen miscreants as Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Bane, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy, as well as Suicide Squaddies like Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and Captain Boomerang. Yes, Condiment King is real.
The Lego Batman Movie arrives this week, gleefully poking fun at the Caped Crusader and his Dark Knighthood. But before Bats gets funny, he’ll be his typical gloomy self in the aptly titled Justice League Dark.
The suit worn by Robin, Batman’s longtime sidekick, was inspired by vintage illustrations of Robin Hood. At least, according to co-creator Jerry Robinson — you know, if you want to take his word for it. In the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, the mythology behind the Boy Wonder’s costume gets turned inside out, and you can take a look in the exclusive clip above.
'The Founder' star tells The Hollywood Reporter he couldn't get on board with Joel Schumacher's take on the Caped Crusader after two films with Tim Burton, and walked away from a reported $15 million payday
Why did “Jingle Bells” get this particular spoof? Spike Jones’s uptempo romp, Yogi Yorgesson (“Yingle Bells“), and the Three Stooges (“Jingle Bells Drag“) showed that “Jingle Bells” could be played for broader comedic effect. As writer Rob Weir documents on his blog, children began applying funny lyrics to the song’s simple rhymes and familiar melody at least as early as the 1950s, while wildly racist versions sprung up in the South in the 1950s and 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement.
Suffering from Dark Knight fatigue? We’ve got the antidote for those who prefer their Caped Crusaders campy. Here’s an exclusive supervillain supercut from Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, a new animated feature-length film that brings back Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo. (Watch above.)
Tell your friends… he’s the Batman. Following the recent spate of creepy clowns scaring children (and grown ups) around the UK, a masked gent dressed as Batman has been stepping in. A picture shared on Facebook, and then picked up by BBC Cumbria, appears to show the caped crusader chasing off a ‘joker’ in Whitehaven, Cumbria.
‘Dark Night’ recounts writer Paul Dini’s struggle to recover from a horrific attack. Paul Dini has a mantle full of Emmys for a TV-writing career that has included such shows as Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, G.I. Joe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Star Wars: The Clones Wars, and even ABC’s Lost.
Harley Quinn is having a moment. Daddy’s Li’l Monster has emerged as an indisputable breakout in the run-up to the August premiere of Suicide Squad, perhaps the summer’s most anticipated film. Played on screen by Margot Robbie, the character is a relatively recent edition to the DC Universe, first surfacing in a 1992 episode of the classic cartoon Batman: The Animated Series.
The Suicide Squad just hit Hollywood. In advance of the anticipated summer movie, due out Aug. 5, Warner Bros. is displaying a wide selection of costumes and props featuring DC Comics’ off-kilter band of baddies for visitors who go on the studio tour. This week, Warners previewed the exhibit, which also includes artifacts from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in its museum. In the coming months, the studio will rotate in new pieces from upcoming DC-based films like Wonder Woman and Justice League, as well as its stable of TV shows, including Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
In a podcast last week, as he was offering his critique of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, inveterate comic nerd Kevin Smith noted something about the performance of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: “He moved the way that Batman moves and fights … [it was] the best cinematic presentation of Batman fighting you’ve ever seen in a movie. It looked like the video game, almost.” Smith was onto something with that tossed-off remark, something that explains the polarized reaction to film. Batman v Superman is more relatable as a video game.
Piggybacking off the record-setting success of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. on Monday released a deleted scene that will presumably be part of Zack Snyder’s three-hour, R-rated director’s cut. The 45-second, near-wordless clip depicts Jesse Eisenberg’s manic Lex Luthor — acting speechless for a change — deep within the bowels of Zod’s Kryptonian vessel, communing with a giant creature that’s most definitely not of this world. The creature vanishes as a gun-toting SWAT team approaches, presumably to take Lex into custody.
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg make a magnificent seven. With that in mind, director Zack Snyder says his upcoming Justice League team-up will pay homage to one of cinema’s all-time classics: Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai. Snyder’s Justice League, the sequel to his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for November 2017, will be structured in similar fashion.
It’s been a schoolyard staple for decades: Who would win, Batman or Superman? At first blush, the easy answer would be the god-like Kryptonian in a cakewalk over the all-too-human Caped Crusader. But not so fast. While the two heroes are typically depicted as the bestest of super friends in the DC comics universe, they’ve come to blows for various reasons over the years and the fights are not as one-sided as one might think.