With DC's Caped Crusader celebrating his 80th birthday in 2019, we trace the secret history of Robin's egg-dropping gaffe.
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.
DC has invited a few of its super friends to the Comic-Con party. Here, neatly assembled in glass enclosures (which look not unlike The Collector’s menagerie from a certain rival universe) are Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg sporting their costumes from this November’s Justice League. The team (sans Superman) is the centerpiece of the publisher’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, when Warner Bros. unveiled the screen costumes at the annual Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, along with a bunch of the studio’s movie-related merchandise. As we’ve noted before here (and here!), the looks are inspired by such video games as Injustice, Arkham: Batman, and DC Universe Online as much as the classic comics. Click through and check them out for yourself.
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
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.)
Heath Ledger was allegedly so obsessed with perfecting his performance as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ that he turned his entire New York apartment into a “shrine” dedicated to the villain. The New York Post have reported that the police that responded to his drug overdose in his Manhattan abode in 2008 found that it was covered in Batman comic-books, various pieces of clown memorabilia, and other bits of research surrounding previous incarnations of the character.
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.
The batpod from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was auctioned off yesterday, hauling in a massive £312,000. A batsuit from the movie and another from ‘Batman Begins’ also went under the hammer, making £192,000 and £96,000 respectively. – Doctor Strange confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War – Tom Hanks photobombs wedding – Carrie Fisher on why Leia and Han split up The items were among a collection of rare film and TV memorabilia, with the auction held to the BFI IMAX in London. Steven Spielberg’s original clapperboard from ‘Jaws’ fetched £84,000, while a Sloth mask from ‘The Goonies’ made £36,000. ...
LaBeouf is currently receiving rave reviews for his turn in ‘American Honey’ while he’s also just started filming his role as John McEnroe in ‘Borg vs McEnroe’, and now DC fans are adamant that he’s the man to bring Red Hood, otherwise known as the second incarnation of Robin, to the DC Extended Universe.
Just when we thought Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight films were done and dusted, Anne Hathaway is up for reprising her character in a spin-off. “It sort of goes with the territory when you accept it and receive it from the last Catwoman.
‘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.
Anyone who’s seen DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ will be aware of a mid-credit sequence, but what exactly does it reveal and, importantly, mean?*The following contains huge Suicide Squad spoilers*
After months of building hype — and renewed hope for the DC cinematic universe after the letdown of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — Suicide Squad storms theaters this weekend, bringing some of the comics’ baddest asses to the big screen for the first time. Considering this film is set in the aftermath of BvS and is a bridge to Justice League, there are a couple of familiar super friends also in the mix. With all these moving parts, we thought it would be helpful to put together a guide to the Squad (in order of appearance) so you’re clear on who’s who before heading to the cineplex.Related: Jared Leto’s New Joker PhotosThe Secret History of Harley QuinnPhotos From ‘Suicide Squad’ PremiereUp Close and Personal With ‘Suicide Squad’ Props(All photos via Warner Bros.)
As recently as last week, one gent tried to take three of the weapons onto a flight from San Francisco International Airport, at which point they were confiscated. “Passengers are not allowed to bring anything on a plane that resembles a weapon, so anything like a boomerang or anything like that would not be permitted in the airplane cabin,” Mike England, a spokesperson for the TSA told The Hollywood Reporter. It echoes a similar warning from the TSA at Salt Lake City International Airport issued in January.
‘Suicide Squad’ may be just around the corner but it hasn’t stopped Jared Leto from wanting to be in future DC outings, with one particular solo movie in mind. According to his latest comments, which came during a chat with the Toronto Sun, the actor who plays the latest version of The Joker echoed his previous desire to appear in more DC ventures, specifically opposite Ben Affleck. As we’ve learned over the the past 12 months, Leto’s taken his role of the iconic Joker extremely seriously, with a number of reports emerging based on his hardcore and rather unique method acting.