Category Archives: Television

Dark Horse Books dives into the visual journey of the creation of The Cuphead Show

Dark Horse Books and King Features Syndicate presents The Art of The Cuphead Show! Lead writer of the popular Netflix series, Deeki Deke, guides fans on a behind-the scenes tour through The Cuphead Show!’s creation including never before seen graphics and insights directly from the crew.

Immerse yourself in the creation story of the acclaimed Netflix animated series, The Cuphead Show! as series’ producers, writers, graphic artists, and more take you on a deep dive into the development and production of one of the hottest animated series around! Never-before-seen production art, character designs, and more await in The Art of The Cuphead Show!.

Since The Cuphead Show! first debuted in February 2022, the animated adaptation of the award-winning video game has received high praise for its stunning designs and classic animation art style. The Cuphead Show! is executive produced by Dave Wasson, Chad Moldenhauer, Jared Moldenhauer, and CJ Kettler, with Cosmo Segurson serving as co-executive producer. Due to the massive success and popularity of the first drop of The Cuphead Show!, Cuphead, Mugman and the Inkwell Isles crew returned to Netflix with new episodes and in August, and more misadventures are planned to hit the streamer on November 18.

The Art of The Cuphead Show! hardcover volume will be available for purchase in Summer 2023 — in bookstores June 27 followed by comic stores on June 28. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. The Art of The Cuphead Show! will retail for $49.99.

The Art of The Cuphead Show! 

Marvel and Sony bring Spider-Man’s world to the small screen

Silk

Marvel and Sony Pictures Television are teaming up for a suite of live-action series spinning out of the world of Spider-Man. MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video have ordered the series.

Silk: Spider Society will be the first show with Angela Kang as showrunner.

The series will debut first on MGM+ (which is the relaunched Epic). It will then air on Amazon Prime Video in the United States. Internationally, the series will air on Amazon in 240 countries and territories.

Sony controls over 900 Marvel characters. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will exec produce the suite of series with Amy Pascal.

Silk was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. She cameoed in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 2014 with a full appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #4 that same year. The character, Cindy Moon, is a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker and escapes imprisonment to search for her missing family.

Filmation’s The Adventures of Batman comes to blu-ray in February 2023

The Adventures of Batman: The Complete Collection

One of Filmation’s most beloved animated series has been newly remastered in high definition for release on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will distribute The Adventures of Batman: The Complete Collection on February 28, 2023, as a two-disc set featuring all 34 episodes of the classic series for $29.98 SRP (USA) and $39.99 SRP (Canada).

The Adventures of Batman was one of the spotlight animated television series to be produced by Filmation, who generated more than 50 animated series, over a dozen television shorts, specials and movies, and eight feature films. The Adventures of Batman was also paired with another famous DC Super Hero to become The Batman/Superman Hour.

Filmation veteran Olan Soule (Super Friends, The Towering Inferno) provided the voice of Batman, while American Top 40 co-founder & host Casey Kasem (Scooby-Doo franchise) played Robin. The supporting cast featured two-time Emmy Award winner Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack) as Commissioner Gordon, Larry Storch (F Troop) as Joker, and Jane Webb (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Archie Show) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.

Soule and Kasem became the reigning voices of Batman and Robin, respectively, for several years as the Dynamic Duo would appear in two The New Scooby-Doo Movies crossovers, various versions of Super Friends, and The New Adventures of Batman.

Premiering on September 14, 1968, The Adventures of Batman also featured Batman’s primary rogues’ gallery at the time – Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Riddler, Scarecrow, Dollman, Mad Hatter and Simon the Pieman – as well as some notable team-ups of those villains.

The 34 episodes in The Adventures of Batman: The Complete Collection are:

  • My Crime Is Your Crime / A Bird Out of Hand
  • The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze / The Joke’s on Robin
  • How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow? / In Again, Out Again Penguin
  • The Nine Lives of Batman / Long John Joker
  • Bubi, Bubi, Who’s Got the Ruby? / 1001 Faces of the Riddler
  • The Big Birthday Caper / Two Penguins Too Many
  • Partners in Peril / The Underworld Underground Caper
  • Hizzoner the Joker / Freeze’s Frozen Vikings
  • The Crime Computer / The Great Scarecrow Scare
  • A Game of Cat and Mouse / Beware of Living Dolls
  • Will the Real Robin Please Stand Up? / He Who Swipes the Ice, Goes to the Cooler
  • Simon the Pieman / A Mad, Mad Tea Party
  • From Catwoman with Love / Perilous Playthings
  • A Perfidious Pieman Is Simon / Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper
  • The Fiendishly Frigid Fraud / Enter the Judge
  • The Jigsaw Jeopardy / Wrath of the Riddler
  • It Takes Two to Make a Team / Opera Buffa

Kevin Conroy, Preeminent Voice of Batman Passes Away at Age 66

Kevin Conroy

NEW YORK, NY (November 11, 2022) – Actor Kevin Conroy, the most beloved voice of Batman in the animated history of the character, died Thursday at age 66 after a short battle with cancer.

A noted stage, film and television performer, Conroy rose to unparalleled voice acting fame as the title character of the landmark Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1996). He would establish never-to-be-broken records as the quintessential voice of Batman, bringing the super hero to animated life in nearly 60 different productions, including 15 films – highlighted by the acclaimed Batman: Mask of the Phantasm; 15 animated series, spanning nearly 400 episodes and more than 100 hours of television; as well as two dozen video games. Conroy was also featured as a live-action Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse’s 2019-2020 “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.

In recent years, Conroy was a notable fixture on the Con circuit, greeting fans with the same warmth, respect and enthusiasm they reserved for him.

“Kevin was far more than an actor whom I had the pleasure of casting and directing – he was a dear friend for 30+ years whose kindness and generous spirit knew no boundaries,” said Emmy Award winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano. “Kevin’s warm heart, delightfully deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever.”

“Kevin was perfection,” recalled Mark Hamill, who redefined the Joker playing opposite Conroy’s Batman. “He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated.”

Born on November 30, 1955 in Westbury, New York, and raised in Westport, CT, Conroy began establishing himself in the acting community while under the tutelage of John Houseman at The Julliard School – where he studied alongside the likes of Christopher Reeve, Frances Conroy, and his roommate Robin Williams. 

Kevin Conroy

Conroy began his career following his love of the theatre, keeping him on stage in both New York and at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The actor received rave reviews for his starring performances in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Public Theater, Eastern Standard on Broadway, Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee, and in the title role of Hamlet at the 1984 New York Shakespeare Festival. In addition, he performed in films and television – most notably in the mid-1980s when he had recurring roles on Dynasty, Tour of Duty and Ohara; successful runs on soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Another World; and guest roles on popular series like Cheers, Murphy Brown, Spenser: For Hire and Matlock.

But it was his incomparable, nuanced performance as the voice of Batman that put Conroy on the map – and the fans’ radar – when Batman: The Animated Series debuted on September 5, 1992. From that point on, Conroy would forever be linked to the Dark Knight – in TV series like Batman Beyond and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited; films ranging from Batman: the Killing Joke and Batman: Gotham Knight to Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman; and more than two dozen video games.

“Kevin was a brilliant actor,” Hamill said. “For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it. His rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery – that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.”

“Kevin brought a light with him everywhere,” said Paul Dini, producer of Batman: The Animated Series, “whether in the recording booth giving it his all, or feeding first responders during 9/11, or making sure every fan who ever waited for him had a moment with their Batman. A hero in every sense of the word. Irreplaceable. Eternal.”

Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy. Memorial services are pending.

The voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, has passed away

Batman the Animated Series

News broke this morning that Kevin Conroy, most known for voicing Batman has passed away. Actor Diane Pershing posted on Facebook that Conroy passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness.

Conroy attended Julliard after which he toured in numerous productions. He went on to appear in numerous television films and series but is best known as voicing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series which debuted in 1992. He’d go on to voice the character for three decades in animated films, television series, and video games. He’d go on to play a live action Bruce Wayne on Batwoman in the crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.

In 2022, Conroy wrote a piece for DC Comics’ Pride comic, “Finding Batman” described as a “personal story” with art by J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar. The story recounted his life and experiences as a gay man. While “out” for years, this was the first time many found out Conroy was gay.

For a generation Conroy is their Batman delivering an iconic performance that won’t be matched and will be missed.

Lectures in History: Comics and Cold War America airing on C-Span 3

Comics has come to C-Span 3 with Lectures in History: Comics and Cold War America. Gregory Daddis of San Diego State University teaches a class on comics during the Cold War, and a lecture has been recorded for the channel. The lecture is from September 13, 2022. San Diego State University in California is home to the Center for Comics Studies.

If you missed it’s airing earlier today, it airs on C-Span 3 at 8pm and 11pm tonight. Or you can watch it on demand.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Marvel’s Wonder Man

Wonder Man

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is shifting the world of DC’s Aquaman and Watchmen to the lead role in the Disney+ Marvel Studios series Wonder Man.

The character debuted in The Avengers #9 in 1964 and was created by Stan Lee, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby. The character has ion based powers including super strength, later joins the Avengers, and has been in a relationship with the Scarlet Witch. The character has been both a hero and villain and generally has been absent from the Marvel comic universe in recent years.

Announced in June, the series sees teh involvement of Shang-Chi‘s Destin Daniel Cretton and Hawkeye‘s Andrew Guest. Cretton will direct while Guest is the head writer. The series will also see the return of Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has history with comic properties having won an Emmy in 2020 for his turn as Dr. Manhattan in HBO’s Watchmen. He also plays Black Manta who was in 2018’s Aquaman and will return in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Cavill is out and Hemsworth is in for The Witcher Season 4

The Witcher

Is there already fallout from Henry Cavill‘s return as the Man of Steel? News broke today that The Witcher will get a new lead for the fourth season. Netflix announced that Cavill will be exciting the series after three seasons and Liam Hemsworth will take over.

The third season of The Witcher is expected to debut in summer 2023. A four episode prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin starring Sophia Brown, Michelle Yeoh and Laurence O’Fuarain, will debut December 25.

It’s unknown exactly why Cavill is stepping down but it was recently announced he would return as Superman in DC’s movie universe. In a 2021 story in The Hollywood Reporter, Cavill said he planned to follow through with the series with a focus on it lasting seven seasons.

Liam Hemsworth is mainly known for The Hunger Games where he played Gale Hawthorne.

Don Cheadle’s This Radicle Act options Rogues’ Gallery

The hit thriller series Rogues’ Gallery by writer Hannah Rose May and artist Justin Mason was recently picked up in a competitive situation for adaptation. Don Cheadle‘s This Radicle Act won out optioning the series. The plan is to adapt it for television. May will serve as an EP and will be producing the series through her Weird Neighbour Productions banner alongside Cheadle, Karyn Smith-Forge and This Radicle Act.

For those who have missed out, the series will be collected into trade paperback this December. Rogues’ Gallery, Vol. 1 will collect issues #1-4 of the series and be available from Image Comics just in time for the holidays.

The series is perhaps best described as The Purge meets Scream. It is a pulse-pounding story that follows disenfranchised TV superhero actress Maisie Wade as she is terrorized by an unhinged group of intruders cosplaying her day job’s arch-villains. If Maisie is going to survive the night, she’ll need to be the hero she has come to despise.

Rogues’ Gallery, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 9781534324503, Diamond Code OCT220060) will be available at local comic book shops on Wednesday, December 7 and Independent Bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indigo, and Waterstones on Tuesday, December 13.

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