Today, the World’s Greatest Detective arrived in Burbank, California, in the form of a colossal Batman statue based on the critically acclaimed Batman: Hushcharacter design by world-renowned artist, publisher, and chief creative officer of DC, Jim Lee.
Brought to life by Visit Burbank in partnership with DC, Lee’s celebrated design from his 2002 Batman run was reimagined in 3D form by digital sculptor, Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, and expertly crafted in bronze by the skilled artisans at Burbank’s American Fine Arts Foundry and Fabrication. The final statue measures seven-and-a-half feet tall and weighs 600 pounds.
Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, and has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery, and justice to generations of fans for over 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, and apparel and lifestyle products, as well as blockbuster animated and live-action films. Batman continues to be one of the most popular superheroes ever created—and, now, he is being commemorated in statue form by the City of Burbank.
The newly installed Batman statue can be viewed in the AMC Walkway of Downtown Burbank. Visitors are strongly advised to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.
Written by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art by: Dexter Soy
Following the smash success of last year’s Tales from the Dark Multiverse series, DC returns with five new tales that explore dark, twisted timelines spinning out some of DC’s most iconic stories. It begins with the story that kicked off the modern era for Batman…“Hush”! The landmark story introduced Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Tommy Elliot as he tried to destroy the Dark Knight…but what if Tommy had ruined Bruce’s life when they were children? Tommy Elliot grew up to be the Dark Prince of Gotham City with the help of Talia al Ghul, Oswald Cobblepot, Harvey Dent, and Jason Todd! But vengeance is coming in the form of Batman the Silenced…who will tear Tommy’s life apart! Written by rising star Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God) with jaw-dropping artwork from Dexter Soy (Batman and the Outsiders)!
AfroComicCon has announced artists Chris and Justin Copeland will be among the Special Guests for the virtual convention!
Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, Chris and Justin Copeland spent a lot of time indoors drawing and imagining worlds outside of poverty and violence. Brought up at a time when graffiti and underground hip hop began to surface as inspiration in every medium, the brothers took to both quickly, as they scanned the rooftop masterpieces on the “L” trains through Chicago.
Film directing was always the goal for the Copelands, but it seemed unattainable given their life situation. However, after watching the 1989 Batman film and receiving a box full of comics (as well as the making of the Batman film book), the duo turned their attention toward drawing and comic books. The comic industry, while very difficult to break into, offered the Copelands the chance to attend comic conventions and meet artists from all over the world and to expand their horizons. It also gave them a medium to hone their drawing and filmmaking skills.
After years of conventions and networking, a few up-and-coming animation industry artists encouraged them to pursue animation as a career, which they took to immediately. Chris was quickly hired at Warner Brothers, and Justin at Marvel Animation. After years of successfully navigating around the industry and learning storytelling, Justin made his directorial debut on Batman: Hushat WB, while at the same time, Chris debuted as a director on Kipo at Dreamworks. SkyBound came calling soon after with an offer to work on Robert Kirkman’sInvincible animated tv show for Amazon.
After a year working with Skybound, Chris and Justin are now at Dreamworks Animation overseeing development of two TV series and a feature animated movie. As brothers and co-collaborators, they look forward to continuing to work together and push the boundaries of storytelling.
AfroComicCon‘s 1st virtual convention will be held on October 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event started in 2017 by the Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), will be held virtually and free through a portal on the organization’s website. Sponsored by the NNPA, the Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. You can register now.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment storms San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with an unparalleled ensemble of stellar offerings, including six World Premieres, a pair of monumental anniversary celebrations, two helpings of horror fun and fan activations spotlighting two 2019 hit films over the July 17-21 weekend in San Diego.
Among the 13 slated events are world premieres of Batman: Hush,Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans, LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters, Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, The Banana Splits Movie and an in-depth Shazam! documentary. The weekend also spotlights grand celebrations for Batman Beyond’s 20th Anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo, as well as an inside look at two horror-centric upcoming releases: Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie.
Immersive experiences adjacent to the Omni Hotel (across the tracks from the Convention Center) will offer fans a more personal experience with two of the top films of 2019 – Shazam! and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Fans will have the opportunity to experience the magic of Ryme City in the immersive walkthrough pop-up based on the hit film Pokémon Detective Pikachu, complete with Instagrammable moments alongside the neon cityscape, Ryme City marketplace, film prop displays, an infinity room and multiple characters from the film including Detective Pikachu himself! And the Shazam! activation gives fans the chance to visit the Chilladelphia Winter Carnival (featured in the blockbuster film) in sunny San Diego to play games, win exclusive prizes, and pose for some fun photo opps. The activations open on Wednesday night.
premieres/panels/activations (and confirmed talent thus far) hosted by Warner
Bros. Home Entertainment include:
Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary
July 18 – 12:15-1:15pm
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for super hero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary with many members of the creative team behind the breakthrough production, including producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), eight-time Emmy Award-winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (Justice League), director James Tucker (Batman: Hush), writers Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13), and Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier), and the acting stars of the series—Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible), the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. Stay to the end for some exclusive prizes and cool announcements. Hall H
Horror Times Two: Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie
July 18 – 4:30-5:30pm
Bros. Home Entertainment brings a double dip of upcoming horror films in Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie (both
produced by Blue Ribbon Content in conjunction with SYFY). Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters Attack! follows
20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting
for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the
professor’s children, along with her own little brother, Drea takes them on a
hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started
devouring every living thing they encounter. Dee Wallace(E.T. the
Extra-Terrestrial), who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown and returns to the franchise in the
mysterious role of Aunt Dee, and Tashiana
Washington (Shaft, Gimme Shelter) will be on the panel alongside
director Bobby Miller (The Cleanse), Critters puppeteer Keith
Arbuthnot (Eureka, The Cabin in the Woods), voice of the Critters Steve
Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Blue Ribbons’ Peter Girardi to discuss the new
film. The Banana Splits
a new take on the classic characters from the late 1960s The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety
program. In the upcoming
horror thriller, a boy named Harley and his family go to a taping of The
Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday
for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn—and the body count quickly
rises. Can Harley, his mom, and their new pals safely escape? The Banana Splits Movie panelists
include writers Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (Raven’s Home, My
Super Psycho Sweet 16), actor Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries),
Blue Ribbon’s Peter Girardi, and the voice of the Banana Splits, Eric
Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons). Critters Attack! lands on earth on July 23, 2019 on Blu-ray Combo
Pack, DVD and Digital. The
Banana Splits Movie comes to Digital on August 13, and Blu-ray and DVD on
August 27. 6DE
Autograph Signing: Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie
July 18 – 3:30-4:00pm – Warner Bros./DC Booth
cast and crew members of the upcoming horror films Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie (both produced by Blue Ribbon Content
in conjunction with SYFY) for an autograph session on exclusive Comic-Con 2019
film-specific posters. Currently slated to sign are Critters Attacks!
Wallace, Tashiana Washington, Steve Blum, director Bobby Miller, puppeteer Keith
Arbuthnot and Blue Ribbons’ Peter Girardi, and The
Banana Splits Movie writers Jed Elinoff and Scott
Thomas, actors Sara Canning and Eric Bauza and Blue Ribbon’s Peter
World Premiere of SHAZAM! Documentary
July 18 – 6:00-7:00pm
unbelievable history behind the iconic, magical, and influential superhero who
is really just a kid at heart: SHAZAM! Introduced in person by one of the
film’s stars – Asher Angel – this DC Spotlight (streaming later this
summer on DC Universe) features interviews with the people who helped The
World’s Mightiest Mortal evolve from comic book hero to pop culture icon.
You’ll witness the enlightening perspectives of legendary DC writers and
artists, including Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway, Tom Mandrake, Jeff Smith, Gerry
Conway, Jim Lee, and Dan DiDio; filmmaker/comic expert Kevin Smith; and the
stars and makers of 2019’s hit film, SHAZAM!: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher
Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, director David F. Sandberg,
and producer Peter Safran; and many more. Horton Grand Theatre
World Premiere of The Banana Splits Movie
July 18 – 10:00-11:30pm
banana, two bananas, three bananas . . . gore! Be among the first to witness
the terrifying return of everyone’s favorite silly quartet as The Banana Splits Movie offers a new take on the classic characters, which were first introduced
to audiences in 1968 with The Banana
Splits Adventure Hour variety program. In the upcoming horror
thriller, a boy named Harley and his family go to a taping of The
Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday
for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn—and the body count quickly
rises. Can Harley, his mom, and their new pals safely escape? The film stars Sara Canning (The Vampire
Diaries) and Dani Kind (Wynonna Earp), and Eric Bauza (Looney
Tunes Cartoons, Woody Woodpecker, UniKitty!) supplies the voices of the Banana Splits. The movie is written by
Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (Raven’s Home, My Super Psycho
Sweet 16) and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (Level 16). Produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association
with Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment and SYFY, The Banana Splits
Moviecomes to Digital on August 13, and Blu-ray and
DVD on August 27. Horton Grand Theatre
World Premiere of Batman: Hush
July 19 – 7:15-9:15pm
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC, and Warner Bros. Animation returns for their traditional Friday night Comic-Con World Premiere of the latest DC Universe movie, and this time it’s a doozy—the long-awaited Batman: Hush.An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life—which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman. Meet the filmmakers and voice cast behind this new classic for a post-screening panel that will include Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle, respectively; Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary) as the Riddler, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn, Bruce Thomas (Legally Blonde, Kyle XY) as Jim Gordon, director Justin Copeland (Reign of the Supermen), screenwriter Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice), and executive producer James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen). Batman: Hush arrives on Digital starting July 20, 2019; on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 6; and the DC Universe streaming service on August 13. Ballroom 20
Batman: HushEncore Screening
July 19 – 9:30-11:00pm
it the first time? Loved it so much, you must see it again. Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment is proud to offer a second helping of its all new DC Universe
Movie—the much-anticipated Batman: Hush.An adaptation of the seminal DC
classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on
a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to
destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal
life—which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle,
a.k.a. Catwoman. Batman: Hush
arrives on Digital starting July 20, 2019; on 4K Ultra
HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray
Combo Pack on August 6; and the DC Universe
streaming service on August 13. Ballroom 20
Scooby-Doo’s 50th Birthday Bash
July 20 – 12:30-1:30pm
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) salutes that lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang with a panel spotlighting half a century of crime-solving silliness. For 50 years, the Mystery Inc. gang has entertained Scooby-Doo fans with zany hijinks, action-packed adventures, and engaging mysteries that have captivated viewers of all ages. What started as a Saturday morning cartoon exploded into an enormously successful franchise encompassing multiple spin-off series, original animated and live action films, consumer products and much more. Included in the celebration will be several key showrunners, filmmakers, and stars of the franchise, including Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Grils, The Loud House) and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates, Unikitty!), the voices of Daphne and Velma, respectively—and a glimpse of the upcoming Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion box set from WBHE (available in stores on September 3, 2019). 6A
World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
July 21 – 10:15-11:45am
your Scooby Snacks and join the Mystery Inc. gang as the teen sleuths embark on
a wild and spooky vacation with zombies and cat people on Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island,an all-new, original film. Be among the first live audience to see this follow-up
to the classic, best-selling Scooby-Doo! film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, as this new animated adventure finds
Scooby-Doo and his pals taking a much-deserved vacation to a tropical island.
Instead of getting rest and relaxation, however, they find themselves wrapped
up in one of their biggest mysteries yet! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation,
the film arrives this fall from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 6BCF
World Premiere of Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans
July 21 – 12:00-2:00pm
When the forces of evil unite from across time and dimensions, it’ll take the combined efforts of distinctly different, yet similar super hero teams to keep the universe secure in Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans. Come for the World Premiere of this blockbuster film, then stay for an incredibly entertaining panel discussion featuring the stars of the film—Greg Cipes (The Middle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters) as Robin, Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, My Little Pony, Unikitty!) as Raven, Hynden Walch (Adventure Time, Groundhog Day) as Starfire, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise, DC Super Hero Girls, The Fairly OddParents) as Mrs. Claus, and some surprise special guests. . . alongside producer/director Jeff Mednikow (Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, Teen Titans Go!), screenwriters Marly Halpern-Graser (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Jeremy Adams (LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment this fall on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. 6BCF
World Premiere of LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters
July 21 – 2:15-4:15pm
Batman, Robin, and Batgirl must
stick together even when Gotham’s most dangerous villains attempt to pull them
apart in LEGODC: Batman: Family Matters, the latest animated adventure in the LEGO
DC series. Witness the World Premiere of this action-packed, brick-tastic
adventure that will be followed by a star-studded panel of actors and
filmmakers, including the voices of Batman, Batgirl, and Robin—Troy Baker
(Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Batman: Arkham Origins), Alyson Stoner (Phineas
and Ferb) and Scott Menville (Teen
Titans, Teen Titans Go!)—along with Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Red Hood, Tara
Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, Teen
Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Batwoman, and Steve Blum
(Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels) as Scarecrow. Filmmakers include
producer Rick Morales (LEGO
Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood), director Matt Peters (LEGODCComics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of
Atlantis), and screenwriter Jeremy Adams (LEGO DC Comics Super
Heroes: The Flash). Produced by
Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and the LEGO Group, the film will be distributed by
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment later this summer on Blu-rayTM Combo
Pack, DVD, and Digital. 6BCF
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has moved up its physical release date for Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC UniverseMovies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will arrive one week earlier than originally announced, now coming to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and the DC Universe streaming service on August 6, 2019. The film retains its Digital release date of July 20, 2019.
An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
Batman: Hush will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD). The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.
Bonus features on Batman: Hush include the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Sgt. Rock; a fascinating featurette focused on Selina Kyle/Catwoman entitled Batman: Love in Time of War; an Audio Commentary featuring executive producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker; a sneak peek at the next DC UniverseMovie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines; and two episodes from The Batman/Superman Hour.
Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, has gotten its first trailer. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 20, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 13, 2019.
An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, “Batman: Hush” centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
Batman: Hush boasts a stellar voicecast led by primetime television stars Jason O’Mara (The Man In The High Castle) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time) as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle, respectively. The cast also includes Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Billions, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rebecca Romijn (The Librarians, X-Men) as Lois Lane, Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Lex Luthor, Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) as Amanda Waller, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Joker, Peyton List (Bunk’d, Jessie) as Batgirl, Peyton List (Gotham, Mad Men, The Flash) as Poison Ivy, Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary) as the Riddler, Sean Maher (Firefly) as Nightwing, Maury Sterling (Homeland) as Thomas Elliot, Bruce Thomas (Legally Blonde, Kyle XY) as Jim Gordon, Adam Gifford (Longmire) as Bane, Sachie Alessio (Justice League Dark) as Lady Shiva, Stuart Allan (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) as Damian Wayne, James Garrett (Batman: Bad Blood) as Alfred, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn, Chris Cox (Family Guy) as Scarecrow, and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Reporter.
Director Justin Copeland (Reign of the Supermen) helms “Batman: Hush” from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) & Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) are co-producers. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Michael Uslan is executive producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen).
We should be pretty back to normal this week as far as coverage, going a bit heavier when it comes to games since we just came off of Gen Con. We’ve missed a few “Around the Tubes,” so below is catch up with some older news and throughout the day, we’ll be posting news we might have missed.