Monthly Archives: February 2010

Bat Casebook : Batman and Robin #9 and Gotham City Sirens #9

The Bat Casebook by Jared Kardos

Welcome to The Bat Casebook, where I take what Batman comics came out that week and review them for you. Let’s get started, shall we?

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Cover Artist: Frank Quitely and Cameron Stewart

It’s kinda odd that this column’s accidentally became bi-weekly coinciding with this title. Coincidence, of course, but it is a book that’s really got me hyped for the bat-verse in general, and is just full of excitement.

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James Woods Speaks On Justice League : Crisis on Two Earths


Nobody captures villainy quite like James Woods. The two-time Emmy Award winning actor steals his every scene as the voice of Owlman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, an all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie now available from Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.

In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a “good” Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril.

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Episode 197c is up: Raging Oscars Part 2

Episode 197c: Raging Oscars Episode Part 2 of 2. We are back to continue our discussion chatting about the Best of the Best from last year. We also explore the best issues from almost every title in the DCU in a very special 2 part episode.

This is very spoiler filled over a ton of releases in the 2009 calendar year. We are trying to cover it all.

Show Notes:

0:00 Show opening,,,,  our ongoing contest (,,, show voicemail line 1-440-388-4434 or drnorge on Skype,and more.  

7:10 Segment 1

1:29:05 Segment 2

2:45:45 Show Closing

2:49:55 Raging Reel: Show bloopers

We’ll be back in a few days our next episode.  Check and the forum for regular updates.

Summit City Convention


David Baron’s Blog and Twitter for the contest

Raging Oscars Part 2 tomorrow

We just finished recording a mammoth second part to the Raging Oscars. It will be up tomorrow.

This will be followed by a short (for us) speeding bullets/ listener email and voicemail offering episode and then the JLA/Avengers show.

Thanks for your patience. I need some time to edit this one. It will be up tomorrow.





Gina Torres mixes equal parts evil, sexy and powerful of conjure the

hypnotic voice of Superwoman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,

an all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie arriving TODAY,

February 23, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros.



DC Entertainment Names Executive Team

Any time you hear that change is coming on the horizon, you start to get worried. Will there be people in charge that understand the comics and what makes good comics? Will there be someone there who understands the fan base? Will they make sweeping changes to the universe that I am already enjoying and alienate me? Those were just some of my fears.

Now, I am a rational person and I totally realized it was just fear of the unknown and unnamed but I am so thrilled the DC Entertainment made the decisions for Jim Lee and Dan Didio as Co-Publishers and Geoff Johns as Chief Creative Officer.

Blackest Night has been an amazing event, not only because of Geoff Johns, but of how well every creator involved really pulled together to be consistent with the overall event. I think this is a testament of what it is like to work on an event with Geoff Johns and the whole Green Lantern team. Books like Booster Gold, Secret Six, Doom Patrol, and others have these amazing tie in stories that don’t derail their own books but enhance them. This is a great example of solid creative direction looking globally. You don’t disenfranchise the fans of a monthly book with an event. You organically allow their world to echo what is happening in a way that makes sense for that title. This is the kind of creative direction that I want to continue for DC when tie ins feel right.

I am also loving that almost every series has their own major events happening within them. I am loving that each week, it’s not all about Blackest Night. I genuinely want to follow the major happenings of a variety of characters because there is something pretty major and exciting to get involved with. This adds to stories like Blackest Night for me because the diversity of flavors I am getting outside of that event just gets me pumped for the next chance to delve back into the happenings of that series.

Superman’s world is so interesting because there are so many cool threads with both him and his supporting cast. JSA has two titles that are heading in a very interesting direction that is bringing the superhero aspect back to both teams. Batman’s world is just insanely cool right now, where I find myself believing that Dick Grayson could continue carrying that role. I say this as a Bruce Wayne junkie. Don’t get me started on how cool the last year of Wonder Woman has been. This is just great creative direction where all of the eggs are not in one basket and somehow it is just making the comicy omelet so much more satisfying.

Geoff Johns is the perfect person to keep the diverse creativity going but also to make it feel like this universe is still interconnected. It’s a tricky balance but I feel 2009 was a step forward and I think 2010 will continue to push us to new and interesting places with these announcements.

Very cool!

Press Release: Interview with Bruce Timm on “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,”

Clip from film version 1

Clip from film version 2

Warner Home Video will distribute the full-length animated Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on February 23 as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD, and On Demand and Download.

Timm, the executive producer on “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,” has been the creative force behind many of Warner Bros. Animation’s modern-day successes, elevating DC Comics’ canon of super heroes to new heights of animated popularity and introducing generations of new fans to the characters via landmark television series and made-for-DVD films. The latter task includes the creation of the current series of DC Universe animated original movies, which have drawn critical acclaim and further whetted the public’s appetite for comic book entertainment. “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” is the seventh film in the ongoing DC Universe series.

And here’s what Mr. Timm had to say …


What excites you about Juctice League: Crisis on Two Earths?

Bruce Timm:

In a weird kind of way, this is a return to my favorite show Justice League Unlimited. The original script was intended to be the bridge story between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited to explain how we went from seven heroes to more than 50 super heroes. We loved the story and the script, and it floated around here for years while we tried to figure out what to do with it – it was considered for a comic, but fortunately that got shot down. Then we took a look at it and, with just a few slight tweaks, we jumped at the chance to make it a DC Universe movie.


What sets it apart from the TV version of Justice League?

Bruce Timm:

It’s a very satisfying, grand scale adventure movie with a big cast of interesting, quirky characters. It’s amazing how much it feels like a great episode of Justice League Unlimited as a big, epic film with slightly different visual stylings. That’s a good thing.


Did this film present challenges that the first six DC Universe movies did not?

Bruce Timm:

The biggest challenge, and this is kind of esoteric, was that we had to find the line between the original source material and making it feel like a stand-alone movie so anyone that didn’t watch JLU could follow it. We really didn’t have to tweak the script too much – I think about 95 percent remains untouched. In terms of visual styling, we also wanted it to stand on its own and not necessarily as a continuation of the old show. We have this brilliant character designer – Phil Bourassa – who draws in a style similar to my own in terms of simplicity, but slightly different. So it doesn’t look 180 degrees away from the old show, but it definitely feels unique.


What are the benefits of having two directors on the same film?

The positive for Sam and Lauren is that having two directors lightens the workload, because it’s a big movie. They have similar strengths, and they’re both very good at what they do. They’re both all around talented in terms of understanding story, acting, the emotional core of the story, and they’re both really good at directing big crazy action scenes. But they’re methodology is different. Sam thinks a lot, he’s very analytical. Lauren is more intuitive about everything. I just kind of stayed out of it when they had disagreements – fortunately I never had to be the tiebreaker, They just worked things out between the two of them.


What are Dwayne McDuffie’s strengths?

Bruce Timm:

Dwayne is really well-rounded as a writer – he knows comics inside and out, he understands the lore, he knows what makes a good super hero story, and at the same time he’s really good with character dynamics and conflict. Plus he’s one of the best dialogue writers in the business.


Of this fairly huge cast, do you have a favorite character?

Bruce Timm:

In this story, it’s probably Owlman. He’s a fascinating character himself, but the dynamic with Superwoman is so messed up as a couple, and yet really appealing in a weird kind of way. It’s a little similar to JLU’s relationship between The Question and Huntress. Superwoman is this badass hot chick, and he’s the quiet, brainy, nerd guy. They’re an interesting, odd couple. Plus I loved both James’ (Woods) and Gina’s (Torres)  performances – they were spot-on. The amazing thing is we like to get all the actors to  record as an ensemble, but in this case it wasn’t feasible, So they never met or performed together, but they totally mesh. It’s such an interesting chemistry considering they’ve never even met.


You’ve brought another all-star cast to this film. Anything fans don’t know about the casting choices this time around?

Bruce Timm:

There’s an interesting side note in that Vanessa Marshall, who plays Wonder Woman, came this close to playing the role in Justice League. We were down to the final two choices, and they were neck and neck. The thing about Vanessa is that she sounded perfect for Wonder Woman – exactly what she should sound like. But Susan Eisenberg had this vulnerability. We thought it would be interesting to not play her to type, which ultimately played really well. When it came to casting for this movie, we thought, “What if we go down the road not taken?” So we opted for Vanessa in a full-length movie and she is great.


“Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” includes the premiere of the first DC Showcase animation short, “The Spectre.” How have the DC Showcase shorts changed your work day?

Bruce Timm:

The DC Showcase is fun because it gives us an opportunity to play with characters that maybe don’t have a broad enough marquee value to support their own movie. As much as I like Batman, Superman, etc., the more lower tier, offbeat characters are really fascinating to me. It’s fun to mess around with others characters in the DC Universe. Super heroes are great, but it’s nice to do a change of pace, and that’s a lot of what we’ve done here. “The Spectre” is a supernatural thriller,; “Jonah Hex” is a western, and so on. So the Showcase is giving us a chance to stretch different muscles.


After taking a break from episodic TV for the past several years, are you enjoying a return to the short-form with the DC Showcase?

Bruce Timm:

The interesting thing is these are really short form – they’re half as long as a half-hour TV episode. So the story has to be really tight and condensed – you have to cut away the fat, but it can’t be just wall-to-wall action. It still has to be a story. Fortunately we’re working with some really great writers, and because of that, every time we roll tape on these shorts, they feel like you’ve watched a whole episode of something. There’s a clear beginning, middle and end – a full story. So mission accomplished.


What made Steve Niles the right guy to write “The Spectre,” and how did you lure him into writing an animated short?

Bruce Timm:

I’ve admired Steve Niles’ work for a long time and, honestly, it would have never occurred to me to approach him. That was Todd Casey’s suggestion. He contacted Steve, and Steve was thrilled to get the assignment. He’s a big Michael Fleisher/Jim Aparo fan, and a big fan of “The Spectre” – especially that 1970s era of the character. Steve is very into crime fiction and horror, so he was the perfect writer for it.


Does “The Spectre” hold any special significance for you?

“The Spectre” was one of my favorite characters back in the 70s. Even by today’s standards, those comics are pretty hard core, and they were written in 1974, I don’t know how they got some of that stuff past the comic code. It was so different from any other comic on the stands. It’s really dark, really nasty. The character is pretty easy to understand – he’s the dark avenger of the night, even more so than Batman. He punishes bad guys in horrible, horrible ways. He’s like the benign Freddie Krueger. I’ve wanted to use “The Spectre” for a long, long time and we never had a opportunity to do it, and this was our chance to go hog wild with him.

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