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Batman at 75: DC Comics co-publisher discusses the Dark Knight's future

Batman Day is finally here, and as part of DC Comics’ year-long celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, comic-book stores everywhere are giving away a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, which features a retelling of the Dark Knight’s first appearance by Brad Meltzer.

In honor of the big day, EW spoke to DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee to discuss all things Batman: the character’s 75th anniversary, the most memorable Batman stories from the past 75 years , the new Batman titles coming in the fall and where he sees the Caped Crusader going in the next 75 years.

EW: We’re halfway through the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary and there’s still a ton of Batman-related things to come: Fox’s Gothamwhich looks great from the trailer, is premiering in the fall, and DC is also launching some new titles. What are you looking forward to in the back half of the celebration? 
Jim Lee: You’ve got Gotham, which like you said looks tremendous. There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement for that.  You’ve got these great series launching, like Batgirl, which I think is in October. We have the release of the Batman ’66 Blu-ray set, which I have been waiting literally all my life for. I’ve got these crappy bootleg video tapes that I’ve kind of acquired over the years—mysteriously. To finally have those episodes, with the pristine quality and all of these episodes of my youth that I’ve never been able to catch up on and share with my family is going to be a great opportunity. I expect there to be a lot of viewing parties come this fall. READ FULL STORY

Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman: 13 thoughts on the bombshell-casting bombshell

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1. Wonder Woman is a larger-than-life icon, a character who has existed for more than 70 years. She will probably still be important when everyone breathing now is dead. But for the last decade, she has existed most prominently as a casting rumor. They tried making a movie out of her, or several movies, or a Justice League movie that would’ve produced a Wonder Woman spin-off — a process that engulfed geek demigod Joss Whedon in a mid-’00s Dark Period so painful he has (maybe accidentally, maybe not) devoted years of his life to DC’s comic-studio archnemesis. They tried making a TV show out of her, a process that served no purpose beyond squandering Adrianne Palicki’s post-Friday Night Lights glow; they tried making another TV show out of her, this time a prequel sans costume, and that didn’t work either. For more than 10 years, the idea of a human female playing Wonder Woman onscreen has been a hotly contested debate, conducted in dark rooms between producers and in the internet echo chamber.
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Another X-Man is out of the closet

One of the newest members of the X-Men, Marvel’s mutant supergroup and long-running platform for various flavors of civil-rights allegory, came out of the closet in this week’s Uncanny X-Men #14. Although that makes it sound like a cosmic revelation, in fact Benjamin Deeds —  a.k.a. Morph — rather casually mentions his homosexuality in conversation in the issue.

Gay characters are becoming more commonplace in superhero comic books. Just last year, occasional X-Man Northstar got married. And, as a representative for Marvel told the Huffington Post, the character’s sexual orientation is just “a small facet of who he is.” (Some context: he also has the power to alter his appearance, which will probably come up more frequently in supervillain fights than with who he shares his bed with.) READ FULL STORY

Marvel introduces Muslim superhero in 'Ms. Marvel #1'

Someone’s creating a new superhero, which means it must be a day of the week ending in “y.” But Marvel Comics’ announcement about a new Ms. Marvel series deserves special attention. The company announced in a press release today that the new Ms. Marvel will be a superhero of the Islamic faith — the first-ever Muslim title character from Marvel Comics and pretty much the first Muslim superhero from the mainstream comic publishers to get her own monthly book. (Although last year DC introduced Simon Baz, a new Green Lantern who’s currently a member of the Justice League.)
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'Batman' TV prequel: What we can expect from 'Gotham'

Fox chose an auspicious moment to greenlight a Batman prequel show. The same day the network announced Gotham, eternal rival Marvel saw its multi-punctuated Avengers spin-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. deliver a dominant series-premiere ratings performance. S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s success is proof-of-concept for a new Superhero-Adjacent genre: A show set in a familiar super-universe that focuses on the less-super (and decidedly cheaper) heroes.

Gotham is superficially similar. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., it transforms a supporting character into the lead: The show will apparently constitute an origin story for Commissioner Gordon, the chief lawman and Friend-of-Batman played by Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy. But it also appears that Gotham will prominently feature other characters from the comic book mythos. Fox has indicated that iconic villains will also appear, in some kind of fetal prequel form. Expect to learn more about the show in tantalizing tidbits released in regularly Internet-imploding news releases over the next few months, but here are five talking points about Gotham:
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'Batwoman' writers exit, claiming DC scotched plans for groundbreaking lesbian marriage

DC’s Batwoman is a standout series in the company’s lineup, the rare mainstream comic with a lesbian lead character. In fact, Batwoman got engaged a few months ago to longtime girlfriend/fellow badass Maggie Sawyer. Unfortunately, plans for a historic marriage have been discarded — and, as a result, the book’s main architects have now departed the series.

In a blog post, co-writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman explain that they will leave Batwoman after issue #26. “In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series,” they explain, noting that the most crushing alteration was that they were “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married.”
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John Lewis' 'MARCH' brings the Civil Rights Movement to life

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The Civil Rights Movement transformed the United States in ways so fundamental it’s difficult for many to conceive that this nation once tolerated, and even encouraged, state-sanctioned discrimination.  Rights that all Americans take for granted were bitterly contested just a few decades ago, and without the courage and fortitude of a handful of individuals American society might be profoundly different. John Robert Lewis was one of those unlikely heroes that fought non-violently to make the United States a more just society.

Congressman Lewis, the former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was the youngest speaker at 1963′s March on Washington. Today Lewis, 73, is the elder statesmen of movement, the only person who delivered remarks at the Lincoln Memorial still living. Lewis brings his amazing story to a new generation with the publication of MARCH (Book One) the first part of a trilogy from Top Shelf Productions that will trace Lewis’ life from rural Alabama to the halls of power in Washington D.C.

MARCH, a collaboration between Lewis, longtime aide Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), follows Lewis from his boyhood as the son of tenant farmers to his participation in Nashville’s successful sit-in campaign to desegregate restaurants and lunch counters. MARCH offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and MAUS.

We sat down with Rep. Lewis and Andrew Aydin to talk about the publication of the book one of MARCH. READ FULL STORY

'Percy Jackson' director Thor Freudenthal designs comic strips based on the film -- EXCLUSIVE

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Mere mortals of Earth, have no fear: the son of Poseidon is here. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), a teenage boy with an incredible ancestry is back for another adventure in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. In celebration of the film’s release, director Thor Freudenthal has designed some pretty hilarious comic strips inspired by the film. You can find the high resolution version of the photo above here, and don’t forget to check out Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters today. READ FULL STORY

'Harlem Shadow': Russell Simmons, Common team for Jazz Age animated hero series

Music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons says he has  October’s New York Comic-Con circled on his calendar for the first big reveal of The Harlem Shadow, a new animated online superhero series that will be set in the Jazz Age and features hip-hop star Common in the title voice role.

The series is an adaptation of the indie small-press series of the same name from RavenHammer Comics and the creative team of Brian Williams and Christian Colbert. (That version of the hero is shown in the poster image above.) After the Javitts Center debut, some early content will be online by year’s end at All Def Digital, the YouTube channel from Simmons and Brian Robbins of Awesomeness TV.
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Will Comic-Con ever live-stream? Plus, solving the line problem and ... planning Comic-Con 2014!

Comic-Con 2013 is a wrap! Tens of thousands of fans have cleared out of downtown San Diego after rubbing elbows with their favorite celebrities (and hoards of elaborately costumed convention-goers), and it’s time to take a closer look at what went right, what went wrong, and — yes — what’s in the works for 2014′s mega-fest.

EW got San Diego Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer on the phone Monday to pick his brain about the past five days, and he was pleased to say things had gone “surprisingly well” — but there’s always room for improvement. Even though 130,000 people attended this year, there are still some fans left out. While a recurring suggestion is to live-stream the in-demand Comic-Con panels either at the convention center or across the Web to reach more eyeballs, Glanzer isn’t convinced that’s the solution.
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