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Batman at 75: Jim Lee and Bruce Timm talk most memorable comic stories

On July 23, comic book stores everywhere will celebrate Batman Day as part of DC Comics’ yearlong celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. In anticipation of the big day, EW conducted separate interviews with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Batman the Animated Series creator and producer Bruce Timm, asking each to pick the most memorable and significant Batman stories of the past 75 years.

Both Lee and Timm have be heavily involved with Batman throughout their careers. Apart from being co-publisher of DC (alongside Dan Didio), Lee has illustrated several Batman comics including Batman: Hush with writer Jeph Loeb and All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder with legendary writer Frank Miller. In addition to his work on Batman the Animated Series and the rest of the DC Animated Universe, Timm has produced  several animated feature film adaptations of Batman classic Batman stories including Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Under the Red Hood.

When asked to pinpoint Batman’s greatest arcs, both men cited a few usual suspects— Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. But each list also contained a few surprises, revealing each one’s knowledge and love of the character’s history. Here’s what they had to say: READ FULL STORY

Marvel's 'Avengers NOW!': Captain America is black, Thor is female, Iron Man has a new suit

Marvel has some big changes in store for Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. While their corporate siblings over at Marvel Studios prepare to reunite the Big Three onscreen in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Comics will debut radical new looks for the three most iconic Avengers. It’s all part of a much larger initiative known as Avengers NOW!, which will see the debut of new Big Three books and several other new ongoing series. READ FULL STORY

'Wonder Woman' getting husband-and-wife creative team

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman has been one of the creative bright spots in DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch. By focusing on the character’s Greek-myth background–the key revelation being the whole “Zeus is Wonder Woman’s father” thing–Azzarello recontextualized the character with a mythic foundation, which played perfectly off Chiang’s snazzy-kinetic depiction of the character.

The Azzarello/Chiang run comes to an end in October, and DC has some intriguing succession plans. The publisher tells USA Today that Wonder Woman #36 will mark the beginning of a collaboration between writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch. Who are, well, married. He-Finch is a longtime comics pro who emerged from nineties-detritus that was Cyberforce to work on a rolodex of famous characters on both sides of the DC/Marvel divide. She-Finch is a relative newcomer whose comics experience includes/is entirely three Tales from Oz one-shots. READ FULL STORY

DC Comics launches 'Gotham Academy' and 'Arkham Manor' -- Exclusive

DC Comics is expanding the Batverse in October, with two new ongoing series that promise to explore new corners of the Dark Knight’s twisted universe. In Arkham Manor, stately Wayne Manor gets made over into the local psycho dungeon, and, perhaps predictably, some inmates wind up dead. Things are a bit less bleak in Gotham Academy, a new monthly teen drama set at Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school. (Bruce Wayne is a benefactor; other familiar characters may pop up in Academy‘s twisted, teenybopping universe.) READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino's 'Django' comic book sequel, featuring Zorro, has our attention

Dynamite and DC Entertainment, two comic book publishers, announced that they’re collaborating on a Django/Zorro crossover series, co-plotted by Quentin Tarantino and following the events of Django Unchained.

Matt Wagner, who wrote the comic book series Zorro (2008-2010) and Zorro Rides Again (2011-2012), will be co-plotting the story and coming up with the final script. “I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt,” Tarantino said in the press release. “It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together.”

Soon after Django Unchained was released in theaters in 2012, Vertigo, an imprint of DC, produced a comic book series adapting the movie’s screenplay (including scenes that didn’t make the final cut), but Tarantino wasn’t directly involved with the project. Tarantino’s movies are famously stylized, often using visual and storytelling cues taken from comic books — but this will mark Tarantino’s first foray into comics themselves. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD' star Clark Gregg talks Adam Warlock -- EXCLUSIVE RIDICULOUS IMAGE

Clark Gregg is best known these days for his role as Agent Phil Coulson, go-to everyman of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and current headliner of Agents of SHIELD on ABC. But Gregg also has a longtime side career as a filmmaker. He wrote, directed, and starred in Trust Me, a noirish Hollywood tale about a morally compromised agent (for actors, not of SHIELD).

The film’s available now on VOD and iTunes, and Gregg swung by the offices of EW Radio to chat about it on Entertainment Weirdly. During the chat, Gregg also talked about his early work (he wrote Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath, aka “the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer in the bathtub”).

The conversation inevitably turned to comics, when Gregg revealed that he was a big fan of Jim Starlin’s character Adam Warlock, the spacefaring fantasy-messiah whose worst enemy…was himself. Or anyhow, a future version of himself. Take a listen: READ FULL STORY

New 'Big Trouble in Little China' comic book: Read the first six pages -- EXCLUSIVE

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John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form. READ FULL STORY

HULK SMASH! Stan Lee speaks out about David Goyer's She-Hulk comments; podcast host also responds

If you’ve been following the She-Hulk controversy that’s erupted over the past few days, you know that Man of Steel writer (and DC visionary) David Goyer had some pretty negative things to say about Jennifer Walters’ big, green alter ego in a recent podcast — things like “I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could f–k if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying?”

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'The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three': Marvel creators reveal secrets from the new Stephen King adaptation

As EW announced exclusively on Friday, Marvel is beginning a new era in their long-running adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga. After spending many years exploring the backstory of the saga’s chief protagonist Roland Deschain, a new series of comics will focus on characters introduced in The Drawing of the Three, the second volume of King’s saga and the one where The Dark Tower revealed itself as a very different sort of fantasy story. READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three': Exclusive artwork from Marvel's new Stephen King adaptation, 'The Prisoner'

It’s been seven years since Marvel first adapted Stephen King’s dark fantasy saga The Dark Tower into comic book form. Since then, writers Robin Furth and Peter David have explored the story of Roland, last of the Gunslingers, in several miniseries mostly focusing on the hero’s younger days. But this September, Marvel will release the first issue of a new series that will delve into a new corner of King’s Dark Tower saga. READ FULL STORY

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