Friday, September 23, 2016

Harley Quinn Solo-Film Confirmed - Margot Robbie Producing

Harley Quinn Solo Film Spin Off Margot Robbie Executive Producer

The news has broke that the long anicipated Harley Quinn solo-film is officially going to happen. Margot Robbie has signed on to star and executive produce the film. It turns out that Margot Robbie is quite industrious. Her production company, LuckyChap, has a first look deal with Warner Brothers and is already producing other films for WB, like Wonder Woman and the all-female lead Oceans 11 remake.

No word yet on when the spin-off film will be targeted for release.

Stay tuned to Legions of Gotham for the latest.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Funko Batman & Harley Quinn Mega Pop! Plush!

Batman Funko Mega Pop! Plush

Mega Pop! Plush: Batman and Harley Quinn

Batman and Harley Quinn!
The caped crusader sports his classic 60's outfit, and
Dr. Quinzel wears her iconic jester costume!
Add them to your DC collection soon!
Harley Quinn Funko Mega Pop! Plush
coming this October

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Justice League Action / DC Superhero Girls Happy Meal Toys!

The newest McDonald's Happy Meal toys to hit the United States are a combination Justice League Action and DC Superhero Girls! These amazing toy sets can be seen below and include characters that range from Batman and Green Arrow to Batgirl and Katana!

DC Superhero Girls McDonalds Happy Meal Toys

Justice League Action McDonalds Happy Meal Toys

Check out the commerical for the Happy Meal from our Youtube channel:

Why Gotham Is Wrong - Superheroes DO Work On TV!

I recently wrote a news piece for Screen Rant about the comments that Gotham show runner Bruno Heller made about Superheroes not working on television and follow-up clarification from executive producer Ken Woodruff. 

Bruno Heller was at the Edinburgh Television Festival this past August, when he blurted out the following:

"I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV. Probably because of the costume thing."

Heller went on to say:

"TV is about real people and faces and not so much about magic and the supernatural things"
Really? Really Bruno? I think viewers of HBO's Game of Thrones may differ in that opinion, especially since Gotham averaged 4 million viewers per episode last season and Game of Thrones averaged 22 million. Executive producer Ken Woodruff tried to further clarify Heller's comments while promoting Gotham season three to the Hollywood Reporter:
“I think I can help clarify his statement. There’s a reason why he chose to develop a show that took place before the actual fully realized Batman. He thought that was the best way to tell stories on the medium of television. It was about the origins and it was about real people and how they evolved and became the villains and heroes that we know and we’ve seen in comics and in feature films. A lot of that is just pragmatic and TV is a much more intimate medium sometimes than film can be. You’re living with these people, you’re spending 22 hours with them over the course of a season as opposed to two hours. They’re in your living room. They’re part of your life in a much more intimate way than maybe film characters can be. When you have a cape on and you’re a superhero, there’s a level of attachment there. They’re otherworldly and godlike in that way. That’s what Bruno was talking about.”

Interestingly, the CW Network has a plethora of DC Comics shows with weekly costumed superheroes that are working just fine. The Flash, for example, enjoys nearly the same ratings as Gotham and is on a network with far less exposure than Fox. Supergirl, which recently moved from CBS to the CW to join the other DC Comics shows, beat out Gotham in the ratings hands down last season. Why then, pray tell, does everyone think that superheroes cannot work on television? 

Apparently, as usual, DC Comics is trailing behind Marvel. I say that with begrudging fan frustration, because I'm a DC guy through and through, but lets face facts...the Netflix Daredevil series has proven that costumed heroes and intimate "real world" storytelling can mix to produce amazing results, the kind of results that you just can't get from squeezing a bunch of characters on the big screen for two hours. That may be one of the big reasons why films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are getting such a harsh reception from the fans...perhaps we just demand more in today's world?

Bottom line is that its been fifty years since fans have been given a Batman television show. Its long overdue at this point, if you ask me. If you want to do Batman in the box office, fine. Do a series...a REAL series (no prequels and stay closer to accepted versions of the characters) and then release the season finales to the theater as movie events. I guarantee you'll garner more loyalty and respect from viewers and a lot less criticism for rushed, muddled and half-assed characterization and storytelling. If you need a model DC Comics, go watch Daredevil on Netflix.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Adam West! Batman Turns 88 Today!


Yeah, the classic television Batman himself, Adam West, turns 88 today! Mr. West and his portrayl of Batman are among my first memories as a child. He was gracious enough to give me one of my first ever interviews back in 2003 and was again a gentlemen and wrote the preface for my first book, Batman's Arsenal: An Encyclopedic Chronicle. A very happy birthday to you Adam West, and many happy returns.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

1st Look at J.K. Simmons as Gordon In Justice League!

Director Zack Snyder gave the fans a Batman Day surprise today on his Twitter account, the first look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League Movie. The image can be been below, directly from Snyder's Twitter account.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Snyder Tweets Pic of Tactical Batsuit from Justice League Movie!

Snyder Tweets Pic of Tactical Batsuit from Justice League Movie!

The Justice League movie is in the process of filming right now and director Zack Snyder has just shared this image of a new Batsuit that we can expect to see in the film!

Batman: The Animated Series VR Experience Coming To Viewmaster!

Batman: The Animated Series VR Virtual Reality Experience Coming To Viewmaster!
Mattel is bringing Batman: The Animated Series back to life in a really fun way. The new virtual reality Viewmaster is going to feature Batman, according to this article by Variety

"And we’re not talking your childhood’s View-Master here: Mattel gave the iconic stereoscopic photo viewer a major make-over last year, releasing a version that’s basically a Google Cardboard-compatible virtual reality headset, to be used with any compatible Android or iOS phone.

Warner Bros. tasked its Blue Ribbon Content studio to cooperate closely with OTOY, which is known for cloud-based graphics processing and holographic imagery. “We are extremely excited for our fans to be able to experience ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ in a new and immersive way,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.

Batman will only be the first of a number of characters to find a second life on the View-Master. Mattel has partnered with OTOY to produce more content for the platform, both companies announced Tuesday. “OTOY is the perfect partner to create new VR content for View-Master,” said Mark Morse, Director Advanced Concepts at Mattel.  “The Batman experience (is) just a glimpse into the incredible things to come from this collaboration."

Monday, September 12, 2016

First Look at the Villains In Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Adam West Batman in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders DVD Blu-Ray
A new press release was delivered today to promote the Fathom Events screenings of "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" on Monday, October 10. The film will screen three times that day. The press release and a picture of the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman and the Riddler can be seen below, along with the official trailer for the film!

Penguin, Joker, Riddler and Catwoman in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders DVD Blu-Ray

Following Record-Breaking
‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Event,
‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’
Set for Exclusive One-Time Cinematic Event October 10

Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Spotlight
Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar Voicing Classic Roles 

DENVER – September 12, 2016 – Travel back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes. Audiences will have the opportunity to join all the animated excitement as it unfolds on the big screen for one special day. Fathom Events is once again partnering with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to bring “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” to movie theaters for three exclusive showings on Monday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time, before it comes to Digital HD on October 11 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on November 1.

Bringing these iconic characters to animated life are Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). In the new film, Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. 

In addition to the film, audiences will view an exclusive pre-screening introduction, and a post-screening preview of “Those Dastardly Desperados,” a featurette that explores how the villains became more than just antagonists in a Batman story – they became icons of American pop culture.

Tickets for “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” can be purchased beginning Friday, September 9, online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 700 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Working with Warner Bros. on ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ was a great experience and we knew it was something we wanted to duplicate,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said. “With ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ we get to give our audiences another extremely exciting event experience driven by the return of three nostalgic pop culture names to their most memorable roles.”

“Fans have voiced a strong desire to see DC-centric animated films on the big screen for years, and ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ offers another opportunity to entertain our audience with a highly-anticipated cinema event,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to launch our newly branded ‘DC Classics Collection’ films with a Fathom Events presentation.”

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC. (s16)
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim, Right Now Kapow for Disney XD and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Features of Batman online game

“Batman: Arkham City” thrills for famous character lovers

Batman is one of the most popular superheroes who is loved by children and adults around the world. Considering video slots developers’ love for comic books heroes, it’s not difficult to guess that there are models dedicated to this picturesque character in online casino which exist for a long time.
First of all, the point at issue is about story that gradually reveals the whole history of prison city population, making a lot of sharp turns in its path and forcing Batman to cooperate with his worst enemies.


New Batman adventures

Wherever you live in the real world, gloomy Gotham will long remind of itself and especially of its black heart - Arkham City. Even after a 20-hour tour along its muddy streets, this criminal paradise will tempt you again and again. There you can take a look at madding crowd from the top of stone gargoyles, and then fly off, sliding through night air between town’s houses directly on enemies’ heads.

Whatever Arkham City world would be like, it no way could be a masterpiece without gameplay support, and wouldn’t appear in baccarat casinos. That is why gameplay is not lagging behind project’s artistic component and design level, it only emphasizes hero’s image. Here he is not perfect. Despite incredible training and technical equipment, Batman quickly gives way to a couple of armed opponents, even starts attacking them suddenly having huge trust in his abilities.


Features of special effects

There are many techniques, methods which are still effective - diving from the house roof right on enemies’ heads or inconspicuous descent behind their back on the rope. But now new items such as smoke bombs, which allow hiding from shooter’s eyes and the kind of stun have been added. Recharging locked doors’ mechanisms batteries is just one of its ways of application. In battle, stun gun disorients your enemies with one shot, forcing them shooting randomly in different directions, waving their arms.

Close fight is still the most powerful argument in battles with numerous enemies. Due to techniques abundance, each time battle causes only positive emotions. Corrected control makes it easier to use a variety of techniques during combat, such as pulling an enemy with spear or throwing a smoke bomb.
Admiring Gotham views from the rooftops, you will occasionally hear conversations of ordinary characters, which complement story with small unnecessary details. Someone complains about hard life in Arkham torture chambers, others want to change their gang, some people just talk about life.
As a supplement, developers give an opportunity to play as Catwoman, but not without DLC help. Pace of play increases dramatically, it is possible to climb buildings eaves, famous feline grace has been added in fights.

This is a monumental work, each element of which is made at the highest creative and technical level. Here is not just the best game, but also the best project based on comic books, and, perhaps, the best game of the year in general.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Joe Manganiello Cast As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Solo Batman Movie

Joe Manganiello Cast As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Solo Batman Movie
The rumors have been flying for the past few weeks, but now its official - Joe Manganiello will be Slade (Deathstroke) in the solo Batman movie that is being developed by Ben Affleck. Last week in an off-site article I discussed the pros/cons of the idea of Deathstroke being a villain in the film. Stay tuned to Legions of Gotham for the latest info on the solo Batman film.
Joe Manganiello Cast As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Solo Batman Movie

The Best Batman Resources On The Net

The internet is full of half-baked websites and it can be difficult to sort out what the best resources are when you're surfing the search engines. I started Legions of Gotham back in 2003, because there was such a distinct lack of resources online for the fans. Nowadays things are different and there are tons of great sites out there. If you're looking to start your own website you can check out this site rating the top website builders on the market. If you're looking to surf another, we've taken the time to note some of the best ones available for you below.

If you're into official webpages, then you can't beat the DC Comics Batman site. The page is full of great information, including a Batman 101 video that gives a great overview of the character. There is also links to the latest Batman comics and info.

Wiki are another great resource for Batman and there are plenty of those out there. There is the official Batman Wiki, the DC Database and even the DCAU Wiki. These resources allow multiple fans to compile their collective knowlege to provide information on characters, origins, history, stories and more. These are a great place to start when seeking some base knowlege. 

If you want to find information on the latest Batman movie news you will want to refer to Batman on Film. Jett and his BOF website have been around longer than Legions of Gotham and have a wonderful and trusted reputation with the fans.

Another great resource for Batman news is Batman Online. They are full of great info and are another trusted resource.

There are a number of websites that are still lingering around, but have not been updated in several years. Beware of information that you pull from many of these, as they were created in an era before the level of knowlege that we have in today's world existed. There was a time not so very long ago that the amount of information available online about the Dark Knight was fairly limited.

If you'd rather delve into print you can also check out our book, Batman's Arsenal: An Encyclopedic Chronicle. In the book I delve into the complete history of Batman from 1939 to present day, exploring his various tools of the trade, from his utility belt to the Batmobile. The book covers everything from the comics and cartoons to the movies. The full volume is nearly 500 pages and is a culmination of decades of historical research that reads like a college course on Batman. You can check out reviews and endorsements for the book on Amazon.

We also offer a great links page for your reference, you can find that on Legions of Gotham.
The moral of the story is be selective when researching the Caped Crusader online. There is a lot of conflicting information out there and sometimes its easy to keep passing around the same false assumptions, like the one many fans have about Batman using a gun in his early years. This only happened in a few issues and he never used it to kill a living human being (only vampires), another theme explored in depth in Batman's Arsenal: An Encyclopedic Chronicle.

The Best Batman Video and Online Games!

Batman fans have long enjoyed a rich tradition of video games to accompany their favorite DC Comics hero in his exploits. The tradition of Batman games harkens back to the original Nintendo in the 1980s and has remained a staple in gameplay ever since. In today's world gamers have a number of options outside of console games, from online games to online casino games. You can find a lot of these by scowering search engines and while you're at it you can check the top offers of the internet betting operators from this link. There are no shortage of popular games that have spawned from the Batman franchise, even long before the Arkham series came along. We'll examine a few for you below.

The Batman Lego video games offer some of the funnest gameplay, while also serving up a ton of easter eggs for the fans. The first time we saw a Batman Lego video game was the 2008 release, developed by Traveller's Tales, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, OS X and Wii video gaming platforms. The game features environments and characters made completely from Lego, but far from a simple kids game, the Lego Batman games offer a detailed and engaging story, as well. There have been two sequel games released, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes in 2012 and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham in 2014.

My personal favorite game was also the most challenging (at least for me personally) and that is the original Batman: The Video Game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game is centered around the 1989 Tim Burton / Michael Keaton Batman film. This one was developed by Sunsoft and offers five levels of side scrolling action. The game offers animation scenes inbetween the levels and an ultimate battle with the Joker in the cathedral. The gameplay style can be likened to Ninja Gaiden (another of my favorite games...oh, wait...) and has cameos from some seriously cool DC Comics baddies, like Deadshot, KGBeast, Heat Wave, Maxie Zeus and Nightslayer. The bosses in the game include the Electrocutioner, Machine Intelligence System (which is damn hard) the Dual Container Alarm, Killer Moth and, of course, the Joker. There would be one sequel game produced, Batman: Return of the Joker, which got a lukewarm reception.

One of the more interesting Batman video games, without a doubt, was The Adventures of Batman and Robin, developed by Konami, for the Sega CD. The 1994 release game was based on the popular Batman: The Animated Series cartoon and even featured story advances throughout the gameplay that were fully animated by TMS, one of the companies that actually animated the on-air cartoon. When combined these scenes are affectionately known by fans as the "lost episode" of Batman: The Animated Series.

Recently, the Batman Akham series has made a splash with fans young and old. The games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Knight  have all been huge hits. I have yet to play the newest game, Batman: The Telltale Series, but I hear good things.

Which Batman game is your favorite of all time? Sound off on our Facebook.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

DC Entertainment Reveals new BATMAN DAY Details: Giveaways, Signings & More



Honor the Legacy of the Dark Knight with Free Comic Giveaways, Signings with Top Comic Artists and Writers, Digital Comics Sales and More!

WHAT:   Every year, DC Entertainment invites fans to celebrate the most revered Super Hero of all time on BATMAN DAY. This year on Saturday, September 17th, generations of fans will celebrate the Caped Crusader's remarkable legacy at festivities held at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries around the world, some of which will include free comic book giveaways and signings by some of the biggest names in comics

To commemorate BATMAN DAY this year, fans will receive a copy of BATMAN #1 from this year's DC REBIRTH written by Tom King and illustrated by David Finch, Matt Banning and Jordie Bellaire.

Major retailers including Pottery Barn Kids, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, as well as hundreds of schools and public libraries will host fan events with fun-filled activities at locations nationwide, and Six Flags parks across the U.S. will distribute free copies of BATMAN #1. Batman fans will also be able to download for free a family friendly BATMAN DAY activity kit including activity sheets, trivia and games.

Digital readers can get in on the Batman Day fun through two, massive digital comics sales. From Sept. 13-19 the "Road to Batman Day" sale will offer 15 eBooks and 100 digital periodical issues featuring iconic Batman titles like BATMAN: HUSH and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. eBooks will be on sale for $5.99 and periodicals will have a 75 percent discount. Then on Batman day (9/17), BATMAN VOL. 7: ENDGAME and BATMAN ADVENTURES VOL. 1 will be on sale for $3.99 each.

This year's BATMAN DAY celebration is hosted by DC Entertainment, along with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensees including Capstone Young Readers, Bendon, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, DK Licensing, HarperCollins and Storytoys, all creating unique opportunities for retail and digital promotions across various media to honor the Dark Knight.

Now in its third year, the annual fan-favorite event was first introduced timed to its world-renowned character's 75th anniversary. For more information, visit the new BATMAN DAY website

WHO:   Signings and meet-and-greets with top Batman talent include an all-star lineup at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York City with Frank Miller, Tom King, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Additional signings include Snyder and John Romita, Jr. (Long Island, NY), DCE Publisher Jim Lee (Pasadena, CA), Hope Larson (Pasadena, CA), Paul Dini (Los Angeles), Julie and Shawna Benson (Los Angeles), James Tynion IV (Downtown Los Angeles, Danny Miki (Chino Hills, CA), Tim Seeley (Chicago, IL) and David Finch (Windsor, Ontario), with more to be announced.

WHEN:   Saturday, September 17

WHERE:   Participating comic shops, libraries, bookstores and retailers. Visit for a map of participating locations.