Thursday, September 27, 2018

Legendary Batman Artist Norm Breyfogle Has Died

Norm Breyfogle Batman Artist Passed Away Age 58

The news has finally come out that legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle passed away this past Monday at age 58. Norm had suffered a stroke that left him unable to draw back in December 2014, which also left him understandably devastated and depressed. His exact cause of death has not yet been released. 

RELATED: Batman Comic Legend Norm Breyfogle In The Hospital

I wasn't a close friend of Norm's, but we did interact quite a bit over the years. He was a very opinionated and serious, but also gracious man to his fans. He was kind enough to help me with a lot of background information on the Batmobile that he designed (see below) when I was researching and writing the Batman's Arsenal book and would always take time out to interact. Norm would come and go from time to time online, sometimes getting very depressed and putting those emotions to words. He would each time recover and find a new fire to keep him going, but the loss of his artistic gift clearly took a very serious toll on him. 

Norm Breyfogle Batman Batmobile

Norm defined the Batman look for a generation in the late 1980s and early 1990s and will be always remembered by comic book fans for his numerous contributions to he legacy of the Dark Knight. Thank you for everything you gave fans of Batman and DC Comics. Rest in peace, we won't forget you.

Norm Breyfogle Batman Art

Monday, September 24, 2018

Joker Movie Set Footage - Terror in the Subway!

Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie Set Pictures Video

The footage is really flowing now that we've gotten the big reveal of Joaquin Phoenix in the full Joker make-up! This latest video, which surfaced over the weekend, feature Phoenix causing havoc on the subway. 

RELATED: Finally Revealed - Joaquin Phoenix In The Joker Movie Make-Up!

Stay tuned to Legions of Gotham for all things related to the upcoming Joker movie!

The DC Extended Universe will have the following films releasing soon:
  • Aquaman, release date December 21, 2018
  • Shazam!, release date April 05, 2019
  • Joker, release date October 4, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 2, release date November 1, 2019

DC Collectibles Solicits Scarecrow, Gray Ghost & More Batman:TAS Figues

DC Collectibles Gray Ghost Figure Batman: The Animated Series

Based on the beloved, Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, this line recreates the unforgettable neo-noir visual style of the show in beautifully rendered 6" action figures and accessories.

RELATED: New! Batman Missions Batman vs. Man-Bat 12" Figure 2-Pack

Coming in 2019 are long-awaited figures for the line featuring iconic Super-Villains such as Two-Face, Scarecrow and H.A.R.D.A.C., plus the fan-favorite Gray Ghost!

DC Collectibles HARDAC Batman Figure Batman: The Animated Series

DC Collectibles Gray Ghost Figure Batman: The Animated Series

DC Collectibles Scarecrow Figure Batman: The Animated Series

DC Collectibles Two-Face Figure Batman: The Animated Series
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GRAY GHOST—6.24" Tall
H.A.R.D.A.C—6.25" Tall
TWO-FACE—6.25" Tall

Friday, September 21, 2018

Finally Revealed - Joaquin Phoenix In The Joker Movie Make-Up!

Joaquin Phoenix Joker Make-Up Test

It's the reveal we've all been waiting for Bat-Fans...Joaquin Phoenix in the iconic Joker make-up. This was revealed on Twitter first by Joker director Todd Phillips and then re-tweeted by Warner Brothers. We've included the footage below for you to check out. 

RELATED: Director Todd Phillips Reveals The Joker's Real Name

The look is very raw and since this is a screen test, the final make-up may go through more evolutions by the time the film is done. This does, however, give us an idea of how Phoenix is being handled. 

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker Make-Up

LOG Opinion Time: This reminds perhaps of how The Joker could have looked if the Batman movie that Michael Uslan was trying to get made in the late 1970s hadn't taken a decade to get onto the big screen. We haven't seen this thicker make-up style for some time...perhaps they were inspired by another evil movie clown by the name of "IT"?

The DC Extended Universe will have the following films releasing soon:
Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Batman Cartoon - Behind The Scenes - Exclusive Style Guide | Legions of Gotham

The Batman Cartoon Fansite - The Batman Matsuda 2004-2009
Behind the Scenes of The Batman Cartoon - The Batman Production Art

Legions of Gotham had the exclusive world premiere look at the style guide sheets that were used in the production for the cartoon The Batman. These were given to the artists and animators on the series as a reference tool. We premiered these back in 2008.

The guide centers largely around Jeff Matsuda's desire to give Batman's cape a very specific life in the cartoon. The Batman style guides detail exactly how Batman's cape should be draw and draped in various scenarios.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again - your site is amazing! I check out your forums every chance I get to read what fans think of our shows. You're doing a hell of a job for the Batman fans!"
- Brandon Vietti, Director: The Batman, Under the Red Hood and Writer on Young Justice

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tons of Photos & Videos of Joaquin Phoenix on the Set of the Joker Movie!

Joaquin Phoenix on the Joker Movie Set

We learned over the weekend, via an Instagram post from director Todd Phillips, that the name of the Joker in his standalone film will be Arthur. The word is that this Joker film will be outside of the accepted DCEU, so this gives a great chance for fantastic storytelling, Hopefully, Phillips will be up for the task.

RELATED: Director Todd Phillips Reveals The Joker's Real Name

You can also check out these great leaked videos that have been circulating around the web A lot of the leaks over this weekend came from the Just Jared website.

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The Joker Movie Set Pictures Leaked Joaquin Phoenix

The DC Extended Universe will have the following films releasing soon:

  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019

Director Todd Phillips Reveals The Joker's Real Name

The Joker Movie Leaks Joker's Real Name

This weekend has been full of news from the set of the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix helmed Joker movie. Fans have been treated to video and images to Phoenix (outside of the make-up, thus far). It's only a matter of time before we get to see him go full Joker, though.

RELATED: Joaquin Phoenix Is Physically Transforming Into The Joker

In an odd move,Todd Phillips revealed on his Instagram page that the real name of the Joker in his upcoming film is Arthur. We know that this version of the Joker is a standalone tale outside of the DCEU, so Phillips has some room to play with his version.

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The DC Extended Universe will have the following films releasing soon:

  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Happy Batman Day 2018! Your Guide to Celebrating Batman Day 2018

Batman Day 2018
It's that time of year again, the annual #BatmanDay celebration! It's a time when fans of all ages come together to celebrate the long and fantastic history of the Dark Knight. What will you be doing on this day of days? Perhaps you'll join many others in picking up a classic Batman comic book or graphic novel to read...or maybe you'll delve into a new book. You could always do some in-store or online shopping and catch up on some great collectibles that you've been missing. 

RELATED: Comic Books That Are Must Reads Before and After Batman Day 2018!

However you choose to celebrate today, have a great time! When it all comes down to it, these legendary heroes are here for us to enjoy and to make us smile. Here are some resources to help you figure out what you want to do for #BatmanDay2018 !

-Five ways to celebrate Batman Day

-Local Batman Day Events

-Shop for Batman Comics

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Josh Gad Wants To Be The Penguin to Jon Hamm's Batman!

Okay, so if you're familiar with Josh Gad at all you know he's a little bit of a nerd. No, wait he's a HUGE nerd and a major Batman fan to boot. We mean that as a complete compliment, of course. Gad has been rumored to be swarming around the role of Penguin for awhile now, but his latest Tweet directed at Hamm made us geek out.

RELATED: Affleck Reportedy Out as Batman - Jon Hamm Wants In!

The success and reception of the Penguin character on Fox's Gotham series may contribute to Warner Bros. being interested in pursuing him on the big screen again.

ThrowBat Thursday: The 1989 Toy Biz Batman Toys!

Throwback Thursday Batman ThrowBat Thursday

Welcome to the Legions of Gotham ThrowBat Thursday spotlight on the 1989 Toy Biz Batman toyline. It feels like yesterday for some of us old-timers, but 1989 was nearly 30 years ago now. When the Tim Burton helmed Batman film hit theaters, it helped to change the look, feel and reception of Batman in the public eye forever.

Toy Biz Batman Figures Ad

The initial toy offerings came from Toy Biz. I can remember seeing the initial images for the toyline, which were basically re-painted Kenner Super Powers figures! The promotional images needed to be solicited for Toy Fair before the tooling was ready, so they made do.

Toy Biz Batman Figures Prototypes Super Powers Repaints

The toyline would be short lived, as the license passed back to Kenner by 1991, but the original Toy Biz line was an absolute blast. There were many variants and nuances to the figures released, which we've detailed below. Here is a fun walk down memory lane and a checklist for the 1989 Toy Biz Batman line.

There were FOUR face variants to the Batman action figure. They are each seen here. 

Toy Biz Batman Figure Head Face Variants

There were two versions of the Joker released, one with a hair curl and one without.

Toy Biz Joker Figure Head Face Variants Curl

This is the one and only figure ever made of the Joker's henchman from the 1989 film.

Toy Biz Batman Bob the Goon Figure

 There were three versions of the Batmobile released. There was the Turbine Sound Batmobile and the Rocket Launcher Batmobile. There was one Rocket Launcher with and one without the plastic cocoon cover.

Toy Biz Turbine Sound Batmobile

Toy Biz Rocket Launcher Batmobile Vehicle w/ Cocoon
Toy Biz Rocket Launcher Batmobile Vehicle


Toy Biz Batwing Vehicle


Toy Biz  BatCycle Vehicle



Toy Biz Joker Cycle Vehicle

Here you can see the Batcave playset. There is also a catalog ad that shows the prototype version of the toy.

Toy Biz Batcave Playset Toy Batman
Toy Biz Prototype Batcave


Toy Biz Batman Roleplay Accessory Playset


Toy Biz Batman Projector Gun


Toy Biz Remote Control Batmobile RC


Toy Biz Electronic Batmobile

Comic Books That Are Must Reads Before and After Batman Day 2018!

Batman Day 2018

You are no doubt gearing up to visit your local comic book shop this Saturday, September 15th, for the annual Batman Day celebration! We felt that it was time to share a few essential reads for you to check out before and after the best day of the year. #BatmanDay

You can also check out the featured books, deals, events (including signings with Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and Paul Dini) and ways to celebrate Batman Day


BATMAN #55 (on-sale 9/19)
The KGBeast lives! The Russian super-assassin is back—but under whose orders? Does he have a specific mission, or is this simply some leftover Cold War mayhem? Nyet, comrade—it has to do with Bruce Wayne’s recent court case involving Mr. Freeze. Bais rotten in Gotham, and you can still smell it, even if it’s on ice!

After years of epic battles, the Dark Knight finally finds a way to cure the twisted mind of his archenemy. The now sane. The Clown Prince of Crime has now changed his ways, fighting for good in Gotham City, and it may just cause Batman to go over the edge of his own sanity.

Writer/artist Sean Murphy takes the helm of this Batman/Joker story like no one else could, delivering an alternative examination of the relationship between the greatest rivals in the DC Universe, exploring the darkest corners of justice and madness. This title is the first collected edition from the new DC Black Label imprint, and includes the entire eight-issue miniseries!


One of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever—written by Frank Miller with art by David Mazzucchelli —returns in a new deluxe edition hardcover.

Hidden for years, the mysterious Court of Owls surfaces in Gotham City—what must Batman do to defeat them, and what deadly connection do they have to his past?

This Eisner Award-nominated all-ages series follows some of DC’s most famous (and infamous) heroes and villains through the holidays.

One of the most popular graphic novels of all time, this twisted tale of insanity and perseverance is presented as an Absolute Edition for the first time.