June 30, 2010
DC Direct just announced a brand-new Batman Statue that will be released early next year. It's the ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN Mini Statue! It was designed by Jim lee & sculpted by Jack Mathews. This full color, hand-painted cold cast porcelain mini statue measures approximately 4.5" high x 5.73" wide x 4.5" deep, is packaged in a 4-color box. What I really love about it is that it's a total homage to the classic 1960's comic book artwork of Carmine Infantino, very cool! Look for it to hit retail around February 16th, 2011. Oh yeah, one last thing, it's gonna cost around 80 bucks.
Hey Kids, it's Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday! We got some really great Batman Backgrounds this week so get ready! The 1st one uses some promo art from the new DC Universe Online game. It's a beautiful pin-up of the super villain Poison Ivy, hubba hubba! The next one is a close-up shot of a Custom Batman Munny Figure that was customized by a friend of the Bat-Blog ( He did a really great job on it ). I thought that both of these images would make fun wallpapers. What do you think? Listen, you guys need to let me know which wallpapers you like the best or maybe which characters you would like to see. Ya know, I'm always trying to make the Bat-Blog the best fan site ever & I do need feedback every now & then, ha! Please remember, if you dig through the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES, located on the left side of this page ( near the middle ), you can find hundreds of other Batman Wallpapers we have done over the years.
OK, This is a very short video clip but it does show, extremely well, how the "Batman: Arkham Asylum" PC video game looks utilizing NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology.
It's so awesome you better be prepared to cry.
June 29, 2010
Yes, the release date for BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD movie just keeps getting closer & closer ( July 27th, I'm really excited! ) so I thought I would post a few new pictures from the film. The 1st pic with Batman & The Joker is my favorite but the one with Robin, The Boy Wonder, is pretty cool too. OK, the one with batman in the Batmobile is pretty awesome. Wait, ALL these pictures are wonderful...there you go! Now remember, after everybody sees this new animated movie I want to hear from you & know what you think about it.
YES! Awhile back, here at the Bat-Blog, we got the scoop on the latest Batman Hot Wheels Car but never had a decent picture of it. Until now! Ladies & Gentlemen, I present...the BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Batmobile by Mattel! It's going to be "regular Basic Hot Wheel size", which is 1:64 scale. It's rumored to hit retail stores around late July 2010 so be sure to keep an eye out for it around then. I totally love this new Batmobile from the animated TV Cartoon series so you know I'm really excited! OK, enough talk, it's time to drool all over the pictures, enjoy!
OK, Warner Bros has not even released BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD yet & they're already announcing another Batman-related animated film...AWESOME! Warner Premiere's next DC Universe animated movie will be titled SUPERMAN / BATMAN : APOCALYPSE ( Yes, I think Batman's name should have been listed first, ha ) will hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 28th. The movie is based on the second story arc, "The Supergirl from Krypton," from Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner's the "Superman/Batman." Plus, the exclusive animated short will feature Green Arrow, that sounds cool! This, and the cover art ( pictured below ), is about all we know about it so far. But, stay tuned to the Bat-Blog because you know we'll be telling you all about it!
June 28, 2010
As a totally obsessed ( yes, crazy ) Batman Toy Collector one of my favorite areas in the genre are "foreign items". They're pretty hard to find here in the US & they're always interesting. Here's a few examples: This 1st item is a Vintage Movie Poster for the 1960's BATMAN film. But what make it unique is that it's from Italy & the language is completely Italian...awesome! I love the graphics on this thing. Now, the next 2 pictures show some cool Batman books from around the globe. The 1st book was published in France ( Yes, it's all in French, ha ha ) & it reprinted some Golden Age stories from 1943-44. It was released as a hardback around 1989, during the Tim Burton movie craze. The next book is a paperback & one of the things that make it extremely interesting is the size of the book is very very weird. It has a standard width, but it was made to be extremely tall ( or very long ). The next great thing about it is that it's from Uruguay! It was published around 1968 & is extremely RARE! So, I guess I'm gonna ask all Bat-Blog Fans who live outside the USA if they have any "foreign bat-books or toys" in their collections to please send us some photos. Thanks!
OK, I'm wondering if anyone knows if this BATMAN Coloring book is an actual licensed product or just bootleg? ( Either way it's pretty cool ). It was made in Argentina around 1989 & the shape of the book is die-cut, which is interesting. The artwork is kind of cheesy but that's normal for a coloring book. It looks like it was made by a company called "Sylvapen". Does anybody have any information on this?
June 27, 2010
Our good buddy Chris Mason recently did an amazing painting of Adam West as Batman, sort of like a "tribute". I mean, Adam West is a total ICON! Don't believe me? Well, Check out the 2nd photo showing Adam West's STAR at the "Walk of Stars" in Palm Springs...that's proof right there! If you read it, it says, ICON, ha! ( Thanks to Chris for allowing me to post this wonderful artwork ).
I just got an email from a Bat-Blog reader named Eben. He has sent some stuff in the past, but this picture is extra special. I guess I will sort of let his letter explain it. This is what he wrote:
"I wanted to send a picture of the cake my wonderful girlfriend Ashley made for me this weekend. It's really special to me because she has never been very sure of her cooking skills and this was her first try at something like this. She's very proud of it and I love her for the effort."Thanks for sharing this pic Eben. Yes, this cake is awesome!! Not only because it looks really cool but because the main ingredient is "love", aaahhhhh :) Please tell Ashley that she DID do a great job on it!
June 26, 2010
Here's an extremely cool photo I found awhile back while researching some major "Pop Culture Collectibles" auction. In one of their lots they had some original comic art done by Norman Saunders ( Click on it for a larger, sharper, version ). Of course he's the ultra-famous illustrator for many of the vintage trading cards made by TOPPS back in the 1960's & 70's. This photo shows the original art (custom framed) with 2 actual 1966 Batman Trading Cards. This is card #1B & features "The Joker's Icy Jest". The weird thing is that you can see that the artwork is only a little bigger than the actual card, very cool! But regardless of size, it's an incredible piece of art....a total masterpiece! I never checked back on this thing to see what it went for. I mean, what's the use? I knew it would be totally out of my price range, ha ha! Whoever owns it now is an extremely lucky person.
OK, There's a few people who hated the new Tumbler Batmobile from the recent Batman movies & there's a ton of people who totally loved it ( I loved it ). But regardless of your opinion, you just gotta admit that this is an extremely clever Custom Golf Cart! Yes, this thing was totally inspired by "The Dark Knight" films. It's crazy! Unfortunately it's not an official product. It was customized by a Warner Bros employee & is currently used to get around the lot. Now, my question is, how many of you would totally buy one of these?
June 24, 2010
Here's a wonderful vintage 70's family photo sent in by our good friend David. It shows him & his friend John Paul playing in the swimming pool with some of those Mego Bend & Flex Figures. Basically they were "bendy toys" of popular DC Comics superheroes ( they made MARVEL ones too ). I have a few of these in my collection. They're really hard to find in MINT shape. Mostly because, back in the 1970's, little kids played with them in the water ( Hey David, ha ha! ). If you would like more information about these toys, plus see some great pics, be sure to check out this article at the YESTERVILLE TOY ROOM website, just click HERE!
I received an email this morning from a guy who is working on a new fan-made film called "Passing on the Smile". Basically, the movie is all about the creation of Harley Quinn. She is an employee of Arkham Asylum in Gotham City & we all know that she turns into a villain ( and Joker's girlfriend ) ...but, how does it happen? I think this film is going to try & explain that. This is the teaser trailer & you also get a small glimpse of the Joker.
June 23, 2010
When I woke-up this morning I was sort of in an "Adam West" mood so that's the theme I thought I would go with when posting a few Batman Backgrounds for Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday....please enjoy!
Oh yeah, we all need a good laugh every now & then ( I know I do ). So, here's a few funny Batman-related photos, comic strips, & mock-ups that are all totally hilarious! ( Thanks to everybody who sent them in. You know who you are and YOU GUYS ROCK! ).
Here's a really great vintage 60's Batman item that I know a lot of people may have never seen before. In my collection I have almost every single Batman paperback from this era, except this one, it's very hard to find! In fact, I've always been familiar with what the cover looks like but I didn't know what the content was. So, here we go! This is a vintage paperback book titled IT'S FUN TO BE A BATMAN! ( Written by Leonard Goldstein ). It was made around the time of the 1966 TV Show & it featured a lot of altered B&W photos where they took some person in the picture & made them into Batman or Robin. Plus, they gave them funny captions. It's a really weird book. I wanna thank our buddy Chris who shared these pics. I told him I never knew about the strange photos inside. I hope to find myself a copy of this book someday...it will be MINE, ha ha!
June 21, 2010
There has not been much brand-new news lately to report about the DC Universe animated film BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD lately so I thought I would post a cool RED HOOD Desktop Wallpaper ( 768 X 1024 ) for people to enjoy. Believe me, Warner Bros will be hyping this again pretty soon so keep an eye out at the Bat-Blog for more info. As each day passes, I get more excited about this movie! I mean, it's coming out next month on July 27th!!
Check out this totally cool vintage family photo showing our friend Joel as TWO-FACE, the Batman Villain! Plus, there's another awesome kid as the Joker! The make-up for both kids are very well done, great job there! This photo was taken around 1996, when he was just 5 years old. It must have been the best Halloween ever! Thanks Joel for sending the pic, it's great. If any other Bat-Blog Fans have some pics like this then please send them in... today!
June 20, 2010
Here are some sneak peek screenshots from the new BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Video Game set to be released on September 7th, 2010. It will be made for the Nintendo DS & Wii gaming consoles only ( yeah, major bummer! ). But te graphics here look pretty cool! I know my 2 nephews have a Wii, so this looks like what they might be getting for Christmas. That way, I'll be able to play it, ha ha!