Had To Be Done….

13 10 2014

Though it pained me to pierce the shrink wrap of this amazing new box-set of Synder and Capullo’s super-creepy ‘Death Of The Family’  story (which came with a mask of the Joker’s ripped off face), I’m kinda glad  I did. *Shhhh* don’t tell anyone….

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Oh and since I’m in a Batman mood-here I am with Bats artist and all-round ledge-bag Greg Capullo.

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New Man Of Steel Trailer

17 04 2013

This looks all kinds of good.





HOT PRESS BOOK REVIEW: Golden Age Of DC Comics

31 03 2013

Here’s a reprint of my review of that lovely DC Comics table book I blogged about a few weeks ago.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS 1935-1956

PAUL LEVITZ

TASCHEN

Chronicling the early days of the so-called “Golden Age” of comics (which foisted, among others, the world’s first super-hero Superman out onto the public realm, forever changing pop culture in a single bound) this over-sized, painstakingly put together coffee table book charts those tentative first forays of Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and many more. The first of five volumes charting the continuing legacy of the publisher, former DC editor and writer Paul Levitz really pulls out all the stops to reprint the best bits from the company’s past (as well as some of the most bizarre). Including an insightful interview with the recently departed and hugely influential artist Joe Kubert and packed with a veritable treasure trove of old covers, photos and stories, the book is a must for fans of the sub-culture and packs a punch as powerful as the Man of Steel himself.

EDWIN McFEE 





Man Of Steel Trailer

11 12 2012

Here’s the new Man Of Steel trailer.I think it looks ace,plus it’s got Amy Adams in it.Hello nurse!





Green Lantern Trailer

17 11 2010

Yup, the Green Lantern trailer has hit the web and it stars Van Wilder, Party Liason in the lead role. I don’t think it’s going to be as good as the Captain America and Thor films, but I’m still looking forward to seeing it.





Batman Live: World Arena Tour

8 11 2010

So this morning the embargo on the brand new Batman Arena tour has been lifted, so I can now talk about what I was up to in New York last week (hurray). Press trips are always fun and this one was possibly the best jaunts I’ve ever been on as not only did I get a extremely rare glimpse into the inner sanctum of DC Comics (they have a floor that looks like Gotham City and another done up as the Daily Planet) and also see how Americans celebrate Hallowe’en (THE best time of year don’t ya know) but I got the chance to interview the legendary Jim Lee and Geoff Johns, as well as the head honchos behind the whole thing.

I have to say, from the snippets we were shown in the conference room, the tour looks absolutely awesome and really inventive. I’ve written a large feature on this for tomorrow’s Belfast Telegraph and will post that up here later in the week. In the meantime here’s the press release for the show.

BATMAN LIVE

WORLDWIDE ARENA TOUR

 

WORLD PREMIERE JULY 2011

 

BELFAST & DUBLIN DATES CONFIRMED

 

Visually stunning live production to feature Batman and a host of iconic characters

and settings from the famed world of DC Comics

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment and Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions Ltd (WLP) announced today that BATMAN LIVE – a unique action-packed live show – will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011 and arriving in North America by summer 2012.  

Opening in Manchester on 20th July 2011 and visiting Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast, tickets for BATMAN LIVE go on sale on Friday 12th November 2010.  BATMAN LIVE is a visually stunning production, complete with a brand new original storyline.  The live show will feature Batman, his trusty counterpart Robin, tireless butler Alfred and a host of other favourite Batman characters, including Villains such as The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman and The Penguin.  The story will take place in several settings from the famed DC Comics stories, including Gotham City, Wayne Manor, the Batcave and Arkham Asylum.

“With the touring BATMAN LIVE show, we’re bringing Batman‘s adventures to live audiences for the very first time,” said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.  “The idea that we’re doing it with a production team this talented and with this much passion is thrilling.”

“When a character has as wide an audience and as rich a history as Batman, it’s truly exciting to see him introduced into an all-new storytelling medium,” says Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, DC Comics.  “BATMAN LIVE will bring a completely new experience to fans of the character – it’s great to be able to give them something they haven’t seen before.”

Batman is one of the most iconic and recognizable brands in the world,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.  “For the very first time, we are bringing the world of Batman to life in a live show.  And the fact that we are doing it within arena-sized venues is sure to be a thrill for audiences of all ages.”

BATMAN LIVE, produced by Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions, will feature impressive stunts, pyrotechnics, illusions and video screen sequences.  Totally authentic, bold and awe-inspiring, BATMAN LIVE will offer a completely new way to experience the world of Batman and will be a must-see for fans and families everywhere.

“BATMAN LIVE will be a totally unique experience.  This is not a musical but a high quality live show with a thrilling Batman story, filled with action, that will appeal to adults, teenagers and families,” said Nick Grace.  “Batman is more than a comic book character, he’s a cultural phenomenon and we are proud to have this opportunity to be involved with one of the most popular DC Super Heroes in the world today.”

BATMAN LIVE is based on an original story being created exclusively for the show.  Creative Director is Anthony van Laast and Co-Director, James Powell.  Set design by Es Devlin, music composed by James Brett, sound design by Simon Baker, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video direction by Sam Pattinson, costume design by Jack Galloway.  Circus sequences created, produced and managed in association with Circus Space with Bryan Donaldson and Juliette Hardy-Donaldson as circus consultants.

The world premiere of BATMAN LIVE will take place in the UK in summer 2011.  Following the premiere, the show will then tour Europe, before opening in North America in summer 2012.  Full tour dates will be released in November 2010.

For more information go to www.batmanlive.com

 

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

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BATMAN LIVE

UK & Ireland Tour Dates 2011

Wednesday 20th July                           Manchester Evening News Arena                    7pm       

Thursday 21st July                               Manchester Evening News Arena                    7pm       

Friday 22nd July                                    Manchester Evening News Arena                    7pm                       

Saturday 23rd July                               Manchester Evening News Arena                    11am, 3pm & 7pm

Sunday 24th July                                  Manchester Evening News Arena                    11am & 3pm       

Wednesday 27th July                           Newcastle Metro Radio Arena                          7pm                       

Thursday 28th July                               Newcastle Metro Radio Arena                          7pm                                       

Friday 29th July                                    Newcastle Metro Radio Arena                          7pm                                      

Saturday 30th July                               Newcastle Metro Radio Arena                          11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 31st July                                  Newcastle Metro Radio Arena                          11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 3rd August                       SECC, Glasgow                                                    7pm                                       

Thursday 4th August                            SECC, Glasgow                                                    7pm                                       

Friday 5th August                                 SECC, Glasgow                                                    7pm                                       

Saturday 6th August                            SECC, Glasgow                                                    11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 7th August                               SECC, Glasgow                                                    11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 10th August                     Sheffield Motor Point Arena                             7pm                                       

Thursday 11th August                         Sheffield Motor Point Arena                             7pm                                       

Friday 12th August                               Sheffield Motor Point Arena                             7pm                                       

Saturday 13th August                          Sheffield Motor Point Arena                             11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 14th August                             Sheffield Motor Point Arena                             11am & 3pm                         

Wednesday 17th August                     NIA, Birmingham                                                7pm                                       

Thursday 18th August                         NIA, Birmingham                                                7pm                                       

Friday 19th August                               NIA, Birmingham                                                7pm                                       

Saturday 20th August                          NIA, Birmingham                                                11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 21st August                             NIA, Birmingham                                                11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 24th August                     London O2 Arena                                               7pm                                       

Thursday 25th August                         London O2 Arena                                               7pm                                       

Friday 26th August                               London O2 Arena                                               7pm                                       

Saturday 27th August                          London O2 Arena                                               11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 28th August                             London O2 Arena                                               11am & 3pm                       

Monday 29th August                           London O2 Arena                                               11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 31st August                      London O2 Arena                                               7pm                                       

Thursday 1st September                     London O2 Arena                                               7pm                                       

Friday 2nd September                          London O2 Arena                                               7pm                                       

Saturday 3rd September                     London O2 Arena                                               11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 4th September                        London O2 Arena                                               11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 7th September                 Liverpool Echo Arena                                        7pm                                       

Thursday 8th September                     Liverpool Echo Arena                                        7pm                                       

Friday 9th September                           Liverpool Echo Arena                                        7pm                                       

Saturday 10th September                   Liverpool Echo Arena                                        11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 11th September                      Liverpool Echo Arena                                        11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 14th September               Nottingham Trent FM Arena                            7pm                                       

Thursday 15th September                   Nottingham Trent FM Arena                            7pm                                       

Friday 16th September                        Nottingham Trent FM Arena                            7pm                                       

Saturday 17th September                   Nottingham Trent FM Arena                            11am, 3pm & 7pm            

Sunday 18th September                      Nottingham Trent FM Arena                            11am & 3pm                       

Wednesday 28th September               Dublin O2 Arena                                                  8pm                                       

Thursday 29th September                   Dublin O2 Arena                                                  8pm                                       

Friday 30th September                        Dublin O2 Arena                                                  8pm                                       

Saturday 1st October                           Dublin O2 Arena                                                  12am, 4pm & 8pm            

Wednesday 5th October                      Belfast Odyssey Arena                                       8pm                                       

Thursday 6th October                          Belfast Odyssey Arena                                       8pm                                       

Friday 7th October                                Belfast Odyssey Arena                                       8pm                                       

Saturday 8th October                           Belfast Odyssey Arena                                       12am, 4pm & 8pm            

To book tickets for the UK (excluding Belfast), please contact the OFFICIAL NATIONAL TICKET SALES HOTLINE

– 0844 875 9000 or the relevant venue or for online bookings please visit www.ticketzone.co.uk

DUBLIN Ticket Prices: Wednesday 28th September– All tickets €30
Thursday 29th September – Saturday 1st October – €44.20, €33.60, €23
Limited Availability of Premium “Gotham” City” seats

To book tickets for Dublin, call 0818 719 300 or
for online bookings please visit http://www.ticketmaster.ie

BELFAST Ticket Prices: Wednesday 5th October – All tickets £25
Thursday 6th October – Saturday 8th October – £38, £33, £22.50
Limited Availability of Premium “Gotham” City” seats

To book tickets for Belfast, call the venue on 028 9073 9074 or
for online bookings please visit http://www.ticketmaster.ie





If I Can Make It There….

27 10 2010

Folks, as some people already know, I’m off on a press trip to New York tomorrow for a top secret Batman launch. I’ll be back in Ireland early next week, so I’ll reply to anyone who’s looking for me then.

In the meantime, I’ll be hanging out with the utter legends that are Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, watching the Knicks play at Madison Square Garden, taking in a tour of DC Comics and  (inevitably) getting into lots of adventures during my stay. This will be the first time I’m going to bring a camera on my travels too (I don’t own one, so thanks to Our Martin for the lend!) so I’ll probably whack a few piccys up here when I get back.