Jerry Robinson, the comic book artist responsible for co-creating the classic Batman villain, the Joker, has reportedly passed away at the age of 89.
Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment have released seven new Batman skins for Batman: Arkham City that were previously only available as individual, store-specific DLC content for those who pre-ordered the game. The new skins pack costs only $4.99 (400 Microsoft Points) and allows gamers to don one of several new costumes while fighting crime in Arkham City.
Marvel has released both an official high definition teaser trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man video game as well a piece of concept art from the title. Developed by Beenox, The Amazing Spider-Man will be released as a tie-in to the movie directed by Marc Webb and will serve as an epilogue, showing us the events that take place directly after the film ends.
The upcoming sequel to Marvel Studios’ Thor has just had a major blow struck to it as director Patty Jenkins (Monster) has reportedly dropped out of the production. For months now, fans have been looking forward to Jenkins taking over the Thor film franchise after Kenneth Branagh, who directed the first film, stated that he would not be returning for the sequel. Citing “creative differences” as the cause for her leaving, Marvel Studios is already approaching other agencies for a replacement director at a rapid pace in order to meet the November 15, 2013 release date it had planned.
While speaking in an interview with Comic Book Resources, Marvel Comics writer Brian Bendis dropped the bombshell that he will be stepping down as a writer for both The Avengers and New Avengers. Bendis, who has easily written for more of Marvel’s various comic book titles than any other creator, told CBR that he will be leaving the Avengers franchise at some point in 2012.
Arriving on the heels of Marvel Comics’ announced press conference to talk about the “It’s coming” Phoenix Force event, USA Today has revealed some of Marvel’s biggest plans for 2012. It is now known that some of Marvel’s top writing talents, including Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction, will all be working on 12 bi-weekly issues that will all help to build up to the arrival of the Phoenix Force on Earth. The storyline will pit the X-Men and the Avengers against each other as both have their own views as to how to deal with the impending arrival of the Phoenix and the host they all fear will be its target, Hope Summers.
While speaking with Moviefone, Gary Oldman revealed a bit more about Christopher Nolan’s final film in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, and reflected on how it feels to have played Jim Gordon for the last time. He even manages to briefly comment on the Saturday Night Live sketch with Steve Buscemi as Jim Gordon that was shown over the weekend.