Stuff You Need to Know: Graysons, Meet the Graysons…

Dick Ward as Robin
  • This is interesting: instead of doing a Bruce Wayne series–because that would make way too much sense–CW is working on The Graysons, the tale of Robin’s pre-Robin days. This is from Smallville executive producers and McG, Supernatural executive producer. There will be a pilot. The article refers to Dick Grayson as “Dick ‘DJ’ Grayson.” I don’t ever recall seeing “DJ” as a nickname for Dick–maybe I’m missing something and UM can help me out with that. They’re scrambling around trying to figure out what to have to take the place of Smallville when it inevitably ends. The article also mentions that McG’s company has got Human Target at Fox. This will be the second time it’s been brought to television. Here, have a look at the first.

    Yes, that’s Rick Springfield. And R. Lee Ermey. Later in this episode, Springfield fights David Carradine. Seriously. Source: Variety.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:10+00:00 October 1st, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Science Ninja Hero? Yes, Have Some.

    Batman: Science Ninja Hero

    Cliff Chiang has posted some of his artwork that he put together as a DC Comics/anime mashup about a decade ago. He does anime versions of Batman and Robin, Harley Quinn and The Joker, Superman, and the Justice League. Cliff sez:

    Here, Batman is a wealthy but orphaned college student, the Joker is an insane visual kei rock star, and Superman is a giant robot controlled by the radio wristwatch of a young boy (the roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane are filled in by the robot’s nerdy creator and the boy’s widowed mom).

    And I know it’s pastiche, and I know it’s thinly veiled versions of G-Force, Gigantor, and so on (Chiang mentions as much and says it would need to be reworked before it could get published for real). But I can’t help but dig this stuff. How can you not want a series called Science Ninja Hero Batman? Those four words on their own are cool enough, but slap them together? Bring it!

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:18:57+00:00 May 21st, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Vietnamese Batman Comic

    Vietnamese Batman Comic from the 1960s

    There’s a long standing tradition of Batman being translated into other languages. Part of that tradition is doing so without, shall we say, prior approval of Time-Warner-DC, as we’ve discussed before.

    Ethan Persoff has posted a great find: a bootleg Vietnamese Batman comic. If you look at the cover there, it’s obvious that’s taken from a pic of Adam West as Batman. And some of the interior art seems to have been traced from classic Batman stories. I love how there’s a couple of cases where Batman is looking right of panel and it’s the same drawing…and then when he’s looking left of panel, they’ve just reversed the same pose. Sort of like what a lot of artists do today to save time and effort, huh? For pages and pages and pages.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:18+00:00 May 7th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    The Boy Wonder Live From Joyland

    Here’s an interview bit with Burt Ward as Robin, where we can see the beginnings of the creepy evil influence of the New New DC, in which everything has to be dark and seedy. As we’ve previously observed, it was the lack of Hostess sponsorship that screwed up everything.

    Update: Sadly, the vid’s been taken down. Somebody let me know if it comes back–it’s classic.

    Found via Classic Television Showbiz.

    And as a bonus, after the break is a great selling reel, promoting Batman as well as the Green Hornet. If NeedCoffeeTV was a reality, I would definitely sign us up for both shows.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:25:55+00:00 October 23rd, 2007|Archives|0 Comments