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New Trailer Released for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Legendary Pictures has released the third trailer for its upcoming Batman comic book adaptation, The Dark Knight Rises. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

According to Comic Book Resources, Titan Books will publish the official movie tie-in novel by Greg Cox. Both the book and the movie will be released in July 2012.

Here’s more from E! Online: “[Anne] Hathaway gets lots of screen time in the new trailer as both [Selina] Kyle and her feline alter ego Catwoman. She appears to be taking Batman’s side and has no problem getting in on the action. There’s plenty of Jordon Gordon-Levitt‘s mysterious new cop John Blake looking all emotional. We also get to see franchise stalwarts like Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).”

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer Released

Legendary Pictures has released a two-minute trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman film trilogy.

Follow this link to watch the trailer–what do you think? Nolan collaborated on the screenplay with his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan. The movie will hit theaters in July 2012. The trailer highlights the infamous Batman villain Bane as he wrecks Gotham City.

Here’s more from Movies.com: “[The trailer revealed] some enticing dialogue from Anne Hathaway, playing Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). Naturally her chat with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), as they dance close together at a masquerade ball, falls somewhere between seductive and threatening, but that’s what we expect from her character. Will she be a villain? A romantic sidekick? Both? Other brief glimpses of Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Matthew Modine are exactly that — brief glimpses.”

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Leaked on YouTube

A pirated version of the trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises materialized on different YouTube accounts this weekend–the video appears to have been videotaped from inside a movie theater. International Business Times described the short preview in this article.

According to reports, the trailer was shown before screenings of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 . The trailer contained this message: “Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. From Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises. The epic conclusion.”

For this Batman adventure, Gotham City’s caped crusader will battle Catwoman (played by Anne Hathaway) and Bane (played by Tom Hardy). In May, the movie’s Twitter account revealed a first glimpse at Hardy in costume.

T Bone Burnett & Danny Elfman to Create Music for ‘The Hunger Games’

Oscar-winner T Bone Burnett and Grammy-winner Danny Elfman will create the music for The Hunger Games film adaptation. According to the release, this project is “an unprecedented film music collaboration.”

The two composers will work together on the film score. Additionally, Burnett will serve as the executive music producer for both the score and the soundtrack. Many Hunger Games fans have reacted happily to the announcement on Facebook.

Lionsgate’s head of film music Tracy McKnight explained: “The Hunger Games is such a special property – it has worldwide mass appeal, but it’s also sophisticated, cerebral, soulful, and rebellious. We needed a composer who can translate these qualities musically, and we have not one but two incredible artists in an absolutely thrilling first time ever collaboration.”

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Batman Sidekick Featured on The Daily Show

Last night The Daily Show with Jon Stewart took a satirical look at Batman‘s Parisian sidekick, Nightrunner–uncovering some prejudice against the comic book character.

The French sidekick has an Islamic background. The segment featured Bosch Fawstin, a comic book artist who seems to believe that being a Muslim and being a Jihadist are mutually inclusive. Daily Show reporter Aasif Mandvi (who is also a Muslim) donned a costume to pose as a crime fighter, all in the name of comedy.

This is not the first time Nightrunner faced such criticism. Batman writer David Hine explained why he had Batman meet his sidekick in Death and Taxes magazine: “The process of developing a story is complex and there are all kinds of things I looked at. The urban unrest and problems of the ethnic minorities under [Nicolas] Sarkozy’s government dominate the news from France and it became inevitable that the hero should come from a French Algerian background.”

DC Comics Cuts Prices to $2.99

DC Comics has reduced prices for their entire line of 32-page comic books. Each issue now retails for $2.99, marked down from $3.99.

The announcement offers this quote from co-publisher Dan DiDio: “We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point.”

As Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Batman, and Tiny Titans comics get cheaper, do you think trade publishers should also lower print prices? (via Edward Champion)

DC Comics & Capstone Launch ‘DC Super-Pets’ Series

Capstone Publishers and DC Comics have joined forces to produce a new children’s books series, DC Super-Pets. The series will focus on the super-powered pets of heroes like Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern.

Art Baltazar will illustrate the project. The first six of the 24 books will be available this month. The titles include: The Fastest Pet on Earth, Heroes of the High Seas, Midway Monkey Madness, Pooches of Power, Royal Rodent Rescue, and Super Hero Splash Down.

Here’s more from the release: “These intrepid Super-Pets—Krypto the Super-Dog, Ace the Bat-Hound, Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Jumpa the Super-Kangaroo, and their friends—save the day and foil the evil plans of the universe’s most dastardly super villains. The books have been specially designed for children just learning to read independently.”

Now Kids Know: Superman’s From Ohio, Not Krypton

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If you’re going to Bryant Park to watch tonight’s free outdoor screening of Superman: The Movie, take a look across Sixth Avenue and see if you can spot Marc Tyler Nobleman—he’ll be at a table with vendors from the children’s bookshop Books of Wonder, selling copies of Boys of Steel, his picture book biography of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the writer and artist who created Superman back in the 1930s. Of all the things to write about for young audiences, how did Nobleman settle upon the story of two twentysomethings from Depression-era Cleveland? “The Siegel and Shuster story has never been told in a standalone narrative volume for any age,” Nobleman noted in a recent email, but more importantly, it’s a story with “an accessible angle (everyone knows Superman) but a mystery backstory (few know who created him, when, or how).”

(It is not, however, always the happiest of stories—although Nobleman’s main tale celebrates Siegel and Shuster’s unbeatable optimism, a three-page afterword details decades of misfortune after selling their original story—and all rights to the character—for $130, until the pair were finally awarded pensions and a permanent creators’ credit on every comic book featuring Superman.)

“It’s a natural to tell their story in illustrated format because their character essentially launched one of the most iconic visual mediums of the 20th century, the comic book,” Nobleman continued; the pictures are provided by picture book veteran Ross MacDonald. “We’ve actually never met and first emailed only after his work was completed,” Nobleman says of the collaboration, but “his style is so suited to the material and he was a pleasure to work with, gracious and inventive.” As a followup, Nobleman is already deep into research on a book about Bill Finger, a comic-book writer who played a vital (uncredited) role in the creation of Batman and his most famous villains.