Ganny McVagflaps Posted January 5, 2005 Share Posted January 5, 2005 So I didn't really care about the Morrison/Quietly "Superman" book, 'cause inverness "Superman" sucks a whole lotta cock no matter who does him. Plus I hear that Superman is a dick. However.... Confirming rumors that started on writer Geoff Johns' messageboard, The New York Times reported that Frank Miller will write the previously announced All-Star Batman and Robin, which will join All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. The series will mark Miller’s first return to Batman since The Dark Knight Strikes Again in 2001, and his first take on a more mainstream Batman since 1987’s “Batman: Year One,” which originally ran in DC's regular Batman series. The creator pairing also marks the first time Lee will work with Miller. As Newsarama previously reported, the idea behind the All-Star line isn’t to spin the characters into a new timeline, a new universe, or a new continuity, rather, the creators are telling stories set in a contemporary period that both builds on the histories of the respective characters, while remaining fresh and as timeless as possible. These are books that DC hopes, will pull people in who maybe haven’t read a Batman or Superman story in a while – if ever. These versions and stories, while not “dumbed down” at all, will bring to the page what’s pure about the character – the iconic characteristics. In the case of All-Star Batman, Robin is Dick Grayson, rather than the current, in-continuity Tim Drake. And Miller’s story will focus on the relationship between Grayson and his mentor. As Miller said, “This is Dick Grayson's initiation and he's dealing with a very stern teacher. Batman is a hard teacher - unforgiving. Brutal. At the same time, Grayson is watching Batman come into his full power. Me and Jim Lee get to play with all of DC's toys. It'll be a romp. It'll be a lot of fun. I plan on raiding DC's treasury of characters. There won't be a Black Canary or a Wonder Woman unused.” The deal was hammered out by Batman (and now All-Star) Group Editor Bob Schreck, who said: "This is quite an honor and, needless to say, a fairly daunting task that DC has bestowed upon me by handing me the helm of DC All-Stars. Being able to help these incredibly talented creators bring their amazing tales to life on the comics page is going to be one heck of a ride, no doubt. I can't wait until the readers get to see what's in store for them." And finally, DC's Dan Didio: "Frank was instrumental in redefining Bruce Wayne as Batman for a new generation, and I for one, can't wait to see him bring that same level of clarity and interpretation to Dick Grayson and Robin. With the teams now set for the two All Star books, Batman and Robin and Superman, I think every will agree that they meet the expectations set for these series. All Star creators working on iconic versions of our All Star characters - it doesn' t get much better than this!" At his blog, Lee wrote: So the news is out there officially now. Over at the esteemed New York Times online no less...they are reporting that none other than Frank Miller will be the writer on the new Batman and Robin All-Star book debuting this summer. To say this is my ultimate, dream project would be an incredible understatement. Back when I was in college from 1982 to 1986, I grew bored and disenchanted with comics, barely perusing my subscriptions when I went home for various holiday breaks. Frank Miller changed all that in 1986 when the Dark Knight Returns blew my mind and lit up my retinas. I haven't been the same since. My passion for creating comics comes from this one book and I've embarrassed Frank countless times by repeating this exact same story to him. Being fortunate enough to have as passionate fans, I know how it feels to be told similar tales so I hold back and try and act normal around him now so I don't freak him out. But he is fucking Frank Miller, man. OK, geek mode off. Obviously, I have known about this for some time now. I even jetted out to Austin, Texas where Frank was co-directing his incredible Sin City movie with Robert Rodriguez. We went out to dinner and over tequila shots and beer, we talked comics, specifically, Batman and Robin. It's a great fucking story, however, one I can't divulge in the slightest. He even gave me some art tips and feedback. To say the pressure is on is an friggin' understatement. I am certain I will have to force myself to pull back while I work on this book lest I overwork this mofo to death from enthusiasm. At the end, he gave me some art tips, and the next day, I even got to see a rough cut of Sin City at Rodriguez's production studios. I signed an NDA so I can't say anything beyond that other than I will be first in line when the movie hits theaters this Spring. Above are the pencils to a panel from Batman: Hush. It's the only decent shot I could find of Batman and Robin I could find right away that I am allowed to show you. In the series, I went to watercolors on top of this pencil layout. There will be no doubt, more on Batman and Robin, as time passes including DC's official press release today on the book's creative team. According to the Times, All-Star Batman is slated to begin in July. Reportedly, the storyline will last six issues. Frank Miller AND Jim Lee on Batman...this is gonna be the shit (and yeah DK2 wasn't the May West, but have faith if you're gonna hate). Still think Superman chugs the man-cock. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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