Official Trailer for Hulu Doc ‘Batman & Bill’ About a Batman Creator

Batman & Bill Trailer

«The most mysterious man in Gotham City wasn’t in a mask and cape.» Hulu has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Batman & Bill, which will premiere exclusively on Hulu starting early May. The documentary «unmasks» one of the greatest secrets in the comic industry — that Batman wasn’t created by Bob Kane alone, it was primarily Bill Finger who created the iconic superhero. This seems like a fascinating doc with plenty to offer for comic book fans, including inside stories and excellent art from the early days of Batman. It’s cool to see a doc like this that actually looks worth watching on Hulu. They’ve been collecting some of their own original docs recently, including a James Bond one called Becoming Bond. Take a look. ›››

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‘Batman and Bill’ Trailer: The Truth About the Creation of Batman Explained in a New Documentary

Batman and Bill Trailer

Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not.

Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight? A new documentary explores why Finger was omitted from Batman’s history and only just recently started getting the credit that he’s due.

Watch the Batman and Bill trailer below.

As the trailer explains, though Bob Kane had the initial idea to create a superhero who was quite the opposite of DC Comics’ Big Blue Boy Scout known as Superman, all of the signature traits of Batman’s comic book adventures came from Bill Finger. Not only did Finger create Batman’s trademark design and draw his stories, he was responsible for creating some key pieces of The Caped Crusader’s mythology. Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City and much more were all added into Batman’s universe by Bill Finger.

Thankfully, since 2015, Bill Finger has started receiving prominent credit for his pivotal contributions to the creation of Batman, even appearing in the credits for Gotham and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and presumably anything associated with Batman from here on out.

But how does a man who is so integral to the creation of one of the most revered superheroes of all time get shoved to the side and almost forgotten by comic book history? That’s the story that Batman and Bill is setting out to tell, inspired by author Marc Tyler Nobleman‘s endeavor to make sure Bill Finger got credit for his work, which he chronicled in the book Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

In addition to Nobleman, plenty of comic book historians, artists, Batman experts (like comic writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith) and more appear in the documentary to talk about this tragic tale of ignorance in the creation of Batman that went on for far too long.

Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.

Batman and Bill will be available to watch on Hulu on May 6.

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Superhero Bits: Watchmen Animated Movie, Wonder Woman Wednesday, LEGO Batman Movie Home Video & More

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Would you believe Tom Holland hasn’t actually seen The Empire Strikes Back? When does The LEGO Batman Movie hit home video? Are you ready to see a Watchmen animated movie? Want to make a Batman that looks like Boba Fett in Injustice 2? How do Batman and Wonder Woman react to the Thor: Ragnarok trailer? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

A new Injustice 2 video shows how you can customize your heroes, like making a Batman that looks like Boba Fett.

Some new set photos show off a bruised Jon Bernthal as The Punisher on the set of his own Netflix series.

James Gunn shared another behind the scenes photo of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast goofing around.

Captain America star Chris Evans thinks that a solo Black Widow movie would totally clean up at the box office.

Batman and Wonder Woman react to the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok in this amusing fanmade video.

Composer Michael Giacchino is in the studio recording the score for this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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The Justice League unites on another new poster for this fall’s team up of the DC Comics superheroes in theaters.

According to a Warner Bros. survey, there appears to be a Watchmen animated movie in development right now.

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Superhero Bits: ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Featurette, Pierce Brosnan Responds to Cable Rumors & More

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Who is directing the animated Batman and Harley Quinn movie and how did it come to be made? Would Batman & Robin villain Arnold Schwarzenegger be up for playing a Batman villain again? Who are the coolest super animals from comic books? What does Pierce Brosnan have to say about rumors of him playing Cable in Deadpool 2? Which comic books did Chris Pine read to prepare for Wonder Woman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

See how the new Agents of Hydra storyline continues in the promo for the next episode of Agents of SHIELD.

What are the worst Marvel Comics movies that weren’t made by Marvel Studios and where does Fantastic Four land?

Get to know Squirrel Girl from Marvel 101 before she makes her debut in the New Warriors TV series in 2018.

Collider learned that Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) is directed the Batman and Harley Quinn movie.

You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice in this new TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 TV.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the worst Batman movie, would be happy to play a Batman villain again.

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Marvel released a new book called Night Night, Groot for all the young Guardians of the Galaxy fans out there.

ScreenRant picked 15 actresses who could play Batgirl and only have two of the same names that we picked.

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Superhero Bits: ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Voices Revealed, Black Order in Infinity War & More

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How will Black Widow deal with meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy? Who will voice Batman and Harley Quinn in the animated feature with the hero and villain? Will the Black Order be featured in Avengers: Infinity War? What does Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins think of Joss Whedon directing Batgirl? Which DCEU star did Tom Holland hope would end up playing Kraven in the MCU? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Watch this clips from the animated movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, available now on Digital HD.

Daredevil star Charlie Cox says The Defenders got the four best directors from the other Marvel shows to direct.

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ScreenRant looks at some of the weirdest things Captain America has done, including accidentally doing drugs.

At an MIPTV event, Disney Distribution Senior VP Mark End?man said Cloak and Dagger has a 10-episode order.

A new installment of Super Powered Beat Down has Batman Beyond square off with Spider-Man 2099.

Scott Speiser (NCIS) has been added to the cast of The Tick as a series regular, but we don’t know his character.

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Scarlett Johansson doesn’t think Black Widow will be phased by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Infinity War.

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Catwoman Beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in New Injustice 2 Trailer

Catwoman Beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in New Injustice 2 Trailer

Catwoman beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in new Injustice 2 trailer

Following the bad guy-centric trailer released last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have debuted an all-Catwoman trailer for the upcoming Injustice 2. Check it out in the player below!

Developed by NetherRealm StudiosInjustice 2 offers the latest DC fighting game experience that expands on the previous title’s larger-than-life showdowns. Every battle defines you in a game where players personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. For the first time gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, and Deadshot. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.

Featuring a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017. You can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

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Joe Manganiello Sounds Less Certain About Playing Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’ Now

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

Development of the first standalone Batman movie featuring Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight has been somewhat difficult recently. After being attached to helm the movie for months, Ben Affleck pulled out of the project as director and has since handed off duties to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves.

This change behind the scenes has created a production delay for The Batman (which still hasn’t been confirmed as the official title) as the script is being rewritten from scratch. This explains why previously announced star Joe Manganiello, who was meant to play the villain Deathstroke, no longer sounds very certain about his role in the movie.

Find out more about the lack of certainty in Joe Manganiello playing Deathstroke below.

The Batman development process has essentially started over now that Matt Reeves has been brought on as director, and that seems to have the role that Joe Manganiello was lined up to play last fall up in the air. The Magic Mike co-star recently talked to Pittsburgh Today Live (via Batman-News) while making the rounds to promote his voice work in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and in the interview, he was asked if he would be appearing in The Batman as Deathstroke. His response was not full of much confidence:

If you don’t have 10 seconds to spare for that video, Manganiello throws his hands up in the air in a somewhat half-heartedly defeated kind of way and says, “Um, maybe. We’ll see.” Indeed, it sounds like the state of The Batman is up in the air, and thus the actor doesn’t really know how involved he’ll be in the movie as it switches hands and moves towards production.

That doesn’t mean we won’t see the actor as Deathstroke in the DC Expanded Universe though. We know the actor went through costume tests very early on for the role, and there was even an indication that the character might have a role in Justice League. Therefore, Joe Manganiello could still end up being a force for Batman to reckon with on the big screen, even if he doesn’t end up being the primary villain in The Batman.

Right now there are so many details about The Batman up in the air, it’s hard to know what’s going on. With production delayed until sometime next year, it might be awhile before we hear any solid details on The Dark Knight front. In the meantime, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are trying to get another DCEU movie to join Aquaman in production before the year is out. But it remains to be seen if they can make it happen. As always, stay tuned.

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Superhero Bits: Joker and Harley Quinn Get Fast Food, Green Lantern Cameo, Batman Board Game & More

Suicide Squad Concept Art - Joker and Harley Quinn Drive Thru

What kind of Batman board game is Monolith debuting at a Cannes game festival coming up? How did Jerry Seinfeld help convince Hugh Jackman that it was time to be done with Wolverine? Was there a Suicide Squad deleted scene with The Joker and Harley Quinn getting fast food? Will there be a Green Lantern cameo in Justice League?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Comic Book Resources runs through 15 more comic book characters who broke the fourth wall just like Deadpool.

Monolith has teased a new Batman board game that they’re looking to Kickstart at the Cannes game festival.

Jerry Seinfeld helped convince Hugh Jackman that it was okay to walk away from Wolverine after making Logan.

What are some of the best fights to grace the pages of comic books? Heroic Hollywood put a list together.

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May Gorilla Grodd have mercy on The Flash and Central City when the villain returns to The CW series this week.

Director James Mangold talks about how Wolverine shares traits with Johnny Cash, Frankenstein’s monster and more.

Suicide Squad Concept Art - Joker and Harley Quinn Drive Thru

Check out a bunch of concept art for Suicide Squad including Joker and Harley Quinn at a drive-thru and more.

After cops in Kentucky put a Punisher logo on their police cars, public outcry has forced them to remove the decals.

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2017 Razzies Awards Winners: ‘Batman v Superman’ Takes As Many Hits as ‘Hillary’s America’

2017 Razzie Winners - Batman v Superman

The Razzies used to be a fun way to make fun of bad movies, but more often than not they’ve become a way to turn high profile movies into easy targets, usually after critics have already bashed them to death. Even so, some people still like to see who ends up with these awards, and the 37th round of “winners” has been announced ahead of the Academy Awards tonight.

It should come as no surprise that the 2017 Razzie winners include a handful of trophies for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie became quite the punching bag on the internet and still sparks arguments to this day. Frankly, I’m not sure that the movie is worth this much hate, simply because it’s not downright terrible. Independence Day: Resurgence is a far worse movie and had an even worse screenplay. But the good news is that Batman v Superman wasn’t even deemed bad enough to take home worst picture. Find out which film landed the big prize after the jump.

It was the “documentary” Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party from political troll and felon Dinesh D’Souza that took home Worst Picture, and the film also rounded up three more wins, tying with Batman v Superman for four Razzies each. Regardless of Dinesh D’Souza is a convicted felon and a despicable troll. Anything he does is the worst, so I’m glad the Razzies reward this movie instead of Batman v Superman, which really isn’t awful, just misguided.

The one award that I think is truly out of place is giving Kristen Wiig the Worst Supporting Actress award for Zoolander No. 2. First of all, I’m a staunch defender of the sequel, because I think it accomplished exactly what it set out to do. It’s just as goofy as the first movie, and I don’t think it deserved so much hate. Even if you didn’t like it, Kristen Wiig is easily one of the best parts of the movie, so that award just doesn’t make sense here.

Anyway, here’s the video announcement of all the winners, including Dinesh D’Souza accepting his awards:

If you don’t want to watch, here’s the list of 2017 Razzie winners bolded among the other nominees:

WORST PICTURE
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTOR
Ben Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Robert de Niro / Dirty Grandpa
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTRESS
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: Allegiant

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa
Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day
Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa
Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black
Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence
Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nicolas Cage / Snowden
Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. 2
Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jared Leto / Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST DIRECTOR
Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt
Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
Fifty Shades of Black
Independence Day: Resurgence
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREENPLAY
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Suicide Squad

Barry L. Bumstead Award For A Movie That Cost A Lot And Lost A Lot — “Misconduct”

The Razzies Redeemer Award — Mel Gibson for “Hacksaw Ridge.”

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Superhero Bits: New Injustice 2 Trailer, Neil Gaiman’s Batman Story, Aquaman Crew & More

Injustice 2

Who is the costume designer for Aquaman? Which other Marvel heroes have been inhabited by The Phoenix? How power hungry is Superman in the new Injustice 2 trailer? Want to see a fanmade trailer for a Christopher Nolan directed Nightwing movie with Casey Affleck as The Riddler? What Batman story has Neil Gaiman been working on for nearly 30 years? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Kevin Smith revealed the Daxamite throne room from an upcoming episode of Supergirl he’s directing next.

Aquaman has supposedly hired The Matrix and Amazing Spider-Man costume designer Kym Barrett for production.

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Comic Book Resources runs down some of the other Marvel Comics heroes who have been taken over by The Phoenix.

This week’s Arrow hit a new milestone for the series, but it wasn’t a good one: it had the show’s lowest ratings ever.

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Keep an eye out for this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 standee to lounge around in at your local movie theater.

Dwayne Johnson dives further into why he refers to Black Adam as a hero, and it’s just a matter of interpretation.

Superman is still off his rocker in this new story trailer for the Injustice 2 video game coming later this year.

A new rumor says that Deadpool 2 is supposed to start production on May 1, but take that with a grain of salt.

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