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DC Comics news: Bane's new cape, "Young Justice" and "Batman: The Killing Joke"

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The latest Bat-breaking DC Comics related news items for December 1st - 3rd, 2013!

Bane is now Batman!

Not a misprint or a hoax! As reported by DC Comics' own blog, Batman's arch nemesis Bane will be donning the cape and cowl of the dark knight himself in "Forever Evil: Arkham War #3". The mini series is written by Peter Tomasi and is part of the "Forever Evil" crossover event, in which the evil alternate earth counterparts to the "Justice League", the "Crime Syndicate", have defeated the team and taken over, sparking chaos and uprisings from the universe's usual villains. To this end, Bane has been fighting for turf in Gotham City and apparently seeks to don the guise of the vigilante he once broke. As Batman, Bane is set to battle Killer Croc, an animal like villain who usually lives in the sewers.

Any similarity to the 1987 Spider-Man story "Kraven's Last Hunt" where Kraven buries Spider-Man alive, dons his costume to "become" him and takes out the animal like, sewer dwelling villain Vermin is "coincidental".

Will "Young Justice" live...on The CW!?

Bleeding Cool starts the rumor ball rolling with a claim that DC Entertainment is looking to relaunch their canceled "Young Justice" animated series as a live action teen drama for "The CW" network in 2015. This would be atop of confirmed plans to kick off a new "Flash" TV series which spins out of "Arrow" on the network. It would also take into consideration that plans for TV shows based on "Raven" (from the "Teen Titans") and a young Wonder Woman (dubbed "Amazon") wound up on the editing room floor in recent years.

"Young Justice" aired for two seasons (across four different years, November 2010 - March 2013) on "Cartoon Network", and was co-produced and story edited by Greg Weisman, best known for "Gargoyles" and "Spectacular Spider-Man". The series enjoyed modestly solid ratings but an aborted toy line after the first season all but spelled doom for the series, which remains quite popular in online viral circles. Little Orbit, after at least two delays, released a canonical video game, "Young Justice: Legacy" for PC and home consoles a week before Thanksgiving; exact sales figures are unknown, but the game at least sold out at one major retail location ("Best Buy").

Revealed artwork shows a darker side of "Batman: The Killing Joke"!

Released in 1988, "Batman: The Killing Joke" was a one shot written by the legendary Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland during the end of his epic tenure working with DC Comics - an era which produced "Watchmen" as well as a defining run on "Swamp Thing", among others. It was a story which seemed to reveal Joker's origin as well as where Barbara Gordon's career as Batgirl ended after the villain shot her in the spine. The tale was always controversial for many reasons, and it seems history about it has come up recently. Alan Moore himself lambasted the work and the editorial politics around it back in 2000.

Now, some additional artwork which had been altered by Bolland for one page has been revealed, and it shows that DC Comics sought to limit the potential "exploitation" of Barbara Gordon within. The story has seen renewed interest due to DC Comics' decision to erase most of the history behind Gordon - including much of her tenure as the crippled, yet powerful, Oracle - while insisting that this one shot remain permanent canon. Batgirl's trailer for the video game "Injustice: Gods Among Us" literally showcases the tale as the heroine's defining story above any other - even her long tenure running "Birds of Prey". Many these days consider the work a border on torture porn, and with this unearthed detail they may have another article into evidence for that claim. Personally, I always found the story to be overrated.

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