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08.01.21 SOURCES

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J. K. Simmons is coming back to the Bat-beat.

The Oscar-winning actor is in negotiations to reprise the role of classic Batman character Commissioner James Gordon in Batgirl, Warner Bros.’ feature for HBO Max that is casting up swiftly.

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DC fans were thrilled to learn that the Flash movie had started production, and have been eager for any reports from the set. The most recent set photos debuted Batman's new Batcycle for the project, but it appears that vehicle was the catalyst behind an injury. Namely, a crew member allegedly collided with the Batcycle while filming across the pond.

The official report from WB released to Cinemablend reads:

An accident occurred while filming The Flash, where thankfully nobody was seriously hurt. The crew member involved received immediate medical attention as a matter of protocol. We take the well-being of all our employees seriously and have strict health and safety procedures in place on all productions

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This December, three time New York Times best-selling artist Jock (The Batman Who Laughs, Batman: The Black Mirror) brings his signature style to the blacked-out streets of Gotham City in Batman: One Dark Knight, a three issue, prestige format mini-series from DC Black Label. Written and drawn by Jock, the miniseries will debut in print and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday December 7, 2021.

“I think most readers know how much I love drawing Batman, so I was thrilled by the prospect of marrying the visual take with my own storyline for Batman: One Dark Knight,” said Jock. “I wanted to tell a propulsive, tight action tale, set over one typical night in Gotham City; except when a blackout strikes it’s a night that goes very, very wrong for Batman. I can’t wait to share more with everyone soon!"

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises…and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

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The first project to come out of the narrative podcast agreement between DC, Warner Bros. and Spotify, Batman Unburied is executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, The Sandman) and his company Phantom Four. Announced late last year, little was known about Unburied’s story other than a promise that it would explore dark aspects of Bruce Wayne’s psychology. However, we now have our first synopsis, teasing a much different take on the Dark Knight than what we’ve seen from Goyer in the past:

Batman Unburied is a psychological thriller that takes us on a new journey deep into the mind of Bruce Wayne introducing a slew of dark twists and turns with a number of classic Batman Super-Villains. When audiences meet Bruce Wayne he is a forensic pathologist, working in the bowels of Gotham Hospital and tasked with examining the victims of The Harvester, a gruesome serial killer preying on Gotham’s citizens. Not only will the Super-Hero be forced to face his own mental demons, but he will also have to overcome them in order to save the citizens of Gotham as his alter-ego Batman.

Along with releasing the new synopsis, Spotify also made two intriguing casting announcements. Winston Duke—that’s right, of Black Panther, Us and Spenser Confidential fame—will lead the Batman Unburied cast as Bruce Wayne. He’ll be joined by none other than Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The OA, Star Trek: Discovery) as Alfred, Bruce’s unflappable butler and right-hand man.


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