I absolutely 1,000% adore the Earth One line of standalone graphic novels that DC has been publishing since 2010. It provides consistently refreshing takes on some of the company’s most beloved characters. Now, I know you might be thinking to yourself that this same thing can be accomplished by a good, old fashioned reboot or the welcoming of a new creative team onto a title—and you are definitely not wrong. What Earth One does that a standard reboot can’t do is tilt the perspective with which the character is approached.
Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, the newest entry in the popular animated series of DC Universe Movies, had its premiere screening this weekend in Washington, D.C. as a part of the 2018 “DC in D.C.” event. But if you found yourself in the wrong city (or even the wrong coast) to attend it, you might be in luck.
Every Batman fan has dreamed of becoming the Dark Knight—putting on the cowl, firing up the Batmobile and heading out to take on the Joker. However, we’d imagine that very few of them have dreamed about being Bruce Wayne as a child. While having your own Batcave and hanging with the Justice League would be fun, the important tragedy it took for Bruce Wayne to get there is often overlooked.
If you think that Batgirl and Supergirl go together about as well as their counterparts Superman and Batman, well, you’d be correct. Kryptonians and Bats are a match made in super hero heaven. But what you may not have known is, unlike their predecessors, Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon haven’t actually had many opportunities to get to work with one another on the page.
...At least, maybe not in the ways you might expect.
It’s time to break down the strange, unexpected and altogether animated history of the other World’s Finest duo.
The idea of what could have been always intrigues. It’s literally the basis of fictional storytelling. Those magic words: what if?
What if a stranger visitor from another world came to Earth and our yellow sun granted him amazing abilities far beyond that of normal man? What if a young boy with unlimited funds and resources saw his parents gunned down in front of him and began a never-ending quest for justice? What if a dying alien gifted a young pilot with the most powerful weapon in the galaxy?