The upcoming Flash–Batman crossover “The Button” will begin next week, and DC’s released another telling cover from it. This one’s a variant from Batman #22, and features disturbing allusions to guest-stars Professor Zoom and Flashpoint’s Thomas Wayne (you can see the main cover for this issue here).
We saw at the end of Flash #19 that Professor Zoom’s alive and remembers the events of Flashpoint, including his death at the hands of Thomas Wayne. It’ll be interesting to see if he meets with Flashpoint Batman during the crossover, as he’s already expressed the intention of attacking his son. Plus, of course, there’s the mystery of the Comedian’s button which Barry Allen and Batman will be tackling.
The crossover begins on April 19th with Batman #21, and continues the following week in Flash #21. It will then continue in issues #22 of the Batman and Flash series.
I’m a little bit puzzled why Matha Wayne seems to be dead here, as Flashpoint Martha became that world’s Joker, but perhaps history’s been changed by the intervention of Doctor Manhattan. Thawne obviously hints at his involvement with the well-known bloodstain on his yellow costume.
Anyway, looks interesting, and the audience will clearly have to figure out what’s going on alongside the Flash and Batman. It’ll be great to see Professor Zoom up to his old shenanigans.
It was widely announced on Thursday that there will be a four-issue crossover between The Flash and Batman books this coming April/May, in which the duo will tackle the enigma of the blood-spattered button in the Batcave. You may remember that cliffhanger from the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 issue last May, and while the readers are privy to the source of the button, the characters wouldn’t be.
The story will take place in the #21 and #22 issues of both books, with creative teams Tom King and artist Jason Fabok (Batman), and Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter (Flash). Pretty cool to see Porter back on the Flash title, even if it’s only for a bit!
CBR has more of the details on the series, including a few comments from Williamson and Dan DiDio. And here’s DC’s official description of the crossover:
“Two greatest detectives in the DC Universe unite to unravel the mystery behind a certain blood stained smiley face button stuck in the Batcave wall. However, what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party — and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!”
Should be interesting, and one wonders who the unwelcome intruder is. It’s a shame that original Wally West doesn’t seem to be getting involved in the search too, but he’s definitely been finding some of the details over in the Titans book from Abra Kadabra, so I guess he’s still involved in his own way.
Looking forward to the crossover? What do you hope to see in it?
Warner Bros. TV schedule is up for Comic-Con International. The Flash TV Show Panel will be Saturday, July 23 at 5pm in Ballroom 20:
Parallel universes…and doppelgangers…and man-sharks, oh my! The second season of The CW’s highest-rated series had more than its fair share of twists and turns, but none compared to Barry Allen’s jaw-dropping decision to go back in time and save his mother from his arch-nemesis, Reverse-Flash, a decision that called the entire timeline into question. But fear not, fans, you won’t have to wait until the fall to start getting answers to some of your most pressing questions, as the cast and creative team behind the show make their annual appearance at Comic-Con to begin giving fans insight into the show’s highly anticipated third season.
Violett Beane is set to return as Jesse Wells in Season 3 of the show. No word yet on whether she’ll be the Earth-2 Jesse we know or from another timeline, or whether we’ll see her as a speedster anytime soon. (via ComicsAlliance)
Warner Bros. showed a scene from Justice League featuring Batman (Ben Affleck) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) to the press, and CinemaBlend describes the scene, which shows the first meeting of Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen. The tone is reportedly a bit lighter than most of Batman v. Superman, and the scene tells us a few important things about the cinematic universe’s Barry Allen, and more. Spoilers of course.
We caught up with Francis Manapul at HeroesCon 2015 for an interview on behalf of both TMStash and Speedforce.org. Manapul gave us the story behind the “5 O’Clock Shadow” look of Batman, the rise of Harvey Bullock as an A-List character in Detective, his favorite moments from THE FLASH and DETECTIVE, and more! Thanks to Francis Manapul for taking time from a very busy HeroesCon schedule to speak with us!
Variety reported yesterday that DC Entertainment working with Mattel, Fisher Price and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two direct-to-homevideo animated projects featuring different versions of The Flash.
The first, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts is based on the Mattel Batman Unlimited toy line:
“Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” will debut May 12, as a direct-to-homevideo animated movie that features Batman, the Flash, Red Robin, Nightwing and Green Arrow as they face off against super villain the Penguin, while introducing cyber animals as new foes. A sequel film will be released around the second half of 2015.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the “Batman Unlimited” films on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. In addition, WB will also produce 22 two-minute shorts around the “Batman Unlimited” toys, making them available for free on a variety of digital platforms, while a companion app also will provide young fans with access to content.
Mattel produces the Batman Unlimited action figures which are rolling out onto store shelves now, and feature a new look for the Caped Crusader.