Batman: Damned

Launched in 2018 as a 3-issue mini-series by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, Batman: Damned immediately became one of the most important Batman comic books of the 21st century, largely because it featured the first (and last) appearance of the Batpenis when Bruce Wayne appeared fully nude in several panels in the first issue. Batman's nudity sparked an internet sensation which resulted in hundreds of clickbait articles, also sending the book rocketing up the sales charts and, eventually, causing Warner Bros to rethink its entire publishing strategy.

The plot of Batman: Damned sees an alternate-universe Batman team up with John Constantine to investigate the death of The Joker. We may never see another comic like Batman: Damned outside of Tijuana Bibles, but its impact on the comic book industry earns it a place alongside seminal works like Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, and X-Men Forever as amongst the greatest comic books ever published.

Batman Damned Statue from Prime 1 Studio

More Batman Damned Statues Resurface with Sideshow Collectibles

Batman is back and this time things are getting a little supernatural with Prime 1 Studio. The Batman Damned statue was announced back in 2019 but it looks like he is returning once again. Some new pre-orders have popped up on Sideshow Collectibles for both standard and deluxe statues. The statue is based on the […]

Will DC Comics Ever Publish Lee Bermejo: Inside, On Dark Ground Hardcover in English?

Last year, Urban Comics, a DC Comics licensor in France, published a hardcover gallery of Lee Bermejo's work for DC Comics. It included finished art, sketches, work in progress alongside extensive interviews with Lee Bermejo and his colleagues, including writers, colourists, publishers and friends, telling the stories behind the scenes of his work on Batman […]

Brian Azzarello Talks Batman Damned, Birds Of Prey, Black Label and DC Comics

In an interview with ComicsBlog, comic book writer Brian Azzarello talked about his recent comics career, his attitude, and his work at DC Comics and Image. The interview, translated into French, also sees Brian Azzarello talk about the controversy that dogged Batman: Damned a year ago. For those with short memories, the comic was the […]

Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo Working Together Again – But Not at DC Comics?

Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have been one of the more perfect creative pairings. With perennial sellers for DC Comics such the Luthor and Joker collections, the Rorschach chapter of Before Watchmen getting a new boost from the TV show, and the recent release of the collected Batman Damned topping the charts, they should be […]

DC Comics to Call the Batman Damned Format, "Prestige Plus"

DC Comics Names the Batman: Damned Format, "Prestige Plus"

Starting with comic books solicited for January 2020, DC Comics introduces the term Prestige Plus. It's a new name for DC Comics' periodical format with square binding and card stock covers that measure approximately 8.5" by 10.875". Periodicals that fit the Prestige Plus format would include the first such volume, Batman Damned, as well as […]

"Batman": Why is Thomas Wayne a Meanie Now?

"Batman": Why is Thomas Wayne A Meanie Now?

Batman's dad Thomas Wayne is a bad guy now. He didn't used to be. He was the kind doctor and philanthopist who taught his son to be charitable and benevolent. Suddenly, he's a villain in nearly every new story. What's going on? Thomas Wayne was the benevolent, beloved father of Bruce Wayne. He was a […]

Lee Bermejo on the Origins of Batman Damned and Not Wanting to Draw Guns, at #NYCC

Comic book creator Lee Bermejo talked on panel yesterday at New York Comic Con about his work and his process, at the New York Comic Con. Artist on books such as Joker, Before Watchmen: Rorschach,  Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, the recent Batman Damned, and writer/artist on Suiciders and Batman: Noel, his work gained infamy when a […]

Funko Round-Up: Batman: Damned, Captain Marvel, and Jason Blum!

Funko Round-Up: Batman: Damned, Captain Marvel, and Jason Blum!

Funko announces tons of new products and licenses every day, let alone every week. It can be a lot to keep up with. So we are here to help. Welcome to the Funko Round-Up! In this edition, seperate from the Funko SDCC reveals, we take a look at recently announced Pops for Batman, Captain Marvel, […]

Did We Nearly Have A Batpenis Slippage In 1989?

Did We Nearly Have A Batpenis Slippage In 1989?

In 1989, Christopher Priest – then known as Jim Owsley – wrote a story for Batman Annual #13 called Faces, with art by Michael Bair and Gray Morrow. Which featured this scene, Bruce Wayne rising from bed in the nip, and heading out to change into his Batman clobber. A functional, non ezplicit nude scene. […]

LATE: Batman Damned #3 Slips Another Month, Joined by Goddess Mode and Shazam!

LATE: Batman Damned #3 Slips Another Month, Joined by Goddess Mode and Shazam!

The final issue of Batman Damned #3 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo was originally solicited for March, on a bi-monthly schedule. But that was before Batman's penis appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and newly appointed publisher Pamela Lifford had to tip the entirety of DC Comics' schedule in the bin and […]

SDCC 2019 Previews Exclusives TMNT, Batman Damned, Ghostbusters, and More!

SDCC 2019 Previews Exclusives: Deadpool, TMNT, Batman Damned, Ghostbusters, and More!

SDCC 2019 exclusives are starting to be revealed, and first up is Previews World and Diamond Select Toys! They have tons and tons of exclusives this year, including Gallery statues of Captain Marvel, Flash, and Deadpool, other statues of X-23, Batman from Batman: Damned, and a Deadpool head bust. A cool Mikey-as-Batman TMNT figure, a […]

Batman: Damned Team Reunite on Boom Studios First 'Erotic' Comic, Faithless

Brian Azzarello is one of the top-selling writers in comics. Even before the fuss, Batman: Damned with Lee Bermejo was a prestige format comic selling over 100,000 copies, and because DC wouldn't reprint the first issue, it rocketed in price. And then Batman: Damned #2 sold even more than #1, something almost unheard of. But Batman: Damned […]

Next Week's Punisher #7 Exposes the Size of Frank Castle's Penis (Spoilers)

Things aren't going great for The Punisher. First of all, he's in a prison in Bagalia, and second of all, there are no good barbers there. Also, the other residents really don't respect people's privacy. Confronted in a steamy locker room by a prison boss nun, Frank Castle lets it all hang out. You might […]

Chris Claremont Puts Batman Damned #1 In Perspective

I've been hearing more about how the reaction to the publication of Batman: Damned#1 is affecting other books, creators and employees at DC Comics. But over the weekend at MCM London Comic Con I heard a tale from comic book writer Chris Claremont that put in it perspective. He recalled the publication of Superman #75, which […]

Chelsea Cain Learns About the Censorship of the Batpenis and She Isn't Happy About It

Earlier today, we eagerly listened as Chelsea Cain unleashed holy hell on Marvel and the superhero-industrial complex, but now that the floodgates have opened, Cain continues to speak out about the important issues facing our industry. Like Batman's penis. Bleeding Cool has written near a dozen articles on the Batpenis since it was revealed in […]