DC Comics is making a huge mistake by killing off Batman's iconic sidekick Robin in the newest issue ... so says the most famous Robin ever, who tells TMZ, the future of the Batman franchise DEPENDS on the Boy Wonder.
DC is slated to kill off Robin in the next issue of the "Batman Incorporated" series -- but Burt Ward (who played Robin in the 60s TV show) has one thing to say ... "Holy self-inflicted wound! Not good for corporate profits!”
Ward tells us, "It’s a terrible choice to kill off Robin. Why bite the hand that feeds you? ... Robin should only die in people's imaginations! Or in a state of primal ecstasy!"
FYI -- It's not the first time Robin's been killed off in the comics ... DC previously did him in back in 1988 when fans voted to off the character.
Nevertheless, Burt adds, "Every youngster realizes that he or she is too young to drive and they are not big like Batman. So, they all yearn to be Robin who gets to RIDE WITH BATMAN AND FIGHT WITH BATMAN!"
He's got a point.
Delayed Batman Comic
Teacher Pulls Gun
7/26/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A teacher pulls a gun on a classroom filled with students in the latest Batman comic book -- and that's why DC Comics chose to postpone its release.
As we reported, DC Comics forbade the release of its new issue of "Batman Inc." because it "contains content that may be perceived as insensitive" in the wake of the "Dark Knight" shooting in Colorado. Now, we know exactly what that "insensitive" content is.
In addition to the teacher pointing a gun at her classroom, the issue contains several other references to gun violence -- including one moment when a character says, "Eyewitness spoke of a grisly bullet-ridden cadaver."
The issue has been blocked from release until August 22.
The Green Lantern
Gay Pioneer on
6/2/2012 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fabulous Justice League of America news: the Green Lantern is gay! Which would be real progress for superheroes ... if there weren't like 7200 other straight Green Lanterns!
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The Green Lantern
He's Back ...
AND HE'S FABULOUS!!!
6/1/2012 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
But here's the thing ... we smell tokenism. Fictional fact is there are more than 7,200 Green Lanterns in DC's comic book world -- so adding ONE gay lantern, in an alternate universe no less, suddenly seems less impressive.
The Green Lantern has been rebooted -- he's young again, and he's gay.
DC Comics just announced which character is coming out of the closet, and it's Alan Scott, aka the Green Lantern.
In his prior life, Green Lantern -- on Earth 2 (in an alternate universe) -- was married with 2 superhero kids. But now he's come back as an unmarried, media mogul who we're sure throws amazing Hollywood parties. He's also a Type-A. Sound like anyone you've heard of???
Fun fact: The Green Lantern's Achilles' Heel is wood.
When news broke that a comic book hero would be re-introduced as gay, the organization One Million Moms released a statement saying, "Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light."
In response to that, GLAAD tells TMZ, "The idea that a comic book character will make young people gay is as outlandish as saying it will give them a green power ring and the ability to fly. Even more outlandish is the idea that there are 'one million moms' who believe this hate group's anti-gay nonsense. From Christian churches to sports fields, to now even fictional comic book worlds, our culture overwhelmingly supports gay and lesbian Americans and that's what anti-gay groups like this are working against."
RIPS Superman: Dogs Are Better than Men!
7/20/2011 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The actress who played Lois Lane in the original "Superman" movies isn't fazed that her comic book counterpart is no longer dating the Man of Steel -- telling TMZ, "Maybe Lois should get a dog!"
62-year-old Margot Kidder tells us, a furry, four-legged companion would be less work for the Daily Planet reporter ... explaining, "They are much easier than men."
TMZ broke the story ... DC Comics is rebooting the Superman comic book storyline in September -- and Lois will NOT be dating Superman.
Considering the amount of trouble Lois seems to get into ... let's hope her dog is Lassie.
Superman & Lois Lane
7/18/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maria and Arnold ... J.Lo and Marc Anthony ... and now Superman and Lois Lane are officially KAPUT ... TMZ has learned. Seriously.
Sources at DC Comics tell us ... the company is rebooting the Superman comic book series in September -- with a brand new Superman #1 -- in the hopes of creating a new starting point for fans with more modern, relevant story lines.
And there are some HUGE developments ... including the fact that Lois and Clark are NOT together. In fact, we're told Lois has a new boyfriend.
But perhaps even more shocking -- NO MORE RED UNDERWEAR!!!! Instead, new Superman (see above photo) will sport an all blue bodysuit with his trademark red cape.
Still, we gotta ask ... Is that Kryptonite in his pocket ... or is he just happy to see us?