DC Comics is celebrating Batman’s greatest foes with a “first look” of the upcoming comic book anthology ‘Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1.’ The one-shot also features a short story by actor Danny DeVito, who famously portrayed the Penguin in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns.’ Drawn by artist Dan Mora, it tells of an alliance between Oswald Cobblepot and his “crush” Catwoman for a heist.
The Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, the original Red Hood, R’as al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Killer Moth, and the Mad Hatter will be featured in the special with several variants being released Frank Quitely, Marguerite Sauvage, Dan More, and others.
They also released an image of the first cover by Lee Bermejo:
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According to DC Comics, “Gotham City may be protected by the Dark Knight, but the home of Batman and his allies is also plagued by some of the deadliest, most nefarious villains in the DC Universe! In this oversize anniversary giant, DC proudly presents tales of Batman’s deadliest foes written and drawn by some of the biggest, most exciting names in comics!”
They continue, “This anthology marks the anniversary year of Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin and is celebrated by special Penguin/Catwoman story by acclaimed actor, screenwriter, and producer Danny DeVito, who immortalized the character in the 1992 hit movie Batman Returns. DeVito teams up with fan-favorite artist Dan Mora (Detective Comics) on a fun heist story/romance between The Penguin and his “crush” from Batman Returns, Catwoman.”
The variants include:
- Main cover by Lee Bermejo
- The Penguin variant cover by Frank Quitely
- The Scarecrow variant cover by Wes Craig and Jason Wordie
- Poison Ivy variant cover by Marguerite Sauvage
- Talia and Ra’s al Ghul variant cover by Riccardo Federici
- Killer Moth, Red Hood and Mad Hatter variant cover by Dan Mora
- Batman/Villains 1:25 ratio variant cover by Francesco Mattina
- Batman/Penguin 1:50 ratio variant cover by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn
The comic book is set to be released to comic book stores and through digital venues on November 30, 2021.
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