While DC comics has had Japanese collaborations before, rival Marvel Comics seems to be dominating the Japanese collaboration landscape, from the most recent anime, games, and manga. However, DC recently teamed up with Japanese publishers, Akita Shouten, which launched its very own Justice League manga series inside the pages of their Champion Red manga magazine. The new series is titled Batman and the Justice League, and the magazine launched it last July 19.
In fact, the collaboration is so huge that the magazine even featured Batman in its cover by himself! Usually, Japanese manga magazines would feature some of their other manga characters on the side of the cover, but not this time! Batman solos the cover… because he’s the goddamn Batman, that’s why!
The manga follows a story where The Joker forms a team of supervillains in Gotham City, and of course, the Justice League must stop them. The team comprises of manga-versions of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, The Flash, and of course, Wonder Woman, whose recent movie translated to much critical and financial success. Mangaka Shiori Teshirogi is the mangaka tasked to give the Justice League a Japanese-style flair.
DC previously had Japanese works, such as the Batman manga, as well as the Batman: Gotham Knight anime movie. Unsurprisingly, the Dark Knight also seems to be the focus of this latest DC foray into Japan. He seems to be DC’s version of Wolverine and Spider-Man when it comes to sheer popularity in the Land of the Rising Sun. But then again, he’s the Goddamn Batman.
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Source: IT Media