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Watch: The importance of color and costumes in the X-Men


Nearly 16 years after the release of Bryan Singer’s X-Men, fans still have strong opinions about the filmmakers’ decision to ditch the brightly colored costumes of the comics in favor of black leather, which continued through 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. However, with the revival of the film franchise in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the success of Deadpool, Kristian Williams has hopes for a brighter big-screen future for Marvel’s mutants.

In his latest YouTube video, he lays out a passionate yet well-reasoned case for the importance of color and costumes within the X-Men mythos, across comics, animation and film.

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Practice your piloting skills with these massive new ‘Star Wars’ kites


ThinkGeek has unveiled a new wave of extra-large “Star Wars” kites, with designs for R2-D2, the Death Star, an X-Wing, and of course, the Millennium Falcon.

The massive kites are being sold for $40 USD each, and are made up of a nylon sail material with a fiberglass frame.

The largest of the kites, the X-Wing, stands 52-inches tall, and is described as the most difficult to fly.

Check out a video demonstration of ThinkGeek’s “Star Wars” kites below:

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Watch: Alfred Pennyworth is the hero we really need


No matter who’s wearing the cape and cowl, whether it be Adam West, Michael Keaton or Christian Bale, it’s the person wearing the impeccable suit and tie of butler and confidante Alfred Pennyworth who’s consistently the most valuable player of the Batman franchise.

Whether its Alan Napier, Michael Gough, Michael Caine or Sean Pertwee looking out for Bruce Wayne’s best interests, Alfred always comes equipped with a sharp tongue and more common sense than his employer. And for that, Slate pays tribute to the true hero of Gotham with this montage that races eight decades of Alfred on screen.

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See the ‘Rogue One’ trailer impressively recreated in ‘Fallout 4′


If you’re still reeling from the debut last week of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, you may want to brace yourself for another viewing — this time in Fallout 4.

UpIsNotJump, who previously impressed with recreations of trailers for Captain America: Civil War and Daredevil Season 2, takes things to the next level with Rogue One. Using console commands and PC mods, including a Death Star of his own creation, he delivers a surprisingly faithful remake. (“Mon Mothma” in a bathrobe for the win!)

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See the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy condensed into 90 seconds

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Filmmakers can’t resist retelling Batman’s origin, despite that it’s so widely known the LEGO Movie could (hilariously) boilt it down to the lyrics “Darkness/No Parents.”

Now Burger Fiction gives the Caped Crusader’s backstory all the time it probably requires in this video that captures Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy in just 90 seconds. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss young Bruce freaking out over bats, and then sitting at the corpses of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

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ThinkGeek Sheds Light on Its New R2-D2 Lamp


ThinkGeek is releasing an R2-D2-inspired desk lamp — clearly the greatest use for the galaxy’s favorite astromech droid to date.

The lamp comes with a detailed paint job, using Artoo’s dome head as the design for the shade. It comes with a 60-inch cord — including an inline power switch — and uses 40-watt bulbs.

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Moleskine, Pixar team for limited-edition ‘Toy Story’ notebooks


Italian notebook manufacturer Moleskine is celebrating Toy Story with a limited-edition collection devoted to the beloved Pixar franchise.

Ranging in price from $19.95 to $24.95, the notebooks feature Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye and the Little Green Men, and sport phrases like “Friends to the Limit,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and, naturally, “Ooooooooooo!”

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Tiny Batman and Superman duke it out at NBA game


If the record-breaking box office and, let’s say, spirited online debate can’t convince you to invest two and a half hours of your life in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, maybe this condensed version of the blockbuster will. It has all the action and brutality of the Zack Snyder film condensed into one and a half minutes, and a pair of little stars who could give Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill a run for their money.

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How to make a ‘Batman v Superman’ cake with its own secret identity


What better way to celebrate the blockbuster opening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice than with cake — but not just any cake, a Batman v Superman cake. OK, but not just any Batman v Superman cake; it’s one with a surprise inside.

Cake designer extraordinaire Ashlee Marie provides a video tutorial for making a clever cake whose Man of Steel exterior disguises the Dark Knight (or at least his iconic logo) within.

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‘Monster Squad’ gets the ‘Suicide Squad’-style trailer it deserves


Forget The Avengers. Forget Batman v Superman. Forget Justice League (parts one and two). For kids of the 1980s, The Monster Squad was — heck, it may still be — the ultimate team-up movie. Co-written by Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black, the 1987 horror comedy brought together such classic creatures as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy and the Wolf Man in an all-star team of villains intent on taking over the world.

Now the cult classic is receiving some much-deserved renewed attention, thanks to this terrific trailer by ThatMattCaronGuy that mashes together The Monster Squad with Suicide Squad. Hey, with the similar titles, it was bound to happen sometime.

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Batman and Superman fight it out in Guinness World Records


To celebrate the Friday premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Guinness World Records has gathered some of the titles related to the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a lot of them.

From the most voiceovers as Batman to the bestselling superhero video game to the most-portrayed superhero on television, they’ve all been recognized over the years by Guinness. (In case you’re wondering, those honors go to Kevin Conroy, LEGO Batman: The Videogame and, yes, Superman.)

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You can vacation in one of these ‘Batman v Superman’-inspired Airbnb rentals


Inspired by the upcoming release of Batman v Superman, Dawn of Justice, Airbnb has combed its list of vacation rentals to find “the ultimate superhero getaways,” so fans can embrace their inner Dark Knight or Man of Steel (or their alter egos).

Each home has a connection to either Batman or Superman, and can be rented through the website.

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Watch: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer recreated in ‘Fallout 4′


While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten a bit bleak in the aftermath of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, we didn’t realize it had reached post-apocalyptic Boston levels. That is until we saw the trailer for Captain America: Civil War recreated in Fallout 4.

Using a series of PC mods, UpIsNotJump delivers an impressively faithful rendition of the trailer, right down to the lip movements. (How?) Of course, he does take the occasional liberty — for instance, I don’t recall a giant-size Iron Man in the original. Or maybe that’s a spoiler. There is, however, a shield-carrying Underoos Spider-Man.

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Henry Cavill walked around Time Square in a Superman shirt and no one noticed


Henry Cavill, the actor who will be playing Superman in the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film, walked around Times Square today in New York City, and no one recognized him.

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Artist designs stunning retro poster for ‘Captain America: Civil War’


What if all the Avengers needed was a little bit of old-fashioned sentiment? Would it end the impending civil war between these heroes? This new fan-made poster for “Captain America: Civil War” captures that old-fashioned essence.

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