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If Hammacher Schlemmer‘s $200,000 licensed, street-legal 1966 Batmobile is a little too cheap, or a little too dated, for your tastes, allow us to this roadworthy replica on the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Listed on the James Edition luxury goods website, the vehicle will only set you back … $1 million.
But, hey, it’s worth it: This concept car — it’s “inspired by the movie Batman Begins” — comes equipped with an eight-cylinder LS1 engine, four 44-inch super swamper tires with custom rims, five driver-assist cameras and a stereo with blue tooth, CD/DVD and iPod integration. Plus, it’s a limited edition; there are just five of these in the world.
“Today I am joined by researchers who invent some of the most advanced metals on the planet; designers who are modeling prototypes in the digital cloud; folks from the Pentagon who help to support their work — basically, I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man.”
That’s a direct quote from President Barack Obama during a White House manufacturing innovation event. Although it was a joke — “I’m going to blast off in a second. This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a while. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified.” — the reality is that Iron Man-like technology has been in development, in one form or another, for some time.
A year after the murder of Army Sgt. Kimberly Walker, her family has resolved their dispute with a Cincinnati cemetery about the SpongeBob SquarePants monuments commissioned to mark the grave site.
Their disagreement drew national attention last fall after the family was told the two 6-foot-tall, 7,000-pound statues — one for Kimberly Walker and the other for her living twin sister Kara — didn’t meet the standards of the historic Spring Grove Cemetery and had to be removed. That’s despite the Walker family receiving design approval from a cemetery employee for the $26,000 monuments, which were created with the permission of Nickelodeon. The cemetery insisted the staff member simply made a mistake, and offered alternative proposals.
While this Buzzfeed video spotlights “Things Superheroes Do That’d Be Creepy If You Did Them,” I can’t help but think the website is taking aim at a certain Cape Crusader. I mean, child sidekicks, the Christian Bale growly voice, lurking … Just come out and say it, Buzzfeed: Batman is kind of creepy.
If you’ve long wondered what Wolverine and Cyclops might be like as cats, welcome to the Internet: Filmmaker Kaipo Jones has created a pair of videos in which he envisions s cat first with indestructible adamantium claws and then with optic blasts. The world — not to mention the house — will never be the same again.
Turns out, real-life superheroes have the same problems as their fictional inspirations. First there was Phoenix Jones and his Spider-Man-esque contentious relationship with Seattle police, and now a group of costumed crimefighters in East Jordan, Michigan. are embroiled in their own Civil War.
The Detroit News has shared the story of Petoskey Batman (Mark Williams, pictured above with his girlfriend Brittany Scott in a Batgirl costume) and Bee Sting (Adam Besso), former friends and partners turned enemies, in a feud sparked over leadership of their superhero squad, the Michigan Protectors. At this point, it’s probably smart to reiterate that this was an article that appeared in a local newspaper, about actual people.
Efforts that started back in 2010 to put Snoopy on license plates in California have hit a milestone — the special plates, featuring artwork by Charles Schulz, are now available for order. And once 7,500 have been ordered, the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin production.
The proceeds from the official Snoopy license plate will go toward a grant program administered by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to support California’s museums. The plates cost $50 for for a sequential plate or $98 for a personalized plate, with a portion of the higher fee also supporting programs to protect California’s environment. If 7,500 plates aren’t ordered in the first year (Rats!), you’ll have the option to try again next year or have your money refunded.
If you live in California and want to help Snoopy hit the road, you can order your plate here.
Appearing through Feb. 9 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, “Little Golden Tales” features the classic children’s books reimagined by an impressive roster of artists. The result, in the words of the exhibit’s description, is “a delightful body of work certain to charm your inner child.”
It includes Breaking Bad depicted by Maxime Mary as a heartwarming chemistry lesson, The Lord of the Rings reinterpreted by Eren Blanquet Unten as an adorable “Middle-earth Book,” the ideal read for little Whovians everywhere, Loren’s The Little Doctor.
More pieces can be found at on the Nucleus website.
It seems like it was just the other day — it was Monday, to be exact — that Jerry Seinfeld was offering his assessment of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and already he back, talking more about one of his favorite subjects: Superman.
This time it’s in the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he and actor (and occasional comics writer) Patton Oswalt climb into a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 … only to have it break down. Fortunately, that gives them time to talk about DC Comics’ 1992 storyline “The Death of Superman,” and how Oswalt would kill the Man of Steel.
“Superman gets his powers from our yellow sun, but he’s here every day, soaking up that energy,” Oswalt explains. “So make it a thing where it’s like, the longer he stays here, now it’s starting to kill him — and then there’s a massive disaster looming: ‘Do I stay and stop this thing happening and die in the process, or do I leave and save myself?’
I have to agree with Seinfeld: That’s a solid premise. However, Oswalt has a far more difficult time coming up with his favorite superhero. Watch the video below.
If only the budget for the planned makeover of my home office were a little more robust, I’d consider at least a couple of these superhero-themed accessories brought to my attention from Fiction Furniture: Batman bookshelves (in two flavors, classic and Nolan-verse) and “Stark’s Heart” wall lamps (Mark II and Mark VI varieties).
They’re a little on the pricy side — the classic Batman bookshelf is the most expensive, if not by much, at $267.26 — and they ship from Malaysia, which pushes the price way up, but, damn, they’re cool.
If you didn’t already have a reason to visit Montreal, now you do: Mount Royal Avenue now boasts amazing comic book-inspired street lamps, courtesy of design firm Turn Me On, which won a citywide competition to create “a unique winter atmosphere and conversation on the Avenue.” And these speech bubble lights, featuring art by Astro and Jean-François Poliquin, are nothing if not unique.
According to The Verge, the installations will appear through February, but they’re expected to appear over the next two winters. So make your travel plans accordingly.
Researchers for Canada’s Department of National Defence spent more than $13,000 U.S. on an online survey that asked respondents whether superheroes can fly, walk through walls, turn invisible and perform other feats. We can only presume it was the work of Department H.
The Canadian Press reports the questions are part of a study completed in October to help Canadian Armed Forces “win the hearts and minds” of local populations when troops are deployed overseas: “Some of the questions were designed to probe people’s expectations about – as the study put it – ‘supernatural categories that are so prevalent in popular culture and religion.’”
As we’re unlikely to get another Marvel/DC Comics crossover any time soon, this video of the dorkiest MMA match ever may be the best opportunity to witness Spider-Man go toe-to-toe with Batman and Robin.
At first blush, you may think the highlight of the fight is the introduction of the World’s Scrawniest Detective or the early exit by the injured Boy Wonder, but I would argue it’s the hilariously straightforward play-by-play from the British commentators. For instance, “Nice mobility from Spider-Man. I mean, I noticed he was at a disadvantage initially because he didn’t have his web-shooters — he wasn’t allowed those, which I think is a bit unfair given the circumstances that he’s against two of them.” Or, “That’s a Superman punch there, Will, which is ironic seeing as how he’s Spider-Man from Marvel Comics.”
Clearly, the announcers were in Spider-Man’s corner from the start …
When Monika Romo opened the door on Thursday morning, she wasn’t expecting the day that lay ahead: The 10-year-old leukemia patient was met by a crowd of well-wishers outside of her Vallejo, California, home, and then whisked away — with a police escort, no less — to begin her daylong tour as the city’s own superhero.
If that sounds more than a little like the celebration surrounding Batkid, it’s no accident: Romo, who was diagnosed in April with leukemia, is the only child cancer patient in the city, and the nonprofit group Vallejo Together wanted to do something special for her.
“We asked if she needed a Disney princess theme or something,” the organization’s founder Maria Guevara told KGO-TV. “But she doesn’t like Disney princesses, she likes Wonder Girl. So we were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, perfect setting, we’re going to do Batkid-style Wonder Girl in Vallejo.’”
I didn’t realize flash mobs were still a thing people do. That said, Mashable’s stunt recreating the dance scene from the timeless animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas is well orchestrated, and help along greatly by the editing of the video. It’s much, much better than the usual shaky phone footage, punctuated by giggling.
I like, too, that the performers coordinated the colors of their clothes with those of the Peanuts character (although I’ll note that Linus’ shirt was red, not purple; extra credit for the giant-sized Snoopy).