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Bushido Batman is the spiky hero feudal Japan deserves

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After dazzling us with Wild West Batman, confounding us with Steampunk Batman and impressing once again with Spartan Batman, Square Enix’s Play Arts Variant Kai line takes the Dark Knight to feudal Japan.

Covered from head to toe in spiky armor, Bushido Batman is equipped to take on most any foe, even Ronin Riddler (that’s not really a thing, yet). The 11-inch action figure is the latest entry in the Batman Timeless series, which reimagines the Caped Crusader in various eras.

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DC Comics dress-up napkins will save you from a super-sized mess

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Whenever you’re wearing a crisp, white shirt it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll drip part of your lunch — marinara sauce, mustard, salad dressing, what have you. But that’s why it’s good to have friends. Super friends.

Paladone has produced officially licensed DC Comics Dress Up Napkins that will allow you to bring a bit of cosplay to the table, while saving that defenseless white shirt.

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Batman is a ‘Demon in the Dark’ in this fun DC fan film

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Although you may be able to find a Batman fan film with better acting or better effects, you’ll be hard-pressed to discover one that’s more downright fun than “The Demon in the Dark.”

Wait, that’s not quite accurate: Directed by Letia Clouston from a script by Matt Clouston, it’s not so much a Batman fan film as it is a DC Universe fan film — one that fully embraces a world filled with superheroes and supervillains, where the Dark Knight is still thought to be an urban legend, Green Lantern battles Black Adam in the streets, and Zatara has his own stage show.

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Artist reimagines David Bowie as everyone from Batman to Lion-O

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Brazilian artist Butcher Billy, whose pop-culture mashups have been showcased here numerous times, pays tribute to David Bowie in a new series of illustrations that reimagines the late rock icon as figures ranging from Captain America and The Joker to Hellboy and Batman.

However, Billy takes it a step further, matching  the art with the appropriate song title: Bowie as Dr. Manhattan is “Life on Mars,” while Bowie as Mystique is “Changes,” Bowie as Lion-O is “Cat People,” and so on.

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‘Batman v Superman’ trailer goes retro with Adam West, Lynda Carter

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While we’ve certainly seen our fair share of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice parodies, none will likely warm nostalgic hearts quite like “Batman v Superman 1966,” a shot-for-shot remake of the trailer that uses footage from the classic Batman, Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman TV series.

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Batman’s final days captured in bleak, beautiful photo series

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“Bat Station,” with Ed Freeman

Travis Durden, the French artist who so beautifully reimagined Star Wars characters as classic Greek sculptures, has turned his attention to a darker subject — Batman’s eventual demise.

Collaborating with photographers who document eerie, abandoned locations across the globe, Durden used 3D software to digitally insert the Dark Knight, the Batmobile, the Batpod and his hero’s cowl into the decaying environments. “I wanted the final images as real as possible,” he explained, “as if Batman really spent time in these abandoned places.”

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Batman lurks in shadows in ‘Gotham by Gaslight’ fan film ‘Ripper’

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Nearly six months after revealing the first glimpse at the shadowy Victorian world of Ripper, writer/director James Campbell has debuted his Gotham by Gaslight-inspired Batman fan film.

In what could very easily be mistaken for a BBC period drama, we’re introduced to Chief Inspector Abberline, who’s is desperate to catch the killer behind a string of grisly murders in 1888 London. But unknown to him, there’s someone waiting in the shadows, and he wants to help.

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Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman join forces for Jelly Belly

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Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will grace bags of jelly beans this spring with the launch of the Jelly Belly Super Hero Collection.

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for the series of branded bags, which will contain a mix of shimmering versions of Berry Blue, Blueberry, Cream Soda, Sour Lemon, Very Cherry and Wild Blackberry (alas, there are no new flavors created specifically for the heroes).

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This life-size Armored Batman statue stands ready to deliver justice

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If you’ve been having a bit of trouble with a certain super-powered alien with a red cape, this life-size Armored Batman statue may be just what you need. Think of it as a scarecrow for Kryptonians.

Officially unveiled by Hot Toys on the heels of its 1/6th-scale Armored Batman action figure, this Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice statue stands 6 feet 4 inches tall (more than 7 feet on its base), and features a head with light-up eyes, a fabric cape and, naturally, movie-accurate details (right down to the facial stubble). The base also lights up.

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Hot Toys’ Armored Batman is the figure we deserve (and need)

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If you’re saving up to buy just one higher-priced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice collectible, it’s likely going to be this: Hot Toys’ Armored Batman 1/6th-scale figure. That’s not meant as a slight toward any of the other releases, it’s just … come on, this Armored  Batman looks pretty spectacular.

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Trailer for ‘Batman: Death of a City’ fan film marks return of Phantasm

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There have been plenty of Batman fan films, but I can’t recall any that focus on The Phantasm, the killer introduced in the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, let alone the pairing of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. However, “Batman: Death of a City” aims to fix that.

Directed and co-written by Nicholas Kedrock, the short unfolds over one night, as Gordon and Bullock investigate a series of grisly murders, only to uncover the return of the infamous Andrea Beaumont, aka Phantasm.

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Patrol the streets with style in these incredible superhero cars

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Aside from the contents of Batman’s subterranean garage, and Ghost Rider’s motorcycle-turned-low-rider, superhero vehicles are pretty rare these days. However, there was a time — let’s call it “the 1970s” — when every other costumed character seemed to have their own custom wheels, whether it was Superman’s Supermobile, Spider-Man’s Spider-Mobile or The Punisher’s Battle Van … mobile.

But if the work of WrapStyle Singpare is any indication, perhaps superhero cars are poised to make a high-priced comeback.

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This 18,000-piece LEGO Arkham Asylum is downright crazy

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As impressive (and desirable) as LEGO ‘s 2,500-piece DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Classic TV Series – Batcave may be, it’s dwarfed by this mammoth 18,000-brick fan-built Arkham Asylum.

Built for Brickvention 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, it took LEGO enthusiast Dayton more than a year of planning and three months of actual construction.

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Supreme Court asked to consider Batmobile copyright case

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A manufacturer of unlicensed Batmobile replicas has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether Batman’s signature vehicle is indeed protected by copyright.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Towle of Gotham Garage filed a writ of certiorari today asking the justices to review his nearly five-year-old dispute with DC Comics.

Towle, who produced replicas of  the 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles that sold for as much as $90,000 each, was sued in 2011 by DC, which claimed copyright and trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting and unfair competition. Towle had argued that the U.S. Copyright Act doesn’t protect “useful articles,” defined as objects that have “an intrinsic utilitarian function” (for example, clothing, household appliances or, in this case, automobile functions); in short, that the Batmobile’s design is merely functional.

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Comics A.M. | Black Keys’ Daniel Auerbach to create comic soundtrack

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“Murder Ballads” art by Paul Reinwand

Music | Daniel Auerbach, half of the blues/rock duo The Black Keys, is creating a soundtrack album to go with the new comic book miniseries Murder Ballads, which publisher Z2 Comics describes as a “rock ’n’ roll noir story about the music industry and redemption.” The comic, by Gabe Soria and Paul Reinwand, will debut later this year. [Vulture]

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