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The designers at Valentino must have an appreciation for superheroes, or at least their aesthetic. After first introducing a capsule collection inspired by Wonder Woman, the Italian fashion house has partnered with DC Comics and Marvel for a trio of sneakers based on Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.
The Dark Knight’s utility belt has held everything from a grapnel gun to a sonic devastator to kryptonite, but what’s to be done with larger items, like a laptop or books? That’s where this Batman backpack comes in.
The Caped Crusader would undoubtedly dub it the “Batpack,” but no matter what you want to call it, it’s pretty cool. Black and gray (naturally), the 18-inch by 14-inch by 8-inch backpack boasts a subtle design — well, as subtle as anything with a Bat-emblem can be.
While the previous vehicle was based on the Christopher Nolan films, the new one draws inspiration from Batman: Arkham Knight. Beneath the carbon-fiber body lurks a Lamborghini Gallardo, with a 5.2L V10 engine, which is unquestionably enough for the mean streets of Gotham. However, will it propel the Batmobile 2.0 to victory Friday in Bucharest?
Last week, fans said goodbye (for now) to Batman artist Greg Capullo who after completing nearly 50-issues of the Dark Knight’s flagship series walked away as a key part of the most productive, longest-running DC Comics’ New 52 creative team.
But one internet artist in particular gave Capullo a particularly animated goodbye over the past several weeks. As part of his Instagram feed, illustrator Rick Celis created an homage to each of Capullo’s 47 Batman covers in the style of Bruce Timm and company’s classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon.
The mash-up not only revisited the designs and illustrations of Scott Snyder’s partner in crime. It also reveled in an insane level of detail to connect the New 52 and animated takes on Batman’s world. From Mark Hamill’s Joker putting on the freaky “Death of the Family” skin mask to the jawline of Timm’s Commissioner Gordon showing up for the “Superheavy” era to an all-star animated Justice League, Celis nailed the little details of the entire project. Check out the artist’s full gallery of cover homages after the jump.
If you’re looking for a different take on the classic Batman vs. Superman storyline, look no further than LEGO builder Thorsten Bonsch’s recent brick creation.
“In my opinion, they take the whole Superman and Batman theme too serious, therefore I wanted to build something lighthearted,” writes the builder in a Flickr description. “After being tired of fighting in Metropolis, Bruce and Clark continue to do so in Smallville, until they damage Kent’s barn and Martha Kent puts an end to the fight. She allows the ‘boys’ to settle their differences in a one-on-one game.”
The Man of Steel’s accountability was a central theme in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” specifically following the destruction seen in the final act of 2013’s “Man of Steel.” But there’s one thing Superman didn’t do in either “Man of Steel” or “BvS”: accidentally and unknowingly crush puny humans under his boots. A new short from Funny or Die posits what it would have looked like if Superman was really oblivious to his power — and if he also didn’t watch where he was landing.
Protecting Neo-Gotham is exhausting work, especially when you have a curmudgeonly Bruce Wayne breathing down your neck, and a rogues gallery nipping at your heels. So why not unwind in this Batman Beyond costume robe?
Equipped with a hood, to protect your secret identity and cover your damp hair, the 100-percent polyester robe is emblazoned with the red Bat-symbol. It also has “spikes” on the sleeves, presumably for decorative purposes only — although you may find otherwise if The Joker attacks in the bathroom.
There are few better ways to start off a day than with this endearing rendition of the classic Batman TV theme by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and his 7-year-old daughter Harper.
According to Alternative Nation, the recording debuted on the band’s SiriusXM station during Vedder’s interview with Tomas Young’s War author Mark Ian Wilkerson.
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.
You may think you know everything about Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but you don’t truly know DC Comics’ Trinity until you’ve looked inside them to see what makes them tick. Like, really looked inside them, at their skeletons and organs.
Mighty Jaxx has released a trio of collectible figures that does just that, with dissections courtesy of artist Jason Freeny, known for his anatomical prints and toys. Think of it as looking at the heroes with the Man of Steel’s X-ray vision.
Bruce Wayne is serious about a lot of things, not the least of which is branding. There’s the Batmobile, the Batcave, the Batarang, the Batcopter, the Batcycle and, yes, even Bat Sprays. Now add to that list Bat-underwear.
Attending a comic convention dressed as a Redshirt from Star Trek is, y’know, fine but not exactly inspired. But attending a convention dressed as a Redshirt, and then posing with other cosplayers as they “kill” you over and over again? Genius!
That’s what Timothey Adam did last weekend at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, recruiting cosplayers dressed as characters ranging from Batman and Harley Quinn to Chewbacca and the War Boys to put that Star Trek trope to the test.
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.
Although directors Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder favored a tank-like Batmobile, for most of the Dark Knight’s 77-year career, his vehicle has been sleek and futuristic in its design … with the occasional oversized bat-like wings for effect. Bulgarian designer Encho Enchev manages to merge both approaches in this beautiful concept for a new Batmobile.
We’ve all been in situations where we wished for our own Bat-Signal, whether to call for help or to extricate ourselves from an uncomfortable conversation. (“Sorry, I have to go — that’s for me!”) Now we can have one, thanks to this 3D-printed stencil for your smartphone.
Produced by SOLID3D, it’s designed to be used with your phone’s flashlight or camera flash: Simply hold the attachment to your phone with two fingers and, voila, instant Bat-Signal.