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Who needs the World’s Greatest Detective when you have the Loughborough Police?
While conducting a raid last week, police in the English town uncovered the Gotham sign stolen in March 2014. Although Batman fans had been the prime suspects — they frequently visit the sleepy Nottinghamshire village to have photos taken beside the sign — BBC News reports the culprit appears to have been a local man.
In case that jumbo Deadpool just isn’t big enough for your tastes — or your spacious shelves! — NECA has released official photos of its upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight 1/4th-scale action figure. I’ll save you the math: It’s a whopping 18 inches tall.
Unlike that retro Deadpool figure, this plus-sized Batman is thoroughly modern, with more than 25 points of articulation. Arriving in July, it comes with interchangeable hands, a Batarang, a grapnel gun and a fabric cape.
Within just 10 years, Batman fanatic Somchai Nitimongkolchai has amassed the largest private collection of Dark Knight memorabilia in Thailand, and (he thinks) quite possibly the world.
Nitimongkolchai fell in love with the superhero after watching Christian Bale’s performance in 2005’s Batman Begins. “His acting was so good that it made me feel like Batman was real,” he told Coconut Bangkok.
Just days before the June 23 release of Batman: Arkham Knight, WB Games has abruptly canceled the $200 Batmobile Edition.
The highest-tier collector’s edition offered, it came bundled with an 80-page art book, a limited-edition comic, an exclusive New 52 skin pack and a transforming Batmobile statue. Kotaku reports that a problem with the latter, produced by Project TriForce, led to the last-minute cancellation.
An enormous bat that walked on four limbs stalked the ancient rainforests of New Zealand 16 million years ago, scientists reveal in a finding that at long last grounds Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 in historical fact.
Three times larger than today’s average bat, the mystacina miocenalis is even being referred to as “Batman,” at least by the Daily Mail. (What is it with British newspapers and Batman, anyway?) Paleontologists discovered the fossil remains near Central Otago in sediment from a prehistoric body of water known as Lake Manuherikia, part of a subtropical rainforest.
Digital comics | Tom Spurgeon reports that Bongo Comics has quietly left comiXology and will be putting its comics in a new Simpsons Store app instead. While users won’t be able to buy new Bongo comics on comiXology, they will still be able to access those they already purchased. [The Comics Reporter]
Political cartoons | The American Freedom Defense Initiative has a new advertising campaign, placing Bosch Fawstin’s cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on billboards around St. Louis. Transit systems in several cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., have stopped accepting political advertising rather than carry the group’s ads depicting the Prophet Muhammad. In St. Louis, they have drawn mixed reactions: Dr. Ghazala Hayat of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis says she would like to see the signs removed but not at the cost of violence or property damage, while Jim Hanson, the executive vice president of the Center for Security Policy, said that freedom of speech is more important than avoiding offense. [WKRC]
Sure, Stefanos Anagnostopoulos could’ve bought a Joker mask based on Greg Capullo’s Batman design. But why do that when he can simply make his own? Although not from his own skin, of course …
The designer, whom you may remember from that incredible 3D-printed Ant-Man helmet, decided to turn his attention to DC Comics, which led him to Capullo and Scott Snyder’s “Death of the Family” storyline and that gruesome Joker mask.
South London has its own masked vigilante, dubbed by local media as the “Bromley Batman.”
The Evening Standard reports the suburban Dark Knight, clad in “combat trousers and a muscle top,” made his presence known late Monday in Bromley, where he rescued a city worker from an apparent gang of knife-wielding “foul-mouthed thugs” who demanded his phone and wallet.
We’re in the second week of what I suppose I should call “Divergence,” because “Not the New 52″ sounds a little too cute. Last week was the first proper look at the new Superman status quo, and this week features the first full issue of the new Batman. For the most part, the new directions and relaunches I’ve seen have been pretty intriguing. However, underlying them is the age-old issue of maintaining a character’s core attributes.
I’ve talked about this before in the context of honoring a character’s creators. William Moulton Marston wanted Wonder Woman to have a very specific social-justice viewpoint, and to a certain extent Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had a similar goal for Superman. Nevertheless, the two characters ended up developing in different ways.
Marston’s creative voice was never really duplicated, so Wonder Woman became just a bit more generic. Meanwhile, Superman’s multimedia success resulted in a number of new influences, which eventually helped transform Siegel and Shuster’s creation into an Establishment figure. Of course, subsequent shifts in society generally and comics particularly would push back, as with the Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories and Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen in the ‘70s to the more socially conscious Wonder Woman stories in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.
If that $1 million replica of the Dark Knight’s Tumbler is a little outside of your price range, we’ve found a Batmobile that may work within your budget. It just requires a bit of imagination and a lot of bravado.
Jalopnik spotlights a Craigslist entry for a 1991 Geo Tracker convertible that, for reasons not entirely clear, was transformed into a Batmobile perfect for a crime-fighter not overly concerned with striking fear in the hearts of evil-doers.
Let’s face it, Alfred Pennyworth is the glue that holds together the Batman Family — heck, maybe even Gotham itself. Without his advice (and gentle prodding), medical skills, sewing and cooking abilities, tactical support and general resourcefulness, the whole operation could easily go off the rails.
Now Bruce Wayne’s tireless butler is at last taking his place alongside the Dark Knight, Robin and Nightwing as an ARTFX+ statue.
If you’re in the market for a fully functional replica of the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, we know where you can find one. However, it’ll cost you, a lot. At least it certainly seems like a lot — but then again, I’ve never priced an urban crimefighting machine, so what do I know?
GTR Motors, a luxury-car dealership in Dubai, carries Ferraris, Bentleys, Mercedes, Land Rovers, Lamborghinis … and a two-year-old Tumbler. The vehicle boasts an 8-cylinder 5.7-liter engine and can reportedly reach 62 mph in 6 seconds flat, which, considering how much this monster must weigh, is pretty impressive.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at a fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come to us from author David Peck in the UK, who shares his collection of Batmobiles, figurines and more.
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And now here’s David …
Artist Vartan Garnikyan is an avowed “big Batman fan” who,outside of his work creating posters, DVD packaging and standees for film studios, likes to transform famous paintings into Dark Knight pop art.
You may recognize his “Starry Knight,” a mashup of Van Gogh’s masterpiece and a Joker scene from The Dark Knight; it’s popped up here and there over the past several months. However, there’s more where that came from. Take, for instance, “American Gotham,” in which Batman and Scarecrow replace the farmer and daughter in Grant Wood’s famous painting.
Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has nothing on this Hyundai commercial, which brings together the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive to sell the new Grandeur. Oh, and save lives. Probably.
Debuting earlier this week in South Korea, the TV spot depicts a city under attack and a woman running through a parking garage as the structure crumbles around her. She’s met by Batman, Superman and The Flash — an “unexpected lineup,” the voiceover says — whose primary concern may be what they can do to get her into this Grandeur today (or Azera, depending on the market).