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Watch: Alfred Pennyworth is the hero we really need

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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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DC heroes get dissected in XXRay collectible figure line

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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.

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Batman even has a Bat-emblem on his Bat-underwear

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Art by Mikel Janin

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.

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‘Star Trek’ redshirt brilliantly has cosplayers ‘kill’ him, repeatedly

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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.

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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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This futuristic Batmobile concept is the ride Batman deserves

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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.

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You can transform your smartphone into the Bat-Signal

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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.

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Comics A.M. | Tracing Batman and Robin’s history of gay subtext

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Comics | In an excerpt adapted from his new book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, Glen Weldon delves into the long history of the gay subtext in the relationship between Batman and Robin, noting that it’s been there from the Boy Wonder’s 1940 debut: “Remember: Queer readers didn’t see any vestige of themselves represented in the mass media of this era, let alone its comic books. And when queer audiences don’t see ourselves in a given work, we look deeper, parsing every exchange for the faintest hint of something we recognize. This is why, as a visual medium filled with silent cues like body language and background detail, superhero comics have proven a particularly fertile vector for gay readings over the years. Images can assert layers of unspoken meanings that mere words can never conjure.” [Slate.com]

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Fan’s amazing LEGO Batcave has everything Batman could need

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There’s no denying that LEGO’s recently released Batman ’66 Batcave is amazing, but this fan build by Dan Glasure is, well, something else entirely.

Looking not only to different incarnations of Batman’s secret lair but also to other fan interpretations, the brick enthusiast spent two months creating a highly detailed Batcave that fills a vertical space (most models are horizontal), as if wedged into a chasm between massive rocks. There are platforms for the Batmobile and Batwing, an armory, a crime lab, a massive waterfall, and lots and lots of bats. However, that barely scratches the surface.

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Tiny Batman and Superman duke it out at NBA game

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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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Let Batman & Robin guard your cash with a ‘Dark Knight Returns’ wallet

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Say what you will about the aging, frail yet brutal Batman of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, but he’d (probably) never let anyone get to your cash and credit cards. Not the Mutants, not The Joker, not even the Man of Steel. Of course if he did, say because of a bum knee or bad back, Carrie Kelley would be waiting in the wings.

That makes them the perfect Dynamic Duo to grace this (ahem) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Dynamic Duo Wallet, featuring artwork by Miller and Klaus Janson. Of course, it would be weird if the wallet featured anyone other than them ….

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

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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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Batman merges with ‘Star Wars’ for one amazing helmet

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The Dark Knight and the Galactic Empire come together in this one incredible helmet, created for a good cause.

Sanctioned by Lucasfilm, the Biker Scout Helmet Project invites prop makers, effects artists and cosplayers from across the globe to design custom Star Wars Scout Trooper helmets, to be auctioned for charity. What you see here is Julian Checkley‘s Batman-themed “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet,” which organizers say “blew us away.”

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Superheroes face their archenemies in this steamy latte art

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A superhero and his archenemy go together like peanut butter and jelly or, in this case, espresso and steamed milk: One just isn’t complete without the other.

As the latest wave of superhero movies begins to wash over us, Elite Daily turned to latte artist Michael Breach to recreate a handful — or is that a cupful? — of classic pairings in his medium of choice. The results are, yes, pretty steamy.

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Batman meets ‘Hamilton’ in note-perfect ‘Batlexander Manilton’

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If you’re heading out to watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, all the while wondering whether you’ll ever score tickets to Hamilton, you’re in luck. No, we don’t have tickets for you (pfft, we’d keep thosefor ourselves), but we do have the next-best thing: “Batlexander Manilton.” All right, maybe not next-best, but it’s pretty great.

Performed by the comedy group Turtle Cameron, it’s the Dark Knight/Founding Father musical mashup/parody you’ve always wanted, but didn’t realize until it now.

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