"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" Trailer Officially Released
The LEGO Movie may have been shut out of the race for Best Animated Feature, but it stole at least part of the show Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony with a high-octane live performance of “Everything Is Awesome” that saw Will Arnett reprise his role as Batman.
When comics fan Stephen Merrill passed away suddenly Feb. 12 at age 31, his family and friends didn’t know the cause of death when it came time to write the obituary. So they made one up: an “uppercut from Batman.”
According to WFTS Tampa Bay, the Lakeland, Florida, newspaper The Ledger won’t publish an obituary without a cause of death, leaving Merrill’s relatives to improvise.
Prepare your jealousy: For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Studios allowed a reporter and camera crew inside its super-secret warehouse on the outskirts of London.
CNN’s Max Foster got to explore an archive with more than 10,000 props and 3,000 costumes from the studio’s various franchises and big-budget blockbusters, including Batman, Harry Potter, Gravity and Edge of Tomorrow. After trying on a mech suit from Edge of Tomorrow and sitting in Sandra Bullock’s space shuttle from Gravity, Foster even went inside The Dark Knight Trilogy’s fully functional Tumbler.
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.
Ahead of Saturday’s kickoff of Toy Fair 2015, DC Collectibles has unveiled a lineup that includes the debut of the DC Comics Icons action-figure line, based on the work of artist Ivan Reis, and the first 6-inch-scale Batmobile inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.
Accompanying the Batmobile is the fifth wave of figures from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — Nightwing, Bane, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow — plus a two-pack from Mask of the Phantasm (MTV News has the full details on the figures). The Batmobile features sliding door access and room for two 6-inch figures.
It’s not exactly the card or flowers you may have been expecting, but directors Harry Kirby and George Kirby have debuted their short film “Batman: The Bloody Valentine” just in time for the holiday.
Described as “a dark and twisted take on the Joker’s love affair with the Batman and how he will go to any length to get the Bat’s attention,” the nearly four-minute film owes much to the tone of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and the Arkham video games, with a Joker that’s part Heath Ledger, part The Killing Joke.
Last year Bill Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman campaigned unsuccessfully for a Google Doodle to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth, but now he’s proposing a more attainable goal: a commemorative bench in Poe Park in The Bronx, New York, honoring the uncredited co-creator of Batman.
In a blog post published Sunday — Finger’s birthday — Nobleman dusts off a Kickstarter proposal he’d written in 2013 that lays out the plan, which calls for $6,000 to install the bench and plaque as part of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s Adopt-a-Bench program. “If it generates enough enthusiasm here, it might embolden me to launch it immediately!” he writes.
Nobleman, author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, states that the project would not only “help right a wrong,” but also make pop-culture history as “the first memorial honoring a superhero creator in NYC, the Superhero Capital of the World.”
Although it may be difficult to imagine modern television classics like Breaking Bad and sadly short-lived Freaks and Geeks could be improved upon, PistolShrimps proves the adage true once more: Everything is better with Batman.
In the new video “Breaking Bat,” a petulant, needy and slightly dimwitted Dark Knight is inserted into scenes from Friends, Two and a Half Men, America’s Next Top Model and the aforementioned Breaking Bad and Freaks and Geeks, bringing with him barely contained rage, part of a knock-knock joke and more than a few F-bombs.
Mezco, which in October unveiled its Dark Knight Returns Batman 1/12th-scale action figure, is now teasing an unexpected addition to its One:12 Collective line: the Mutant leader from the landmark 1986 miniseries by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley.
Details are, well, virtually nonexistent. The toy company posted the photo of the recreated standoff, accompanied by a DKR quote — “You don’t get it boy .. .this isn’t a mud-hole … it’s an operating table. And I’m the surgeon.” — and a note saying it’s gearing up for a pre-Toy Fair event to be held today.
The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.
Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.
The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.
Todd McFarlane has unveiled a glimpse of a planned Spawn/Batman crossover that never saw the light of day. In what the Image Comics co-founder characterizes as “a bit of fate,” the project was to have been drawn by current Batman artist, and longtime McFarlane collaborator, Greg Capullo.
“Years ago there was a deal for DC Comics and myself to do a cool Batman/Spawn cross-over book (for those not hip to comic lingo, that’s a book in which both characters are in the same issue),” McFarlane writes in a Facebook post accompanying the long-lost cover. “I [was] to have written and inked it, while a talented penciller, Greg Capullo, was going to draw it. For a variety of reasons (mostly on my shoulders) the book never got off the ground, but a few pages and promo pieces were done for it. Below is one such piece drawn by Greg and inked by myself.”
That state-of-the-art iPhone 6 you stood in line for is practically the size of a small car, so it might as well be a stylish car. Say, the Tim Burton-era Batmobile?
For $50, you can by a case that not only protects your smartphone but also transforms it into a detailed replica of Michael Keaton’s sweet, sweet ride, complete with LED lighting … and a projector that actually casts the Bat-Signal! As Gizmodo points out, a little utility belt covers the phone’s home button, while pop-out front wheels give access to its camera lens.
Don’t think of it as something that makes your bulky iPhone 6 even bulkier; think of it as a conversation starter! “Excuse me, I think that Bat-Signal is for me …”
“This is just another little video for me to express my thanks to all you out there who have provided such great moral and financial support,” he says in a message recorded by BJ Litsenberger. “I want to show you I can move my afflicted side. I can even stand. Check this out!”
That video arrives amid a New York Times story about crowdfunding medical expenses that highlights Breyfogle’s situation, and a Paste magazine profile of the 54-year-old artist.
Famed for his stints on Batman and Detective Comics in the late 1980s and early ’90s, Breyfogle was hospitalized in mid-December after suffering a stroke that paralyzed his left side, including his drawing hand. According to the online fundraising campaign launched by his brother Kevin Breyfogle and sister-in-law Wendy Wiegert, he has no health insurance and a savings eaten away by his hospital stay, yet requires months of care and physical therapy at a nursing home. (The artist tells Paste had hadn’t signed up for Obamacare at the time of his stroke, explaining, “I just never got around to it. I was on the hamster wheel of meeting deadlines. I was in denial.”)
Although I have my doubts as to the calming, meditative qualities of a character whose signature line is “Hulk SMASH,” I’m not immune to the appeal of these 3D-printed Buddha sculptures of an assortment of pop-culture characters, from the Star Wars cast to Batman to Judge Dredd to Groot (with Rocket Raccoon, naturally).
The statues, which come in three sizes — 2 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches — range in price from $7.99 to $27.99. You can see some of the pieces below, and the full selection on Chris Milnes’ Etsy page.
Amid efforts by relatives and colleagues to raise money for veteran Batman artist Norm Breyfogle‘s medical care, DC Comics appears to have rushed solicitation of Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, Vol. 1.
The 54-year-old artist was hospitalized in mid-December following a stroke that paralyzed his left side, including his drawing hand. Breyfogle has no health insurance, and his savings was eaten away by the hospital stay, leading his brother and sister-in-law to launch an online fundraising campaign to help pay for months of care and physical therapy.
To date, the effort has generated nearly $86,000 of its $200,000 goal.
DC Comics had no comment about the collection or its timing, but the blog Collected Editions notes it hadn’t part of the publisher’s 2015 releases.
No details are known beyond the Amazon listing, which specifies a 520-page hardcover, set for release on July 7 for $34.35.
A fixture of DC from 1987 to 1995, collaborating with writer Alan Grant on Detective Comics, Batman and Shadow of the Bat. The folks at Collected Editions speculate what storylines might be included in the hardcover.