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It’s not easy to feel like you could save the world when you’re not sure you can make it until lunchtime. However, these Justice League-themed office products might be what you need to power through the day. Because who doesn’t like cool office products?
Available for preorder from Icon Heroes through the October Previews catalog, there are metal business card cases featuring the logos of Wonder Woman (item code OCT152828) and The Flash (OCT152827), priced at $30 each.
Giving Wild West Batman a run for its money, Square Enix has officially unveiled the next action figure in Play Arts Variant Kai’s Batman Timeless line: Spartan Batman.
Following in the wake of Steampunk Batman, this figure reimagines the Dark Knight as a soldier in 5th century B.C. Greece, complete with spear, sword, daggers, and appropriately Bat-themed shield. You’ll notice that in addition to the emblem on the armor, Bruce went a little overboard with the helmet: There are ornate Bat-ears and a bat-like design above the eyes.
Batman: Arkham Knight is expected to be available again for PC by the end of October, nearly four months after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment suspended sales.
“As many of you know, we released a major patch for Batman: Arkham Knight PC a few weeks ago,” the publisher said in a statement released last night. “While there were significant performance improvements made to the game, the teams are continuing to work on the additional updates that were outlined in our previous post. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase.”
Sideshow Collectibles completes its Superman: Red Son collection with the official unveiling of its Batman statue based on the 2003 DC Comics miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett.
The comic is set in an alternate timeline in which Superman’s rocket ship lands in the Ukraine, and he’s raised to become the champion of the Soviet Union. Batman, meanwhile, is orphaned as a child when the KGB murders his parents, and grows up to become a symbol of rebellion and the most wanted man in Russia.
Sure, the Court of Owls has operated in secret for centuries, but it turns out the organization isn’t Gotham City’s greatest criminal conspiracy. It’s not even close.
As Dorkly reveals in this humorous (and kind of sad) new video, that honor goes to the shadowy mastermind who for decades has pulled the strings of Batman’s most colorful rogues: The Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and The Penguin.
Batman: Arkham Knight may have brought Rocksteady Studios’ blockbuster series to an end, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is, unsurprisingly, far from finished with the Caped Crusader.
“Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros.,” Ames Kirshen, who oversees development of DC Comics games, tells the PlayStation Blog. “With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realize the full potential of the character.”
In adorable art of the day, Deviantart Australian artist slashmeanshorror drew Damian Wayne’s Family Tree as though drawn by the most-recent Robin himself.
With crayon-like art and commentary by “Damian Wayne” — for example, hilariously referring to Helena Wayne of Earth-2 as his “not really” “half-sister” — the Family Tree features almost every member of the Bat-Family throughout the ages, from all the Robins and the Gordons to the Kanes and Bat-pets.
Check out the full image after the jump.
As fierce as the showdown may be next year between Batman and Superman, it pales in comparison to the rivalry between iPhone and Android users. But among smartphone owners, which superhero comes out on top?
Yahoo Research posed that question — OK, and some others as well — to 1,000 smartphone users, evenly split between iOS and Android. Asked which superhero they’d prefer to be, 37 percent chose Superman, with iPhone users leaning more toward the Man of Steel; 25 percent went with Batman, who was more favored by Android owners.
Chicago artist Alex Solis cleverly pulls back the curtain on 16 famous characters in a series of illustrations titled “Icons Unmasked.”
Like cast members at Disney World, the pop-culture icons remove the heads of their costumes to reveal what lurks beneath. In the case of some of the characters — Batman and Robin, for instance — it’s a literal representation of their names. For others, like Kermit and the Beast, it’s a bit more playful.
Manga | Kodansha Comics is teasing the “Biggest ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Announcement Ever” for its Oct. 8 panel at New York Comic Con. Considering the worldwide popularity, and sales, of Hajime Isayama’s post-apocalyptic fantasy, that’s certainly a bold claim. The series has more than 50 million copies in circulation around the world; 2.5 million of those are in the United States. Kodansha also publishes the manga spinoffs Attack on Titan: Before the Fall and Attack on Titan: Junior High. [Anime News Network, Deb Aoki]
Manga | Attack on Titan has changed the manga market, Kodansha Comics’ top brass tell Deb Aoki, showing that manga can still sell in the millions even after the market slumped, and give publishers a new multimedia model, with spinoff manga and light novels, to build on its success. Hiroaki Morita, editor-in-chief of Shonen Magazine when Attack on Titan debuted, also talks about his early impressions and how he knew the manga would be a hit. Alvin Lu of Kodansha Advance Media also discusses plans for the company’s new digital division, which is publishing digital editions of Kodansha Comics’ current manga but will expand to do digital-first books as well. [Anime News Network]
When a client in the posh Melbourne, Australia, suburb of Toorak wanted to renovate to make room for a car collection without marring the architecture of the stately manor, design firm Molecule knew where to turn for inspiration: Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight.
Using Bruce Wayne’s striking subterranean garage as “a totem of the design approach,” the studio set to work on “the Wayne Residence,” whose beautifully landscaped lawn and well-appointed tennis court conceal the very modern Batcave nestled beneath.
Sideshow Collectibles’ Premium Format statues are nothing if not detailed, and, well, pricey.
Take, for instance, this one, inspired by Batman from Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight. Boasting screen-accurate detail, and resembling star Christian Bale (naturally), the statue stands 20 inches tall on its base. Draped in a velvety cape, Batman’s armor and utility belt are meticulously recreated. The Sideshow-exclusive version also comes with an interchangeable head that simulates Lucius Fox’s powerful sonar vision technology.
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is JHU Comic Books, located at 32 East 32nd St. in New York City. We spoke with store manager Aimee LoSecco.
To thank fans for 10 years of animated movie parodies and alternate endings, the folks at How It Should Have Ended went all out, producing a star-studded sendup of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.
Called — what else? — “Bat Blood,” it lays the groundwork for the face-off between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, along the way dropping perfect lines like “Band-Aids don’t fix building holes.”
With Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC woes seemingly a thing of the past, fans can at last look forward to playing the game and, of course, a long line of PC mods. And undoubtedly few will be more greatly anticipated than Superman.
We get the first taste of the mod in this minute-long preview from Heltor Fraga, which features Clark Kent taking flight to the sounds of John Williams’ iconic movie theme. Yes, it’s a trailer for a mod; these are the times in which we live, my friends.