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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]
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.
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.
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 ….
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.
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.”
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.
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.
After spending more than two and half years and $2,800 on modifications, one Batman fan has unveiled his own Batmobile. Well, it’s actually his family’s Mitsubishi Lancer, but it definitely screams “Batman.”
The black compact car belongs to 48-year-old Scott Russell of Johnstone, Scotland, who definitely has an eye for detail: Bat-symbols grace the wheels, grill, headlights and headrests, with a much larger version stretched across the doors. The Dark Knight himself keeps watch from the hood.
After coming out of retirement to battle crime and corruption in a dystopian Gotham City, there’s only one thing left for the aging Dark Knight to do: confront the threat of Sknet and destroy the seemingly unstoppable Terminators.
At least that’s what he attempts to do in this fun stop-motioned animated short by Captain McKay that pits Mezco’s One:12 Collective Dark Knight Returns Batman action figure against the cyborg assassins.
Even with its PG-13, a lot of young kids will likely see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and come out of the theater eager to do battle as Wonder Woman, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. (All right, plenty of adults, too). And they’ll be able to do so safely, without breaking any windows or poking out any eyes, with these Batman v Superman soft weapons.
Exhibits | The media got a first glimpse Wednesday in London of the “Impossible Collection (DC Chapter),” which features more than 1,000 DC classics, including the first appearances of Superman (Action Comics #1) and Batman (Detective Comics #27). It will go on a worldwide tour later this year. The collection is the property of Ayman Hariri, the son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, and it didn’t take him very long to amass it: He stared collecting after his father was assassinated in 2005, inspired by a drawing his father had done of Superman. [Reuters, The Upcoming]
On the eve of the nationwide release of Dawn of Justice, LEGO Dimensions offers its own take on “Batman versus Superman” in this latest trailer.
With the arrival last week of the DC Comics Superman Fun Pack, players can actually team up the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.
We know you’re vengeance and, yes, the night, but wouldn’t it be nice to add a little warmth to that dark, dank Batcave? Maybe with something like this Batman eclipse light?
Inspired by the iconic Bat-Signal, the mood light stands 7 inches tall on its base. However, the USB-powered light can also be detached and mounted on a wall, making it ideal for that subterranean lair.
There’s no denying the Dark Knight’s armored suit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is really, really cool, and will undoubtedly sell tons of merchandise, but let’s face it: The Man of Steel would open that thing up like a tin can.
In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Batman — an incredibly smart man with lots of neat gadgets who, in the end, is still just a man — could defeat Superman, or even last more than a few moments against him, at least without a heaping helping of Kryptonite. The Pivot Group puts the matchup to the test in this fun animated video that plays out six confrontations between the two heroes.