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Batman & Robin wrap up Joker in “Yarnimation” stop motion short

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The explosion of online crafting empowered by sites like Etsy has led to a lot of superhero-themed art projects over the years, but YouTube user Louie’s Loops has taken the practice to a whole new level.

Already a repository for videos and patterns showing how to create mini crocheted characters from pop culture like the Flash, Iron Man and Link from The Legend of Zelda, the channel just launched a series of “Yarnimation” stop motion shorts featuring Batman, Robin and the Joker.

Check out the fan film and a video on the Joker’s creation after the jump.

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Back to the past — and the Future — in today’s Shelf Porn

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today we feature a return engagement from one of my favorite Shelf Porn contributions from last year, Eric, who showed us his wonderful collection of homemade movie props. He’s moved his collection into a new area and has added several cool items since he last appeared here.

If you’d like to see your collection right here on Robot 6, you can find the details on submitting at the end of this post.

And now, once again, here’s Eric …

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Detective comics: ‘Batman Eternal’ finally reveals mystery villain

be 50I’m a big fan of weekly comics in general, and DC’s experiments with the format over the past decade in particular. Some of those weeklies have been among the best DC comics I’ve ever read (Wednesday Comics, 52), some have been so bad I checked out after after the first few issues (Countdown, Earth 2: World’s End), and some have fallen in between (I enjoyed Trinity, and have never hated The New 52: Futures End enough to drop it).

Batman Eternal, which published its 50th issue Wednesday, has been a great example of what’s so enjoyable about weekly comics (there’s something for you at the shop every Wednesday, they offer space for a large cast and sprawling story), in addition to providing a good blueprint for future weeklies (co-plotters, a small group of rotating scripters who also serve as consulting writers, and a focus on a single franchise), even while representing the main weakness of the format (without massive amounts of lead time, super-speedy artists or a carefully assembled roster of artists with compatible styles, the books will necessarily feature sub-par, often disjointed artwork that will only read worse in trade).

I’ve actually gotten more and more excited about Batman Eternal the longer it’s run, as there’s been a mystery to the storyline regarding the identity of the villain. On more than one occasion a villain appears who seems to fit the bill, only to be dismissed later, revealing that he’s either working for someone else, or was invited to take part in a conspiracy to destroy Batman and Gotham City by a person unknown to him.

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Looking for the Batcave? Just follow the boardwalk

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It’s about to get a lot easier to find the entrance to the Batcave.

Wales Online reports efforts are under way to make the picturesque Henrhyd Falls more accessible. Located on the southern edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, the 90-foot waterfall doubled as the entrance the Batcave in The Dark Knight Rises. Already a tourist favorite, the falls were made even more popular by Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film.

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New Line buys ‘Batkid Begins’ distribution and remake rights

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New Line has bought the worldwide distribution rights to Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the documentary chronicling the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio also picked up the narrative remake rights for, for a project developed by Julia Roberts, who would produce and star.

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Batman and Superman hurl insults (and Kryptonite) in parody trailer

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It’s probably safe to assume that director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be pretty dark (spoilers!), with the Dark Knight going toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel until they begrudgingly form an alliance, comic book-style, against a common foe. However, it might be a refreshing surprise if the World’s Finest duo were instead depicted more like competitive, immature friends whose annoying rivalry has gotten a little out of hand.

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Wayne Manor played host to the British Quidditch Cup

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Like something out of a particularly geeky dream, Wayne Manor played host over the weekend to a quidditch tournament.

It wasn’t just any quidditch tournament, however: It was the second British Quidditch Cup, played at Wollaton Hall and Park in Nottingham, the centuries-old country house that doubled as Bruce Wayne’s home in The Dark Knight Rises. (Perhaps not so coincidentally, Wollaton Hall is located just five miles north of Gotham.)

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Here’s why ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ is rated ‘M for Mature’

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Although even developer Rocksteady Studios was surprised to learn Batman: Arkham Knight had been rated “Mature,” we now have a good idea of why it’s the first game in the franchise not to receive a “T for Teen.”

Fan sites Batman News and Arkhamverse note the the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has published its rating summary, which lays out the factors leading to the decision. While many of the elements are present in earlier games, scenes of torture would seem to be what pushed Arkham Knight into “M” territory. Note: The ratings summary may contain game spoilers.

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Batman scores the rematch against Darth Vader we all wanted

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When “Super Power Beat Down” last fall pitted Darth Vader against Batman in a battle aboard the Death Star, some Dark Knight fans weren’t at all pleased with the results. (Spoiler alert: In turns out Bruce Wayne’s lack of faith was, indeed, his downfall.)

Perhaps heeding that cry, Bat in the Sun has released an alternate ending that, as you might expect, goes a bit better for the Caped Crusader, who demonstrates he’s definitely the smartest guy on that moon-sized battle station.

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R2-D2 turns cosplayer in these superhero illustrations

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The best of two geeky worlds collide in a new poster series by artist Steve Berrington that mashes together the beloved R2-D2 with iconic superheroes (and a couple of antiheroes).

Available for $30 each from My Modern Shop, the posters feature the beloved Star Wars droid as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, The Flash and Deadpool.

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‘Grayson: Earth One’ fan series introduces Jason Todd

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Nine months after the debut of Grayson: Earth One, writer/director Hisonni Johnson is back with the second episode of the fan-produced web series, which reimagines the origin of Nightwing.

Titled “The Boy and the Bullet,” this chapter picks up moments after the previous episode, following young car thief Jason Todd who, “in another life,” becomes the second Robin. However, in this continuity, “Jason is left to navigate America’s most dangerous city in search for purpose, safety and a family to call his own. Unfortunately … he finds one.”

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‘Fifty Shades of Wayne’ is the mashup Gotham deserves

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You’re undoubtedly familiar with the story by now: A wealthy, charismatic young entrepreneur with control issues, a secret room and a penchant for fetish gear and wonderful toys meets a young woman, and then things get weird — or weirder, at least. In Gotham, everything’s relative.

It actually hadn’t dawned on me how similar, at least in broad terms, Bruce Wayne is to Christian Grey until I saw Josh Meeter’s Batman/Fifty Shades of Grey mashup trailer “Fifty Shades of Bruce Wayne,” which, depending on how things go, could very well be the direction Warner Bros. takes the Dark Knight. Hey, stranger things have happened (cue footage from 1997’s Batman & Robin).

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This Batman-themed hotel room is covered in Bat symbols

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For those who always wanted to stay in their very own Batcave, Taiwan’s Eden Motel has just the room for you. Yahoo! Travel recently discovered this one-of-a-kind getaway spot (via Comicbook.com), and the pictures are just full of awesome.

As you can see above and below, everywhere in the room is simply covered in Bat symbols: the headboard, the nightstands, the mirrors, even the TV mount. The walls and ceiling are carved like a cave, and there’s a chair shaped like the Tumbler. Absolutely everything in the space is a reference to the Dark Knight, and you can actually stay here… for an hourly fee.

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Here are your favorite NFL players as your favorite superheroes

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For many, stars of professional sports are the closest things to real life superheroes. They’re bigger, stronger, and faster than seems humanly possible. They’re able to perform feats beyond the capabilities of your average individual, jumping and twisting and barreling through opponents.

But just imagine: If the stars of the NFL really were superheroes of comic book lore, who would be whom? The folks at NFL Memes went and matched up the biggest names in football with the biggest characters in comics to answer that question with these incredible mashup renditions. Some are obvious, like Calvin Johnson as Megatron and Cam Newton as Superman, but others are pretty spot on. There’s Odell Beckham Jr. as Spider-Man, Peyton Manning as Iron Man, Rob Gronkowski as Thor, and – perhaps best of all – Andrew Luck as the Beast.

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Happy birthday, Norm Breyfogle

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Veteran Batman artist Norm Breyfogle turns 55 years old today, which is the perfect opportunity to remind his fans of the fundraiser to help pay for his care and rehabilitation. With two days remaining in the campaign, the effort has generated nearly $98,000 — not quite half of its $200,000 goal.

Breyfogle suffered a stroke in December that left the left-handed artist paralyzed on his left side. With no medical insurance and his savings eaten away by hospital stay, he and his family turned t crowdfunding to help pay for his months of care and physical therapy at a nursing home.

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