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Supreme Court asked to consider Batmobile copyright case

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A manufacturer of unlicensed Batmobile replicas has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether Batman’s signature vehicle is indeed protected by copyright.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Towle of Gotham Garage filed a writ of certiorari today asking the justices to review his nearly five-year-old dispute with DC Comics.

Towle, who produced replicas of  the 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles that sold for as much as $90,000 each, was sued in 2011 by DC, which claimed copyright and trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting and unfair competition. Towle had argued that the U.S. Copyright Act doesn’t protect “useful articles,” defined as objects that have “an intrinsic utilitarian function” (for example, clothing, household appliances or, in this case, automobile functions); in short, that the Batmobile’s design is merely functional.

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This Batmobile-like concept car would make Bruce Wayne drool

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The FFZERO1 looks like the Batmobile, and can even drive itself like the Dark Knight’s signature ride. However, you won’t find any room for Robin (or Catwoman) in this one-seater.

Officially unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the sleek concept car by Faraday Future — the California startup calls it “a car of concepts” — is a high-performance electric vehicle boasts a top speed of more than 200mph (0 to 60 in less than three seconds), making the pursuit of The Joker and his crew a snap.

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Hot Toys unveils ‘Batman v Superman’ Batmobile, teases figures

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Ahead of the official debut on Friday at Toy Soul 2015 in Hong Kong, Hot Toys has unveiled the first images of its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1/6th-scale action figures and Batmobile.

Expect more photos later in the week, but for now we get a look at both the exterior and interior of the (of course) highly detailed Batmobile, as well as a blurry shot of two of the Dark Knight and Man of Steel figures.

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This LEGO ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Batmobile has a Battle Mode

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Whether or not you’re a fan of Batman: Arkham Knight, we can probably all agree the video game’s Batmobile is pretty badass. We’ve seen it deployed in Grand Theft Auto V, and even reinterpreted as a go-kart. But now a brick fanatic has recreated the Dark Knight’s signature ride in highly detailed LEGO form.

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This ‘Arkham Knight’ Batmobile go-kart is the envy of Gotham

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In the films, Bruce Wayne has Lucius Fox to provide him with those wonderful toys, and in real life, a Batman fan named Francis has the builders of AWE me.

PlayStation teamed with the YouTube channel for a contest to reward one lucky gamer with a one-of-a-kind go-kart inspired by the Caped Crusader’s ride in Batman: Arkham Knight. And Francis, a systems engineer from San Diego won.

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The original 1966 Batmobile can be yours for $5 million

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If you missed out on the original 1966 Batmobile when it sold at auction in 2013 for a staggering $4.62 million, here’s your second chance.

Robb Report notes that the customized 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car from the Batman television series is for sale once again, this time in the Barrett-Jackson showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, it’s not listed at the same Bat-price. It’s gone up.

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These 1989 Batmobile slippers are perfect for a lounging hero

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After a long night of crime-fighting, there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing while your butler brings breakfast, the morning newspaper and … your enormous Batmobile house slippers.

Based on the vehicle from Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman (obviously!), these officially licensed slippers are designed for comfort, if not necessarily speed. It’s difficult to imagine springing into action with those on your feet …

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LEGO reveals ‘Batman v Superman’ Batmobile playset

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Following Funko’s Pop! vinyl two-pack, we now have a look at the second toy tied to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the LEGO DC Super Heroes New Batmobile.

Based on the vehicle from the upcoming Warner Bros. film, the playset will be displayed next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but The Wall Street Journal reports it won’t be available for purchase until Jan. 1.

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This custom Batcycle is the coolest thing in the Batcave

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Everyone undoubtedly has a favorite Batmobile, whether it’s the one from the 1966 television series, the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan movies or any of the numerous comic book incarnations (I’m fond of the one created by Frank Quitely for Batman and Robin #1). However, there’s something undeniably special about the Batmobile designed by Anton Furst for Tim Burton’s Batman. It’s probably those glorious wings.

Whatever the case, it continues to inspire more than 25 years later, as we can see with this incredible custom motorcycle trike created by Game Over Cycles in Lubaczów, Poland. It even has a seat for Robin.

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This Geo Tracker Batmobile is perfect for a vigilante on a budget

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If that $1 million replica of the Dark Knight’s Tumbler is a little outside of your price range, we’ve found a Batmobile that may work within your budget. It just requires a bit of imagination and a lot of bravado.

Jalopnik spotlights a Craigslist entry for a 1991 Geo Tracker convertible that, for reasons not entirely clear, was transformed into a Batmobile perfect for a crime-fighter not overly concerned with striking fear in the hearts of evil-doers.

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Shelf Porn | Toys, figurines and more from the UK

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at a fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come to us from author David Peck in the UK, who shares his collection of Batmobiles, figurines and more.

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

And now here’s David …

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Comics A.M. | A closer look at ‘most challenged’ comics

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Libraries | Michael Cavna talks to Drama creator Raina Telgemeier and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about graphic novel challenges in libraries and why Drama made the American Library Association’s 2014 list of 10 most challenged books. [The Washington Post]

Political cartoons | The East African cartoonist Gado has been let go from the Kenyan newspaper The Nation, apparently due to pressure from the government. The move came after the newspaper’s owner met with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who’s been pushing the publication to drop some its contributors critical of his government. Gado’s cartoons about various scandals, and his depictions of the president as a prisoner with a ball and chain and as a turbaned Sikh (following an attempted land grab that involved four entrepreneurs named Singh) have clearly hit a nerve. [Spy Ghana] Continue Reading »

1966 Batmobile replica could fetch $175,000 at auction

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A replica of the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series could bring as much as $175,000 this weekend at a car auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Purported to be only the sixth Batmobile replica produced, by Jay Orhrberg Hollywood Cars, it was used in a U.S. tour warning children of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

A Batcycle replica is expected to sell for somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.

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Swanky case turns your iPhone 6 into a Tim Burton Batmobile

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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 …”

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First official Batmobile fetches $137,000 at auction

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The earliest known licensed Batmobile — a customized 1956 Oldsmobile 88 built in a New Hampshire barn — sold at auction over the weekend for a whopping $137,000.

As we noted last month, the vehicle has more humble origins than the iconic Lincoln Futura concept car created by George Barris for the 1966 Batman television series: Completed in 1963, it was built from the ground up by 23-year-old Forrest Robinson and his friend Len Perham simply to drive around.

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