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It’s battle of the space operas in ‘Star Wars vs. Star Trek’ fan trailer

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Fans have been arguing since roughly 1977 about which space opera is better, and now fan-trailer editor extraordinaire Alex Luthor pits the two franchises against each other in Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

Utilizing footage from a handful of sources, but primarily from the original Star Wars trilogy and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot — which, depending on your perspective, may not seem like a fair fight — Luthor crafts a narrative involving the Empire’s attack on the Federation, punctuated by a showdown between the Emperor and Kirk, and a battle in the skies above San Francisco.

Now, if Spock only knew about the design flaw in the Death Star …

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Sides are drawn in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ fan trailer

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After impressing recently with his epic trailer for a DC vs. Marvel movie and even Star Wars vs. Marvel and DC, Alex Luthor is back with his take on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Using footage from The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and the trailers for Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among other sources (some of which I don’t recognize), he’s crafted a pretty solid narrative that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers, with Black Widow, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, War Machine and even Scott Lang left to choose sides.

It’s pretty compelling, and the closest thing we’re likely to come to any actual Civil War footage for at least six months or so.

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Oliver Queen & Ra’s al Ghul swing lightsabers in ‘Arrow Jedi’ finale

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If Dave Jones has proved anything with his Arrow Jedi mashups, it’s that with lightsaber effects, a John Williams score and the stray droid cameo, Starling City can be convincingly transformed into a galaxy far, far away.

He debuted his trilogy in May with “Under the Hood,” which included appearances by R2-D2 and an Ewok, which he followed in November with “Corto Maltese.” But all of that was only laying the groundwork for the epic finale, “The Climb,” which reimagines Arrow‘s midseason cliffhanger — the showdown between Ra’s al Ghul and Oliver Queen — as a high-stakes confrontation between Sith Lord and Jedi.

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Empire strikes back in ‘Star Wars’ vs. Marvel and DC fan trailer

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In recent months we’ve seen Batman vs. Darth Vader, and even DC vs. Marvel. But that was only for starters, as Alex Luthor — who brought us the latter — has now unveiled a fan trailer for … Star Wars vs. DC and Marvel.

Using footage from assorted movies, video games and even that aforementioned Batman vs. Darth Vader installment of “Super Power Beat Down,” the trailer is perhaps not as polished as Luthor’s DC vs. Marvel, but he does a good  job of building tension using the sound of Darth Vader’s respirator (even if the cut to the Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens teaser is a little too jarring). And it’s tough not to smile when Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord makes his entrance …

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Fan-made ‘Suicide Squad’ trailers make us wish it was 2016 already

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Although we already ran the epic fan trailer the DC vs. Marvel movie that will never happen, I couldn’t pass up these two fan-created teasers for Suicide Squad that might not be too far away from director David Ayer’s vision.

In both, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jai Courtney, who are among the actual cast, take center stage, with footage and voiceover of Viola Davis making us hope an unconfirmed report of her involvement as Amanda Waller is true. Because Viola Davis makes everything that much better.

I’m pretty sure that a Suicide Squad with the look and tone of either of these videos would make a lot of fans pretty happy. The Warner Bros. film arrives Aug. 5, 2016.

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Here’s the epic DC vs. Marvel movie we’ve been waiting for

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Considering that DC/Marvel crossovers appear to be a thing of the past even in comic books, it seems unlikely we’ll see Thor face Superman on the big screen in our lifetimes. Undeterred by any corporate differences, a certain Alex Luthor (no relation, presumably) has assembled an epic trailer that gives us a taste of what such a live-action crossover might look like. And it’s pretty glorious.

Using footage from sources ranging from The Avengers and Iron Man to The Flash and the rejected Wonder Woman pilot — you’ll even see Injustice: Gods Among Us — Luthor crafts a teaser that pits Batman against Iron Man, Hawkeye against Green Arrow, Black Widow against Black Canary, Loki against The Joker … the list goes on.

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Dexter faces Batman in the fan film you probably didn’t expect

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We come to expect some inter-franchise face-offs in fan films, whether it’s Batman vs. the Terminator or Batman vs. Wolverine. However, it’s unlikely anyone saw this coming: Dexter Morgan vs. the Dark Knight.

Directed by Mike Donis, “Batman vs. Dexter: Crossing Over” brings the vigilante serial killer to Gotham City to abduct Oswald Cobblepot in an effort to draw out the Caped Crusader, simply to find out whether he actually exists. It’s a solid enough premise that actually comes off pretty well, despite, as Topless Robot notes, the decidedly low production values (Batman’s costume is particularly rough, and we’re left to wonder why one of The Penguin’s henchmen is wearing a Court of Owls mask).

The roughly seven-minute short is labeled “Episode 1″ and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which certainly suggests we’ll be seeing more of “Crossing Over.”

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Lobo goes fraggin’ ballistic in bloody fan trailer

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It wasn’t all that long ago that a Lobo movie seemed like a very real possibility, with Dwayne Johnson and director Brad Peyton poised to bring the Main Man to the big screen before Wonder Woman, The Flash and any number of better-known DC Comics characters got their shot. Alas, the adaptation “went away,” with Johnson moving on to a long list of other projects, including the now officially announced Shazam!

Still, fans of the intergalactic bounty hunter can still hold out hope for that Lobo feature. However, until it’s resurrected (again), they’ll have to make do with this gory fan trailer from Jesse V. Johnson that delivers enough quips and over-the-top violence for a full-length film.

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Constantine plays high-stakes poker in ‘Hellblazer’ fan film

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Writer/director Richard Reynolds and Waking Dream Studios have a simple message for DC Comics and Vertigo: “Bring back Hellblazer.”

To that end, they’ve produced “John Constantine: Hellblazer — Soul Play,” a short film described as an “all-swearing, all-smoking, all-grifting tale of John Constantine is set in the Vertigo Hellblazer continuity, months after Peter Milligan’s final issue.”

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Zatanna fan film hopes to conjure funding on Kickstarter

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Although the teaser trailer is, naturally, brief, it may be just intriguing enough to draw fans of Zatanna to the Kickstarter campaign page for Theo Brown‘s fan film. And once there, the story pitch may just seal the deal.

The writer/director proposes a retelling of Zatanna’s origins, with the magician grappling with both “a villain greater than anything she’s ever faced” and her own inner-conflict about the loss of her father.

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Beware the Gray Ghost in live-action ode to ‘Batman: TAS’

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Fans of Batman: The Animated Series undoubtedly fondly recall the 1992 episode “Beware the Gray Ghost,” which guest-starred Adam West as the voice of Simon Trent, the pulp hero of the black-and-white television series loved by a young Bruce Wayne. You remember: “Those with evil hearts beware, for out of the darkness comes … The Graaaaay Ghost!”

Well, now the Gray Ghost has inspired his own fan short, directed by J.L. Topkis from a script by Matt Landsman, and presented as a stylish episode of an almost-forgotten serial — complete with a nod to Batman’s own origin.

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‘Storms of Carnage’ fan film unleashes the Black Panther

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While we’ve certainly seen a number of fan films featuring Superman, Judd Dredd and the Bat-family (the Dark Knight, Batgirl, Nightwing, the Gotham villains, etc.), I think this is the first one I’ve seen starring Black Panther.

The brainchild of D.A. Jackson, who wrote, directed and starred, Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed is an extremely violent — as “Storms of Carnage” may suggest — “real-world” take on the Marvel character that’s part political/crime thriller, part no-holds-barred martial-arts film. (Seriously, the last half isn’t safe for work, or possibly for the squeamish.)

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‘Dragon Ball Z’ gets dark in trailer for fan film ‘The Fall of Men’

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Filmmakers Yohan Faure and Vianney Griffo have debuted a teaser trailer for their upcoming fan short Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Men, described as “an original story of Trunks against the infamous Cell.” Here’s the synopsis:

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‘TMNT: Banished’ fan film kicks off Indiegogo campaign

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Following largely positive response to his teaser for a darker take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Benjamin Eck has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund his short film TMNT: Banished.

In the live-action fan film, Raphael banished by Splinter after his “uncontrollable violence” begins to pose a threat to his family. Accompanied by Casey Jones, he takes refuge in Los Angeles, where “he will quickly discover that he’s not New York City’s only secret hiding on the West Coast.”

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‘Batman: The Animated Series’ intro, remade in (mostly) live-action

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It’s been nearly two decades since Batman: The Animated Series went off the air, but it still looms large in the minds of fans and producers alike — so much so that it’s become the gold standard by which all subsequent DC Comics-based animated projects are inevitably compared. Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski created a visual style and dark tone that continues to influence comic books, movies and television series both animated and live-action (including, it seems, Fox’s newly ordered Gotham).

Paying tribute to Batman: The Animated Series, and “the creative geniuses” behind it, fans Tomi Pietilä, Teemu Saarinen and Tommi Tuominen have recreated the show’s classic opening sequence in a blend of live-action and 3D-animated modeling. Watch the video below.

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