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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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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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Batman and Iron Man square off over ‘Dawn of Justice’

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Fans of DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ big-screen plans may cringe a little at this Dorkly video, in which classic arcade versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Batman and Superman square off over their upcoming movie team-ups, Civil War and Dawn of Justice.

Short version? Well, that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is essentially a lesser version of Captain America: Civil War, a stance that will undoubtedly launch a thousand Internet arguments. I’m not sure that holds much water, but the video is fun to watch as the Dark Knight turns his frustration on the Man of Steel.

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Transformers face DC and Marvel heroes in explosive fan trailer

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After pitting Marvel against DC and the Empire against the heroes of both companies, Alex Luthor has turned his attention to another sci-fi franchise, using the Tesseract to draw in the Decepticons for a fan trailer that mashes together all of the mass destruction of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with all of the … mass destruction of superhero films.

When Megatron & Co. attack, it creates a threat so big that not even the combined powers of the Avengers, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Arrow and The Flash aren’t enough to stop them. That’s when Nick Fury calls in some help …

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Kotobukiya reveals details of DC Super Powers ARTFX+ line

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After releasing a teaser earlier this month, Kotobukiya has now revealed the first details of its DC Universe Super Powers ARTFX+ statues, inspired by the popular 1980s action figures.

The 1/10th-scale series of non-articulated statues (just under 8 inches tall) debuts in August with Superman, which boasts his classic costume, a real cloth cape and “an alternate arm part to recreate the classic ‘power action’ move.”

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All-Star throwback: Revisiting NBA’s Superman slam dunk rivalry

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Tonight, basketball fans will be looking to New York City, where the NBA is hosting its annual All-Star Weekend. The traditional midpoint of the league’s season, the schedule of events includes everything from celebrity appearances to skills competitions to a “Rookie/Sophomore” game, all leading up to Sunday’s All-Star Game. But even for the most casual of NBA fans, one of the biggest draws of the weekend is the annual slam dunk contest.

While the throwdown sets some of the hottest players against each other in a “flash over fundamentals” battle, we’re doubting this weekend’s contest will push nerd buttons quite the same way the 2008-2009 rivalry run between Dwight Howard and Nate Robinson did, drawing as it did on Superman iconography for one of the most dastardly finishes in dunk history.

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How ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ should’ve ended

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For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.

And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.

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DC Collectibles unveils ‘BTAS’ Batmobile, DC Icons action figures

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Ahead of Saturday’s kickoff of Toy Fair 2015, DC Collectibles has unveiled a lineup that includes the debut of the DC Comics Icons action-figure line, based on the work of artist Ivan Reis, and the first 6-inch-scale Batmobile inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.

Accompanying the Batmobile is the fifth wave of figures from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — Nightwing, Bane, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow — plus a two-pack from Mask of the Phantasm (MTV News has the full details on the figures). The Batmobile features sliding door access and room for two 6-inch figures.

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Superman made his radio debut 75 years ago today

Seventy-five years ago today, radio listeners first heard the immortal words “Up in the sky! Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” And the rest is pop-culture history.

Within months of his debut in Action Comics #1, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuter’s superhero had already made the leap to newspaper comics pages, but the radio offered DC Comics an opportunity to reach an even larger audience.

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Plan for Superman statue finally takes flight in Cleveland

A fiberglass prototype of the planned Superman statue

A fiberglass prototype of the planned Superman statue

Long recognized as the birthplace of Superman, Cleveland may at long last get a statue commemorating the creation of the Man of Steel.

According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, plans are under way to erect a 12-foot burnished-steel statue of Superman near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, about five miles from the house where teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster dreamed up the superhero in the early 1930s.

Sculpted by David Deming, who’s been working on the project for nearly seven years, Superman will be mounted atop a 30- to 35-foot pedestal, with smaller, life-size statues of Siegel, Shuster and Lois Lane model Joanne Siegel looking up at him.

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DC Comics charts ‘Superman’s first new power in decades’

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Ahead of the debut of the Man of Steel’s new power and costume in Wednesday’s Superman #38, DC Comics has released a graphic charting the history of his abilities, from super-speed to flight to, now, super flare.

The conclusion of the “Men of Tomorrow” storyline by Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson, the new issue apparently climaxes with the unleashing of what the writer calls “the most destructive power Superman has.”

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Quote of the Day | Alex Ross on reinventing superheroes

superman-alex ross“The intent of [many of] the companies is redesign, reinvent, for a modern readership who want their own version of a thing as opposed to their grandfather’s version of a thing.

I’ve always thought there’s a beautiful eloquence of having a connection to something that was designed 50, 60, 75 years ago, that is essentially undiluted. They don’t need to be over-altered for the sake of upcoming generations. They don’t have to be unified.

If you have to always make characters younger because, ‘well, young people won’t connect with older protagonists,’ well, that is such horseshit.”

Alex Ross, lamenting the desire of some publishers to remake superheroes for a modern audience, in the same piece in which he says he’s learned not to get too attached to certain depictions of characters: “If you start thinking that your version of a thing is the most popular, beloved version, then when they go a different way, as they have with their version of Superman today, it breaks your heart.”

Comics A.M. | Nostalgia, franchises and the new comics economy

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Analysis | Rob Salkowitz kicks off the new year with big-picture questions about “geek culture”: With the popularity of comics-based movies, will continuity and nostalgia become less important? And will comics themselves become less important? “Putting out comics is a relatively costly and troublesome process with limited revenue potential relative to other ways of exploiting the intellectual property. A fan base that buys licensed merchandise and watches entertainment programming without needing a monthly fix of new art and story is probably considered a feature of the new comics economy, not a bug.” [ICv2]

Creators | Chew artist Rob Guillory, who will appear this weekend at Wizard World New Orleans, talks about the strange comics that he read as a kid (The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man) and the unexpected success of Chew, which will end next year with its 60th issue: “In the beginning, John and I were kind of like, ‘Well, best-case scenario, we can go 60 issues. Worst-case scenario, we can do five and go our separate ways and never speak again.’ I don’t know if we’ve seen the peak of our reception. I don’t think we’ll see how popular we’ve been until it’s over. When it’s wrapped and it’s the complete thing, I think people will start missing us.” [Best of New Orleans]

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Superman faces Doomsday in fan-made trailer

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Alex Luthor (not that Alex Luthor) created a stir online last week with his epic trailer for the DC vs. Marvel movie that we’ll likely never see. For his follow-up, he teamed with video editor kashchei2003 for a fan trailer that’s not as epic or as polished, but certainly interesting nonetheless: Superman vs. Doomsday.

Inspired by the 1992 DC Comics storyline “The Death of Superman,” the trailer naturally borrows heavily from Man of Steel, with the Doomsday sequences appearing to be largely altered footage from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (taken from kashchei2003’s own Superman: Doomsday fan film).

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Ring in the holidays with festive comics-themed ‘ugly’ sweaters

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Your holiday sweater collection doesn’t have to be scary anymore; you can improve it with comic book-inspired designs. Once upon a time, the thought of attending an ugly-sweater themed holiday party was unappealing: The sweaters used to be legitimately hideous and tacky, with flocked teddy bears, noisy bells and glittery snow, and they were itchy and hot. Those garments of yore could be fun to wear, but I never liked scouring thrift stores and forking over cash for them.

That’s all changed, because the idea of the ugly holiday sweater has evolved. The designs are no longer what I’d call ugly, and they’re more likely to be printed on comfortable sweatshirts instead of stuffy sweaters. You can find several prints inspired by pop culture franchises and even comic books.

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