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Yuko Shimizu’s ‘Batman Returns’ Catwoman poster is purr-fect

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Fan-favorite contemporary artist Yuko Shimizu has been making poster prints for 1992’s “Batman Returns,” and the illustrator’s latest offering with Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman as the subject is absolutely stunning.

Capturing the moment of Selina Kyle’s transformation and featuring the now-classic costume — with an added Christmas-y touch (it was a Christmas movie after all!) — the poster is being released by Dark Hall Mansion on Tuesday, May 31, at 12:30pm PT, over at the Dark Hall Mansion Store.

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Harley Quinn comes out swinging with new ‘Suicide Squad’ figure

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In a clear, and welcome, sign that merchandising is ramping up for Suicide Squad, no sooner did Tamashii Nations debut itsS.H. Figuarts Joker and Harley Quinn action figures than images and details have surfaced for Medicom’s MAFEX versions.

While we saw the Joker last month, this is our first look at Harley, based on the likeness of actress Margot Robbie. You have to admit, the head sculpts are pretty much spot-on.

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SH Figuarts debuts scary-good Harley Quinn & Joker ‘Suicide Squad’ figures

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Tamashii Nations has debuted two new “Suicide Squad” figures for the Joker and Harley Quinn, modelled very closely after Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as they appear in the film.

The figures are being released under the 6″ S.H. Figuarts line, and come with accessories from the film, such as a baseball bat for the Harley figure, and two pink pistols for the Joker.

No further details have been revealed at this time, but it’s likely the figures will sell for somewhere between $79.99 and $94.99 USD each, like other toys in the line.

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‘Batman: Return to Arkham’ announcement trailer touts remaster of acclaimed games

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Warner Bros. Games has officially announced the “Batman: Return to Arkham” remaster collection, which will include updated versions of the acclaimed “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City” games.

Releasing July 29 on PS4 and Xbox One, “Return to Arkham” is priced at $49.99 USD/£39.99. Check out the announcement trailer below:

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Get ready, because Hot Toys is releasing a ‘Suicide Squad’ line

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You may want to start stashing away money now, because Hot Toys announced this morning it will release collectibles based on Warner Bros.’ hotly anticipated Suicide Squad movie.

Best known for its movie-accurate 1/6th-scale action figures, the Hong Kong-based toymaker has produced collectibles based on the Marvel Studios films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and more. And let’s not forget the adorable little Cosbaby figures.

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This ‘Suicide Squad’ Joker action figure is a real scream

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie is still more than three months away, but we’ve already plenty of related merchandise, from DC Collectibles statues to Pop! vinyl figures to Harley Quinn’s “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt. Now add to the list a Joker action figure that not captures that tattoos of the film’s Clown Prince of Crime, but also his, let’s say, unhinged nature.

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$1 billion Warner Bros. theme park planned in Abu Dhabi

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Batman, Superman and Bugs Bunny are headed to the United Arab Emirates with a planned $1 billion Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi.

Officially announced this morning by the studio and developer Miral Asset Management, the first phase of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2018 on the man-made Yas Island, already home to Ferrari World, a waterpark and a Formula One race track. Phase 2 will include the world’s first Warner Bros.-branded hotel.

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Watch: Alfred Pennyworth is the hero we really need

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No matter who’s wearing the cape and cowl, whether it be Adam West, Michael Keaton or Christian Bale, it’s the person wearing the impeccable suit and tie of butler and confidante Alfred Pennyworth who’s consistently the most valuable player of the Batman franchise.

Whether its Alan Napier, Michael Gough, Michael Caine or Sean Pertwee looking out for Bruce Wayne’s best interests, Alfred always comes equipped with a sharp tongue and more common sense than his employer. And for that, Slate pays tribute to the true hero of Gotham with this montage that races eight decades of Alfred on screen.

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Say “Good Night, Puddin'” with Harley Quinn’s plush bat and mallet

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First there was the licensed “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt, and soon cosplayers will be able to get their hands on a bat and comically oversized mallet, just like the ones Harley Quinn wields in the Suicide Squad movie.

Well, not just like. They’re part of Factory Entertainment’s SWAT (“Soft Weapons and Tactics”) line, which also includes plush replicas of Batman’s Batarang and Wonder Woman’s sword and shield from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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This ‘Batman v Superman’ ice cream may be our kryptonite

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Because you simply can’t have a big-screen super-powered showdown without tasty desserts with lots of sprinkles, Cold Stone Creamery has teamed with Warner Bros. for ice cream and cake creations inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The ice-cream parlor chain has introduced three promotional creations: Batman’s Chocolate Cookie Crusade, with chocolate ice cream, black sprinkles, Oreo cookie and fudge; Superman’s Kryptonian Cake Sensation, with cake batter ice cream, red, yellow and blue sprinkles, strawberries, yellow cake and whipped topping; and Wonder Woman’s Strawberry Warrior, with strawberry ice cream, red and yellow sprinkles, graham cracker pie crust and raspberries.

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Appeals court upholds Warner Bros.’ Superman rights

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A federal appeals court has again sided with DC Comics and Warner Bros. in the long-running feud over the rights to the Man of Steel.

As first reported by THR, Esq., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a 2013 ruling that the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel relinquished their claim to the character in a 2001 settlement with DC, and therefore are not able to terminate the copyright.

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Watch: ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer recreated in the DC Animated Universe

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You may have thought the latest Suicide Squad movie trailer couldn’t possibly get any better, but that’s only because you hadn’t seen it remade using footage from the classic DC Animated Universe.

Retaining the dialogue, sound effects and music, the video is impressively faithful to the original trailer, as YouTuber Reuven White clearly spent a good deal of time tracking down just the right footage. And when he couldn’t find what he needed (certain characters, for instance), he did an admirable job of improvising.

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Wonder Woman, LexCorp arrive on official ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ merchandise

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In addition to their previously announced line of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” T-shirts, Merchoid has unveiled several official new pieces of merchandise for the film, including a line of baseball caps and bags. This time around, the merchandise features Wonder Woman and LexCorp as well as Batman and Superman.

The new merchandise features both the logos of each respective character as well as full figure shots of the characters in action. Several of the designs are printed with a sublimated “allover” technique, which allows the design to cover the entire shirt. The designs are available in both mens’ and womens’ cuts.

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Official ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ T-shirts arrive

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With just a little more than four months until the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Merchoid has unveiled the first officially licensed T-shirts for the Warner Bros. film.

There are four designs (for now, at least): the Batman v Superman logo; a riff on a vintage boxing poster, with “The Gotham Guardian” pitted against “The Last Son of Krypton”; and two propaganda poster-inspired designs, one depicting a skeletal Batman, labeled “Gotham Demon,” and the other showing a crossed-out image of Superman with horns and the words “False God!”

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Comics A.M. | Superman rights fight returns to Ninth Circuit

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Legal | No, the lengthy battle over the rights to the Man of Steel still isn’t over. Attorneys for Warner Bros. and the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel on Tuesday were back before the Ninth Circuit to argue once again whether Siegel’s daughter Laura Siegel Larson was entitled to rescind a 2001 settlement agreement. The outlook doesn’t appear promising for the Siegel family. [Courthouse News Service, The Beat]

Political cartoons | The group Palestinian Media Watch has critiqued the cartoons of Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh as anti-Semitic, saying they dehumanize Jews and portray them as villains. Sabaaneh, who has done time in an Israeli prison, counters that he is simply reflecting the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his cartoons. [The Washington Post]

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