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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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Bob Kane to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame next week

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Batman co-creator Bob Kane will receive the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Held in front of the Guinness World Records Museum, the event will also see Batman presented with the title of “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will speak at the ceremony, where the Batmobile from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display.

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‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ has already sold 5 million copies

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Despite a troubled rollout that saw the rapid withdrawal of the PC edition, Batman: Arkham Knight has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide since its June 23 launch.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s fighting game Mortal Kombat X, which debuted in April, has also passed that milestone, The Wall Street Journal reports. LEGO Jurassic World, which also premiered in June, has sold about 4 million copies.

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Football team adopts Superman’s emblem, ‘Man of Steel’s’ message

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Although frequently criticized for its bleak tone, director Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel film serves as inspiration for one New Mexico high school football team, which has embraced the words of Jor-El.

When it was time for the Española Valley High School Sundevils to get new uniforms, they took a cue from Superman’s Kryptonian father, who explained “The symbol of the House of El means hope,” and adopted that crest as their own. It’s of course recognized the world over as the stylized “S” emblem of Superman, only in this case that letter stands for “Sundevils.” But also “hope.”

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Beware the power of … this Green Lantern figure’s adorability

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Even if you’re not a fan of the super-deformed style — or, for that matter, Hal Jordan — you might just give this Hybrid Metal Figuration Hal Jordan figure from Herocross a second look. Admit it, it’s pretty darned cute.

Standing 6 inches, the figure features more than 20 points of articulation, two pairs of interchangeable hands, a Green Lantern power battery, a burnished metallic body, and three LED light-up areas: his eyes, the power battery and his chest emblem.

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‘The Dark Knight’ inspires hidden garage of real-life ‘Wayne Residence’

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When a client in the posh Melbourne, Australia, suburb of Toorak wanted to renovate to make room for a car collection without marring the architecture of the stately manor, design firm Molecule knew where to turn for inspiration: Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight.

Using Bruce Wayne’s striking subterranean garage as “a totem of the design approach,” the studio set to work on “the Wayne Residence,” whose beautifully landscaped lawn and well-appointed tennis court conceal the very modern Batcave nestled beneath.

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