1966 LEGO Batman Project

Sam Gras writes in to us:

Hello, My name is Sam. I’m a Father, Cosplayer, and all around geek. My Four year old daughter is obsessed with Batman and Robin and asked me to make her a LEGO Batmobile that would fit both characters. I made her the iconic 1966 version. The build is on the LEGOIdeas website and has been in the top projects consistently every week. We currently have over 4,000 supporters.

With your help, we can reach our goal of 10K supporters and LEGO will consider producing the set. Below is a link to the build and my Facebook page. Please consider writing an article about the build, this would make an awesome little girl and her father very happy.

This is super rad and I really want those 60’s Batman and Robin figs. Head over to LEGO Ideas to support this project NOW!

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BATMAN ‘YEAR OF THE HORSE’ STATUE
There’s very few things in the world of comic book collectibles as truly badass as this statue of Batman riding a black stallion. This is the THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: A CALL TO ARMS STATUE YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION from DC Collectibles. Inspired by the legendary Frank Miller, this 14” statue is limited to just 1,000 pieces in the whole wide universe and will set you back about $400 when it goes on sale in December 2014. You hear that, Santa? The comes out around Christmas. I’ve been good this year. So far…
There was a version of this released a while back with Bats rocking his grey and blue suit, but I find this one to be way more badass.
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BATMAN ‘YEAR OF THE HORSE’ STATUE

There’s very few things in the world of comic book collectibles as truly badass as this statue of Batman riding a black stallion. This is the THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: A CALL TO ARMS STATUE YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION from DC Collectibles. Inspired by the legendary Frank Miller, this 14” statue is limited to just 1,000 pieces in the whole wide universe and will set you back about $400 when it goes on sale in December 2014. You hear that, Santa? The comes out around Christmas. I’ve been good this year. So far…

There was a version of this released a while back with Bats rocking his grey and blue suit, but I find this one to be way more badass.

CHECK IT: More Batman on Albotas
BUY: DC Collectibles Batman The Dark Knight Returns: A Call to Arms Statue

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT “EVENING THE ODDS” TRAILER

Here’s the first gameplay of the Batman game which looks absolutely inane, but we kind of knew it would. It looks like they made Barbara Gordon a brunette instead of a redhead and there’s still nothing worth complaining out. That’s how good this looks. Get ready to save Gotham (again) and eff shit up with the sleek new Batmobile when Batman: Arkham Knight Hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 15, 2014.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, watch this video from NYCC 2013 where I got to interview Roger Craig Smith (voice of Batman), Troy Baker (voice of Joker), and Eric Holmes (WB Games Montreal Creative Director). It was a high point in my life and I just can’t seem to stop living in the past.

HERE’S BEN AFFLECK IN WHAT LOOKS LIKE A RUBBER MUSCLE SUIT
Here it is, Ben Affleck in his Batman costume from the new Batman/Superman flick set to release in 2016. Not sure how I feel about it. I can appreciate that they’re trying to stay faithful to the comics — Frank Miller’s designs in particular — but I was kind of a fan of the more practical armor look from the video games and Nolan films. Why you gotta’ sculpt fake muscles in your suit, bro? We like you just the way you are.
Batmobile looks ballin’ though.

HERE’S BEN AFFLECK IN WHAT LOOKS LIKE A RUBBER MUSCLE SUIT

Here it is, Ben Affleck in his Batman costume from the new Batman/Superman flick set to release in 2016. Not sure how I feel about it. I can appreciate that they’re trying to stay faithful to the comics — Frank Miller’s designs in particular — but I was kind of a fan of the more practical armor look from the video games and Nolan films. Why you gotta’ sculpt fake muscles in your suit, bro? We like you just the way you are.

Batmobile looks ballin’ though.

LIVE ACTION ‘BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERES’ INTRO

The intro to Batman: The Animated Series is considered by many to be the greatest animated intro sequence of all time. This live action remake was directed by Tomi Pietil. What do you think, does it hold up to the original?

Relive the good old days with the original intro below along with a behind-the-scenes video of the live action version.

(via Neatorama)

DAILY GRAFFITI: PAINTED ON A DARK KNIGHT EDITION
Check this sick Batman piece. I can’t tell if it’s a wheatpaste or a stencil, but apparently it was painted on a Dark Knight. Geddit? Because jokes.
(via iyers)
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DAILY GRAFFITI: PAINTED ON A DARK KNIGHT EDITION

Check this sick Batman piece. I can’t tell if it’s a wheatpaste or a stencil, but apparently it was painted on a Dark Knight. Geddit? Because jokes.

(via iyers)

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PLAYING WITH HISTORY: 11 ICONIC PHOTOS GET A SUPERHERO REMIX
For his ongoing “Playing With History” series, Australian graphic artist Kode Logic takes iconic photos from history and pop culture and blends them with everything from X-Men to Mortal Kombat. Take a look.
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PLAYING WITH HISTORY: 11 ICONIC PHOTOS GET A SUPERHERO REMIX

For his ongoing “Playing With History” series, Australian graphic artist Kode Logic takes iconic photos from history and pop culture and blends them with everything from X-Men to Mortal Kombat. Take a look.

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RED BULL CANS IN JUSTICE LEAGUE OUTFITS

The Red Bull Superhero Project is a design concept by New York-based Art Director Diego Fonseca.

It’s basic human knowledge that Red Bull tastes like complete caca mixed with vomit (if you don’t think so, you’re either a goddamn liar or your taste buds are playing an evil trick on you), but these packaging redesigns featuring the iconic costumes of DC superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern are sick enough that I could see people buying them just to display on their shelves. I’m sure people have displayed lamer things. I have a shelf full of Orbitz. Remember those? The little orbs are totally still floating and there’s even a mail-in rebate for a free movie ticket to see Independence Day starring Will Smith in theaters! No, you can’t have one.

(via The Dieline)

9 Thoughts on Superhero Films In a Post-Avengers Industry
I understand completely that Hollywood will continue to create comic book and superhero-related films. I get that they’re going to be blockbusters, regardless of the hero and studios involved, as well as the producers, directors, and even casting calls.
You may or may not have noticed the impact The Avengers has had on every other super hero film being announced or prepping its release. In case you haven’t noticed, consider the fact that we’re seeing a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, Wonder Woman is being introduced in the upcoming Batman and Superman film, and we’re seeing a huge surge of villains in the upcoming Spider-Man sequels.
Here’s some thoughts on a post-Avengers Hollywood, how it’s affected superhero movies, and how it’s going to continue to pull in more unbelievable hype.
The Avengers made a fuck ton of money. Five years ago, you would not have seen a superhero film that crossed over so many characters. That concept was only fantasy and wet dream. The Hulk had his own movie, starring Hulk and not really anyone else. The Dark Knight succeeded with only one hero and one major villain (yes, I know there were multiple villains, but for argument’s sake it’s just The Joker and I’m not having that god damn comment debate today). One of the major reasons The Avengers made so much bank was its incredible roster of superheroes. Who didn’t want to see a movie that promised a level of action that combined Marvel’s Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as Thor?
With that said, naturally, every studio is ready to compete. Fox owns the licenses to X-Men and Fantastic Four. Sony owns Spider-Man. They all want a bite of that Marvel/Disney movie money that The Avengers handed out. They all want the amount of hype The Avengers created.
Superman was rebooted. The reboot was fostered after the Batman trilogy that Warner Bros. has had much success with. That Batman trilogy was also created by Christopher Nolan, an amazing filmmaker that brought a sense of realism to comic books on the big screen. That sense of realism had never been successfully accomplished prior to Batman Begins, and you’ll hardly ever see a critic compare The Avengers to Dark Knight Rises due to the fact that the Batman films don’t actually feel like comic book movies as much as The Avengers did. Warner Bros. decided that realism sold Batman, so they asked Zack Snyder to direct a film to help achieve that realism to Superman, a hero that has absolutely no hard-realism or grit to his attitude or demeanor, aside from emotions when dealing with humans and friends, which could also be seen at Batman’s character weakness. They rebooted Superman with the idea of realism being able to sell DC Comics characters, and sure enough, Man of Steel made some cash.
Last year, Spider-Man was rebooted. The Amazing Spider-Man was initially conceived to appeal to tweens, hence director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) being attached. Both The Amazing Spider-Man and Man of Steel were executed while Marvel announced their next phase in their cinematic universe, all revolving around their success with The Avengers. Though both films were box office successes, The Avengers made its mark in movie history.
That being said, every studio planned around Marvel’s expansion. Warner Bros. announced a new Batman would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel. That Batman is Ben Affleck, which caught a ton of flame in terms of casting, and also struck a slew of publicity. More recently, a Wonder Woman was announced. Three heroes, one film, an obvious unbalanced proportion of character-use.
Of course, Fox can’t stay out of this. The Amazing Spider-Man will be introducing the Sinister Six in the course of their next couple of films. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has shown that Rhino, Green Goblin, and Electro will be appearing in the movie. The Sinister Six would be perfect to introduce to the series, with possibilities of introducing Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, or even Hobgoblin or Venom. No word on which villains would be included in the roster. 
But consider this: Can anyone named an Avengers villain off the top of their head? Can you name a Spider-Man villain off the top of your head? Spider-Man villains have been introduced in various forms since the 80’s, and they’re some of the most recognizable villains in comics, so it’s much easier to introduce six different villains in the Spider-Man universe. Fox, I believe, has an upper hand.
X-Men will be seeing the Fantastic Four sometime in the near future. Fox, without even releasing their Fantastic Four reboot, already announced a three-year deal with Simon Kinberg, a writer/producer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, to expand and start a shared universe between the two teams. That’s a lot on the slate, being that Fox hasn’t created a great Fantastic Four film as of yet, and they’re already announced a crossover for sometime in the future between two Marvel superhero teams.
For the record, I don’t really like Marvel films outside of Iron Man and The Avengers. I’m excited for Guradians of the Galaxy, though. Rocket Racoon = dat dude.

9 Thoughts on Superhero Films In a Post-Avengers Industry

I understand completely that Hollywood will continue to create comic book and superhero-related films. I get that they’re going to be blockbusters, regardless of the hero and studios involved, as well as the producers, directors, and even casting calls.

You may or may not have noticed the impact The Avengers has had on every other super hero film being announced or prepping its release. In case you haven’t noticed, consider the fact that we’re seeing a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, Wonder Woman is being introduced in the upcoming Batman and Superman film, and we’re seeing a huge surge of villains in the upcoming Spider-Man sequels.

Here’s some thoughts on a post-Avengers Hollywood, how it’s affected superhero movies, and how it’s going to continue to pull in more unbelievable hype.

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Battle Wedding Crashed By Batman, Iron Man, & More

This is pretty much the geek wedding to end all geek weddings. Saddened by the lack of lightsabers though.

(via io9)

Want: Batman Tumbler Golf Cart

This golf cart was customized to look like the Tumbler from the Chris Nolan Batman films and it was actually used on the Warner Bros. lot where the films were made! This is perfect for ridding your local golf course of unwanted villainy or doing donuts in the mall parking lot until security calls the cops, in which case just try and catch me!

This is up for grabs on eBay for a ridiculous price and the auction ends in three days. Buy it for me or don’t buy it at all.

(via Nerd Approved)

Make-A-Wish Will Turn San Francisco Into Gotham City So A 5-Year Old Can Be Batman For A Day
Miles is five years old and battling Leukemia. His wish is to be Batman, so on November 15, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is turning San Francisco in Gotham City and organizing a day of crime-fighting fun for the little guy, all leading up to a visit to the Mayor’s office where he’ll receive a key to the city for all of his hard work.
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The day starts with a breaking news story. San Francisco’s Police Chief asks if anyone knows the whereabouts of Batkid because he needs his help solving crime and bringing the bad guys to justice. Our little Batkid, Miles, in training with adult Batman, is ready to answer the call! Of course Batkid will be riding around the City, saving the day and performing feats of derring-do! 
After rescuing a damsel in distress from the Hyde St. cable car tracks in Nob Hill, and capturing the Puzzler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batkid will eat his lunch at the Burger Bar in San Francisco – directly above Union Square.  While at Burger Bar, he will get a special message from the Chief of Police to go to the window – where he will look down and see a huge group of volunteers jumping up and down asking for Batkid’s help.  Why?
Because the villainous Mr. P. will be kidnapping a famous San Francisco mascot!  The getaway car will be visible on Union Square (a convertible so that everyone can see what is happening), and the chase will be on!
After catching Mr. P., Batkid will make his final stop at City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of San Francisco will thank him and give him the key to the city. 

Good luck, little dude!
If you want to donate to the cause or show up and cheer Batkid on, check this link for more info.
[Via Geekologie]

Make-A-Wish Will Turn San Francisco Into Gotham City So A 5-Year Old Can Be Batman For A Day

Miles is five years old and battling Leukemia. His wish is to be Batman, so on November 15, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is turning San Francisco in Gotham City and organizing a day of crime-fighting fun for the little guy, all leading up to a visit to the Mayor’s office where he’ll receive a key to the city for all of his hard work.

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A Little Bit On ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ [VIDEO INTERVIEW]
At New York Comic Con I got to interview voice actors Roger Craig Smith (Batman), Troy Baker, (The Joker), and Warner Bros. Games Montreal Creative Director Eric Holmes about one of my most anticipated games this year, Batman: Arkham Origins.
Find out why Roger Craig Smith will never use his Batman voice to order pizza, who Troy Baker thinks is the sexiest vixen in the Batman universe, and what Eric Holmes and his team have done to give fans a Batman game like no other.
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A Little Bit On ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ [VIDEO INTERVIEW]

At New York Comic Con I got to interview voice actors Roger Craig Smith (Batman), Troy Baker, (The Joker), and Warner Bros. Games Montreal Creative Director Eric Holmes about one of my most anticipated games this year, Batman: Arkham Origins.

Find out why Roger Craig Smith will never use his Batman voice to order pizza, who Troy Baker thinks is the sexiest vixen in the Batman universe, and what Eric Holmes and his team have done to give fans a Batman game like no other.

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Bats And Cats: New Batman Inspired Collection from Forever 21

Fashion retailer Forever 21 has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for a limited edition line of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories inspired by Batman and Catwoman. There’s hats, shirts, sweaters, bags, jewelry, shoes, and a lot more. The menswear leaves a lot to be desired, but the girl stuff is super rad

Check out the full collection at Forever 21’s site and select stores.

(via Robot6)

DC Comics To Take On ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ With Two New Shows
Not wanting their competition at Marvel hogging all the TV spotlight, DC will be launching not one, but two new original TV series. Fox picked up the rights to Gotham, a Batman prequel series centered around a young Detective Gordon and it’s being overseen by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller.
In addition, NBC is working on a pilot for Constantine, a supernatural detective show. The script is being penned by David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist).
Seems like now is the perfect time to be both a comic fan and TV junkie.

DC Comics To Take On ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ With Two New Shows

Not wanting their competition at Marvel hogging all the TV spotlight, DC will be launching not one, but two new original TV series. Fox picked up the rights to Gotham, a Batman prequel series centered around a young Detective Gordon and it’s being overseen by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller.

In addition, NBC is working on a pilot for Constantine, a supernatural detective show. The script is being penned by David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist).

Seems like now is the perfect time to be both a comic fan and TV junkie.

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