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Batman Takes a Power Nap

Posted by Jordan On August - 17 - 2011

It is nothing new for people to dress up in costumes and do weird stuff so they can later post it to the Internet. The latest installment in the crazy costumed capers category is a man dressing up like Batman and riding the Moscow subway. I don’t know what kind of criminal plot brought Batman to Moscow, but apparently it was tiring. Here is how Batman gets his energy back while riding public transportation in foreign lands.

It seems like Batman might have used his exorbitant wealth to buy all the tickets for the subway. Or just beat up everyone besides the camera man and threw them off. Usually these kinds of videos are made to capture people’s reactions, and it would have been funny to see some Moscow subway rider puzzling over Batman’s choice of relaxation spot. Still, being the world’s greatest detective must be tiring, he has to grab those power naps while he can.

The real question is why Batman would sleep on a subway instead of this sweet Batmobile bed.


Justice League of the Round Table

Posted by Jordan On August - 15 - 2011

There are few legends cooler than that of King Arthur’s Round Table. Knights are pretty badass on their own, but this was a group of knights made up from the best of the best. They rode around doing good deeds and violence, and were just a generally awesome group of people if you can overlook some betrayals and wars and breaking up of the group because Lancelot couldn’t keep it in his pants. That makes this art of the Justice League as Knights of the Round Table amazing.

When you think about it, the Justice League is pretty much the comic book version of those knights. They sit as equals and decide what constitutes a crime serious enough for them to intervene, and then they get all violent on an unfortunate criminal. Also, like the Round Table held the best of the best when it came to knights, the Justice League only admits the cream of the crop of superheroes. In the Marvel Universe, there are many super teams that have A-list superheroes on them. There are the Avengers, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four, all filled with mighty heroes. There are arguments that can be made for all three of those groups being the strongest. The DC Universe has various super teams as well, but the Justice League is undeniably the powerhouse group. It is the team that every hero strives to join, because that means that they are pretty much the best at violencing villains into submission and being loved by the public. Sure, there are iterations of the Justice League that has a bunch of reserve members who are B-listers at best, but the core of it will always be the strongest heroes in the DC Universe. Superman is Lancelot for sure. If you know who made this great piece of art let us know in the comments section so we can track them down and shake their hand.

Too Much Batman?

Posted by Jordan On August - 14 - 2011

A little while back, if you told me that there could be too much Batman exposure I would have imagined smacking you in the face. Instead, I have been smacked in the face by reality and a deluge of information about The Dark Knight Rises. It seems like every day has brought new spoilers about the last installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, to the point where some people kind of don’t want to hear about it anymore. Of course others can’t get enough of any news relating to the next Batman movie, and thus the next great Internet debate is born. How much information about an upcoming movie is needed, and when does it cross the line?

I am okay with this.

Releasing set photos and similar sneak peeks at a movie do a great job of raising awareness and excitement about a movie. This works to a certain extent, but things get tricky when everybody is already aware of and ridiculously excited about a movie. We are seeing this with The Dark Knight Rises, as everybody is looking forward to this movie so much that they can resist trying to find every scrap of information about this movie before it comes out. It is awesome to see people that excited about something, but in the end it could hurt the movie that they obviously care so much about. The best part of a movie is being surprised by what happens, and every bit of information revealed takes a little bit away from the surprise. Sure, some pictures of what Bane’s costume is going to look like isn’t going to ruin the movie or anything, but when multiple pictures, some with common themes, are all released, some crucial plot points seem to be revealed. That kind of stuff could detract from the movie going experience. Not only is it hard to tell when this sort of line has been reached, but in this age of Twitter and various other social networking sites used to spread information instantaneously, it can be near impossible to shut off that string of information.

Just try ignoring this picture. You can’t.

I would definitely like to see fewer spoilers and movie information in general, which might sound odd coming from a guy who makes a living writing about these rumors. Basically my side as a fan who wants to be surprised and entertained by a movie outweighs my side who wants to be able to afford my Ramen Noodles. The high and mighty part of me wants to say that it is as easy as just not looking at new spoilers or teaser images when they are released, and actually, it is exactly that easy. Which isn’t very easy at all. We are a completionist culture, we want the whole story and we want it now. It takes a lot of willpower to avoid those links promising to tell us about how Batman will be growing a beard in this movie. Where do you stand on this issue of saturation of information? Let us know in the comments section.

Wonder Woman Wannabes

Posted by Jordan On August - 13 - 2011

There are some superheroes that everybody wants to be like. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t think it would be awesome to be Batman, all rich and handsome and able to break ninjas’ faces. Similarly, a lot of people would like to be all agile and able to swing around town like Spider-Man, or Canadian like Wolverine. For girls, the usual answer is they want to be Wonder Woman, unless they are boring and want to be Supergirl, or they’re into the weird stuff and want to be Power Girl. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Nope. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Apparently little girls aren’t the only ones who want to be Wonder Woman. Some artist put together the secret dream of many male heroes in the comic book universe by putting them in a Wonder Woman pose. I don’t know who this artist is, so if you do let us know in the comments so we can give credit where credit is due. I particularly like that this artist has revealed that every superhero shaves off all their body hair except for Batman, who is a real man. I mean, I can understand Flash and Aquman shaving their legs to cut down on wind/water resistance or something, and Cyborg probably doesn’t want stray hairs in his circuitry, but Green Lantern? Come on, man. Also, Cable’s pose is way too inappropriate. Put it away, Cable.

Superman Revealed!

Posted by Billy Lane On August - 6 - 2011

I’m not a Superman fan. Everyone knows Batman is infinitely better and hangs out with all the cool kids.  Well, the Superman reboot is going to try it’s very best to rectify that. With the movie now filming, we have our first look at Henry Cavill donning the classic tights and cape.  Behold!

I think the costume looks great. It is distinctly Superman in terms of iconography and style, but has been executed successfully in a way we’ve never seen in live action. It has texture and detail which make it more than just spandex.  It looks real. Not sure how I feel about the detail on the “S” shield, but I’ll take it. I think Green Lantern could have used something more like this, which appears far more natural than the flat, skintight spandex. This has some bulk to it. And the less vibrant colors help bring things even more down to earth. The costume reminds me very much of the new Spider-Man’s look, which isn’t surprising. Both movies are trying to modernize classic, spandex-y costumes and ground their movies in reality. Y’know, dark and gritty!

What I am less than thrilled about is what they did with Henry Cavill himself. A huge forehead, receding hairline and jutting brow looks more like the missing link than a Man of Steel. Let’s just move along and say it was a bad make-up day, shall we? And I’m hoping it’s just the lighting, but for the love of Kypton, where are his eyebrows?

I’m cautiously optimistic about the project. With Zack Snyder on board we can finally see Supes hit something. I can’t wait to see our hero punch Zod right in his precious little face. Even though I don’t agree with every casting choice there is still some fantastic talent here. Snyder still has a lot of goodwill left with fans after making 300, and if he can bring everything together, we might have a new Superman for a new generation.

Finally, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Posted by Jordan On August - 5 - 2011

We all know what Christian Bale looks like as Batman by now, and we have even been treated to some pictures of Tom Hardy as Bane. The third costumed character from The Dark Knight Rises has been a little bit more secretive. The wait is over now, as an official picture of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman has been released.

It looks like this version of Catwoman just has a simple mask, but maybe that’s just for when she is riding what appears to be the Batpod. Maybe she will have a mask with cat ears at another time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if just the mask was kept around. If that is in fact the Batpod that Catwoman is riding, that raises the question of whether Batman loaned it out, or if she just decided to take a joy ride. Considering the history between Catwoman and Batman in the comic books, I also expect some sort of romantic connection in the movie. If Batman was all about Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight, I think him finding Anne Hathaway attractive is very believable.

Alright, the picture itself doesn’t give much away about Anne Hathaway’s character, and a lot of her costume is obscured by her ride. Still, it is good to get our first look at the other person that will be running around Gotham in a costume. While I am admittedly more excited about Bane being in The Dark Knight Rises, I am curious to see how Catwoman will fit into Christopher Nolan’s world. Hurry up and get here, 2012.

Awesome Things I Saw at SDCC 2011

Posted by Jordan On August - 1 - 2011

One thing you’ll notice when you walk the floor at San Diego Comic Con is the fact that there is a whole lot of cool stuff to look at. With the sheer number of booths around, it is a pretty good strategy for booths to put the coolest stuff they have out on display to catch the interest of passersby. I think it is safe to say that my interest was caught so much I’m pretty sure I got whiplash. Here are some of the coolest things I saw while wandering the floor of SDCC 2011.

Costumes from The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is arguably the greatest comic book movie of all time. What makes it so awesome is how Christopher Nolan has made a world around Batman that is grounded in realism. When we see Batman on screen we don’t think of a buff dude in his pajamas or anything ridiculous like that. Seeing the actual Batman costume on display at SDCC was equally awesome. It was the kind of thing that made me want to put it on and go out and fight crime. The greatness didn’t stop there, though. Right next to the Batman costume was the outfit the Joker wore in the movie, complete with the clown mask he wore during the bank robbery at the beginning of the movie. I went from wanting to fight crimes to committing them in a very short span of time.

Captain America Costume

I was really pumped up on Captain America during SDCC. There were early showings of Captain America: The First Avenger all day that Thursday, which I had to go to, and just so much promotion for Cap. Marvel was even giving out little hand fans that were printed like Captain America’s shield. The coolest piece of Captain America promotion was definitely his costume, which was on display under the guard of various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. I was kind of hoping that some Nazis would show up so I could put on the costume and give them a good old fashioned American but-whooping, but that’s mostly because I have an overactive imagination.

Mike Mignola

There was one point during my SDCC experience that I did a double take. That was walking by Mike Mignola’s booth, which was tucked out of the way in a corner of the convention center. I had to a double take to make sure I read the name right, since nobody was over by his booth. This was very surprising to me, since Mike Mignola is the creator of Hellboy. Hellboy, as you may know, has been turned into two full length feature films, and a variety of animated movies, not to mention the popular comic book line, so I was pretty surprised that there wasn’t a line of people waiting to meet Mignola. He was very nice, but I guess his awesomeness was just too intimidating for most people.

Ghost Rider’s Motorcycle

Why yes, I do agree that the first Ghost Rider movie was pretty terrible. Nicolas Cage might be a huge comic fan, which I like, but I still don’t think he should be Ghost Rider. The fact that he will be back for a second Ghost Rider movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, really doesn’t do much for me. Seeing Ghost Rider’s motorcycle has pretty much the exact opposite effect than the movies on me, though, so I was pumped to see it on the floor. The only way it could’ve been cooler was if it was on fire, but I heard the fire marshall wouldn’t have been too happy about that.

Lego Batman

I am always amazed when I see these large Lego structures, mainly because the most complicated thing I ever built was a tiny little space shuttle with a little car that could come out of it. These people building giant castles and Death Stars have far more patience than I ever did. One of the coolest giant Lego sculptures that I have ever seen was on display at SDCC 2011; a life-size Batman posing majestically on a gargoyle. The time and effort that must go into planning and building something of that scale must be tremendous, but that result is definitely worth it. Maybe next year I can build myself a costume entirely out of Legos.

The Dark Knight Rises Poster

Posted by Jordan On July - 13 - 2011

Everything I have seen for The Dark Knight Rises has been amazing so far. Tom Hardy looks great and menacing as Bane in the only photo released so far, although I agree with fellow Hero District writer, Billy, that it is about time we got a clearer view of him. While we still have to wait a little while longer for that, the teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises has been released, and it is amazing.

Christopher Nolan, I love you and your design team. 

Wow. Judging by this poster, Bane is going to be messing Gotham City up big time. Not surprising, since he is the man who broke the bat. With all the clues being given out for the Batman: Arkham City game, I want to believe there is some clue other than ‘things will get broken’ in The Dark Knight Rises. I’m sure if there is, somebody will find and post the results on the internet by the end of the week. Either way, I think we can all agree this is a great example of how to make a movie poster. The other option would have been slapping Anne Hathaway on a poster in her Catwoman costume.

The cutest cat burglar in the world.

The Problem of Batman: Is Batman a Superhero?

Posted by Aidan McKiernan On July - 11 - 2011

I have spent so much time debating this question during just about every notable family function with my bullheaded, Juggernautesque, older brother that I can barely see where the comic panels begin, and where I stand correct in all my assertions. Batman is very much a superhero, and I will prove it simply and without pinching anything.

“He can’t fly, all he does is use his little toys. What’s his superpower? He doesn’t DO anything” – Brother. The major assumption the naysayers out there hold is to look at Batman from what I call the “Too Superman Context.” This simply means that the very idea of what a superhero should be, is, or will be in the future must conform to the ridiculous physical attributes of the Man of Steel. Thus, a superhero must have no physical or mental weakness, and the only chink in his, or her, spandex armor is a small piece of green rock from a planet that existed a long time ago, blew up killing all of its inhabitants except one, and some how made it to earth to serve as the bane of existence to an otherwise impenetrable creature. (I know he was written to fight the Soviets, but even this is a little bombastic.) So, just because Batman cannot fly, resist multiple forms of terrorist attack, or make the earth spin backwards, does not mean he is not a superhero. It just means he is not Superman. Is Green Lantern a superhero despite all his powers coming from a ring? Is Captain America a superhero despite being guinea pigged by the US government to fight Nazis? Is Thor a superhero despite being a god and having a hammer do all his work for him? Batman’s greatness lies in my next point.

Yes, even you, Ryan, would be deemed “not a superhero.” Missing that pizza place?

Each and every superhero has wonderfully detailed mythology to him or her, but what sets them apart from any other type of literary character is they exist visually as much as they do textually, and because of this visual component they are now deemed super. There are heroes in literature dating back as far as Achilles, and as recent as Boobie Miles, but all of them exist solely in a 2D world (exempting any film or television adaptations) and were created with the sole intent of being a character to be read. Comic books fully incorporated the visual and now heroes were meant to coexist equally with the text. There were of course pictures of the characters used in the cannon of literature, but they were not used as a part of the story. They were extra and often looked down upon for making the character appear a specific, rigid way in the reader’s mind. Batman is a wonderfully rich, uniquely accessible, and deeply involved superhero that has had multiple re-imaginings over time, and still seems to draw the attention of the public and influence other comic book franchises. There would be no Kickass, Super, or any number of vigilante justice stories without the Batman storyline. He is a uniquely crafted character that finds a certain amount depth in his reincarnations, as he does in his original. He may not be the pinnacle of physical prowess, but he is the every-man’s superhero and people like to root for something close to the heart.

“Hey, man. Johnny Gobs got split and walked off a roof.” “That’s not what I heard. I heard the Bat got him.”

Adam West Joining The Dark Knight Rises?

Posted by Jordan On July - 6 - 2011

Christopher Nolan has done a great job turning Batman into one of the greatest movie franchises ever. He has done this by grounding his movies in reality, or at least as close to reality as a movie about a billionaire who dresses up as a bat to fight crime can be. This take on Batman could not be more different than the old television series starring Adam West. That show was entertaining, but ridiculously campy. These days Adam West’s version of Batman is best remembered for having captions saying “POW!” appear when he hits somebody, and having shark repellant in his utility belt. That is what makes the latest rumor surrounding The Dark Knight Rises so peculiar. Why would Christopher Nolan want to bring in Adam West for a cameo?

This is the Batman we deserve.

This Adam West cameo doesn’t make sense. Nolan has worked very hard to create a certain atmosphere with his Batman franchise, and Adam West doesn’t fit that atmosphere at all. Sure, Stan Lee gets cameos in pretty much every Marvel movie, but that has become something of a tradition. The Marvel movies are generally not as dark as the Batman movies either, so seeing Stan Lee as Hugh Hefner brings a chuckle that fits the feel of the movie. Seeing Adam West pop up randomly in the new Gotham City is a different case altogether. Everybody who knows him associates him with a ridiculous version of Batman, which could really muck up a viewing of The Dark Knight Rises.

This is the Batman we don’t need right now.

Personally, I am hoping this rumor proves false. I love Adam West, and his cameos and small parts on other shows are great, but they all have pretty much one thing in common. They use Adam West as a comedic character. It seems like an odd time for Nolan to start messing around with his so far extremely successful movie formula by adding in a purely comedic character. Mainly I don’t want anything messing up this movie when it stars my favorite Batman villain, Bane. Come on, Nolan, you know what we like by now, just deliver the goods.

[via IMDB / CinemaBlend]