|The Joker’s just a mad dog. I want whoever let him off the leash!|
Top Ten Megan Marie Cosplay Costumes
Megan Marie is perhaps the best known cosplayer around. She’s been part of the gaming community for a fair while which has meant she’s had enough time to do some awesome cosplay work and build quite a following. Here’s what I think are her top ten cosplay moments.
This is one of my favourites that Megan has done, Anya Stroud from Gears of War – she managed to get some photos taken on an actual military vessel! That’s pretty cool. Also check out that Lancer, it looks pretty close to the real deal.
Check out Megan as one of the most famous gaming characters, Lara Croft. This time with a twist of steam punk influence. Megan spent some real time on this one, read her post on how she put together the costume.
|Ms Lara Croft|
|Silk Spectre II|
When I saw this below picture my first thought was that Megan had gone and done a cosplay version of Kelly Osborne but then a closer look showed quite clearly a pretty impressive homage to Batman’s furry friend, Catwoman:
|I bet this Mario makes a mean pasta|
I’m afraid we’re going to have to repeat ourselves a little bit but I’m sure you’ll forgive me. Here’s Megan doing a pretty fine version of Lara Croft:
|Mad Moxxi from Borderlands|
The Princess of Persia?
Poison Ivy. She’s going to kill you, Dick.
We wrap up our top ten pictures of Megan Marie doing some amazing cosplay of the classic heroine, Wonder Woman. It’s actually the eleventh picture as you can never have to much cosplay like this on your hands!
If Megan’s fine work has caught your eye, why don’t you follow her on Twitter?
The recent 2013 TOY FAIR just keeps popping-up a lot of fun cool surprises! Here’s a great example, the Toy Company FUNKO has plans to bring out a bunch of new Batman Toys, Figures, Wacky Wobblers, etc… for 2013 and now we get some pics of a whole new product called “Can-tivities”.
Basically, they’re small tin tubes in the shape of cartoon characters that you can store fun stuff in. Here are some prototype pics of their JUSTICE LEAGUE SET they have plans to release later ( no exact date known right now ).
The Company is being super hush-hush about it but we did get news that their IRONMAN 3 MOVIE Tins will be released in March and they have also shown us what comes inside those tins, sort of a “school supply” kind of thing ( see pic down below ). The JLA ones say they are more of a “treat thing” so maybe they’ll be candy. Hmm, stay tuned to the Bat-Blog and once we know more, you know more.
In this new video by our Friend, “Batgirl Raquel”, she gives her review on the latest DC Universe animated Batman movie, “THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: Part2″. Then, she goes off on a rant towards Warner Bros, ha!
Scott Snyder’s Death of The Family arc wrapped yesterday with Batman #17, an issue that’s got some far ranging implication for the Batbooks and a truly troubling ending.
Snyder was good enough to sit down with us in the middle of last week’s blizzard and answer a few questions. He had charge of his eighteen-month-old, but despite the added responsibility (and the cat video he was forced to watch over and over), he was genuinely excited to talk about the book. Here’s what he had to say about the Joker, working with Greg Capullo… and what he and Capullo have coming next.
Gamma Squad: What’s under the cloches is… well… really, really disturbing!
Scott Snyder: Thanks!
Gamma Squad: What made you decide to come to that conclusion?
Snyder: For me, I think the idea was really, it was tempting to mutilate or off somebody. A lot of theories online were so gruesome it was inspiring and terrifying, people want some really horrible things to happen to these characters. From go, it was really about the Joker trying to prove a point: At the end of the day, you love me more than you love them. And you will do the wrong thing because your deepest desire is to not have them around anymore.
Not that that’s true at all, but as a father, you can relate to the notion that you wish once in a while you didn’t have to worry about your family, and the Joker takes that kernel of truth where “God I wish I had one day if I didn’t have to worry about them” and says “I’ll give you that day, but for your whole life.” He does scare you with the truth in that way. To him, it was about proving he could drive a wedge between Bruce and the rest of his family, to say “Your relationship with me, if I show you the way you’ve acted, the way you love me, I’ll prove to the family you’re not the great father you think you are.” And that way he exposes Batman to a shocking criticism from them, he really does drive a wedge between them.
Gamma Squad: Does Batman actually know the Joker’s name, or is he just messing with the Joker for once?
Snyder: I don’t want to give it away, only in that I like people to make their own decisions. In my personal subjective opinion, I feel strongly about at least suggesting that if Batman knew who the Joker was, to not tell the rest of the family would show he hasn’t learned as much as I’d like him to have learned, about trusting them and allowing them to make their own decisions.
I really believe what Bruce says, that if he tried to figure the Joker out, Gotham will never let him. If you believe he knows, in your reading of it, that’s OK. That could be true. I believe in everybody getting their own truth out of these stories, but that’s mine, that Gotham wouldn’t allow him.
Gamma Squad: What are the implications of this going forward? The book ends on a note that hints that the Bat-Family is severely divided.
Snyder: It’s definitely going to have far-reaching implications into the book. We wanted to do something that wasn’t quite as sensational a scar, like Alfred getting his limbs chopped off, but that would really have repercussions throughout the book, and a deeper wound that makes it harder to bring them all together.
Gamma Squad: There are a lot of subtle Satanic motifs throughout the book. How do you make the call with Greg Capullo to bring that in and to what degree?
Snyder: What Greg brings to the table is this incredible creativity. What I told him was that in a lot of ways, the Joker is the Devil’s tongue. He’s a villain who is telling you these things that you hope are not true about yourself. And that’s why he’s such a great horror monster, he makes you afraid of yourself. It goes beyond just his being a scary clown.
So Greg came up with the idea of those visual motifs, especially flies. The fly in the ointment, flies as a symbol of pestilence, the fly in your ear buzzing at you, never letting you go, that torturous hint of the Devil.
Gamma Squad: One thing I noticed when I went back and read the arc that I didn’t notice before was the Joker’s face rotting. That was gross, in a good way.
Snyder: [Laughs] Super gross! We aimed to inspire and terrify, and also completely gross you out.
Gamma Squad: What can you tell us about what’s coming up next for Bruce?
Snyder: We’re not going to sit back and do small stories, we’re going to do the nuttiest stuff we can do next. What’s next is the boldest thing we’ve done and it touches on things that in some ways I’ve been reluctant to go towards, but I think this is the place and time. And on top of that, I get to use one of Batman’s classic villains, and it’s definitely going to be something you haven’t seen. I promise you, you see issue #21, you’ll realize I’m not B.S.ing you. What’s coming up feels at the same level of importance as Court of Owls.
I try to put a lot of myself in these stories, and when I can’t do that, I’ll happily pack my bags and leave Gotham.
Batman #17 is out today, and highly recommended.
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Words out that Warner Brothers will be adding to the Batman:Arkham gaming franchise later this year. During a recent financial review, Time Warner‘s CFO and chief administrative officer John Martin confirmed that:
“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.“
You might remember that earlier this year Warner Brothers registered 15 new domain names featuring the key word Arkham.
Batman Arkham Universe
Batman Arkham Arises
Batman Arkham Begins
Batman Arkham Dark Knight
Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Legend
Batman Arkham Legends
Batman Arkham Night
Batman Arkham Origins
Batman Arkham Stories
Dark Knight Arkham
DC Arkham Universe
The Arkham Universe
Any of these could be the future title of the next Batman: Arkham (Something) game. What really concerns me is that VG27 is reporting that Rocksteady, the company developer of the first two wonderfully successful games, won’t be developing the new game. That could spell trouble. Paul Dini, the writer for the first two game’s script content is also not involved in the new project. That’s strike two in my book.
How many successful franchises or businesses can you name that dumped all the talented individuals or companies involved in the creation of said success and followed up that move with even greater successes? I can’t think of any. That Batman: Arkham baby is going to be without bath water or bath tub after that move. Add in that the game is going to be released later this year, when other games have labored years before being released to lack luster reviews and you’ve got a mixture just waiting to blow up in Warner Brothers investors faces.
The rumored story line for the new game is a Silver-Age Arkham story featuring the first time Batman meets Joker. Although that could be an interesting look at both characters, that alone won’t carry the game through if the game play and visuals don’t surpass the already high bar set by the first two games.
What do you think about all of this? I was blown away by both Batman: Arkham games and would hate to see the franchise tarnished.
OK, I’m gonna try to get through this post without crying and I’m being completely serious. Yesterday, while goofing around on Facebook, I came across the tragic news that a personal childhood hero of mine, the legendary Comic Book Artist Joe Kubert, passed away. He was 85 years old. Mr. Kubert had a very long career working in comics and all of his artwork has become totally iconic. Once you see it you can never forget it. He is mainly known for his work on Tarzan & Sgt. Rock but my personal favorites were when he drew Batman. He just had an incredible style.
I never had the privilege of meeting him but about 2 months ago our friend in New Jersey, BatDave, went to a signing at a popular Comic Book Store in New York City. Dave said that Joe Kubert was one of the nicest guys he had ever met. He also said he was kinda shocked that Mr. Kubert was not even charging for Autographs, a rare thing in today’s greedy marketplace. But this doesn’t surprise me as I have always been told by other friends who have met him that he was always very down to earth & super friendly. Another thing I know is that his art will live on forever. In fact, it’s hard for me to even think about any other Artist even drawing Sgt. Rock. His style was so much a part of that character. He will be missed. My condolences go out to his friend and family. Please find peace & know that he will live on forever in the hearts of Comic Book Fans all over the world.
R.I.P. JOE KUBERT 1926 – 2012
BAT ROMANCE! Gotham City’s Sexy Vixens Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn compete for Batman’s Love in this music video parody of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”.
Yeah, the title says “coming soon” but I guess I’m hyping it a little bit, sorry. Here are some brand-new BATMAN Home Furnishings that will be coming out in November, 2012. OK, that’s about 3 months from now but it’s always good to know about these things in advance so you can budget your money, ha!
A company I have never heard of, Westland Giftware, is making a ton of cool Batman-related products and this post just covers a few of them. These are the”home decor” items; but this company will also be making Cookie Jars & Snow Globes too. Please stay tuned to the BAT-BLOG.COM for many more pics we will post in the next day or two.
Whoops, I got so excited I almost forgot to talk about these, ha ha! OK, check out the majestic beauty of this cool Batman Lamp. It’s gonna have a retail price of around $55.00. Then there’s a fun Night Light ( $16 ) and a Retro-Style Wall Clock ( $25 ). Like I said, November… just in time for Christmas!
We know the new DC Animated Film, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Part One, won’t come out for another month but we’re all so excited here we decided to post a few Free DKR Wallpapers to celebrate! Hey, it is Wednesday and that means “Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday”! These were made from fresh stills from the movie. We get to see Batman, Robin ( Carrie Kelley! ), and Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Enjoy. Oh yeah, just to clarify, the movie will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray & digital download on September 25th, 2012.
OK, I do not know the full complete story yet on this brand-new Hot Wheels Batman Car yet but it is kinda fun so I guess, for now, consider this a teaser. Anyways, it looks like Mattel is going to release a Special Edition 1966 TV Series Batmobile Car ( George Barris version ) that has a Halloween Holiday Theme! Stay tuned to the BAT-BLOG.COM and once we get more info we’ll share that.
Also, be sure to click on the photo up above for a larger, more detailed, version.
This Electric Guitar is called the “Wing-Bat!” and is made by Hallmark Guitars. We have featured this beautiful musical instrument a few times in the past here on the Bat-Blog but we’re showing again to share a Product Review by our Friends at DAMN GEEKY. This Guitar is pretty cool and it’s pretty easy to notice how it’s design was inspired by George Barris’ Custom 1966 Batmobile Car.
Here’s a fun video from our good friend Bruce and we’re not talking about Bruce Wayne. His name is Bruce Hicks and HE IS BATMAN!!
Here’s a quick post to share this fun photo of a brand-new BATMAN product expected to arrive in November of 2012. This is a 31-Inch BATMAN Action Figure based on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Movie. Yes, you read that right, 31 inches! It’s HUGE!! These are totally great for display. This one is made by a company called Jakks Pacific.
YES! Here’s a quick post to share the news that the BAT-BLOG.COM has a Fan Page on Facebook. So, if you’re a member there we want to invite you to join our page. It’s FREE and it’s also tons of action-packed fun!! We mainly post updates to this site that you will be able to share with all your friends ( They will be so jealous that YOU are a Member, so please be sure to LIKE US today! ).
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OK, do you know what time it is? It’s “Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday”! Yes, NOW is the time of the week where we post some fun FREE BATMAN WALLPAPERS you can use to brighten your desktop. This time around I thought we would celebrate “Collecting Batman Toys” so here are some wallpapers with an “Action Figure” theme.
The 1st one was made using a photo sent in to us by a friend of the BAT-BLOG named Cully ( Thanks Dude! ). These toys are some of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Movie Action Figures with 2 examples of the Bat-Signal you could make. ( Each figure came with one piece & when you buy them all together you get a complete “Bat-Signal” to display ).
Next, is a really great pic showing the BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS 4-Pack that will be coming out in 2013. Each figure comes with a display base ( sidewalk piece ) and I totally love the Carrie Kelley ROBIN figure, it’s so cool!!
As reported here at the Bat-Blog awhile back, the Mattel Toy Company has plans to release a special set of RETRO BARBIE AND KEN DOLLS dressed as Catwoman (Julie Newmar) and Batman (Adam West) from the 1966 TV Series. Now, when they say “retro” what they mean is that the dolls look like the vintage-style that was made back in the 1960′s. Here is a photo of the dolls that will be released later this year. We don’t have an exact release date right now but stay tuned to the Bat-Blog and as soon as we know, you will know.
By the way, this image shown here is also a BATMAN TOYS Wallpaper background you can use to brighten your Desktop, click on it for a larger version & please enjoy.
Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN To Be Published in Spain as “Arquitectura Mortal”
OK, This is pretty awesome bat-news! Over at the CHIPKIDD.COM website we just got the word that a book publishing company in Barcelona, Spain called “Ecc Ediciones” will be publishing Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN (DC Comics) into a foreign language edition! The new title will be called, “Batman: Arquitectura Mortal”. They have even created a really nice Book Trailer Video which you can see down below. We’re not really sure of an exact release date but it is due in 2013 and I have seen some foreign reviews already.
Also, for more information, please be sure to check out their website, just CLICK HERE!
Ashphord Jacoway and Kari Lane went to the red carpet premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Part Two) for Nerd Caliber and interviewed the actors and creators that were involved like Peter Weller (Robocop), DC Universe Executive Producer Bruce Timm, Voice Director Andrea Romano and more! Check out the video below!
Filmed by Kari Lane. Edited by E. Ortiz
Applying eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara in a way that’s not basic is beyond my skills. Creating pieces of art like this are so far out of my range it’s not even funny, but Kirsty Childs has it perfected. She’s put together some beautiful eye makeup designs that include superheroes like Batman, Superman, Thor, Wonder Woman, Spidey and other characters such as Maleficent. She even created a pattern for The Riddler. I admire her tenacity and artistic sensibilities.
If you click through to her DeviantArt gallery, you can check out almost every character to see what eye shadows she used.
Check out more impressive designs after the break.
(KikiMJ via Dances With Zombies)
Mark Millar isn’t one to keep his mouth shut about Mark Millar‘s thoughts and opinions about Mark Millar‘s own work and Mark Millar‘s thoughts and opinions about the work of others. (Sorry for all the Mark Millar‘s there, but for some reason, when ever I read something Mark Millar has said, I always imagine him talking in the third person, like the Queen of England’s royal manner of speaking.
While he’s been busy getting all of Fox Studios Comic book franchise characters, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to name a couple, in a row, Millar still had time to dissect what he thinks are Warner Brothers and DC Comics biggest problems in bringing the Justice League to the big screen.
Talking with SciFi Now, Millar started with a look at the groups powers and why the Justice League will have issues translating those powers and character traits to theater screens:
“Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern? His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.
The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds. You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?”
The core issues that Millar contends will bury the big budget DC Comics team up is:
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time…
The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”
Are you buying what The Millar is cooking, or is this just a smoke screen, an effort to muddy the waters just enough to make Warner Brothers Executives hesitant to swing for the fences with a Justice League Movie?
Are Millar’s points valid? I don’t agree that the powers of the Justice League won’t translate well on screen, but I do agree that the cost of getting those powers onto the big screen are expensive and time consuming. What is all boils down to for this NerdBastard is, will the story and characterizations work, or will we get 5 different characters with 5 different movie styles crammed into one two hour monstrosity?
Remember these gems from the past?
Via SciFi Now
Here are some cool audio wavs I knew I should share because they’re really fun and will probably bring back a lot of fond memories for the people who owned this 45 rpm record back in the day. I found them at a website called BIG GLEE! It’s written by a friend of ours, named Al Bigley, and he went to the trouble of recording them for online play.
Here they are, down below, two very rare “Penguin” songs recorded to cash-in on the 1966 BATMAN TV show craze. Sung by Burgess Meredith, the actor who portrayed the Penguin in the TV series. ( Thanks Al )
These decals are perfect for adding a little nerd to your manicure. Each is made of vinyl that you just peel and stick to your nails then cover with a few coats of polish to secure. They’re available in an assortment of colors so you can be subtle with black or scream your fandom with bright red or blue.
See more nail decals after the break…
Product Page ($1.99-$4.99 via Incredible Things)
Here’s a fun photo I came across the other day that was taken by an Artist/Photographer named Christopher Moloney. His idea was to get a photo of a famous scene from a movie, print it out, and then go to the actual real-life location where that scene was shot, and match-up the pieces. The idea is not completely original, as this has been done before, but it’s always really fun to see and Christopher does a pretty good job.
The example up above is BANE from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Batman Movie when he paid a visit to Wall Street, but if you click this LINK you can see many many more. Some of my other favorites are “The Ghostbusters” and “Die Hard: With a Vengeance”.
It’s pretty well known by now that the Hostess Company went out of business lately and they stopped making their delightful treats. Yes, you can no longer buy Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho-Ho’s, Fruit Pies, etc… and it completely bums me out. OK, it’s not so much the fact that I miss eating them, even though they were pretty good sometimes, it’s the fact that I feel like a part of my childhood is completely gone. Does that make sense?
Anyways, sorry about the dumb rant. The other main focus of this post is really to enjoy this beautiful artwork featuring Batman, Robin, and Twinkie The Kid. Do you remember those “Hostess Ads” inside the comic books of the 1970′s and 80′s where they advertised their products? They were made to look like comic stories & they were totally great!
Well, here is a photo of some Original Art showing only a close-up of a final panel. I’m not exactly sure who the Artist was on this but if I had to guess, I’d maybe say, Dick Giordano??
One last thing, please be sure to click on it for a larger, sharper, photo.