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Alright, calling this “Stephen King’s Batman story” might be a misnomer – the story, entitled “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”, is less about the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder sidekick and more about the relationship between a man and his aging father who is suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease.

But it is, at its core, about heroes. It’s about love, and loss, and family. A beautiful, strange, poignant piece that’s also more than slightly shocking. It was recently read by actor Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar) for NPR’s Selected Shorts podcast, and it’s a powerful listen. You’ll want to check it out even if you’ve read the story before.

You can experience it for yourself in the player below. The story itself starts at around the 5:30 mark. [click to continue…]

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It’s good to be DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Why? Because you can get Mark Hamill to do your voicemail as the Joker. Then again, he’s probably going to get a lot of phone calls now. Hell, I would call him every day and get pissed if he answers. Fortunately for those who are not in his inner circle, you can listen to the message in the video below. [click to continue…]

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If Pixar made a movie based on the series of superhero kids artwork by Alberto Varanda, it might look something like this digital render created by Quentin Chaillet.

Needless to say, I would love to see that movie. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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If you’ve ever looked at a Batman action figure and thought to yourself, “It’s good, but I wish it were, like, 50% more sinewy,” then Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai Two-Face mashup has you covered.

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Announced at San Diego Comic-Con as part of an upcoming range of Batman figures that mashes the Dark Knight with members of his rogues gallery, this particular entry fuses him with Two-Face, who prior to the horrific accident that turned him into a duality-based criminal was, of course, better known by the name of One-Face (It’s a fact. Don’t question it).

Anyway, the figure is gorgeous, if expensive. It’s priced at 21,384 yen, or roughly two-hundred American dollars, so you have to really know you want it. Of course, if you’re on the fence you could always flip a coin. Check out more photos of the thing below. [click to continue…]

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Mark Hamill has always been an awesome ambassador for Star Wars, but you know he had to be exhausted after three full days at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Still, he takes time with everyone who comes by for an autograph.

In this case, he got something in return. A custom-made Joker lightsaber made by Hampton’s Handcrafted LED Sabers. The saber was crowdsourced by fans who wanted to chip in and get Hamill something special.

He also gave the fans a taste of what they can expect from The Killing Joke movie during “An Hour with Mark Hamill” at Celebration.

It’s glorious. Check out the videos below. [click to continue…]

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Everyone’s going bananas for the upcoming animated adaptation of The Killing Joke, the popular and controversial Batman comic written by Alan Moore and featuring art and coloring by Brian Bolland and John Higgins respectively.

The film adaptation has generated a much, much milder controversy of its own among fans – apparently, quite a few people are miffed that the film doesn’t match Bolland and Higgins’ visuals from the comic. And as we all know films that take creative liberties with the source material are always terrible, while films that stick rigidly to the established form are, of course, universally acclaimed.

Emil Ryderup, also known as Plan Making Mammals, has taken it upon himself to grab hold of WB’s trailer for The Killing Joke and give it a tweak and a fresh coat of paint to make it look a bit more the original graphic novel. You can check out his version, as well as a comparison of the two, below. [click to continue…]

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Behold—the SDCC exclusive The Dark Knight The Joker Jack in the Box by Bif Bang Pow! in all its crazy glory.

Featuring a detailed plastic head sculpted by 3D Systems a.k.a. Gentle Giant, this Joker plays “Pop Goes the Weasel” and is limited to 3000 pieces total. It’ll be available starting July 20th, 2016 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 and is available for pre-order online (subject to availability).

If you ask me, it’s creeeeeeeeeeeepy. In a good way. Check out more pics and details below. [click to continue…]

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If the Joker ever managed to get himself an Iron Man suit… well, Batman would be in for a rough day.

Samkwok Workshop specializes in crafting custom action figures, and his latest creation is an Iron Man/Joker mashup using a Hot Toys’ Iron Man Mark V figure and a Dark Knight Joker figure. As you can see, the result is glorious. Check out more pics after the break…

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Not content with taking all of your money with their regular Pop! line, Funko has just introduced “Impopsters” which features your favorite characters pretending to be some of your other favorite characters.

The first release has Batman and Batgirl dressed up as Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Scarecrow, The Riddler, and Two-Face.

Admit it. They’re cute.

Funko Impopsters Figures ($9.99)

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“Hey, Ben!” called Sean down the hallway as Ben exited the Nerd Approved kitchen. “What do you know about the Gumball 3000 Rally?”

“Oh, gosh, um… blimey,” said Ben, nervously mimicking a mid-90s era Hugh Grant. “I know it’s a sort-of car race thing, I know the Jackass guys participated one year, I vaguely recall a very disappointing licensed PlayStation 2 game based on the event…”

“Perfect!” said Sean. “You’re just the guy I need to write a post about this Batmobile one of the Gumball teams made.”

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