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Of course, we have yet to see a Black Widow movie from Marvel—just sayin’. Whether Elektra should count is up to you.

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The recent controversy over a storyline that would have had Kate Kane (Batwoman) marrying her partner, Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer, was clarified by DC co-publisher Dan Didio at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend:

Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests.

That’s very important and something we reinforced. People in the Bat family their personal lives basically suck. Dick Grayson, rest in peace—oops shouldn’t have said that,—Bruce Wayne, Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon and Kathy Kane. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside. That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand.

That’s the official party line and it’s clearly designed to appease those who feel the only reason the two weren’t allowed to be married was because it was a gay marriage. Dan Didio’s reasoning makes a lot more sense, but the decision to pull the plug so late in the storyline has had major consequences.

On that note, DC has chosen to replace departed Batwoman writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman with openly gay writer Marc Andreyko. Although a nice gesture, it’s unlikely to make anyone who feels DC took an anti-gay stance feel much better.

(Comics Beat via Jezebel)

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Batwoman writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman released an official statement Thursday announcing they’re leaving the DC series due to editorial interference and DC’s flat out refusal to allow Kate Kane marry Maggie Sawyer.

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

It’s important to point out that DC responded by saying that “editorial differences with the writers of ‘Batwoman’ had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the character”. This statement has been backed up by J.H. Williams:

Whether it’s because there was concern over a gay marriage or whether DC was just against the idea of Batwoman ever being married remains to be seen. At this point, DC has not released an official statement clarifying their decision, but it seems clear that they weren’t behind the storyline right from the start as they did little to promote Kate and Maggie’s proposal. By pulling the plug at the last minute, they managed to completely piss off one of their best creative teams.

Regardless of the reasoning behind this decision, pretty much any scenario makes me cranky.

(via io9)

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These beautiful images are from deviantaArtist Justin Currie who has taken DC and Marvel characters and turned them into robots. In a style he calls Shattered Vector Painting, Currie manages to combine flesh and blood with bionics to create entirely new creatures.

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The beautiful moment captured in Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” has been given a superhero makeover in this version created by Rey Taira. In “Saturday Morning in Front of La Salle De Justice” he has replaced every person and pet with a superhero along with the Hall of Justice in the background.

Taking it one step further, he recreated the whole thing at night with villains in a piece titled “A Sunday Evening by the Legion of Doom.” Both pieces are part of the Arch Nemesis gallery show currently on display at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Learning your ABC’s is one of those things all kids do, but I have to figure it’s way more fun learning them with this sci fi and comic based ABC Block Bamboo Wall Art by Etsy artist Tofufu Studios.

They’re still working on the full alphabet, but they look to be starting in a very good place ;-)

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Artist Nicholas Hyde has taken comic superheroes and plopped them down in ancient Greece in these prints available on Etsy. Batman, Spider-Man and Thor have all been given a makeover and they’re all still fighting bad guys in a style that would look perfect on a priceless vase.

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The new Funko DC Universe blind-boxed figures are available for preorder. There are a total of 20 different figures available including several variants of Batman, Joker, Batgirl, Catwoman, Penquin and the Riddler. They’re available individually or you can pick up a display case with 24 figures. Preorder now and you’ll be gleefully ripping them out of their boxes when they ship in April.

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Artist Phil Postma came up with the idea of a Pixar/Superhero mash-up after Disney bought Marvel. He’d already done mash-ups with Star Wars, Doctor Who and Star Trek, so this was another chance to create something familiar yet different. He did the work with Photoshop, drawing mostly from The Incredibles with a little bit of Brave and Ratatouille. I love that he also made them look like a set of trading cards.

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Coming soon to the Nerd Approved Shop are the 52 Previews Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figures! Funko is giving us Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as 3 3/4″ tall vinyl figures that are tough and adorable at the same time. They’re now available for preorder with delivery expected in March 2013.

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