Bad Robot Responds to Zack Snyder with Their Own Batman/STAR WARS Mashup

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We may be in for an odd back-and-forth between two of the biggest upcoming blockbusters.  A couple weeks ago, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a photoshopped picture of Henry Cavill wearing a robe and wielding a lightsaber with the hashtag “SuperJedi”.  About a week later, Snyder followed it up with Batman hanging out with R2-D2, and gave it the hashtag “BATMAN & R2BIN”, and directed it at Bad Robot’s Twitter account.

Now Bad Robot has responded with their own mashup by having C-3P0 as “THE C3PED CRUSADER”.  If this series between Snyder and J.J. Abrams‘ production company continues, it could be a fun little way to pass the time as fans anxiously await their blockbuster pictures.  Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Batman mashup.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Unused JURASSIC PARK and BATMAN Posters Reveal Significantly Different Marketing Campaigns

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Poster artwork has a tendency to become iconic, though that trend is becoming less frequent in the current era of giant faces and back-to-camera poses.  When you think of certain movies, a very specific poster image comes to mind.  However, sometimes that glorious poster art was one of hundreds of different possibilities and actually came close to never being released, significantly altering the film’s marketing campaign going forward.  Today, a number of unused posters for Jurassic ParkTim Burton’s Batman, and Batman Forever have been unveiled in anticipation of the release of the book The Art of John Alvin, which celebrates poster artwork from artist John Alvin, whose resume also includes Blazing Saddles, E.T, and The Lion King.  The unused Jurassic Park posters and Batman posters are actually pretty fantastic, offering a glimpse at just how differently these films might have been introduced to audiences.

Hit the jump to take a closer look at some of the unused Jurassic Park and Batman posters.  The Art of John Alvin will be released on August 16th.

New GOTHAM TV Spot Has James Gordon as the Last Honest Cop

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Fox has released a new Gotham TV spot online.  The upcoming FOX series will function as a prequel featuring a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) trying to clean up the city that Batman will ultimately protect.  The series will also provide young versions of The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and more.  I’m curious to see how the series handles being a police procedural (the bread-and-butter of any network television lineup) while also cashing in on its comic book origins.  This TV spot leans towards a regular police procedural since a show about an honest cop in a corrupt city could be for any TV series; being based on Batman has nothing to do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham TV spot, and click here for our coverage of the Comic-Con panel. The show also stars David MazouzDonal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna GuevaraGotham premieres this fall on Fox.

Zack Snyder Continues Trolling the Internet with New Batman STAR WARS Image

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While director Zack Snyder is no doubt extremely busy while he’s in the midst of production on the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it appears that he still has time to toy with the internet.  A couple of weeks ago during Comic-Con, Snyder put together an image of Henry Cavill dressed like a Jedi and shared it on Twitter with the caption “SuperJedi”.  The pic was presumably just Snyder having some fun, as all of the Batman v Superman actors have to wear those robes to set to avoid being snapped by onlookers; Snyder apparently thought Cavill looked a bit like a Jedi.  It appears that Snyder’s Star Wars fascination isn’t over yet, though, as today he went ahead and put up a Batman Star Wars image captioned “Batman & R2bin”.

Hit the jump to check out the cheeky image, and for real BvS news, check out the first Wonder Woman image and our full Comic-Con panel recapBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Presentation Reveals First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con presentation in the convention center’s famed Hall H today, a crowd-pleasing presentation kicked things off with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  While we’ve previously seen Henry Cavill in costume as Superman, along with Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, this presentation was the first glimpse of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor.  Needless to say, it looks like the Internet’s knee-jerk reaction to Gadot’s casting was premature; no surprise there.  They also screened some footage that apparently wowed the crowd, which Matt covers in his panel recap.

Also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne.  Batman vs. Superman opens May 6, 2016.  Hit the jump to check out the new Wonder Woman image.

New Ben Affleck BATMAN V SUPERMAN Image Celebrates the Character’s Anniversary

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Though director Zack Synder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t open in theaters until 2016, Comic-Con-goers will be quite disappointed if we don’t see something from the film during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday.  The thirst for superhero footage should be temporarily quenched by today’s reveal of a new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image that gives us another look at Affleck as the Caped Crusader.  The image premiered on the convention floor at the DC Booth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Batman character.  This image is a much tighter shot than the previous character reveal, giving us a great look at some Batfleck Stubble.  I really think the choice of casting Affleck as Batman was a fantastic move, and I’m crossing my fingers we get to see a short tease of the character in action this weekend.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image.  The film also stars Gal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

BATMAN DAY Giveaway! Two Lucky Readers Will Each Win a Batman Black & White Statue by Jae Lee, New Detective Comics #27, and a Batman Mask and Cape

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DC Collectibles is giving two lucky readers a chance to win some Bat-swag for Batman Day!  Celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary on  Batman Day, July 23rd by entering our giveaway and winning the following items:

  • Batman Black & White statue by Jae Lee from DC Collectibles (Valued at $79.95 ea)
  • A special edition of Detective Comics #27, featuring Batman’s first appearance, and reimagined by artist Chip Kidd and author Brad Meltzer
  • Batman masks inspired by designs from the hero’s 75 years of existence
  • Batman cape celebrating the 75th anniversary of the World’s Greatest Detective

Hit the jump for details on how you can win.

LEGO Reveals THE DARK KNIGHT Tumbler as Well as Heath Ledger Joker

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LEGO and Batman have been together for years, but always in a fun, cutesy way.  But at San Diego Comic-Con, LEGO Batman is getting a little grittier by releasing not only The Dark Knight Tumbler, but also a Heath Ledger Joker minifigure.  The Tumbler will be on display at Comic-Con beginning Wednesday, and will go on sale in September.  The toy has 1,869 pieces and will retail for $199.  If you want to buy it, you’re also going to have to clear some shelf space because the toy measures 15 inches tall and 9 inches wide plus it comes with a fact-sheet/plate.

The Tumbler set also includes a new Batman figure, which is painted slightly differently than previously released Batman minifigs, yet it doesn’t have the same Bat symbol as the one from The Dark Knight.  But where things get a little confusing for me is the Heath Ledger joker.  It will be included in the Tumbler set, but I can’t think of another LEGO minifigure that was based on such an intentionally disturbing character.  Does it come with a pencil?  Or just knives and lint?  Hit the jump to check out LEGO Batman Heath Ledger Joker and the Tumbler.

Comic-Con 2014 Bags to Feature ARROW, THE FLASH, GOTHAM, CONSTANTINE and More

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San Diego Comic-Con bags aren’t really good for everyday use beyond Comic-Con, but every single year I still manage to squeeze it into my suitcase so I can take it home and never use it again.  Perhaps it’s a little silly, but the designs tend to be pretty cool and when I score one for a show I like, I’m hanging on to it.  And this year will probably be no different; I’ve already got my eye on a few.

For the fifth year in a row, Warner Bros. Entertainment teamed up with Comic-Con to create 13 different bags to be distributed upon check-in.  This year, the line-up includes designs for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, The Following, Gotham, iZOMBIE and The Originals.  Hit the jump to check out all 13 Comic-Con 2014 bags.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

“The Delegation of Evildoers”: Huckleberry and Shag’s Comic-Con Exclusive Print Inspired by 1960s BATMAN TV Show

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Huckleberry has teamed up with artist Josh Agle (aka Shag) to create a silk screen print inspired by the 1960s Batman television series.  Titled “The Delegation of Evildoers,” the colorful piece features Batman and Robin fighting Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Mr Freeze, as well as less prominent villains Egghead and King Tut.

Huckleberry will sell the print as a Comic-Con exclusive at their booth in San Diego.  More info and details on how to pre-order after the jump.

BATMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES Blu-ray Coming to Comic-Con with Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar; Warner Bros. TV Reveals Comic-Con Schedule

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Holy Comic-Con, Batman!  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that they’d be unveiling details of their Batman: The Complete Series Blu-ray release at this year’s Comic-Con, along with a special appearance by Adam WestBurt Ward, and Julie Newmar.  Warner Bros. Television also revealed their Comic-Con schedule, which includes 15 series from The Flash and Arrow, to The Big Bang Theory, to whatever the hell Mike Tyson Mysteries is.

Hit the jump for more details on the Comic-Con schedule and a special sizzle video for the Batman: The Complete Series Blu-ray.

Check Out Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles’ THE BAT and THE BAT DELUXE from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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After showcasing the Batmobile in Batman Begins and the Bat-Pod in The Dark Knight, it was the natural evolution of the series to unveil the Bat-Wing aka “The Bat”.  Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles are now releasing Batman’s flying vehicle in two versions.  There’s the standard release that comes with a 1/12th scale Batman figure, and there’s also the deluxe version that also includes a 1/12 scale Selina Kyle figure as well as the fusion reactor that was set to destroy Gotham.  As for The Bat itself, it has remote controlled LED lights and spinning propellers, so that’s neat.

Hit the jump to check out images and click on the respective links to pre-order The Bat Collectible Set or The Bat Deluxe Collectible Set.  The toys will be available October 2015.

Over 160 Pictures and Video from THE BATMAN EXHIBIT at Warner Bros. in Burbank

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This summer, Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour celebrates Batman’s 75th anniversary with The Batman Exhibit, which was created in close collaboration with DC Entertainment.  Recently, I was one of several lucky journalists invited to attend a super cool event that coincided with the opening of the new attraction and featured a tour of the exhibit.  What made this especially fun and exciting was that it marked the first time all seven Batman films have come together in a themed exhibit on the studio’s historic Burbank lot.

We began our tour with a visit to the Picture Car Vault located on the studio lot, where a selection of the Caped Crusader’s most iconic vehicles, including the Batpod, Bathammer, Tumbler and Batmobile, are showcased.  The Bat-Signal used to call Bruce Wayne’s alter ego at a time of need is also on display.  While we were there, Danny DeVito, who played the Penguin in Batman Returns, stopped by to welcome us, pose for photos, and turn on the iconic Bat-Signal.  Visitors to the Picture Car Vault will have an opportunity to activate the Bat-Signal and pose at a Batman-themed interactive green screen photo opportunity.  Hit the jump for pictures, video and more.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Rumors: Wonder Woman’s Costume, Lex Luthor’s Motives, Batman’s Lake Cottage, and More

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Last week, we had some Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumors regarding Lex Luthor’s hairline and attitude.  Today, more Batman v Superman rumors have gone online covering not only Luthor but also more details about Wonder Woman, her costume, weapons, how she’ll be integrated into the story, plus a little bit of  background on this latest big-screen interpretation of Batman.  Leading off with Luthor, JoBlo reports that this is a familiar Lex Luthor: an egomaniac who can’t stand the notion that there’s someone out there more powerful than him.  He then tries to persuade people to dislike Superman, and is moderately successful.  Some people see Superman as a savior, and others see him as “the ultimate threat”.  And if you’re wondering about the hair, JoBlo says Lex Luthor starts out with long, red hair.

Hit the jump for more Batman v Superman rumors including Wonder Woman’s costume, her weapons, how she factors into the plot, and miscellaneous Batman details.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence FishburneBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens May 6, 2016. [Potential spoilers ahead]

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