Collider’s Gift Guide 2014: Movies, Books, Toys, and More Worth Checking out This Holiday Season

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There are only fifteen shopping days left until Christmas, but that’s still plenty of time to get yourself or the significant geeks in your life something cool.  The amount of stuff out there can be overwhelming, so Matt, Adam, Perri, and Evan have each chosen three items that you should consider picking up this holiday season.  Each writer has chosen a low-priced item ($10 – $50), a medium-priced item ($50 – $200), and something high-priced if you’re feeling like a big spender ($200+).

Hit the jump to check out some neat gifts you may want to get this holiday season.  Also, in case you missed it, here are some charity organizations we recommend as well.

Batman’s “No-Killing” Policy Gets Dubious in New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Trailer

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Last week, we got a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer showing off the Batmobile, and the Dark Knight’s wheels are also the focus of the latest trailer.  The story takes place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City and finds the titular superhero squaring off against Scarecrow, who has united Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill The Bat.  To make matters more complicated, the mysterious “Arkham Knight” is in the mix.  As you know, Batman doesn’t kill bad guys, and developer Rocksteady even made a point of this in their games by showing how Batman only incapacitates his enemies.  But this new trailer shows off the Batmobile’s minigun and cannon blowing other vehicles to hell, so unless those tanks are remote-controlled or have robots in the driver’s seat, the Caped Crusader may have come to terms with making his enemies die in an explosion.

Hit the jump to check out the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer.  The game hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 2, 2015.

Watch Batman vs. Darth Vader in Fight to the Death in New SUPER POWER BEAT DOWN Episode

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Machinima’s “Super Power Beat Down” series knows its audience.  They pit popular fictional characters against each other in fights to the death (like Superman vs. Thor or Captain America vs. Master Chief) and let viewers vote on the outcome.  Then the SPBD team writes, choreographs, and films the fight scene with solid production values.

The latest fight is Batman vs. Darth Vader.  Batman lands on the Death Star demanding the release of Superman (apparently hostage) and Vader decides to deal with the breach himself.  This was my first experience with the series, so the brutal end was a surprising treat.  Hit the jump to watch.

New BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Trailer Breaks out the Batmobile

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It’s been too long since we saw a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has now given us a fresh look at the upcoming video game, which takes place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City and finds the titular superhero squaring off against Scarecrow, who has united Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill The Bat.  To make matters more complicated, the mysterious “Arkham Knight” is in the mix.

In this trailer, we get a good look at some of the gameplay.  Specifically, we see how developer Rocksteady has attempted to seamlessly integrate the Batmobile into the combat by having Batman leap out of the vehicle to fight his enemies.  If you’re asking why Batman doesn’t just run everyone over, remember that Batman doesn’t kill people.  Hitting a person with a fast-moving assault vehicle tends to result in vehicular homicide.  But the gameplay does look cool, although I’m always wary of vehicles in video games because so many have awful controls.  Hit the jump to check out the new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer.  The game hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 2, 2015.

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Say LEGO BATMAN Spin-Off Will Acknowledge Every Era of Batman Filmmaking; Are Handling LEGO Movies Like AVENGERS

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I’ll admit that I was a bit disappointed we were getting a LEGO Batman spinoff before getting The LEGO Movie 2, but leave it to Phil Lord & Christopher Miller to get me excited for it again.  The filmmaking duo are serving as producers on LEGO Batman, and to their credit, they created a fun spin on the character in The LEGO Movie.  Also, while “Everything Is Awesome” is the song that gets all the attention (only because it gets stuck in your head to the point where you want to die), “Untitled Self Portrait” is pretty damn funny.

My main qualm with a LEGO Batman movie was that we’ve already seen Batman so many times on screen, but it turns out that LEGO Batman will be using the Dark Knight’s past on-screen iterations to its advantage.  Hit the jump for more including how the upcoming LEGO movies, including Ninjago, will tie together Avengers-style.

Cosplay with a Twist: New Art Exhibit Puts Superheroes in a Renaissance Context

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Cosplay is certainly commonplace at the various conventions that take place throughout the year, from Comic-Con to DragonCon to everything in between, but you might not expect people dressed as superheroes to appear as part of an art exhibit in Paris.  But that’s just what happened over the weekend at the Grand Palais, where photographer Sacha Goldberger unveiled his exhibition that features Renaissance-style portraits of superheroes wearing period garb.  The results are actually pretty amazing, as familiar faces like The Hulk, Superman, and even Darth Vader are given the portrait treatment.  Check out some photos from the event after the jump.

BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM Blu-ray Review

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Batman: Assault on Arkham, the latest effort from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, casts Batman aside (for the most part) in order to focus on Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad.  The anti-hero team has gotten quite a bit of press lately for its planned live-action adaptation, so now’s a great time to take a look at one of the Suicide Squad’s animated iterations, now available on Blu-ray.

While Batman: Assault on Arkham takes the opportunity to cast Batman villains in lead roles, it doesn’t come close to exploring all the potential those characters offer.  The voice acting is spot on as usual and the animation style is a visual joy, but the half-baked plot and immature on-screen antics makes this a weak adaptation rather than a must-have addition to your collection.  Hit the jump for our Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu-ray review.

David Mazouz Talks GOTHAM, What It’s Like To Play Bruce Wayne, Becoming Batman, and His Relationship With Alfred

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From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), Gotham is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become.  At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor David Mazouz (who plays Bruce Wayne) talked about how getting this role was one of the best moments of his life, how super excited he is to read each script, why shooting the Waynes’ murder was his favorite scene to shoot, building toward becoming Batman, the dynamic between Bruce Wayne and Alfred (Sean Pertwee), why Bruce trusts Jim Gordon, the unusual bond between Bruce and Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), and what he most enjoys about playing such an iconic character.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Rule Out Another Superhero Movie; Warner Bros. Pressed Him to Produce JUSTICE LEAGUE and a BATMAN Reboot

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If Marvel Studios and Iron Man is responsible for influencing one half of the current superhero movie climate, then Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins can take credit for the other half.  How many times have you heard “gritty reboot” and Batman Begins name-checked when describing a potential new project or an updated take on an existing property?  Nolan brought a grounded and serious tone to the superhero genre with his Dark Knight trilogy, specifically The Dark Knight, and many imitators have surfaced in his wake.  Nolan closed out his Batman adaptation with The Dark Knight Rises, but many fans of the franchise would no doubt love to see Nolan put his spin on another superhero.

So what does Nolan think about returning to the superhero genre?  Well he’s not particularly crazy about it, but he won’t entirely rule it out either.  Hit the jump for more, including how Nolan figured into Warner Bros.’ delay in getting its DC Movie Universe off the ground.

Enter Our Halloween Giveaway and Win a DC Collectibles Prize Pack Plus a Joker Mask Set

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All Hallows Eve is fast approaching, and in anticipation of the holiday we here at Collider have been provided with a pair of prize packs to give away to two luck readers.  The grand prize winner will receive a Joker mask set from the Death of the Family Batman comic plus one of each of the following DC collectibles from the Crime Syndicate and Suicide Squad lines: Ultraman, Deathstorm, Superwoman, Power Ring, and Deadshot.  And second place winner will receive the Joker mask set, which includes the mask and a copy of Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family. Find out how you can enter the giveaway after the jump.

Warner Bros. to Release Stand-Alone BATMAN and SUPERMAN Films in Addition to 9 Newly Announced Superhero Movies

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Because it wasn’t enough for Warner Bros. to announce nine new DC superhero movies today, the studio has also announced they have stand-alone Batman and Superman films planned as well.  All of these are announcements today are to please investors and let them know that the studio is on firm ground with its biggest franchises.  The Batman and Superman films aren’t a total surprise, although it will be interesting to see where Warner Bros. tries to slot them.  Keep in mind that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill want to do other things with their time than wear superhero costumes, and so it will probably be a matter of scheduling.  Additionally, from 2016 onwards, the studio has at least two superhero movies planned, and if any of these solo films is mammoth hit, it could rearrange things completely.  If Wonder Woman kills at the box office, do you think the studio will sit on their hands for at least three years just because they mapped out a schedule in 2014?  All of this is fluid, and that includes the “World’s Finest”.

Hit the jump for the press release.

LEGO BATMAN Movie Fast Tracked at WB; Will Arnett Returns to Voice

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It was only matter of time, but this is still mostly good news to me.  After the phenomenal success of The LEGO Movie (and a delay in production on The LEGO Movie 2) Warner Bros. is fast-tracking a spinoff in the form of a LEGO Batman movie.  Will Arnett, whose character was a highlight of the amazing first film, will return to voice the hilarious character.  Chris McKay, who acted as animation supervisor on the first film and was attached to direct the sequel, will how helm this picture.

LEGO Batman will be written by Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith and is targeting a 2017 release date.  Hit the jump for more on the LEGO Batman movie.

GOTHAM Premiere Recap: A Promising Start to the Fall’s Most Anticipated New Series

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It’s a bold move indeed to launch a television series steeped in the mythology of Batman without including the Caped Crusader himself.  Fox’s Gotham attempts to do just this, by choosing instead to center on Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the city’s lone hero who looks to avenge the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, put an end to the corruption within the police department, and clean up the mob menace that currently rules the streets.  It’s a solid start, if not a groundbreaking one, that should please both comic book fanatics and police-procedural regulars alike.  There are plenty of nods to the Great Detective’s mythos and Rogues Gallery in this stylized noir version of the title town, but Gotham also leans heavily on familiar (and proven) tropes from the ever-popular detective dramas.  Time will tell if the Batman-less gamble pays off, but for now, hit the jump for my recap of Gotham’s premiere. 

Six GOTHAM Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

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Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can’t see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don’t feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are “good” or “bad.”  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John DomanBarbara KeanCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara.

BATMAN: The Ride Coming to Six Flags in Summer 2015; 4D Wing Coaster with Head-Over-Heels Free-Fly Flips

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Movies are top priority, but my second favorite thing is amusement parks, and specifically the fastest and scariest rides I can find, so I’m absolutely losing my mind over Six Flags’ new Batman ride.  Six Flags Fiesta Texas just unveiled the plans for BATMAN: The Ride, a 4D Wing Coaster that lifts riders up 120 feet in the air and then shoots them through a track packed with hills and drops while flipping them head-over-heels six times on the way through.

Six Flags is calling this thing their “most exciting thrill ride in the park’s history” and based on the concept video, I’m inclined to agree.  Hit the jump for more information on the new attraction and to check out that video.  BATMAN: The Ride is set to open in the summer of 2015.

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