Square Enix Unveils BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Nightwing Action Figure


Square Enix has revealed their latest addition to the Batman: Arkham Knight Play Arts Kai action figure line. Nightwing finally gets his own figure and as you might expect from the toy line, it looks incredibly cool. Here’s the description of the figure from Entertainment Earth:

Armed with his acrobatic abilities, Nightwing fights against formidable villains. The Batman Arkham Knight Nightwing Play Arts Kai Action Figure features a meticulous attention to the fine details of his armored suit to render his nimble yet strong physique. The paintwork places heavy emphasis on the texture of each material, from the complexities of the various fabrics to the life-like skin tone. Nightwing comes equipped with his gadgets, including his Escrima Sticks, which can be stowed away on his back using an adapter piece. This figure also has a very wide range of mobility in order to recreate Nightwing’s flashier action poses. The metallic, almost iridescent accent colors in his chest and shoulders shimmer brightly, as if to show off his distinctive identity. The Batman Arkham Knight Nightwing Play Arts Kai Action Figure measures approximately 10 1/2-inches tall x 4 1/8-inches wide x 2 1/3-inches long, includes display stand and is packaged in a window box.

It’s currently available for pre-order for $129.99, so if you want one click here.


The Jokers Pay Tribute to Prince in “Partyman” Fan Art


Marco D’Alfonso has created a glorious piece of fan art that features all of the film versions of The Joker paying tribute to Prince. The piece was created for last week’s The Line it is Drawn challenge at CBR.

They asked artists to mash comic characters with Prince, to “illustrate his song lyrics with comic book characters, have comic book characters appear in Prince music videos, Prince album covers, comic book characters as Prince movie characters, whatever strikes your fancy!”

If you couldn’t already tell, the art was inspired by the classic 1989 Batman scene in which The Joker goes to the Gotham Museum to "lighten the mood." I included that scene below for you to watch, which included the Prince song "Partyman."

Medieval Armored Fight Club is Freakin’ Hardcore and Here’s a Short Doc on It


I had no idea that the Armored Combat League existed until I came across this short documentary Harlem Knight Fight. It centers around a man named Damion DiGrazia, the captain of the New York chapter of the league. 

It’s basically a medieval-inspired fight club in which people dress up in their real metal suits armor and beat the living shit out of each other! This is no joke. These guys are serious and it’s MMA fighting with the contestants wearing heavy-ass armor. 

The doc shows off footage of what these fights look like and they are freakin’ intense! A lot of these contestants get seriously injured and I’m surprised no one has died in combat yet. These guys aren’t wielding foam weapons, they are metal axes, swords, and various other things and they are hitting each other freakin' hard!

The doc also tells the story of how DiGrazia, who is a Harvard and Columbia graduate, got into the sport. This is incredibly fascinating and it’s a doc you’ve gotta watch! Here’s the synopsis:

For Damion DiGrazia, joining the Air Force, graduating from Harvard and Columbia and putting together a lucrative career as a management consultant at a top investment bank in Manhattan wasn’t enough. He had one more, slightly less conventional item for the bucket list. When this Sunday school teacher isn’t spreading the Good Word, he prefers a metal fist to the teeth. DiGrazia is the captain of the New York chapter of the Armored Combat League — a sort of medieval fight club whose members smash the hell out of each other while dressed like attendees of the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones. “This is a sport that requires passion,” he explains. “Because there’s no responsible way to do it.” We met with Damion at his East Harlem training studio and followed his team to their regional matchup with New England.

Superman Accidentally Kills Robin in Funny or Die Animated Comedy Sketch


Funny or Die has released an amusing animated comedy sketch called Why Superman is The Most Dangerous Superhero. It’s part of a web-series called Superman v Batman: The Unauthorized Adventures. In this episode, Superman flies into Gotham City and accidentally kills Robin after he and Batman take down The Joker. Here’s a brief description that came with the video:

After once again successfully vanquishing the Joker, Batman and Robin are rudely interrupted by Superman, whose late arrival spells trouble for the Dark Knight's boy wonder sidekick.


Why Superman Is The Most Dangerous Superhero (Superman V Batman: The Unauthorized Adventures) from Dan Abramson

Video Essay Explores How Long Marvel Films Will Continue to Go On

Marvel Studios has started quite a powerful trend in the entertainment industry and all the other studios with comic book properties are trying to emulate what Marvel has created. How long will Marvel be able to keep this up, though? There’s going to come a point where actors won’t renew their contracts and something is going to have to happen to those characters if those actors aren’t replaced.

Marvel Comics has been telling the stories of these characters since the 1940s. They’ve also rebooted their comic properties as well. The fact of the matter is Marvel has a ton of stories that they can tell and you never know, there could come a point where the studio reboots the MCU. Regardless of how things turn out, I personally don’t think Marvel will ever stop making movies.

Screen Rant has released a video essay called “Will The Marvel Universe Go On Forever?” and it explores what the future of Marvel might hold. The video comes with the following note:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last eight years, you’ve probably noticed a certain trend in superhero movies: the shared universe. While superhero films used to be treated as independent series that would reset after two or three movies, they now build on top of each other to create an almost overwhelming amount of shared continuity. Case in point: the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which functions as a follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier, an action-packed reunion of the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast and an introduction to both Black Panther as well as a new iteration of Spider Man!
But how long can this go on? Hollywood’s obsession with fan approval shows that one day a series that seems to be riding strong (Amazing Spider Man, for instance), can bottom out within 9 months of the latest films release. Steven Spielberg has even gone on record saying the superhero film will soon go “the way of the western” and fall out of popularity in mainstream Hollywood.
Is the father of American Blockbuster Cinema on to something? Around 30 characters have already enjoyed multiple appearances across the Marvel films so far, and a library of characters in Marvel Comics continuity that number in the thousands, most of whom can appear and cross over between a number of films and TV series. With a potentially infinite number of combinations, will this cinematic universe collapse under its own weight? Or will the Marvel Cinematic Universe go on FOREVER?

Finally, The POWERPUFF GIRL Fashion Collection in Here!


My little girls were ecstatic to see that there is a Powerpuff Girl clothing line at Hot Topic. That excitement was followed by disappointment when they learned that none of the clothes came in their size. For those of you Powerpuff Girl fans looking to express your fandom for Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, this is the fashion line for you!

If you want to buy yourself anything you see here, all you gotta do is click here.

Transform into the commander and the leader aka Blossom in this dress from the Hot Topic exclusive Powerpuff Girls collection. The design is inspired by her costume with a pink geometric print print all over, black back waistband tie, black trim and black collar. Back zipper closure. Now you're ready to save the world... before bedtime!
Transform into the toughest fighter aka Buttercup in this dress from the Hot Topic exclusive Powerpuff Girls collection. The design is inspired by her costume with a green and white triangle print all over, black hip trim and mesh shoulder straps. Back zipper closure. Now you're ready to save the world... before bedtime!
Transform into the joy and laughter aka Bubbles in this dress from the Hot Topic exclusive Powerpuff Girls collection. The design is inspired by her costume with a blue and white bubble-like print all over, black waistband, black cap sleeves, button accents and black bow accents on the back. Now you're ready to save the world... before bedtime!

IRON FIST Set Photos Feature Danny Rand Showing Off His Martial Arts Skills

Marvel is currently shooting their new Netflix series Iron Fist with Finn Jones in the heroic role of Danny Rand. Today we have some cool photos from the set to share with you featuring Rand showing off some of his martial arts skills on the streets of New York. 

Danny Rand aka Iron Fist, has spent the past ten years training in the mystical city of K’un-Lun. He returns to New York City when he’s completed his training to fight against the “criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.” 

Jones is joined in the series by Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum. The series is being developed by Dexter’s Scott Buck and it’s set to premiere on Netflix on September 30th, 2016.

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The Evolution of Captain America’s Costume in Comics and Film – Infographic

I’ve got an infographic here for all you Captain America fans that shows us the evolution of Cap's costume over the past 75 years in comics and film. The graphic comes from Halloweencostumes.com and it’s cool to see all of the different designs the character has had over the years.

Captain America has worn an incredible number of costumes since the character debuted 75 years ago. These costumes typically alternated between patriotic suits and more modern military uniforms, with some notable exceptions. Of course, his appearance was ultimately in the hands of the artists and writers who worked on the Captain America and The Avengers comic book titles, often for extended periods of time. These included Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema, and Mark Gruenwald, among others. In this infographic, we show how Captain America’s costume has evolved in comics, television, and film. We primarily consider the main universe or continuity, though we do briefly look at The Ultimates alternate universe because of its influences on later appearances. 

In case you missed our previously-posted article that focuses on the evolution of Cap's outfits in the movies, click here


Yo Mama: The Surprising Connection Between CIVIL WAR and BATMAN V SUPERMAN

This piece contains spoilers for both Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Mother’s Day is this weekend, so it seems fitting that two of the year’s most anticipated superhero movies — one which hit theaters today, only two days before the holiday — would involve mothers in important ways.

We all know how this went down in Batman v Superman — at this point, it’s been memed to death — but here’s a quick recap in case you need a refresher. After squaring off in the streets of Gotham City, Batman gets the best of Superman and stands over him, arms raised, about to plunge a Kryptonite spear into his chest. It’s only when Superman mentions the name “Martha,” which happens to be the name shared by both of the heroes’ mothers, that Batman realizes there’s some humanity to this god-like man after all, so he stays his murderous hand.

In Civil War, however, the mention of Tony Stark’s mother is actually what incites violence, not what quells it. Iron Man and Captain America spend the movie at ideological odds with one another, but near the end of the film, Tony finally realizes Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) has been framed for crimes he didn’t commit and forms a truce with Steve Rodgers. The three find themselves deep in a Russian bunker with the villain, Zemo, who openly states that he wants to tear the group apart from the inside out. He shows them a video from 1991. It’s footage of Tony’s parents’ deaths at the hands of Bucky, and when Tony predictably loses his cool, Steve tries to explain that Bucky was brainwashed at the time. “I don’t care,” Tony says, “he killed my mom.” And the fight begins again.

Pop culture is littered with stories about fathers and sons (an episode of Lost was even titled “All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”), and the Marvel and DC universes are no exception. Clark Kent famously leaves his father to die in a tornado in Man of Steel, Thor and Loki have power struggles with Odin in the Thor movies, Gamora and Nebula have their own problems with Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, and there are dueling father stories in Ant-Man as both Hank Pym and Scott Lang fight to remain in their daughters’ lives. Tony Stark has it perhaps worst of all, though, having to deal with living up to Howard’s impressive legacy, physically battling surrogate father figure Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man movie, and experiencing the other side of the equation in Age of Ultron when his own “child” turns against him.

When it comes to mentions of mothers in these franchises, though, the list of examples grows smaller. Clark turns to Martha Kent for support after his father is gone, Thor and Loki both seem to have decent relationships with Frigga, and Peter Quill’s connection to his mom is an important part of Guardians, but that’s essentially all that’s to be found in the MCU and DCEU…so far, anyway. (We know Wonder Woman will interact with her mother in the upcoming solo film next year.)

I won’t attempt to ascribe any larger thematic significance here, or make any sweeping generalization about how the way the opposing reactions to mothers in these movies is somehow representative of their respective cinematic universes as a whole. I just thought it was a fascinating coincidence, and thus far the dearth of maternal association on the big screen makes it especially interesting that two films which share so many surface similarities (blockbusters in which major superheroes fight each other, featuring multiple heroes, loosely based on comics, touching on themes of security and freedom, released only weeks apart, etc.) would also both spotlight key moments involving characters’ moms.