Batman Meets Dexter in Ambitious Fan-Film Project

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Ambitious how?

Well, despite low production values and a tinny sound mix, this is a fan film that is really trying to be actually good. Not bad-good, but good-good. There's an earnestness to the portrayals of Batman and Dexter, and a commitment by the actors that is endearing.

That, and it's only episode 1 of what presumably aspires to be a multi-episode production. And since Dexter would be a pretty good foe for Batman, it's a match-up that doesn't require any absurd set-up to get going.

So the only question is: will this series' appeal wayne, or will it last long enough to be ambidexterous?

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James Gunn Responds to North Korean Hackers, Refuses to Put Kim Jong Un in His Next Movie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

In an image just posted on Facebook, the Guardians of the Galaxy director has exclusively revealed that, in response to the North Korean hacking of Sony and cancellation of the release of The Interview, he has formally removed Kim Jong Un from contention to be Peter Quill's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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It might legitimately hurt Kim's feelings. I'm not even kidding. The dictator has never exactly shown a penchant for irony.

Finally, a Hot Toys Figure You Can Afford - Baby Groot!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Yes, Hot Toys originally offered a Baby Groot accessory only to people who bought the gigantic, wallet-busting Groot and Rocket figure set. But now he has bendy articulation, three different head sculpts, and is available separately for a mere $44.99.

Ooooooh child, things just got easier. This guy can make your toy collection into an awesome mix of its own.

IDW's Newest Licensed Comic Is Cronenberg's The Fly

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Should we be afraid? Be very afraid, even? Can any sequel avoid vomiting upon our memories, dissolving them, and then sucking them back up?

Well, this five-issue miniseries will focus on the son of Brundlefly, so it's already most likely ignoring The Fly II, which is perfectly fine with me.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

Oh, so it's Dawn of the Planet of the Brundleflies? I can dig that.

No Joke: Lego's Actually Making Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet Next Year

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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From the same German catalog that leaked possible Age of Ultron spoilers comes proof that indeed, a Lego version of Wonder Woman's signature vehicle is coming out - and you CAN see it.

It's perhaps a bit more limited than some of us would like, probably due to clear Lego bricks costing more to make than opaque ones (hence why Lego Friends' version of Elsa's Frozen castle isn't as transparent as you might hope either). But still - following on the heels of an Internet joke about Lego doing it, it's cool to see any version. And who knows; if sales are through the roof, maybe we can get a better one without a stupid-looking Bat-mech packed in for sales security.

New Comic Book Day: It Would Be Irresponsible Not To

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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We now have news that Al Pacino met with Kevin Feige at some point presumably to discuss a role in an upcoming Marvel movie, which pretty much requires us to speculate on what role they were talking about. It can't be Ulysses Klaw (since he's rumored to show up in AOU) ruling out Black Panther and it won't be a TV show, because he'd be meeting with Jeph Loeb. So who's it going to be? A lot of speculation has been focused on Dr. Strange villains (Baron Mordo is a terrible suggestion I heard, but Mephisto and/or Nightmare make slightly more sense), although Al Pacino and Bandicoot Cabbagepatch gnawing on the same piece of scenery like two dogs is not my idea of a good 2 hours. No, I think smart money says Pacino's the main villain of Thor: Ragnarok. That's right: Fenrir. DEAL WITH IT.

THIS WEEK IN COMICS: Robert Moses gets sainted, Roy Harper gets faded, Odin gets hammered, Roderick Kingsley gets flipped, Charles Rooks gets freaked out and the Winter Soldier gets called out. But first, Tina Belcher gets perved up.

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10 Things We Learned From Scott Snyder

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Wytches, the new creator-owned horror book, written by Scott Snyder with art from Jock and Matt Hollingsworth, debuted in October as an enormous success. The book reportedly sold 90,000 copies and has been universally lauded by critics, including here at Topless Robot. Issue #3 will be in stores tomorrow, and Scott stopped by to answer some of our questions about the series, its success, and about horror and writing in general.


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Weekstarter: Mark Hamill's Balls, Vaginal Phone Charging and Sriracha Beer

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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DC's doing a bunch of comic-book covers based on classic movie posters...and 20 other stories you might have missed this weekend. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the best reader submissions from the weekend open thread. This week's tipsters include SlyDante777, NebulaJack, Gallen_Dugall, troi, Rx79immigrant84, Timley Flower-Hermit

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In French Comic-Book Adaptation, Semi-Nude Goggle Girl Rides Centaur, Transparent Space Whale

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

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French bandes desinee aren't always as accessible to the rest of us as they should be - for example, how many of you have read the original comic that Snowpiercer is based on? - but they are frequently intriguing. As best I can glean, Lou! Journal Infime is a comic about a precocious adolescent girl whose immature mother writes sci-fi novel and imagines herself as a sexy superheroine.

It's getting a live-action movie adaptation soon, and here is one of the animated fantasy sequences from it, featuring a human/My Little Pony hybrid, a sexy space siren and colorful whale guts. How could I not share?

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9 Nerd-Insulting and/or Generally Annoying Things About Birdman

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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One of the critical hits of this year's movie award season has been Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). It's about a movie star best known for playing a superhero called Birdman back in the '90s. Two decades later, this guy, played by Michael Keaton, is struggling to mount his own stage adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, at Broadway's St. James Theatre.

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the talented Mexican behind Amores Perros, 21 Grams and others, Birdman is an impressive piece of filmmaking. It also has its "meta" aspect, in its loose parallels with the career of Keaton, who more than two decades later is still associated with his starring role in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman and its sequel Batman Returns (1992). Although Keaton has worked prolifically, often to critical acclaim, in the years since, he is, perhaps, perceived as never quite having fully shaken off the cowl and cape.

Birdman has changed that; this week it racked up the SAG and Golden Globe nominations, and it will almost certainly land Keaton an Oscar nomination, and his won't be the only one. But for all the movie's undeniable merit, I find myself lagging behind the critical bandwagon; I can't bring myself to jump all the way on. Certain aspects of Birdman have been irritating me since I saw it, and more than a couple of them are nerd-relevant.

Examples...

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