The London automobile website Recombu was trying to review the Hyundai i30 when — apparently to the surprise of everyone trying to film the actual, real review — Toronto Batman stopped by. I mean, just wandered into the video… and then the reviewers decided to roll with it. Toronto Batman, very grumpy at the differences between his native Canada and England (and also his parents being dead), is not at his best, but it’s more than made up for the awesomeness of the website people trying to show Batman all the car’s good points and managing to eke out a very solid review of the thing. Note: This whole video is worth it for the scene where Batman tries to use the car’s voice-activated stereo. Much, much thanks to Perfusionman for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.