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Ask Chris #329: The Official Handbook Of Extremely Obscure Batman Villains

Ask Chris #329, background art by Kevin Nowlan
Ask Chris #329, background art by Kevin Nowlan

Q: Hey, so in The Lego Batman Movie, there's a character called The Mime. What's the deal with that? — @comicsfan4life

A: That signal, shining in the sky --- someone needs me to explain an extremely obscure Batman villain to them! I have been training for this day my entire life.

It might come as a surprise, but I actually haven't seen The Lego Batman Movie yet --- although I definitely want to. As I understand it, though, the Mime is only one of several c- to z-list Batman foes who show up and somehow also manage to get toys out of the deal. So my question is, why stop with the Mime?

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Hayao Miyazaki Is Coming Out of Retirement… Again (Again [Again])

Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli

How do you say “psych!” in Japanese? Master animator and Studio Ghibli cofounder Hayao Miyazaki dun got us again, totally convincing us that he was really retiring this time by saying things like “I am done making movies” and “This time is for real.” We believed him like a bunch of fools when he announced a “semi-retirement” following the completion of Princess Mononoke, we believed him when he said he wanted to call it quits after Spirited Away, and we believed him back in 2013, when he declared The Wind Rises to be his final feature. The Boy Who Cried Not Making Any More Movies has pulled the same trick on us all again, with the news that he’ll un-retire one more time for a new feature called Boro the Caterpillar.

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Filed Under: Category: Animation, Movies

The Blood Moon Rises in Netflix’s First ‘Castlevania’ Poster

Netflix Castlevania Poster
Adi Shankar

At the time Netflix first confirmed an animated Castlevania series on its roster, it was a fair question how the animated venture might handle the video game franchise’s gorier elements. Well, if the first official poster is any indication, things are going to get real red, real fast.

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‘My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea’ Trailer Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

GKIDS
GKIDS

What with social cliques, homework, and hormones, high school is tough enough already. Add to that a massive natural disaster, and it’s a different sort of catastrophe entirely. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea is both exactly what it sounds like and much more than that, an animated riff on the likes of San Andreas that adds an eccentric sense of humor to the genre. The newly unveiled trailer offers a sample of the thrills (jumping across shark-infested waters!) and the laughs (the bookcase-amputation joke is aces) to be had in this odd little festival favorite.

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CW ‘Vixen’ Series Getting ‘Movie’ Release on Blu-ray

CW Vixen The Movie Blu Ray
Warner Bros.

We don’t yet know if CW Seed’s animated Vixen will return for Season 3 (or another live-action Arrow appearance), but fans nonetheless have a new opportunity to catch up on her adventures. Vixen: The Movie will combine the two animated seasons into a feature-length Blu-ray, with plenty of bonus features.

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Report: ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Will Form Season 3 This Fall

Netflix Voltron Season 3 Renewal September 2017
Netflix

Netflix’s animation partnership with DreamWorks has yielded significant returns thus far; not just for Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters, but also Voltron: Legendary Defender. That formation is getting even stronger, as reports indicate Season 3 is a go for fall 2017, with potentially many more episodes to come.

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One-Punch Man, Steven Universe and More Meet Their Destiny at McFarlane Toys [Toy Fair 2017]

Photography by Luke Brown, Townsquare Media
Photography by Luke Brown, Townsquare Media

Last year, McFarlane Toys reworked its strategy a bit. Instead of focusing on a few longrunning lines, the company switched to a primary series that encompassed all its licensed properties. Dubbed Color Tops, each wave mixes up comic, gaming, television and film characters into a larger collection. While the big guns like The Walking Dead still make up the primary focus, now things like Mass Effect, Attack on Titan, and even Spawn all fall under one banner. Add in building sets, and you have quite a bit of promising content coming from McFarlane in 2017.

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‘Samurai Jack’ Shreds His Opponents in First Season 5 Clip

Samurai Jack Season 5 Clip
Adult Swim

We’ve seen more than a few looks at Samurai Jack’s Adult Swim return for Season 5, but does that famous Genndy Tartakovsky action still hold up? Hands down, as revealed in a rip-roaring, robot-slashing and heavy metal clip from Jack’s futuristic return.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Boss on THAT Character’s Exit, Season 4 Potential

Star Wars Rebels Sabine Return Season 4
Lucasfilm / Disney XD

Star Wars Rebels’ presence in Rogue One punctuated the fact that certain characters are bound to sit out the major of events of the of the original Star Wars; the first departure of which may have arrived with this weekend’s “Legacy of Mandalore.” Now, creator Dave Filoni addresses if said character will remain a regular presence, or if Rebels itself will continue through Season 4.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About ‘ReBoot’

reboot

Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at the first ever fully computer-animated TV series, ReBoot!

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