I don't think I'm blowing anyone's mind here when I say that Arkham Asylum has more personality than any other building in comics. Heck, it's got more personality than a lot of characters. I can't think of any comics or video games named after, say, The Daily Planet Building or even Avengers Mansion, but something about Arkham keeps drawing people back to obsessing over it. My guess is that it's the interior gargoyles.
What will blow your mind, though, is a LEGO creation built over the course of a year by Thornsten Bosch, alias Xenomurphy, depicting a mass breakout at the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. It's one of the most beautifully crafted, painstakingly detailed and flat-out massive LEGO sets I've ever seen, based loosely on Chicago's Tribune Building. Check out some amazing shots below!
Q: How can the Penguin be crafted to be a decent Batman foe without seeming too silly but still true to the character? --@phillyradiogeek
A: My first thought when I saw this question was that the Penguin is already a pretty decent Batman foe, but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if that was really true. Outside of Burgess Meredith and his amazing purple top hat, I'm not sure that I've ever actually been excited at the prospect of getting a Penguin story as opposed to one of the other prominent Batman villains. Even the Riddler is someone I'm way more interested in than the Penguin, but I don't think the problem is that there isn't something good in there. I think the problem is that there's way too much.
From the looks of it, The LEGO Movie tells the classic hero's journey story. An ordinary guy finds himself in extraordinary circumstances, and he rises to them.
There are just a couple twists on that: First, he's a LEGO man. Second, he is routinely assisted by Batman (and Wonder Woman, and Superman, and maybe Abraham Lincoln, though he seems to be on the fence). Check out the brand-new trailer for the movie after the jump.
In the world of video games, it's been a pretty big year for sequels. Of course, it's kind of always a pretty big year for sequels, but in the past few months alone, we've gotten Grand Theft Auto V, Saints Row IV, Assassin's Creed: Stabbin' In The Pirate Times, a new Pokémon game, and more. For those of us who have a keen interest in seeing Batman punching people right smack in their big ol' stupid faces, however, there is one game that has been more anticipated than any other: Batman: Arkham Origins, the third installment of the series that began with 2009's Arkham Asylum.
Now, it's finally out, and the short version is that by and large, Arkham Origins is very good at what it does. It just doesn't do anything new.
While Hot Toys has been delivering hyper detailed 12" tall Batman figures based on the character's iconic cinematic costumes, Sideshow Collectibles will be releasing something special for fans seeking a sixth scale figure based on the character's comic book look in 2014. Sideshow's fully articulated figure donned in a hand-tailored fabric Batsuit, cape and utility belt will come packed with a very Batman-y assortment of crimefighting accessories. And what accessory is more important than the human head? The figure will suitably ship with a masked head with short bat ears, a head with a mask with longer bat ears, and a preorder exclusive battle-damaged head. To aid in the figure's war on crime, Sideshow is also including multiple swappable hands, a grapple hook gun, three bat shurikens, one Batarang, and a Kryptonite ring... just in case a certain Man of Steel starts to, say, lazily snap necks in front of children (hypothetically).
When the DC Universe relaunched in 2011 with The New 52, the idea was to put a current-day spin on superheroes: lots of seams in the costumes, more aggressive attitudes, rockier relationships.
If the trailer for Justice League: War, the new animated film that adapts the first storyline from The New 52, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's initial six-issue arc from Justice League, is any indication, it has all been set to a dubstep soundtrack, too. Check out the trailer after the jump.
It may seem like Batman: Arkham Origins and its mobile tie-in title have been getting all of the (bat)tention lately, but Warner Bros. Games Montreal hasn't forgotten about the corresponding Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate title for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. CA's own Chris Sims liked what he got to play of the game during SDCC 2013, and new screens from the title seem to corroborate what he had to say about its linear-yet-3D gameplay and combat. Batman can even be seen employing a silent takedown, zipping around a fiery environment, using his new Explosive Gel Launcher and bracing for a fight with Solomon Grundy. You know, solid Batman stuff.
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