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Ask Chris #303: Guilty Pleasures

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Q: Do you think there's any value in defining something as a guilty pleasure? If so, what's your comic guilty pleasure? — @ykwilpodcast

A: On the one hand, no, I don't. The concept of a "guilty pleasure" has always struck me as a weird way to shield yourself from the knowledge that you like something that's not very good, and that's reductive to both your own tastes and the media that you're consuming. There's very little media in this world that's completely without value, and even when I can judge something to be completely and utterly worthless, that judgment comes from a context and a set of experiences and comparisons that are completely unique to me. Dismissing it as a guilty pleasure isn't just disingenuous, it ignores the idea that art can resonate with you despite its failing.

On the other hand, well, it's been 20 years and I still kinda love Gen 13.

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13 Weirdest Comic Book Movie Props You Can Buy

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We've been under a deluge of comic book movies for what seems like decades. The frequency at which our favorite characters like Spider-Man, Hellboy and the Hulk are appearing on the silver screen has increased tremendously since the early aughts, and so has the desire to take a part of these movies home with us.

Though the prop replica market has definitely seen a drastic increase in volume over the past few years, there's nothing quite like owning a piece of the real thing. We did some digging to see just what kind of comic book film memorabilia was currently setting the internet auction house aflame.

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Warner Bros. Celebrates 75 Years of Batman With Exhibit And VIP Studio Tour [Photos]

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Considered one of the foremost motion picture and television production facilities in the world, the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, CA invites visitors to celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman with a special exhibit in their VIP Tour. For a limited time, tour-goers are given an opportunity to view dozens of original costumes, props, gadgets and vehicles from all seven live-action Warner Bros. Batman films, and ComicsAlliance checked it out.

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‘Robin Rises: Omega’ Could Mean The Return Of Damian Wayne

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If the preview images for DC Comics' new Robin Rises: Omega one-shot, which hits stores July 16, indicate what it looks like they're indicating, then Damian Wayne's comic-book death will have lasted just a bit less than 17 months.

The writer of the book, Peter J. Tomasi, wouldn't tell Hero Complex exactly which Robin is returning, but since almost every other Robin seems to be alive, well, and doing other things (with the exception of Stephanie Brown, who's in sort of a gray area), Damian seems to be the prime suspect, especially considering that Ra's al Ghul plays a major role in the one-shot.

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Chris O’Donnell Still Has His Robin Costume From ‘Batman And Robin’ [Video]

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Once a Robin, always a Robin.

You'd think NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O'Donnell would want to forget his time as the not-really-a-Boy Wonder after the dismal reception his last movie in the role, Batman and Robin received (though we here at ComicsAlliance have a real soft spot for it). Yet O'Donnell still has the costume he wore in the 1997 film, he said in a recent interview on Conan. Hear it from the man himself in the clip below (skip to about 1:24 to get to the Batman talk).

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Link Ink: Hayao Miyazaki Gets Ghibli-ized, The Krang Belt And What Became Of ‘Batman and Robin’

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‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Robin Carrie Kelley to Appear in ‘Batman and Robin’ #19 Next Week

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The trouble with DC having a title called Batman and Robin is, well, they've got to have a Robin. If the cover to this month's issue is to be believed, that new Robin could very well be The Dark Knight Returns' Carrie Kelley...

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‘Superman Lives’ Indeed Via Nic Cage’s Serene Movie Life Mask

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Over the past four years or so, fans have been treated to a host of screen test images, costume designs and various pieces of concept art from Warner Bros. and Tim Burton's canceled $50 million cinematic experiment known as Superman Lives...

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Parting Shot: Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze Stars in ‘Batman & Robin: The Musical’ [Video]

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I kind of lied to you in that headline. I don't care. This video takes the hilariously horrible characterization of Mr. Freeze as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and reframes the story of Batman & Robin as an infectiously catchy and foul-mouthed showtune. Wr...

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DC All Access: Batman Panel [NYCC 2011]

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DC Comics kicked off its panel presence at New York Comic Con this year with an "all access" look at its stable of Batman titles. Panelists on hand included editors Mike Marts and Bobbie Chase, plus creators Scott Snyder (Batman), Greg Capullo (Batman), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Peter J...

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