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Lenny Robinson, Maryland’s ‘Route 29 Batman’, Killed In A Car Accident

Lenny Robinson, the 'Route 29 Batman'
Photo by Allen Goldberg, via the Washington Post

Every now and then, we get the opportunity to bring you a story of someone who is inspired by comic books to do something good in their community, and Lenny Robinson was one of those people. We covered his story back in 2012, when a video appeared online of Robinson, in full Batman costume, being pulled over for a lack of proper tags on his Batman-themed Lamborghini, and what seemed like a funny story quickly turned into an uplifting one when it was revealed that Robinson was on his way to a hospital to visit sick children while dressed as a superhero. It was something he did frequently, becoming something of a local celebrity brightening up a hospital stay with autographed Batman-themed gifts.

Now, that uplifting story has come to a very tragic end. On Sunday night, Robinson died in a car accident. He was 51 years old.

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DC Collectibles Announces New, Spoilery Batman: Arkham Knight Figures

Rocksteady Studios
Rocksteady Studios

Two new Batman: Arkham Knight figures are on the way from DC Collectibles. After the success DC Collectibles has had with the action figure lines based on previous Arkham games, it's not all that surprising to learn the series will continue beyond those pieces already announced and released this year. It's also not surprising that one of the figures will be a Batman variant to go along with the standard armored version that launched in the first series.

Like the Red Hood figure that came out a month ago, the Battle Damaged Batman will only be available at GameStop. Normally, I'm not a big fan of retailer-exclusive figures, but as this is mostly just a repaint/variant of the figure widely available, it's not all that upsetting. According to Gamespot, the November-shipping figure will include a line launcher and batarang, and 25 points of articulation, for $25. The sculpt, by Gentle Giant, is quite detailed for the scale and size, and the distressing to the suit to replicate the damage done by the Scarecrow's goons gives the Dark Knight some nice weathering.

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It’s a Bat-blast From the Bat-past as the 1989 Batmobile Comes to Batman: Arkham Knight

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

After all these years, the 1989 Batman film and its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns, still hold a special place in many a comic fan's hearts. Though there have been numerous Bat-films over the years, including those by Christopher Nolan, they still aren't talked about with the same reverence as Tim Burton's iconic adaptations. That's why, against my better judgment, I was actually excited for the planned 1989 Batman downloadable content for Batman: Arkham Knight. There's just something about those films that overrides my common sense.

The next Arkham Knight content drop, due out later this month (for season pass holders), brings the Corvette-inspired Batmobile to the game along with a new Keaton-era Batsuit skin for Batman. There are also two race tracks coming, one of which was shown off in the newest Arkham Insider video from the development team. Inspired by both films, the race track teased in the latest video takes you through the streets of Gotham during Joker's parade, the snow-covered zoo and through the underground lair of the Penguin himself.

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DC Superhero Insurance Comedy ‘Powerless’ in Development at NBC

NBC Powerless Comedy DC Universe
Warner Bros.

Five different DC dramas will air on the major networks by early 2016, another even resurrected for a surprise crossover, and now the comic company has its eye on a new angle. NBC has put into development Powerless, a — and we’re in no way joking here — workplace comedy set amid the backdrop of DC superheroes and their destructive battles.

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‘LEGO Batman’ Movie Adds Zach Galifianakis as the Joker

Fox Searchlight / Warner Bros. Interactive
Fox Searchlight / Warner Bros. Interactive

If you’re not particularly a fan of Jared Leto’s Joker aesthetic in Suicide Squad, then the latest Joker-centric news may put a smile on that face (sorry): Zach Galifianakis is in talks to join Will Arnett’s Batman and Michael Cera’s Robin in the LEGO Batman movie as the voice of the iconic clown prince. Cue laughter.

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The ‘Batman 66′ Episode Guide 1×34: Batman Makes The Scenes

Batman 1x34: Batman Makes The Scenes

The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.

This week, it's the final episode of the first season - and the Episode Guide - as the Penguin strikes at Gotham's richest millionaires!

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New ‘Batman’ Trilogy Reportedly in the Works, Ben Affleck May Play Batman Forever

Batman vs Superman pic Batman
Warner Bros.

During Comic-Con we heard that Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in his own Batman solo film, which he’ll co-write with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. While Johns himself offered up some hints about their screenplay plans, Warner Bros. has yet to confirm the solo Batman film. Over the weekend, we learned that WB has pushed back Affleck’s next two films, and it was speculated that the move was designed in part so he could work on being Batman. The latest rumor definitely supports that theory.

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What Would Happen If Batman Died And Bruce Came Back? Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo On ‘Batman’ [Interview]

Batman #42, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Ever since the events of Endgame, when Batman was presumed dead in a final battle against the Joker, Commissioner Jim Gordon has stepped into a giant robot Bat-suit as Gotham City's new protector. Bruce Wayne, however, isn't quite as dead as it may have seemed, and has turned up working for a charity in a neighborhood hit hard by the Joker-fueled riots.

At the end of last month's Batman #42, the two characters finally came face to face for the first time since Gordon became the new Batman, and it raised a lot of questions. Now, with Batman #43 on the horizon, I spoke to writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo about the new direction for Bruce Wayne, why they've taken almost four years to introduce a love interest, and whether Capullo prefers drawing bone monsters and Bat-Tanks to the smaller, more emotional moments.

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Ask Chris #252: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Jason Todd?

Ask Chris #252: Jason Todd, background art by Matt Wagner

Q: Does Jason Todd/Red Hood belong in the Batman family? Should he be wearing a Bat symbol on his chest? -- @Doubting_Tom

A: I doubt it's going to surprise anyone reading this to find out that I have some pretty complicated feelings about pretty much everyone who has ever been called "Robin," and Jason Todd's no exception. Really, though, there's a pretty simple answer to this one: No, I don't think he should be part of the Batman family --- the active Batman family, anyway --- because Jason Todd oughtta be dead. If nothing else, we didn't collectively dial those 1-900 numbers ten thousand times to make that happen just for some retcon to come along twenty years later and bilk us out of fifty cents a call.

If, however, Jason Todd has to be alive, and it's become pretty clear over the past decade that somebody definitely thinks he does, well... that's where things start to get complicated.

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10 ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Facts to Prove You Are Vengeance, You Are The Night

Batman The Animated Series You Think You Know TV

Batman’s iconic animated series has influenced The Dark Knight’s legacy and vocal talent for decades, but did you know that Tim Curry almost voiced The Joker before Mark Hamill? Or that the animated adaptation created Harley Quinn altogether? You are vengeance, and you are the night, you will enjoy our 18th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which flies through Gotham City on leather wings for Batman: The Animated Series!

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