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The Avant-Garde Of The New Aesthetic: Batman ’89, Destroyer And The Changed Face Of Gotham City

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I'm not a big fan of Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, but there's definitely one thing that I think it did right. Burton's Gotham City, redesigned for the screen by Anton Furst, is absolutely beautiful. The Academy Award-winning production art direction is stylish, terrifying, visually engaging and arresting on a level that the rest of the movie has a hard time living up to, creating a world that looks like Batman could exist there.

It's also one of the movie's lasting influences on the world of the comics. Ever since Furst and Burton unveiled their version as a backdrop for the Joker blasting Prince from a boombox while trashing an art museum and Batman blowing up a chemical plant with his remote-control car, Gotham has adhered to their vision of the city, transforming from the bustling stand-in for New York that it was before and becoming its own unmistakable entity. And in true comic book fashion, the comics accomplished this by blowing everything up and starting over.

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Link Ink: This Week’s ‘Fresh Ink! Online,’ Aquaman Vs. Plastic and ‘Johnny Zombie’ Lives

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Fresh Ink! Online: Host Blair Butler and writer Marc Andreyko (Torso, Manhunter) share some horror comic favorites including Black Hole, The Walking Dead, From Hell, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Tomb of Dracula, Batman: The Killing Joke, Uzumaki, Blood of the Innocent and Swamp Thing.

Movies: Syfy Films has picked up the movie rights to co-creator George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards superhero comic

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Marvel’s ‘Thor’ Booth Unveils the Destroyer (Featuring Fan Reactions)

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Is an enchanted suit of armor going to destroy the Son of Odin? An unveiling of the Destroyer suit behind Odin's throne at Marvel's Comic-Con booth suggests Thor could very likely have at least a little trouble from the enchanted weapon in next summer's live action film

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