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‘Kick-Ass’ Director Matthew Vaughn Says Audiences “Have Had Enough” of Dark Superhero Movies

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As ‘Batman’ goes, so goes comic-book movies. When Tim Burton turned the Dark Knight into a retro-gothic hero, Hollywood followed suit with a slew of heavily stylized pulp throwbacks. (See: ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘The Phantom,’ ‘The Shadow,’ etc.) And when Christopher Nolan turned the Dark Knight into, well, ‘The Dark Knight,’ it sparked a wave of “grim and gritty” movies, with serious superheroes doing and saying serious things in outrageous spandex costumes that had been reimagined as biker gear or body armor. (See: ‘Man of Steel’ [Or maybe don’t.]) There’s been some pushback, but we’re really only now coming out of the trend toward ultra-serious, uber-dark comic-book movies.

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Link Ink: Deadpool Crashes Marvel Variants, Hit Girl Calls It Quits And A ‘Guardians’/'Peanuts’ Mash-Up

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Josh Ln’s ‘Hero-Glyphics’ Take Pop Culture Back To Ancient Egypt With The Avengers, The X-Men And More

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When you think about ancient Egyptian superheroes, there aren't a whole lot that come to mind. Apocalypse was around back then, right? And presumably there was some version of Moon Knight running around before the Fist of Khonshu was a dude who hung out with a French helicopter pilot, but really, that's all that comes to mind off the top of my head. But what if... what if... there were more?

That is the question that artist Josh Ln has answered in a series of prints called "Hero-Glyphics" that he "excavated and restored," presumably from a pyramid that was just full of pitfalls and tripwires connected to poison arrows. Check 'em bout below to see hieroglyphic-style reimaginings of some of our favorite characters! And also Kick Ass.

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Mark Millar Promotes ‘Kick-Ass 2′ by Telling Readers ‘Don’t Buy Digital’

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Mark Millar's earned a reputation as an aggressive self-promoter over the years, often using crass advertising to sell his projects -- a technique that's paid off in issues sold and titles adapted to feature films and other multimedia. In an interview posted at Comic Book Resources today, the creator has taken a new, but similarly brazen approach to peddlin

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An Era Ends as Mark Millar Leaves Marvel for Creator-Owned Work

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Comic book writer Mark Millar completed this week what he claims was his final script for Marvel Comics, presumably an issue of Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs. New Ultimates. Millar has enjoyed uncommon commercial su

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‘Kick-Ass’ Beats Down Iron Man in Illegal Downloads

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BitTorrent oracle TorrentFreak is reporting that Kick-Ass, the film based on the Marvel/Icon comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., was the second-most illegally downloaded film of 2010, "losing" out to Avatar. Perhaps surprisingly, the decently successful Kick-A

Link Ink: Lionsgate Gets Dredd, Lego Star Wars Redeems Jar Jar and Elvira’s Sarah Impalin’

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Hollywood: Lionsgate is making theirs Mega City by picking up the new 3D Judge Dredd movie, Dredd, starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby. That's right Liony of them, it is.

Gaming: If you were frustrated that the initial release of the mobile Kick-Ass videogame didn't live up to its name, a new update will supposedly change your mind on November 9 with improved graphics and gameplay.

Movies: Speaking of Lionsgate, their upcoming Conan film now

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‘Kick-Ass 2′ #1: A Straight to Paper Movie [Review]

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Of late, Mark Millar seems quite interested in making movies. And I, for one, encourage him in this goal. But as his writing has skewed even more towards over-the-top action scenes and a number of his original titles have been turned into successful films, I can't help but get the sense that Millar has started to move past comics. And

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Link Ink: Craig Thompson Finishes ‘Habibi,’ Steven Tyler Sings ‘Yamato,’ and Scott Pilgrim Prints 1 Million

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Creators: "Blankets" creator Craig Thompson has wrapped his initial draft of the 700-page "Habibi." Now to wait for the final product.

Heroes: Ron Richards takes a tongue-in-cheek look at Marvel's H

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The Lazy Narrative of the Comic Book Movie ‘Flop’

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It may come as a surprise to you that "Kick-Ass," the film version of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s popular Icon comic book, was a pretty big hit. Indeed, the Matthew Vaughn film earned nearly 100 million doll

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