Since the close of last year, it's been all quiet on the Mondo front. After the bit Marvel art show and subsequent print sale in mid-December, poster and art junkies have been eagerly awaiting the first glimpse at Mondo's plans for 2016. Not only is the Austin art house bringing its first new pieces out today, they also happen to be based on a little movie you might have heard of called The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight, and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy in general, have long been a favorite for Mondo's artists. There have been more than a dozen different prints featuring the Nolan-helmed features since Batman Begins arrived a decade ago. While you might think there aren't many new things to do with a poster for The Dark Knight, that's not the case, and these new pieces by Laurent Durieux and Mike Mitchell show there's still plenty of creative territory to be mined.
Since 2006, fans have flooded the Javitz Center year after year for New York Comic Con, but until this year, they've never been witness to magnificent pieces Sideshow Collectibles offered. Sideshow does its fair share of shows, but 2015 marked the first time the company made an appearance at NYCC. Though the booth may not have had the same square footage as Sideshow's SDCC presence, it was still packed with loads of incredible sculptures featuring many fan favorites and some of the company's own creations.
Most of what was on display at NYCC had been seen before at other conventions, but the more diminutive booth allowed for a more focused presentation. Where the SDCC collection was three or four times larger, that also meant there were that many more products vying for your attention. While it was definitely cool to see so many new things a few months ago, there was definitely some "cool stuff" overload happening. Notably missing from the NYCC booth was a great deal of Hot Toys, which was represented at New York with a handful of First Order Stormtroopers, and that's it. Sideshow put the spotlight on its own goods, including the DC and Marvel premium format figures due to arrive over the course of the next year, and its outstandingly creepy Court of the Dead line.
We may have finally reached the peak of Joker merchandise. Everyone else can pack it up and go home. Nothing you do will be more terrifying than this upcoming Good Smile Joker Nendoroid. There's something extra sinister about a the way this chibi-style figure turns the Joker into a childlike anarchist. It also doesn't help that with the flat facepaint, instead of looking like madman who paints his face for battle, this Joker looks like a kindergarten student attending his first Gathering of the Juggalos. Try getting the image of an anime Insane Clown Posse out of your head now.
To a degree, just about every single Dark Knight Joker figure that's been released to this point has been decidedly adult. It's not that they're all adult-focused toys, but they each respect the fact the Joker is a mature character, and one that isn't to be mistaken for an Imaginext villain in a child's Fisher-Price collection. The whole point of Nendoroids is to put this cutesy spin on familiar faces, and what Good Smile has done here certainly hits that mark. It's been a lot more successful with other franchises, and even other DC characters, like the Nendoroid Batman that's already out. I just can't get past how straight evil this Joker looks.
Seven years ago, Christopher Nolan tapped Heath Ledger to play arguably the most iconic comic book villain in his sequel to Batman Begins. As the Joker in The Dark Knight, Ledger made a lasting impression on the fanbase that's often remembered as one of, if not the, most memorable performance in a comic book film. At least part of that reverence comes from the fact that it was Ledger's final film role, but it's also due to the fact that his Joker was so different, strange and captivating.
Since that film's release, Joker action figures have constantly been in the rotation from various companies, including Hot Toys, NECA, and recently, Medicom. The Japanese manufacturer has been slowly releasing figures based on the final two films in the past year or so, including a Batman, Catwoman and a purple-suited Joker. Next, Medicom's MAFEX line will introduce the Joker from his brief time as a bank robber in the earliest moments of The Dark Knight.
People love Batman. People love Batman movies. People love Batman toys and statues, and underpants and t-shirts, but mostly the toys and statues. Sideshow Collectibles knows this, and has managed to combine those core loves into one convenient package. Based on Christian Bale's appearance as Batman in The Dark Knight, the company's latest premium format figure finds the hero of Gotham rendered in a ready-to-battle pose facing off against an unseen opponent. Now, we do know that there will be a Joker statue in the same vein, thanks to its appearance at SDCC this year, and the fact that it's in the promotional images for this Batman piece, too.
Being a premium format figure, the Batman makes use of mixed media, and features a cloth cape to go along with the more solid body. At 20" tall, there's plenty of room for detail, which this figure has in spades. There's tremendous texturing in the Kevlar portions of the suit, with the more armored sections standing out due to the great paint job giving them that brushed metal vibe.
If you've been waiting to play Batman: Arkham Knight with the new Burton Batmobile, and fly around in the Keaton suit, we've got some good news for you; it's out today. As has been previously disclosed, you'll be able to play with the classic 1989 Batmobile through two race tracks inspired by Batman and Batman Returns. What's more, Rocksteady has clarified the Batmobile's usage outside of these specific race tracks. You will be able to drive around the streets of Gotham with this version of the vehicle... provided you've already eliminated all the tanks on every island.
That's right, kids; the 1989 Batmobile can only be used if the streets are barren of the Arkham Knight's tanks which patrol every street and sideroad for almost the entire game. If you were hoping to whip around in New Game+ with the DLC car, that's just too bad. You'll still have to destroy all the tanks, and finish off the drone tank segment for the Knightfall protocol first. Coooooooool. Maybe the newly announced The Dark Knight Tumbler will actually fare a bit better in that department.
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.
The comic book movie craze may have exploded in recent years, but there have been movies and TV shows based on our favorite comics for decades. For all the action we see on screen, however, we hardly ever get to see behind the curtain at how it all comes together.
Fortunately, we've managed to uncover dozens of behind the scenes images from your favorite comic-inspired movies. From The Dark Knight to Dredd, and Conan to Kick-Ass, we now have a little bit of an idea of what life was like on set during the creation of these beloved adaptations.
Without a great adversary, what good is a superhero? Without someone to punch in the face, Batman would just be some rich schmuck driving around in a weird-looking tank. Without someone on the receiving end of his shield, Captain America would just hang out at the V.F.W. all day. So let’s celebrate the villains. Let’s bring on the bad guys and give them their moment in the sun. With Avengers: Age of Ultron introducing another memorable baddie in the form of James Spader’s titular metallic menace, let’s take some time to run down the 10 greatest superhero movie villains of all time.
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