Inspired by prominent art from Disney’s famous Haunted Mansion attraction, artist Abraham Lopez has created “Haunted Arkham Asylum,” featuring Batman and other characters in his universe portrayed in “stretch art.” The idea is that the images at the top seem perfectly sedate, until they are stretched to reveal a far more sinister situation than previously believed.
With Mattel’s Retro-Action line of 8” World’s Greatest Heroes figures put to bed last year, it seems Figures Toy Company has stepped in to fill the void with actual replicas of Mego’s famous ’70s dolls beginning with Batman, Robin, The Joker and The Riddler. Expected in comic and specialty stores this July, each figure will sport Mego’s signature sculpts, cloth costumes and 16 points of articulation (although hardcore fans will note that Batman and Robin’s masks aren’t removable like the earliest World’s Greatest Superheroes! line versions). Twisted Mego/ToyFare Theatre should be especially excited by the thought of customizing the dynamic duo into a modern Bat-Pumpkin and Squash. Pricing info hasn’t been released just yet, but judging from FTC’s previous releases, fans can probably expect to pay around $15-25 per figure this summer.
By Andy Khouri
Viral video makers Front Page Films have been mining Christopher Nolan’s ultra-serious Dark Knight trilogy for comedy for a while now in an ongoing series of “Badman” shorts that have parodied everything from Batman Vs. the Scarecrow to Batman vs. Two-Face, Batman Vs. The Riddler, Batman Vs. an Innocent Clown, Batman Vs. Sex and Batman Vs. Suicide. Their latest effort casts comedian Patton Oswalt as a real-world, sort of Nolan-esque version of The Penguin, who confronts the Dark Knight with some compelling questions about his “no killing” rule.
By Chris Sims
After years of being unable to capitalize on the classic Batman TV show, it looks like Warner Bros. and DC are wasting absolutely no time on making up for that. Since merchandising rights were sorted out, they’ve announced a new line of action figures, a digital comic series, and now, we’re getting full-on Batman ‘66 costumes for Halloween.
The costumes include Batman, Robin, Batgirl, the Riddler, Catwoman and the Joker, and for store-bought costumes, they actually look pretty good — even if the Joker doesn’t include a moustache.
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As previously reported, a third game in the Batman Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Origins, is coming out this year, Game Informer has revealed. It’ll be out on October 25. But it’s not what fans of the series might expect, for a few reasons.
Here’s what we know about it so far: It’s a prequel that will take place before either of the other two games in the series and will feature a young Batman meeting many key characters (so far, only Deathstroke has been confirmed). The big news, though, is that Rocksteady Studios, the developer that helmed Arkham Asylum andArkham City, won’t be involved this time. Warner Bros. Games Montreal is taking the reins.
By Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
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