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Amidst the eager anticipation and even more eager condemnation of David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie, there is one thing that all the film fans and comics fans seem united in approving of: Margot Robbie’s seeming scene stealing role as The Joker’s psychiatrist turned psycho sidekick-cum-love interest Harley Quinn.
The unhinged hammer-wielding crazy clown has always been a popular fan favourite and came close to appearing on film 15 years ago in the mooted Batman Triumphant, but of course she had already appeared on screen long before that courtesy of the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, so her screen appearance is really just things coming full circle.
It’s kind of interesting that, for all the complaints from comics fans regarding movies’ lack of fidelity to their comic book sources, those same fans have been only too happy to embrace a character completely imagined for a »
- Jack Gann
With Fright Rags, there is something for everyone and if you are a fan of the 1985 fantasy comedy Teen Wolf, you are in luck! Also in this round-up: a look at The Walking Dead #1 variant cover available at Wizard World Pittsburgh and a new clip from Queen of Earth.
Teen Wolf Collection: Fright Rags' newest collection is inspired by the basketball dunking teen wolf himself played by Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future franchise). The collection contains two shirts, a poster, and a trucker hat. Get one of these four limited Teen Wolf-inspired items before they are going, going, gone!
The T-Shirts are $27.00 apiece, the posters are $35.00 apiece, and the hats are priced at $25.00 apiece. To purchase any of these items, you can visit the Fright Rags online shop.
- Tamika Jones
Forget your $250 million budgets and A-list megastars, sometimes all you need to make a good film is a bit of creative thinking and passion for your characters (intellectual property rights optional).
With feature-length fan film Star Trek: Renegades setting fandom abuzz, here's a host of unauthorised movies that put Hollywood to shame.
1. Batman battles Predator
Back in the Dark Knight's movie wilderness years (thanks for that, George Clooney!), short Batman: Dead End made waves online thanks to a mega-twist that saw the Caped Crusader in a rain-soaked showdown against a Predator. If it bleeds, Batman can kill it.
2. A Judge gets back in the saddle
A tepid box office showing from 2012's Dredd means a sequel is probably never going to happen. However, hardcore fans had their thirst quenched by the moody Judge Minty, about an ageing Mega City One Judge striding through the Cursed Earth. Think of this as »
Funko has announced that it is set to release a series of four Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz collectible figurines this October, offering up 8-inch versions of Batman (Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) and The Joker (Cesar Romero). Check out the promotional images here and click on any of the figures for larger versions…
Funko’s Batman ’66 Vinyl Idolz will hit shelves in October, priced $19.99 apiece.
- Gary Collinson
The Clown Princess of Crime Harley Quinn started off as merely the Joker’s sidekick when she debuted on popular cartoon Batman: The Animated Series in late 1992. Initially, she was only supposed to be used for a single episode, but thankfully, fans took notice though and demanded more Harley. Even more thankfully, creators Bruce Timm and Paul Dini listened and she was added to the show’s rogues gallery.
Her own origin comic would soon follow, done in the art style of The Animated Series. Entitled Mad Love, it told a story that’s a core part of Harley’s identity.
As much as the character has changed, she almost always remains a lovesick fool for the Joker. Then just a young woman named Harleen Quinzel who worked as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, she treated Joker and fell in love. Mistah J, being the evil manipulator that he is, »
- Nicole Malczan
Batman famously operates a 'no killing' policy. Except when he doesn't.
YouTube user Mr Sunday Movie has put together a supercut of every time the Dark Knight has killed on screen.
Even Adam West gets in on the action (kind of).
In modern times a lot has been made of Batman's two golden rules: no guns and no killing.
As you can see, vintage Batman took a more laissez-faire approach to human life. »
In 1967, William Dozier, the creator and executive producer of the Batman television series, concerned that the show’s ratings were falling, decided to introduce a female character on the side of law and order in an attempt to attract new viewers. He came up with Batgirl, who would help Batman (Adam West) and his adolescent sidekick, Robin (Burt Ward), in their crusade against the malign forces of “guest villains”. For this role, on a par with the caped crusader and the boy wonder, Dozier cast Yvonne Craig. Although Craig, who has died aged 78, had then been acting in films and television for a decade, she had Batgirl to thank for any fame she attained.
The Dynamic Duo became the Tremendous Trio when Craig first appeared in Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin, aired »
- Ronald Bergan
Last month, Lego unveiled new trailers for the upcoming video game Lego Dimensions, where we saw iconic characters such as Batman and Doctor Who in Lego form. Today, Lego Dimensions has released yet another gameplay trailer, which features beloved characters Shaggy (voiced by Matthew Lillard) and Scooby-Doo (voiced by Frank Welker) as they get tricked into entering the Lego world. There we see them interact with Gandalf (voiced by Tom Kane) from The Lord of the Rings along with The Lego Movie's Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks).
When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various Lego worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings and The Lego Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Lego Batman, Lego Gandalf and Lego Wyldstyle journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations, and they soon realize that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Kingsman: The Secret Service gets an honest trailer, fans spot a baseball inaccuracy in Straight Outta Compton and Jurassic World gets the Lego treatment. We also explore the evolution of Star Wars prequel costumes. But first, it's the Mad Max GoKart Paintball War! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mad Max: Fury Road GoKart Paintball War!
To promote their upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road video game, WB Games has teamed up with YouTube star Devin Super Tramp to create a wonderful new short film that reimagines George Miller's modern classic with go-karts and paintball guns. We also have a behind-the-scenes video that shows how they made all of these go-karts. »
If you trace the line of butt-kicking women in movies and TV all the way back, you'll find Craig right there at the beginning. She originated the role of Batgirl in the third and final season of "Batman" in 1967, ka-powing bad guys next to Adam West and Burt Ward. As a trained dancer, she even did her own stunts.
Before her acting career, Craig danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She segued into acting, and appeared in television and movies - including two with Elvis Presley, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins." Along with her turn as Batgirl, Craig memorably danced as a green-skinned slave girl for Captain Kirk on "Star Trek."
Craig leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, and sister, »
- Kelly Woo
Batman, his allies, the world of Gotham and the popularity they’ve endured have led to somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in recent years. Across his expansive 75 year history the character has seen multiple iterations spanning across the entire cultural spectrum – everything from comics, to TV to film have all gone onto form every aspect of the character down to his very last detail, but none have been more formative than his long-running stint on animation – particularly in the much loved Batman: The Animated Series.
The tales told by the likes of Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and the late Boyd Kirkland combined the greatest elements of the character to create a series that pushed boundaries and defied usual story telling conventions that once bound Saturday morning programming. Doing all this and more would’ve easily cemented the show as being among the greatest of cartoons, but it »
- Ewan Paterson
We are sad to report this morning the passing of Yvonne Craig, who has died at the age of 78. Her official website broke the news.
Craig was perhaps best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s Batman TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward. She also featured in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy” where she played Marta, the green Orion slave girl who wants to kill Captain Kirk.
Her website writes:
Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned with no date set at the present time. In lieu of flowers, please make »
- Luke Owen
Batgirl Yvonne Craig. Batgirl Yvonne Craig dead at 78: Also featured in 'Star Trek' episode, Elvis Presley movies Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, died of complications from breast cancer on Monday, Aug. 17, '15, at her home in Pacific Palisades, in the Los Angeles Westside. Craig (born May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois), who had been undergoing chemotherapy for two years, was 78. Beginning (and ending) in the final season of Batman (1967-1968), Yvonne Craig played both Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter Barbara Gordon and her alter ego, the spunky Batgirl – armed with a laser-beaming electric make-up kit “which will destroy anything.” Unlike semi-villainess Catwoman (Julie Newmar), Batgirl was wholly on the side of Righteousness, infusing new blood into the series' increasingly anemic Dynamic Duo: Batman aka Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and Boy Wonder Robin aka Bruce Wayne's beloved pal Dick Grayson (Burt Ward). “They chose »
- Andre Soares
Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on the ABC 1960s series “Batman,” died Monday. She was 78. The actress passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, California, according to her official website. Craig had been battling breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She was known for her portrayal of Batgirl and alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, in the cult series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Craig, who was born in Illinois but grew up in Columbus, Ohio, also starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins. »
- Debbie Emery
Is billionaire Donald Trump the closest thing we have to a real-life Bruce Wayne/Batman? Probably (Definitely) not, but don't tell Trump. In a recent campaign stop in Iowa, Trump was captured on camera, telling a young William Bowman (9) that he was Batman. Some one needs to let this kid know that there's more to being Batman than having a ton of money. This is what happes when we no longer have After-School and Saturday Morning cartoons. America is failing its youth. "I Am Batman"- @realDonaldTrump #BatTrump The story is on http://t.co/H1qbFAYqzt including video! pic.twitter.com/qf7H0z2djF — Monte D. Goodyk (@thefullmonte) August 17, 2015 Well, last night on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, the comedian host used footage from Batman: The Animated Series to show what a Donald Trump Batman would look like. It's not pretty. Weighing in on the humorous depiction is »
There was So Much Comic Con 2015 discussion in the August edition of the Flickering Myth Movie Show, the debate has actually spilled out into its own 17 minute long video (the in-episode segment was less than half that amount). In the special extended cut (think Apocalypse Now: Redux), the esteemed panel discuss…
-the Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes footage.
-why Marvel weren’t in attendance, and should they have been?
-the new Deadpool trailer.
-the epidemic of ‘leaked footage’.
-and who won Comic Con 2015 overall?
This is an excerpt from the August edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, which you can watch in full here:
- Oli Davis
Masked heroes were popular in the 1930s, the decade that saw the introduction of The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet and Batman. In Mexico, crowds flocked to see masked combatants wrestle each other into submission, with each luchador giving such a theatrical performance that audiences knew who was the tecnico (good guy) and who was the rudo (villain).
Most famous of all was El Santo, whose popularity inspired a comic book and, years later, a film series. Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, who portrayed El Santo in the ring, turned down an appearance in 1952’s El Mascadero De Plata (The Man In The Silver Mask), though he later relented and took supporting roles in Santo Vs The Evil Brain and Santo Vs The Infernal Men, initiating a franchise that lasted into the 1980s.
By the time of Santo Vs The Zombies (1961), the formula had been established: in between wrestling matches, Santo »
- Ian Watson
Warner Bros. has released a new clip from the upcoming animated feature Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League Attack of the Legion of Doom!, which sees the Legion of Doom preparing for their attack on the Justice League by taking on Lex Luthor’s Obstacle Course of Doom! Check it out here…
Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site, Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? Sound the alarm and get »
- Gary Collinson
Sean Fahey, founder of Black Jack Press and mastermind behind the outstanding weird west anthology series, Tall Tales from the Badlands, has begun a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new anthology, Sagas of the Northmen, featuring one of medieval Europe’s most feared cultures: the Vikings. On the Kickstarter page, Fahey states, “In the tradition of the medieval Icelandic Sagas, our book features tales about (seemingly) ordinary men and women finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances. The subject matter explored in this inaugural volume is expansive and includes stand-alone tales about the infamous raid on Lindisfarne, Leif Erikson, the Icelandic justice system, the Viking funeral ritual, the Varangian Guard, the Viking warrior ethos and Freydis Eiriksdottir’s expedition to North America.” These are some truly epic tales from Viking history. The raid on Lindisfarne was a brutal attack by the Vikings on English villagers and marked the beginning of the “Viking Age. »
- Merriell Moyer
It’s certainly a good time for Mark Hamill. Not only is he reprising the role of Luke Skywalker for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Joker for next year’s Batman: The Killing Joke, but he’s also returned to another of his former characters in the DC villain The Trickster.
Having portrayed the villain in the 90s Flash series, Hamill guest starred in an episode of The CW’s The Flash earlier this year, and he’s also voicing the character in the upcoming animated movie Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!; here’s an official promotional image of the villain…
- Gary Collinson
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