While the entire world is still not over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is something that some of us may be overlooking.
It’s Batman’s Golden Anniversary! 50 years of Batman.
Some people, you just can’t get enough of. Even if you know they’re bad, you get drawn like a piece of metal to a magnet.
I guess the Joker is somewhat like that. He’s crazy mad, yet he has this thing about him that brings out pieces like the one Remy wrote last month: The 5 Most Beautifully Unsettling Things The Joker Has Ever Done. Warning: Not for the faint of heart or those who hate spoilers.
Just like other superheroes and villains, the Joker has had his own path of growth over the years. While his backstory hasn’t been revealed (though this will probably happen at some point when DC needs a boost) – or probably because his backstory is a mystery, the Joker has been an object of fascination for most DC fans.
Over the years, the evolution of the Joker is something that everyone may know – especially new fans. Hardcore comics readers, movie and TV buffs might know all about how he has changed over the decades.
Here is an infographic called “The Evolution of the Joker”, which will take you on a trippy ride from 1897 (Steeplechase Face) to – you got it – 2016 (Suicide Squad).
Have a look and see if you know the Joker as well as you think you do.
Which Joker do you like/identify with most? Why?
A superhero wouldn’t be as good if he didn’t have an arch nemesis, and we know that the Joker brings out the best (or worst) in Batman. While they hunt and fight each other with a passion, there seems to be an underlying bad bromance somewhere in there.
As the Joker said to Batman:
I don’t want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You… you… complete me.
The Joker may be one of the worst villains ever, but he’s also one of the most captivating ones. For this week’s Fandom Friday, let’s put the spotlight on this mad man.
Here are 5 Joker action figures you will want to add to your collection.
From Hot Toys, this new version – The DX Joker 2.0 Collectible Figure from The Dark Knight movie is specially crafted based on the image of Heath Ledger. It highlights the highly detailed head sculpts by Korean artists Yulli & JC. Hong and. The costume is customized by the extraordinaire 1/6th scale figure costume artist Kato, which best fits the Joker’s advanced body.
The action figure is about 12 inches tall and has 35 points of articulation. More details here.
Also based on Heath Ledger’s the Joker, this action figure is 18 inches tall, has interchangeable hands, and includes a knife, pistol, and machine gun accessories.
This Toys R Us Exclusive features the Joker from Batman The Dark Night Movie. It is 12 inches tall and includes a display stand.
Who is the best Joker? That argument can go on and on, although it always boils down to Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. Whichever Joker you prefer, this action figure is a must-have. Expect to pay a price, though.
When the Suicide Squad trailer was shown at SDCC 2015, the Internet went crazy. Seriously crazy, and it is all justified. The trailer is probably one of the best we’ve seen this year.
What’s not to like? Amanda Waller is bada$$. Harley is as crazy as ever, and the Joker…well, he’s the Joker. And then there’s the score.
I have no doubt you’ve watched it more times than is healthy and that you can hardly wait till its released in August next year. In the meantime, you can add some items to your Suicide Squad collection, so we’ve chosen some awesome Suicide Squad collectibles for you to look at – and get – to keep you busy. After all, there’s no such thing as having too much of the Suicide Squad. Or is there?
With the countless action figures of Suicide Squad members all over the place, how do you decide what to buy? Get them all. Just because you can.
But if you can’t, here are several which will float your boat, straight from DC Collectibles. Three of the most merciless members of the Suicide Squad.
These three are based on the New 52. Oh, and there’s nothing else to the sizes except the height of the figures so don’t let your mind go to the gutter, all right?
You can look at them here.
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Here’s another figure that will make your friends cry. It’s not your run-of-the-mill action figure. Instead, it’s made of real leather and handmade to boot.
You’ll have to pay a hefty price for this, but it just might be the best in this list of awesome Suicide Squad collectibles.
Order it here.
Just like action figures, you can never have enough geek tees, and if you’re really into the Suicide Squad (which I assume you are since you are reading this), then here are some that will get you a-clickin’.
Oh, and dear guys, don’t throw a tantrum. The design is also available for men’s tees, which you can buy here.
You know you want her.
Jared Leto’s The Joker has elicited mixed reactions, but there is no doubt his last line in the trailer has caught on. If you can’t stop saying “I’m just gonna hurt you really, really bad.” over and over again, just get this t-shirt so people won’t think you’re a psycho. (See what I did there? No? Never mind then.)
This design is from Redbubble, so you can use it for practically anything – from t-shirt to hoodie to jammies to leggings to skirts.
Also from Redbubble, this minimalistic Deadshot design is perfect in my book.
When’s your next cosplay event? Here’s the mask you need if you’re coming as a Suicide Squad member.
Since it’s made from fiberglass and custom-made, the $175 price tag is understandable.
Another option for your next costume, this leather Katana mask oozes sexy bada$$. Or, if you like putting masks on display, this is one you’d want to add to your showcase.
Even better news, it’s cheaper at $45.
“This is a RAW CAST of the Harley Quinn Popgun made available for those of you interested in painting and finishing this item on your own! The hollow cast will come trimmed and ready for light sanding and priming.”
Not only do you get to play around pretending you’re Harley popping her toy gun, but you get to put your own unique stamp on this pop gun as well.
It’s safe by the way.
Love Jared Leto’s Joker? Got an iPhone 5C? This one’s a no-brainer.
Also available for the iPhone 6 Plus.
Here’s another one for Jared Leto fans. This is a must-have autographed print, and it’s quite affordable at around $10!
My favorite of them all – the song from the trailer as performed by L’orchestra Cinematique. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a more fitting background song to the trailer.
How could we not have discovered this earlier? LEGO Batman and Robin, Joker’s Funhouse – that’s a recipe for awesome nuts! Created by Paul Hetherington, also known on Twitter as @LegoBrickbaron, LEGO Batman and Robin, Joker’s Funhouse is everything a Batman and LEGO fan wants.
Here’s a closer look so you can see the minifigs.
And an even closer look.
Of course, other Batman characters are part of the funhouse. Here’s one of my favorite shots.
This LEGO Batman and Robin, Joker’s Funhouse creation is certainly something that we would want in our homes, yes? If you want to use it as inspiration, check out the rest of the photos here.
But here’s another treat before we go – the animated version.
Aren’t you just giggling with glee? No one’s so serious now!
More LEGO for you:
Over the past 75 years, Batman has squared off against a colorful array of enemies that have made his war on crime seemingly never-ending. We select a few that we consider his most memorable adversaries because, after all, what would Batman be without his bad guys?
There was never any doubt about this one. From his first appearance as “the Red Hood” to his campy phase in the 1960s, the “laughing fish” era of the 70s, and his return to psychosis in the 80s and beyond, the Joker has been the quintessential Batman villain. One of the measures of a good writer and artist is if they can craft a Joker story that develops his relationship with Batman even further. The clown make-up and his utter disregard for human life have combined to make the Joker not just unforgettable, he’s downright deadly.
The complex relationship that Batman has with Catwoman instantly boosts her near the top of this list. He’s been battling with her for nearly seven decades, and he’s placed her in jail on several occasions. At some point though, the antagonism turned into flirtation, and even a straight-up relationship. Before 1986’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the older Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle of Earth-2 were even married and had a daughter, Helena (who later became The Huntress). The appeal of Catwoman goes beyond the skintight leather and the rocking body she’s drawn as having. Though Selina cares for Bruce and wants to do good by him, her innate need to walk on the wild side keeps her from ever fully staying with the Bat.
Just looking at Two-Face will leave an impression on your brain. The dichotomy of good and evil, light and dark, are embodied in the scarred face of former District Attorney Harvey Dent. Once a trusted ally of Batman, his own pursuit of justice resulted in acid being thrown on his face by a mob goon. The scarring, however, went deeper than cosmetic as it unleashed a madness and psychosis that had no room for gray areas. The suit that was split down the middle, the fascination with duality and multiples of two, and the reliance on a scarred double-headed silver dollar have all contributed to the fascination with this tragic figure.
You don’t break Batman’s back and get left off this list. Only created in the 1990s, Bane was more than just a thuggish brute when he left Peña Dura prison where he grew up on the isle of Santa Prisca. Fluent in at least six languages and creating his own fighting style, the addition of the drug Venom into his system enhanced his strength but left him addicted to it. Bane’s obsession with Batman began with the fear that the latter inspired throughout Gotham City. Their physical battles would eventually prove to be psychological as well, the most famous of which resulted in Bane literally breaking the back of Batman. The Christopher Nolan movies veer away a bit from the comic origins, but the dangerous nature of this monster has remained in every medium he’s been seen in.
When you lead a group of assassins, are hell-bent on world domination, periodically immerse yourself in a pool that restores your life energy, and are determined to groom Batman to become your successor, you must be a bit of a whack job. His name is translated as “Demon’s head,” and as leader of the League of Assassins, is a criminal mastermind who wants to purge the Earth of most of its population and rule what is left. His daughter Talia eventually falls in love with Batman and, like any potential father-in-law would do, determines if the Dark Knight can be his heir. On top of being a skilled fighter gained from his living over 600 years, al Ghul has amassed a considerable fortune, and all his resources have brought both him and his League in direct conflict with Batman.
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Awesome artist Mike Alcantara, like many other comic book fans, show his love for the medium through fan art. But what’s unique about his nerd art is that he creates one of a kind collages completely out of comic. No ink or paint at all! You can check out his DeviantArt, his Facebook for more photos. He sells prints and originals of these awesome comic collages on his Etsy!
For any hero to achieve true greatness, he has to be pushed to his limit by their opposite number. The villain, the bad guy, the antagonist. This character’s actions ultimately reflect back on the hero as the protagonist’s response will either make him or break him. With that in mind, here are who we think are the top baddies in comics.
Batman’s “rogues gallery” features such great villains as Two-Face, The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Mister Freeze. However, each and every one of these bad guys pales in comparison to “the Clown Prince of Crime” himself, The Joker. No character is as willing to attack Batman and those close to him both physically and psychologically as this madman will. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that Batman refuses to kill the clown, thus every life Joker takes weighs ever-heavily on the Bat’s tortured conscience.
Getting a boost care of Tom Hiddleston’s performance in the Marvel films, Loki is front and center for more than just his oversized horns. The God of Mischief’s hatred for his adoptive father Odin and brother Thor make for a great tragedy in the classic dramatic sense. Loki’s incessant desire for the throne of Asgard stems from a twisted desire to prove worthy of Odin’s love, making this villain all the more tragic.
More than simple jealousy of his former colleague Reed Richards, Victor Von Doom’s desire to rule over his countrymen in Latveria makes him the poster child for “superpowered dictator.” Don’t let the green hood and skirt fool you, Doctor Doom has long been a foe not just of the Fantastic Four, but also of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and almost all the Marvel heroes. Possessing mastery over both science and magic as well as a perennial desire to rule over all makes Doom an all-time superstar baddie.
From the firepits of the planet Apokolips emerges the overpowering presence of Darkseid. Modeled by comics legend Jack Kirby after Adolf Hitler, Darkseid has risen in the ranks of comic villainy from someone on the fringes to being an archvillain for Superman, the Justice League, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and every hero in the DC Universe. In his search for the Anti-Life Equation that will give him total control over the thoughts and feelings of all beings, Darkseid has used both propaganda and force to advance his universe-spanning agenda.
Whether it be Terence Stamp’s cool, British-accented portrayal or Michael Shannon’s physical, evil goateed turn, General Dru-Zod always resonates with fans of Superman. With his military background in contrast to Superman and his father Jor-El, Zod is a Kryptonian without the humanity and morals that Kal-El was raised with. Lex Luthor may have been around longer, Brainiac may be more malevolent, and Bizarro may be creepier, but Zod is a match for Superman in both brains and brawn. Now kneel before Zod!
First appearing in the very first issue of the X-Men back in 1963, Erik Lensherr has evolved over five decades as he’s straddled being both villain and hero several times. With an origin story seeped in the bigotry of Nazi Germany, Magneto absorbed the anger and fear faced by his people and promised his fellow mutants that they wouldn’t befall the same fate. Often seen as both a terrorist and messiah, he’s much more than just a mutant who can move things with metal in them.
Sure to rise in popularity once the second Avengers movie hits the big screen, the tragedy of the robot known as Ultron is that he was created to help humanity and represent artificial intelligence that is almost human. Instead, what should have been Hank Pym’s crowning achievement has become one of the Avengers’ and the human race’s greatest foes, as well as a reminder of how technology and things people create can easily go astray.
Out of Spider-Man’s extensive gallery of rogues and enemies, Otto Octavius should be just one of many names that include the Green Goblin, Venom, the Sandman, the Lizard and more. But no other villain has done what Doctor Octopus recently did: exchange bodies with the superhero and completely take over his mind and his life. Already possessing a brilliant scientific mind, Doc Ock gave up his dying body with its four tentacles for the younger and more powerful body of Peter Parker. Now trying to prove himself a “Superior Spider-Man,” Doctor Octopus finds himself in the unfamiliar role of superhero.
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Now this is probably the best re-imagining I’ve ever seen of the Batman.
Francesco Francavilla has released some preview images of an upcoming collection re-imagining Batman in the early 1970’s with the Catwoman sporting an afro hair style, the Joker looking even camper than he did in the 60’s TV version (while at the same time looking pretty damn scary), Batman seems to be chain smoking in every image and even though I wouldn’t promote this to kids he looks pretty damn cool! Commissioner Gordon unfortunately looks like a hobo though. [Read more…]
Over the long and colorful history of comic books, superhero sidekicks have been almost as ubiquitous as costumes. Once mere stand-ins for the audience and a sounding board for the hero, some sidekicks have even inherited their mentor’s super alter ego. Here are our choices for the six top sidekicks in comics today.
As the first Robin, Dick Grayson brought some sunshine and a carefree attitude to the brooding Batman. Eventually graduating from college and leaving Bruce Wayne behind, Dick established himself as Nightwing and has even led his own team in the Teen Titans. So important has Dick been in DC Comics history that editorial plans to kill him off a few years ago was met with violent protests from DC fanboys and fangirls.
When Captain America was reintroduced into the Marvel Universe of the 1960s, one character left supposedly dead in his past was his partner, Bucky. James Bartholomew “Bucky” Barnes was killed off right before Steve Rogers was frozen for a few decades. Thanks to writer Ed Brubaker, Bucky was revealed to have been rescued and brainwashed by the Soviet Union and trained to be an elite assassin during the Cold War. Brought back to the good guys by Cap, Bucky even spent a few years as Captain America when Roger was “killed” in the mid-2000s and will undoubtedly be front and center for 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier where he will be played by Sebastian Stan.
The one and only sidekick that the Joker could ever have is also head-over-heels in love with him. Created for Batman: The Animated Series by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, Arkham Asylum psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel was determined to “cure” the clown of his insanity. Instead, Joker toyed with her emotions and drove her mad. Adopting a new psychotic clown persona, Harley has since shown total devotion to “Mister J” even though he hardly gives her a second thought. Harley has also teamed up on occasion with Poison Ivy.
It’s tough enough being sidekick to one hero, imagine what it’s like to be the trusted partner to more than one. Rick Jones’ carelessness directly resulted in Dr. Bruce Banner’s accident that turned him into the Hulk. To atone for it, Rick acted as the Hulk’s sidekick, calming the monster down when his rage would be too much. He has also served as partner to other heroes such as Captain America, two different Captain Marvels, and even the Spaceknight known as Rom.
The first African-American superhero in comics history, Sam Wilson is also famous for fighting side-by-side with Captain America for most of the 1970s. Able to see through the eyes of his pet, Redwing, as well as other birds, Wilson’s equipment gives him high-speed flight as well as other tech-based abilities. The Falcon will have a prominent role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will be played by Anthony Mackie.
At only 10½ years old, Mindy McCready is the youngest in this list, but that doesn’t make her any less effective than her elders though. Trained from a young age by her dad Damon a.k.a. Big Daddy, Hit-Girl (unforgettably played on film by Chloe Grace Moretz) is a master of several weapons and fighting techniques. Initially serving as Big Daddy’s sidekick, Mindy eventually takes on Kick-Ass as her own sidekick, training him and teaching him how to hunt criminals.
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