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Or perhaps a Moonie, maybe even a preacher on TV! Whatever your opinion might be on Suicide Squad‘s new Joker (portrayed by Jared Leto), the supervillain has made an impression on everyone who’s watched the trailers or even slightly kept up with the hype surrounding DC‘s upcoming all-supervillain movie. But how is the actor keeping up with the flamboyant psychopath that is Batman‘s archnemesis?

According to director David Ayer, better than expected apparently…

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If you want to play something strange, who you gonna call? Well, if you’re playing LEGO Dimensions, pretty much anyone you want it seems. Fancy a batshit mashup with Doctors Who, Brown and Venkman? Sure! While you’re at it, why not throw in Doctor Harleen Frances Quinzel, MD aka Harley Quinn, for good measure? You may as well drop Marty McFly and The Joker in the street to look on as well. (more…)

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Dads, am I right? Sometimes they are awkward or they don’t get the stuff you’re into. Other times, they crack awful puns or get you grounded on trumped up charges, but they always make it worth your while. Like for example when they go out of their way to get you that one thing you really, really want or when they stick by you even when you have come up with the awful idea of pursuing an acting (or worse yet, a writing) career.

In Harley Quinn Smith‘s case, her payout came when her dad (nerd-culture legend Kevin Smith) handed her one of the most important movie memorabilia of her life…

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The Joker and Harley Take On Deadpool and Domino in SPBD #16

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Ever since that historical moment when two comic book geeks managed to find themselves in the same room together, the question of which super hero or villain would win in a fight to the finish has been an inevitable topic of discussion. One team of YouTubers decided to make a career out of these great debates and thus, Super Power Beat Down was born. So who’s up this time around? Why, it’s a tag-team match consisting of none-other-than The Joker and Harley Quinn and they’re facing off against an equally chaotic pair in the form of Deadpool and Domino. Scroll on to watch the video and see what everyone has to say about this particular match-up. (more…)

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Now is an interesting time in comics. Thanks to such strong female titles like Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Thor, Spider-Women, and Wonder Woman, there are more women reading comics than ever before. The industry is putting out stand-out titles with good stories that put focus on strength of character and tenacity. Despite the growing trend, the treatment of women in comics is a work in progress. There have been some bumps in the road. Women are still being objectified. While costumes are covering more skin nowadays (See: Spider-Gwen, Silk, Ms Marvel – even Wonder Woman got a recent full-bodied costume redesign), female characters are still drawn with unrealistic forms and are often posed in sexually suggestive positions. When it’s bad… I mean when when a comic cover drops that is borderline soft-core porn, the Internet lashes out. A lot of the outcry is hyperbolic (hey, that’s the Internet for you) but artists are being called-out and often crucified for the decisions they make. In some ways, this helps dictate the marketplace and forces creatives and publishers to think more carefully about their readership and the type of content they’re putting out there. On the other hand, online lynching stifles creativity and freedom of artistic expression. Artists shouldn’t be bullied into submission.

Now, a recent event amongst comic artists has poignantly showcased what happens when culture goes to war with itself.

Head on past the jump to get the scoop on the showdown of the century (or at least this year). *Note: Get some coffee ready, this is a long read. (more…)

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Few characters in the expansive DC pantheon have had as many designs as Harley Quinn. She was originally created as a throwaway henchman for Batman: The Animated Series, but Paul Dini adored her so much she became a mainstay, eventually working her way into comics and Rocksteady’s Arkham video games. Over the years, she has had costume after costume, ranging from the sleek to the slutty, and we finally have details on her outfit for the very first live-action appearance on the big screen.

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In an attempt to keep up with the competition, WB revealed a huge slate of upcoming superhero films a few months back, which included the highly anticipated villain centric Suicide Squad.  At the time of the reveal, it seemed as if the movie was a lifetime away.  With 2016 less than a year away, however, time seems to have sped up a bit, and now the Suicide Squad movie is picking up some real momentum and we now have word that we may be seeing even more fan favorites up on the big screen than we originally thought.  (more…)

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It’s not like fans get upset about casting in a comic book movie when it doesn’t meet their exacting nebulous expectations, right? Still, the casting of the upcoming DC Comics-based film Suicide Squad came out strong late last year with the announcement that Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, and Tom Hardy had all signed on. But Hardy had to bow out with a busy schedule leaving a Rick Flagg-sized hole in the cast that Jake Gyllenhaal refused to film. The production’s in trouble, right? Not so fast says that man playing Deadshot and the woman playing Harley Quinn. These casting difficulties are just par for the course in a major Hollywood production. (more…)