What is it these days with movie spoilers coming out of toy tie-ins? First we had The Lizard debuting as a PEZ dispenser, then the possibility of seeing the Red Skull in The Avengers, and now we know what Batman’s new ariel, bat-themed mode of transportation is officially called.
It’s called…The Bat.
Does everyone else’s mind jump to Hank Venture dressed in an awful Batman costume, running through the halls of Baron Ünderbheit’s fortress in Ünderland, saying, “I am the bat.” No? Just me? Okay.
Wireless Goodness released the FCC filing, wherein three mockups of new Hot Wheels‘ products were remote-controlled toy cars from The Dark Knight Rises. The first two are the Tumbler and the Bat-pod, but the third is what us and the rest of the Internet had been calling the Batwing. Which it’s not. It’s The Bat.
And, y’know what? Hank Venture aside, it sounds pretty badass to me. What do you think of, The Bat?
A few weeks ago we learned that tacked on the front of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, excuse me, tacked only on the IMAX copies of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, would be a six to eight minute preview of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. I think it’s obvious Ghost Protocol is going to benefit greatly from this little addition because I know many die hard, bat-shit crazy Batman fans will shell out the money to see Ghost Protocol in IMAX only for this Dark Knight Rises’ prologue. Yes, I am most defnitely including myself in that bunch of die hard, bat-shit crazy Batman fans.
Turns out the prologue has a PG-13 rating which has given me and my die-hard, bat-shit crazy companions hope this prologue may actually be worth our time and money. But, that rating is sadly all we know about the short prologue. A PG-13 rating should imply some graphic content, right? Batman enacting some major brutality on unknowing thugs, oh please, pretty please! Something for me to feel justified in spending almost $15 on a movie ticket (Sorry, Ghost Protocol, you just don’t cut it.).If there’s enough going on in the prologue to warrant a PG-13 rating, I’ve got high hopes.
In other Dark Knight Rises news, the Batwing, we know it’s in the movie, we’ve seen plenty of leaked footage of the thing in action but now we get a beautiful ariel shot as it’s parked atop a New York skyscraper. Check it out below, and definetely do yourself a favor and click it to embiggen.
Batman : The Dark Knigh Rises is pushing pretty hard on the PR leaks. This is no mistake, they want to build up the hype for the last movie of the Nolan Batman series. So, let’s get started with the character that has been getting the most buzz recently, Catwoman.
After an interestingly confrontational interview with MTV on the negative/positive feedback from the outfit reveal, a source gives the Daily Mail a positive appeal to fans that this new Catwoman’s will be the sexiest we’ve ever seen. Here an excerpt of their report:
“…Meanwhile, Anne, who changed into a pale yellow dress for the film’s[One Day] after-party, is taking the transformation into Catwoman pretty seriously. The actress, who follows both Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, is said to have been putting in some intense preparation for the role. A source told the Mail: ‘Anne is working out five days a week. She’s taking it very seriously and wants her body in tip-top condition. ‘Secretly she hopes to upstage Halle Berry, who last played Catwoman. She’s doing dance classes, weight-training and cardio – she wants to be the sexiest Catwoman ever.”
To just put in my two cents, I think that with the current footage released of the stunt double in action, it won’t be hard for Hathaway to beat Halle Berry , ‘cause no offense, but Halle Berry was just a woman in a bondage outfit. I always call that Catwoman rendition, “She who shall not be named.” Secondly, if you notice they do not mention her outshining Michelle Pheifer. (hehe ‘cause she can’t) Anyways, below is some youtube footage of the stunt double in action, along with some clearer shots of the outfit. No offense Hathaway, but it’s just a rip off of Marvel’s Black Widow outfit…you can’t see any surprise hiding in that material.
I know a lot of people are feeling overwhelmed due to the sheer amount of The Dark Knight Rises spoilers flooding the interwebz. I’m exhilirated! Besides, it’s been proven spoilers don’t affect your enjoyment of something. And I’m still theorizing we’re only being shown the tip of the iceberg with all these sneaks and peaks. Christopher Nolan still has lots of surprises in store.
To spare those sick and tired of all the Bat-spoilers, click the jump.
Recently posted on Twitter was a set photo from The Dark Knight Rises which might give us a clue as to what other vehicles Christopher Nolan has in store for the Dark Knight. And no, it’s not another Tumbler with a silly new paintjob, but it might be related. This looks like the Tumbler’s aircraft brethren. What people are suspecting they see here is possibly the Nolanverse version of the Batwing.
Click the image to embiggen, it’s really the only way to get a proper look.
Hmm, I wonder if this means the all those desert storm Tumblers we saw before aren’t Batman’s at all. Could Wayne Tech be developing tank cars for other organizations?
What do you think? It’s looks suspiciously like an aircraft of some sort, is it the Batwing?
All right, big changes are coming to DC Universe in an effort to condense their ever-so-convoluted history and attract new readers with a simple and safe, #1. A lot of characters are getting new back stories, different histories, and some might not even exist anymore! Needless to say many, many comic book fans are freaking the fuck out. Unless you only woke up from a coma, like 20 minutes ago, you haven’t heard the apocalyptic news that DC is rebooting their universe. Well, reboot might not be a fair word. Relaunch? Revamp? Shake-up? Slight alteration of everything just enough to piss off your die-hard fans? Yeah, it’s something like that.
Of course this isn’t the only time DC decided change was needed. There’s a reason we refer to certain eras in comics as ‘golden’ or ‘silver’, they predominately refer to differences in characters and stories as they reflect their time period. We’re entering a new age now and it’s exciting, thrilling and a little disconcerting.
Listed here, all in one handy post is every new #1 title beginning in September in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Their covers, their quick solicits and a few snarky comments from myself. I admit now I am no DC expert, just a fan. And there are going to be some books I’ll have little to say about, others I could probably devote an entire post to, but I’ll try an keep ’em short. If I don’t share the same concerns you do about a title or I just say little about your favorite new book please, please, please share your thoughts and feel free to contradict me in the comments section. On to the books!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS.
On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.
I think this sounds solid. We’re going to be introduced to our favorite heroes as younger, more inexperienced people and with the team of Johns and Lee, it’ll rock. They want to put their best foot forward with this book, this’ll be the title that introduces new fans to the core of DCU. It’s great to see Cyborg being included in such an iconic group, too. They’re starting out strong with their whole plan to diversify the DCU. We’ll just see how long that plan continues…