by Brett White
Artist Rafa Toro has given Batman's rogues gallery a quirky update, re-imagining the fearsome villains as maniacally delightful toons. Every iteration of every foe is rendered in this series of strutting GIFs, providing possibly the only context in which the Joel Schumacher-era villains make any real sense.
In addition to being fun to look at, the GIF set shows just how extensive Batman's two film franchises have been. Whatever angle the next franchise attempts, they'll be hard-pressed to find suitable adversaries for the Dark Knight that he hasn't already faced.
Enjoy the strutting villains below, and be reminded of just how cool Jack Nicholson's Joker was.
by Brett White
The Red-Band trailer for "Kick-Ass 2" is here and overloaded with shots guaranteed to up your anticipation. We picked out the 15 must-see moments from this incredibly NSFW trailer.
» It looks like Aaron Taylor-Johnson has ingested a bit of Captain America's Super Soldier Serum for this sequel. Chris Evans had better step up his game.
» Chloe Grace Moretz, sporting a wig surely borrowed from Prince's concert tour, delivers mega attitude as Hit-Girl.
Of the many topics covered on "The Walking Dead," the AMC series has never dealt with racism in the post-zombie apocalypse world quite like "Saturday Night Live" did this past weekend. "SNL" host Kevin Hart played a black man who was turned into a zombie in front of Rick, Carl, Maggie and Daryl, but the four "Walking Dead" characters were too afraid of being racist to offend the other man by turning him away.
Hilarious, or offensive? You decide! Watch the video after the jump and let us know what you think.
We don't know who Peter Dinklage is playing in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" just yet. So let's just assume he's playing Tyrion Lannister, his brilliant award-winning character from "Game of Thrones." After all, "Days of Future Past" is already dealing with time-travel, juggling two separate eras of "X-Men" casts at once — would bringing Westeros' smallest giant into the realm of mutants and Sentinels really make things too weird?
(Yes, it would. Just roll with us.)
In fact, smart money suggests that Tyrion would actually handle himself quite well if he was put up against the X-universe. Sure, height isn't on his side, and he has no real powers to speak of beyond his razor-sharp tongue — but who needs Valyrian steel to compete with adamantium when wits are on your side?
So, let's put Tyrion to the test. We've turned to Sean T. Collins, comic book author and critic and blogger of all things "Game of Thrones" and "A Song of Ice and Fire" at All Leather Must Be Boiled, for his insight into how The Imp would fare against mutantkind.
Take it away, Sean!
Happy Bale-entine's Day, everyone! And no, that's not a typo — that's the name of the most important holiday being celebrated today. Just ask Batman; he'll tell you all about it...
Okay, without any context, that looks weird. Let me explain: when I worked at Wizard Magazine years ago, several colleagues and I dreamed up Bale-entine's Day, a way to honor/mock Valentine's Day through a "Dark Knight" lens. The result: way too many Photoshopped images of Christian Bale in seductive poses, paired with out-of-context quotes from Christopher Nolan's Batman movies.
Chris Pratt is Star-Lord. This is excellent news. If you're not sure why this is excellent news, then clearly you don't know Andy Dwyer. Dwyer is Pratt's character on "Parks & Recreation," arguably the best sitcom on network television at the moment; he's a big-hearted buffoon with a flair for the theatrics, a passion for music, and lots of love for his wife April and the rest of his friends.
There are plenty of reasons outside of "Parks & Rec" that Pratt is the perfect choice to lead "Guardians of the Galaxy." ** But even if were looking only at Pratt's actions in Pawnee, Indiana, we could still explain why he's the right man to defend the "Galaxy."
So, assuming Star-Lord will take his cues from Andy Dwyer — and really, why shouldn't he? — here are 10 reasons why Pratt will absolutely own "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Marvel Studios is nothing if not deliberate. They carefully planned the five-film build-up to "The Avengers." They're meticulously plotting the stages of Phase Two right now and, if you believe certain reports, they're already deep into Phase Three.
Above all else, they have invested heavily in the Chris business.
Think about it: three of Marvel's leading men are all named Chris. First there was Hemsworth as Thor, then Evans as Captain America, and now the latest Chris to step into the ring — Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy." That's a lot of Chrisses!
Since Marvel's inclination towards dudes named Chris has paid off so far, we thought to ourselves, "Hey, who are some of the Chrisses they haven't thought of yet?" So, without further ado: six Chrisses Marvel needs to consider going forward!
Happy birthday, Hawkeye! Jeremy Renner, who starred in "Marvel's The Avengers" as Earth's mightiest sharpshooter, turns 42 today. As one of the stars of last year's superhero epic, Renner is one of the many Hollywood heroes we're thankful for on a weekly basis.
That said, Hawkeye is still at a bit of a disadvantage when stacked up against his fellow Avengers. After all, a bow and arrow look kind of puny when positioned next to thunder gods and gamma giants. To that end, we thought we'd cook up a few ideas to bolster Hawkeye's arsenal, just in time for Renner's birthday.
Nerdy men of the world, this is how it's done. Eddie Zarick proposed to his girlfriend Sarah Carter in one of the most epic comic book-related ways we've ever heard of: By designing an "Iron Man"-style arc reactor replica that presented his now-fiancé with her ring.
“I took her out to the beach one night in the back of my Jeep and told her I had a early Christmas gift for her," Zarick told Wired. "I gave her the box, and inside was the reactor. It was at night so it really shined bright and she was amazed. But once I pushed the button and the light show happened and the ring came out, she was speechless and crying.”
I'm very late to this, so thanks to fellow MTVer Joel Hanek (one of the brilliant minds behind Loki'd) for bringing it to my attention: dietary tips and freestyle rap from Bane, courtesy of the mad geniuses at Auralnauts. If you haven't seen the video yet, you need to do so immediately. If you've watched already, do it again — it'll start your first 2013 work week with a big, fat, fiber-filled laugh.