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TDKR’s Anne Hathaway photo’d with new fiance in the East Village

Anne Hathaway has barely had a chance to breathe since being cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.  A summer shooting schedule broken only by a high profile release of her last movie One Day has kept the beautiful 28-year old actress at the heart of such a media maelstrom that her recent engagement to Adam Shulman was comparatively minor news.  Here she is photographed in the East Village, enjoying some relatively quiet time.

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Taking care of some errands, Anne Hathaway was spotted out in Manhattan’s East Village earlier today.

Joined by her new fiance Adam Shulman, the actress looked to be in good spirits as she scampered across the street.

via The Bean Blog.

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11/29/2011 at 4:56 pm

The Batmobile: The History of Batman’s Car

A pictoral history of The Batmobile from the earliest comics through every movie and cartoon incarnation, courtesy of BatmobileHistory.com

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Batmobile Quotes:

“Chicks dig the car.”
Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

It might not be the stupidest line in movie history, and it might not even be the worst in the Joel Schumacher movies, but it was a pivotal moment signaling that another Batman franchise had fallen into the hands of those whose lack of understanding was about to ruin it.

“Does it come in black.”
Christian Bale in Batman Begins

A marked improvement, even if the car itself wasn’t.  Bruce’s boyish enjoyment of the vehicle almost overcame the aesthetic horror he was wasting it on.

“The Tumbler is now tumbler giblets.  Can we get a good car now?”
One of the wittier bloggers after The Dark Knight.

We agree.  And since the man has a penchant for Lamborghinis…

Christian Bale said Anne Hathaway had the hardest job as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises | the telegraph

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“When (director) Chris (Nolan) watched the screen test, he agreed that Anne did a wonderful job,” Christian Bale told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a rare  interview about the upcoming film, The Dark Knight Rises. “In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us.”

via thetelegraph.com.au

Bale should know, because Batman/Bruce Wayne was equally well-defined in performances like Michael Keaton’s in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, but after two movies, he has made his bones and carved his niche.  He is uniquely positioned to see the kneejerk to Hathaway’s casting for what it is.

 

 

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11/29/2011 at 1:56 pm

The Batcave Companion Celebrating The Art and History of Comics

It will come as a shock to modern comic readers that Batman had not been the campy and colorful 60s icon up to the moment Frank Miller came along and the man they champion as inventing “Dark and Broody” did no such thing.  TwoMorrow’s Batcave Companion chronicles the Bronze age progression and the works of Len Wein and Steve Englehart, who “Remembered the Dark but never forgot the Knight.”

The Batcave Companion

240 page Trade Paperback – by Michael EURY & Michael KRONENBERG

Michael Eury, the writer/editor of the critically acclaimed The Krypton Companion, and Michael Kronenberg, the designer of the eye-popping Spies, Vixens, and Masters of Kung Fu: The Art of Paul Gulacy, team up to explore the Silver and Bronze Ages of Batman comic books in The Batcave Companion! Two distinct sections of this book examine the Dark Knight’s progression from his campy “New Look” of the mid-1960s to his “creature of the night” reinvention of the 1970s. Features include issue-by-issue indexes, interviews with CARMINE INFANTINO, JOE GIELLA, DENNIS O’NEIL, and NEAL ADAMS, and guest essays by MIKE W. BARR and WILL MURRAY. Contributors include SHELDON MOLDOFF, LEN WEIN, STEVE ENGLEHART, and TERRY AUSTIN, with a special tribute to the late MARSHALL ROGERS. With its incisive introduction by Dennis O’Neil and its iconic cover painting by Neal Adams, The Batcave Companion is a must-have for every comics fan!

ISBN-13: 978-1-893905-78-8

ISBN-10: 1-893905-78-0

Diamond Order Code: JAN111353

via TwoMorrows Publishing

Batman Merch: Golden Age Batman, Joker, Silver Age Batgirl, in Batman Legacy series from Mattel

We’re all for the Golden Age Batman and Joker, and the Silver Age Batgirl is certainly a welcome offering to those of us who remember the wonderful Batman Family comics featuring Barbara’s Batgirl and Dick Grayson’s Robin.  Mr. Freeze, well fine.  But we can’t figure out the thinking at Action Figure World with that last  comment.

Batman Action Figures Legacy Series Golden Age Batman, Golden Age Joker

We’ve got Golden Age JOKER, Silver Age MR. FREEZE and Modern Age BATMAN in the first series of BATMAN LEGACY figure from Mattel. If you’ve been upset by the whole reboot thing, then you might appreciate a throwback to the way things were–if only in one of these great figures. Check them out, available individually or as a 3-figure set.

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And if you like those, then you might want to pre-order one of the next series, which includes Golden Age Batman, Silver Age Batgirl and Modern Age (of course) Catman!  viaAction Figure World.

Of course Catman?  We have nothing against him, but have to wonder how such a curious choice came about.  Are we missing something?

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11/29/2011 at 12:39 pm

Humor: Batman’s Social Networking Nightmare

Before the Thanksgiving break, we had Superman’s Social Network Nightmare in Superman Busted.  Batman wasn’t exactly sympathetic.  Karma is a bitch.

Batman Humor: Batman's Social Network Nightmare

via Agent-X Comics

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11/29/2011 at 11:51 am

The Dark Knight Rises: Gotham Police Department

A collection of Gotham Police badges, emblems and vehicles from The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment in his Dark Knight Trilogy starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, et. al.

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The Dark Knight Rises will be released by Warner Bros. in July 2012

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11/29/2011 at 12:25 am

Gotham City Rush: Batman Game to play free online

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There’s been a rush of Batman games stepping up to fill the void since Arkham City managed to disappoint as many as it pleased.  Not only has DC Online introduced free gameplay, but there is a free online game in the universe of the acclaimed The Brave and the Bold cartoon.

Gotham City Rush is from Epic Play, which is an advertising supported platform that offers free games in exchange for agreement to install the software and receive advertising.  The advertising is served through toolbars, in-text and pop-up/under ads, so it’s not to everyone’s taste. (Our virus protection initially rejected the download).  But we at Gotham Trending are fans of The Brave and the Bold, and expect a more positive Batman-game experience here than from either Arkham City or something as tied to current DC Comics as DC Online.

EpicPlay™ – Live to Play Games. Free Online Games and Premium Games!.

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11/29/2011 at 12:06 am

Batman pajamas

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  From now on when someone asks what’s wrong with the Darker than Dark, Grittier than Gritty Batman that is the mainstay of certain over-rated Batman writers and games, we will simply show them this:

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More pictures at the {tiny} sartorialist.

Top posts of the week

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this week the pictures have taken center stage, particularly those of Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne, Batman) and Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle, Catwoman), on set, off set, in costume, in civvies. and in Anne’s case standing up for the 99% at an Occupy Wallstreet protest.  Neither of their top picture is new and the one of Hathaway has been a fixture on the top ten list for obvious reasons.  Why both are topping the charts this week, we can’t guess.  It is the best picture of Bale as Bruce Wayne we’ve ever seen.  In fact, it’s the best picture of anybody as Bruce Wayne.

  1. Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne / Batman in The Dark Knight Rises
  2. New Set Photos from The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale/Bruce Wayne looking very Wall Street and Joseph Gordon…
  3. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  4. Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume
  5. Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wallstreet protesters, One of the 1% sure, but can still agree with the 99%
  6. Batman Merch: Riddler Converse
  7. Another one to file under “Hey, Arkham City, You really should have had this in class!”
  8. Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
  9. Batman: Arkham City blows it on all the villains
  10. DC Reboot Catwoman #1 – Wrong costume is a warning sign to fans but characterization sounds like an improvement
  11. Batman and Catwoman in full costume on the set of The Dark Knight Rises
  12. Batman Merch: The Batman Files

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Humor: Superman busted

So it’s not Batman humor exactly.  Batman’s in it, and it must be shared:

Superman's Social Network Nightmare

The Joy of Tech comic… Superman’s social network nightmare..

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11/18/2011 at 4:11 pm

Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wallstreet protesters, One of the 1% sure, but can still agree with the 99%

Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wall Streeet Protest: Blackboards not BulletsWe’re not sure what Anne Hathaway is making to play Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but it places her with Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne firmly in that top 1%.  One of the top 1% who agree with the 99 about the faulty priorities of a government that’s been bought.  The 29 year old actress who is reportedly worth $58 million joined the Occupy Wallstreet protestors yesterday carried signs reading “Blackboards not Bullets” and “Blackboards not Bank Accounts.”

She is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses and lives a very privileged lifestyle that 99 per cent of people can only dream of.

Still, Anne Hathaway acted as an average Joe and accompanied hundreds of protestors as she joined the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan’s Union Square.

The 29-year-old, who is worth a reported $58 million, was pictured marching with protesters and sticking it to the man yesterday in The Big Apple.

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Anne, whose films have made approximately a total of $3,202,600,000, tried to blend in with the crowd by wearing a black hooded jacket, grey hat and sunglasses. The Oscars hostess held up a sign in support of the campaign that read: ‘Blackboards not bullets’.
Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing protest that began September 17 2011 in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district.

As the day went on Hathaway transformed her appearance from peaceful protestor to more of an anarchist look.
She swapped her original sign for a smaller lighter one that was easier to carry.
The new sign read: ‘Blackboards not bullets’, which was a clear statement in support of students and education.

via Daily Mail

Irony Alert:  See related TDKR/OWS stories
The Dark Knight Rises Set Against Occupy Wall Street 
New Set Photos from The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale/Bruce Wayne looking very Wall Street and Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking very much like a cop
Production Images from #TDKR NYC Locations | Examiner.com

Batman Artwork

We’ve been seeing some fascinating superhero inspired art in the past few weeks.  These are the most striking Batman images from saturdaychurch and djstorm.

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Not really sure what the early twentieth century arts movement was that was so industrial, but this appears to be of that style.

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11/15/2011 at 10:04 am

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Norm Breyfogle back at DC Comics

Norm Breyfogle back on a regular Batman title (almost) at DC Comics

Norm Breyfogle, the legendary Batman artist who was brought back for the summer’s Batman Retro-Active event, posted this on his facebook a few hours ago:

Finally, it’s public info; no more playing coy. Yes, I’m really enjoying penciling and inking the on-going, monthly BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED.

Also, it’s very cool to be working again with one of my first–and definitely my best–professional home: DC Comics.

We don’t have a very high opinion of “Beyond” or “Unlimited” here at Gotham Trending, but Breyfogle’s presence elevates it and his return to DC Comics elevates them.

See related:
Official Announcement on DCU Blog 
Dynamic Duo Reunited: Exclusive Interview Part 1 and Part 2
Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle Retro-active: a vintage interview with the star Batman creative team DC Comics has brought back for Batman Retroactive

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11/14/2011 at 6:28 pm

Top Posts of the Week: Arkham City’s 15 minutes are up. TDKR back on top. Interest keen in Batman-Bane fight and all Dark Knight location shooting.

Looks like Arkham City’s 15 minutes are up.  The week was full of interest in The Dark Knight Rises filming, particularly the Batman/Bane fight, and the  unflagging interest in anything involving Anne Hathaway, Catwoman and the word ‘sexy.’  Old pictures from the location shooting in Pittsburgh months ago are getting more requests than anything pertaining to the game released only last week.  It is quite an anti-climax after their months of relentless  hype.

  1. The Dark Knight Rises Location Photos: Batman/Bane Fight
  2. The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane
  3. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  4. Candid set photos: Batman, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon from the set of The Dark Knight Rises
  5. Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume
  6. Batman Merch: Riddler Converse
  7. New Set Photos from The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale/Bruce Wayne looking very Wall Street and Joseph Gordon-Levitt looking very much like a cop
  8. The Dark Knight Rises Location Photos: Batman/Batsuit #TDKR
  9. DC Reboot Catwoman #1 – Wrong costume is a warning sign to fans but characterization sounds like an improvement
  10. Production Images from #TDKR NYC Locations | Examiner.com
  11. Why I’m passing on Arkham City
  12. Hot New Location Photos: Not Bruce and Selina this time. It’s Batman and Catwoman IN FULL COSTUME (or is it?)

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