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Christian Bale on set video from The Dark Knight Rises #TDKR

Batman Arkham City Box Art (again)

Batman Arkham City Cover Art

Batman Arkham City Cover Art

Since Arkham City failed to garner the ecstasies of unqualified praise they expected at E3, a day seldom goes by without some new announcement or a reminder that they have downloadable wallpaper.  The latest cry for attention is the release of “official” box artwork for the Playstation version of the game.

It’s nice.  More of the city than in the Xbox art they released a few weeks ago. But the impression of insecurity is troubling. Batman: Arkham Asylum was an unprecedented critical and commercial success.  Maybe it went to Rocksteady’s head.  They are assured of sales if even a fraction of satisfied AA players buy the new game, but their initial call for “What imagery made you go wow” indicates they may have had unrealistic expectations.  A sequel will never have the impact of a first installment because it is not new.  Rocksteady can only damage the game by continued acting out because they encountered pushback.

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Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume

Bruce Wayne’s latest hot ride: The Lamborghini Aventador

Bruce Wayne's new Lamborghini in The Dark Knight Rises

Bruce Wayne's new Lamborghini in The Dark Knight Rises

The tank-like “tumbler” of Batman Begins wasn’t every fan’s idea of a Batmobile, but fans took heart from the fact that Bruce Wayne drove a Lamborghini Murcielago tat was “only a custom paint job away from being a Batmobile.”  Since Begins chronicled Batman’s early years and foreshadowed what we all knew was to come, we all knew Bruce would see the light.  When the tumbler was destroyed in The Dark Knight, fans quipped that since “the tumbler is now tumbler giblets, can we get a good car?”

It seemed likely that we would, since Bruce’s Murcielago had much more screen time in The Dark Knight, and a Lamborghini concept car has been circulated since January as the possible model for the new Batmobile for The Dark Knight Rises.

It turns out Bruce Wayne will be the one driving a new Lamborghini in TDKR: the Aventador.  Autoblog has this exclusive

 Bruce Wayne has lots of toys at his disposal. Billions of dollars and Lucius Fox mean a near unlimited supply of pure awesome. Still, Wayne can’t play Batman during daylight hours, so his ride has to be a tad more subtle than The Tumbler. In Batman: The Dark Night, Bruce Wayne drove a Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, which he used to save someone else’s life. We won’t lie, that scene caused the room to get a little misty. Thankfully for Wayne, his billions allow a new bull to take the Murci’s place, and a Lamborghini Aventador appears to be the ride of choice for Gotham’s favorite playboy.

Charlie Shulman, a member of the Luxury4Play.com forums, obtained photos of the Gotham-plated Aventador on the set of the new film. More »

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First peak at the Dark Knight Rises Batmobile

DC Retroactive: Batman – The ’80s

DC Comics Retroactive Batman of the 80s

Cover for Batman Retroactive - The '80s by Jerry Bingham & Carlos Badilla.

This is the cover for Batman Retroactive from the 1980s by Jerry Bingham and Carlos Badilla.

Retroactive is a play on “RetCon, short for Retroactive Continuity, a fan idiom for rewriting the history the comics have established thus far.  It is something DC Comics is in dire need of if they are to continue.

Retroactive is a limited series DC Comics will be running this summer with old writers and artists telling “lost tale” of the earlier eras and continuities.  It is part of a reboot of all characters and relaunch of all titles, using old writers and artists to reconnect with their past and address the massive loss of readers in time to take advantage of The Dark Knight Rises next summer.

DC’s inability to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm. A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties. More »

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Retro-Active and Reichenbach Falls

The Dark Knight Rises Production Updates: Photos and Video from Wollaton Hall/Wayne Manor

After weeks of fanboys and fansites “biting down hard”  on
unsubstantiated rumors, obviously fake virals, and some deliberate misdirection in actor interviews, batman-news.com has broken the first real news from the set of Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham.  The following video depicts a minor accident at the entrance, and pictures of the set for the iconic graveyard on the grounds of Wayne Manor where Bruce’s parents and ancestors are buried.  More »

The Dark Knight Rises Location Shooting for Wayne Manor Graveyard Wollaton Hall in Nottingham (Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale)

The Dark Knight Rises Location Shooting for Wayne Manor Graveyard, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham (batman-news.com)

Overheard on the Social Networks: Catwoman Wardrobe Malfunction

Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

Anne Hathaway is Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

From Facebook

Dear Lord,
In re “The Dark Knight Rises rumor: Anne Hathaway Wardrobe Malfunction ‘Too much Catwoman for the costume'”
Let it be true. Amen.

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Written by Gotham Trending

06/27/2011 at 12:15 am

DC Retroactive: Batman – The ’70s

Cover for Batman Retroactive - The '70s by Wes Hartman and Tom Mandrake

Cover for Batman Retroactive - The '70s by Wes Hartman and Tom Mandrake (via IGN)

The cover for Batman Retroactive from the 70s (Wes Hartman, Tom Mandrake), a limited series DC Comics will be running this summer with old writers and artists telling “lost tale” of the earlier eras and continuities.

Retroactive, from Retroactive Continuity, is fan parlance for rewriting the history the comics have written thus far.  It is something DC Comics is in dire need of if they are to survive.  Retroactive is part of the DC Comics reboot attempting to reconnect with their past, addressing the massive loss of readers resulting from long-term mishandling of Batman and related characters in time to take advantage of mainstream interest that will be generated by Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman outing The Dark Knight Rises.

DC’s inability to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm. A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties. More »

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Retroactive: Can DC Comics Win Back Lost Readers?

DC Reboot Catwoman #1 – Wrong costume is a warning sign to fans but characterization sounds like an improvement

DC Looking To Relaunch Everything In September

DC RETROACTIVE: BATMAN – THE ‘90S #1

Retro-Active and Reichenbach Falls