T-Shirts: The Dark Taco is Among You Now and Other News…

Taco Dinosaur from Seibei in black at last

Been meaning to post about this for a while now. If there’s one shirt I wear that people ask me where I got it and can they have one…it’s the black Taco Dinosaur from SEIBEI. You’ve probably seen it in at least a couple of Wayhomers. When I saw that shirt, many moons ago, I immediately pinged David over there and said if it was in black, I’d buy one immediately. Well, he agreed to create a one-off and I snagged it with the condition that I tell everybody, no, they can’t have one. So I dutifully told everybody, no, they can’t have one but SEIBEI has plenty of other awesome shirts and go check them out.

But deep down I knew it was just a matter of time before he came to his senses and made it part of his regular stock. Because let’s face it: the shirt’s so awesome having it in black is about the only way to improve it. So here it is. Make sure you tell him we said hi. Use NEEDCOFFEE as a code when you check out (for this shirt or any of his stuff) and get 10% off your order.

In other news, Black Taco Dinosaur is a fantastic name for a band. Enough said about that.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:05+00:00 May 7th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

Batman: Arkham Asylum – Game Review

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Release Date: August 25, 2009
System: Xbox 360, PS3, Windows Vista/XP
Rating: Teen (Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference, Violence)
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Eidos

Comic-related video games have a…storied history. They range from the mediocre to the execrable, on the whole, with a tiny number of counter-examples scattered across the pages of game history. In those few bright spots, though, one hero has been consistently under-served: Batman. Attempts have been made to digitize the Dark Knight before, to be sure, and you might find a few copies still lurking in the discount shovelware bins at used game outlets. They’re not worth whatever price is marked.

From the first teaser images released by Eidos, Batman: Arkham Asylum was clearly in a different league. Using Epic’s Unreal Engine, the game’s designers deliver a less cartoonish caped crusader and a truly disturbing rogue’s gallery of classic villains, all through the twisted lens one would expect with the title’s invocation of Gotham’s disturbing sanitarium. The end result is a tense, atmospheric chess game between Bats and his most notorious foe, the Joker. Along the way, you’ll square off against several other long-time adversaries of Batman, including the game’s most memorable (and disturbing) sequences against Scarecrow and Batman’s own darkest fears.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:59:53+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Game Reviews|2 Comments

What Happens When a Candy Bar Sees Its Parents Murdered Before Its Eyes

Reese's Dark Peanut Butter Bat from Dark Knight

As a testament to the staying power of the Adam West Batman series: even in the year 2008, writing up a brief bit about bat-shaped Reese’s peanut butter cups without falling back on hackneyed television references is accomplished only by sheer force of will. But it’s just amusing to see tie-ins like this: black and blue Bat-colored Reese’s Pieces, Kit Kats with the Bat-Signal symbol on them, and the peanut butter cups…especially the DARK chocolate ones.

While these are all well and good, why should Batman get all the tie-ins? Why not Two-Face’s Fun Dip? Candy sticks that you can lick and stick into sugar pouches. One pouch sweet, one pouch sour. Or Joker’s Skybar. Why? Because it’s chocolate with four different fillings, just like you never know what sort of madness you get with the Joker. And color it green. It can be done. Or Alfred’s Dairy Milk. The Cadbury classic. You wouldn’t need to do anything but put Michael Caine‘s face on the wrapper. Granted, that didn’t help Jaws: The Revenge, but even Sir Michael has limits.

Do you have any ideas?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:17:39+00:00 June 11th, 2008|Headsup|1 Comment

Science Ninja Hero? Yes, Have Some.

Batman: Science Ninja Hero

Cliff Chiang has posted some of his artwork that he put together as a DC Comics/anime mashup about a decade ago. He does anime versions of Batman and Robin, Harley Quinn and The Joker, Superman, and the Justice League. Cliff sez:

Here, Batman is a wealthy but orphaned college student, the Joker is an insane visual kei rock star, and Superman is a giant robot controlled by the radio wristwatch of a young boy (the roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane are filled in by the robot’s nerdy creator and the boy’s widowed mom).

And I know it’s pastiche, and I know it’s thinly veiled versions of G-Force, Gigantor, and so on (Chiang mentions as much and says it would need to be reworked before it could get published for real). But I can’t help but dig this stuff. How can you not want a series called Science Ninja Hero Batman? Those four words on their own are cool enough, but slap them together? Bring it!

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By | 2017-09-24T23:18:57+00:00 May 21st, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

“Leaked” Dark Knight Trailer

Why So Serious

So Ain’t It Cool has got the trailer (and it looks like the embed’s been replaced at least once since they put it up early this morning). Whatever, it’s out in the wild now, so rather than try to embed here and play the take-down-put-it-back game with Warner Brothers, we’ll let Harry’s crew do the work.

I forget where we saw it mentioned, but I think it’s wise to consider the quotation marks around the word “leaked.” Nothing quite like a “leaked” trailer to build buzz. I’m just saying.

Found via Slashfilm. Snippet of badass poster found at Batman on Film.

Update: The clean (i.e. not cam-shot) version is now on YouTube. VideoSift has it.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:40+00:00 December 14th, 2007|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Batman the Musical: We Are Not Amused

Neat*Geek clues us in to one of the most terrifying MP3s you will download this week: a song from the Batman musical. I remember hearing about this long and long ago, but then nothing. I assumed it had gone into the Broadway development hell, wherever that is.

The song is apparently the Joker’s big number from the show, “Wonderful Toys.” Find it here.

“Stop him before he rhymes again.” Yes. Please.

By | 2017-09-24T23:43:15+00:00 July 9th, 2006|Music, Stimuli|0 Comments

The Batman/Superman Movie (1998) – DVD Review

Batman-Superman Movie DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Stan Berkowitz, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Rich Fogel, and Steve Gerber
Directed by Toshiko Masuda
Starring the Voices of Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kevin Conroy, Clancy Brown, and Mark Hamill

Features:

  • Interview with producer Bruce Timm
  • Joker’s Challenge Game
  • “How to draw” segments for Batman and Superman
  • Music montage image gallery
  • Cast and crew info

Rating: NR, suitable for ages 7+
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in original TV aspect ratio
My Advice: Rent it.

After the overwhelming success and positive fan reception afforded the Timm/Dini animated adaptation of Batman, the pair turned their considerable talents (as well as most of their animation team) to the other pillar of the DC Universe: the Man of Steel. Their animated adventures of Superman never really reached quite the same level of praise from fans, but was still an excellent take on Earth’s resident Kryptonian. Given the popularity of both characters, it was a natural that the creative team would eventually attempt to pair the two characters for a storyline. The result was a four-part story arc in the Superman series entitled “World’s Finest,” in homage to the original series of the 60s and the resurgent limited run in the 90s, that paired the duo with their most infamous villains, Joker and Lex Luthor.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:34+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD Reviews|0 Comments