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Every time I write a news item like this, I always feel just a tiny bit bummed that I usually don't have the time to consume and enjoy all of the pop culture I find myself writing about - there's just too much of it! A prime example I hope to read comes this November when IDW Publishing and DC Comics unleash their latest crossover - BATMAN and the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Now, the idea of the the two existing in the same universe isn't entirely far-fetched, but any potential continuity problems are taken care of by the plot itself, a synopsis for which has just-arrived...

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Growing up, I never had any of the classic Mego figures - the 8" dolls with real cloth clothing based on pop culture icons of the time. I did have the 3¾" DUKES OF HAZZARD figures that Mego produced, but that was toward the end of their run, when lines like STAR WARS and G.I. JOE were hitting a new generation of kids like me with what would become the most popular format of pocket-sized figures. But for that generation before me, those 8" dolls were a huge deal, and they've stayed popular for decades, resulting in their revival through companies like EMCE Toys, Diamond Select Toys, Mattel and Figures Toy Company. I recently came across a commercial for a 1970s collection of BATMAN vehicles and playsets that's pretty fantastic. Four decades before Ben Affleck would don the cape and cowl to chase down a Lamborghini-driving Jared Leto as THE JOKER, kids were rockin these pretty sweet toys that were largely based on the 1966 BATMAN series and later cartoons...

Joker 75 LogoOne thing that's certain with comic book heroes and villains is that they're moldable... changeable... adaptable. On the big screen (and the small one), every filmmaker that approaches a property is given certain freedoms to put a personal stamp on the characters, and that's something that can be exceptionally challenging - and daunting - especially when dealing with a character who has already been presented in several beloved forms. It's no different than when a new creative team approaches the same characters on the printed page - and that happens far more often than what audiences ever see on the screen. Reimagining a character is not an easy task, and "good" or "bad" tends to be a matter of passionate personal preference - and the general path of reaction is the same, and no property has seen it more than the world of DC Comics' BATMAN. Michael Keaton as BATMAN? No! Ben Affleck as BATMAN? No! Heath Ledger as THE JOKER... The kid from 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU? Absolutely not! (posthumous Oscar). And here we are again, with the first-look at JARED LETO as THE JOKER from Warner Bros. upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD film. Revealed by Writer/Director David Ayer on twitter yesterday as part of the #Joker75 celebration, the latest version of "Mr. J" may be the most divisive yet - and we haven't even seen him in action...

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Sorry, MARVEL. Despite my massive love for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and all the care that my friends at Disney have been putting into their big screen adaptations, when it comes to comics, I grew up a DC kid. SUPERMAN and BATMAN were always my favorites as a kid, and they're still my favorites today. That said, following a cellphone leak of a subtitled trailer ahead of Monday's special IMAX event, Warner Bros has taken appropriate measures with the official online release of the first teaser for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. With Henry Cavill reprising his role as the MAN OF STEEL, and Ben Affleck picking up the cowl as THE DARK KNIGHT, the film sets the stage for the forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Based on the two minutes seen here - I like it. I enjoy the darkness... the bleakness... and the way that Director Zack Snyder continues the path carved by his first SUPERMAN effort by emphasizing the foreign - alien - nature of Kal-El. Borrowing from Christopher Nolan's Bat-world, remember when Harvey Dent pointed out that "the night is always darkest just before dawn?" I think that applies here. Take a look...

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Why did I not think of this a few years ago? I mean, I was actually on the set of BATMAN BEGINS back in 2004 and stuck my head inside the Tumbler for a few... but that was in my pre-parenting days, and the thought of crafting a baby stroller based upon Christopher Nolan's vision of The Batmobile didn't even cross my mind. But for one lucky Bat-fan, his little Caped Crusader is riding in-style thanks to the Hollywood FX crew behind SUPER-FAN BUILDS. On this week's show, they've taken an Evenflo car seat and surrounded it by all the Tumbler goodness that one would need for fighting thugs in Lil' Gotham. Check this out...

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With just over a year to go until Warner Bros.' BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE comes to theaters, there's still plenty of time to speculate just how this superhero rumble will play out. One theory that's recently hit the web comes in the form of a fan-made video by BrickFlix utilizing the ever-popular LEGO style. What does Ben Affleck (still "the bomb in PHANTOMS, yo!") have to do with this Gotham City smackdown? You'll have to watch the video and see for yourself.

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