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Is This the Perfect Bruce Wayne?

One Batman fan has morphed every modern Batman actor -- Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale -- into one man. Is this the perfect Bruce Wayne? Sound off in the Comments below!

Via  Reddit and io9.

Lying In The Gutters – A 2012 Special

Here are the top twenty traffic posts of the year on Bleeding Cool… you can see the influence of Google here more, and the popularity of films over a longer period on the site, rather than the quick hit of comic book traffic. The perfect storm of course is when they cross over…

1. “Mewling Quim” And That Mid-Credit Smile In The Avengers

2. The Dark Knight Rises Plot Thickens: Batman’s First Encounter With John Blake

3. “Hey! Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girl, You Are More Pathetic Than The Real Nerds” – Tony Harris

4. SCOOP: Doctor Who/Star Trek – The Official Crossover

5. DC Comics Gets A New Logo. And Here It Is.

6. No Reboot Of Firefly

7. DC Comics To Switch The Sexual Orientation Of An Established Character Soon

8. The Venom Cosplay Photos That Facebook Banned

9. Cosplay Round-Up: Toronto Fan Expo 2012

10. Best Camera Test Ever – But Canon Didn’t Think It Was Funny

11. Video: Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Once More With Feeling Was Performed Live Last Night

12. David Tennant Back For Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary?

13. 51 Films From 2010 That You Really Shouldn’t Have Missed

14. There’s No Such Thing as Too Much: Cosplay Round-Up From San Diego Comic Con

15. Loki’s Army Revealed In Avengers Superbowl Trailer

16. Now It’s Rob Liefeld Vs Scott Snyder – “Get Over Yourself, You Pretentious Prick”

17. Yes, America, It’s Alan Scott

18. Avengers Vs X-Men Checklist

19. DC’s New 52 Facebook Poll Backfires Just A Bit

20. How Sherlock Did It

We often run Amazon links on Bleeding Cool, but we can also see everything people buy on a trip there via the website. But what are the most popular things Bleeding Cool readers bought from Amazon.com?

In comics, ordered:

  1. Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth
  2. Earth 2 Vol. 1: The Gathering (The New 52)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
  4. Avengers: X-Sanction
  5. Parker: The Score
  6. Freakangels Complete Box Set
  7. Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks
  8. Severed HC
  9. Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition
  10. Grimm Fairy Tales Omnibus

And in DVDs and Blu-rays, ordered:

  1. Game of Thrones Complete First Season
  2. Looney Tunes: Platinum Edition Volume One
  3. Doctor Who Complete Fifth Series
  4. The Lord of The Rings Extended Motion Picture Trilogy
  5. Firefly: The Complete Series
  6. Coen Bros. Collection
  7. Brazil: Criterion Collection
  8. Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection
  9. Little Shop of Horrors Director’s Cut
  10. The Prisoner Complete Series

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Lying In The Gutters – A 2012 Special

Here are the top twenty traffic posts of the year on Bleeding Cool… you can see the influence of Google here more, and the popularity of films over a longer period on the site, rather than the quick hit of comic book traffic. The perfect storm of course is when they cross over…

1. “Mewling Quim” And That Mid-Credit Smile In The Avengers

2. The Dark Knight Rises Plot Thickens: Batman’s First Encounter With John Blake

3. “Hey! Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girl, You Are More Pathetic Than The Real Nerds” – Tony Harris

4. SCOOP: Doctor Who/Star Trek – The Official Crossover

5. DC Comics Gets A New Logo. And Here It Is.

6. No Reboot Of Firefly

7. DC Comics To Switch The Sexual Orientation Of An Established Character Soon

8. The Venom Cosplay Photos That Facebook Banned

9. Cosplay Round-Up: Toronto Fan Expo 2012

10. Best Camera Test Ever – But Canon Didn’t Think It Was Funny

11. Video: Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Once More With Feeling Was Performed Live Last Night

12. David Tennant Back For Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary?

13. 51 Films From 2010 That You Really Shouldn’t Have Missed

14. There’s No Such Thing as Too Much: Cosplay Round-Up From San Diego Comic Con

15. Loki’s Army Revealed In Avengers Superbowl Trailer

16. Now It’s Rob Liefeld Vs Scott Snyder – “Get Over Yourself, You Pretentious Prick”

17. Yes, America, It’s Alan Scott

18. Avengers Vs X-Men Checklist

19. DC’s New 52 Facebook Poll Backfires Just A Bit

20. How Sherlock Did It

We often run Amazon links on Bleeding Cool, but we can also see everything people buy on a trip there via the website. But what are the most popular things Bleeding Cool readers bought from Amazon.com?

In comics, ordered:

  1. Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth
  2. Earth 2 Vol. 1: The Gathering (The New 52)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
  4. Avengers: X-Sanction
  5. Parker: The Score
  6. Freakangels Complete Box Set
  7. Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks
  8. Severed HC
  9. Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition
  10. Grimm Fairy Tales Omnibus

And in DVDs and Blu-rays, ordered:

  1. Game of Thrones Complete First Season
  2. Looney Tunes: Platinum Edition Volume One
  3. Doctor Who Complete Fifth Series
  4. The Lord of The Rings Extended Motion Picture Trilogy
  5. Firefly: The Complete Series
  6. Coen Bros. Collection
  7. Brazil: Criterion Collection
  8. Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection
  9. Little Shop of Horrors Director’s Cut
  10. The Prisoner Complete Series

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The Bravest Warriors Ad That Doomed Adventure Time #11?

A couple of weeks ago, Diamond issued an order to retailers to destroy any copies of Adventure Time #11 they received. And that a new version would be coming from Boom! soon.

I didn’t find any shops that got copies, but I understand that the problem was an advertisement inside for Bravest Warriors being considered a little too “risque” by the licensors, requiring a completely new print run. But some copies seem to have escaped into the wild.

So… did you get a copy? And if so,  how long will it take for you to put the comic on eBay?

Here’s the ad in full… what caused the issue? The kissing or the farting?

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Ten Thoughts About Doctor Who – The Snowmen

Sorry about the delay, life got in the way. It happens. The following contains bits by Rich and bits by Brendon.

1. Let It Snow

We first meet Oswin/Clara in The Asylum Of The Daleks. A planet covered in snow. What memories might they have brought with them when they came to Earth? Could snow be transferring her from place to place. Is she also some kind of mirror, reflecting that around her? Was the ice governess a foreshadowing of that? There are plenty of mirrors here, Holmes and Vastra, Vastra and the Doctor, the Doctor and Holmes, The Doctor and the Intelligence, Vastra and Jenny, Jenny and Styx, Clara just has that reflection in herself…

2. Villains You Hate To Hate

Richard E Grant played one of the greatest screen villains in Hudson Hawk, a bad guy that not even the most cynical member of the audience could find themselves rooting for. He isn’t quite so loathsome here, his villainousness is centred in the weak power fantasy of a child. But still, he’s quite a tit. He played the Doctor a couple of times before, once in Steven Moffat’s Comic Relief special and then as an animated 9th Doctor. He plays the bad guy sooooo much better. Especially when he has the tragic backstory.

3. Victoriana Vs Prop 8

The lesbian human/Silurian partnership of Lady Vastra and Jenny give us yet one more twist, they’re now married. One thing to note for those screaming about the gay agenda, this was not an uncommon arrangement. Women getting married, if not common, was accepted, even though no sexual arrangement would be presumed. It was just one of those things. And even in Victorian London, people have more important things to worry about. Such as Clara’s new gentleman friend…

4. Great Intelligence, Weak Powers Of Observation

Judging from early reviews, the appearance of the Great Intelligence is something of a twist that pops up late in the episode. And maybe it is for people who can’t read English, were watching on their phone or forget their glasses – not once but twice did we see an in-focus business card bearing the GI logo and the words Great Intelligence, very clearly. Add to this the disembodied voice of Sir Ian McKellen and this is less of a big surprise than something that sifts the fans of old Who from the newbies.

Can we add though that we also did enjoy how the Intelligence seems obsessed with controlling snowmen, abominable or otherwise?

5. Iced Over

If I were The Doctor and the one word I heard was Pond, I’d probably get even more depressed. Maybe he saw it as a sign – it wasn’t. It has no more to do with Amy and Rory than The Rose and Crown has to do with Clara being crowned the new Rose. Ahem.

But he does seem to give his key away quicker than usual. Such a slut, that Doctor, opening his TARDIS doors for anyone who flutters their eyes, points out a pair of gauntlets and is handy with an umbrella.

6. A Great Defective

Not one but two gags about Sherlock Holmes, Steven Moffat’s “other” show. First of all, the proposal that Lady Vastra was Arthur Conan Doyle’s inspiration from his creation. Well, he certainly enjoyed a whole vat load of liberties if that’s the case.

And then Matt Smith in the Deerstalker, a bit of “Wholmes” fan service. It was funny and silly but I don’t quite know why the Doctor took this tack, and seeing how unnecessary it apparently was, why he didn’t just turn up as himself. Still, he knew that the Intelligence’s servant had a penchant for Doyle’s work, maybe it just got him through the door. And does he know that the French word for a type of fish is Colin? Not a goldfish, but close…

Will we see like for like? Cumberbatch investigating an anachronistic Police Call Box that suddenly appeared on Baker Street?

7. Eighties On The Inside

A new looking TARDIS on the inside and it’s a crash back to the eighties, if it had had a decent budget. Plastic instead of copper (and a lot less reflective surfaces for the production crew to deal with) and everything moving, this is the Pater Davison TARDIS that should have been, and Matt Smith’s face in the titles. Bring on Nyssa.

Also the Doctor going into retirement and yet being dragged back was originally a Douglas Adams that was turned down back then. Looks like Moffat managed to keep it with him.

8. Don’t Forget The Worm

There’s a bit of set-up about a memory wiping worm at the start. It’s particularly fun because the structure of the episode works best if you kinda-sorta forget that it featured and “Aha!” when it pops back up. Which means you’ll enjoy this episode more if you have a sort of mini-worm in your top pocket. Which most people do. It’s just Brendon that doesn’t.

9. A Fairytale Of Old London Town.

Part Mary Poppins, part Cloud Man, we are back to the Doctor being a Fairytale again. Literally with Clara here, and a man in the clouds living among us, with new worlds to show us and a set of rules to play by and puzzles to solve in order to meet him. Last series, the fairytale became a legend and then became a fact. Thanks to Clara and his faked death, he’s managed to put some of that frog back in the box and has become a story for children again. And that’s true about the show as well. Even though we also get…

10. Oh My God They Killed Clara

She’s got a really nasty case of whatever Rory had. If she’s even a she, singular, and not actually several shes. Is this a woman? An echo of a woman? A haunting of some kind? Clones? Moffat has promised that there is a solution, but it will be a long time coming.

Anybody watching the show “cold” might have been surprised by Clara’s demise, providing they were invested enough in her. Most of those who knew she was the “new companion” likely knew enough to know this wouldn’t be the end thanks to all of the set pictures and cast and crew interviews. And that corset is seriously strong enough to keep her body from being a pile of bloody mush in the snow when it lands. Must be the alien snow.

Things to watch for are clocks… Clara was born in Big Ben clock tower apparently, she dies with the clocks chiming midnight, it’s about time. But then again it always is.

And no one seems to obsess too much about Styx’s impossible return in comparison. Never mind, take it away for some Songtaran Carols…

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Five Of 2012′s Best Belated Film Releases

While January and February releases in the US tend to be dregs, over here in the UK we get a lot of the “awards contenders” belatedly making it onto our shores.

Other times, small and independent films can take some time to find distribution in all territories, and this accounts for two of the pictures below.

So here are five trailers, in no particular order, for films I really loved in 2012 but were actually from 2011, 2010 or earlier…

We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first.

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Perhaps the most compelling and complex lead character in all of 2012′s films, Mavis Gary is a brilliant collaboration between screenwriter Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman and actor Charlize Theron, none of whom go for the easy option, all of whom add to the richness.

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A sci-fi rom-com of ideas. You don’t see many of those. Nor do you see many films starring Emma Caufield either, but I enjoyed Timer on both counts. The central conceit leaves a few loose ends but it’s used for its fun, sweet metaphorical values.

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Cameron Crowe finally made another film, and it’s a deceptively sentimental and forward affair. We Bought a Zoo is very cleverly structured, in a way that you may have to watch it twice, and closely, to fully appreciate.

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A properly low-budget, all-hands-on-deck exploitation movie with a satirical agenda. Blood Car makes the figure of speech “blood for oil” literal. Some fantastic gags and a brilliant pay off that shows where the filmmakers’ sentiments really lie.

And three honorable mentions.

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If you haven’t seen Blood Car, please do give it a go.

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Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh: Game As Life, Life As Game

Gamification has been a buzz word lately as the process where a mundane activity can be treated as a game to impel you to feel more fulfilled doing it. Games are hobbies, pastimes, and Role-Playing Games offer not only fantasy but also a space for people to explore different aspects of their personalities or even try other personas.

So what would happen if people were forced to live inside an RPG?

That’s the premise of anime series SWORD ART ONLINE.

Adapted from a series of light novels by Reiki Kawahara, the 25-episode series is about a Mass Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game that has trapped all of its players in its Virtual Reality world and forced to fight through the game until they clear its final level before they can be released from their captivity. If they die in the game, they will die in meatspace.

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Kirihito, the hero of Sword Art Online, is a loner who prefers to play games solo, avoiding emotional attachment and using his inside knowledge as one of the game’s beta testers to level himself up through the game faster than most of the other players, but his journey through the game is also his awakening where he finds friendship, love and responsibility for people other than himself. It’s not that he’s a selfish or arrogant arse, but fears emotional pain. When the game literally becomes life or death for him and every player, he rises to the challenge, experiencing real loss and pain, but also love and friendship, becoming a top player but a hero who feels duty-bound to save everyone by beating the game.

Of course, this being a story from Japan, SWORD ART ONLINE has the usual harem conventions where the nice guy hero has a whole bunch of girls in love with him but his heart is only for that one girl. I think here in the West we call it Peter Parker Syndrome, but at least it is aimed at a teen audience after all. And it also boils down to the hero rescuing the princess. What makes the show one of the more exceptional ones this year is the smart writing, full of insider references to anyone who has ever played an MMO or RPG.

The writing is full of ideas and philosophical questions about Life and role-play, about what happens if a game literally becomes one’s life, where one’s survival is dependent on playing well, and to play well means to actually be a fully-functional social being as well as technically-skilled in gameplay mechanics. It examines the social structures and hierarchies that arise in society in general but also in microcosmic form in social gaming, of economic structures and transactions that develop in societies. That the players literally have to survive gives the themes an edge. What happens when trolls and griefers literally become murderers and they become drunk with the power they now have? What does it mean to develop a completely new personality in this second life that’s different from the one in meatspace? What does it mean to fall in love and get married in a game? How much does it spill into real life under life or death circumstances? Relationships, feuds and vendettas become as real as in the meatspace world, except more intense because everyone carries a sword and Player vs. Player duels can literally become deadly, and losing a boss fight is real, literal death.


What sets SWORD ART ONLINE apart from most other shows is its insider’s depiction of RPGs and the types of relationships and situations that are unique to MMO gaming. Anyone who plays MMOs and RPGs would get a lot out of watching this show. It addresses directly what every gamer looks for in an immersive game. Anyone who has played a Bioware game like MASS EFFECT or DRAGON AGE will feel right at home.

Only in Japan is prose fiction about MMOs and their players a viable commercial genre. SWORD ART ONLINE is only the latest example in the genre, but one that tackles the social and philosophical questions of the games head-on. And this is what sets it apart and made it popular. The anime series faithfully adapts the entire series of novels from beginning to end, barring some spinoff side-stories. As with every popular novel franchise, it has also spawned a manga adaptation and, in the usual meta-referential full circle, a fully-fledged action RPG videogame to be released on the Sony PSP next spring. But for those of us in the West, we will have to settle for the anime, which is more than good enough. We like nice things, but Japan tends to get nicer things than we do.

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SWORD ART ONLINE has been licensed for Blu-Ray and DVD release, but until then, people in North America can watch it for free on Crunchyroll.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/sword-art-online

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Five Trailers That Show Mock Docs And Found Footage Films Had A Great Year In 2012

I love Spinal Tap and found The Last Exorcism to be hugely intriguing but I tend not to like found footage or mock documentary films. I feel that they rarely manage to use the conceit to any good that offsets their self-conscious fakeness enough.

2012 was a good year for these subgenres, however. Here are trailers for five of the best.

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REC 3 is a bit of a cheat, perhaps, as only parts of the film are in the “found footage” style – but that’s part of what made it work. Only part, mind.

I suppose the following merits an honorable mention despite the film itself being a rather uneven experience, not to mention a film that seemed curiously fearful of women. Still, it did have a few good creepy moments.

I should probably warn you that this is a red band trailer.

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My Favourite Marvel Christmas Song, From 2004

A few years ago, Joe Quesada and the Marvel crew used to record Christmas rock’n'roll songs. They did a few, year after year, but along the way they actually had a decent catchy potntial hit I thought.

And it appears to still be on the Marvel server, along with a bunch of them.

So here, more appropriate now then ever before, Alternate Cover...

 

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ART APPRECIATION MOMENT OF THE DAY: Everett Downing

What does a Pixar animator do when he is in a design rut? Any ideas? How about design a  new superhero every day for an entire year. That is exactly what Everett Downing is in the middle of doing and …

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