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Who Are Deadpool’s New Teammates?

The debut trailer for Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 2 has finally arrived and it’s every bit as fun and action-packed as we hoped it would be. We finally get to see Josh Brolin’s Cable in action and the trailer’s packed with great jokes – including a jab at Justice League’s handling of Henry Cavill’s mustache.

But one of the most interesting parts of the trailer is a quick group shot. Deadpool and Domino are standing with three other characters, but who are they? And is this the movie version of X-Force, who are supposed to be getting their own film eventually? Let’s get our speculation on…

Who do you think these mysterious new mercenaries are? Let's discuss in the comments!

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The 10 Best Batman Animated Movies

To celebrate the new animated Batman movie Gotham by Gaslight, we’re reflecting on the Dark Knight’s history of awesome animated movies.

For simplicity’s sake, we’re restricting the list to movies that were direct-to-video (sorry, LEGO Batman) and we’re highlighting the top 10 that are absolutely worth checking out. From Batman: Year One to Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker to Under The Red Hood and beyond, let’s celebrate some of Batman’s best animated movies!

If your favorite one isn’t on the list, go give it some love in the comments. Tell the IGN community why they should go watch!

And for even more on the Caped Crusader, check out our two-part history of The Dark Knight Returns below...

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The 10 Best DC Comics Elseworlds Stories

The primary DC universe is constantly growing and changing. There are plenty of entertaining characters and teams to follow, but sometimes comic creators can have a little more imaginative fun with stories that aren’t weighed down by continuity -- tales set in other realities, or “Elseworlds.”

Gotham By Gaslight, which features a version of Batman who’s hunting down Jack the Ripper in the late 19th century, is one such Elseworlds story. And with the animated movie adaptation of that comic now available on digital download (it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 6), it seemed like the perfect time to look back at some of our favorite DC Comics Elseworlds stories. Read on for our top 10…

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10 Times Hollywood Totally Changed Famous Comic Book Stories

We’re lucky enough to live in a time when several comic book movies are released per year and the future has a full slate of promising superhero adaptations too. These films are often embracing the source material instead of being embarrassed by it, but very few are direct adaptations of the comic book stories that they’re named after. The filmmakers’ admiration for the source material can often be seen throughout these cinematic stories, but significant changes are frequently made when bringing these stories to theaters.

Whether it’s due to studios not having the rights to certain characters or having to fit a story into a shared cinematic universe, here’s a look at 10 films that made big changes when adapting the original comics that inspired them. (Spoilers follow for all these movies and comics…)

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What DC’s Deathstroke Movie Needs to Succeed

Full spoilers follow for all the DCEU movies to date, including Justice League.

Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke the Terminator, is one of DC’s most dangerous characters and debatably the deadliest mercenary in the publisher’s universe – sorry, Deadshot. The one-eyed foe made his debut in 1980’s The New Teen Titans #2 and was co-created by two icons in the comic book industry: Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. Since making his action-packed debut against the young heroes, Slade’s become immensely popular. The tactical terminator has received multiple ongoing comics, appeared in several animated shows and movies, and challenged Batman in video games like Arkham Origins, Arkham Knight and Injustice: Gods Among Us. He’s also been brought to life by actor Manu Bennett on Arrow.

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We’ve Seen New Ninja Turtles Footage

The heroes in a half shell -- the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- have been making a huge comeback. The IDW comic book series is consistently solid and the animated show on Nickelodeon is surprisingly good. And now there's a new live-action movie about the characters Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created back in 1984, and it’s just three weeks away! And today, IGN and a few other outlets were lucky enough to get an early look at two scenes from the upcoming reboot.

Producer Andrew Form was also on hand to share plenty of details with us as we traveled into the heart of Manhattan -- where much of the movie was filmed -- to witness April O'Neil's (Megan Fox) first encounter with the dudes, as well as a big action scene on a snow-covered mountain. It was roughly 12 minutes of footage and, honestly, it's looking like it'll be a pretty entertaining movie.

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TMNT Collectibles: Bebop & Rocksteady Return

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show is shockingly good. Don't let the animation fool you -- it's something fans of any age can enjoy. However, viewers of the original '87 show probably miss the clumsy duo of Bebop and Rocksteady (replaced by Dogpound and Fishface in the Nick show). Well, Playmates Toys' Toy Fair 2013 presence this week revealed that the two dummies shall live on as action figures, alongside new figures for Snakeweed, The Rat King, Baxter Stockman and more. Check out some images below…

Check out the full gallery of images from Playmates' Toy Fair showroom here.

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A Breaking Bad Action Figure? Yes Please

Plushie me, bitch! Mezco Toyz stole my heart with its 2013 Toy Fair showroom display, presenting a wide variety of Breaking Bad and DC collectibles. I can't wait for the day when I have my Heisenberg action figure standing victoriously over the various heroes and villains in my collection -- even Galactus will bow to his might. On the DC side of things, I never thought Two-Face could be so adorable, but there you have it.

Meanwhile, Bif Bang Pow! unveiled collectibles for favorite TV shows including Dexter, Doctor Who, The Venture Brothers and The Big Bang Theory. I just hope we never see the day where a talking Sheldon doll is announced... and if that does happen, at least we'll have a Dexter figure to slice it apart.

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A Closer Look at Man of Steel’s Zod and Jor-El

Shut up and take my money, DC Collectibles! The company's Toy Fair 2013 showroom this week was so full of win and made me particularly excited for Injustice: Gods Among Us. Filled to the brim with amazingly detailed action figures and statues based on everything from Man of Steel's Superman, Jor-El and Zod to Death of the Family's Joker (love the haunting detail on his "face") to Jim Lee's Superman/Wonder Woman kiss, DC's upcoming slate of collectibles is looking awesome. Fans should be drooling over the thought of adding these items to their collection -- especially that ginormous Solomon Grundy.

Seriously, just check out that badass Nightwing statue!

Check out the full gallery of images from DC's Toy Fair showroom here.

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Kick-Ass 2’s Bad Guy Revealed

Yikes, NECA has overloaded my senses with a solid amount of neat collectibles from a number of great franchises. Within the walls of its Toy Fair 2013 showroom, there was a fantastic, highly-detailed Adam West Batman (complete with eyes that'll pierce your soul), plenty of lovable items from top-notch games (Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, BioShock), and cool statues for Kick-Ass 2, including a first look at the bad guy The Mother F#@%&r.

Also, both the Alien and Predator franchises are getting new lines featuring Fox's legendary E.T.s. You can now have Dutch take on Aliens -- just make sure Dave Lizewski isn't near the chaos... poor kid will be ripped to shreds in no time. Check out the images below…

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