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The doors just opened at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas for the 75 Years of Batman Gallery Show. A full show, officially licensed, celebrating all things revolving around the Caped Crusader. We’ve previously shown you a few beautiful posters from the show, but now that the doors are open we can reveal the rest. They’re beautiful.

Better than that, no matter what Batman is your favorite, it’s represented. There’s 1966 Batman, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Beyond, Gotham by Gaslight, Year One, and of course plenty of your favorite villains. Below, check out all the posters from the Mondo Batman 75 show. Read More »

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How can you get the best Rocket and Groot collectible out there today? Want to see a new image of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is there a new Wonder Woman Lego out? Which Marvel movie had Stan Lee‘s favorite cameo? What did Stephen Colbert dress as at Comic-Con? Did Jada Pinkett-Smith bring something weird to her Gotham audition? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

POTD: The One Thing That Never Changes for Tony Stark

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Over the past six years, we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark go through all sorts of crap. He’s been captured and imprisoned, fallen in love, made new superpowered friends, struggled with booze, battled aliens, developed PTSD, removed his arc reactor, and through it all become a slightly better person than he was in the first Iron Man.

But some things about the character will never change. He’ll always mouth off the first chance he gets, he’ll always suffer unresolved daddy issues, he’ll always have an outsized ego, and — as a funny GIF set shows — he’ll always inspire people to attack him in a very specific way. See what we’re talking about after he jump.

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Star Wars deaths

Star Wars is a pretty family-friendly film series, right? WRONG. It is a bonanza of death and murder, as shown in a video that tallies every on-screen death in the original trilogy. Guess what the final number is. No, it’s probably higher. This video compiles all on-screen Star Wars deaths from the OT — animal, clone, and human — with some estimates coming for the bigger moments, such as the destruction of Alderaan.

Note: this video does not take into account childhoods murdered by the Special Editions.

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John Wick review

Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.

In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious. Read More »

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I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.

Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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Big Hero 6 easter eggs

While lots of the early November movie buzz has been about Interstellar, definitely start looking forward to Big Hero 6. It’s an action-packed delight. A wonderful blend of superhero origin story and buddy movie with a big giant heart.

In the film, Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax, form a superhero team to try and stop a rising super-villain. And while most of the marketing and hype has been about the admittedly awesome Baymax, the other four characters are really fantastic too. In particular, TJ Miller as Fred, a stoner comic book geek with a Bruce Wayne-sized secret, is one film fans are sure to latch onto.

During one scene in particular, the whole team visits Fred’s room and it’s geek nirvana. Shelves and shelves of toys, books, collectibles and more. And when I asked directors Don Hall and Chris Williams about it, they confirmed this is one scene fans are really going to want to keep an eye on because it’s filled with Disney and Marvel references.

Below, read our conversation about Fred’s Easter Egg filled room and why you need to stay through the credits starting on November 7. Read More »

Batman V Superman Wonder Woman

Warner Bros.’ news of the full DC Comics movie slate was big for many reasons. It showed a commitment to a brand fans know and love. It showed the scope of the company’s plan. And buried under all those names and dates, it showed a commitment to diversity. Among the films, Warner Bros. announced the first female solo superhero film as well as the first African-American superhero film since the superhero craze really kicked into gear. Those films, of course, are Wonder Woman and Cyborg.

If that’s not enough, it turns out Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to helm Wonder Woman, which will star Gal Gadot. Below, read more about that as well as five awesome choices for the Wonder Woman director chair. Read More »

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