The Bat Man of Shanghai

Three minutes of anime Batman martial arts madness. HI-YA!!


Trailer Park Did You Know Edition: CBS’s 1997 Justice League of America Trailer & Pilot

Back in the long ago (1997, to be exact) some ballsy yet ultimately misguided studio execs at CBS got it in their heads to try and whip up a weekly series based on a comic book property (keep in mind this is waaaay before Heroes). And since all the good ones (and even not-so god ones) were probably locked up until the Singularity, they had to settle for this: The Justice League of America. The mid-to-late ’90’s super shitty version of the league. I’m surprised they didn’t shoehorn Guy Gardner in to ratchet up the awfulness. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer below, starring everyone’s favorite, Fat Flash:

The full 80 minute (!) movie is after the jump! (I’d rather watch this than the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern.) Continue reading

Super Sweet DC Posters – THESE You Can Buy

Check ’em out — these totally sweet DC posters are available right now in the DC Collectibles store and aren’t too shabby, either price- or quality-wise. Take your pick of either 12 X 18 for $20 or 24 X 36 for $35. Either way, you can now make your house look like a responsible adult with disposable income lives there. Anyway you slice it, it’s just C-L-A-S-S-Y. Trust me, class knows class, and I’ve got class.
The CourtDon't slip, don't tripOrange is my colorSteampunk Harley

(Link via Comics Alliance)

The Dark Knight Returns: Returning as an Animated Film

Everyone’s favorite-by-default Batman mini-series, The Dark Knight Returns, is getting new life as an animated film. I’m of two minds on this though: 1) AWESOME! There have been hints of this before, most notably in Batman: The Animated Series:

but now a dedicated, full length version? Sign me up!

2)Slow down. Has anyone else noticed the creeping, naked greed & exploitation of anything ever remotely related to “geek” culture? Breaking up the Harry Potter finale into two parts, doing the same with Twilight, spreading The Hobbit over three films and now breaking up what really should be one animated film into two parts? It’s egregious but it’s not going to stop.

I realize it’s hard to get upset about; now instead of dashing off some quick cash-in, studios & producers are putting serious time and money into these products to really pay homage to the source material, to really bring it to life.  But there are definitely trade-offs for that devotion and this splintering of material is one of them.

UPDATED: The Martial Art Stylings of Batman

Article (courtesy of BloodyElbow) on Keysi, the martial arts Bruce Wayne employs (ed.note: Or is it deploys? Where’s my Strunk & White?) in all three Christopher Nolan Batman movies.

Bloody Elbow also provides in-depth articles on the striking & jiu-jitsu of Batman.  And if those skills don’t work, he’ll smack you in the face with a metal boomerang from afar.  Imagine you’re just standing there, minding your own business guarding some card game when all of a sudden you hear a low whistling then KLANG!!!  Smacked right in the mush with a jagged hunk of metal.  Three of your front teeth break off at the gums, your mouth is now full of blood and tooth shards and you’re trying to puzzle togther just what the hell happened when a giant guy in a costume pops out of the shadows, grabs you by the collar and harai goshi‘s you to death.

Henchman life in Gotham is a hard life.

UPDATE 07.27.12: Bloody Elbow has updated their “The Martial Arts of the Dark Knight” feature, this time with a look at the wrestling, savate, fencing and mixed martial arts of the g.d. Batman.

Take it!