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First Official Trailer For Fantastic Four Reboot

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20th Century Fox has released the first official teaser trailer for their reboot film being directed by Josh Trank and based on Marvel’s renowned group of superheroes, the Fantastic Four.

An origin story said to be inspired largely by the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics (the first arc of which was written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar with Joe Kubert illustrating), Fantastic Four offers a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

“Marvel’s First Family” will include Whiplash‘s Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), “House of Cards” star Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Fruitvale Station and Chronicle‘s Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and The Adventures of Tintin‘s Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell will also star as Doctor Doom alongside Reg E. Cathey (“The Wire”) as as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man.

Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), Fantastic Four features a screenplay by Simon Chinaberry (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and is set to hit the big screen August 7, 2015

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DC Reveals Convergence Variant Covers By Chip Kidd

April will kick off DC’s latest big event, Convergence. This two-month storyline involves both the weekly Convergence mini-series and 40 two-issue comics that focus on various DC heroes pulled from the publisher’s pre-New 52 history.

DC revealed that all 40 mini-series will feature a variant cover illustrated by acclaimed artist/designer Chip Kidd.

DC’s Convergence Event Brings Back the Old DC Universe and you can read an interview with Kidd HERE where he discusses his design process and the inspiration behind the striking color palette in these images.

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Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack

Celebrate the Dark Knight”s 75th anniversary with action figures!

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This first special edition Batman 75th Anniversary Set 1 Action Figure 4-Pack celebrates the Caped Crusader”s 75th anniversary with figures of the Dark Knight based on the designs of Bob Kane, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the best-selling Batman: Arkham Origins video game, featuring a unique paint deco only seen here! The First Appearance Batman by Bob Kane Action Figure, New Frontier Batman by Darwyn Cooke Action Figure, Hush by Jim Lee Batman Action Figure, and Batman: Arkham Origins Batman Action Figure measure 6 1/2 to 7-inches tall. Each figure comes in a special 75th Anniversary Tin! Available now HERE for $65.

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Coming in June 2015, this Batman action figure 4-pack celebrates Batman’s 75th Anniversary with figures of the legendary Dark Knight based on the designs of Greg Capullo, Alex Ross, Frank Miller and his look in Super Friends! Each action figure in the 4-pack comes packaged in a special anniversary tin! The entire 4-pack will come together as a full box set.

Order HERE for $65.

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French Paper Art Club To Release Silver Age Batman Print By Dave Perillo On January 22, 2015

Tomorrow (January 22, 2015) at a random time French Paper Art Club is dropping Dave Perillo’s silver age Batman print. Follow them on Twitter HERE for the announcement!

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6 color screen-print
Limited Edition of 100
Certificate of Authenticity signed by Dave Perillo
Size: 12′ x 36′
Paper: Cougar natural
Screen-printed by Burlesque of North America
40,00 €

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Cinematic History in the Making

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Recently, you may have seen some fascinating teaser trailers and short films about the highly-anticipated Hollywood hit ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Featuring two of the most renowned and iconic comic book characters of all time, this film represents the culmination of their journey from the page to the silver screen.

According to star Henry Cavill, who will play the role of Superman in the film, the picture is set to represent ‘a visual spectacle and cinematic history. This assertion is difficult to contest, especially when you consider the role of these characters in popular culture and their enduring appeal across a vast and diverse audience.

A Brief History: From Obscure Comic Book Stars to Global Icons

While cinematic history may be in the making with this movie, it is unlikely to represent the final chapter in either of the character’s Hollywood narrative. Instead, it is far more likely to launch a brand new franchise, hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed ‘Dark Knight’ series. There is certainly a considerable level of demand for this film, and the 2016 release is expected to generate millions at the Box Office. It will also underline just how far both characters have come since their inception and debut on the big screen.

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It is almost 25 years since the original Batman film was released, for example, after finally being adapted from the iconic DC comic and subsequent TV programs. Starring Michael Keaton in the lead role and Jack Nicholson as the incredibly sinister Joker, the film was a huge success and laid the foundations for Batman’s transition to the silver screen. Although the film may seem dated in comparison with the special effects and cinematography of the new movie, many of Batman’s core character traits and relationships have remained unchanged.

Now and the Future

Despite this, the two characters have undoubtedly come a long way since their comic book and Hollywood debuts. They have also become part of a wider, globally recognizable brand, and one which has made Batman and Superman even more popular over the course of the last two decades.

One of the best examples can be found on the online slots by Royal Vegas Australia, which prominently feature themed games surrounding characters such as Batman and Superman. Batman slots are particularly popular at present, and the release of the upcoming 2016 movie is likely to elevate this fervor to an entirely new level.

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Batman Vs. Robin On Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD & Digital HD On April 14, 2015

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The world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The brand-new product offering, Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, will include the Blu-Ray Combo Pack, along with a Batman figurine in a gift set.

Batman vs. Robin will be available on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Batman vs. Robin in Digital HD on April 14 via purchase from digital retailers.

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss!

Television stars Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, USA Network’s upcoming Complications) and Stuart Allan (Son of Batman) reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast is Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order, Suburgatory) as Talon, singer/songwriter/comedian Al Yankovic as The Dollmaker, David McCallum (NCIS) as Alfred, Grey Griffin (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as Samantha, Sean Maher (Serenity) as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film is directed by Jay Oliva (Batman: Assault on Arkham) from a script by award-winning comic writer J.M. DeMatteis. James Tucker (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) is supervising producer.

Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Content:

Batman vs. Robin Blu-ray and Blu-ray Deluxe Edition contain the following special features

- Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls – The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?

- Talons of the Owl – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.

- Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary

- A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.

- Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault 

Batman vs. Robin DVD contains the following special features:

- A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators.

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LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-Ray To Be Released On February 10, 2015

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In LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

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Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 10, 2015.

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Batman: Black & White Batgirl Statue By Babs Tarr

Based on the designs of Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr and sculpted by Irene Matar, Barbara Gordon gets the Black and White treatment based on her fresh new look from the hit comic book Batgirl.

The statue is limited to 5,200 pieces, measures approximately 7.25″ tall and will retail for $79.95 when it goes on sale in August 2015.

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Assemble Your Own Avengers With Epic Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variant Covers

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Before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do battle against Ultron in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st 2015, don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the action with these epic Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variant covers in April.

Originally debuting at Comic-Con International 2014, these epic pieces of theatrical concept art by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen & Andy Park combine to form one stunning image of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes locked in combat against Ultron’s massive army. Coming to eight Marvel comics in the month of April, these covers are just like the Avengers – better when assembled!

Don’t miss a single variant when they come to these exciting Marvel comics in April!

 – Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
- Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
- New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
- New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
- Avengers #44
- Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
- Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
- New Avengers #33

“These epic posters were really the hit of last year’s San Diego Comic-Con,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re glad that fans who attended the convention were able to get their hands on them but we’re even more excited to bring thousands of fans who may have missed this stunning image.”

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers as they hit comic shelves through the month of April. No fan will want to miss the chance to own this stunning, epic image when the Age of Ultron Movie Variants hit comic shops this coming April!

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The Marvel Experience Heads To San Diego This February

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Known as the epicenter of multi-genre entertainment and comic culture, San Diego will welcome an attraction of epic proportions to the Del Mar Fair Grounds this February. Crafted by Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, Hero Ventures, “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” invites generations of Marvel comic book and movie fans to join forces with some of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes in a place where the real world and imagination become one.

Below is a sampling of recent reviews:

“If you like comics, if you love technology, if you like fun, this is a must-see, must-experience event. You simply won’t be disappointed.” – The Arizona Republic

“The Marvel Experience may do for live entertainment what P.T. Barnum did for the three-ring circus.” – Jon Swartz, USA TODAY

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The Marvel Experience Tour will make its San Diego debut on the North American Tour from Feb. 7-22. This first-of-its-kind premier touring experience features a thrilling motion ride, the world’s only 360-degree Stereoscopic 3D Dome, a wide range of technologically advanced interactive and immersive elements, state of the art projection techniques and dozens of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes.

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience will swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man and more, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.  The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality, multi-person gaming and immersive elements that put you right in the middle of the action. Everything happens with bleeding-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only does the audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

The Marvel Experience lands in San Diego on Feb. 7, 2015 and runs through Feb. 22, 2015. Tickets are available both at Ticketmaster.com and at www.themarvelexperiencetour.com/tickets.

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