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Deal: Batman Arkham Asylum Play Arts Kai Harley Quinn Action Figure
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Batman Arkham Asylum Play Arts Kai Harley Quinn Action Figure

The deal of the day over at Things From Another World today is a Batman Arkham Asylum Play Arts Kai Harley Quinn Action Figure for only $35.00 (that’s 42% off the list price of $59.99).

Note – this deal is only for today, Saturday, September 21, 2013, until 11:59pm PST while supplies last (and at TFAW, supplies don’t last so grab this now if you want it at a discounted price).

If/when the deal runs out, you can still get Batman Arkham City Harley Quinn Statue statue for a 30% discount for $41.95 through Amazon.

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New ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ Cinematic Trailer ‘Nowhere To Run’ Introduces Firefly
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Batman: Arkham Origins Firefly

Another new trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins was shared at Gamescom. The new cinematic trailer is titled “Nowhere to Run” and introduces Firefly.

For those who don’t know, the game takes place early in Bruce Wayne’s crime fighting career on Christmas Eve when many deadly assassins have gathered in Gotham to kill this “Bat Man” at the request of Black Mask, who’s offering a hefty sum of cash to whoever gets the job done.

Read much more about Batman: Arkham Origins and check out the new cinematic trailer here below.

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Batman 202: Intermediate Reading For The Caped Crusader
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Batman 202 by Andy Kubert

On Friday, The Dark Knight Rises, the latest and last Batman film in Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy, will finally be upon us. So, it’s natural for loads of sites to provide you with “5 Batman Comics To Get You Pumped For The Dark Knight Rises!” But where we differ is, we’re taking a more scholarly approach to these Batman comics. We’ve already talked about The Evolution Of Batman In Popular Culture and given you Batman 101: A Beginner’s Guide To The Dark Knight, which gave you several great places to start reading Batman comics that aren’t heavily drenched in continuity and are some of the more simple stories that The Dark Knight has to offer.

With Batman 202: Intermediate Reading For The Caped Crusader, however, we’re taking a look at some more books that offer a little bit more than just a basic starting point. These books are all great, but they’re also a little more complicated than I would suggest just starting off. This list is here to provide you with the next step into becoming a Batman scholar, and requires a little more of the reader.

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The Evolution Of Batman In Popular Culture
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Batman in Popular Culture

Batman has become one of, if not the most well known characters in the history of American pop culture. He’s been dark, he’s been bright, and he’s even been an agent of propaganda, but one thing that has remained consistent is that people know who Batman is. With The Evolution of Batman in Popular Culture, my attempt is to take an extensive look at all the ways that Batman can be interpreted, why he’s remained a consistent force in popular culture, and how he becomes a reflection of society making him the most iconic superhero.

When Batman (Bat-Man) was created by Bill Finger and Robert Kane, he was initially created as an answer to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s iconic superhero of the lower class. And while Superman was given super powers and a fighting stance against corruption, Batman was a little darker. The creation of Batman came mainly from pulp novels, Zorro, and the 1926 horror film The Bat. Batman was a weird creature of the night that, initially, wasn’t afraid to kill and would do so if the criminal “deserved” it. In his creation, Batman is already a reflection of an era that is commonly described as being hopeful, yet disillusioned in the face of World War II, a time when almost everyone was on board with the Allied Powers in their war against the Evil Axis Powers. Society was cut and dry, good and bad, so a four-color look at a wealthy vigilante lent itself perfectly to the culture of the time.

Furthermore, this interpretation of The Batman was moved into the popular propaganda films shown during war times where Batman and Robin teamed up to fight on the home front while all the soldiers were defending America’s freedom. Sure, if you try to watch The Batman and the Batman and Robin serials, you’re going to lose your mind if you’re brain’s not stuck in a World War II mindset in which you’re pretty much sure that Japanese people are completely evil and should be punished for all their evil deeds. Yes, it’s completely ridiculous and completely wrong, but it is 100% an accurate portrayal of the United States’ attitude toward the world at the time. Another aspect of this that’s worth mentioning is that in most superhero stories, this was the interpretation. In fact, this was the interpretation of most movie serials during the time period, but for the sake of argument, even as an overweight “on-a-budget” looking Batman, the interpretation is valid and represents the time.

The next major incarnation of The Caped Crusader came with “The New Look” that accompanied the heralding in of The Silver Age of comics. Oddly enough, with sales of superhero comics tanking, the introduction of the Batman TV show came to our Earth and showed a completely different side of Batman. This Batman was campy, this Batman was fun, this Batman was kid friendly, and above all else, this Batman was psychedelic. If one thing is tied to the 1960s, whether accurately or not, it’s the free love, acid freak hippie nature of society at the time. This youth culture was high on life and many other things which made straight-laced stiffs, like Adam West’s portrayal of the Batman character, completely hilarious. While kids were loving the cartoony action of Batman, the elaborate death traps created by brilliantly acted villains like The Riddler, The Joker, King Tut, and Egg Head, adults saw the humor that laced every other moment outside of the square Adam West. The cast was in on the joke, the adults were in on the joke, the only ones that were left out were the kids. And quite honestly, as a kid who watched this show growing up, it was absolutely perfect. All of the elements that are over done and goofy to me as an adult, which I still adore, were exactly what my child-like mind thought a superhero TV show about Batman should be like. The goofy, post-Wertham nature of The Silver Age in comics, alongside the ironic attitude of the country allowed Batman to be one of the biggest pop culture icons of the pre-Vietnam 1960s. Most today would refuse to admit the importance of this era of Batman, but when you take a grander look at his history, Batman reflects society, and that exactly what happened with Batman ’66.

Following the escapades of Adam West’s Batman, the titular character was relegated mostly to cartoon shows with interactions between other Warner properties like Scooby-Doo. Sure there was the live-action special Legends of The Superheroes which showed a handful of DC heroes fighting DC villains, but for the most part, while Batman was being redefined in the comics throughout the 70s, Batman for better or worse became a cartoon character. He stayed in the minds of children and parents until the 1980s when Frank Miller got a hold of him. In Miller’s The Dark Knight, he redefined what a superhero comic book could do, and alongside Alan Moore’s Watchmen, he changed comic books forever. Miller, as a writer, creates stories with hardboiled toughs in an incredibly dark setting, and after this version of Batman was brought to the attention of the masses again for the first time since the 1940s/1950s, Batman was once again The Dark Knight. This next step in Batman’s evolution led to filmmaker Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman.

Batman was the next big superhero movie after the Superman franchise took off and then ultimately fell off due to poor writing/directing/producing/lack of public interest. After the boom and economic hopefulness of the 1980s, we were met with the grunge era. The grunge era, as I’m calling it, accompanied musical acts like Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Pixies, and The Melvins, and was a sign of America’s youth caught up in a wave of disillusionment. Gone was the chrome horizon of the 1980s. What we were welcomed with, and on a path towards, was a somewhat dark era in which many felt ostracized and hopeless. It’s my opinion that 1989’s Batman helped usher in that time period, but either way, it’s hard to deny that Tim Burton’s cartoony gothic hero was not in part a reflection of that mood. When Batman hit theaters, fans saw a new Batman dressed all in black whose motivation once again became vengeance on the part of his parents’ murder. The gothic hero was an orphan on a grand scale, and considering the attitude of America’s teens at the time, people flocked to this interpretation. In fact, Batman stayed on track with Burton for quite some time, which included the debut of Batman: The Animated Series, which many young kids used as their first exposure to The Dark Knight and in the future, this series would become incredibly important, but we’ll get back to that in just a little bit when we discuss the modern era. This truly was a renaissance for The Batman.

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Video Game Deal: ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum: Game Of The Year Edition’ For $15
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Batman: Arkham Asylum: Game Of The Year Edition

The video game deal of the day over at Amazon today is the Batman: Arkham Asylum: Game Of The Year Edition video game for Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 for only $14.99 each (that’s 50% off the list price of $29.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

From the Xbox 360 product page:

* Face off against Gotham’s greatest villains including The Joker, Harley Quinn, Victor Zsasz and Killer Croc
* Become the Invisible Predator with Batman’s fear takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen and hunt enemies
* Experience a whole new game to play with Game of the Year Edition

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Halloweekend of Doom: 13 Comic Books To Haunt Your Halloween
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Halloweekend Banner

It’s that time of year again, boys and girls! The temperature has dropped, the leaves have turned from green to varying shades of orange and red; children dress in the guise of their favorite characters, and the flickering of candles show the yellow grins of the jack-o-lanterns adorning the porches of your neighborhood. It’s Halloween, folks, and while there’s plenty of people out there that like cute, plastic pumpkins on their doors, we here at Geeks of Doom like our Halloweens a little more horrifying. So, it’s with this, Halloweekend, that I will be bringing to you a series of horror-themed features that showcase the wicked side of geek entertainment.

In the first installment of what I like to call Halloweekend of Doom, I’m going to explore 13 comic books that should get you in the mood for the greatest time of year. The list is in no particular order, and this isn’t intended to be the be all end all of horror comics, but these comics are great to read during Halloween. I’ll cover some that can be considered family friendly, but the majority of these are strictly dark and for mature audiences.

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NYCC 2011 Video: Watch 7 Minutes Of New ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Gameplay
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Geeks of Doom vs. New York Comic Con 2011

Unfortunately, I missed the Batman: Arkham City due to quite a few complications, but luckily my favorite editors/site owners in the world, Empress Eve and Dave3, were there and provided me with some notes and an awesome video of some recorded live gameplay footage!

You can watch 7 1/2 minutes of the gameplay footage demo’d at the panel right here below. (Yes, they played the game right at the panel; it’s not a pre-recorded demo, it’s all new!)

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Watch Now: ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Joker Trailer
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Arkham City

Hellllllllooooo nurse! Warner Bros. Games, DC Entertainment, and Rocksteady have released a brand new Batman: Arkham City trailer this week that focuses on the Joker, and I’ve gotta tell ya… it gets me kind of hot.

Check it out here below.

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Batman Battles Bane In ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set Images; New Videos Confirm Arkham Breakout?
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Plenty of images from the set of Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy–maker, The Dark Knight Rises, have found their way online as the movie films in Pittsburgh, including some recent shots of Tom Hardy as the feared Bane.

Now comes some more shots of filming, this time of some pretty intense battle sequences, as well as our first peek at Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate (or Talia Al Ghul, as many assume is who’s she’s really playing). The most notable of which is of course the Dark Knight going head–to–head with the aforementioned Bane. But it doesn’t just end with these pictures; some videos from the shoot show that not only are Batman and Bane throwing down, but that there’s a full–on riot going on in the middle of a blizzard. Does this anarchy confirm what fans have been assuming (based on the viral marketing campaign): that the movie involves a catastrophic Arkham Asylum breakout?

Continue on below to see the images and the videos of this insane shoot, and share your thoughts in the comments below!

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E3 2011: ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Offers Playable Catwoman; New Gameplay Footage & Info
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The big surprise for comic boo fans at E3 this year was that Batman: Arkham City, the follow-up to the highly popular Batman: Arkham Asylum, would allow you to not only play as the Dark Knight, but as Catwoman as well. The Joker—who returns here and is once again voiced by Mark Hamill—was a playable character in Arkham Asylum, but only on the PlayStation 3, so this is exciting news for you Batman fanatics.

Along with the Catwoman news, the team at Rocksteady Studios came to the convention with a large amount of gameplay footage to show off, as well as plenty of new details on what you can expect from the expansive new game.

You can continue on below now to see two videos—the first revealing and discussing the inclusion of Catwoman while the second talks more about Batman: Arkham City as a whole.

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