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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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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 City’ For $35
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One of the video game deals of the week over at Amazon right now is Batman: Arkham City for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 for only $35.27 each (that’s 41% off the list price of $59.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Saturday, March 31, 2011, until 11:59PM PST while supplies last.

This item currently has a free one-day shipping promotion on it: Use a Discover Card to purchase this and enter promotion code DSCVRSHP to get free one-day shipping. See the Special Offers and Product Promotions section of the product page for more details.

Also, there’s currently a Buy Two Games, Get One Free sale on hundreds of select PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, and handheld titles.

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Digital Comics Deal: Batman Arkham City Collected Kindle Edition
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Arkham City

The collected Kindle edition of the Batman: Arkham City mini-series is currently available on Amazon for a low price of $9.99.

I’ve been made aware of the fact that this comic was not on everybody’s radar when it was released, so it’s been tasked upon me to let all of you about this sale that’s currently going on. It’s honestly a really good sale, at that. The standard retail price for the Kindle edition of this book is $19.99, so it’s a ten dollar savings. Good deal, right? Well, those are just the specifics of the sale. Let’s talk about the comic for a moment, shall we?

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Watch Now: A Very Arkham City Christmas
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A Very Arkham City ChristmasBlue Goggles Films has put together a bit of a love letter/holiday gift to the makers and fans of Batman: Arkham City with “A Very Arkham City Christmas,” a holiday tale that’s set in the universe of the popular game.

In the short film, writer/director Ben Moody shows us a story in which we see two of The Penguin’s henchman who try to share a Christmas moment with each other after they’ve escaped from a beatdown from The Bat, or so they think. Things don’t go quite as well as they planned, however. In Arkham City, you can never escape The Dark Knight.

This video is hilarious and a lot of fun, so make sure to check out the full embedded short film here below.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: Batman Edition
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Holiday Geek Gift Guide: Batman Edition

Put on your capes and cowls, everybody! There’s pine needles on the living room floor, snow on the ground, and a scent of cinnamon in the air. Your dogs and cats are tearing apart wrapping paper, your family’s in town and you can’t stop drinking sparkling cider for some reason. That could only mean one thing, folks, it’s the nondescript religious holiday season! And that means that it’s time to go into credit card debt so that you can show those closest to you that you care, you know? And to make it a little bit easier on you guys, we here at Geeks of Doom have been shoveling our driveways so that we can deliver to you this, The Holiday Geek Gift Guide – Batman Edition! The best bat-gifts possible for the geeks on you gift-giving list!

As you can see, I’ve changed up the intro a smidge, and that’s simply because today we celebrate the holiday in the best way possible, with The Batman. Yes, The Batman. And while it may not make much sense to you that we’re doing this, you fail to realize that Batman makes everything better. In fact, the presence of Batman-centric holiday gift guide on this site makes not only this site better, but also it makes the world better. And isn’t that truly what the holidays are about? Making things better or something like that? Sure, why not! Anyway, it’s been a pretty big year for The Dark Knight, and that will certainly be evidenced by the majority of this list. We’ll also be making it a little easier on you by narrowing this list down by separate topics such as comics (and comic-inspired items), statues, Batman: Year One, and Arkham City. Sure there will be some overlap, but that’s all right because we’re talking about Batman! So let’s start of with the merriest of merries, comic books!

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Video Game Deal: Buy 2, Get 1 Free
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Part of this week’s video game deal over at Amazon this week is a Buy Two, Get One Free sale.

Purchase 2 qualifying video games from the sale items and get a third game from the list for FREE. Some of the games includes are Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Gears of War 3, New Super Mario Bros., and much more.

Note – this deal is valid only for this week until 11:59pm PST on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

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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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Music Review: Batman: Arkham City Soundtrack
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Arkham City SoundtrackBatman: Arkham City Soundtrack
Various Artists
CD | MP3
WaterTower Music
Release date: October 4, 2011

As I’ve stated previously, I am huge fan of the soundtracks from all the Batman films. That might have something to do with the fact that I’m a huge Batman fan, which most of you may know by now, but you may not know my love for music. So, when the two are combined, it’s a perfect storm for pure Hunter Camp enjoyment. I mean, Batman-related songs from artists like Prince, Method Man, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and The Offspring have been featured on various Batman soundtracks. That’s a great thing. So, when the announcement of the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack came out, to say that I was excited would be an understatement. It has literally been 14 years since the last high profile Batman soundtrack filled with popular music has come out. You may have noticed that Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies have only been accompanied by purchasable score audio, and the Arkham Asylum game came with no soundtrack.

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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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