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Cool Stuff: Mondo Has the Best ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Figure Ever

Cool Stuff: Mondo Has the Best ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Figure Ever
It’s been over 25 years since Batman: The Animated Series debuted, and it’s still one of the most beloved iterations of The Dark Knight. There have been some fantastic collectibles over the years commemorating the animated series starring Kevin Conroy as Batman, especially with the action figure line from DC Collectibles that keeps churning out […]

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Rocket League Adds Two More Iconic Batmobiles

Rocket League developer Psyonix will add two more Batmobiles to the game in addition to a slew of DC-themed cosmetics.

The two new Batmobiles will be based on the versions of the vehicle appearing in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman and the Tumbler, which appeared in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. These will become the second and third Batmobiles available in the game, as Psyonix <a href="https://www.
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‘Black Panther’ May Pass ‘The Avengers’ to Become the Biggest-Ever Comic Book Movie

‘Black Panther’ May Pass ‘The Avengers’ to Become the Biggest-Ever Comic Book Movie
Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” blew past expectations in its opening weekend, but that may not be its most impressive performance. The four-day total was $244 million, but what’s happened since Presidents’ Day tells us the movie could “The Avengers” to become the top-grossing comic book movie in North America.

(Please note: We’re only discussing domestic gross here. While its foreign performance thus far is strong, there’s still multiple international openings to come.)

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Tuesday was the most impressive day yet

Black Panther” grossed $20.8 million on Tuesday. Outside of summer releases and Christmas week, the only film that’s done better on a Tuesday was the pre-Christmas “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That’s better than “The Avengers” in early May, and “Avatar” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kings,” also just before Christmas. Better than the first Tuesday for 2017’s top two releases, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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‘Black Panther’ Review: Marvel’s Most Powerful Movie Yet

Black Panther‘ is an important movie. Not since the release of ‘The Dark Knight‘ has the moviegoing populace been treated to such a strong allegorical ideology than with ‘Black Panther‘. While many may look into the film as a comment on race, I really see ‘Black Panther’ as being more focused on culture. Sure, race is an element of culture, but a culture and the race associated with it are not mutually exclusive. Steeped so heavily in it’s cultural relevance that it’s hard to ignore, director Ryan Coogler has managed to craft a film that not only serves as a sociopolitical statement on the time in which the film was made, but one of the best superhero movies ever made that will ultimately be remembered of it’s cultural impact. Equal Representation on the big screen has never been more important that now. Coogler has tapped into this idea,
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‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short

‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short
It’s a familiar scenario. A comic-book movie, not directed by the usual white male, far exceeds expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office. And so the question rises: Could “Black Panther” be the genre movie that confounds conventional wisdom and ascends to the status of Best Picture Oscar contender? Or, like “Wonder Woman,” will it be shut out entirely?

Each year, the studios try to push their best genre successes beyond the technical ghetto. All Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movies rise to the level of art, but any fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movie is the camel that must pass through a needle to reach the Best Picture side.

The biggest exception was Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations, and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup,
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‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short

‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short
It’s a familiar scenario. A comic-book movie, not directed by the usual white male, far exceeds expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office. And so the question rises: Could “Black Panther” be the genre movie that confounds conventional wisdom and ascends to the status of Best Picture Oscar contender? Or, like “Wonder Woman,” will it be shut out entirely?

Each year, the studios try to push their best genre successes beyond the technical ghetto. All Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movies rise to the level of art, but any fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movie is the camel that must pass through a needle to reach the Best Picture side.

The biggest exception was Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations, and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup,
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How The Dark Knight’s Rendition Of Gotham Influenced Black Panther

On paper, Gotham and Wakanda couldn’t be more different.

One is a crime-ridden dump that looks to a masked vigilante for help, while the other is an isolated utopia that exists on the cutting edge of technology. But during the creation of Black Panther, it turns out director Ryan Coogler looked to The Dark Knight‘s rendition of Gotham City, and how Christopher Nolan realized such a deeply fantastical city, for inspiration.

After fielding questions about alternate endings and Bucky Barnes on the Empire Podcast (h/t Screen Rant), Coogler turned his attention to The Dark Knight, and how it portrayed Gotham in such a realistic way.

I remember watching The Dark Knight and the film having commentary on privacy, commentary on terrorism. And that was all stuff that felt like it was of the now, so it made Gotham City feel like it was somewhere in the States.
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Academy Awards Seek to Polish Image of Tainted Industry

When the Academy Awards were first handed out 89 years ago, Variety reported at the time that the planning for the dinner and ceremony at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood took about a week of organizing to pull together and the awards ceremony took all of 15 minutes.

Those were the days.

Another sign of the changing times was Academy founder Louis B. Mayer’s original scheme to use the Academy to delay or block unionization of Hollywood. As David Thomson colorfully describes the birth of the Academy in Vanity Fair: “So Mr. Mayer and his pals decided they needed an organization to handle labor problems at the studio without having to get into the union thing, and it would be a public relations operation that pumped out the message that Hollywood was a wonderful place where delightful and thrilling stories were made to give the folks a good time.”

If time has totally transmogrified the planning, execution and union-busting
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Before ‘Black Panther,’ 6 Studio Movies that Changed the Film Industry Forever — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Prior to “Black Panther,” when was the last time that a major studio movie changed the film industry forever?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Freelance for Village Voice

What’s equal parts incredible and scary about “Black Panther” being the next big game changer — and it will be — is the last time a studio film changed the American film industry in a major way it was Marvel’s own “The Avengers.” The landscape shift in the post-Avengers world was palpable. Disney had struck gold by acquiring Marvel a few years prior (“The Avengers” was the first superhero film distributed by the Mouse House) and in the wake of its financial,
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Black Panther’s Wakanda Was Inspired By The Dark Knight’s Gotham

Christopher Nolan’s version of Gotham City in The Dark Knight partially inspired the depiction of Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther. While much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and Marvel Comics, for that matter) exists in real-world locations such as Los Angeles, New York, and London, a significant portion exists in fictional places such as Asgard, Sokovia, and of course, Wakanda. But that doesn’t mean they can’t appear somewhat real.
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This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowest Grosses in Six Years

This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowest Grosses in Six Years
When it comes to box office grosses, the Oscars are no popularity contest.

This year’s crop of best picture nominees have received critical plaudits and trunkloads of awards. But that has not, for the most part, translated into massive ticket sales. Only “Get Out” and “Dunkirk” have topped $100 million at the domestic box office and could comfortably be labeled blockbusters. As it stands, this is the lowest-grossing crop of best picture contenders since 2011, a fact that should be sending shivers up the spine of ABC executives as they brace for the March 4 telecast.

“The Oscars are rewarding more and more niche films,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “There’s not a lot to talk about in terms of social media buzz or pop culture significance.”

To be fair, most of these films were never designed to be commercial juggernauts. Seven of the nine nominees — a group that includes “The Shape of Water
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Every Record Broken by 'Black Panther'

Another Marvel movie is a huge hit at the box office. But this one is a bigger deal than usual. Black Panther opened over the President's Day weekend to the tune of $241.9 million. That's not an unprecedented figure, but the four-day take amounts to a whole lot of records broken, milestones reached and other feats accomplished for the superhero release. Below we detail every one of its achievements, including a couple that aren't financial in nature.    Black Panther is... The best-reviewed comic book superhero movie of all time: According to Rotten TomatoesBlack Panther topped The Dark Knight and Iron Man with its positive review score of 97% but is tied for superhero movies overall with Pixar's The...
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‘Black Panther’ Kills: Here’s the 3 Biggest Box-Office Records Ryan Coogler Broke This Weekend

‘Black Panther’ Kills: Here’s the 3 Biggest Box-Office Records Ryan Coogler Broke This Weekend
So many records, so little time. Final “Black Panther” grosses are in: With Presidents’ Day adding $40.2 million to its already-staggering $201.8 million for the three-day weekend, the latest Marvel movie made $242 million in its four-day domestic total and clobbered all expectations. So where does Ryan Coogler’s superhero movie stand in box-office history? As always, when making comparisons we adjust past grosses to current ticket prices. (If we used the European system of reporting admissions in addition to box office we wouldn’t have this problem, but we don’t and so we adjust.)

All that said: “Black Panther” breaks records held by “The Last Jedi,” “Deadpool,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” — but falls just behind “The Force Awakens.” Here’s how it breaks down.

Four-day Total: $242 Million

“Black Panther” is # 4, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Avengers,” and “Jurassic World,” and it just beat out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Black Panther proves the best villains are those who could have been heroes

Like Terminator and Darth Vader, Erik Killmonger’s evil is all the more compelling when we find out the wrong turn he has taken

When Empire magazine published its list of the all-time top 50 villains in cinema in 2016, there was no place for any of the Marvel cinematic universe’s many baddies. In fact, only a single comic-book villain, Heath Ledger’s Joker from 2008’s The Dark Knight – made the cut. The McU has had its moments when it comes to charismatic exponents of evil – Tom Hiddleston’s heartbroken yet icily evil Loki in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and Cate Blanchett’s slinky but ruthless Hela in its sequel, Thor: Ragnarok, spring to mind. But it would probably be fair to say there have been as many misses as hits along the way.

One of the most heartening aspects of Black Panther’s success has been the way it bucks this trend.
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Nightwing will likely have white eye lenses, according to director Chris McKay

One of the coolest parts of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was the scene where Batman flips on his glowing white lenses towards the end of the film to aid him in a particularly hectic fight. The upgrade was a direct nod to the comics, and animated series, where Batman, and his extended Bat-family are often portrayed with white phantom eyes. It has always served to give the characters an intimidating presence in the comics, but it’s obviously a hard feature to replicate on-screen.

Interestingly, if Nightwing director Chris Mckay has anything to say about it, Dick Grayson’s costume may have these white lenses as a permanent feature. On Twitter yesterday, Chris Mckay was tagged in a post by a fan declaring that every Bat-family member should have white lenses on screen from now on. This was Mckay’s response:

Agreed

Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) February 18, 2018

That seems
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Oscars outrage: Readers were animated over the unjust Best Picture snubs for ‘The Lion King’ & ‘Spirited Away’

Oscars outrage: Readers were animated over the unjust Best Picture snubs for ‘The Lion King’ & ‘Spirited Away’
Animated films are hardly ever nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Only three have accomplished the feat: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010). Of those only “Beauty and the Beast” ever broke through in a field of five Best Picture nominees. That means there have been many, many worthy toons that fell by the wayside, from the first ever animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) to the acclaimed Pixar film “Coco” (2017). But when we asked our readers the snubs that outraged them the most were “The Lion King” (1994) and “Spirited Away” (2002).

According to a leading 19% of respondents, “The Lion King” is the snubbed animated film that most deserved a Best Picture bid. And perhaps it came close. It won two Oscars out of four nominations for its music. Hans Zimmer won for his score, and Elton John and Tim Rice won for their original
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‘Black Panther’ Is A Legit Phenomenon, but Will It Be An Oscar Player?

‘Black Panther’ Is A Legit Phenomenon, but Will It Be An Oscar Player?
Black Panther” came, saw and conquered, and it’s barely been in theaters four days. In that amount of time it has already outgrossed, domestically, what DC’s superhero team-up “Justice League” managed to conjure in three months. It has taken on a cultural significance unmeasurable to anyone who’s never wrangled with a lack of representation on the screen. Michelle Obama tweeted about the film Monday morning, expressing a hope that it will “inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories” (though it hasn’t yet made President Trump’s Twitter agenda).

Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster is, it seems uncontroversial to say, a phenomenon. The only question, on all fronts, is how far can it go?

One of those fronts is the awards season, and we’re in the thick of one right now that features another such phenomenon dismantling expectations at every turn. Jordan Peele
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Movie Review: Black Panther

The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic universe (McU), the new film Black Panther, surpasses all expectations you may have regarding the modern super hero film. As Christopher Nolan did with The Dark Knight ten years ago, director Ryan Coogler has again reset the bar for the genre. It is thoroughly original and simultaneously feels like a logical next step for the aforementioned McU and offers proof of the further development of one of Hollywood’s more gifted filmmakers.

After the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his homeland—the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda—to assume his role as king. However, T’Challa soon finds his new positions as king and the Black Panther (a mantle handed down from king-to-king) challenged by the son of his banished uncle. Now, he must fight to protect not only himself and his family, but his entire nation
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'Black Panther' Earns Highest-Ever Score for Live-Action Superhero Pic on Rotten Tomatoes

Notch another victory for Disney and Marvel StudiosBlack Panther.

In addition to shattering numerous records in its box-office debut, the movie boasts the best aggregated score on Rotten Tomatoes of any live-action superhero pic at 97 percent.

The previous top score belonged to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and Jon Favreau's Iron Man (2008), which are tied at 94 percent.

If counting all superhero films, Black Panther shares the Rotten Tomatoes crown with Pixar's 2004 animated event film The Incredibles, which likewise has a 97 score.

Black Panther easily boasts the best Rotten Tomatoes ranking of...
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The Avengers Shatters All Expectations: Journey to Infinity War Part 6

Our journey to Infinity War continues by looking back at Marvel's The Avengers, which is perhaps the most important superhero movie in the history of the genre. And quite possibly the greatest, if you're like me and like to think of The Dark Knight as an action/thriller that happens to have a guy in a costume in it some of the time. In any case, so far, we've looked at all of Marvel's individual Phase 1 movies that got us to this point. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were leading us here. Everyone knew fairly quickly that they were taking us to an Avengers movie, but nothing like this had ever been done before. Nobody really knew if this could work. It not only works, it's still the gold standard for team-up movies and hasn't lost a step nearly
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