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NEW ‘MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE’ FOOTAGE REVEALS MORE CHARACTERS, MORE DIRTBIKES, MORE SKATEBOARD TRICKS
Listen: If someone had asked me what it was that I wanted out of a live show starring a bunch of Marvel Characters, I would’ve given all the standard answers like big fights and special effects, but I would’ve also specifically requested that they find a way to throw in dirtbikes and skateboard tricks. I mean, those are my favorite things, but I would know, even as I was asking, that it probably wouldn’t happen.
And yet, here we are with a new video about the upcoming Marvel Universe LIVE! arena show, and there are dirtbikes and skateboards. Like, there is actually a halfpipe and a dude straight up doing a Boneless. And, I guess, there’s also some cool special effects and a teaser that characters like Captain Marvel and Black Cat will be showing up, but really: dirtbikes and skateboards.
'Batman: The Animated Series' Premiered 22 Years Ago, Explore the Pilot Episode in Honor of Batman's 75th Anniversary
Directed by Kevin Altieri from a script by Mitch Brian, “On Leather Wings” introduces elegantly everything that viewers needed to know about this new vision of Batman as devised by producers Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm. The first thing we see is a Gotham City skyline and police airship right out of Dean Motter and Paul Rivoche’s 1980s retro-future masterpiece Mister X, amplified with intensely stylized music by Shirley Walker that invokes film noir and the unforgettable Batman film score by Danny Elfman. Similarly, computer and television screens are in black and white, vehicles (designed by Shayne Poindexter) are sleek and rounded, rather than angular or box-like; every piece of decor from the windows to the carpets features a lovely Art Deco design; gentlemen wear ties and blazers, ladies wear pencil skirts and their hair in bouffants; police are kitted out in old timey riot gear. Everything we see and hear establishes the nature of Batman as a timeless and sophisticated adventure serial beyond anything we’ve seen on television in years; maybe ever.
*The video is no longer available, but you can still read up on our review.
The Complete and Utter Insanity of ‘Batman: Odyssey,’ Part 4
Illustrated by legendary Batman artist Neal Adams and written by legendarily terrible Skateman writer Neal Adams, Batman: Odyssey launched in 2011 and quickly established itself as hands down, the most insane comic we have ever read. After their shell-shocked review of the initial run, Laura Hudson and David Wolkin have returned to recap the second volume in a continuing attempt to do the impossible: make sense out of the descent into madness that is Batman: Odyssey. The voyage continues.
Parting Shot: How Would Batman Beat the Avengers?
Our friends at Moviefone have been working with comics artist Dennis Culver (Edison Rex) to depict how the Batman of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy could conceivably defeat the Avengers of Joss Whedon’s film. Scenarios were suggested by Moviefone readers, and the best were selected to be drawn by Culver. In the image above, we see that “After an amazing display of cunning, Nick Fury agrees to help Batman permanently crossover from DC and lead the Avengers.” In the image below, we see the Dark Knight’s clever plan to take out the God of Thunder.