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The Dark Knight Returns

As superhero movies go, few have been as highly anticipated as Christopher Nolan’s final outing as captain of the Batman franchise. The Dark Knight Rises received a level of hype and hoopla second only to the superhero Cobb salad that is Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and now, finally, the long-awaited Friday has arrived. So once you see the movie, what happens if your eyeballs remain unquenched of their thirst for Gotham’s caped protector? With the future of the franchise uncertain, might we offer the alternative of returning to some of the printed source material from whence it came? I’m no comic book expert, that much is clear any time I speak with the true comic literati. However, Batman is the one character I’ve read in-depth and he continues to be my favorite hero. While watching The Dark Knight Rises, I became antsy to go home and read some of my favorite stories. Below is a list of Batman comics we highly recommend that you tear into should a similar inclination grip you. Be forewarned: the reason this article is titled as such is that some of these stories will spoil elements that comprise the surprises of Nolan’s film. See the movie first, then read…

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Channel Guide - Large

When I was about ten years old, I used to plop myself down after school in front of my ’90s-chic, wood-paneled TV set with a Capri Sun and the soft, moist remnant of the ham and cheese sandwich that I hadn’t finished at lunch, and not just watch, but absorb Batman: The Animated Series. The suspense! The drama! The musical numbers about domestic abuse! What more could a fifth-grader ask for? Now Comic-Con, the impending rise of the Dark Knight, and, of course, Landon Palmer’s thoughtful exploration of the film serial and TV iterations of the Batman character in this week’s Culture Warrior, have made me especially nostalgic for the cartoon Caped Crusader of my youth – the guy who ended up ruining me for all other cartoon superheroes – so, I decided to revisit the series and examine it with fresh, grown person eyes (which actually means eyes that are increasingly crappy).

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Boiling Point

The Avengers is kind of a major success. What, you hadn’t heard? Of course you did. Avengers box office is on the tips of tongues, internet screens, newspapers, and even within the pages of Time Magazine. You don’t make a billion dollars that quickly without garnering a lot of attention. With attention comes discussion. People always want to be included in the discussion, it helps get a little bit of that attention directed their way. If at this point you feel the need to point out the hypocrisy of this entire thing, go for it. What do I care? In attempting to be part of the discussion and gather up some of that sweet, sweet spotlight, everyone has been discussing the Avengers box office results and asking the question we all ask of super hero teams and double rainbows: What does it mean?

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Boiling Point

AMC’s The Walking Dead and I have a strange relationship in that I watch it but don’t particularly care for it. I can’t really tell you why I tune in every week, but it has something to do with my great love for the comic books and a desire to see horror on television, mostly regardless of quality. The books by Robert Kirkman have always had a bit of melodrama about them, but the show has often taken that to obvious, soap opera levels. “The Walking Dead” comics feature a great cast of characters with complex motivations and relationships. Many of those characters made it to the television show – well, at least characters with the same names made it in. Things have changed so drastically from comic to screen that one has to ask – when does an adaptation stop being an adaptation?

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Boiling Point

With the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con having closed its doors, of course I’m going to have to write it about it for Boiling Point. Now, I’m a fan of Comic Con and don’t want to take a few of the obvious roads, especially ones that don’t apply to everyone. Many of us in the press industry had rough times getting into many panels, though how interesting is that to the readers? Not very, I’d reckon. I’ve also already talked about how we shouldn’t make fun of Con goers because not only do most of them smell just fine but for most of my life I was a fan and not a writer. There are plenty of complaints about Comic Con (we’ll focus on the positives later), but for me, ignoring press/job related issues, the one thing I don’t like about SDCC is the kind of non-comic related bull that gets shipped down there every year.

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Comic book writer, video game scribe, and movie inspirationalist (that’s totally a word) Jimmy Palmiotti took time out of his busy schedule to informatively answer a few of our questions and delicately dodge around when we tried to get him to call the movie shit.

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When it comes to zombie movies, there is often a lot of talk that happens for a long time without much to show it. Think World War Z. Thankfully, The Walking Dead has cast of the curse of development and has moved into the actual filming process under the guidance of director Frank Darabont. Now we’ve got photographic proof.

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The Dark Knight

While everyone else is content to just wait for Batman 3, we take the fight to Nolan and Goyer and issue our list of demands.

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bp-gijoe

Something about this GI Joe movie has got Robert Fure past his boiling point – but it’s not what you think it is.

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Todd Farmer and My Bloody Valentine

Welcome to the life of Bruce Wayne, Jr aka Todd Farmer. The screenwriter of My Bloody Valentine checks in for Part 2 of our Seventy-Four Part Interview.

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Emily Blunt as Black Widow?

The Devil Wears Prada actress might be pulling double duty as the Russian bad ass we know and love as Black Widow.

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We love it when folks from out there in the rest of the world send us little treats — like this one, which was sent over by Mike. It is a cool Watchmen trailer mash-up.

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LL Cool Nerds

With Comic-Con over, you don’t necessarily have to toss that special edition “Watchmen” T-Shirt in the closet. The day of the nerd is here and comic clothing is cool.

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Batman Artwork

For nearly 70 years Batman has survived, and now thrives, in the public eye. How has a cynic with dead parents and a list of enemies as long as his cape managed to captivate our attention? Sit in on a conversation between FSR Staffers Robert Fure and Adam Sweeney as they discuss the Caped Crusader.

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Robert Downey Jr

There is no debating that Robert Downey Jr. has led and interesting and rocky life. Robert Fure takes a look at his rise, fall, return, and shows us all while Robert Downey Jr. deserves a new shot.

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Spider-Man faces Anti-Venom

You’ve seen Spider-Man, you’ve seen Venom – Now take a look at Anti-Venom!

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Comic Book Legend Stan Lee

Stan “The Man” Lee, the 85 year old genius that created some of our most beloved superheroes, plans to make some new characters for the fanboys to drool over.

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Batman Artwork

So The Dark Knight is only 113 days away, and you don’t know your Carmine Falcone from your Selena Kyle. Should you be publicly and humiliatingly punished? Probably, but the folks over at ComicMix have paid your bail by creating a really cool list of the ‘Batman’ comics you’ll need to brush up on before heading to the box office.

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