Cool Stuff: Batmobile Phone Case

I’m sure everyone has wondered what it would be like to have a batmobile cell phone that has incredible features with LED lights and such. Oh, just me? Maybe you’ll change your mind after this video.

While I could do without all of the over-the-top dubstep, and while it is definitely a novelty and not practical at all, it is pretty dang cool. Phones are getting pretty big anyways, whats a little bit more lost pocket room?

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Blood Battle: Damian Wayne (Robin) vs Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond)

Back when Bruce Wayne was out of commission as a result of Final Crisis, there was a battle for the cowl. All of the Bat family for the title of Batman and eventually, Dick Grayson won out, as Damian became his Robin. However, there was no blood lost in that battle. Now, we pit the true sons of Batman against each other.

This week’s matchup: Terry McGinnis aka Batman Beyond VS Damian, the Son of Batman!

The Rules:

We’re putting both Terry and Damian at their best, even though they are not the same age. Both are relatively young in their superhero career and with separate backgrounds, both work with Bruce Wayne directly, and even though Damian becomes a future Batman in a more apocalyptic era, we’re gonna have him as Robin.

Sorry, Bloody Batman. You have to sit this fight out.
Sorry, Bloody Batman. You have to sit this fight out.

This is because there is no record of Terry working on his own as an older Batman, so their fight has to be comparable to the time under the guidance of Batman.

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Talia Al Ghul and Bruce Wayne have spent plenty of time together, both as allies and enemies. However, when Bruce discovers he was drugged during one of their rendezvous, he comes face to face with something more frightening than some of the rogues he fights: Bruce discovers he has an illegitimate son with Talia. Only 10 years old and raised by the League of Assassins, Damian leads armies, uses swords, studies people and habits, and sadly, has killed.

The boy is ruthless.
The boy is ruthless.

Bruce both loves the boy and a darker reflection of himself and hates how he’s been raised. Taking him under his wing, Batman fights crime with his own Robin, going through the ups and downs of raising a child and trying to protect yet another Robin from the madness in Gotham. Although so young, Robin’s training both with the league and with Bruce Wayne has given him the ability to severely cripple thugs and the crime in Gotham.

Small, but not weak.
Small, but not weak.

Terry McGinnis

In the animated series universe, Batman has given up fighting crime at around late 40s to 50s. During one fight, Bruce’s body fails him, and to stop a murder, his only option is to reach for a gun. Frightened by his own desperation, he shuts down all Batman operations, to “never again” sink that low. Years pass, and a futuristic Gotham has corporate greed, more psychos, and a crime surge that the Gotham Police Department cannot keep up with. Enter Terry McGinnis, a sweet but roughly raised man in Gotham. He looses his father and look to Mr. Wayne for guidance. Instead, the work out a deal so that Terry can use the updated Batman suit and Bruce can guide him via comm links. What follows is the career of one of the most iconic Batmen. Terry’s suit is also equipped with cloaking, batarangs, a suit that can produce damaging shock waves, rocket boots, wings, and many more tools that have been created as a result of Bruce Wayne’s tenure as Batman. What makes Terry interesting is that he was adopted. Revealed in Justice League Unlimited’s “Epilogue” episode, Amanda Waller explains to Terry that he had been created using DNA from none other than Bruce Wayne.

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FIGHT!

Interesting enough, both boys were raised pretty rough. Damian’s training has given him a sense of royalty, but also has hardened him into not trusting anyone. Terry’s upbringing is in an even darker Gotham, where gangs of Jokers create chaos in the name of the prince of crime himself. In the odd scenario where we can put these two heroes head to head in a single timeline, Terry would fall prey to underestimating not only Robin, but to taking sympathy on a young boy. Most do this, and Damian takes advantage to surprise and subdue Terry. However, Damian can’t plan on the future, and Terry can usually outwit people using new gadgets. Size does matter, so physically, Terry can take and give out a bigger beating. Plus, Batman Beyond can use him environment better, both having fought people in the League of Assassins and with his creativeness in using the tools of the Bat. Damian’s abilities are never in question, but his rashness and stubbornness usually compromise him, leaving Terry to take this fight.

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However, we’re also leaving this fight up to the readers! Who would win this fight? Twee to @Nerdswole and say whoever you think should win with the #BatmanBloodBattle and we’ll reveal the results during the next Blood Battle!

GIVEAWAY: Superman: For Tomorrow

It’s the last month of the year, but thanks to the reception we’ve had for the last two giveaways, we’re having another giveaway. Each one will be a separate article so we can better track the contestants to put into our random hat to pull out a winner! To win, check out the terms below.

The Rules:

-You have to like our facebook page, this is so we can keep track of who shares the post and put down a name.

-SHARE Nerd Swole’s facebook post! It has to be ours, or we won’t be able to know who has shared and hasn’t shared the link to track the name! You can also enter by retweeting this tweet with the hashtag #NerdSwoleGiveaway.

-That’s it! You’re entered and at 11:59PM,  December 5th we will close the entry and pick a winner on December 6th!

In honor of the recently ended Superman: Unchained, I decided we all need a bit more Jim Lee and Superman in our lives. Today’s freebie is….

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The book is not wrapped in plastic but this trade paperback is in great shape, no problem

Here’s the official description:
“The complete 12-part saga from SUPERMAN #204-215 written by Brian Azzarello with sensational art by Jim Lee!
A cataclysmic event has struck the Earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected; not even Superman! But after a year, Superman is left with many questions. For a hero who tries to have all the answers, it’s torture. And, just as the action heats up and the stakes are raised, one huge question emerges: Just how far is Superman willing to go ‘For Tomorrow?'”

 

SDCC 2014 – 75th Anniversary Batman Panel

If you didn’t know before, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of our favorite man in cape and cowl, the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne aka Batman. In his honor, the likes of Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, and Geoff Johns (WOW what an ensemble) hosted a panel on Thursday to talk about their love for Batman and what makes him timeless, it was a pretty epic 75th anniversary Batman panel to say the least.

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The panel began with a discussion of Batman’s ability as a fictional character to withstand a lifespan of 75 years, and this remained the focus throughout the entire panel. Each creator touched on different aspects of the Batman character and mythos that helped explain his durability and capability to stay relatable throughout generations. Morrison touched on Batman’s dichotomy of a devilish resemblance and embodiment of darkness versus him actually being on OUR side, fighting for good and humanity. Most of the creators touched on his relatability stemming from the sheer fact that Batman is the only human “superhero”. For a moment the discussion became a “why Batman is better than Superman” rant, but only to further explain that Batman’s flaws and humanness are main reasons why generation after generation, every one of us has loved him, valued him, and been inspired by him. O’Neil explained that Superman and Batman are on opposite ends of the superhero spectrum, every other superhero being in between. That while Batman may almost be at an unobtainable level of physical and mental capability, his ability to be broken and put in real danger make him that much more interesting. Adams and O’Neil further explained that “Batman can be put in any dangerous situation” in terms of creating his stories, which is why it has been so easy for his mythos to expand and for different versions of him to be realized.

During the expanded questions, the creators were all asked to name the moment that they first fell in love with the character. Most creators cited The Dark Knight Returns, by panelist Frank Miller, which comes as no surprise given the creative success of that story. At the end of the panel, a younger child asked which Batman is in the center of them all, referring to a comment Neal Adams made earlier about all the different versions of Batman. Appropriately wrapping up the discussion and summing it altogether, Frank Miller replied, “the best version of Batman is your favorite version,” giving somewhat of a meta-explanation for Batman’s long lifespan, and a lifespan that will continue to flourish.

Be sure to look at all our San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage!

PREVIEW: Upcoming DC Collectibles

I love toys. I’ve always loved toys. Let me share my love for toys with you. Here are a few of my picks from the DC Collectibles solicitations that are previewed and slated to come out sometime this summer.

Batman: Arkham City Rabbit Hole Batman

batmanrabbitThose familiar with the Batman: Arkham series will recognize this Mad Hatter induced version of our caped crusader. This figure nails the look with some good detail and comes around 7 inches tall.

Green Arrow Bust (Jim Lee)

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It’s a good rule of thumb to never miss a statue or bust designed by Jim Lee. This bust just looks and screams Oliver Queen/Emerald Archer, as Jim Lee’s design nails the practical suit, quiver, bow, arrows, and overall pose. This bust will be limited too, so for all Green Arrow fans out there, make sure to watch this release come May.

Superman Pool Cues

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Pool fan or Superman fan, these cues have come to Earth destined to strengthen your strokes, breaks, bank shots, caroms, etc. In both primary colors and black and white, these cues come with their own matching carrying cases so that you can travel the world inspiring humanity with your pool skills. At $200, you might want to start practicing at your local bar before investing in the fancy stuff.

World’s Finest: Powergirl and Huntress 2-Pack

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Coming off of their recent World’s Finest ongoing comic series, these Earth 2 heroes are becoming the more lovable version of the Superman/Batman team up. These figures will come at 6.75 inches and are articulated well so that you can mimic the action while you read the issues.

White Lantern Power Battery and Ring

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This 1:1 scale comes in around 11 inches, to fulfill your lifelong dream of joining the space-faring corps. Releasing in June, these replicas will also come in the other colors of the spectrum so you can start building the lantern corps of your choice.

Batman Black and White (Jae Lee)

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Fans of toys know to always watch out for the next Batman Black and White statue, a longtime series that puts the industry’s best designers and artists to the test to create their own highly detailed, and obviously black and white, version of the Dark Knight. This summer sees the release of Jae Lee’s Batman, recent artist on Batman/Superman series written by Greg Pak. Lee’s art is known for its mystical feel and creative panel shapes, with environments connecting with characters, and this Batman shows some of that with the long, flowing cape.

What toys are you excited for or raving about? Comment below and share with our Facebook page!