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New This Week


The PG-13 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I feels enormously faithful to my memory of the 1986 Frank Miller comic series (which, truthfully, I’ve not read in decades).

What’s surprising is how much it resembles this summer’s “Dark Knight Rises,” with its physically compromised Bruce Wayne returning to crimefighting after a decade away, and the uber-muscled Mutant Leader breaking Wayne’s arm in hand-to-hand combat. (The back-breaking Bane arrived in the comics a few years after Mutant Leader.)

One also feels the influence of Miller’s tale on the old “Batman Beyond” series.

Carrie Kelley, with her decision to don a Robin costume and self-train, comes off more Kick-Ass than Hit Girl.

The new made-for-Blu movie also reminds us that it revealed the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, two years before Todd’s death was depicted in Batman #428.

Peter Weller was an inspired choice, providing likely the best Batman vocals I’ve ever heard in a cartoon. A pair of Harvey Dent-centric episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” are included on this set, and I’ll be danged if Kevin Conroy doesn’t sound downright wimpy in the shadow of Weller’s gravelly baritone. (I wonder if Weller’s casting was somehow precipitated by similar scenes in DKR and “RoboCop” in which the hero grabs a gun-toting bad guy by reaching through a solid wall.)

Equally inspired is the casting of “Lost” player Michael Emerson as The Joker. Emerson’s voice is only heard at the end of Part 1 but will be much more a part of Part 2. (Part 2, out this winter, will also feature Mark Valley as Clark Kent, who comes to regard Bruce Wayne as a dangerous adversary.)


* DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART II SNEAK PEAK (6:53) featuring snippets of interviews with Weller, Emerson and Valley.

* HER NAME IS CARRIE, HER ROLE IS ROBIN (12:23) reveals via Grant Morrison that John Byrne suggested that Miller include a female Robin for DKR. Learn that busty future Bond girl Jill St. John disguised herself as Robin in the first two episodes of the Adam West “Batman” TV series.

* BATMAN AND ME (38:26) the excellent 2008 documentary about Batman creator Bob Kane.

* TWO EPISODES OF BATMAN (the animated series): “TWO-FACE” PARTS ONE AND TWO, originally aired exactly 20 years ago today.


“American Horror Story” is the latest from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who created “Glee” together before Murphy went off to write and direct the equally horrible “Eat Pray Love.” I did not expect much from this series, and my expectations were met.

“Horror” follows a couple and their teen daughter after they move into a really cheap, really haunted house in Los Angeles.

Its cast includes Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”), Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”), Francis Conroy (“Six Feet Under”), Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”), Taissa Farmiga (kid sister of Vera) and Jessica Lange (“Tootsie”).

While the first episode, directed by Murphy, may be scary stupid, it is not scary. Recently I coincidentally caught the first two “Paranormal Activity” movies on Epix, and they are spine-chilling. My spine literally tingled as it seemed to grow cold, and more than once. “Paranormal” and its sequel gave me the willies. “Horror’s” stabs at fright elicited only the rolling of mine eyes.

The bigger sin is  it’s hard to care about any of "Horror's" very bland, clichéd human characters, to the point where viewers may likely find themselves better liking the unpleasant ghosts. (I have the same complaint about Fox’s “Terra Nova,” if one substitutes ‘saurs for shades.)

I sense the creators quite enjoyed Stanley Kubrick’s (infinitely superior) big-screen version of the Stephen King thriller “The Shining.” The central couple suffers from marital discord. The ghosts of murdered twin children lurk about. There’s one ghost whose appearance switches between young and sexy to old and wrinkly. (Like the old lady in the Overlook Hotel bathtub, she goes into hottie mode to seduce the new man of the house.)

In the plus column, “Horror” could appeal to certain gay elements even more than “Glee” does. The house’s dead (but maybe still hanging about) prior owners were a saucy homosexual couple with a penchant for rubber suits and basement bondage. McDermott parades around naked a lot and even gets a steamy stand-up masturbation scene that could have been designed to show off his Playgirl-friendly physique. But the broad sexual imagery rarely compensates for the frequently terrible dialogue, or the frequently ridiculous behavior.

O’Hare’s character, a burn victim and convicted triple-murderer, is weirdly reminiscent of Chris Elliott’s deformed character from “Scary Movie 2.” (It turns out this convicted triple murderer, who when we meet him seems way too emotionally unstable for anyone’s comfort, was somehow set free upon the world because he came down with brain cancer.) It’s as if the creators, emboldened from the shocking popularity of “Glee,” submitted the “Horror” script to FX on a dare.

I’ve little doubt “Horror” will -- like Murphy’s prior FX series “Nip/Tuck” – enjoy a long run on FX, but make no mistake: the only thing likely to haunt most viewers is the memory of how ineptly this enterprise was slapped together.

AOL says:

... Even more than usual, the characters are place-holders, caricatures or grab-bags of wacky traits. … There is no real thematic progression or character development. Generally speaking, things just randomly happen. …

HitFix says:

… has pretensions of depth and ambition, but really all it's about is whatever cool thing Murphy and Falchuk wanted to do next, hurled at the screen with such reckless abandon that none of it works. … 

USA Today says:

... when a show is this far off the rails in its opening episode, it's pretty much telling you what kind of ride you're in for. ... a duller, denser, more unpleasant clan has never stumbled its way through a haunted house. …

The New York Times says:

... the Gleeks should feel perfectly at home with “Horror Story.” The similarities are greater than the differences, and they start with the love of excess that stretches through “Glee” and back to the first Murphy-Falchuk collaboration, “Nip/Tuck.” Other, less palatable hallmarks of their method are here as well: a certain hollow theatricality, a willingness to accept one-dimensional characters and pat story lines ...

The Los Angeles Times says:

... It's structured, in fact, a bit like "Glee" — exposition created to showcase the big numbers, in this case, the revelation of some new manifestation of evil and/or depravity. Not surprisingly, the two shows share a similar problem — too many ideas and not enough storytelling. But horror is the most delicate and difficult genre, requiring an exquisite balance of anticipation and action. Stomp down those basement stairs too loudly or too often and horror collapses into camp, which "American Horror Story" unfortunately does upon more than one occasion. ...

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

.... a nonsensical roller coaster ride … It's unclear if this lack of clarity is an intentional effort to confuse or just sloppy filmmaking. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... The loopiness of the script, combined with unsettlingly jerky camerawork, especially in Wednesday's premiere episode (the camera calms down a bit in Episodes 2 and 3), make the actual horror aspects of the show passably effective. But what's lacking in the premiere episode is the kind of "don't open that door!" and "someone's behind you!" suspense that Hitchcock, most notably, built into his best films. ...

The Washington Post says:

... So much creepy stuff happens in the first episode that viewers will be left asking: Can I possibly watch an entire series of this? Followed, of course, by a more obvious question: Why do they stay in that house? Overdoing things is one of Murphy’s trademark flaws, but this show has a captivating style and giddy gross-outs. ...

The Boston Herald says:

... I loved the pilot, mostly because I could never predict where the story was going, a rarity in prime-time TV. Leave it to Murphy: In an industry that churns out cookie-cutter product, he’s an original. ...

The Boston Globe says:

… After a while, the story seems to have no more depth and logic than an artsy music video. …

Variety says:

... The creative team's fondness for the material appears unquestionable; whether they can exorcise what ails their show remains the real mystery. … The main problem with a haunted-house series is making things scary without becoming so alarming the family flees screaming into the night in episode one. A second hour, however, rather than offering clarity or reassurance, only reinforces these doubts. …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

... You don’t need to be a genius to know the threat level is pretty high in that house. And that’s really the primary problem with American Horror Story, which has numerous other problems that make little to no sense. …


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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I


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Charlie's Angels: The Complete Five-Season Series


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Portlandia 1.x/2.x


Rescue Me: The Complete Series


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The Thick Of It 1.x-3.x
Touched By An Angel 6.x


Van Dyke and Company: The Complete Series


Wallander 3.x

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The Abbott and Costello Show 1.x
Adventure Time: Jake Vs. Me-Mow
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Christmas With The Chipmunks
Batman Supervillains: Catwoman
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Big John, Little John: The Complete Series
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Downton Abbey 1.x/2.x


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Happy Endings 2.x


Hart of Dixie 1.x
Hart To Hart Vol. 1
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House: The Complete Series


How I Met Your Mother 7.x
It Takes A Thief
Kingdom 1.x
Magic City 1.x
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New Girl 1.x
Nikita 2.x
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90210 4.x
Rules of Engagement 6.x
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The Six Million Dollar Man 2.x
Thundercats 1.x Vol. 3
Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 1

October 9
Bones 7.x
Care Bears: The Original Series Collection
Combat: 20 Episodes
Doctor Who: Ambassadors of Death
Happiness Is Peanuts
Holliston 1.x
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It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 7.x


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The League 3.x
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The Lucy Show 6.x
Peanuts: Go Snoopy Go
Webster: 20 Episodes


Whitney 1.x
Yancy Derringer: The Complete Series

October 16
Alcatraz: The Complete Series


Alcatraz: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Batman Super Villains: The Joker’s Last Laugh
Big Bad Beetleborgs 1.x Vol.1
Broadway: The American Musical (Blu-ray)
Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection


Check It Out 1/x/2.x


Columbo: The Complete Series
DeGrassi 11.x Vol. 2
The Firm: The Complete Series
Flashpoint 4.x
Flashpoint 4-Season Set
Gunsmoke 6.x Vol. 2
Gunsmoke 6-Season Pack
The Ice House: The Complete Miniseries
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1995-Reserve


Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)
Mad Men 5.x


Mad Men 5.x (Blu-ray)
Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series


The Office: Secret Santa Pack
Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever
Psych 6.x
The Red Green Show: The Complete Series
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales


Touch 1.x
That '70s Show 1.x/2.x
That '70s Show 2.x (Blu-ray)


Triple Terror: The Shining/It/Salem's Lot

October 23


Bat Masterson: 24-Hour Marathon <--- NEW!!
Ernie Kovacs Collection Vol. 2
Fantasy Island 3.x


The Fugitive: The Complete Series


In The Heat Of The Night: 24-Hour Marathon <--- NEW!!
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 8.x
Lost Girl 1.x
Lost Girl 1.x (Blu-ray)
Meet The Browns 7.x
Perry Mason 7.x Vol. 2
Perry Mason 7-Season Pack


Peter Gunn: The Complete Series
Sanctuary: The Complete Series


Sea Hunt: 24-Hour Marathon <--- NEW!!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 4.x


Star Wars: The Clone Wars 4.x (Blu-ray)
Upstairs Downstairs 2.x


The Young Riders: 24-Hour Marathon <--- NEW!!

October 30


All in the Family: The Complete Series
Coma: The Complete Miniseries
Copper 1.x


Copper 1.x (Blu-ray)
Metalocalypse 4.x
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My Favorite Martian 3.x
The Streets of San Francisco 5.x

November 6
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Blu-ray)
Call The Midwife 1.x


Call The Midwife 1.x (Blu-ray)
Carol Burnett Christmas
Elvira's 24-Hour Movie Marathon
Entourage: The Complete Series


Entourage: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)


H2O Just Add Water: The Complete Series
Law & Order 11.x
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 1.x
Porky & Friends
Regular Show: Best DVD
Sesame Street: Old School Vol. 3
SpongeBob Christmas!
SpongeBob Christmas! (Blu-ray)


Wolf Lake: The Complete Series

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The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 1


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Doctor Who: Claws Of Axos
The Flintstones: The Complete Series


Friends: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
History Detectives 10.x
Lost Girl 2.x


Lost Girl 2.x (Blu-ray)
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Vol.1
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Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated 2.x Vol. 1


Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?: The Complete Series
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Diff'rent Strokes 4.x
The Dust Bowl: The Complete Miniseries
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Game of Thrones 1.x Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)


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  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    You're spine tingles

    by Chairman_Kaga

    while ingesting those putrid PA films?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    errr. ahhhh.. wha?

    by mcgillj

    Lange was AMAZING on AHS.. In fact I thought everyone was great, sadly, aside from McDermott and Britton but their characters were hit and miss.. Bur overall AHS succeeded in being the horror mash up it wanted to be.. You were spine tingled by PA? I was drug to PA 3, i was told it was better than 2. I was tempted to claw my eyes out of sheer boredom. The only entertainment watching the idiots around me being "scared". Can't say AHS scared me... But I spent 10 hours without wanting to leave the room and came back week to week.. I barely made it awake to the end of PA 3.

  • is fucking horrible. Just Asian bullshit. Choppy, not fluid at all, horribly designed characters as if they shoved Frank Miller's beautiful work into a rice steamer till it came out limp, soggy and more flaccid than Paul Ryan's steroided penis. DC Animation is usually GREAT, I love it...Look at Batman: Under The Red Hood or Justice League New Frontier - These look amazing... Batman Year One, All Star Superman and EVEN SUperman Vs. The Elite, with the GIGANTIC CHINS looks better than this pile of steaming fecal matter. I actually PAID for this one instead of illegally downloading it because I was such a fan of the original comic run, but you know what DC? Stop doing straight transfers of comic stories to animation UNLESS you can utilize the original artwork....por ejemple Look at that fucking cover. They take one of the ALL TIME GREATESTS of the graphic novel genre and put a (very nice looking) but TOTALLY GENERIC PIECE OF ART that has NOTHING...and I mean NOTHING AT ALL to do with the story within.When is batman ever that slim in Batman Returns? He is old, grizzled and stocky. The only explanation for that and for the utter DRECK of this film's art is that BY SOME SORT OF JUDGEMENT or FEAR OF LITIGATION they could NOT use ANY of Frank Miller's iconic imagery or character design and THAT'S 75% of the enjoyment of The Dark Knight Returns right there. Take that away...and that leaves you with 25% of the impact of this work and THAT'S what you get with this movie. I'd rather see ORIGINAL pieces of Animation utilizing DC Characters which are the BEST and MOST ICONIC of the entire comics industry (MARVEL characters are pitiful imitations and their Animated line SUCKS...Dr. Strange in Japanimation...PLEASE!) than to see these quarter to half ass imitations of great books. Fuck you on this one DC, YA BLEW IT!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    American Horror Story was PUTRID

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I bailed after four or so episodes because I just couldn't take it anymore...Jessica Lange deserves an overacting booby prize.

  • Not only was my spine tingling during it but my arm hairs were standing straight out like a frightened cat. I shit you not! It's not a prefect film, but it is a traditional, well-ecxecuted haunted house film that delivers the chills unlike those other artless cheap gimmicks posing as movies. In all fairness, I did get a few bump/loud noise scares from the PA videos, but few and far between. Trust me, though, The Woman in Black is scary from start to finish.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by Mikey Wood

    Why is the 2-disc speciel edition DVD not available until November? It's really upsetting that they don't seem to be making Special Edition DVDs anymore. I don't have the tech to justify Blue Ray (or the money to buy said tech). Thankfully, there are ways of getting Blue Ray extras content that's been converted to DVD.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    ^ Poor Little Street Urchin

    by Smarty_Feldman

    Actually, physical disks of any kind are LAME.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    ^Smart-Talkin' Ass Clown

    by Mikey Wood

    However, I agree. I'd prefer to just download all of the same content but they've yet to do that. THUS, I resort to piracy. Yar.

  • Um.... what? Granted, I haven't heard much of Robocop's Bat-voice, but Kevin Conroy is THE MAN. You should show some respect.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Saw TDKR last night at The Paley Media center in L.A.

    by Doc G

    Maybe it was just seeing my favorite Bat-Tale with an audience and Murphy in attendance, but I fucking loved it. Despite no inner monologue. Best DC animated film yet.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Woman in Black is so a "prefect" film!

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    Harry Potter didn't even cast any spells!!! Hopefully he'll do better as Ig...

  • One of the highlights of last year's schedule. Great performances, a decent ongoing plot but overall it was just fun. And creepy. And had an awesome title sequence. Really looking forward to the new season. The creators obviously didn't take it too seriously so why should we?

  • Surprising? From that can we assume Hercules has never read "The Dark Knight Returns"?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    oops, he does say he's read it but it's been a while

    by jim

    Watching TDKR I figured seeing an older, broken down Bruce Wayne who, as Batman, faces off against a rabble-rousing villain with a facial affectation, would be raising flags and ringing bells with everyone who's ever read The Dark Knight Returns.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I was surprised I actually LOL'd at TDKR

    by magnetoelectric

    Seems like every DC animated movie tries to have a touch of Comedy , none of them succeeded until now. Everyfuckngtime Dr. Bartholomew Wolper popped up he was hilarious. No doubt a combo of credit between good writing /editing and fucking Michael McKean. Strange how things that maybe didnt come off as comedy in the series take that turn here. Another bit of comical editing was (spoiler alert ahoy) After Bruce kicks the shit out of the Mutant Leader , the news cuts to a member of the "sons of Batman" Pretty quick. I lol'd. Just the thought that their leader just lost and you're already on the news with your face painted up. Was the whole idea behind the Sons of Batman supposed to be funny back in the day? I dont know. But it is here. One odd thing I cant get past which I must've never noticed in the books. At his age (55) Bruce is older than his father was when he was killed. Motherfucker , you're still having Nightmares??

  • Watched the first episode the other night. This is the TV version without the nudity the original pilot movie cut had.

  • But calling Kevin Conroy's voice "wimpy?" Typical fucking bullshit coming from one of this site's TOP WRITERS--I mean TOP CUNTS! Who would have thunk it? That's why I tend to ignore this site and I haven't commented in here for weeks but just had to call out Hercules for being a total fucking cunt for saying that.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Stargate Atlantis Blu-Ray???

    by Norman Colson

    That show is so worth oney but i dont like the idea they split the seasons. just put it in an entire box set and ill be happy!

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was...meh.

    by Mikey Wood

    The animation was fine. At TIMES, it looked just like Miller/Janson/Varley artwork. Most of the time it looked like the usual quality of DC animated films, which is pretty damned good (the "mud pit smack-down" scene, in particular, was fantastic). My problem was with the voice acting. Not the CASTING. The casting was fine. Interesting. But the ACTING was awful. They all sounded like they were reading, not acting. As if they received very little direction and, probably, were recorded all seperately from each other. The best of the bunch were Alfred and, believe it or not, the Mutant Leader. Weller sounds half asleep and all of their inflections, intonations whatever the word may be, are It was REALLY jarring to me and all but ruined the experience. Frankly, Michael Ironside did a MUCH better job at the craggy old DKR Batman in that (wonderful) episode from season 4 of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    mikeywood, Re: voice acting

    by AnakinsDiapers

    It took me a while to adjust my perception listening to the dialogue, but in my opinion the problem wasn't the voice acting, it's the sentence structure.<p> Like the old story about actors complaining about George Lucas' dialogue. It may read fine on the page, but getting your tongue around those lines can be troublesome. Millers particular trademark speech inflections, and sentence structure was all too present.<p> For instance: The mutant gangs broken lines and use of slang like "chicken legs, licken chegs", sounds odd when actually said.<p> I mean, you can't say that the actor playing Gordon was off...can you? I thought he was amazing.<p> Iv'e watched it several times already. I really enjoyed it in spite of the acclaimation period.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Have not posted in a long time......

    by DARTHpatel

    Calling Kevin Conroy "a wimp", is just wrong. He is the most iconic batman we have ever had. Herc never ceases to amaze me with his ignorance. Like the previous poster said, show some respect!

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by Son of a Butch

    SGA has been out on Blu-Ray in a complete series box set for quite a while. In fact, the individual season releases came later.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    couple of things....

    by sonnyhooper

    1. The Dark Knight Rises borrowed pretty heavily from a few classic Batman story lines including Millers DKR, No Mans Land, Knightfall and not to mention a little wink and nod to Grant Morrisons Batman Inc. at the very end. thats why Harrys kid-throwing-a-tantrum-in-a-toy-store review of Dark Knight Rises is, was, and always will be bullshit of the highest order. Harry and the people of his ilk just need to admit that they had an agenda against Nolans final bat-film long before they entered the theater and stop with their whiner bullshit. <p> 2. looks guys...... we all love Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman in the animated series. all Herc is saying is that BY COMPARISON Conroy seems wimpy after hearing Peter Wellers vocal acting. like it or not he kind of has a valid point. just take the sand out of your vaginas and deal with the fact that Batman is a character that is open to MANY different styles, interpretations and yes...... even different voices.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Top 20!!!

    by BilboRing

    Fuck yeah!!

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Kevin Conroy's Batman is iconic

    by seagrass


  • Sept. 26, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Ironside should have reprised his role from BTAS

    by seagrass

    Weller sounded like he was trying to imitate Ironside in parts, actually. I enjoyed it, but all of these adaptations of the Batman graphic novels have been a little off in certain ways... there's always something that doesn't feel right. I chalk it up to meddling from DC.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    also how old is the picture on the cover to Elviras Movie Macabre?

    by sonnyhooper

    That CAN NOT be a recent photo of her can it? Is it even possible that Cassandra Peterson still looks that hot in that make up and outfit? Has to be a old photoshop job from the 80's.... right?

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    DKR Part 2...Winter 2103??? W T F

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    I thought Part 1 was pretty well done. No real complaints. Ended perfectly on a Joker line I've been waiting to hear on screen for a long time. But WHY is it going to be another YEAR before part 2?? This isn't live action. Our cast isn't jetting off to do 2 more flicks before we can get them back. They aren't building any expensive sets. It's friggin ANIMATED. Bullshit I have to wait a year for part 2.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    2013, oops

    by kstewandthecuntsman

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Thoroughly enjoyed Dark Knight Returns! But part 2 a year away?? Fuck

    by Steve Lamarre

    Completely made me forget Dark Knight Rises. Fuck that movie.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ you people are stupid.

    by Jobacca

    It is currently fall of 2012. In a few months,it will be winter of 2012 and then WINTER of expect the second part of DKR sometime around Jan/Feb of 2013-i.e. just a few months away. Not a year. Not two years. Not ten years. Learn how to read a fucking calender folks.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Jobacca...

    by Mikey Wood

    ...I'm glad someone said it before I did.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

    by Jay

    The Final Season? Damn :( Aww man, say it aint so. What a great series.