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I was excited when I first heard Brian Azzarello was writing a graphic novel that featured the Joker. A graphic novel is a little out of my price range, but with the Joker I was all in.
The Joker is my favorite Batman villain. He is the most interesting; the most fun; the one villain you know that when he makes an appearance in a Batman story the stakes are much higher for those who may get caught up in the mayhem.
DC first announced this story a few months back – before “Dark Knight” hit the theaters. Some artwork accompanied the story and we saw that the artist, Lee Bermejo, was drawing the Joker like we see him in “Dark Knight” with the scars on the corners of his mouth to make a devious grin. Bermejo said he came up with the look prior to Dark Knight, but that’s not important. What’s important is if the story delivers and I’m afraid it doesn’t.
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The Dark Knight will be released Dec. 9 in both a standard and Limited Edition box. Both versions are in widescreen 2.4:1 1080p video with 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. The deluxe set includes 2 discs, a Bat-Pod display case, art galleries and movie extras such as behind the scenes. You can pre-order at Amazon now for $47.95, temporarily marked down from $64.99.
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We had to pay homage to “The Dark Knight” release today and thought that the Grappling Launcher seemed appropriate. The 12-inch prop replica is 6 x 7 x 12-inches and is hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain. Mounted on a display base, the Limited Edition of 1500 included a Certificate of Authenticity and comes in its own fancy box for £89.99 (~$180.00) with free delivery. We suspect that anything coming out of this movie will be a decent collector’s item and worth the expense.
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Nokia is hip to all the Batman freaks and has come up with a Dark Knight Edition 6205 for those that can’t wait until the film comes out on July 18. The cellie features a 1.3 megapixel cam, a voice recognition speakerphone, a music player, Bluetooth capability, and their new Calendar Preview for schedule management. Try a two year contract at Verizon and an online discount and the batphone can be yours for $69.99. Think how jealous the other batfans will be when you flash it at the premiere.
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More hype for the new Batman movie means more bucks for the producers, so it is little wonder that we found this Dark Knight light-up tee. The shirt is made of 100% cotton and has a small unplugable battery pack for washing. The clever t-shirt goes from glow to pulsating and requires 2 AAA batteries (not included.) There is also a Joker version available. Temporarily out of stock, you can pre-order each of the shirts for £19.99 ($~39.00,) in time for the movie premiere in July.
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To promote the Dark Knight, the latest Batman flick due out July 18, look for all kinds of new gadgets to give you pointy ears or simply to look kewl, such as this MP3 Player. At 7cm in length, it features a frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz, an included USB cable to recharge its battery for up to 12 hours, and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista or Max OS X v10.4.8. The player includes a Batsuit hood-shaped headset with ambient noise reduction and three pairs of interchangeable buds. At a price of $79.95, pre-order for a June/July delivery date.
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