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By Chris Sims

With the exception of Thor, who is an actual Norse god known for beating giants to death with a hammer, I think it’s safe to say that Batman is the most metal superhero of all time. Yes, Iron Man has that one song and that’s very good, but Batman reacted to seeing an actual murder in front of his eyes by learning karate, living in a cave and punching out a clown. If that’s not metal, then friends, I don’t know what is.

As a result, a video by YouTube’s ArhyBES that mashes up the Dark Knight with the dark metal of Dethklok, the fictional band in Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, is oddly appropriate, even if it has slightly more F-bombs than you usually hear from the Caped Crusader.

Even though there are a few references to comics and movies thrown in there — I specifically like the idea of Batman being hell-bent on finding a way to make Aquaman drown, for obvious reasons — the major look for the video seems to come from the Arkham games, which is pretty much perfect. There’s something natural about combining the studiously over-the-top, intentionally ridiculous metal of Dethklok with the kitchen sink aesthetic of the Arkham games, which are so bonkers that it’s hard to figure out if they’re intentionally ridiculous or just that far gone. I mean, the Penguin’s monocle is the bottom of a beer bottle that’s been jammed into his face. You can’t really top that without just going full Warhammer and covering every available surface in skulls.


Zack Snyder & Bruce Timm Animate 75 Years of Superman History in Two Minutes

By Andy Khouri

As part of the ongoing celebration of the 75th anniversary of SupermanWarner Bros. Animation’s Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder collaborated on a two-minute film that observes some of Superman’s more memorable adventures. The animation includes homages to original creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster to contemporary artists like Jim Lee, with stops along the way that give props to Curt Swan, Dan Jurgens, Neal Adams, Andy Warhol, Fleisher Studios, Alex Ross, the Smallville television series, Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Henry Cavil and Timm’s own work on Superman: The Animated Series.

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