It’s a good time to be a Batman fan

Hey there, folks!

So, did you see it? Did you? You know what I’m talking about, right? I am of course talking about the amazing trailer that was released last week for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie! You must have seen it by now. Everyone I know is talking about it (because I make them).  In case you’ve been living under a rock, here is the trailer:

Pretty dope, right? I mean, you don’t get any sense of what the plot of the movie will be, but whatever. You see Superman, you see Batman, and, most importantly, you see Batman in the armor suit that he wears in the Dark Knight Returns. It. Is. The. Shit.

Now, I wasn’t particularly impressed with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, so I worry about what he’ll do with Batman v Superman.  But it’s okay. To make me happy, this movie only needs one thing. All it needs is one scene where Batman punches Superman right in his stupid handsome face.  I am almost positive I’ll get to see that, so this movie has pretty much already won me over.

I’m curious how it’ll all go down.  I believe this movie is supposed to lead to the Justice League, which means that at some point the Dark Knight and Big Blue will have to put aside their differences and start working together. Maybe they’ll start by fighting each other, only to realize there is a bigger threat. Like… I dunno… Braniac.  That would be awesome.

Anyway, the trailer wasn’t the only Batman-related movie news that came out recently.  We also got to see our first full look at Jared Leto as the Joker.  Again, allow me to remove the rock you’ve been living under.

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I dig this look a lot. It reminds me of this:

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There ain’t nothing cooler than a Joker with tattoos.  That said, I don’t know how I feel about the tattoo on Joker’s forehead. It’s seems a little… distracting. I’m also not a big fan of the silver teeth.  I just think that the most distinctive feature on the Joker’s face should be his smile, not the teeth behind the smile. Regardless, I think he looks pretty cool.

I also think it’s neat that this version of the Joker will be introduced in the Suicide Squad movie, rather than in a Batman flick.  My guess is they wanted to give people a reason to go see a movie about a team no one outside of comic book fans (or fans of the Arrow TV show) have ever heard of.  Good thinking, Warner Bros. Good thinking.

And if that’s not enough Batman-related news for you, there was also an announcement this past week that Frank Miller is going to do another sequel to the Dark Knight Returns called “The Master Race”.  Here is the promo art:

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I mean, c’mon! What is not to love about that! Looks like we’re going to have even more Batman-punching-Superman action! What’s even better is that Miller is working with Brian Azzarello, who, among many other things, wrote the Joker graphic novel, and absolutely crushed it on Wonder Woman. This dude is the real deal, and him working with Frank Miller means that this book has the potential to be one of the greatest Batman stories of all time.  I am hella excited for this to come out.

Well, that’s all the Batman stuff I have to talk about right now. As you can see, it is clearly a good time to be a Batman fan.

Until next time…

BATMAN-BAMPF!

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Now with a new fresh scent! (or Keeping up with the Lackies)

Hello there!  Welcome back to another exciting post on Chris Lackie – The Blog!

I’ve been away from this little corner of the internet for a while now, busy with the responsibilities of a parent with a young child, and a regular job that has required me to put in a lot of extra hours over the last while. But do not think I have forgotten about you!  I’ve actually been working on something that has turned out to be a fair bit larger than I had originally thought it would be, but that only means that when it’s ready (which will hopefully be soon-ish) it will be the greatest (or at least largest and newest) thing I have ever done! So keep your eyes open for that!

Speaking of things I am working on, I am also planning on doing another Funko Fight Club in the relatively near future (after the other thing I am working on is done) which will be functionally similar to the other versions, but with a twist (which isn’t much of a twist… it’ll just be… very slightly different)! To whet your appetite for that, I thought I would share a couple pictures of some of the Funko figures I have recently acquired.  First, let’s head to Sunnydale to see what’s going on near the Hellmouth!

From left to right: Oz, Willow, Buffy, Angel, Spike and The Gentleman (also featured - Silent Bob, because I am a terrible photographer)

From left to right: Oz, Willow,Buffy, Angel, Spike and The Gentleman (also featured – Silent Bob, because I am a terrible photographer)

It pleases me to no end that Buffy is holding a little tiny spike (not a euphemism), and that Spike has a scar on his eyebrow (just like the show!).  I think the people at Funko did a great job with these figures, but how does the first release (I assume there will be more) not include Xander? It’s like doing a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures and not including Donatello.  Xander is part of the Scoobies and he should have been included in the initial release.  I assume the lack of Xander figure will be rectified in the near future.

Now let’s move away from the Hellmouth and head to the literal hell on Earth that is Arkham Asylum!

There's nothing Batman likes better than being surrounded by his friends.

There’s nothing Batman likes better than being surrounded by his friends.

Of all the different versions I have, these may be my favourite renderings of Joker, Harley Quinn and Batman. Joker’s outfit and face are incredibly detailed (it’s hard to see, but Joker’s got a bunch of wrinkles on his forehead, and if you’ve played the Arkham Asylum games you would know why), Harley’s costume looks plain awesome.  They’ve even found a way to make Batman look like he’s wearing armour, which is consistent with the games. Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate the Poison Ivy and Killer Croc figures that are part of this line, but hopefully I’ll get my hands on them relatively soon.

Okay, lets change direction now and take a look at what is happening in my life.  First, Sarah has decided that the main floor of our house needs a new coat of paint.  Here is what our front hallway and foyer look like now.

It's blue now!

It’s blue now!

Beautiful, no?  My wife has excellent taste (which I guess means I also have excellent taste because I chose to marry her).

And did you guys know that Sarah and I have our own podcast called Our Kid is Asleep? You can download any or all of our episodes from iTunes (just search for Our Kid is Asleep!), or you can listen to the latest episode here:

Our Kid is Asleep! 6 – Keanu Reeves is the Greatest Actor of Our Generation

In this episode, we talk about the amazing acting of Keanu Reeves, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, as well as a bunch of other cool stuff, like telemarketing and furnace repair!

Moving on, earlier I mentioned my parental responsibilities.  Well, I feel I would be failing in those responsibilities if I did not share that our little baby boy is now one year old! This kid is practically a giant.  Take a look at how big he is now.

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He’s the one on the left.

Super adorable, right? I guess that means that I am also super adorable since, you know, I helped make him.

So that’s it for now. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Hopefully you’ll be hearing from me again soon, but this time with something so huge it will blow your socks off!*

*Sock blowing not guaranteed.

BAMPF!

Funko Fight Club 2: Bracket Finals!

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Bracket Finals of Funko Fight Club 2!

If you don’t know what this is, you can read up on it here, but basically this is a series of fights between Funko vinyl figures where you choose the winner.  You have until 9 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 22nd to pick the winners of the battles below.

The end is almost in sight, folks!  So here we go with the Bracket Finals of Funko Fight Club 2!

Comic Book Bracket: Deadpool vs Heath Ledger Joker

Joker: You wanna know how I got these scars? Deadpool: You are an unreliable narrator, sir! Chimichanga!

Joker: You wanna know how I got these scars?
Deadpool: You are an unreliable narrator, sir! Chimichanga!

Two of the craziest comic book characters who have ever existed are engaged in battle here in Funko Fight Club 2!  Deadpool is an expert assassin, with countless bodies left in his wake.  Joker has also extinguished many lives, but with much more gas and… stabbing.  Which crazy person is going to win the Comic Book Bracket of Funko Fight Club 2?  Only time will tell!

 

Movies and TV Bracket: Pennywise vs Jules Winnfield

Pennywise: Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you're afraid. Jules: I don't remember askin' you a Goddamn thing!

Pennywise: Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you’re afraid.
Jules: I don’t remember askin’ you a Goddamn thing!

Jules is taking a break from eating his Big Kahuna Burger to try to lay the smackdown on Pennywise, the evil demon who feeds on fear.  Do you think Jules is afraid of clowns? Do you think fear tastes like a hamburger?  Man, Funko Fight Club 2 brings up so many philosophical questions.  If only we had time to answer them all.  The only thing we have time for is voting!

 

TMNT Vs The Teen Titans Bracket: Raphael vs Donatello

Don: If we put our heads together, we can figure out a way to not fight each other. Raph: Or I could just punch you.

Don: If we put our heads together, we can figure out a way to not fight each other.
Raph: Or I could just punch you.

Raphael and Donatello are about to do battle for TMNT supremacy!  They both kicked Teen Titan butt.  Then they kicked the butt of one of their brothers.  Now, one of them is one butt-kicking away from winning the TMNT Vs The Teen Titans Bracket.  Which of these mean, green fighting machines will represent the Ninja Turtles in the final leg of Funko Fight Club 2? You decide!

 

Come back tomorrow to see who survives this round of Funko Fight Club 2!

BAMPF!

RESULTS – Funko Fight Club 2: TMNT Vs The Teen Titans Bracket Semi-Finals

The results for the TMNT Vs The Teen Titans Bracket Semi-Finals are now in!

We go now to April O’Neil for a special report!

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April: Thanks, Chris.  In what may be the biggest upset in Funko Fight Club history, Donatello beat his brother, Leonardo, by a vote of 5 to 2.  And in the other match-up, Raphael squeaked by Michelangelo by a single vote, with Raph receiving 4 votes and Mike receiving 3 votes.  That means that Donatello and Raphael will be battling it out in the TMNT Vs The Teen Titans Finals!

In addition to that contest, the other Funko Fight Club 2 Bracket Finals have also been set, with Heath Ledger Joker going up against Deadpool in the Comic Book Bracket Finals, and Pennywise going up against Jules Winnfield in the Movies and TV Bracket Finals!

The conclusion to Funko Fight Club 2 is shaping up to be the most exciting ever in the history of Funko Fight Clubs!  Back to you, Chris!

Thanks, April!  Tune in next week to vote on the Funko Fight Club 2 Bracket Finals!

BAMPF!

RESULTS – Funko Fight Club 2: Comic Book Bracket Semi-Finals

The people have spoken and we now know who will be competing in the Comic Book Bracket Finals!

In the first match-up, my faith in humanity was restored as Heath Ledger Joker slipped by Superman by a vote of 6 to 5.  It just goes to show that the bigger they are, the harder they fall!

Superman:  How'd I end up down here?

Superman: How’d I end up down here?

And in the second contest Deadpool got the best of Judge Dredd, earning 6 votes to Dredd’s 2.  Guess it’s not that easy to put down the Merc with the Mouth.

Deadpool: I told you there was a monkey behind you.

Deadpool: I told you there was a monkey behind you.

Come back tomorrow to see the match-ups for the Movie and TV Bracket Semi-Finals!

BAMPF!

Funko Fight Club 2: Comic Book Bracket Semi-Finals

Welcome to the Comic Book Bracket Semi-Finals of Funko Fight Club 2! If you don’t know what this is, you can read up on it here, but basically, this is a series of fights between Funko vinyl figures where you choose the winner. Previously, we saw all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make it past the Teen Titans. You have until 9 PM Eastern Time on Monday, July 14th to pick the winners of the battles below.

So here we go with the Comic Book Bracket Semi-Finals of Funko Fight Club 2! Let the best figures win!

WAIT!

What’s this? It looks like Funko Fight Club 2 has spilled out of my office and now the battles are taking place around my house! Oh, the (vinyl) humanity!

Superman vs Heath Ledger Joker

Joker: Ha ha ha hoo haa haw! Superman: What's so funny?

Joker: Ha ha ha hoo haa haw!
Superman: What’s so funny?

Look, I know this appears to be an unfair fight. You have a man going up against a being from another planet (that somehow looks like a human) who is basically a god. But how about this: You see the Joker’s green hair? What if it was made of kryptonite? Huh? Yeah, now Joker has a shot, doesn’t he? Also, Superman is stupid. Look at how he fell into Joker’s trap. How Superman made it this far boggles my mind. But, you know, pick whoever you want. Note: You should want to vote for the Joker.

 

Judge Dredd vs Deadpool

Deadpool: There's a monkey behind you! Judge Dredd: I'm not falling for that.

Deadpool: There’s a monkey behind you!
Judge Dredd: I’m not falling for that.

It’s the law against the Merc with the Mouth. How will Judge Dredd deal with Deadpool’s witty banter? He’ll probably just shoot Deadpool’s face off. Unfortunately for the Judge, it’ll grow back. Before you vote, I want you to think for a moment. How cool would it be if there was a Judge Dredd/Deadpool comic book crossover? I’d buy that for a dollar (or four)! Someone should get on that.  And make sure to add a monkey.

 

Hurry! Vote now before they tear my house apart!

BAMPF!

Funko Fight Club 2: Comic Book Bracket Quarter-Finals

Welcome to the Comic Book Bracket Quarter-Finals of Funko Fight Club 2! If you don’t know what this is, you can read up on it here, but basically, this is a series of fights between Funko vinyl figures where you choose the winner. Previously, we saw Adam West Batman and Captain Kirk earn the right to participate in the tournament proper. You have until 9 PM Eastern Time on Friday, July 4th to pick the winners of the battles below.

So here we go with the Comic Book Bracket Quarter-Finals of Funko Fight Club 2! Let the best figures win!

Christian Bale Batman vs Heath Ledger Joker

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Were you one of the many people who wanted the Joker to win in The Dark Knight? Well, now is your chance to change history! It’s the greatest Joker of all time going up against one of the greatest Batmen (as long as he keeps his mouth closed). Who will emerge victorious? You decide!

 

Superman vs General Zod

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Look, we all saw Man of Steel; the Zack Snyder reboot of the Superman film franchise. We all know what happened in the end. We all know it was stupid. Here is another chance to change history! I try to stay neutral in these Funko Fight Club battles, but I just can’t do it this time. Who is going to win this fight? Zod. It damn well better be General Zod.

 

Harley Quinn vs Deadpool

harley quinn deadpool

Deadpool is going up against a former psychiatrist, which is a good thing because he definitely needs his head examined. That said, this particular doctor is likely to just shoot him instead. Both are dangerous. Both are deadly. And both are more than a little nutty. Which nut is going to crack? It’s all up to you! The only thing certain in this battle is that it’s going to be epic!

 

Judge Dredd vs Adam West Batman

dredd west

In this contest we see the premier judge from Mega City One take on the (not really) Dark Knight of Gotham. Will Judge Dredd take it easy on one of his fellow purveyors of justice? Absolutely not! Dredd hates vigilantes, and now he is dealing with one of the most… campy. Will the Lawgiver lay waste to the utility belt, or are Batman’s old-timey toys too much for even the baddest of bad ass cops? Only time will tell.

 

So there it is, folks!  Come back on July 4th to see who makes it to the next round of Funko Fight Club 2!

BAMPF!