While it’s not known whether he’s out looking for the likes of the Joker, the Penguin and Poison Ivy, it does appear Batman has some sort of real life counterpart in Japan, where various people have caught ‘Chibatman’ in a highly detailed bat-suit, riding around on a pretty badass three wheeled bat-cycle.
Marvel, with a lot of help from Disney, has built itself a mighty movie empire from its comic books, one that may just keep going and going and going forever. DC and WB are trying to do the same, and now Activision, with its huge stable of popular and iconic video game titles wants some of that movie/video game/action figure action. Just because video game movie adaptations have mostly flopped doesn’t mean they always will. Just look at the brief live action superhero boom of the 1970s— they tried, most TV and movie adaptations from that time sucked, but eventually, it worked out. And with titles like Call of Duty, Warcraft, Starcraft, Skylanders, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Guitar Hero and pages more, Activision’s decades of development and acquisitions has made it a powerhouse of familiar titles with storylines that can possibly be milked for a long, long time, just has Marvel has discovered it can do.
The Expendables 3 is in theatres now, wrangling up every washed up action star of the last 30 years, again, and trying to cram them in another film. For the most part, the franchise has been fun, and this one looks to up the action. But as this film proves, more is not always better.