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.
When Batman and Superman were created, their respective home towns of Gotham City and Metropolis were invented as generic east coast American big cities, mostly being representative of New York, but also just like Christopher Nolan’s Gotham, incorporating parts of other east coast and midwest cities such as Pittsburgh, Chicago and Newark. Over the decades, as stories evolve, both Gotham and Metropolis have at times exhibited qualities that could put them nearly anywhere in the US, but they’re still at heart, northeastern metro areas. But where? According to many versions, New York exists alongside both Metropolis and Gotham, so where does that put the two fictional big cities? Despite the map above from 1978, neither town has ever officially been pinpointed on a map, though the header image, from an issue of ‘The World’s Greatest Heroes’, is probably about as accurate as it gets— if NYC exists in the DC universe, that puts Gotham in southern New Jersey and Metropolis just across the river, sitting on top of, or possibly right next to, Dover, Delaware.
Companies applying for or receiving patents is reported everywhere, but it’s mostly non-news— companies patent things all the time for nothing more than legal reasons, and it doesn’t mean Apple is building an iDildo or whatever for example. But Marvel has a history of applying for trademarks of certain characters across a spectrum of media shortly before they do something big with them. So the comic geek world is literally atwitter about Marvel’s move to go trademark crazy all of a sudden with one of its weirdest, most powerful, most adorable characters that you’ve probably never heard of, but one with a nutty fan base. So is Marvel going to do a Squirrel Girl movie? After Guardians, a lot is possible. Put her in a cartoon or on TV in some other fashion? We can only hope. That’s seriously her, attacking Wolverine like she doesn’t even give a fuck, because she absolutely does not.
Marvel’s newest film, Guardians Of The Galaxy is in theatres now, to
quite a bit of early praise. Seeming coming out of nowhere, this is an oddball property, helmed by an oddball team. In all fairnes, though, Marvel has been hitting them out of the park. So how does this one do? Is it another fine entry, or should it be left in the hands of the Collector?