An approving crowd cheered for Gotham star Robin Lord Taylor as he remixed The Donald’s campaign slogan at the show’s New York Comic Con panel. Taylor’s Penguin is running for mayor, and his candidacy, entailing a villain running for office, feels like a reflection of the real world.
“At this rate, Penguin looks pretty freaking good,” Taylor joked. “Wouldn’t you say?
“I think the Gotham writers are writing our actual reality right now, and that’s probably the scariest thing you could possibly imagine.”
Penguin’s mayoral run is shaping up to be a major plotline in the show’s third season. From the little we’ve seen so far, Penguin is capitalizing on the public’s emotional distress to turn it against his more experienced opponent.
“He tries to present himself as he thinks a candidate should look,” Taylor said. “There is a certain homage to a certain candidate who is out there which is entirely intentional.”
Taylor then pointed out that the show’s flirtation with commentary is nothing new for comics. From the early days of Batman and Superman pushing back against fears over the rise of organized crime to Marvel’s more recent metaphoric forays into intolerance and social justice, Gotham is just a new voice in the mix.
“Our show is like any comic book in that the stories are written to reflect the times in which we live,” Taylor said. “Comic books are written with that idea in mind, the social climate. So our show is reflecting that.”
The panel moved on to other topics at that point, but Trump came up again after actress Erin Richards, who arrived late and missed Taylor’s earlier Trump talk, laid into the GOP candidate on her own.
“Did everybody hear what he said on Friday about women?” she asked. “It’s embarrassing.”
Taylor then mulled over what would happen if Penguin found himself speaking privately while a hot mic a la Trump.
Taylor laughed. “If Penguin was caught on a hot mic, he wouldn’t say anything nearly as vulgar or disgusting.”
Richards nodded her head in agreement, adding, “Nothing could be as bad as what that man has said.”
She then launched into a full-on anti-Trump stump speech for Hillary.
“Please, please, please vote Hillary. Please. Please vote Hillary. For the world. Please. For me. I can’t vote. I wish I could vote. I can’t vote. Britain is behind you if you vote Hillary. Though I don’t know what we’re doing at the moment, I apologize for Brexit.”
Trump came up one final time, late in the panel, when a fan asked the Gotham stars what they would write if they had control of the GOP candidate’s Twitter feed.
For Taylor, it was: “I’m sorry for making a mockery of the United States. I’m sorry for being embarrassing. I’m sorry. I’m ashamed. That’s what I would say.”
And for Richards: “I am removing myself from the presidential race. And from all races. I’m removing myself from the Earth.”
With enough cheap effects to make you go “Holy homemade movies, Batman,” this faithful recreation of the 1960s Batman opening credits has plenty of cardboard Bat-signs to go around.
Our CineFix series, Homemade Movies,serves up creative remakes of your favorite movies, trailers and original songs. All videos are exact shot-for-shot remakes created at home without any visual effects.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders reunites West and Ward as Batman and Robin in a feature-length animated film set in the universe of the ’60s TV series. The dynamic duo is also joined by the voice of Julie Newmar, who played TV’s Catwoman.
This first trailer doesn’t show off any of the movie, but it does feature West and Ward escaping from one of the TV series’ trademark death traps as they hype the Blu-ray. It’s cute. And super enjoyable if you have any memory of the original TV series.
It isn’t difficult to see why we adore the art of Shanghai Tango. We’ve previous featured the anonymous artist’s work here and here and now we bring you the ultimate list of our favorite comics to date.
The artist draws brilliantly witty cartoons that are made all the more clever because of their incredible simplicity. By looking at the world in a different way, Tango’s work also encourages us, the audience, to look at things with a fresh perspective. Take a look at this collection of work to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, the cartoons below serve as perfect examples of why the best things in life are often also the simplest.
Chaunie Brusie, a freelance writer and a mom of four, presents us with 5 comical situations that underline the differences between dads and moms when they go out in public. Published by Babble, a parenting blog, the illustrations show biased public opinions when it comes to the roles of parents. For example, while dads can get away with scrolling through their Facebook feed while their kids are at the park, moms are under the magnifying glass pretty much all the time.
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To get to the spaceship convention I have to go to Chattanooga. To a former train depot once called Terminal Station, a beaux-arts building downtown, which was built in a time when trains were the apex of industrythe smartest, fastest, most high-tech way to move through spaceand when stations were elegant ports of call. It has a soaring dome, and the bathrooms are naturally lit through stained glass.
Terminal Station closed in 1970, not quite a year after Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. The building reopened in 1973, four months after the Apollo program ended, as the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. The new owners put a neon train on the roof, the concourse beneath the freestanding dome became a lobby, and the baggage room became a dining hall. Passenger cars were moored to the rails and refurbished as luxury suites. The iron horse engine became a thing for guests to climb aboard forselfies. The outbuildings and rail yards sprouteda gift shop, a pizza parlor, a comedy club, an indoor jungle-themed swimming pool, and an outdoor doughnut-shaped swimming pool, among other things.
Chattanooga is not quite the regional transportation hub it was in the latter golden age of rail travel, and in fact these days is kind of a pain in the ass to get to. So after 12hours of planes, delays, and courtesy shuttles, I drop my baggage in my room and go looking for a drink.