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Horsemen and other assorted oddities: 2014's animation highlights

Now is a pretty great time for animation—there’s never been a wider array of strange, smart, and subversive cartoons for audiences of all stripes. While not all of them hit it out of the park in 2014—we’re looking at you, Chozen—the good ones were often brilliant, easily on par with the best live-action fare.

Before we get to our favorites, a small bit of housekeeping: For the purposes of this list, we’ll be excluding films from this roundup. Cool? That said, here are the year’s highlights:

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Watch Batman take down an army in 'Arkham Knight' trailer

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Batman doesn’t break his one rule—but in the new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, he sure gets awfully close.

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Too many bats: DC might have a problem with Valencia CF's Bat logo

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Batman is a comic book character created in 1939 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Valencia CF is a soccer team (or “club” if you want to be fancy) that was founded in 1919. Batman wears a bat on his chest to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, a superstitious and cowardly lot. Valencia has a bat on their team crest, presumably to strike fear in the hearts of other football clubs, who may or may not be superstitious and cowardly. As you can see, there is a lot of room for confusion there—Batman fans have a long history of wandering into soccer games unawares, mistaking them for comics conventions.

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Watch the trailer for 'Gotham Begins,' the prequel parody to the prequel series

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Batman had his origin story in Batman Begins, and Gotham has its origin story in… Gotham. But what happened on the streets of Bruce Wayne’s city even before Gotham?

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USPS releases new Batman stamps

Holy collectible postage stamps, Batman. To honor the Caped Crusader’s 75th birthday—he first appeared in a May 1939 issue of Detective Comics—the United States Postal Service released eight different stamps commemorating the hero on Thursday. USPS teamed up with DC Entertainment to produce the stamps and has debuted them at New York Comic Con 2014.

Just the latest move to suggest we may be reaching “peak Batman,” the sheets of stamps include four different depictions of Batman from over the years, as well as four different interpretations of the Bat-Signal logo. These stamps will bear the words Batman Forever; we only hope they’ll do better than the last time those words were used together. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Have we reached Peak Batman?

Fox’s new show Gotham takes place in a miserable world where no one has ever heard of Batman, which makes Gotham somewhat less realistic than Game of Thrones. Two years after the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trifecta, Bruce Wayne’s alter ego is everywhere. In video games, there’s the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, the final act of an acclaimed trilogy. In comic books, DC has eight monthly series with the word Batman in the title, and that doesn’t include sundry spinoff titles like Batwoman and Batgirl and Nightwing and Batwing. Hell, even the LEGO Batman is a transmedia superstar: Stealing scenes in The LEGO Movie, headlining a hit videogame franchise. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: The Batman Top 100

So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, the characters who stand out in my memory as defining aspects of the greater Bat-mythology. READ FULL STORY

Introducing Batman villains to 'Gotham,' one cheesy line at a time

Fox’s new series Gotham has the difficult task of introducing a number of famous and lesser-known Batman villains before they officially don the costume and alter ego. The show’s pilot accomplishes this in its own special way: by hinting at appearances by the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and the Riddler with some very, very obvious bits of dialogue. For example: “If I want riddles, I’ll read the funny pages.”

With so many possible criminals just waiting in the back alleys of Gotham, the show will have to clock in some overtime in order to showcase them all; if the show lasts for several seasons, the producers may have to resort to Crazy-Quilt and Film Freak. How exactly will the show handle hinting at these and other criminals? Subtle (read: not at all subtle) dialogue clues, of course.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' gets June 2015 release date, special editions

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Batman: Arkham Knight, the sequel to 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, finally has a firm 2015 release date. While the game may now arrive later than would-be caped crusaders might prefer, the new date should give developer Rocksteady Studios plenty of time to fine-tune their farewell to Gotham.

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Kids, let me tell you about the time Bane was at your parents' wedding

Once upon a time in Pittsburgh, a man and a woman fell in love. People were still falling in love then—much like they do now—but in 2011, things were different. This was before Justin Bieber started shaving, and when ice buckets were used for holding ice, not dumping it. Things were purer then.

But there was another story unfolding in Pittsburgh that day. The story of a man who would hold an entire city hostage, if another man in a Kevlar batsuit did not rise to stop him. As fate would have it, this story would intertwine with the love story of Rich Walsh and his bride Michelle, resulting in a pair of photos that the world cherishes to this very day. That’s just what happens when you have your wedding at a church near the set of The Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy photobombs your nuptials. He does that.

Carpe diem, young lovers of the world.

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