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Oracle

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Batman: Arkham Knight Video Game Details Reveal Oracle’s Expanded Role

Ready for more Batman? I know I always am. Putting personal preferences aside, Rocksteady is set for another installment of the Arkham franchise with Batman: Arkham Knight and as revealed a few details you might be interested in. For instance, the “Arkham Knight” is not Batman, but another fellow, whose picture is after the jump. Oh, and also Barbara Gordon/Oracle.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Emma Stone’s Bottomless Eyes

Sorry, what? I was lost for a moment. Here’s Entertainment Weekly’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cover.

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DO WANT

Are The Birds Of Prey Set For An Appearance On Arrow Season 2?

We already had a Birds of Prey television show. While it wasn’t quite what everyone would have hoped for, I stand by my love for it. The next time we saw Black Canary was on Smallville and that’s all I have to say about that. But last season on Arrow we were introduced to Huntress and we know a new Canary will appear in Season 2. Can they complete the trifecta and get us a Barbara Gordon for a new Birds of Prey team? Hit the jump to find out! 

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The Mary Sue

The Mary Sue’s Favorite Articles Of 2012

We’ve already let you know what our most talked about and most popular posts of 2012 are. But as the people who write all those stories you read, we at The Mary Sue have to admit that we have favorites of our own. They might not have garnered page after page of comments or tons of hits, but darnit, we like ‘em. So now, in our final roundup of 2012, we’ve let our biases out to play to share with you our Favorite Articles of 2012.

Here’s to a geek-tastic 2013!

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Watch Stephanie Brown Kick Ass In Batgirl: Spoiled, An Upcoming Web Series

Batgirl: Spoiled is an upcoming web series created by Sax Carr and Marisha Ray that follows Stephanie Brown, the third Batgirl, as she endeavors to understand her place in Gotham and the Bat family. This trailer is mostly a proof of concept, with some character development thrown in at the end, but let me just say this is an amazing project. I’m pretty sure I audibly squealed “OMG” when I saw Oracle, Batwoman, and Renee Montoya on the screen. And while it’s definitely missing Stephanie’s quick quips and comebacks, I’m sure it’ll come in time with an actual episode, and honestly, her cocky smile was enough for me.

Check out the project’s Facebook page, and join us as we wait on the edge of our seat for the first episode.

(via Youtube.)

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Amy Carries the Doctor

There’s been a lot of discussion over the promo image for Doctor Who series seven. Tumblr user toughtink decided to play with some role reversal with it. (via Tough Tink)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Fry & Leela’s Love Children

Well this is just plain adorable. Reddit user Doodiescoop (aka Becca Jones) drew what would happen if Futurama’s Fry and Leela decided to have children. (via io9)

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Allow Us To Explain

A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

Not too long ago I asked a famous comic book artist to draw me a picture of Oracle and what I got was not at all what I expected. Barbara Gordon was depicted in a hospital wheelchair with a blanket over her legs, certainly not the Oracle I know. “How could big name-so-and-so not know how to draw someone in a wheelchair?” I said to myself but then I thought, “Probably because they aren’t in one.” That’s just one possible scenario of course, there are plenty of artists out there (like Adam Hughes above) who get it right. But if there’s a problem we all suffer from at times it’s ignorance. Yes…all of us. Some more than others of course but even the most learned of us could do with a bit of education now and then and that’s my goal today.

It’s certainly not meant as a dig, but through the years, it’s become obvious to me that a lot of people are oblivious to the every day lives of people with disabilities (PWD). And that’s why awareness and education are important. It’s not that people don’t care (although some might not), it’s that they truly don’t know what’s appropriate in certain situations. Read on for a few examples of different types of wheelchairs, as well as those who use them, plus some commentary by a creator and an actor who are close to the topic at hand. 

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Great Hera!

DC Comics Women – The Shadow Of Their Past

French artist/graphic designer Lily’s Factory has come up with a really interesting way to show the previous lives of some of our favorite DC Comics women. Above of course is Batwoman, continue on for the Birds of Prey and a few of their friends and foes.

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Power Grid

10 Non-Costumed, Non-Powered Female Heroines

Now that March is nearly upon us — less than 24 hours away, actually — it’s obvious that many of us are excited about The Hunger Games coming to theaters in just about three weeks. But one of the major elements of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy is how exceptionally ordinary the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is. She’s just a normal girl, thrown into a horrible situation, and then she handles the crap out of it. She sends a message that fantastical superpowers aren’t all that necessary if there is a battle afoot. Even an epically huge, life-or-death battle that concerns the welfare of a country, a planet, or even a universe.

This week, we’re talking about Katniss’ predecessors — superheroines of geekdom who don’t wear costumes, nor do they have superpowers. Some of them might be barely educated or inexperienced, some of them are wildly smart. But what they all have in common is that if you have them on your team in a fight, you will win. Hands down.

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