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Geek News on the Radio April 27th

The new Joker is here, launching many a meme

Love it or hate it, Jared Leto’s interpretation of the Joker is an internet sensation. The Oscar winner put on white makeup (and a lot of tattoos this time) to portray the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming movie “Suicide Squad.”

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Avengers: Age of Ultron boycotted by hundreds of German cinemas

While Avengers: Age of Ultron made an impressive $201m at the global box office in its first weekend, many small towns in Germany were left without the Marvel blockbuster. Hundreds of cinema owners have refused to show the film, after Disney raised the rental fee, according to Deutsche Welle. Traditionally the film studio would take 47.7% of box-office receipts, but for the superhero sequel, Disney has requested 53%, which has angered many smaller cinemas.

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Disappointed, But Not Surprised: Disney Excludes Black Widow From Avengers: Age of Ultron Merch

We told you this was going to happen – and lo and behold, Black Widow is missing from nearly all of Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultronmerchandise. If you’re going searching for your Widow fix, wanting to show your Nat love through shirts or dolls, you’re going to be disappointed. Hit up any one of your typical nerdy retailers, and you’re going to be facing a lot of this:

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SUPERSTAR WRITER/ARTIST FRANK MILLER RETURNS TO BATMAN!

DC Entertainment announced today that bestselling, iconic Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will write the epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga. The “THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the sequel to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

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‘Spider-Man’ Animated Film Being Developed by ‘LEGO Movie’ Directors

We can now confirm that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios did, at some point, discuss a deal that would allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to the recent hacking of Sony’s internal emails and communication. As of right now, though, that isn’t happening, and Sony has instead selected to keep pressing forward with development on multiple Spidey-related projects – including, surprisingly, an animated comedy featuring the webslinger.

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Tyler Perry joins ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ cast

Tyler Perry executive produces four OWN TV shows and multiple movies any given year. Yet the Atlanta mogul still manages to squeeze in time for acting gigs, including a well-regarded turn as a smarmy lawyer on last year’s “Gone Girl.” His latest: a role on the upcoming “Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles 2.”

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