This is what Wonder Woman looks like in ‘Batman v. Superman’

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Director Zack Snyder surprised Comic-Con crowds this morning by opening up Warner Bros.’ big panel with art and a teaser for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as a first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While the footage isn’t online, Snyder did tweet out the photo of Gadot — and it’s perhaps the most exciting image that we’ve seen from the film to date. While Snyder’s images of Batman and Superman were both gray and moody, Wonder Woman appears to be staring something (or someone) down with intensity, while embers from a fire scatter all around her.

Footage from the film was easily the most unexpected aspect of Snyder’s presentation though, as the movie is still shooting and is planned for a release way out in 2016. A…

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These beautiful worlds are trapped in tiny bottles

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Some people build ships in bottles. Rafael Varona builds worlds.

The Berlin-based artist and animator recently launched a new series of animated GIFs called “Impossible Bottles,” that imagine beautiful, wondrous worlds stuffed inside miniature glass bottles. Right now the ongoing series includes a dense, colorful jungle and a dark, foreboding lake. He’s also created a few smaller pieces that highlight the details, like the swimming woman. Unsurprisingly, Varona got the idea for the series from looking at actual ships in bottles, which at first glance appear to be impossible. “I found them to be an amazing inspiration to show animated worlds that are somehow limited or finite yet to include figures that observe their surroundings and…

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Mouth Silence is the sound of your brain roasting

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It’s the most horrific mix of the ’80s, ’90s, and today.

Imagine the rapture in all its violence and beauty, set to the sound of a trillion angels harmonizing to Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-charmed Life.” Imagine yourself hurdling through a lukewarm, glowing, pearlescent wormhole singing, “I’m not listening when you say goodbye.” It’s glorious. And that’s just the intro.

It’s followed by an onslaught of abhorrent mashups featuring the Red Hot Chilli peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Kool & the Gang, Hanson, Jimmy Hendrix, the Foo Fighters, the Carmen San Diego theme, Tina Turner, the Folgers jingle, and a ton more. (Like, a lot more.)

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The Weekender: cosplay, card games, and cowabunga

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Welcome back to The Weekender. Every Saturday morning, The Verge will give you something to do. This is where you’ll get the best of what we’ve written this week, but also a reason to get up and actually do something with your life — even if that something is dreaming of the far off places you might go.

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed, along with a snapshot of the things you should be doing with your days off. Have a look.

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Upcoming documentary tells the story behind Atari games buried in landfill

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It’s rare for people to discuss bad video games, but an upcoming documentary is doing just that. Atari: Game Over focuses on the truly terrible Atari 2600 game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — a game so bad that it’s often cited as single-handedly bringing down the video game industry in the early ’80s.

Legend had it that Atari dumped a massive stockpile of worthless, unsold copies of the game in a New Mexico landfill, and film crews this past April unearthed the cache for the documentary. The first trailer’s been released at Comic Con — you can check it out above. The documentary was meant to be part of a series focusing on the impact of technology in entertainment and business, but Microsoft recently shut down its entire original content…

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You can watch the ‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 premiere in theaters on August 23rd

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The premiere of Doctor Who Series 8 — featuring the debut of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor — isn’t limiting itself to the small screen. On August 23rd, day-and-date with the television release, episode one of the new series will be screened in theaters around the world. The feature-length episode, called “Deep Breath,” clocks in at over 70 minutes long, so you should get your money’s worth at the cinema.

This isn’t the first time Doctor Who has been screened in movie theaters, however: last year a very special 50th anniversary episode featuring multiple incarnations of the Doctor was shown in over 1,500 theaters around the world. For more information on how to see Doctor Who in theaters, check the BBC.

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s horror film ‘Tusk’ is here and it’s bizarre

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Kevin Smith promised to unveil the first trailer for his latest horror film Tusk at San Diego Comic-Con, and he delivered this evening. And it’s much weirder than even we expected. Starring Justin Long as a podcaster visiting Canada for a new story, Long’s journey takes a turn when he meets an old man who… winds up surgically turning him into a walrus. It’s as bizarre as all that sounds, and Smith looks like he’s blending body horror with a really strange sense of humor in this movie. We’ll just have to see what comes of it when it hits theaters on September 19th.


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The first ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ trailer heads into its own weird future

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Did the world need another Hot Tub Time Machine? Either way, it’s getting one, and with dramatically more time-twisting action than before. The first raunchy (and NSFW) trailer for the comedy’s sequel finds the gang having taken advantage of their knowledge of the future to get rich Back to the Future Part II-style, except things go wrong when another night in the hot tub sends them to the predictably wild future of 2024. As one character puts it, “Don’t mess with a winning formula, huh?” The laughs aren’t the smartest, but you can take a peek at what hallucinogenic drugs might look like a decade from now.

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Here’s the new cast of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and a blooper reel from last season

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Game of Thrones is a serious show. A very, very serious show, where anyone can die. Except when they’re falling off their horses or missing their lines or doing a catchy dance down the carpet. This blooper reel from Season Four opened the Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic Con, where we’re on the ground live, and it’s now online for your edification. But if you’re looking for real news from the series, you can watch the video below, introducing the characters who will be coming in Season Five.

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Watch the first trailer for the next season of ‘The Walking Dead’

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Things have never really been going well on The Walking Dead, but the core crew only appears more broken and battered than ever in the first trailer for Season 5. The trailer teases the group’s attempts to get to DC and — hopefully — deliver a cure for the zombifying infection. There’s always been a lot standing in their way, and it all looks even more gruesome and horrifying in this coming season. The show will come back on the air with new episodes starting October 12th.

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Sam Raimi writing ‘Evil Dead’ TV series

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Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series could be coming to TV. In a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic Con, Raimi announced that he and his brother Ivan are writing a show based on the franchise, and that it will star Bruce Campbell. We know pretty much nothing else, but it’s extremely exciting news. In addition to the original trilogy of films, a remake of The Evil Dead was released in 2013, but it wasn’t directed by Raimi and didn’t star Bruce Campbell.

We also got some news about the film adaptation of 2013 game The Last of Us. Naughty Dog writer Neil Druckmann and producer Raimi revealed one potential casting choice: Maisie Williams, better known as Arya on Game of Thrones. Druckmann and Raimi stressed that they’d only met with Williams,…

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Can Google Glass make the Minnesota Vikings any good?

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The Minnesota Vikings will be wearing Google Glass during training camp to record first-person videos — a window into what pro football players experience as they gear up for the season. The Vikings are the second team to wear Glass at camp — the St. Louis Rams wore Glass last year — and the players seem to be enjoying it, mugging at press conferences and on Twitter.

But will Glass actually help make the Vikings any good? Is it even possible to be good enough to beat the Packers? I asked SB Nation‘s editorial director Spencer Hall to help me figure it out.

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Meet the young businessman tasked with reviving the Burger King empire

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Burger King is in trouble, but its new CEO, 33-year-old Daniel Schwartz, has been secretly engineering a big turnaround. In his first year in office, Schwartz has sold off the corporate jet — as well as all but 52 of the company’s nearly 14,000 burger joints. He’s also surrounded himself with a cadre of youngsters with business smarts, but little fast food experience. Can Schwartz put some mustard on Burger King’s business model before it’s too late? Will Chipotle’s organic business plan prove to be too spicy to handle? Check out the full story over at Bloomberg BusinessWeek to find out.

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Congress has passed a bill making phone unlocking legal in the US

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Consumers in the US should soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a year ago, spurring this activity in Congress, and now all that’s left is for him to sign this bill into law.

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Sierra Leone is on the lookout for an Ebola-positive patient on the run

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Officials in Sierra Leone’s capital are trying to find a woman who left a hospital with the help of her family after testing positive for the deadly Ebola virus. The 32-year-old woman, who radio stations in Freetown named as Saudatu Koroma, was being tested for virus in an isolation ward, then was “forcefully removed” by her family, Reuters reports. That’s led to a hunt for Koroma to keep her from spreading the virus to others.

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Verizon will soon throttle LTE data: here’s what you need to know

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The days of truly unlimited LTE data on Verizon Wireless are coming to a close. Today, the largest US carrier announced that it will begin applying its “network optimization” practices, which previously only affected the 3G network, to unlimited 4G LTE customers starting October 1st. Beginning on that date, the carrier will slow you down if you’re “connected to cell sites experiencing heavy demand.” But Verizon’s policy is far from straightforward, and it’s in no way universal. To risk slower speeds, you must also meet all of the following criteria:

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Lyft will launch in all of New York City’s five boroughs tonight

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Lyft is finally launching in New York City, but it’s making some concessions to do so. After a back-and-forth battle between Lyft and the city, the two have finally struck a deal that will allow Lyft to begin offering service throughout the city’s five boroughs, but only so long as Lyft drivers register with the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. That makes Lyft’s operation in New York distinctly different from its modus operandi: Lyft’s fleet is usually composed of anyone who has a car and some free time, but in the city they’ll all have to be registered cab drivers. Recode reports that Uber’s UberX service, which usually operates like Lyft, follows these same rules in New York.

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The cast of ‘Firefly’ is reuniting for upcoming game

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At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Brown Coats all over the ‘verse got excited by the announcement of Firefly Online, which planned to revive the cult-hit show as an online game. Firefly Online never made its planned summer release date, but at SDCC 2014 we at least have some exciting news: the original cast is returning to reprise their roles. There’s also a brand new trailer that provides the first look at actual gameplay, and it features a cameo from none other than Nathan Fillion, better known as Captain Malcom Reynolds from the show. Firefly Online is described as an “online strategic roleplaying game,” that will let you take control of your own ship and explore the galaxy. It’s in the works for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, from…

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George R.R. Martin won’t add 13-year-old begging for ‘gruesome’ death to next novel

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Two huge Game of Thrones fans recently earned spots in a future novel from George R.R. Martin by donating $20,000 to causes close to the author’s heart. Sadly, 13-year-old “Jack B.” wasn’t one of those winners. But when Jack’s father showed him a news article about the charity campaign, the young teen felt inspired to donate his “pocket money” in hopes that Martin might consider adding just one more person to the next A Song of Ice and Fire book.

The only problem is that teenagers usually aren’t carrying around a ton of pocket money. Jack’s contribution amounted to just £153 (approximately $259.90 USD), but he made sure to include a handwritten note pleading his case. “Wolves are my most favorite animal,” the boy wrote to Martin….

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