DC’s Batman and Superman Remain Strong in the Face of Marvel

DC and Marvel have a long and competitive history. Perhaps you prefer one over the other, but what remains clear is that Batman and Superman are still forces to be reckoned with. Should superheroes change? We think so. Change is good. It makes them endure.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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While Marvel might be ahead of DC at the box office, DC still possesses the two most iconic superhero franchises: Batman and Superman. It turns out that this can be both a blessing and a curse. The Batman, an upcoming movie starring Robert Pattinson (of Twilight fame), is set to be released in March 2022.

Excitement over new films featuring these characters is often met with mixed emotions: joy on one side, angst on the other. Because Batman and Superman have been around since the 1930s, a lot of people have preconceived notions of what the characters represent, which is something that makes rebooting them difficult.

However, reshaping the characters is part of what makes them so durable. In the 1960s, Adam West starred in the campy Batman TV series. Tim Burton gave us a darker version of Batman in 1989. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was one of the best movies in DC’s history, if not in all of superhero movie history.

Superman, too, has gone through a lot of experimentation phases. In 2003, DC released “Superman: Red Son” which is an alternate history where Superman lands in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. Still, the place that Superman and Batman occupy in pop culture creates a unique set of challenges, and opportunities as well. While it’s hard to tell whether any superhero movie can live up to the hype, it’s a safe prediction that when The Batman releases in March, it won’t suffer a lack of critics.

The Comedians of Tiktok – English reading exercise

Now if we want to see some comedy, all we need to do is go on Instagram, Snapchat or Tikok to see it. Read the short article below and then try our quizzes to test your vocabulary knowledge!

Before, if we wanted to see some comedy, we needed to buy a DVD, go to an event, or even go on Youtube. Now if we want to see some comedy, all we need to do is go on Instagram, Snapchat or Tikok to see it. The videos are short and they can often be viewed in under 30 seconds. Welcome to the future of comedy. Because we all lead such busy lives, everything nowadays is condensed. We want everything instantly, including our comedy. This has led to a new trend across social media, or rather, bitesize comedy.

One of the most famous Tiktok comedians of the modern era is Khabane Lame. He is now famous across Italy and then rest of the world, for his bitesize video reactions to different life-hacks. Many video makers produce clips of different life-hacks, such as a man you uses an aerosol can to clean his greasy skin. Khabane shows the video and then it cuts to a video of himself, simply pointing towards a bath. The point is there is no need for this hack, just use a normal bath! The simplicity of the comedy is it’s beauty.

There are many rags-to-riches stories within the Tiktok comedy world. For example, 23 year old Kieron Hamilton from Southampton in the UK has amassed millions of views for his impressions of different characters in a school. He built his social media following while his family was homeless, living in temporary accommodation. Now he makes plenty of money as a Tiktok comedian. He does impressions of characters such as ‘the teacher that thinks they’re funny’ or ‘the teacher when Ofsted are in’. Ofsted is the regulator of schools in England, so when their inspectors come to the school to check the standards, the teachers are always on edge!

With the modern world moving fast, so is comedy online. Some of the most famous clips feature almost no dialogue and simply a written message on the screen to direct the joke. The great thing about it is, if you’re funny, all you need is a smartphone to become a world famous comedian!

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Tiktok Comedians | Definitions Quiz

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Tiktok Comedians | True or False

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Adapted from Homeless stars, endless spaghetti and amplified farts: the comedians of TikTok | Comedy | The Guardian

 

Museum Lends Artist $84K, Who Keeps It, Calling It “Art”

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? It is a question with no definitive answer. But it is a question that creates a lot of controversy, especially when there is a lot of money involved. The artist argues that he has completed his contract, the museum says that he did not. You decide.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Museum Lends Artist $84K, Who Keeps It, Calling It “Art”| Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Museum Lends Artist $84K, Who Keeps It, Calling It “Art”| Fill in the Blank

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Museum Lends Artist $84K, Who Keeps It, Calling It “Art”| True of False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

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A new art exhibition in Denmark ran into problems when an artist, Jens Haaning, who was supposed to use $84,000 to create two reproductions of famous earlier works instead kept the money. The exhibition, called Work It Out, is based on a theme: the future of labor.

Haaning previously used framed cash to represent the average annual salaries of an Austrian and a Dane.

However, when gallery staff received the pieces, they were shocked: the frames were empty. Haaning says he is keeping the money in the name of art.

The new piece, which he calls “Take the Money and Run,” has caused a dispute between Haaning and the museum on the topics of labor, the value of work and contractual obligations, precisely the theme of the exhibit itself.

While Haaning’s new work is displayed in the museum, they are still trying to retrieve the $84,000, hoping that it will be returned before January or they will have to contemplate legal action. Haaning has stated that he has no plans to give back the cash, nor is he worried about any consequences. He believes that he has created a better piece of work than simply recreating the older pieces as planned.

Haaning’s piece is not the first work to question the value of art itself. In 2019 Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall. Banksy shredded a painting at auction in 2018. And, in 1958, Yves Klein exhibited an empty room to thousands of people—an invisible work of art.