I remember watching the 1960s Batman TV show with my grandfather in our living room. We would have a blast watching these reruns. Now to celebrate this iconic TV program, Titan Books has released Batman – A Celebration of the Classic TV Series.
With season 3 of The Flash under way on the CW Network, fans will enjoy the companion guide, The Art and Making of The Flash by Abbie Bernstein. Critics and fans alike may nick pick here and there, but for me it’s an enjoyable escapism. I’m a huge fan of the CW DC superhero universe and make it an appointment television to watch. One of my favorite shows is of course The Flash and The Art and Making of The Flash takes fans behind-the-scenes.
One of the most popular DC Comics’ characters currently is anti-hero Harley Quinn. Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews the DC Comics Harley Quinn team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner on Harley Quinn character.
Hot Topic and DC Comics releases a fashion collection inspired by DC-based TV shows like the Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Gotham. This collection features the DC TV Supergirl Girls Hooded Jacket, DC TV Gotham Selina Kyle Girls Hooded Jacket, DC TV Arrow Hooded Jacket, DC TV Arrow White Canary Girls Jacket and DC TV The Flash Jacket.
I wish I could go back in time and tell my 1980s self not to damage, throwaway or giveaway my various Kenner DC Super Powers action figures. I was at Walgreens this week and finally spotted the Walgreens exclusive Gentle Giant LTD release of the DC Super Powers Micro Figures. The 2″ PVC figures in Series 1 features Batman, Robin, Joker, The Flash and Lex Luthor. The packaging is reminiscent of the 1980s Kenner DC Super Powers line-up.
Pow! Bang! Hum the theme song! The 1960s classic Batman TV show was colorful, bright and cheesy. From Titan Books authors Rian Hughes and Y.Y. Flurch deliver a fun book and design feel of the 1960s Batman TV show.
Oliver gathers up newspaper clippings, government documents, images, blueprints and maps while writing down his notes and opinions on post-its. The dossier profiles allies, friends and enemies. The book also provides information on weapons and vehicles used on the show.
Earlier in the year DC Comics launched a Wonder Women Makeup Collection exclusive to Walgreens. Now comes the Gotham Girls Collection featuring Batgirl, Catwoman and Harley Quinn. I spotted these items at my local Walgreens store this week. The mini-collection features bags and other makeup beauty products like Batgirl lipstick, Catwoman eyeshadow and Harley Quinn brush set. Prices range from $3.00USD and up to $12.00USD.
I will stay out of the critics/fans Suicide Squad movie squabble mess. Yes, the movie had some misses, like the under-character development of various characters and the overly long 3rd act, but overall I enjoyed director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as a just a fun summer popcorn action flick. With the hoopla surrounding the Suicide Squad movie, I was intrigued with the Suicide Squad novelization by long-time DC comic book author Marv Wolfman.
The U.S. government appoints Amanda Waller to establish Task Force X part of the A.R.G.U.S. program to use super criminals locked-up in prison for special government missions. Dr. June Moone aka Enchantress finds a way to raise his trap brother Incubus back into the world of the living. Together they have a plan to destroy and rule the world. Waller taps Colonel Rick Flag to be the liaison for this “Suicide Squad” team and assembles Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, El Diablo and Slipknot to stop the Enchantress and her brother Incubus.
I did not know Wonder Woman spends her time buying make-up at Walgreens. Exclusive to Walgreens and available in May 2016 are Wonder Woman beauty products like lip balm, lipstick, gloss, brushes and bags. Prices range from $3.00USD-$12.00USD. I definitely have to make a stop online at Walgreens.
Just for us comic book fan-girls, Mattel recently launched a Barbie-like 12″ doll line-up of DC Comics female superheroes featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Poison Ivy. And now on sale are the 6″ action figure line-up with various points of articulation.
Singapore based toy company Mighty Jaxx introduces a new vinyl figure toy line featuring DC Comics characters. The neat looking 4″ vinyl figures feature the split human and skeleton body created by artists Jason Freeny (Dissection), Ben Qwek (Illustration) and Adam Tan (Sculpt). The first 3 figures out of the gates are from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Have you been hiding under a rock or hibernating underground? Go and watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Critics and haters be damned! It’s a solid movie by director Zach Synder, though I did have some issues as a comic book fanboy, but I digress. What I’m here to talk about is Titan Books latest behind-the-scenes movie book, this is the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – The Art of the Film book series by author Peter E. Aperlo.
Whenever there is a new Batman flick, like James Bond, Batman always has cool new toys to use on the bad guys. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman has a new Batsuit, Batmobile and Batplane to get all the fanboys excited. Well, almost everything you need to know about all the Bat-vehicles and Bat-gadgets, and even Superman’s suit and Wonder Woman’s uniform and weapons are in this book by Titan Books, it’s the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual.
If you’ve seen the movie, Batman is a mix of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight and as director Zach Snyder explains: “My Batman is the late 40s, and war weary” (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Tech Manual, page 19). Zach and the design team not only focused on Batman’s overall Batsuit, but went into detail about the body armor, the tech inside the cowl/mask, the cape and the utility belt.
From the Jada Toys Metals Die Cast line-up comes the Batman v Superman Batmobile Model Kits. Yes, a model, you will need to build something, but model kit is already pre-painted and pretty much assembled, but you will have to screw the tires and a few pieces together. What’s cool it’s a nice finished Batmoblie die-cast build and features an opening cockpit that you can put two small figures in it.
I admit, I’m a huge Arrow fan, since it’s CW TV network debut 4 seasons ago. I’ve watched every episode so far with pure enjoyment and also gone back to buy classic Green Arrow comics and toys, so yeah, I’m a Green Arrow fanboy. Fans of the show will know when watching Arrow on TV, there are lots of characters and world building and sometimes certain characters don’t get enough back story, so Titan Books recently released a brand-new paperback novel “Arrow: Vengeance” which focuses on the villains point of view.
Mattel’s Barbie toy line is known for producing Barbie dolls, but hold up now. My face does a double-take. Say what? Barbie will also be doing Batman v Superman figures and these figures actually look decent. Mattel’s primo Barbie line, The Barbie Collection Black Label will be producing 3 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Collection – Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman.
DC All Access gets an in-depth tour of the new Batmobile from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flick. All Access interviews production designer Patrick Tatopoulos about Batman’s new ride and design-style.
Batman fans of the 1960s TV show will now get a LEGO Batman Classic TV Series Batcave 76052. The playset comes in 3 different sections along with the iconic Batmobile, Batcopter and Batcycle. You will also get 9 minifigures this set: Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Batman, Robin, Alfred Pennyworth, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and the Penguin.
Just dropping into stores for 2016, is the Funko Mystery Minis: Batman Arkham Games series of 3″ vinyl figures. The set includes various Batman vinyl figures – Arkham Asylum Batman, Arkham City Batman, Arkham Knight Batman, Joker, Red Hood, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Scarecrow, Robin, Nightwing, and Arkham Knight.
Fans of Batman: The Animated Series will finally enjoy an ultimate version of the Batmobile from that series. DC had released a mainstream one-seater version of this Batmobile years ago, but this Batmobile from Batman: TAS will have all the bells and whistles.
One of the most popular video games of the year for 2015 is Batman: Arkham Knight and if you haven’t gotten around to playing the game just yet, why not read the official novelization by writer Marv Wolfman to get your Batman fix? Batman: Arkham Knight – the official novel follows the same story-line as the video game with some extra background information and spicy tidbits for DC/Batman comic book lore.
It’s been a year since the Joker has died and a relative calm has presided over Gotham City, but all that is about to change as the Scarecrow unleashes a new fear toxin in a diner, causing everybody to kill each other. The Scarecrow gives an ultimatum to the citizens of Gotham that he will unleash the fear toxin all over Gotham City in a few hours. Now it’s up to Batman and his team to stop Scarecrow’s plan, while all this is happening a new player gets involved. Like in the DC Universe and Jim Lee’s Batman run “Hush” story-line, this new protagonist, the Arkham Knight knows Batman and his allies inside and out. In this fight against Scarecrow, we find that Batman has been exposed to Joker’s “blood” and as he carries on the fight to save Gotham City and his friends, Batman will be tested mentally and physically.
I remember being a big fan when Cassandra Cain took over as the role of Batgirl and I bought every issue at the comic book store, but of course during the eventual run, it got weird and basically a bad storyline cancelled the series. Now my Batgirl interest has peaked with curiosity with new an new artist Mingjue Helen Chen coming into the DC fold. The Academy of Art graduate whose worked on projects like Wreck-It Ralp and Big Hero 6 is now bringing her own unique digital anime-cartoon style to Gotham Academy #7 and Batgirl Annual #3.