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Ahead of Saturday’s kickoff of Toy Fair 2015, DC Collectibles has unveiled a lineup that includes the debut of the DC Comics Icons action-figure line, based on the work of artist Ivan Reis, and the first 6-inch-scale Batmobile inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.
Accompanying the Batmobile is the fifth wave of figures from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — Nightwing, Bane, Mad Hatter and Scarecrow — plus a two-pack from Mask of the Phantasm (MTV News has the full details on the figures). The Batmobile features sliding door access and room for two 6-inch figures.
Released Tuesday, DC Comics’ solicitations for April not only includes the listings for the DC Collectibles Designer Series action figures inspired by Jae Lee’s work, but also the first deluxe figure from the line based on Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures: none other than Roxy Rocket!
Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for 1994’s Batman Adventures Annual #1 before making the leap to television in 1988 with the New Batman Adventures episode “The Ultimate Thrill,” Roxy is a Hollywood stunt double turned jewel thief who initially mistook Batman’s high-risk pursuit of her for romantic interest. She reappeared on an episode of Superman: The Animated Series.
DC Collectibles has unveiled the third wave of action figures based on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — a wave that includes Batgirl.
Debuted at MTV, she’s joined by The Riddler, The Penguin and another Batman, this one based on his original BATS design. Announced in February, the line s0 far includes such characters Robin, Catwoman, The Joker and Poison Ivy.
The new figures, which include the pictured accessories, will be available beginning in July from DC Collectibles for $24.99 each.
You didn’t think Mondo was finished with those “75 Years of Batman” prints did you? After the first wave went on sale today, the collectible-art boutique revealed which posters will be available on Wednesday: They’re illustrations inspired by Batman ’66, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond by Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng.
Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Wednesday for the sale announcement.
Mondo, which in July debuted the Batman: The Animated Series theme on 7-inch vinyl, is now thinking even bigger: namely, a special die-cut 12-inch single.
Featuring a gatefold jacket designed by Phantom City Creative, the record will come in versions: black and black with gray splatter. Mondo already has 1,000 copies pressed, which will go on sale Friday at a random time (as usual, keep an eye the collectible-art boutique’s Twitter feed for the announcement). Once those are gone, they’ll shift to preorders that will be re-pressed as needed, and shipped early next year.
We’ve already seen plenty of 75th-anniversary tributes to Batman, but the year isn’t over just yet — and beginning Friday, Mondo takes its turn.
The collectible-art boutique, which in July debuted a series of Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch vinyl records featuring Danny Elfman’s theme, will celebrate the Dark Knight’s milestone with a gallery show in Austin featuring posters and original art from more than 30 artists.
Warner Digital Series and DC Entertainment have partnered with visual-effects company Otoy to develop an immersive entertainment experience that will allow users to explore the Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series through interactive holographic video for virtual-reality displays.
In short, that means fans will be able use devices like Oculus Rift, the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR and forthcoming “glasses-free” light field displays to step into the world of the beloved and influential 1990s cartoon.
Fans of Batman: The Animated Series undoubtedly fondly recall the 1992 episode “Beware the Gray Ghost,” which guest-starred Adam West as the voice of Simon Trent, the pulp hero of the black-and-white television series loved by a young Bruce Wayne. You remember: “Those with evil hearts beware, for out of the darkness comes … The Graaaaay Ghost!”
Well, now the Gray Ghost has inspired his own fan short, directed by J.L. Topkis from a script by Matt Landsman, and presented as a stylish episode of an almost-forgotten serial — complete with a nod to Batman’s own origin.
There have been a ton of Batman-related products and announcements in the wind-up to Comic-Con International — you’d think it was his 75th anniversary or something — but few are as cool as this one: Collectible art boutique Mondo is releasing Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch vinyl records featuring Danny Elfman’s theme, with sleeve art by five different artists. Side A is the main title and end credits, and Side B is the end credits, with alternate beginning and alternate ending.
Check out the sleeves below. The records will be available during Comic-Con beginning Wednesday, Preview Night, at the Mondo booth (#835).
It’s been nearly two decades since Batman: The Animated Series went off the air, but it still looms large in the minds of fans and producers alike — so much so that it’s become the gold standard by which all subsequent DC Comics-based animated projects are inevitably compared. Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski created a visual style and dark tone that continues to influence comic books, movies and television series both animated and live-action (including, it seems, Fox’s newly ordered Gotham).
Paying tribute to Batman: The Animated Series, and “the creative geniuses” behind it, fans Tomi Pietilä, Teemu Saarinen and Tommi Tuominen have recreated the show’s classic opening sequence in a blend of live-action and 3D-animated modeling. Watch the video below.
The big news from DC Collectibles ahead of this weekend’s Toy Fair 2014 is, of course, the new collector’s line of 6-inch action figures based on Bruce Timm’s designs from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, debuting in November. There are also figures from the direct-to-video animated films Son of Batman and Infinite Crisis, and Superman, Wonder Woman and Zatanna statues, among others.
However, for my money, it’s tough to beat the announcement of a line of action figures based on Li’l Gotham, the digital-first series by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, beginning with Batman, Robin, The Joker and Harley Quinn. Nguyen has posted his designs for the figures, which are just as adorable as you’d expect.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is easily my favorite Batman film of all time. The only Batman: The Animated Series theatrical release was an incredible achievement in animation for the era, and stands above most other full-length Batman features. The movie marks its 20th anniversary on Christmas, and the famed Alamo Drafthouse is planning a 35mm screening on Jan. 7 to celebrate, with some very special Mondo posters to be sold during the event.
Happy January and welcome to Shelf Porn. You’ve got shelves, we’ve got a blog … and then the magic happens. Today Rich shows us his collection of statues, graphic novels, animation cels and a pretty awesome Batman sketch by Moebius.
If you’d like to see your collection here, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief write-up and some jpgs.
And now here is Rich …
Coinciding with the Friday premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, the cable channel The Hub is airing a 10-episode marathon of Batman: The Animated Series, the beloved early-1990s cartoon that’s held up by a generation of fans as the gold standard for animated adaptations of comic books.
To promote the event, The Hub has created a teaser that recreates the trailer for the final installment of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy using clips from the show and the original voice cast. You can watch it below.
The marathon, dubbed “Batman: The Animated Series Rises” kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on The Hub.
My favorite reading of the weekend wasn’t the bizarre back and forth between a prominent comics blogger and a comics retailer. No, it was the writer’s bible for Batman: The Animated Series, the early-’90s show against which all other superhero cartoons are compared.
Developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Mitch Brian, the guidebook lays out the approach, structure and tone of the series, including the importance of setting, the role of humor and, perhaps most interestingly, the ban on Batman origin stories: “Nothing about his parents’ murder, the film they saw at the movies before they were shot, the theatre usherette who happened to see them go into Crime Alley seconds before the gun went off, etc., etc. … if you’re thinking up stories along those lines, flush them.”
(via Chris Sims)