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Just in case franchise fans needed any more incentive to preorder Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios and WB Games are offering one more enticement: the “Gotham’s Future” Skin Pack, featuring the costumes from the animated Batman Beyond and the seminal comic miniseries Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
On the opposite end of the timeline, an in-game skin based on Batman’s 1939 debut is being offered as part of the Serious Edition comic bundle.
Mezco Toyz first teased a recreation of the epic Gotham Junkyard showdown from The Dark Knight Returns in February, but it can soon be yours, in a deluxe package that will debut in July at Comic-Con International.
The toymaker has begun accepting preorders for the One:12 Collective limited-edition Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Box Set, featuring two 6.5-inch figures, each with more than 30 points of articulation: a “battle-damaged” Batman, with torn costume, an exclusive head sculpt, alternate hands and “Knock-Out Foam” that fits over his opponent’s face; and the Mutant Leader, with “dirtied-up” paint, alternate hands and a crowbar accessory.
DC Collectibles has revealed its Comic-Con International-exclusive pencil-deco BlueLine Edition Batman action figure, designed by Jim Lee.
In a video that premiered this morning on USA Today, the DC Comics co-publisher unboxes the collectible, which will be available in two versions: the standard $40 package, which includes and exclusive print by Lee; and the $300 limited edition of 150, each of which comes with a signed original sketch by the artist (he’ll draw 50 each of Batman, Harley Quinn and The Joker).
I’d never really thought about it, but considering Daredevil’s blindness and sonar vision, it would’ve made way more sense for the Man Without Fear to be named “Batman.” Well, except for those pesky trademark issues, and the Caped Crusader’s 25-year head start.
Dorkly’s Andrew Bridgman makes the case in this funny animated video that finds the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen struggling to rationalize his costumed identity, only to find his shaky argument further undermined by the appearance of Ghost Rider. Sorry, Matt, from now on you’re “New Batman.”
There’s nothing worse than coming up after an exhausting day battling the forces of evil only to discover you can’t get to sleep. If counting Pokémon doesn’t do the trick, you may want to try one of these superhero sleep masks.
Sold by Shuba Gift Factory, each of the three masks in the “Heroes Never Sleeps!” series features a cartoonish depiction of a different superhero fighting slumber: Batman (complete with Bat-ears), who uses matchsticks to keep his eyes open; Spider-Man, who draws alert eyes on Post-It notes; and the Incredible Hulk, who resorts to tape.
Better still, it’s the first in a series of vehicles that will include the Teen Titans van, the Superman van and the Gotham City Police van, each accompanied by an exclusive 8-inch figure. No word yet whether we should expect the Joker Mobile, too, but here’s hoping …
Based on the new villain from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios, the 11-inch figure is highly detailed, from the “A” chest emblem to the military fatigues to the translucent visor.
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s stop has the distinction of being the easternmost comics shop in North America, Downtown Comics, located at 141 Duckworth St. in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We spoke with owner Jason Conway.
In a new behind-the-scenes video from Rocksteady Studios, developers offer a look at one of the most anticipated new features of Batman: Arkham Knight: Dual Play Combat.
As Batman, players an team up with the likes of Robin, Nightwing or Catwoman, and then switch characters during combat, with the game’s artificial intelligence taking over as the Dark Knight. In this gameplay video, Batman partners with Nightwing to clear out a warehouse filled with Penguin’s thugs.
In times of financial crisis, the world turns to colorful comic-book heroes and villains in this series by Italian artist Alessandro Rabatti.
For “Facebank,” Rabatti reworked graphic elements of banknotes from U.S., British and Chinese currency to merge George Washington and Mao Zedong to create Spider-Man, Queen Elizabeth II and Zedong to make Wolverine and Catwoman, and Abraham Lincoln and Zedong come together to form Batman, and so on. Clearly the takeaway here is that Mao Zedong is incredibly versatile.
Kotobukiya has unveiled Batman and Robin as the next statues in its DC Universe Super Powers ARTFX+ line, inspired by the popular 1980s action figures. They will join Superman, Green Lantern and The Flash.
Standing a little less than 8 inches tall, the 1/10th-scale statues are non-articulated, but otherwise recreates the look of those original figures, right down to the fabric cape and the articulation cuts.
Following the unveiling last month of its new Joker statue, the first in a series based on the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, Sideshow Collectibles today debuted the Dark Knight. After all, what’s the Clown Prince of Crime without his arch-nemesis?
Available for preorder for $469.99, the “Premium Format Figure” (aka “non-articulated”) features bladed gauntlets, free-flowing cape and interchangeable hand. The Sideshow-exclusive version features an additional swap-out hand, with triple Batarangs.
Creators | Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman and Alison Bechdel are stepping in as table hosts tonight at the PEN American Center gala, after a number of writers dropped out of the event to protest the organization’s decision to give a posthumous freedom of expression award to the staff of Charlie Hebdo. [The New York Times]
Collectors | Scottish collector Alec Whitelaw owns every issue of the Oor Wullie annual ever published, but he was stunned to learn his collection was worth nearly $38,000 when it was appraised on the BBC’s version of Antiques Roadshow. Whitelaw had come to the event by train, but organizers arranged for a chauffeured car for the return trip, as he had brought the books with him. “After they told me the value of the books they wouldn’t let me go home with them,” he said. “They got me transport home in a nice car and I felt like Lady Muck.” [Daily Record]
Hot Toys takes collectors back to 1992, and the cinematic world of Tim Burton, with the unveiling of its 1/6th-scale Batman and Bruce Wayne collectible figures from Batman Returns.
These are actually two releases, one the Batman figure and the other the Batman and Bruce Wayne set. The former boasts three interchangeable lower faces that capture Michael Keaton’s expressions, nine interchangeable palms, a batarang, grapple gun, two napalm packets, a line launcher, a Batmobile remote control, a signal jammer, and an LED light-up figure stand.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, when you can stock up on free comics, while Tuesday was National Superhero Day, when you could’ve … loaded up on free doughnuts. But today? It’s Batman Day. Apparently.
Sure, DC Comics long ago established Feb. 19 as Bruce Wayne’s birthday, and then just last year declared July 23 as “Batman Day” as part of the promotional celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. However, this Batman Day is set aside to honor the anniversary of the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27, covered-dated May 1939.