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While we may never know who at Warner Bros. Consumer Products signed off on a Batman T-shirt on which the iconic emblem is comprised entirely of cats, one thing’s for certain: She or he deserves a raise.
The black tee — it’s unimaginatively named the “DC Comics Batman Cat Logo T-Shirt” — is available from Hot Topic in sizes XS to 3X for a price ranging from $20.50 to $24.50. We can only hope this is the first in a series of cat-logo superhero shirts.
Just when we’d nearly forgotten about Steel Age, 3A Toys snaps us to attention with a tantalizing teaser for Steel Age Batman, the first in a new line of 1/6th-scale collectible figures.
Steel Age was announced in July 2014 as a collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment in which Ashley Wood envisions a new universe in which the villains have won: “The rebirth contingency plan is initiated – Steel Age. Robotic versions of the fallen heroes are forged. Constructed to wage war on crime. A new League to carry on their legacy of Justice.”
Ospreys Rugby and Connacht Rugby have unveiled their new superhero-themed uniforms, designed to resemble the costumes worn by Justice League members Batman and Green Lantern.
The Ospreys’ Dark Knight-inspired jerseys make their debut November 28 when the team takes the field against the Cardiff Blues. After being worn for two games, the jerseys will be authenticated and auctioned off for charity.
If, despite all of the Batman comic books, posters, collectible figures, lamps and throw pillows, your personal Batcave feels somehow incomplete, it may be that you’re missing a life-size replica of the Dark Knight to really tie the room together. Thankfully, NECA is here to help.
Based on the Caped Crusader from Batman: Arkham Knight, the foam figure stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall, which means you’ll have a clear out a person-sized space in a corner of the room. Or, hey, the middle, if you don’t mind freaking out guests, and occasionally yourself.
The life of a superhero is hardly a 9-to-5 affair, as you could be called out bed in the middle of the night to stop a rampaging Giganta, or have your breakfast interrupted by the Joker’s latest dastardly plot. (Does the Bat-Signal even work during the day?) So you might as well be comfortable as you stumble from the house to the invisible jet or Batmobile.
That’s where these Wonder Woman and Batman women’s boot slippers come in. They’re cozy, practical and at least moderately stylish for those trips from one disaster to the next, or for those long hours on Justice League monitor duty.
With just a little more than four months until the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Merchoid has unveiled the first officially licensed T-shirts for the Warner Bros. film.
There are four designs (for now, at least): the Batman v Superman logo; a riff on a vintage boxing poster, with “The Gotham Guardian” pitted against “The Last Son of Krypton”; and two propaganda poster-inspired designs, one depicting a skeletal Batman, labeled “Gotham Demon,” and the other showing a crossed-out image of Superman with horns and the words “False God!”
Perhaps no comic book setting provokes as much thought, or as much reinterpretation, as Gotham, which not only gave birth to Batman and his incomparable rogues gallery, but also numerous musings on the ever-changing nature of the fictional city.
The latest is Nerdwriter’s wonderful video essay “The Evolution of Batman’s Gotham City,” which traces the setting’s many interpretations over the past 75 years, from its earliest appearances in DC Comics titles and its redefining interpretation in Tim Burton’s Batman films to its near-destruction in “No Man’s Land” and its more grounded depiction in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
One is the Man of Steel, the idealistic champion of truth and justice; the other is the Dark Knight, a relentless vigilante waging a one-man war against crime. Together, they fight evil and crack nuts.
Or, more likely, they sit idly on a shelf or mantle. But they could crack nuts, if called into action. Probably. On second thought, these new Superman and Batman nutcrackers from Kurt Adler are mostly decorative, so you may not want to rely on them for help with troublesome walnuts or pecans.
DC Collectibles will test both the depth of your Batman devotion and the size of your bank account next year with the release of a limited-edition brass statue of the Caped Crusader. Limited to just 100 pieces, the statue carries a price tag of $5,000. Yes, that’s three zeroes.
However, if that’s just a little out of your price range, the company has also announced two limited-edition collectibles to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns.
Ugly Christmas-sweater party season is just around the corner. People still throw those, right? If they do, Merchoid has you — and every other geeky guest — covered, in a blend of cotton and polyester.
The online retailer, which specializes in licensed pop-culture merchandise, has rolled out its nerdiest seasonal wear with ugly (but not heinous) sweaters based on characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more.
After teasing fans last week with a video preview, Sideshow Collectibles has photos and details for its Green Lantern Premium Format Figure.
Measuring 24.5 inches tall, the statue stands atop a base made to look like an acid-green construct staircase of the superhero’s own making. As we noted previously, the Sideshow-exclusive version comes with its own Green Lantern power battery.
As a fan of Storm’s 1980s mohawk era, I wholeheartedly endorse this posters series that pays tribute to the iconic — or near-iconic — hairstyles of the women of Marvel and DC Comics.
Created by The Ninjabot, “Geeky Girls Hair” highlights the distinctive ‘dos of Wonder Woman, Gwen Stacy, Harley Quinn, Mary Jane Watson, Poison Ivy, Rogue and the aforementioned Storm, showing only their hair and accessories.
Legal | No, the lengthy battle over the rights to the Man of Steel still isn’t over. Attorneys for Warner Bros. and the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel on Tuesday were back before the Ninth Circuit to argue once again whether Siegel’s daughter Laura Siegel Larson was entitled to rescind a 2001 settlement agreement. The outlook doesn’t appear promising for the Siegel family. [Courthouse News Service, The Beat]
Political cartoons | The group Palestinian Media Watch has critiqued the cartoons of Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh as anti-Semitic, saying they dehumanize Jews and portray them as villains. Sabaaneh, who has done time in an Israeli prison, counters that he is simply reflecting the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his cartoons. [The Washington Post]
Legendary movie makeup-effects creator Rick Baker gave his daughter an epic cosplay makeover for Halloween, transforming her into the Clown Prince of Crime.
Veronica Baker, an executive assistant in digital marketing at DC Entertainment, received the full Killing Joke, even going so far as to re-create Brian Bolland’s iconic cover from the 1988 one-shot.
As if Vinyl Sugar’s Dorbz figures aren’t already difficult to resist — they’re downright adorable; it’s in the name! — the company has unveiled a new collectible that will melt even the coldest hearts: Wonder Woman with her invisible jet.