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Following days of heated exchanges regarding his brother and 9/11, Jeb Bush should’ve welcomed a softball question about his favorite Marvel superhero. However, the struggling Republican presidential contender swung, missed and then got a little weird.
Appearing Wednesday at a Libre Initiative forum in Las Vegas, the former Florida governor initially seemed prepared for the question (“Who is your favorite superhero — Marvel, they have in parenthesis — and why?”), delivering a response tailored to the conservative audience. “I like watching the movies,” Bush said, “and I wish I owned Marvel, as somebody who believes in capitalism.”
Superheroes like Batman, Thor and the Incredible Hulk have been used to promote a wide range of products over the decades, but this may be the first time they’ve been enlisted to promote dental floss.
Produced by Ecuadorean agency Independiente, this series of ads for Oral-B cleverly uses dental floss to create instantly recognizable outlines of the Dark Knight, the thunder god and the Green Goliath. They’re probably not authorized by Marvel or DC Comics — there’s no trademark information to be seen — but they’re clever nonetheless.
DC Entertainment has been rapidly expanding the reach of its characters in film, television and video games, but it may be overlooking a market ripe for expansion: music. Specifically, love songs.
Vs the Universe offers some inspiration, both for the company and for fans in a certain mood, with its hilarious retro-style infomercial for Love Songs of the DC Universe. Where else can you find the crowd-pleasing blend of old favorites and new classics like “Two-Faces, Two Hearts,” “That Girl is Poison … Ivy,” “Brightest Day, Sexiest Night” and “Solomon Grind-Me.”
Publishing | Vox takes a lengthy look at the effects of DC Comics’ efforts to diversify, in terms of characters, titles and creators. The article, which includes interviews with Marguerite Bennett, Genevieve Valentine, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, notes that while new titles like DC Comics Bombshells have been successful, others launched under the “DC You” umbrella – Black Canary and Midnighter, for instance — are on far shakier ground, sales-wise. However, Co-Publisher Lee suggests the company is standing behind the initiative: “I think it’s important for us to listen and to learn and basically to adjust and pivot. There is this emerging audience. Comics are changing. At the end of the day, if you’re going to remain competitive and grow and flourish, you have to be able to adapt and change and evolve.” [Vox.com]
DC Comics’ King of the Seven Seas will finally get his moment in the sun with the upcoming Aquaman Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.
Depicted holding a trident while standing atop an Atlantean-themed base, the statue comes in two versions: the classic Aquaman, with short-cropped hair, or the Sideshow-exclusive, with long hair, shaggy beard and harpoon hand. However, both boast a finely sculpted butt that would give Dick Grayson a run for his money. It must be from all of that swimming.
Less than two weeks from the series premiere, DC Collectibles has unveiled a statue inspired by CBS’s Supergirl.
Based on the likeness of star Melissa Benoit, the 12.5-inch resin statue depicts the Maid of Might in her red-and-blue television costume. And the figure’s base features the superheroine’s iconic emblem.
Following its release of the Superman: The Animated Series die-cut vinyl, Mondo has decided to give the Man of Steel’s opposite number some time in the spotlight. Or is that spot-dark? Low-light? Dang it, I can never get the hang of Bizarro-speak.
In any event, the art boutique has announced the Bizarro Superman: The Animated Series single, cut in the shape of the character’s backward-“S” emblem. The purple vinyl features Shirley Walker’s theme music, just like the previous release, but with a twist: The record plays from the inner-most groove out. So, yeah, Bizarro.
Batman co-creator Bob Kane will receive the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Held in front of the Guinness World Records Museum, the event will also see Batman presented with the title of “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will speak at the ceremony, where the Batmobile from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display.
Despite a troubled rollout that saw the rapid withdrawal of the PC edition, Batman: Arkham Knight has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide since its June 23 launch.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s fighting game Mortal Kombat X, which debuted in April, has also passed that milestone, The Wall Street Journal reports. LEGO Jurassic World, which also premiered in June, has sold about 4 million copies.
Although frequently criticized for its bleak tone, director Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel film serves as inspiration for one New Mexico high school football team, which has embraced the words of Jor-El.
When it was time for the Española Valley High School Sundevils to get new uniforms, they took a cue from Superman’s Kryptonian father, who explained “The symbol of the House of El means hope,” and adopted that crest as their own. It’s of course recognized the world over as the stylized “S” emblem of Superman, only in this case that letter stands for “Sundevils.” But also “hope.”
It’s not easy to feel like you could save the world when you’re not sure you can make it until lunchtime. However, these Justice League-themed office products might be what you need to power through the day. Because who doesn’t like cool office products?
Available for preorder from Icon Heroes through the October Previews catalog, there are metal business card cases featuring the logos of Wonder Woman (item code OCT152828) and The Flash (OCT152827), priced at $30 each.
Frank Miller will return to the “Dark Knight” world this November with “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” the conclusion of his Batman story that started with 1986’s seminal “The Dark Knight Returns.” Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson are illustrating the main story, but fans were left wondering to what capacity, if any, Miller himself would contribute art. That all changed Monday when DC unveiled cover art by Frank Miller for “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom” #1, an Atom-centric minicomic included with the first issue of “Master Race.” The image is highly stylized, to say the least, featuring a wrinkled, grimacing Superman with huge fists and a noticeable bulge in the red underwear region. And boy, the Internet reaction was swift. The backlash was vocal, with fans Tweeting their disapproval, jokes and comparisons to Popeye and Miller’s output to the work of other divisive artists. io9.com jumped into the mix with a post titled “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis for ‘Dark Knight III.'”
Before too long, “Astro City” writer Kurt Busiek came to Miller’s defense with a string of tweets aimed directly at the haters. “This shot of Superman says everything Frank Miller wants to establish about Superman in this world,” tweeted Busiek before going on to further drive the point home that Miller’s interpretation of the Man of Steel is completely intentional. “It’s cartooning, it’s Frank presenting an idea of Superman that isn’t sleek and pretty,” Busiek said.
Ahead of tonight’s Season 2 premiere of The Flash, HalloweenCostumes.com looks back at the evolution of the Scarlet Speedster’s costume in this decades- (and universe-) spanning infographic.
Beginning with the 1940 debut of Jay Garrick in his Mercury-inspired threads, the graphic races ahead to the 1956 arrival of Barry Allen before jumping to television for Super Friends, the short-lived 1990s Flash series and Justice League.
Leave it to the Good Smile Company to discover that perfect blend of creepy and adorable with its Nendoroid Joker: Villain’s Edition figure.
Based on the Joker as played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, the Clown Prince of Crime has been shrunk to Nendoroid-size, while retaining all of the homicidal charm of the original. Featuring two equally alarming expressions, the Joker also boasts a purple trench coat with movable back, left and right sides, to allow for greater posing.
The debut of Frank Miller’s cover for the minicomic accompanying Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 was greeted Monday with a mixture of confusion and criticism, as many fans tried to figure out what happened to the legendary artist. “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis For Dark Knight III,” reads the headline on io9.com.
But as the jokes flew on social media, Astro City writer Kurt Busiek stepped up with an alternate view: that Miller, revered for his work on Daredevil, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, knows precisely what he’s doing.