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An untold number of unlicensed “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirts have sprung up since the first Suicide Squad set photos leaked showing Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn wearing the tattered tee. However, now you can own the real deal, courtesy of Hot Topic.
The retailer has debuted the official (deep breath!) “DC Comics ‘Suicide Squad’ Harley Quinn ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’ Girls Raglan,” available in sizes XS to 3X. They range in price from $26.50 to $30.50.
Say what you will about the aging, frail yet brutal Batman of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, but he’d (probably) never let anyone get to your cash and credit cards. Not the Mutants, not The Joker, not even the Man of Steel. Of course if he did, say because of a bum knee or bad back, Carrie Kelley would be waiting in the wings.
That makes them the perfect Dynamic Duo to grace this (ahem) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Dynamic Duo Wallet, featuring artwork by Miller and Klaus Janson. Of course, it would be weird if the wallet featured anyone other than them ….
The Dark Knight and the Galactic Empire come together in this one incredible helmet, created for a good cause.
Sanctioned by Lucasfilm, the Biker Scout Helmet Project invites prop makers, effects artists and cosplayers from across the globe to design custom Star Wars Scout Trooper helmets, to be auctioned for charity. What you see here is Julian Checkley‘s Batman-themed “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet,” which organizers say “blew us away.”
With Batman v Superman‘s record-breaking opening bringing new meaning to March Madness, and the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, Uproxx Sports has brought the worlds of superheroes and basketball together in a series of redesigned team logos.
Although the website offers explanations for the pairings, some of them are admittedly pretty flimsy. (The Bucks are matched with Blade because they share the same first letter?) “I’d like to say there was a big connection between which hero was chosen for which team, but there wasn’t,” writes David Rappoccio. “Some of them are obvious, some not so much.”
Exhibits | The media got a first glimpse Wednesday in London of the “Impossible Collection (DC Chapter),” which features more than 1,000 DC classics, including the first appearances of Superman (Action Comics #1) and Batman (Detective Comics #27). It will go on a worldwide tour later this year. The collection is the property of Ayman Hariri, the son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, and it didn’t take him very long to amass it: He stared collecting after his father was assassinated in 2005, inspired by a drawing his father had done of Superman. [Reuters, The Upcoming]
On the eve of the nationwide release of Dawn of Justice, LEGO Dimensions offers its own take on “Batman versus Superman” in this latest trailer.
With the arrival last week of the DC Comics Superman Fun Pack, players can actually team up the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.
Aquaman has spent the better part of three decades as the butt of jokes, but the tide seems about to turn with the character’s appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and subsequent Warner Bros. films. Perhaps hoping to catch that wave, one Redditor created his own trident surfboard to go with his orange-and-gold Aquaman attire.
Even at the most staid formal affairs, you can signal your readiness to fight crime — and possibly break into the Batusi — at a moment’s notice with these classic Batmobile 3D cufflinks.
While they’re not flashy (save that for your nighttime escapades), they are elegant and memorable. Boasting a matte black finish and a fixed-back closure depicting a new play on a classic DC Comics logo, the cufflinks are perfect for a soiree at Wayne Manor or a board meeting at Wayne Enterprises.
Conventions | The producers of Salt Lake Comic Con are expanding westward, and taking their FanXperience spinoff event to Asia. Organizers have announced a partnership with Pop Life Entertainment, the parent company of Funko, to hold FanX events this year in the Philippines (June 10-12), China (Sept. 14-17) and Thailand (Dec. 11). Salt Lake co-founder Bryan Brandenburg said Pop Life has an agreement with a Hollywood talent agency to bring “A level” guests to the Asian shows as well as to Salt Lake Comic Con. [The Salt Lake Tribune]
Superman and Aquaman can enter the fray — and the fun — in LEGO Dimensions with a new wave of expansion packs from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
With the DC Comics Superman Fun Pack, players can introduce the Man of Steel and his wide range of powers — Flying, Dive, Invulnerability, Laser Deflector, Freeze Breath, X-Ray Vision and Super Strength — into the game. There’s also a Hover Pod, which can not only boost gameplay, but can be rebuilt into a Krypton Striker and Super Stealth Pod.
We know what Batman looks like and we have have numerous options for what he sounds like, including Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Kevin Conroy and Adam West. But how does the Dark Knight smell?
Don’t think too long about it (please!), because India’s Vanesa Care has introduced special-edition Batman body spray as part of its Denver brand. Spoiler: If you guessed “sweat, wet leather and regret,” you’re wrong.
Amid the success of Batman ’66, Joe Quinones and Kate Leth had hoped to revisit another fondly remembered era from the Dark Knight’s on-screen past in Batman ’89. Alas, DC Comics passed on their miniseries pitch.
However, Quinones has shared some details and proof-of-concept art from the proposal that will undoubtedly make fans of the Tim Burton films sigh over what might’ve been — including a depiction of Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.
In plenty of time for the Suicide Squad movie, Kotobukiya has officially unveiled the next release in its line of Bishoujo statues based on the heroes and villains of DC Comics: Harley Quinn.
Inspired by her New 52 depiction, as interpreted by Shunya Yamashita, the 1/7th-scale statue stands nearly 9 inches, and features an oversize hammer, twin holstered pistols, a belt with spare ammunition clips, and a fluttering cape.
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning declined to review a ruling that the Batmobile isn’t merely an automobile, but rather distinctive enough to warrant copyright protection.
Mark Towle, who previously created unlicensed replicas of the 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles, petitioned the high court in January to consider his five-year-old dispute with DC Comics. The company had sued Towle in 2011, claiming his Gotham Garage violated its trademarks and copyrights by manufacturing the replicas, which he sold for about $90,000 each.
Since his debut nearly 78 years ago, Superman has had a handful of different “birth dates,” including Dec. 1 and sometime in October, but Feb. 29 — Leap Day! — is the one that’s more or less stuck. It’s the date longtime Superman editor Julius Schwartz settled on, and the one mentioned both in the celebrated 1985 story “For the Man Who Has Everything” and in Time‘s 1988 cover story.
And it’s the date DC Comics has embraced (although not always consistently in its books), and is celebrating this year with a 65 percent-off sale on select Superman digital collected editions.