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Debuting this morning in USA Today, the lineup includes a two-pack of 6-inch action figures based on the likenesses of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill ($30); a Hot Wheels Batmobile with limited-edition packaging ($25); and a 12-inch Wonder Woman Barbie based on Gal Gadot’s likeness (Batman and Superman will also be part of a new Barbie line).
Sure, he’s the King of the Seven Seas, a founding member of the Justice League and, if all goes as planned, the star of his own 2018 movie. However, for the second time in three years, Aquaman is also the “Most Toxic Superhero.”
That’s according to Intel Security, which today released its third annual list of online superhero searches that are most likely to lead you to bad links, viruses, malware and websites containing malicious software used to steal passwords and personal information. The information is compiled using McAfee Site Advisor, which rates sites by risk level.
Although she’s been teased for months, Sideshow Collectibles has at last officially unveiled Wonder Woman, the next statue in its Superman: Red Son collection.
The “Premium Format” figure (that is, “non-articulated”) is of course based on the 2003 miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, set in an alternate timeline in which Superman’s rocket ship lands in the Ukraine, and he’s raised to become the champion of the Soviet Union. After meeting the Comrade of Steel, Princess Diana leaves Themyscira to expand the influence of the Soviet Union.
While those Catwoman sunglasses we showcased earlier this month are undeniably awesome, maybe they’re not quite your style. Perhaps while you’re lounging on the beach you prefer to imagine yourself in Themyscira or, I don’t know, Central City. No matter, now Sun-Staches has you covered.
The company that makes the sunglasses/mask combos has expanded its line of comic book-themed novelty eye wear to include Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Robin and Poison Ivy. (There are also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I’m not sure anyone over the age of 10 can get away with that.)
When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?
While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.
Bruce Timm’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters, the direct-to-video animated feature the re-envisions Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in a darker, alternate universe, won’t just spawn a comics prequel. The DC Universe Original Movie has inspired a line of action figures as well.
DC Collectibles has unveiled a first look at the 7-inch figures from the first wave, arriving this fall: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (although in Gods & Monsters, none of them is the hero fans have come to know). As you can see in the images below, each features interchangeable hands, while Batman also comes with an alternate, unmasked head, and Wonder Woman with her sword.
The first sketches of Wonder Woman, drawn in 1941 by artist H.G. Peter for the superheroine’s creator William Moulton Marston, is up for sale for an undisclosed price.
Acquired originally from the artist’s estate, the sketches are made even more interesting because the page includes comments from both Peter and Marston about the design. Peter wrote:
The vibrant colors of superhero comics are one of the things that make them memorable, and a group of employees wanted to put some of that on the walls of their office — without getting into trouble for painting or damaging them.
Enter Post-It notes.
Getting into the spirit of the day, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has unveiled its limited exhibition of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. Not content with a simple press release, the museum went all out for this April Fools’ joke, publishing an article and creating a video showing the jet’s installation and care.
The aircraft is purportedly on loan from the Museum of Flight in Seattle, which acquired it in April 2013 “with help from Lieutenant Diana Prince.”
Publishing | Papercutz, which has had an extremely successful program of LEGO graphic novels based on the Bionicle, Ninjago and Legends of Chima properties, is losing that license to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, which will have its own graphic novels in bookstores by the end of this year. Papercutz reveals it will continue to publish Bionicle and Ninjago through the end of this year, and Legends of Chima through mid-2016. [Publishers Weekly, ICv2]
Passings | Fred Fredericks, who drew the Mandrake the Magician comic strip from 1965 to 2013, has died. In addition to his daily newspaper work, Fredericks drew comics for Western Publishing and Marvel. [ComicMix]
It’s probably safe to assume that director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be pretty dark (spoilers!), with the Dark Knight going toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel until they begrudgingly form an alliance, comic book-style, against a common foe. However, it might be a refreshing surprise if the World’s Finest duo were instead depicted more like competitive, immature friends whose annoying rivalry has gotten a little out of hand.
If you’ve never really gotten into soccer, it’s may be due to the sports disappointing lack of optic blasts, lightsabers and magic spells. Luckily for you, this video “Super Hero Soccer” remedies all of that.
Produced by Four32Productions and Dark Pixel, the short brings together a disparate group of heroes — from Superman and Wonder Woman to Neo and Desmond Miles to Spider-Man and Hermione Granger — for a no-holds, and no-powers, barred soccer match. It’s unclear who wins, or if they were even keeping score, as the game is called because of … well, you’ll see.
The best of two geeky worlds collide in a new poster series by artist Steve Berrington that mashes together the beloved R2-D2 with iconic superheroes (and a couple of antiheroes).
Available for $30 each from My Modern Shop, the posters feature the beloved Star Wars droid as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, The Flash and Deadpool.
Fans of DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ big-screen plans may cringe a little at this Dorkly video, in which classic arcade versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Batman and Superman square off over their upcoming movie team-ups, Civil War and Dawn of Justice.
Short version? Well, that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is essentially a lesser version of Captain America: Civil War, a stance that will undoubtedly launch a thousand Internet arguments. I’m not sure that holds much water, but the video is fun to watch as the Dark Knight turns his frustration on the Man of Steel.
Censorship | Police confiscated 200 copies of Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s latest book, which lampoons the prime minister’s wife, as they were being transported to a book launch party on Saturday. Zunar, who was charged last week with sedition and held for three days because of a comment he made on Twitter, said every time he’s arrested, police raid his printer. Nonetheless, he encouraged the attendees at the launch party to order his books online, and said that ultimately, attempts to suppress him will backfire on the Malaysian government. [The Malaysian Insider]