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New Batman Pop! are Coming Soon

Previously revealed at London Toy Fair, there’s new Pop! Heroes: Batman figures coming.

Coming soon is Batman Forever Riddler, Batman Forever Two-Face, Batman Returns Catwoman, Batman Returns Penguin, Batman 1989 Joker w/Hat (plus chase figure), an Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze.

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Funko Reveals New Pop! Heroes: DC at London Toy Fair

At the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed new Pop! Heroes: DC. Some were previously revealed but are now available for pre-order.

Coming soon is Batman Forever Riddler, Batman Forever Two-Face, Batman Returns Catwoman, Batman Returns Penguin, Batman 1989 Joker w/Hat (plus chase figure), Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze, and a super-sized The Dark Knight Joker.

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Batmobile Cutaways: The Movie Vehicles 1989-2012 is Out Soon from Eaglemoss

Batmobile Cutaways: The Movie Vehicles 1989-2012

Ever since his modern cinematic debut in 1989’s Batman, the Caped Crusader’s one constant companion has been – no, not Robin the Boy Wonder – his iconic Batmobile! Part assault vehicle, part pursuit and rescue transport, part mobile crime lab and part the screen’s coolest  looking car, the Batmobile has always been the most technologically advanced crime-fighting asset in Batman’s arsenal.

Like the Dark Knight himself, everybody has a favorite Batmobile and now all of the cars, from Tim Burton’s 1989 classic to the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy in 2012, have been brought together in one comprehensive, fully illustrated, 72-page volume from Eaglemoss Hero Collector, designers, manufacturers and publishers of high-quality collectibles from across the many worlds of pop culture.

Written by Alan Cowsill, James Hill, and Richard Jackson – with original illustrations contributed by Ed Giddings and Mojo – Batmobile Cutaways: The Movie Vehicles 1989-2012 is a one-of-a-kind visual reference guide featuring original cutaway artwork approved by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, as well as lavish illustrations and photos highlighting every vehicle from Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

What’s more, the book comes packaged with a 1/43 scale die-cast metal replica of the iconic Anton Furst designed Batmobile featured in 1989’s Batman. Now you can discover what lies inside this and many other machines with extraordinary cutaway art. Take a deep look under the hoods and behind the controls as weapons systems and construction secrets are revealed.

Like all Eaglemoss Hero Collector books, Batmobile Cutaways: The Movie Vehicles 1989-2012 (ISBN: 978-1-85875-542-7) may be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indigo, independent booksellers, and select specialty stores including comic shops and gaming stores. It’s priced at $39.95 in the US and $54.95 in Canada.

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6

dktmr_cv6_ds-1We’re a few issues away from the end of this intense mini-series and Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6 doesn’t disappoint or slow down the story train one bit. When things left off we the team was giving it all they had, all hell was breaking loose and, there was sense of urgency and anything goes mayhem in the Batcave and beyond its walls. Members of the team were falling seemingly as soon as they showed up for their cameo.

The rise of Quar and the rest of the aliens hell bent on earth domination, is upon us and no matter what the heroes of Gotham and the adjoining cities throw at the onslaught of baddies, the war is far from over. But, this time around the humans are ready to join in the fight en masse and there is still hope. Superman is still rocking his Kryponite proof suit and Batgirl/Catwoman/Batman is ready to give it all she’s got, even if it costs her her life.

Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello give us one hell of a story. There’s war, behind the scenes plotting and, a humanity taking a stand of sorts. It’s a compelling read with a load of action, some sadness and , a whole lot of sacrifice and love. Miller and Azarello deal with the complexity of the characters by showing them in all possible emotions and states. They showcase the strength of the fallen, the loyalty of those who remain standing and, the fight of those affected by the fall out not yet ready to kneel.

Andy Kubert‘s art adds another layer to the story. His artwork matches the tone of the story and the pace of the fight. There is so much attention to detail and there is no line wasted.

Overall issue #6 was a perfect read, it propelled the fight and current story arc forward. As a stand alone issue it’s still solid and stands up but, as part of the whole it is a perfect piece as this storyline winds down. With a few more issues to go before the end of this series, this issue gives us something to look forward to and, a team to root for when everything comes to an end.

Story: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello Art: Andy Kubert
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Cinelicious Pics Acquires Dark Night

Cinelicious Pics has acquired all North American rights to Tim Sutton‘s critically acclaimed Dark Night for an early 2017 theatrical and VOD release. An artfully understated critique of American gun culture, as the title suggests, Sutton’s third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight.”

Sutton’s film premiered to strong notices at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was later selected as Closing Night Film at this past BAM CinemaFest. Most recently, the film played out of competition at the Venice Film Festival where it took home the Lanterna Magica Award.

The film employs a pseudo-documentary technique and a cast of non-professional actors, Dark Night follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them.

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Medicom Toy Introduces Figures of Three Iconic DC Comics Characters

PREVIEWS and Medicom Toy come together to introduce exclusive edition figures featuring popular DC Comics characters, available to preorder in the March PREVIEWS catalog. Fans can now pre-order the limited edition exclusives of The Joker from 2008’s The Dark Knight, Armored” variation of Batman from the upcoming film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Wonder Woman as she appears in her live-action film debut.

This variation of The Joker pays homage to the reign of terror he created during his memorable bank heist in The Dark Knight. Standing at 6 ¼” with a meticulously detailed costume, the PREVIEWS exclusive figure comes with a duffle bag, pistol, and removable clown mask.     

Batman is prepared for his face-off against Superman in this detailed armored suit. The PREVIEWS exclusive figure stands at 6 ¼“ and features a poseable fabric cape, interchangeable hands and a poseable display stand. This is the perfect collector item to purchase in preparation for the film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!

At 6” tall, Wonder Woman is packing her shield, sword, and golden lasso.  The PREVIEWS exclusive figure of the legendary DC Comics heroine is sculpted with exceptional precision and articulation in order to appropriately represent the character in her upcoming debut film.

  • Dark Knight The Joker Bank Robber Figure (Item Code: MAR162546, SRP $48.99)
  • BVS Batman Armored Figure (Item Code: MAR162548, SRP $51.99)
  • BVS Wonder Woman Figure (Item Code: MAR162551, SRP $51.99)

The figures are available to preorder and are scheduled to ship in October.

The One:12 Collective – Mutant Leader from the Dark Knight

After leveling the gang called the Mutants from within the armored tank-like Batmobile, Batman is challenged to a one on one fight by the gang’s leader; it’s a fight the aged Batman is not sure he can win. The vicious battle takes place in the Gotham City Dump and leaves Batman defeated and broken in one of comicdoms most epic conflicts, and introduces a new villain to the Dark Knight’s Rogues Gallery. With an army of anarchistic punks at his command, overwhelming speed and strength the Mutant Leader is a whole new breed of criminal.

Digitally modeled to craft an uncanny comic likeness and assembled on a One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation, this figure features a leather like outfit to create an amazingly accurate collectable.

The One:12 Collective Mutant Leader features:

  • Real leather-like pants
  • Incredible sculpted details capturing the brutal rage of the character
  • 80’s style sunglasses from the comic book
  • Studded punk rock belt
  • Sub-dermal body spikes

Included with this figure:

  • Alternate head with broken nose
  • Alternate head with gritted teeth and glasses
  • One set of fists
  • One holding hand
  • One posing hand
  • Torch
  • Crowbar
  • Display base and posing stand

Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box featuring character specific artwork and a translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging has been especially engineered to allow for both maximum protection without sacrificing ease of removal for display.

The Mutant Leader is available for pre-order now for shipment is December-January.

Batman ‘The Dark Knight’ Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain…”

Sideshow Collectibles have announced a Batman ‘The Dark Knight’ Premium Format Figure.

Meticulously sculpted The Dark Knight rises in an intense cinematic presentation, capturing Christian Bale as the silent guardian of Gotham City. The Batsuit features intricate plating and utilities, velvety black cape, and newly redesigned cowl.

The figure stands 20″ tall, on a base reminiscent of Wayne Tech aesthetics and the broken streets.

On to of the normal figure, there’s also an exclusive figure with interchangeable Bat-Sonar portrait.

The figure will retail for $469.99 and you can purchase it with with a payment plan for as little as $52.87/month. The edition size is to be determined.

 

 

 

 

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What’s In A Title: Dark Knight III: The Master Race

DK3_CUSTOM_CVRWhen it comes to great Batman stories, inevitably the conversation will turn to Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns. This is a graphic novel that is held up as one of the three truly great stories to come from the comic medium (the other being the Pulitzer Prize winning Maus, and the other being Watchmen – if you read only one, read Maus), and I’ve said before how fantastic it that I think this story is. That’s not in question.

What is in question, however, is the name of it’s new sequel.  Dark Knight III: The Master Race.

As a title, The Master Race made me a bit uncomfortable when I first heard it, and whether there’s going to be an explanation or not within the context of the story, the title of the third entry into Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight series brings an association in my mind to another man who used the phrase “master race.”

It was, arguably, one of the darkest and most horrific periods in modern history, perpetrated by a man who believed that certain people were superior to others.

If this was an intentional choice on behalf of Miller and co-writer Brian Azzarello to establish the belief system of whomever the title refers too, using the meaning behind the term in Nazi ideology that states (bear in mind this is a condensed interpretation) that the Nordic, or Aryan, race represented the purest example of the peoples who originally inhabited the Germanic Plain. Based on their belief of superiority over other races the Nazi’s believed they were entitled to expand their territory, removing other, non-Aryan, races in the process. Whether the writers are using the spirit of this horrific idea in their story to show the expanse of followers of a certain person within the story, or simply an unfortunate coincidence, then in that regard only time will tell.

To be abundantly clear: I am not in no way accusing Frank Miller, or anybody at DC of being a supporter, or sympathizer, of the Nazi regime. I just think that maybe, just maybe, there could have been a better title out there to name the third entry into the franchise.

If the title is framing a story in which the followers of Batman have become fanatical in their mission, unintentionally falling into a similar mindset as the other group mentioned in this article, before an older Caped Crusader swoops in to save the day, then I can understand the reason behind the title choice. That doesn’t mean I don’t think that there could have been a better, less controversial choice that wouldn’t have brought uncomfortable thoughts and images to mind.

Unless that was the entire point.

Frank Miller is certainly no stranger to controversy, and in all honesty I wouldn’t be surprised if the title was chosen simply to anger some people. You may remember the controversy surrounding his 2011 graphic novel Holy Terror! during the six years of it’s development. Originally entitled Holy Terror, Batman! it was a tale that would have had the Dark Knight facing off against Al Qaeda, much the same way Superman and Captain America had done sixty odd years before. However, when Miller moved the story from DC to another publisher, he lost the official Batman association in the process. When released, however, Holy Terror featured some barely altered characters that were clearly from the Dark Knights’ world, led by The Fixer (or, as one reviewer wrote Batman without the horns). As it turned out, the graphic novel was more than anti-Al Qaeda, it was anti-Islamic. Indeed, Miller himself has gone on record as claiming that the story was always intended as propaganda – whether had he originally conceived it as an homage to the comics of the 40’s where Captain America was punching Hitler, or a self aware story that would have the subtle undertones of which Miller had mention in interviews, is something beyond my cope of knowledge, but Holy Terror was always intended as a piece of propaganda; however it was probably never intended to be so terrible.

If the title of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race was chosen both to highlight the motivations of a group of characters within the pages of the comic, and at the same time drawing on our own associations of the term, and it’s history then personally I don’t know how exited I’ll be to give DC my hard earned cash, regardless of how good the story actually is. At one time, it was common for superheroes to punch Nazi’s on comic book covers, or within their pages (and, let’s be honest, we all enjoy that), but by using the phrase “master race” in the title of the comic, the inference is there that this may be a bit more than just a story choice, especially given how vocal one of the creators has been about his anti-Islamic views with Holy Terror.

Hopefully, the influence of Brian Azzarello on the writing of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race will prevent the highly anticipated story from descending into a troglodytic mess. It is obviously impossible to judge the context of the title within the story until the six issues in the series are released, this is equally true with the quality of the story. To do that we have to until November 25th when the first issue hits the racks.

SDCC 2015: DC Reveals New Details for Dark Knight III

DC Entertainment kicked off San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with a blockbuster announcement, revealing that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated The Dark Knight Returns saga to life.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns trilogy.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race will be an eight-issue, comic book periodical, to be published monthly under the DC Comics imprint.  Within each 32 page periodical there will be a special 16 page “Dark Knight Universe” comic affixed in the center. Each “Dark Knight Universe” comic will feature a rotating cast of special guest artists and characters.

Marking the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns original series, it is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

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