Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dc Universe All-Star Superman Animated Original Movie Coming in February!




James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia Lead Stellar Voice Cast;
Available as Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition and Single Disc DVD

BURBANK, CA, (November 29th, 2010) – Grant Morrison’s beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite animated life in All-Star Superman, the latest entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies coming February 22, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly-anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD for $24.98 (SRP), as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP). The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy® Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty. 
Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Catherine Cavadini (The Powerpuff Girls), Finola Hughes (General Hospital), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Obba Babatunde (That Thing You Do!), Michael Gough (Batman) and John DiMaggio (Futurama) round out the voice cast.

Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

All-Star Superman 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features approximately 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:

·    Feature film (est. 75 min)
·    Sneak Peak at Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
·    Featurette: “Superman Now” – In a moment of inspiration, Grant Morrison was provided an opportunity to revamp the Man of Steel into something modern, something more relevant for today’s audience. This is the story of All-Star Superman – where it all started, and what it came to be
·    Two bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

All-Star Superman Blu-Ray™  Combo Pack will include approximately 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:

·    Featurette: “Incubating the Idea” – A conversation with Grant Morrison
·    Audio Commentary: Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison
·    All-Star Superman Digital Comic Book
·    Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
·    Digital copy on disc of the feature film

"The All-Star Superman comic was the work of two immensely talented creators at the absolute top of their game," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment. "Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman is one of those modern classics, and I can't wait to see it brought to life as an animated film."

“Grant Morrison’s fascinating comic vision comprised all the aspects of a truly great film – action, drama, fantasy, romance, sacrifice and hope – and the animation team of Bruce Timm, Sam Liu and Dwayne McDuffie have passionately translated that vision into an enthralling movie experience no Superman fan can resist,” said Hersin Magante, WHV Marketing Director of Family and Animation. “As the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, All-Star Superman stands as a shining example of the creative heights possible from the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.”

New Animated Mr. Freeze on Young Justice Pics!!

Here is Mr. Freeze from the new Young Justice cartoon!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

LOG Op-Ed Article: Bring on 'The Boy Wonder'

   LOG Op-Ed Article: Bring on 'The Boy Wonder'


If there is one thing all Bat-fans can agree on, it is that the Robin character splits the fan base. Many try to walk the line on the issue, but there really is no middle ground. Either you like Robin and think he adds something to Batman/Bruce Wayne’s existence, or you despise him, thinking Robin is “campy” and a burden on the franchise.

Friends, I’m firmly entrenched in the former category. The Boy Wonder is a crucial part of the Bat-universe.

Robin makes Batman more human. For me, it is all about the realism factor. Bruce Wayne taking Dick Grayson as his ward, and ultimately as his partner against crime, furthers the maturation and development of Bruce Wayne (the man) and Batman (the hero).

As Bruce gets older and goes through more “fake” relationships under his cover as a rich and flamboyant playboy to hide his role as Batman, having a son, at least legitimately, is not feasible. In comes Dick Grayson, full of anger and sadness regarding his parents' death, much like Bruce himself at the same age. So Bruce mentors Dick, becomes a father figure, takes joy in Dick’s development as a person and at the same time and learns something about himself, now that he is responsible for another human being. It is a natural evolutionary step for Bruce Wayne, as a human being.

For Batman, much the same is true. How long can one guy fight alone, in darkness, without a helping hand? How long until the crazed psychos that Batman deals with finally put a crack in the Caped Crusader’s resolve? Having a young partner and ultimately, someone to take the mantle when Bruce gets too old for the role (as we've seen DC do with Dick Grayson in the comics) gives Batman an heir, but more importantly, a partner and friend that gives the Dark Knight a shoulder to lean on when the constant battle takes its emotional and physical toll.

Despite those arguments, there are fans that can’t stand Robin and think he’s a waste of time given the reason behind his origin. Yet, while Robin may have been founded with the word “campy” in mind, to appeal to young kids, the character has evolved into much more than that. Robin provides an additional human element that enriches the Batman story.

I can hear some of you now: “Hey, while you talk a good game about realism, what guy in his right mind would send a 12 or 13 year old out there against psychotic killers? How is that real?” Good point. I will not deny that is a complete stretch in regard to realism. But, whether Robin is 13 or 16, this is fiction, so we can allow our imaginations some leeway.

My point is not perfection regarding the character. It is about the necessity of giving Bruce Wayne/Batman a beacon of light in a universe and life that gets notoriously dark and jaded over the years. If Alfred serves as Bruce's surrogate father, then the natural progression is for Bruce to experience that role himself, complete with the difficulties and rewards associated with it.

While I like the loner angle of Batman and it makes things gritty to see him as a one-man army against Gotham City's underworld, Robin makes the Batman character well rounded. The Dynamic Duo's  relationship provides the basis for more intriguing stories and reinforces the notion that Batman is a man with the same needs and faults that we all have.

Matt's Thoughts: Ok, I like this article and I enjoy the points made by Brian.  What I want to add is simply the thought that what is so wrong with Robin being a tool to rope in kids to the franchise?  You all do realize that although we're adult fans now, we began as kids.  If kids DON'T get into Batman...the franchise dies with us.  I, for one, don't want to see that happen.   So, I say long live Robin!

Brian Heaton is a regular contributor to Legions of Gotham. When not opining on Batman-related news at LoG, he works as a music journalist and communications professional in Northern California. His work covering the world of hard rock/heavy metal music can be found at The Breakdown Room – www.breakdownroom.net.

Matt MacNabb is the owner and editor of Legions of Gotham.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Batman deals on Black Friday

Every year Legions of Gotham posts what Black Friday deals are going on in the world of Batman.  There isn't much this year!  The only thing to really go for is the Batman serials DVD at Toys 'R Us for only $3.99.  Have fun shopping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Donate to Legions of Gotham!

We haven't done a donation drive in many years here on Legions of Gotham.  We've been focused on bringing you the best in Batman entertainment and news.  We need to raise some funds to keep the site going for another year and for some planned upgrades.   We do appreciate anything you can donate bat-fans.  Even $5 helps!  Thanks all!

LOG Auctions: Tonner 17" Deluxe Poison Ivy Doll!

We've also listed a 17" Deluxe Poison Ivy Tonner doll to benefit LOG.  She is priced low w/ a buy it now.  We've also added a buy it now to Harley Quinn.  See the Ivy auction HERE.

LOG Auctions: Tonner 17" Deluxe Harley Quinn Doll

You can own this beautiful Tonner 17" deluxe Harley Quinn doll!  We've started the auction very low, at below half price!  Go check it out and bid today to support LOG.

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Young Justice Cartoon Premiere Video & Pics!

Young Justice Cartoon Premiere Video & Pics!
"Independence Day"
Special One-Hour Movie Event Airs
Friday, November 26  at 7:00 p.m. on Cartoon Network


Synopsis: In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over — to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you're not just a normal teenager? What if you're a teenage super hero? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you're worthy of the Justice League? That's exactly what the members of Young Justice — Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis — will found out … whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero.

In the premiere episode, Robin, Speedy, Aqualad and Kid Flash are finally granted access to the headquarters of the Justice League. But when that access turns out to be little more than a glorified backstage pass, Speedy walks, and the other three sidekicks go on a mission of their
own…to Project Cadmus, where they make a startling discovery…


“Young Justice” © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. “Young Justice” and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

Batman: Brave and the Bold: "The Knights of Tomorrow!" Video & Pics!

Batman: Brave and the Bold: "The Knights of Tomorrow!"
Airs Friday, November 19  at 7:30 p.m. on the Cartoon Network

Synopsis: A glimpse into the future reveals Dick Grayson has assumed the
Batman mantle after the Caped Crusader retired and fathered a son,
Damian, with Catwoman. Despite his parents wishes, Damian does
not want to follow their legacy, but when Joker returns, he may have
no choice!


“Batman: The Brave and The Bold” © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. “Batman” and all related characters and elements are
trademarks of and © DC Comics. 

Adam West Joins The Super Hero Squad Show!

Adam West Joins The Super Hero Squad Show!

It’s a battle royale between two Squads in an all-new episode of The Super Hero Squad Show on Saturday at 6:30AM Eastern. Thanos wants the Mind Stone and he’s going to get it by pitting the Squaddies against a team of rough-and-tough baddies from a different universe - The Squadron Supreme! Led by Nighthawk (voiced by the legendary Adam West), the team of Power Princess and Hyperion have a few things to say to our Squaddies…and they’re saying it with their fists! Plus, The Grandmaster makes his stunning debut, voiced by none other than Seinfeld’s very own John O’Hurley!

Plus, don’t miss the all-new Super Hero Squad comic book series, jam-packed with your favorite Marvel heroes and all-ages action, in comic shops now!
Tune into the Cartoon Network at 6:30 AM on Saturday to “Hero Up!” with your favorite characters in the Marvel Universe—or any other—in an all-new episode of The Super Hero Squad Show!
To learn more about The Super Hero Squad Show, please visit www.superherosquad.com and www.marvel.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Op-Ed Article: Discussion on Bruce Wayne's Batman Funding Reveal

The news of Bruce Wayne revealing to the world that he is funding Batman has sparked a lot of fan debate on the net. I decided to have a conversation with LoG Contributor Brian Heaton on this topic, since he and I are on opposite sides of the fence. 

Be heard!  Feel free to send in your comments and thoughts to legionsofgotham.org @ gmail.com (take out the spaces). 

BH: One of the things that set Batman apart for me was the fact that no one (aside from the select few) knew who he was. With his identity revealed (not quite sure here if Wayne is just saying he funded Batman, or he IS Batman, but either way, you'd have to be an idiot not to figure it out, given Bruce's size, as a person), the mystery is gone. Batman is no longer this intimidating, unknown thing. He's a man, with a big house, friends (Dick, Tim, etc.) that people can potentially figure out identities, etc., and he's just out there as a personal target now. This totally changes things. 

MM: This is exactly what I think is a great change. It turns out that apparently he is only saying he is funding the Batman, but I agree its ridiculous that no one figures it out. Although, one of our Facebook fans duly noted that this is the same universe where Clark Kent can throw on a pair of glasses and no one notices he's Superman. Right. Meanwhile he's the most muscular nerd I've ever seen. 

Bruce is well-built, but so vapid that many won't think he would dare risk the danger Batman faces himself. His funding of Batman can almost be seen as another absurd playboy rich boy move, where he is so entitled that he's getting involved in funding vigilantism, which the public is divided on in the first place. But honestly, this is the first time I've went to the comic shop to buy a book in a over a year. DC Comics NEEDS to do something to liven things up. The “death” of Bruce Wayne bit was pathetic. This is at least interesting to read again. After more than 70 years of his identity being a secret, I think we can go outside a box for awhile. 

BH: While the fan on Facebook has a point, you agree with me that its ridiculous that no one figures it out. Batman is supposed to be somewhat believable. Isn't that what draws a lot of folks to the character? DC needing to shake things up is something I agree with. But not by essentially outing Bruce Wayne as Batman. It's not believable that Bruce Wayne ISN'T Batman, after he says he's funding Batman. It makes absolutely no sense. It's like DC doesn't understand its own character. 

MM: I think quite the opposite is true, actually. I think DC is FINALLY getting the clue that they need to truly shake things up. Not some stupid “Dick takes over the mantle”  gimmick. I mean this is a game-changer. This re-shapes EVERY story from now on. Think about that for a moment. A whole new direction with all new possibilities. I mean, we all know they're going to ret-con this out with some sort of crisis in a few years anyway, so just enjoy the ride. 

BH: How is Dick taking over the mantle a gimmick? You talk about game changers, but I'd argue that Dick taking up the mantle does that. Dick is not Bruce. You can bring Bruce back in retirement, and have Dick continue to be Batman. Younger, different, and a compelling tale, because now he has to deal with Damian as Robin (Bruce's son), and then the specter of Bruce's legend as Batman and living up to that. It's ripe with potential and new directions. I agree a big change was needed, but I thought they nailed it with the successor to Bruce being Dick. It just made sense.  

MM: Lets face it, Bruce has always had reservations about Dick being his successor. Isn’t Bruce the most qualified to decide that? He must have had his reasons. When it comes down to it, Batman IS a symbol, but ultimately he is Bruce. No one is cut from the same cloth as him. No one measures up and there is only one true Batman. His identity being secret was fun, but in the end it is more fun to me as a fan to see something new happen in his world...to see it shaken up. He couldn’t hide it forever and what like 300 people know anyway? C’mon. It's not the most closely guarded secret in the world, by far. 

BH: Second, now there are multiple Batmen? Global scale? Last I checked, Batman wasn't Superman. The guy (for the most part) was indigenous to Gotham City. Now we're going to have a Batman patrol where we roll out the Bat Army to take out bad guys across the globe? Hello? 

MM: Again, I think a Bat-Army is really in line with what they elude to in “The Dark Knight Returns” graphic novel. I like that. I like the change and I'm ready for something new. DC has been thoroughly boring me with their typical story arcs. After “Hush,” things just got stale

BH: But this has nothing to do with “The Dark Knight Returns.” That's a separate stand-alone story. I am also ready for something new, and liked the fact that Dick took over the mantle and Damian (who I think is a ridiculous character, but whatever, he's here) stepped in as Robin. If you are going to bring Bruce back in the fold, then have him retire as Batman, but serve as a consultant to Dick. It makes sense, and also allows some freedom to write Batman in a new way, since Dick is a different man (and I have to admit, the tension between Damian and Dick is cool). 

Note: I am more of a graphic novel guy, so I am not yet up to Bruce being back. Whatever is the latest Batman graphic novel/TPB released, is what I am up to. 

MM: Sure, “The Dark Knight Returns”  is basically an 'Elseworlds' tale, but its a damn good one and I think most fans, at least subconsciously, consider it to be fairly canon. Damian is absurd. Dick is fine as Batman and yeah its a fanboy dream come true. It happened, now it needs to GO! It can't stay that way, we all ultimately want Bruce in the cowl, so whats the point of all this foreplay?  

BH: First you say that Dick is a gimmick as Batman, now you say Dick is fine as Batman. Which one is it, my man? You can't straddle the fence like that! Ha ha! Agreed that Damian is absurd, but he does liven up the dynamic. As I mentioned above, having Dick be Batman, with Bruce's son as Robin, and Bruce back in the picture in retirement, makes for one hell of a backdrop for an engaging story. Why does all of that have to “GO?”
Frankly, at some point, Bruce Wayne is going to get old. Instead of eventually blowing it up with some ret-con you mentioned above, why not let this play out? I think every Bat-fan on the planet probably figures that at some point, Dick would take over for Bruce. That time is now. Embrace it and move forward with the freedom to change up Batman a bit now that another man is under the cowl. I just don't see the logic in bringing Bruce back to say he's “funding” a Bat Army. 

MM: When I say that Dick is “fine” as Batman I mean that it was all well and good for a minute. I didn’t like it, I don’t like it, but I know a lot of fans always wanted it. Maybe Bruce is tired of hiding. Like you said, he IS getting old. The older he gets the less he’ll want to mess around with that Wayne alter-ego. It’s a lot of effort when he could be spending his time on better pursuits. 


BH: Third, if Superman and other superheros exist in the DC Comics universe, then why is a network of multiple Batmen even necessary? It just devalues Batman's identity. "Hey, everyone who wants to train like me can become a Bat Agent!" This isn't the Armed Forces. Batman is supposed to be a localized vigilante. Sure, the occasional jump to another area or country for a story arc is fine, but now to have an army of Bat Agents scouring the globe to fight crime? It's pathetic!

MM: But isn't that the beauty of Batman as a character, that he IS a normal man? You don't have to be an alien or have super powers, you just have to give a damn. I think that is the root of the character.

BH: That IS the root of the character. But that's not the point I made. Batman loses his identity when various countries are now going to have their own “Bat Men.” It devalues the mystique of the character. It's silly.  

MM: Not true. I don't feel that it will devalue the character in the slightest. None of the Punisher decoys or Supermen ever devalued the original. There is one Batman and in the end only one Batman will stand out as clearly the top. Azrael was a great Batman. He was different, but would any of us erase that part of the history? I sure wouldn't. I LOVED Az-Bats. Hell, if they could have co-existed, it would've been kinda awesome.  

BH: Not sure I agree with you in regard to Azrael. He is a cool character, for sure. But it is totally the wrong vibe for Batman. But I think you partially make my point. If you feel Azrael made a great Batman, and took the character in another direction, why couldn't Dick do that, in the scenario I painted above? It's a natural progression for Bruce.  

MM: Well, for one if I like Azrael, why in the world would that make you think I like Dick as Batman? And sure, Dick can be one of many Batmen...but he shouldn’t be BatMAN. Bruce is the only one that should ever hold that title. You can have AZ-Bats, Man of Bats, Senor BatFace…whatever. Have an army based on the original...but there is one true Batman. His reputation depends on there being ONE man in the cowl. No one thought that cyborg thing was the real Superman...he was inspired by him. It never devalued the original. Like they say, there is no substitute for the original. 

Matt MacNabb is the owner / editor of Legions of Gotham and a lifelong Batman fan/collector.

Brian Heaton is a regular contributor to Legions of Gotham. When not opining on Batman-related news at LoG, he works as a music journalist and communications professional in Northern California. His work covering the world of hard rock/heavy metal music can be found at The Breakdown Room – www.breakdownroom.net.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Batwoman #1 and Young Justice Animated #1 Comics Solicited by DC!


Art and Cover by MIKE NORTON

Based on the highly anticipated, all-new hit animated show from Warner Bros. debuting in January on Cartoon Network!

            It’s moving-in day for Superboy and Miss Martian as they choose their rooms
at their new headquarters! But the Boy of Steel is haunted by the Cave’s memories and strange visions of his past…

On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:10 Variant cover by AMY REEDER

            The multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III (DETECTIVE COMICS) and W. Haden Blackman (Star Wars, Force Unleashed) launch the first, chilling arc of the ongoing series fans have been clamoring for! In the 5-part “Hydrology,” Batwoman faces bizarre new challenges in her war against the dark underworld of Gotham and new trials in her personal life as Kate Kane. She quickly finds herself in the deep end facing truths about her past and her future. Who – or what – is stealing children from Gotham’s barrio, and for what twisted purpose? Can she train her cousin Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird) as her new sidekick? How will she handle dark revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? How is she dealing with the supposed drowning of her sister, the villain known as Alice? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? The road to the answers begins here!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

NEW! Dc Direct Solicitations Batman Inc. Figures, Batman Vs. Joker Statue and more!

NEW! Dc Direct Solicitations Batman Inc. Figures, Batman Vs. Joker Statue and more!


Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City from his trip through time with a new mission: to recruit worthy heroes to don the mantle of the bat!

Realizing he can’t fight evil alone, Batman teams up with an array of heroes across the globe. Traveling the world, testing and training a strong team, Bruce Wayne builds a nearly unbeatable network of crimefighters.

From the ongoing series written by Grant Morrison with art by Yanick Paquette.

Batman: Knight - 6.85” h

Batman: Man of Bats - 6.75” h

Batman - 6.75” h

Damian as Robin – 5.5” h

All four figures feature multiple points of articulation and include a display base.

4-color clamshell blister card packaging.

On sale July 6, 2011 * Action Figures *




From the writer and artist of the new DC ongoing series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT! The next Batman Black and White statue is an original design for DC Direct!

This cold-cast porcelain statue measures approximately 6.5” high x 6.75” wide x 5.25” deep, is painted in monochromatic tones, features a Bat-logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black and white box.

Limited Edition.

On sale July 13, 2011 * Statue * $80 US



“Did you ever think it would end like this?” – Lex Luthor  

Fueled by hatred and jealousy, Lex Luthor masterminds an elaborate plot to kill the Man of Steel – and it works. Poisoned by solar radiation, Superman is dying. With weeks to live, he fulfills his life’s dreams – especially revealing his true identity to Lois Lane – until Luthor proclaims his ultimate plan to control the world with no alien hero to stop him. Powers fading, Superman engages in a spectacular deadly battle with Luthor that could truly trigger the end of Earth’s Greatest Protector. This startling and gripping DC Universe Animated Original Movie stars the voice talents of James Denton, Anthony LaPaglia, Christina Hendricks and Ed Asner.

This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain maquette of SUPERMAN is based on art from the highly anticipated Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie ALL-STAR SUPERMAN.

Measuring approximately 9.25” high x 6.5” wide x 7” deep, this statue is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition.

*Quantities may be allocated

On sale March 16, 2011 * Statue * $99.99 US




The BLACKEST NIGHT continues in mini-bust form!

Each month in 2011, DC Direct releases a mini-bust featuring a character from the hugely popular DC Comics’ epic BLACKEST NIGHT.

Black Lantern Firestorm continues the HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BLACKEST NIGHT bust line! The sculpture features Firestorm atop a special base that displays the spectrum of Lantern symbols.

The bust is hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain, measures approximately 5.75” high x 5” wide x 5” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition.

On sale July 13, 2011 * Bust * $70 US


Mined from the pages of BLACKEST NIGHT!

Fueled by the flames of love and formed from the heart of the Star Sapphire gem, the violet power rings have the ability to crystallize prisoners, infect them with violet energy and create new Star Sapphires.

For nine consecutive months in 2011, DC Direct releases a 1:4 scale light-up Power Battery and light-up ring prop replica set featuring a color from the spectrum of the hugely popular DC Comics’ epic BLACKEST NIGHT.

A great companion piece to the HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BLACKEST NIGHT VIOLET LANTERN: STAR SAPPHIRE BUST, on sale in March 2011!

The Violet Lantern 1:4 Scale Power Battery and the Violet Power Ring sit in a translucent violet purple display and are removable from the stand. Both light up, featuring manual on/off switches.

The Power Battery measures approximately 2.875” high (minus handle) x 1.75” wide x 2.375” deep and is made of PVC/ABS. The Power Ring fits most sizes and lights up when worn. The translucent violet acrylic display measures approximately 1.5” high x 2” wide x 3.25” deep. The set is packaged on a 4-color blister.

On sale July 13, 2011 * Mini Prop Replica Set * $35 US




Winged Warrior!

A fierce fighter and deadly foe, Hawkgirl flies directly into the face of danger, an eternity of battle skills honed to a razor-sharp edge. Swinging an electrifying Nth metal mace immune to magic, her weapon of choice can pulverize concrete and smash steel.

An original design by Hughes, this statue is hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain, measures approximately 9.3” high x 4.25” wide x  4.25” deep (including the base), and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition.

On sale July 6, 2011 * Statue * $99.99 US




This multi-part statue is a must-have for Superman fans. High atop the roof of a

Metropolis skyscraper, a family born from the ashes of Krypton stands tall, guardians and hope bringers to the people of the city.

The statue is made up of three separate pieces (sold in two parts) which form a single statue.

Solicited this month is Part 2 of the SUPERMAN FAMILY MULTI-PART STATUE featuring Supergirl and Steel, with the lower half of Superman and eagle base detail. Part 1 (solicited last month) features Power Girl and Superboy and the upper half of Superman.

The bases of each piece slide together to form a multi-tiered rooftop on which all the characters stand. Each of the two parts includes a piece of the third portion of the statue, which can be easily assembled to form Superman, who rises up from the center of the piece. Both parts of the statue are needed to make Superman.

This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue measures approximately 9.5” high x 5.5” wide x 6.9” deep, while the entire multi-part statue measures approximately 10.15” high x 17” wide x 8.9” deep when fully assembled.  

The SUPERMAN FAMILY MULTI-PART STATUE is hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain and packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition.

*Minor assembly required.

On sale July 27, 2011 * Statue * $195 US



The Ultimate Showdown series is DC Direct’s unique, new interactive concept for high-quality collectible statues featuring the world’s greatest heroes and villains
squaring off in deadly combat.


Gotham City’s greatest hero and his deadliest foe battle for supremacy of the city!

Each character is displayed on a specially designed stand-alone base intended to “interact” with the other statues in the series and to be displayed in a myriad of ways. The statues can pivot independently on their bases and rotate their heads to customize and direct the action. Collect the other statue sets in the series! Mix and match them to create your own showdown or combine them all in one ultimate battle statue.

These hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statues measure approximately:

Batman: 7.5” high x 4” wide x 4.5” deep

The Joker: 8” high x 6” wide x 4” deep  

Each set is packaged together in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition.

On sale July 20, 2011 * Statue Set * $175 US

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