Holiday Gift Guide: DC Comics
(KUTV) I've never been one to limit my fandom options. Growing up I read Marvel comics, but was equally invested in DC movies. So, let's revel in all that is DC Comics for a moment (and yes, in time, we'll celebrate Marvel as well).
One of the triumphs of 2017 was the critical and commercial acclaim that "Wonder Woman" was given. When I met Gal Gadot while doing press for "Batman v Superman" she talked about wanting to show her daughter that princesses could be more than maidens in distress. With "Wonder Woman," Gadot and director Patty Jenkins have just changed the way that Hollywood looks at princesses. "Wonder Woman" was supposed to serve as a stepping stone to "Justice League." It turns out that "Justice League" was more of a speed bump as audiences look forward to seeing "Wonder Woman 2."
"Wonder Woman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1" collects 15 issues ("Wonder Woman " #1-14 and "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" #1) from Greg Rucka's recent run on the title.
To coincide with the release of "Justice League," DC has crafted a series of 12" statues for each of the team members.
The Holy Grail, as it were, of the Wonder Woman items is the "Wonder Woman Bracelets with Lasso and Tiara Prop Replica Set."
Mattel DC Super Hero Girls & Barbie Justice League
Once upon a time someone made the illogical decision that super heroes were a "boys only" sort of thing. In the past couple of years, we've made a little progress. The Mattel DC Super Hero Girls 12" Action Dolls are inspired by the animated series and features many of DC's most popular female heroes like Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, Bumble Bee, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn.
Barbie has also thrown their hat into the mix with a Barbie Justice League Wonder Woman and Mara set that features the two heroines from the "Justice League" film.
While the DC Extended Universe has had difficulty establishing itself in the cinemas, DC's animated films have dominated over Marvel's efforts for a decade. To celebrate DC is releasing a massive "DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection," which features 30 films including the essential titles “Superman Doomsday,” "Wonder Woman,” “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Justice League: Doom,” “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” and “Batman and Harley Quinn.”
Warner Bros. has also released the "Batman/Superman Anthology," a 9-Film collection in a metal tin that includes the Christopher Reeve Superman Films and the four Batman films that were made between 1989 and 1997.
Harley Quinn made her first appearance in "Batman: The Animated Series" twenty-five years ago and comic conventions have never been the same since. To pay tribute to the popular troublemaker, DC has released "Harley Quinn: A Celebration of 25 Years." This hardcover book features some of Quinn's more popular tales and serves as both the perfect introduction for those who are just discovering her and a chance to revisit and trace the evolution of the character.
Quinn is most notoriously connected with both Batman and The Joker, which is why this set of "Joker and Harley Quinn Bookends" makes for the perfect gift for die-hard fans who love the sillier side of the trio.
DC Collectibles has also crafted a new "Batman the Animated Series Harley Quinn Holiday Statue." Although, if you ask me, it looks like the sort of statue that I'd happily display year-round. Love the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" vibe.
"Batman/Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition" collects a four-series run ("Batman" #21-22 and "The Flash" #21-22) that serves as a bridge between "Watchmen" and the DC Universe following the Rebirth event.
Beyond "The Button," Batman was revisted by an old friend as Frank Miller returned for "The Dark Knight: The Master Race," the third installment in The Dark Knight series. Aslo available is "Batman: The Dark Knight - The Master Race Covers," a collection of the various varient covers that were released during the "The Master Race" run.
"DC Gallery Bat-Signal Prop" is a limited edition desktop version of the iconic Bat-Signal that stands 12.75" high. Certainly this would be handy in the newsroom on days when I just can't make it through my shift on my own.
Along with Harley Quinn, "Batman: The Animated Series" is also celebrating its 25th anniversary and DC is releasing a variety of toys including "Batman: The Animated Series: Batman Expressions Pack," deluxe figure that come with changeable heads, capes and other accessorie.
Batman is also getting the ultimate man cave (butler included) with the "Batman: The Animated Series Batcave with Alfred Vignette." To give you a sense of the scale of this playset, Alfred is 6" tall. The computer, while not fully functional, does at least light up.
This fall also saw the Blu-ray debut of the classic animated film "Batman: Mask of the Phantom" as well as "Batman vs, Two-Face," a newly produced sequel to the animated film "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders." Both "Return of the Caped Crusaders" and "Batman vs. Two-Face" are based on the original television series from the 1960s and feature the both Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. Neither film is included in the massive 30-film collection because they exist on a separate timeline.
DC Television & Watchmen
Of course yoy could always gift one of the numerous DC television shows from the CW's Arrowverse "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Supergirl," "The Flash" and "Arrow" all have a rabid fanbase They've even given Atom (as portrayed by Brandon Routh), a character that has popped up here and there along the way, an action figure.
DC is also releasing a new version of the classic Alan Moore's "Watchmen" annotated by Leslie S. Klinger, who also annotated "The Sandman."
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