Atlantis ascending: A DC Comics holiday gift guide
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - The release of "Aquaman" is nigh, Superman celebrated his 80th anniversary, "Superman: The Movie" turned 40, "Batman: The Animated Series" arrived on Blu-ray and Batman tied the knot with Catwoman. Yes, it's been a busy year for DC Comics.
As we head into the gifting season, here's a look at some of the DC Comics releases that will appease fans of all ages.
Teen Titans Go! to the Movies: Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans Go!," DC Comic's band of teenage misfits, made the jump from the TV to the silver screen (and back again for this home video release). The series is aimed towards younger audiences, but the writers have taken special care to include a bevy of Easter eggs that only longtime DC fans will catch.
Arrowverse: The latest releases from CW's Arrowverse, an interwoven group of superhero television series, include "Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season," "Black Lightning: The Complete First Season," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season," "The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season" and "Supergirl: The Complete Third Season."
Outside the Arrowverse: Further off the beaten path is "Lucifer: The Complete Third Season," an unusual police procedural inspired by the character from Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" series. The story follows the misadventures of Lucifer Morningstar, the Devil himself, who leaves the comforts of Hell to run a nightclub in Los Angeles and offer his services to the LAPD. The fourth season is set to debut on Netflix in 2019. "Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season" serves as something of a prequel to the world of Batman that we've come to know and love. The series explores the lives of Bruce Wayne as a young man, James Gordon as a new recruit and the origin stories of a plethora of the Caped Crusader's notorious villains. Catch up before the fifth and final season debuts on Fox on January 3, 2019.
New Teen Titans Multi-Part Statue Set: DC's Teen Titans have seen their share of face lifts and revivals. This seven-part statue set is inspired by the first issue of the 1980 relaunch and includes Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Wonder Girl, Raven, The Flash and Starfire.
Aquaman Movie Statues: With "Aquaman" set to hit theaters on December 21, 2019, DC Collectibles is releasing limited edition statues of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Amber Heard as Mera as well as Black Manta.
Superman: The Movie - 40th Anniversary: It's hard to believe, but "Superman: The Movie" was released 40 years ago. The classic film introduced the world to Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. This new 4K release of the film looks phenomenal.
DC Animated Universe: Over the past year DC has been upgrading many of their feature-length animated films to 4K. Recent titles include "The Death of Superman," "Batman: Assault on Arkham," "Batman: The Killing Joke" and the Aquaman focused"Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition."
Batman: The Complete Animated Series - Deluxe Limited Edition: This new Blu-ray box set features the entire series from 1992-1998 and the two stand-alone movies "Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm" and "Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero." "Batman : The Animated Series" revolutionized the television cartoon genre as it handled the story of Bruce Wayne in a weightier way than the previous cartoon and television series had done. I see it as the perfect bridge between the tone of Tim Burton's two films and the Christopher Nolan's trilogy.
Batman: Black and White Statues by Gerard Way: Former My Chemical Romance front man and acclaimed writer Gerard Way pitched a rather unique take on the Batman universe. The series was never written, but two of his character sketches, Batman and the Joker, have been transformed into a pair of gorgeous limited edition statues.
Batman/Catwoman: The Wedding Album - The Deluxe Edition: This hardcover release includes Batman issues #24, 44 and 50, the variant covers from issue #50, wedding dress designs by Joëlle Jones, the script to issue #44.
Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition: Earlier this year "Action Comics," the title introduced the world to Superman, celebrated its 1,000th issue with a nostalgic tribute to the Man of Steel. This hardcover edition includes all the variant covers as well as the original "Action Comics" #1 and 2 from 1938.
DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman: Initially studying the anatomy of superheros feels a little gruesome, but this fascinating examination of what exists beneath the skin of Superman, Cyborg, Swamp Thing and more is the best pseudoscience textbook you didn't know you needed to add to your bookshelf.
John Constantine: Hellblazer -30th Anniversary Edition: A collection of John Constantine's best-loved stories "Saga of the Swamp Thing" #37 and "Hellblazer" #11, 27, 41, 63, 120, 146, 229 and 240, plus a new complete timeline tracking the character's history.