Friday, April 21, 2017

Batman and Harley Quinn Spawn a Host of Spin-offs



Image Source: Teaser Trailer via Facebook


As a character, Batman is no stranger to the world of animation, but the cartoon version of the Caped Crusader is making a welcome return to our screens in his latest adventure. Director Sam Liu oversees a cast of familiar voice actors including Melissa Rauch, Paget Brewster and John DiMaggio and early reviews suggest it’s a "must-see" even for die-hard Batman fans who prefer the Superhero in his real-life form.

Unlikely hero?




In the latest offering, Batman teams up once again with Nightwing but they have what is perhaps an unlikely assistant; Harley Quinn originally appeared as the Joker’s love interest in the 1992 Animation Joker’s Favor. Over the years she has proved so popular that the character has endured and for 2017, Harley is crossing over from the dark side to fight the threat to global civilisation posed by the Plant-Master and Poison Ivy.

But no more spoilers; reviews are encouraging but you’ll have to judge and find out the remainder of the plot by watching the movie yourself. One thing is certain, the arrival of any new Batman movie will herald a flood of new properties and merchandising but, as we hit the 80th anniversary of the original DC Comics series, the arrival of Superhero spin offs will intensify even further. 

Action Figures
It’s interesting that while Batman has endured as a Superhero in various forms for 80 years now, a lot of the attention is on Harley Quinn as the movie hits our cinemas. Action figures of Harley are nothing new and they have been available in assorted guises since she first came into the public conscience in 1992 but the new, animated version adds a new dimension and the new dolls will naturally be something of a must for collectors.

Her costume gives more than just a nod to the Joker and she retains that air of mystery and sensuality, even now that she’s on the good side. Figures of Nightwing and Batman himself are also available for purchase but they have been pushed to one side somewhat by the emergence of their new sidekick. 

Playing the slots
This may be seen as one of the more unusual spin offs, but action heroes and slot games have always been very compatible ever since casinos started to go online in the second half of the 1990s. Batman has already appeared in a number of games and the new movie is a natural fit, and with the fuss being created by Harley, the choice of slots featuring the more established hero is certain to be a big hit. To be specific, Sun Bingo slot games already include a popular range of Batman games - based on the retro animated series - and in the weeks that follow the release of the new movie, interest will no doubt intensify.

Dress like a Hero

Whatever your views may be surrounding cosplay, the practise of dressing up as your favourite action hero is not a new one. Sales and hires of Batman costumes are always on the rise in the wake of a new release and that trend will sustain following the screening of this latest film.

Once again, Harley Quinn takes more of a centre stage but the traditional cape of the superhero has been ditched in favour of the short rockabilly style dress that was more synonymous with her earlier incarnations. We may not get to see an animated version of this iconic outfit but the dress will become more widely available and attract even more sales now that Harley is getting so much attention.

Mugs, posters and t-shirts will go on to form some of the more conventional forms of memorabilia when Batman and Harley Quinn reaches our cinemas and leads to a glut of merchandise and other properties as fans continue to catch up with the latest release.

The producers have been very intuitive in taking an already established character in Harley, and switching her to the good side as she joins Batman’s battle to uphold law and order. It’s a smart move that avoids having to take the gamble of introducing new characters and as such, she will appeal to long term fans as well as new additions to the series. So, if you love the new animation, there are plenty of spin offs that can help you to treasure its memory.

Five Places Where We'd Like to See Batman this Spring

Credit: Pixabay
Batman is one busy guy. As well as regularly appearing on our TV screens, at the cinema, in comic strips and at conventions up and down the country, he is also showing up in some more everyday locations. For example, on a trip far away from Gotham City, he recently visited Norwich Castle Mall in a replica Batmobile from the 1989 Batman Film. Eve since he introduced himself to the wide public as played by Adam West in the television series that ran from 1966 to 1968, Batman has been a favourite pop culture icon, and for a number of reasons - not only marketing either - he's never been absent from the spotlight. Here are five of our favourite places that we’d like Batman pop up in soon.

At A Party

What better place for the superhero to show up than at a party? Ideally, we'd like him to pop up at a special themed event to enjoy the different treats on offer. There are many different types of Batman decorations available to create the right atmosphere including plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners and black balloons to hang in the Batcave. Party Delights, for instance, offers over 110 individual Batman-themed products. Add to this some Penguin Punch or Joker Juice and the scene is set for a great night. A recent Buzzfeed article lists seven Batman character-inspired cocktails which seem ideal for such a party. Let’s just hope he shows up to join in the fun. 

In a marathon

credit: Pixabay
With the days getting longer and the nights lighter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and exercise more. For the runners (or spectators) amongst us, another great place to see Batman is in a marathon race. Robin currently holds the world half-marathon record for the fastest time recorded by a male dressed in superhero costume (1:09:33) with Batman not far behind (1:10:45). The marathon world record for a runner in a superhero costume currently lies with Wonder Woman though! This means the Virgin Money London Marathon, which takes place on the 23rd of April, is the perfect opportunity for Batman to show up and get on the leader board.

In Online Gaming

If spotting Batman in a road race sounds a bit too energetic for some of you, then another great place for him to appear would be in online games. There are quite a few genres to consider here. At the moment, thematic, officially licenced slots, such as those offered by Betway Casino, make great use of their different themes from across pop culture. In the Jurassic Park one, for example, the five different reels feature familiar creatures from the film such at the T-Rex, the Velociraptor, the Brachiosaurus, the Triceratops and the Dilophosaurus, all estimated to have inhabited the earth about 190 million years ago. Added to this title is a realistic tropical rainforest background, animated sequences and sound effects in keeping with the prehistoric setting. In other gaming genres, there are already some Batman games out. Web gaming hub Heroes Arcade has collected and provides free opportunities to play platform, action and more types of Batman-themed games from all over the web, even including Batman Dress Up and beat'em up title Batman Underground. It would be interesting to see Batman be developed in even more ways in gaming, with the Batcave being used as a backdrop for games to be played out against.




In a restaurant

credit: Pixabay
Another exciting place for Batman to appear at would be in a restaurant. Imagine sharing your meal with him and Robin or having the superhero take care of your bill for you. While it can’t be guaranteed that Batman will pay a flying visit, there are places to eat that offer themed food. There's an official DC Comics cafe at the Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur which offers delights such as the Dark Knight Burger, which is served in a charcoal coloured bun, followed by Batman ice cream. A bit closer to home, Area 52 cafe in London also serves superhero inspired meals and decor. Watch out for Batman toys in fast food restaurants too – there have been plenty of giveaways by big names over the years, including McDonalds and Pizza Hut.

In new kinds of merchandise

A last place we’d like Batman to pop up in is in the form of even more unusual and quirkier types of merchandise. There are currently stacks of Batman toys, items of clothing and costumes, electronic goods, stickers and collectible items available for the discerning superhero fan. It’s also good to see new items coming onto the scene though. Last Christmas for example, it was great to see novelty jumpers that featured Batman and Robin, with designs including Fairisle as well as other characters such as The Joker in them too.
The new Lego Movie, which has grossed more than $173,000,000 so far, has also introduced different types of merchandise, with the five most popular new items amongst fans being Lego key ring lights, the Joker’s Notorious Low Rider, mini-figures set, Scarecrow Special Delivery and Batgirl Batjet Chase. With opportunities for appearing limitless, remember to keep your eyes peeled for Batman whenever you are out and about as he is sure to appear in one guise or another somewhere soon!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Whoa! Harley's Many Costume Changes in "Batman & Harley Quinn!"

Whoa! Harley's Many Costume Changes in "Batman & Harley Quinn!"


The upcoming Dc Universe Animated Film, "Batman & Harley Quinn" has been making news as of late. The new casting of Harley, along with returning favorites and the classic animation style are generating a lot of buzz amongst the fans. Very little footage has been released from the film thus far, but from that we have found a few fun Harley costume changes that will take place in the feature.

RELATED: Loren Lester to voice Nightwing in "Batman & Harley Quinn" movie!


We get the classic look from "Batman: The Animated Series":


Also, plain clothes Harleen in an alley:

Whoa! Harley's Many Costume Changes in "Batman & Harley Quinn!"

We also get a peek at a more modern comic book design:

Whoa! Harley's Many Costume Changes in "Batman & Harley Quinn!"

..and some sort of inbetween:

Whoa! Harley's Many Costume Changes in "Batman & Harley Quinn!"

Loren Lester to voice Nightwing in "Batman & Harley Quinn" movie!


Loren Lester to voice Nightwing in "Batman & Harley Quinn" movie!


Bruce Timm and company are hard at work putting together the next DC Animated Film, a Batman: The Animated Series style movie titled "Batman & Harley Quinn". News has been flowing the past few days about this movie and now we finally have confirmation of Loren Lester's involvement!


RELATED: We Know Who Will Voice Harley Quinn in the new Batman: TAS Movie!

Loren Lester, who voiced both Robin in "Batman: The Animated Series" and Nightwing in "The New Batman Adventures" is returning to the role! There's no one more suited for the role, so we're happy to see him make a big return!

We Know Who Will Voice Harley Quinn in the new Batman: TAS Movie!

New Movie "Batman & Harley Quinn"

It was announced at SDCC last year that a new Batman: The Animated Series film was in the works, "Batman & Harley". Done in the New Batman Adventures animation style, we are finally getting some solid casting news from the film, other than the return of Kevin Conroy to the role that made him a star.

RELATED: Toy Fair: DC Collectibles Batman: TAS Batcave!

Conroy himself took to Twitter to announce his return, as well as the casting for Harley Quinn. This go around the role will be tackled by Melissa Rauch from "The Big Bang Theory".

Melissa Rauch Cast as Harley Quinn


Executive produced by Bruce Timm, who goes back to his classic style heralded in Batman: The Animated Series, this is an original story featuring the reluctant team-up of Batman, Nightwing and Harley Quinn to try and stop a global catastrophe caused by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, AKA the Plant-Master.

No release date has been announced yet for the film. We will continue to cover this one here on Legions of Gotham!



DC Kids Super Hero Month!

DC Kids Super Hero Month

GRAB A CAPE AND JOIN YOUR FAVORITE DC SUPER HEROES
FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL DC KIDS SUPER HERO MONTH THIS APRIL

Digital Activations Include “Super Hero Training Camp” with
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS and Original YouTube Series DC KIDS
Premieres New Episodes Celebrating DC Kids Super Hero Month
Burbank, Calif. – March 31, 2017 – Calling all fans of DC Super Heroes!

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), in partnership with DC Entertainment (DCE), announces its first annual DC Kids Super Hero Month, designed to engage new and existing fans in this interactive initiative with their favorite DC Super Heroes and be inspired to be their own Super Hero.

RELATED: Justice League Action / DC Superhero Girls Happy Meal Toys!

This multi-faceted campaign will run through the entire month of April and kick off today,
March 31, with an all-new episode of the original YouTube series DC Kids. Each week, DC Kids will have DC Kids Super Hero Month-themed shows such as “Acts of Wonder,” “Call for
Creativity,” “Stellar Support,” and “Super Smarts.” In addition, the campaign will feature fun
challenges and activities, as well as brand new content that will come to life across multi-digital channels and social media. The activations will also be supported by key partners, including Mattel, The LEGO Group, Rubie’s Costumes and more, as well as in-store and online support at various retailers, including Target, Toys‘R’Us, Walmart and Amazon.




DC Super Hero Girls will lead the month-long campaign with the DC Super Hero Girls website,social channels, app and YouTube channel serving as DC Kids Super Hero Month headquarters. Kids won’t want to miss exploring the weekly “Super Hero Training Camp” challenges and activations, new content and games, digital activities and more.


DCKids.com and DC Kids YouTube Channel will also support the initiative with a DC Kids Super Hero Month take-over featuring new content, including Super Hero-themed printable activities and three new games from Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Action, and more. Fans can also participate on the Justice League Action and Teen Titans Go! social channels, as well as catch new DC Kids Super Hero Month content on the new DC Kids YouTube series each week.

“Super Hero Training Camp” is designed to teach fans of all ages what it means to be a DC
Super Hero. With weekly challenges inspired by the iconic DC characters, training will highlight various qualities such as leadership, strength, kindness, creativity, friendship and more. Participating fans are invited to engage throughout the month by sharing how they train to be a DC Kids Super Hero using the hashtags #DCKidsSuperHeroMonth and #HeroesInTraining.

Kids also won’t want to miss the DC Kids Super Hero Month sweepstakes, to be featured on
DCComics.com and promoted on DC Kids’ Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter platforms, as well as DC’s and WBCP’s social media channels. Fans will have a chance to be the grand prize winner of a DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Action product package, as well as three runner-up prizes to be awarded with one of the DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go! or Justice League Action themed packages.

BATMAN on THE GOLDBERGS this Wednesday, 4.5.17!


ABC Goldbergs featuring 1989 Batman

The Goldbergs, the hilarious ABC comedy, is famous for honoring various 1980s retro and up next is the 1989 Batman! In this week’s episode, Adam and Pops ‘FAN out’ over the release of Tim Burton’s Batman and argues the whole episode about which version is better---the 1960s TV show or the new 1989 movie. The episode is no short of Batman gear, lingo and fandom.

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“THE DYNAMIC DUO"– Feeling left out, Barry attempts to create a divide between Adam and Pops’ relationship, as they debate the merits of the recently released Batman movie. Meanwhile, Erica purposely blows her college interview at Penn State so she will go to her first choice, Carnegie Mellon. Hoping Murray will help as an alumni donor, Beverly and Erica learn a secret about Murray. “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00–8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

You can find the Goldbergs on Twitter.
 

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