McFarlane Toys has had a busy week ahead of Toy Fair 2019. With the announcement that they picked up the Harry Potter license, and today’s first reveal of their Game of Thrones figures, things have been crazy for fans. However, the biggest piece of news was that the company grabbed the DC Comics license. For the first time since this story broke, we have some important updates on what that line will look like.
The Toddfather spoke with SyFy for this exclusive interview, where he gave us our first bits of information about this new toy line.
“We’ll go about it the same way anyone would, really,” Todd explained. “If I handed you the license, who would you choose? Hopefully, there would be an 80 percent overlap in the characters I would choose and you would choose, then we’d pick those five to 10 characters to do for sure”.
“We’ll mix in some new characters that have grown in stature, say, for instance, Aquaman with his hit movie, and take a look with what’s happening in pop culture and the publishing end of things as well.”
He continued, “I think down the line is where the fun beings. Maybe sometime later we do a McFarlane Batman. I don’t know if it’s been attempted but I’m the only one who knows that those capes are supposed to be doing.”
McFarlane also told SyFy that DC and Warner Bros have given him the green light to flex his own creative muscles on the characters, just nothing too dramatic:
“We’re not talking major redesigns, just a bit of a tweak here and there,” he says. “So far, they’ve been flexible, saying it seems fun and that we’ll talk about it.”
We also learned from this article that the scale will be 6″ to 12″, and they could be based on any aspect of the DC multiverse, including video games. With the recent reveal that they also picked up the Mortal Kombat license, could we perhaps get some crossover toys?
Why so serious? You should be rejoicing, since there’s a new clown prince in town, and it ain’t Jared Leto anymore!
In a report from Forbes, we learned the fate of many DCU movie franchises, including The Suicide Squad series, where we learned the following about Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Jared Leto’s Joker:
The Suicide Squad sequel, meanwhile, is moving forward as a sort of soft reboot to some extent, and is expected to have a new cast of characters and avoid direct tie-in to the first film’s events. Harley Quinn is not expected to return, and James Gunn’s script will be a new approach and rethinking of the property.
The Mad Love-type Joker and Harley Quinn film has also fallen by the wayside, as has the solo Joker project for Jared Leto’s version of the character from Suicide Squad. With Gunn on board as director, the film has plenty of room to bring a new flavor to the series and to the world of DC films as well.
Fans were not too keen on Leto’s rendition of The Joker, while Robbie fared much better. With the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, it seems that Harley will transition into a much more heroic role, emancipated from the toxic Joker character.
On the plus side, we do have that Joaquin Phoenix “Joker” movie on the horizon, and that is shaping up to be very interesting looking.
As of now, Forbes has the following movies on the outlook for the DCU – Shazam! Joker. Wonder Woman 1984. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Supergirl. The Suicide Squad. The Batman. Batgirl. The Trench. Aquaman 2. New Gods. Green Lantern Corps.
Aquaman 2 and Wonder Woman 3 will also surely end up on that list at some point.
What remains to be seen is how the DCU will remain now, as the films are mainly intended to be standalone features, and not necessarily all tied together in one universe.
Are you happy that Leto is out as The Joker for good?
Based on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics miniseries by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II, the film will see the turtles meeting Batman via a transdimensional encounter, and feature our heroes teaming up to face Batman’s deadly rogues gallery.
This is the first time these worlds have collided in animation, but the two have met before in that aforementioned crossover comic between IDW and DC Comics from 2015.
The film’s voice cast features Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins) as both Batman and The Joker (making him the first actor to ever take on both roles in one project), Darren Criss (the Emmy winning star of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, Eric Bauza (The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo, Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) as The Penguin, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls) as both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, and Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul.
Knowing the cast does give us a bit more info about plot details, especially since we have five villains for the heroic group to deal with. How they all tie together remains to be seen.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive on 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital late this spring.
It’s been a very busy news week for toys, and just when I think it will calm down for a few hours, the hits just keep on coming. Earlier today, McFarlane Toys revealed another new license they are adding under their rapidly expanding umbrella – DC Comics.
Whoever would have said to me that Todd McFarlane, father of Spawn and head honcho at Image Comics, would be making DC comics action figures would be ridiculed on sight. Yet, here we are today, and I think the temperature in Hell may have just became a bit chilly.
Here is the info from the official press release:
Batman, Superman and the entire roster of DC’s iconic characters have a new place to hang up their capes and cowls. McFarlane Toys, an award-winning toy company, announced today they have entered into a three-year global licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC, to release DC Multiverse collector figures in both mass and specialty retail spaces. Beginning early 2020, McFarlane Toys will bring dozens of the iconic DC comic books, video games and feature films’ near-endless stable of characters to life with 6” – 12” ultra-posable action figures, corresponding accessories and vehicles branded DC Multiverse.
“This partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC will be great fun for my company, and a chance to deliver products that millions of fans of the DC brand have been asking for,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “The DC universe has captivated the world and to be able to play in that ‘sandbox’ now makes me feel like a kid all over again. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
The DC Multiverse collector figures and related toys will be available at major retail locations beginning in 2020.
It was announced earlier this year that DC would be ending their partnership with Mattel, who has been producing their toys for years. As of now, Spinmasters has also picked up the figure license along with McFarlane, and we will have to wait until Toy Fair next year to see what both of them do with it.
Warner Bros just released a new behind-the-scenes featurette on their upcoming DC Universe movie “Shazam!” This video includes some new footage to put more context to the superhero, both in story and tone. Plus, more of Billy Baton’s bestie, Freddy!
Check out the new featurette below:
“Shazam!” stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton , Faithe Herman, and Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard. Nobody beats the Wiz!
“Shazam” will be released in US theaters on April 5.
It’s that magical time of year, when toy companies from around the world descend on New York City for the International Toy Fair! Pictures of the newest toys splatter across the Interwebs, and we all get to go gaga over products that may not see the light for many months.
Diamond Select Toys is one of those companies, and here are some images of products that will be on display, and are currently up for pre-order, but won’t hit stores until summer or fall. And be on the lookout for more DST reveals leading up to the show!
Bruce Lee Minimates Series 1 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys release! Bruce Lee returns to the Minimates mini-figure line! One of the original Minimates licenses when the line first began, the acclaimed martial artist makes his 2-inch debut in this all-new box set! The many looks of Bruce Lee are on display here, as his Dojo, Clawed, Track Suit and Casual looks make up the four-pack. Each has interchangeable parts and accessories, and the set includes bonus accessories to create alternate looks. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192441, SRP: $24.99)
DC Comic Gallery Batman PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The guardian of Gotham City has arrived! This highly anticipated entry in the DC Gallery line depicts a modern comic-style Batman atop a Gotham City rooftop, his cape flaring out behind him. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC diorama features detailed sculpting by Alterton based on a design by Caesar. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192439, SRP: $49.99)
DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Shazam! Newly powered teenager Billy Batson transforms into the hero Shazam in this new PVC Diorama based on the upcoming feature film! With lightning arcing from his chest, this sculpture features the likeness of actor Zachary Levi, and features detailed sculpting and paint. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #FEB192438, SRP: $49.99)
DC Movie Vinimates Shazam Vinyl Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! What are your super powers? Billy Batson is ready to find out in the new Shazam movie, and this smiling Shazam vinyl figure is ready to join the DC Vinimates line! Standing approximately 4 inches tall, this vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192440, SRP: $9.99)
Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 3 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Kingdom Hearts Minimates line moves into the all-new third game in this all-new assortment of 2-inch mini-figures! Three two-packs based on Kingdom Hearts III make up the assortment, featuring Toy Story Sora with Wreck it Ralph, Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow with Pirate Donald, and Mickey Mouse with Maleficent! Each two-pack features fully interchangeable parts and accessories, and each comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192442,SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Iron Man Half Scale Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Tony Stark is a legend in his own time, and now he’s a Legend in 3D! Iron Man joins the half-scale line of resin busts with this shiny portrait of the Avenger, measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a technological base. Limited to just 1.000 pieces, this bust features detailed sculpting by Joe Menna based on a design by Joe Allard. Packaged in a hand-numbered box with a full-color image and a weblink to additional images. (Item #FEB192444, SRP: $150.00)
Marvel Comic Gallery Dazzler PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Disco never dies! The mutant Dazzler has had a number of looks over the years, but her most famous look is still her disco outfit from 1980. In her silver jumpsuit, the pop starlet has a microphone in one hand and her trademark light effect emanating from the other. And who can forget her roller skates and disco ball necklace? Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC diorama was sculpted by Alejandro Pereira based on a design by Uriel Caton. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192445,SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Premier Collection Mystique Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The shapely shape-shifter revealed! A frequent X-Men foe and member of the Brotherhood and Freedom Force, Raven Darkholme joins the Marvel Premier Collection with this gorgeous statue, hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore based on a design by Caesar! Standing approximately 11” tall, this detailed piece is limited to an edition of 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in full color, hand-numbered box with a certificate of authenticity. (Item #FEB192446, SRP: $150.00)
Marvel Minimates Series 77 Spider-Man 2-Packs Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-breaking 77th series of Marvel Minimates is here, and it’s dedicated to the friends and foes of the Spectacular Spider-Man! Four two-packs feature Black Costume Spider-Man with Kraven the Hunter, Miles Morales with Prowler, Mysterio with Hydro-Man, and Vulture with Molten Man. Plus, if you buy all four sets, you get the parts to build the Spider-Slayer! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192443, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Her kingdom for a Starbucks! Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje and protector of T’Challa, defends her homeland against incursion from the outside world – and other worlds entirely – with her impressive spear. Preparing to let loose with her chosen weapon, Okoye stands approximately 9 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson. (Item #FEB192447, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Video Game Deluxe Gallery Rhino PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the wild rampage begin! Classic Spider-Man villain The Rhino charges into the Marvel Gallery line, pushing over a pillar in his pursuit of the wall-crawler. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this Deluxe sculpture is based on his appearance in the new Spider-Man video game and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #FEB192449, SRP: $69.99)
Marvel Select Psylocke Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! You don’t have to be psychic to know that Marvel Select have been requesting a Psylocke action figure for a long time, and now DST has delivered! Joining the legion of X-Men Select figures, Psylocke measures approximately 7 inches tall and comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB192448, SRP: $29.99)
Marvel TV Gallery Netflix Defenders Iron Fist PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Face the power of the Iron Fist! Danny Rand unleashes his energy-packed punch on a New York City rooftop in this PVC diorama based on The Defenders on Netflix! Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this detailed sculpt features collectible-quality paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with an opening front panel. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson X. Asencio. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB192450, SRP: $50.00)
Also joining the line-up is a statue of Okoye from Black Panther, and new minimates of Mysterio, Prowler, Hydro-Man, Kraven, Vulture, and some other cool Spider-Man characters, just in time for the release of the new movie.
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
Regarding villains, Reeves had this to say:
“There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.”
As for Affleck, Deadline says he won’t be sitting around doing nothing for long:
As Deadline exclusively broke he is starring in and producing the feature adaptation of Kate Alice Marshall‘s novel I Am Still Alive, which Universal won in a competitive bidding scenario. The two-time Oscar winner is also starring in the Warner Bros.’ Gavin O’Connor drama Torrance. Affleck worked hard on The Batman story, but knew he wasn’t the right one for this particular version.
The new movie is slated for a June 25, 2021 release, and the hunt for who will play the caped crusader is already under way. As for the DCU as we know it, consider sticking a fork in it since it is done. This movie, as well as the upcoming Shazam and Joker solo films will all be more character driven and unique to themselves, as opposed to tying them together to form a larger narrative or cinematic universe.