There was a question posited many years ago, back when Jack Nicholson was the first actor to play The Joker in a modern cinematic Batman film... "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" He was speaking, of course, of Batman's impressive arsenal of gadgets and weaponry, all shown in-action as tools of Michael Keaton's portrayal of The Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 film. While Zack Snyder's current BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is divisive (I loved it - read my review here), one point that I always feel is important to note is that what makes these DC Comics characters truly timeless and classic is that they work in many different incarnations across many different media. While it's my opinion that BVS is not a movie for small children (it's a harder-edged PG-13), that hardly means that kids are left out - quite the contrary when it comes to the wide assortment of toys that are available. Leading the charge this year is Mattel, who have brought Batman and Superman back into toy aisles in a massive form, and at the centerpiece of their BVS line is the collection of 6" action figures and vehicles, several of which were sent to Rock Father HQ for review. Over the past month, something has become quite clear - and that's that The Rock Daughters have incorporated these new versions of these iconic characters into part of every day imaginative play - something massively important... old-school, hands-on, tech-free fun!

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I was undeniably a “DC kid.” While I had an appreciation for MARVEL’s stable of heroes including Spider-man and Captain America (and the SECRET WARS toys were way cool), my allegiance was planted firmly with the residents of Metropolis and Gotham City, and all of their counterparts living within the pages of DC Comics.

Reruns of the 1966 BATMAN aired regularly on Channel 32 in Chicago, while the SUPER FRIENDS cartoon fueled my desire to get my parents to buy me more of Kenner’s SUPER POWERS Collection action figures. Christopher Reeve’s SUPERMAN films were a regular viewing staple, with the under-appreciated SUPERMAN III and the fairly bad SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE watched more times than they should’ve been, thanks to HBO. When it comes to the source material - the actual comics, it was John Byrne’s 1986 MAN OF STEEL that truly hooked me with it’s then-more grown-up portrayal of the character. Superman was my #1 for a few years, and then the summer of 1989 came around and Tim Burton’s BATMAN hit the screen, and ever since it’s been The Caped Crusader as my #1, with “The Big Blue Boy Scout” as #2.

As an adult, I’ve been there right with everyone else in appreciating how well-handled the MARVEL Cinematic Universe has been cared for at Disney, and while their 13-strong film series continues to grow, my heart is still with Batman and Superman...

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With BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE bringing forth an epic battle between "Son of Krypton" and "Bat of Gotham," we know that the streets of both Gotham and Metropolis will never be the same. While Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) will be throwing down, there's also Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in the mix, better-known as Wonder Woman. To celebrate this "trinity" of heroes and the inevitable dawn of THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, Mattel has released the limited-edition Hot Wheels Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Series, exclusively at Walmart. This 8-car series features 7 numbered vehicles, and an 8th "Chase Car." Now, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is giving readers a shot at winning a complete set of eight cars, all as part of #BatmanvSupermanWeek!

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Thursday, December 03 2015 07:55


The Force is strong with JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Just days after the debut of the first trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and a week out from a full STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS special, last night brought forth the debut of a full-length trailer for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - a film not part of the Disney ABC family, but from rival Warner Bros. Kimmel is the go-to spot for trailer debuts right now, and this new look at BATMAN v SUPERMAN is setting the 'net a buzz this morning. Check it out below, your first on-screen look at Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) fighting alongside Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)...

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Sorry, MARVEL. Despite my massive love for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and all the care that my friends at Disney have been putting into their big screen adaptations, when it comes to comics, I grew up a DC kid. SUPERMAN and BATMAN were always my favorites as a kid, and they're still my favorites today. That said, following a cellphone leak of a subtitled trailer ahead of Monday's special IMAX event, Warner Bros has taken appropriate measures with the official online release of the first teaser for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. With Henry Cavill reprising his role as the MAN OF STEEL, and Ben Affleck picking up the cowl as THE DARK KNIGHT, the film sets the stage for the forthcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Based on the two minutes seen here - I like it. I enjoy the darkness... the bleakness... and the way that Director Zack Snyder continues the path carved by his first SUPERMAN effort by emphasizing the foreign - alien - nature of Kal-El. Borrowing from Christopher Nolan's Bat-world, remember when Harvey Dent pointed out that "the night is always darkest just before dawn?" I think that applies here. Take a look...

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Just days after Zack Snyder confirmed that a rogue Imperial Stormtrooper was responsible for stealing the Batmobile from the set of his currently-lensing BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE in Detroit, a mysterious new video has emerged from the set of the also currently-lensing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Entitled "Hunka Junk," Director J.J. Abrams posted a flyby of The Millenium Falcon that reveals that The Caped Crusader may have somehow found himself transported to A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

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