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...
We have a sizable fleet of radio-controlled vehicles here at Rock Father HQ, and over the past few weeks it's become quite apparent that I just might have a new favorite. My love of Batman (yes, I do have a full bat-suit in my closet) and the Batmobile in general (I have many Hot Wheels versions) is fairly well-known, but having not seen BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE upon the arrival of our new Air Hogs Official Movie Replica from the folks at Spin Master (sent for review), there was no built-in affection for the ride driven by Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's superhero showdown. That changed as soon as The Rock Daughters and I took to the streets (sidewalk, mostly) with this new ride, strapping a GoPro to the top for a full in-action video!
It's #BatmanvSupermanWeek here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, and with the epic battle finally making its way into cinemas around the world, there's certainly no shortage of cool toys and collectibles for kids of all-ages... and yes, I'm including grownups as "kids." For the collector that's looking for something extra-special to occupy some valuable real estate within their Hall of Justice home, DC Collectibles has something for you - a quartet of statues (2 Batman + Wonder Woman & Superman) featuring what's often hailed as the "Trinity" when it comes to heroes at the top of the DC Comics Universe... BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN. These highly-detailed works of art by sculptor James Marsano will be shipping in April, with pre-orders up now through my allies at Entertainment Earth, and the Official DC Entertainment Store. Ben Affleck's Dark Knight is featured in two editions - standard and armored - alongside Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill as The Man of Steel. Check 'em out...
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!
I must say, with all the travel that I do, one airline I have not yet had a chance to fly is Turkish Airlines. That might change soon, as they've just announced that in addition to "flying to more countries than any other airline," they're also now offering flights to both Gotham City and Metropolis. As many are aware, both of those cities have endured a series of struggles in recent years, but now due to substantial contributions by Wayne Enterprises in Gotham, and LexCorp in Metropolis, both are hoping to be reinvented as destinations for travelers far and wide. Check out the new television spots starring Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor below, and let me know - would you rather #FlyToGotham or #FlyToMetropolis?