Big news regarding the merchandising and licensing of March 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” released during these past few days as we get closer to the Las Vegas trade show, Licensing Expo 2015. The June 9-11 event, at the Mandalay Beach Convention Center, will now have all eyes on the expo as news regarding comic and movie fans most anticipated of character merchandise will surely be revealed. With that said, What’ca Reading proudly presents some exciting and new tidbits regarding “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, “Suicide Squad”, and the rest of WB/DC’s exciting lineup of licensed merchandise!
Ahead of this week’s event, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced their lineup of what they will have showcased at Licensing Expo. Of course, their two biggest, most anticipated and promising of licenses include that of Zack Snyder’s follow up to 2013’s “Man of Steel” and David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” featuring Will Smith as Deadshot, the big screen debut of Harley Quinn as played by Margot Robbie, and the 3rd theatrical outing for The Joker – now played by Jared Leto. The full press release promises the usual assortment of merchandise including new collectibles by Mattel, LEGO, Rubie’s, Converse, and more.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway, for me at least, is the announcement of Mattel’s Movie Master line of action figures geared towards the adult collector. The line of Mattel Movie Masters debuted in the summer of 2008 for “The Dark Knight” and has continued on with 2013’s “Man of Steel.” To date, the Movie Masters line has included figures from “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “Green Lantern”, “Superman The Movie”, “Superman II”, and “Ghostbusters.” They have offered excellently sculpted and detailed figures that have featured characters such as Batman Begins Henri Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul, Green Lantern‘s Hector Hammond, and Man of Steel‘s Faora-Ul. On a side note, I happily own the entire collection of their “Man of Steel” line and cannot wait to see their lineup for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Fingers crossed for a Jesse Eisenberg Lex figure, along with one for Halt and Catch Fire‘s Scoot McNairy, as fans speculate him to be playing either John Corben a.k.a. Metallo or Jimmy Olsen.
Alongside the WBCP announcement, JAKKS Pacific released today the announcement that they have secured the licensing agreement with WBCP for a line of toys based off of not only “Batman v. Superman”, but a renewal of their multi-category license for DC Comics. Here comes more of their now classic, giant-size figures standing at an impressive 31″ inches. We could only hope for a giant-size Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot.
Stay tuned for more information.
PRESS RELEASE from WBCP
With a powerhouse portfolio of entertainment properties—anchored by a theatrical slate of tentpole films, a fan-driven TV portfolio, global initiatives with immersive worlds, all-new animated content developed for younger fans, and a diverse lineup of pop-classic favorites—Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) soars into Licensing Expo 2015 with an unrivaled lineup of content support and partners that will drive its licensing, merchandising and retail business in 2016 and beyond.
“WBCP arrives at Licensing Expo with an unmatched portfolio of content and product offerings, led by the most anticipated feature film events of 2016—DC Comics’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first time fans will see Batman and Superman together in a theatrical event; DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, the first-ever theatrical team up of some of the most iconic Super-Villains; and from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Content is the cornerstone of our robust programs, and we have an unparalleled lineup of collaborations and partnerships, which is a testament to the trusted relationships we have built with all of our licensing and retail partners.”
Batman and Superman – First Time Ever Together in a Theatrical Event!
For the first time ever, fans will see Batman and Superman together in the theatrical event of the year in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and WBCP stands tall at Licensing Expo with a powerhouse roster of global partners to support as Batman and Superman fly into theaters on March 25, 2016. WBCP promises to deliver on fan anticipation and licensing opportunities as this heroic theatrical event continues to build momentum through its licensing and merchandising programs around the world. At the same time, the tentpole film will help drive the Batman and Superman franchises to new heights, offering licensees and retailers new opportunities to reach fans of all ages.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be supported by an impressive list of licensees, including global toy partner, Mattel, with a wide range toy line, including action figures, role-play, playsets and collectible figures, highlighted by the fan-favorite Movie Masters line. Also supporting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be The LEGO Group, global construction partner; Rubie’s Costume Co. with a wide range of costume products based on the entire DC Comics portfolio, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; and Thinkway Toys for role play items. Additionally, apparel and accessories collections from Junkfood and Bioworld, and footwear from Converse, with a graphically unique inspired line for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; among many others will support the film.
DC Comics’ Super-Villains Team Up for First Time in Theatrical Film:
As the power of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and DC Entertainment’s film portfolio shows its strength, WBCP will also offer a targeted licensing and merchandising program focusing on collectors and adult fans in support of Suicide Squad, the first film to feature many of DC Comics’ iconic Super-Villains as a team, including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Boomerang, Katana and The Joker, as the second theatrical release from the Studio’s DC Comics film slate rolls out.
PRESS RELEASE from JAKKS Pacific
“We could not be more excited to be part of the eagerly awaited Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice franchise and welcome the opportunity to bring to life two of the most epic Super Heroes of all time,” said John Blaney, Executive Vice President of Marketing, JAKKS Pacific. “We look forward to continuing our legacy of creating innovative and character-specific toys for the DC Comics line, especially in our highly detailed and collectible Big Figures line.”
“JAKKS consistently brings a larger than life statement to the toy aisle and we look forward to expanding our existing DC Comics offerings and building upon this partnership by bringing the epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to life with an all-new Big Figures line,” says Karen McTier, executive vice president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
About Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The film is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Written by Chris Terrio, and David S. Goyer, the film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder. Set for release on March 25, 2016, it is based on characters from DC Comics, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Batman created by Bob Kane. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children’s toy licenses. JAKKS’ diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!®, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui®. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, DC Comics and Saban’s Power Rangers®. DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorks LLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer products incorporating NantWorks’ proprietary iD recognition technology. www.jakks.com
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific’s business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS’ products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
© 2015 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.
BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, SUPERMAN, THE FLASH, WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.