SDCC: Celebrating Batman Black & White & More From DC Collectibles

Thursday morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego, DC Collectibles dished on what new merchandise is on the way, while also taking time to celebrate the fan-favorite Batman Black & White line in honor of the 100th figure in the series.

Joining moderator Samm Levine were Brian Walters, Todd McFarlane, Jim Fletcher and Jake Castorena, who began by previewing new merchandise coming in 2019 and 2020.

First off was DC's Multi-Part statutes featuring Batman's rogues gallery, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Joker and Harley Quinn, as well as Mr. Freeze and Deadshot.

Next up was DC's Cover Girls line, which will include Catwoman donning her wedding dress from Batman #50. Additionally, there will be Batgirl and Supergirl statues from Frank Cho.

Samm then went into DC's Designer series. This line will include Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Emanuela Lupacchino, an Olivier Coipel Batman and an Enrico Marini Harley Quinn.

Moving on to DC Bombshells, Samm showcased Death, Mary Shazam! and The Huntress.

In the DC Gallery, a number of Batman cowls were on display, including Rebirth, Arkham Asylum, Dark Knight Returns and The Batman Who Laughs for 2019, and Knightfall, Red Son and The Dark Knight arriving in 2020.

The Batman: The Animated Series line is also expanding with Red Hood, Azrael, plus new cel-shaded models of Batman and Harley Quinn.

"We're not showing these all today," Fletcher said before revealing some concept art of The Batman Who Laughs, Talon and Vampire Batman, all in the Bruce Timm style.

In DC Essentials, Knightfall Batman and Catwoman, Hal Jordan and Yellow Lantern Sinestro are poised to join the line in January 2020.

"We went a little further than planned," Fletcher said of the Essentials line.

As for DC's Artist's Alley, Two-Face and Killer Croc are arriving in October, plus a Chris Uminga Aquaman in March 2020.

"We literally walked through Artist's Alley to find people we think would make sense," Fletcher said regarding how they choose artists for this line of figures. "It's been a really fun exploratory playground."

Batman Black & White statues were highlighted next. #98 is by Gene Colan and #99 is by Doug Mahnke. #100, of course, is by Todd McFarlane, who chose Batman #423 for his inspiration. He then went into detail on his approach to designing not just this statue but action figures in general, including how it's important to have an idea of what the character looks like from behind. He also explained how he came about designing the iconic cover the statue is inspired by in the first place.

Last up was the Batman vs. TMNT line inspired by the new animated film. The collection includes Batman and Leonardo, Damien and Raphael, Batgirl and Donatello, Alfred and Michelangelo and Ra's al Ghul in Shredder, all sold in two-packs.

During the Q&A portion, a fan asked if a Black & White version of Alfred was in the works.

"There's no reason that can't happen," Fletcher said. "Who can say no to Alfred?"

Another fan asked Fletcher what his favorite line was, to which he said Batman Black & White.

The next fan asked if Tim Drake and Red Hood could be added to the Black & White line.

"With Red Hood, I'd say there's no way that's not happening," Fletcher said.

A fan then asked McFarlane is there was any aesthetic he had in mind for his line of DC figures.

"I've been trying to figure out how to be loyal to what's out there and where we can McFarlanize it," he said. "We'll give you as much as what you expect, we're gonna walk before we run."

The next question was if the Bombshells line would expand to include more characters, such as Hal Jordan or Morpheus.

"Almost every character seems to work," said Walters, and a fan in the crowd demanded Alfred.

The last fan asked if artists receive royalties for merchandise based on their art, to which Fletcher said yes, the artists do get paid.


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